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The holidays are fast approaching, and we’re all trying to gather as much
optimism as we can muster. Maybe the only certainty is that the construction
market continues to be unpredictable. Taking the “glass-is-half-full” approach,
yes, we are seeing some positive signs that the market is stabilizing and
the forecast for the future is improving. The market research we gathered
predicts an improvement in almost every market sector for 2011. The most
significant increases will occur in the warehouse, manufacturing, education
and hospitality market sectors. This should translate into a higher level of
new-construction starts next year. Currently, we are experiencing more
activity in the health care, senior living and higher-education markets. This
is consistent with the strength of our résumé, and these are markets where
Meyer Najem has historically been very successful. It is our hope that each
of your organizations will benefit from increased market activity that the
economists are predicting.
Our marketing staff, led by Jennifer Arvin, has completed another informative issue of Insights
In Construction. This is our 13th year producing our publication, and we are hopeful that
the magazine provides valuable and timely information while promoting the many strategic
partners and clients who subscribe to our publication. Many thanks to the contributing
authors, including Pat Pickett, who provided the research and content for our feature article.
In this issue, we take an in-depth look at “Navigating the Quest for Investment Dollars.”
Special thanks to Jerimi Ullom from Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, as well as Ridge Miller,
Mike Draper and Tom Guevara from Crowe Horwath, for their valuable insight regarding the
challenges of seeking funding for rural hospitals and municipalities. Also thanks to Steve
Kennedy from Lancaster Pollard for his analysis of the FHA/HUD 242 loan program.
Thank you to Michael Bayci at Jasper County Hospital for sharing some of the hospital’s
challenges as they began to prepare for their hospital expansion. This issue describes many
potential sources of funding. Discovering the ideal solution takes the expertise of those
industry professionals contributing content to this issue of Insights In Construction. Their
contact information is available, should you want to reach them.
Giving back to the communities we serve has never been more important. In fact, this is part
of our mission statement. Meyer Najem explains this in the article “Philanthropic Roots.”
Take a look at the some of the recent events organized by our Philanthropy Committee.
Meyer Najem remains committed to supporting the many communities we serve throughout
Indiana. We also have a collection of spotlighted events throughout the past summer and
early fall in our “In Brief” section.
Again, we need to specifically recognize the contributions of our valuable trade partners,
suppliers, subcontractors and vendors. Without each of you, this publication would not
Please take a look at our newly updated website at www.meyer-najem.com, complete with
video testimonials for your review. Our firm is very fortunate to have a dedicated workforce
that gives back to many needy charities throughout Indiana. We are very proud of our em-
ployees and their continued accomplishments. Our employees continue to make a differ-
ence each and every day. Thank you for your commitment to the Meyer Najem team!
As always, we look forward to your feedback and comments regarding our publication. On
behalf of everyone at Meyer Najem, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a
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Navigating the Quest
for Investment Dollars by Patricia J. Pickett
When Charles Dickens Nonetheless, that fateful beginning of A Tale of Two
wrote, “It was the best of Cities might well apply to the recent tales of construc-
tion financing. When many construction projects
times, it was the worst of were put on hold as financing disintegrated with the
times,” it’s highly unlikely he bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in the fall of 2008, the
saw into the state of construction industry took a major hit from the eco-
financial affairs in 2010. nomic downturn. However, the laws of supply and de-
mand have been well-illustrated in the declining price
of construction materials and labor and increased bid
competition. Those circumstances, paired with recent
financing incentives and programs, have been enough
to spawn a little cautious optimism and jumpstart
some once-shelved building plans.
Those circumstances have also reframed the way in which Green certifications: A number of potential beneficial tax
project financing is approached in general. According to Jerimi credits exist in regard to LEED certification. Government
Ullom, a partner with Hall Render Killian Heath Lyman and chair directives have provided incentives that have expedited the
of the law firm’s health care and public finance section, the process substantially. “There’s a lot more public discussion
structure of such deals now takes longer and has numerous around the impact of a facility’s carbon footprint,” Draper
variables that must be carefully weighed early in the course of says. “There are a number of tax credits at both state and
the project. Gone are the days of bringing the banking folks in federal levels in projects actively seeking a higher level of
at the end of the process and closing the deal in 60 days. environmental responsibility.”
“It’s more important than ever to assemble your project team of Assistive Indiana Bonds: The Indiana Bond Bank was estab-
construction managers and building consultants with legal ad- lished in 1984 to assist local government in obtaining low-
visors, financial and securities firm, accounting firm, etc., early cost financing for their operations. According to Guevara,
in the process,” Ullom says. “Firms really need to bring in their the current cost of borrowing is extremely low, with rates
finance team 60 days earlier than they once did, particularly in on bonds ranging between 3 percent and 4 percent. “We are
government-backed USDA and FHA programs, in which the ap- probably at bottom of the trough in terms of the cost of bor-
plication and approval can take between eight to 12 months.” rowing for any building investment,” Guevara says. “There
are several indicators that the economy is slowly starting to
Likewise, he says, there is no longer a financing option that ramp up again, and the cost of funds to invest in capital proj-
is a clear winner from the start. “In the past, based on where ects will become more expensive.”
the markets were, you could easily identify the best path;
there was a financial solution that hit on every cylinder,” Ul-
lom explains. “In contrast, in 2010, you may have a long-term
fixed rate, but less flexibility to prepay debt; if you want more
flexibility, you may need to go with shorter-term and variable-
rate. Boards and borrowers must consider all the options.”
“The Crew” – Accounting and Finance
The experts at Crowe Horwath LLP in Indianapolis concur
with Ullom and find themselves at the table “early and of-
ten” for clients, particularly municipalities and health care
facilities pursuing large construction projects. Ridge Miller,
partner in charge of Crowe’s Central Indiana Commercial
Assurance Construction Industry group, along with Tom
Guevara, director in Crowe’s public sector services financial
advisory unit; and Mike Draper, senior manager for its state Build America Bonds: Created by the American Recovery &
and local tax group, weighed in on a myriad of options and Reinvestment Act in 2009, two tax-exempt bond provisions
opportunities for financing both profit and nonprofit projects. are set to expire at the end of 2010 or, in some instances,
Options they have found most viable and valuable to clients: extend with a lower level of benefits. The Recovery Zone
Economic Development Bonds are available to governmental
Cost segregation: In new construction or large renovation units for a wide range of capital expenditures. Typically, the
projects, performing cost segregation can benefit the owner bond reimburses 35 percent of interest cost or 45 percent in
or developer of a large project due to its favorable tax im- special reinvestment zones. Meanwhile, the Recovery Zone
plications. The process allows certain components of con- Facility Bonds apply to privately owned projects to finance
struction to be separated out and depreciated over a shorter capital expenditures that would not otherwise qualify for
period of time, accelerating deductions taken and reducing tax-exempt financing. “There is still time to get things done,”
taxes as a result. Miller says, “Involving a team like Crowe Guevara says, “but the window of opportunity is starting to
Horwath LLP early in the process allows the owner/develop- close. Now is the time to get this financing in line.”
er and us to identify those specific components of construc-
tion in the construction budget and/or schedule of values that State credits and incentives: Economic development goes
qualify for shorter lives under federal depreciation rules. In way beyond site selection. Involving a project’s financial and
several cases, depreciation lives for federal purposes can be accounting experts can assist in identifying state, county and
reduced from the standard 39-year life to lives ranging any- local assistance in terms of tax credits, grants, etc. “We of-
where between five and 15 years.” ten help find not only the location but then identify the most
applicable incentives for the project,” Draper says. Guevara to procure credit; borrowers need to be more creative and
adds, “Additionally, we help them capitalize those future consider more options. As one example, before 2008, there
streams of tax revenues that will help lower those upfront were multiple, highly rated bond insurers; today, there is ef-
costs of capital developments.” fectively only one.”
While Ullom says it doesn’t mean credit is not available —
Legal Insight and markets are actually improving with lenders finding their
Also on the “advisory crew” should be a representative with way to those “down the credit spectrum” — it does take
legal expertise in the area of project finance. Ullom offers that more work to put together financing options. In addition to
expertise with several other practitioners from Hall Render, the aforementioned Build America Bonds, Ullom has utilized
the second-largest law firm focusing on health care practice. some of these options for projects:
“The role of a law firm like ours is to help municipalities or Midwest Disaster Area Bonds: The extreme flooding in
health care providers identify all their options,” Ullom ex- 2008 wreaked havoc through the Midwest, prompting Con-
plains. “We work closely with not only their financial team, gress to establish the Midwest Disaster Area Bonds. These
accounting firm, securities firm and any advisory groups that bonds enable private-use projects that would otherwise not
may be involved but also the construction manager and/or qualify for tax-exempt financing to pull from a pool of billions
building consultant. We serve as bond counsel, presuming of tax-exempt bond allocations that remain available through
they are looking at bonds for projects; we negotiate and doc- January 1, 2013. Indiana alone received a $3 billion alloca-
ument transactions with banks and securities firms; and, as a tion applicable to 40 counties … very little of which has been
nationally recognized bond counsel, we can render the legal used, according to Ullom.
opinions necessary to close any financing.”
Economic development incentives: While health care fa-
Ullom has witnessed the bond market rollercoaster since cilities in the past have not regarded themselves as quali-
Lehman’s 2008 bankruptcy. “It has become more difficult fied for these sorts of incentives, in today’s economy, with an
unemployment rate around the 10 percent mark, govern- repayment, which, in turn, reduces the cost of capital to
ments are particularly willing to provide incentives that stim- compensate for the decreased default risk.”
ulate additional jobs. “We’ve seen these sorts of incentives
— TIF, COIT, state tax credits, etc. — make the difference FHA/HUD 242 Program: Utilizing AA-AAA FHA mortgage in-
between waiting another three years and breaking ground surance to credit enhance a fixed-rate loan or bond issue con-
today,” Ullom says. “While some projects may not be on the tinues to be a relatively popular funding alternative to explore
tax rolls (like a nonprofit hospital), certain other professional when funding the substantial rehabilitation or replacement of
buildings, clinics and ancillary developments surrounding the a health care facility, according to Kennedy. “We have com-
hospital are.” Ullom says these incentives can be worth 15 bined these with Build America Bonds on certain projects
percent to 20 percent of the project cost over time. “While to achieve a cost of capital below 4.5 percent and eliminate
they still must have the funds today, the incentives certainly some traditional tax-exempt funding requirements, including
enhance the return on investment tomorrow.” funding negative arbitrage, a debt service reserve fund or a
collateral account escrow at closing,” he explains. “It creates
The Investment Bank: Assisting corporations and municipal- a tax-exempt-like cost of capital with some of the compelling
ities in raising capital by underwriting and acting as the agent structuring attributes of a taxable financing, ultimately mak-
in the issuance of securities, the investment bank is an inte- ing the project more affordable for the hospital and allowing
gral part of the financial crew assembled in the initial stages some otherwise stalled projects to proceed.”
of a project. As senior vice president of Lancaster Pollard,
Steve Kennedy works exclusively in the health care market.
In his work, he separates hospitals into two groups: those While we’ve discussed in detail the duties of the crew, the
who are rated “investment grade” on a stand-alone basis point of view from the ship is equally insightful. Michael Bay-
with a very strong profile and those who are “non-investment ci is vice president of support services with Jasper County
grade” (particularly in terms of community health care facili- Hospital in Rensselaer, Indiana.
ties), which require a bit of creativity when it comes to ac-
cessing funds with reasonable terms that the hospital will “Utilizing this team approach and securing a single funding
be able to pay back. Kennedy has also relied upon the Build source that made the payments more reasonable pushed
America Bonds from the federal sector. this project from ‘We know we need to get this done’ to be-
ginning construction,” Bayci says.
While he notes their December 31, 2010, expiration
date, he is cautiously optimistic about a one-year
extension of several stimulus-related provisions
given Sen. Max Baucus’ recent introduction of the
Job Creation and Tax Cuts Act, a pared-down and
revenue-neutral version of Rep. Sander Levin’s HR
5893. Other creative financing opportunities:
Federal Home Loan Bank: With 12 Federal Home
Loan Banks nationwide, these larger national
banks can provide a Letter of Credit (an “LOC”)
that enhances a local bank’s investment grade
rating, especially on smaller health care facility
projects of $15 million or less. While this opportu-
nity was opened up to non-housing transactions
in 2008 and also expires in 2010, to date, there Jasper County Hospital, Rensselaer, Indiana
have been more than 100 of these non-housing
FHLB LOC transaction totaling more than $3 billion. “The That construction began in May, facilitated by a United
interest rate associated with a non-investment grade, un- States Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Develop-
rated health care bond may be prohibitively high,” Kennedy ment (USDA-RD) loan, providing a $15 million low-interest
explains. “With the LOC, the hospital pays an annual fee to loan that will be repaid from hospital revenues over the
a highly rated bank or banks. When the hospital issues its next 40 years. Like the Build America Bonds, these loan
bonds (via a conduit issuer), the bondholders are buying the stipulations were created within the American Recov-
debt based on the credit strength of the rated bank. This ery & Reinvestment Act. These opportunities expired on
correlates into a high probability of principal and interest September 30, 2010.
The challenges of Jasper County Hospital getting to the point nificantly in the months ahead.” With construction costs con-
of starting construction have been many and taken nearly a tained, those who have a project on the board will lock in and
decade from a conceptual master plan in 2002 to the current take advantage of favorable bond programs.
project blueprint. Bayci says, “Financing a project is an enor-
mous challenge as a county hospital. With the exception of And, even with expirations looming, Lancaster Pollard’s Steve
county funding for building maintenance and upkeep, we are Kennedy remains hopeful that they will continue in some
self-funded, and we don’t have a bond rating that allows us fashion. “There was a lot of positive momentum to get these
to secure a great rate.” continued. The House reached approval on several of the
provisions. And while the Senate
had been somewhat stalled, Sen.
Baucus’ recent bill proposal pro-
vides reason for some optimism.”
Hall Render’s Jerimi Ullom re-
minds potential borrowers to con-
sider their own goals and future
plans when deciding between
ing, bank lending or a bond is-
sue. But he does see the trend
for record-low bond rates to end
soon. “A recent article in The
Bond Buyer suggests that there
have been record inflows into
bond funds, allowing those inves-
tors to look down the spectrum a
bit for opportunities … but it’s not
going to last forever.” And indeed,
when Joseph LaVorgna, chief
U.S. economist at Deutche Bank
Securities, addressed the Bond
Buyer 501(c)(3) Super Conference
in September, he indicated that
And yet the project was necessary to serve the rural, north- the Federal Reserve will raise its target for the federal funds
western area of Indiana. Originally built in 1963 with additions rate around the middle of next year, if not before.
in 1972 and 1983, the hospital design catered to an in-patient
base. “The successful hospital in today’s environment pro- And then, Ullom adds, there’s the issue of health care reform.
vides extended out-patient services,” Bayci explains. Areas “That is the one big cloud for many health care facilities. No
to be renovated include: surgery, outpatient services, health one knows what will happen after the elections, and it’s very
information services, oncology, sleep/EEG, human resources difficult to plan anything for the long term.”
and radiology. Included in the project will be a fixed-base MRI
unit, replacing a previous mobile unit. The project is expect- Regardless, Crowe Horwath’s Ridge Miller says, compa-
ed to be completed by October 2011. nies like Meyer Najem are well qualified to work with these
“crews,” helping navigate through the sometimes choppy
waters of construction projects. “They come prepared with
Conclusion a high depth of talent to help facility managers and building
As many of the aforementioned funding opportunities are ex- owners build projects today to meet tomorrow’s needs.”
piring for the communities and facilities that may need them
most, there exists hope on a number of levels. According to For more information about the contributing firms,
the Associated Builders and Contractors chief economist please see the following websites:
Anirban Basu, the most recent Producer Price Index report • Crowe Horwath at www.crowehorwath.com
indicates a continuation of lower-priced materials. “Pricing • Hall Render at www.hallrender.com
power, including for construction materials, remains weak, • Lancaster Pollard at www.lancasterpollard.com
and there is little reason to believe that prices will rise sig- • Jasper County Hospital at www.jchh.com
Arbor Trace Assisted Living Facility,
Photo courtesy of Elder Care Services
Indiana’s Long-Term Care Profession:
Delivering Quality Care to Residents and Economic Benefits to the State
by Scott Tittle, President, Indiana Health Care Association
One of the most difficult challenges Skilled Care. Thought of as “tradi- ter prescribed medication or help with
for any family is determining how to tional” nursing home care, skilled care other daily activities.
care for a loved one when he or she includes 24-hour medical and nursing
is no longer able to care for himself care, short-term rehabilitative care, Adult Day Care. These programs are
or herself; when health conditions personal care services and specialized generally for those who have help at
become too complex to manage care services such as Alzheimer’s and home but require minimal medical and
without additional assistance; when dementia care. social supervision when their family
geographic, physical space and finan- members or spouses are away from
cial limitations inhibit ongoing fam- Assisted Living. One of the fastest- the home.
ily care; or when any combination of growing segments of the profession,
the above may exist. Entrusting the assisted living services are geared to The primary goal of the nursing home
care of a loved one to someone else provide maximum independence in a is to rehabilitate patients so they can
is an important and personal decision, home-like setting, with individualized return home as quickly as possible.
and one that does not come lightly. It care and assistance when needed. As- Facilities provide medical, rehabilita-
is these difficult circumstances and sisted living services can be provided tive and nursing care, as needed, by
choices with which Indiana’s long- in freestanding residences, near or in- qualified personnel. But unlike hospi-
term care profession seeks to assist tegrated with skilled nursing homes or tals, nursing homes focus on creating
and provide choice, comfort and qual- hospitals, as components of continu- a living environment where people can
ity to Indiana’s residents and families. ing care retirement communities or at feel comfortable and continue to live
independent housing complexes. as normally as possible. Persons who
IHCA’s members take great pride in de- are unable to return to their homes per-
livering state-of-the-art service by pro- Home Health Care. Home health care manently can make short visits home,
viding the right care, at the right time includes the provision of periodic health permitting.
and in the right setting. The long-term nursing assistance in the home. An ex-
care profession provides a range of ample would be a nurse or nurse aide Though the long-term care profession
services from 24-hour skilled medical visiting the home on a regular basis to and the services provided in nursing
and nursing care to adult day care. The assist an older person, check blood homes are sometimes unfairly ma-
main categories of services are: pressure, assist in bathing, adminis- ligned by misinformation or common
Greenwood Village South
Photo by Ed Arvin
misperceptions regarding adequate improvement initiatives that link pay- Before joining Krieg DeVault, Mr. Tittle
care and a resident’s control over his or ments to outcomes. These pay-for- served as general counsel and program di-
her health care decisions, the profes- performance programs are still in their rector for My Health Care Manager, LLC.
sion has made enormous strides over infancy but are beginning to show Prior thereto, he was the health care policy
time, especially in the last decade, positive results by raising the bar across director to Gov. Mitch Daniels and was re-
to correct these misperceptions by the board when it comes to quality. sponsible for executing the governor’s health
increasing the quality of care and initiatives through the legislative process as
improving the living environment. Cer- The long-term care field is an exciting well as the state’s health-related agencies,
tainly, like any business, the long-term place to be in these times of health including the Indiana Family and Social Ser-
profession has its challenges to over- care reform and economic challenges. vices Administration, the Indiana State De-
come, and the IHCA stands ready to The IHCA has provided valuable service partment of Health, the Indiana Department
help its members meet and exceed to its members and the community for of Child Services and the Indiana Department
those challenges in order to continue 65 years, and we look forward to many of Insurance.
their service to the community. more years to come.
Mr. Tittle received his law degree from In-
In addition to the types and level of About Scott Tittle diana University – Bloomington in 2001 and
clinical and non-clinical care provided Mr. Tittle recently joined the IHCA as its new graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1995.
in the long-term care setting, the en- president. He comes to IHCA from the India- He was awarded a Distinguished Hoosier
tire long-term care profession is an napolis law firm of Krieg DeVault, where he was Award by Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2007, listed
economic driver in Indiana’s economy. a member of the firm’s Health Care, Govern- as an Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star by
Indiana licenses more than 500 nurs- mental Affairs and Business Practice groups. The Indiana Lawyer in 2010 and was a Forty
ing facilities. Those facilities employ Mr. Tittle remains in an of-counsel capacity with Under 40 honoree by the Indianapolis Busi-
more than 48,000 employees and care the firm while serving as president of IHCA. ness Journal in 2010.
for more than 39,000 residents. The
long-term care profession has a direct
economic impact of $3.4 billion in Indi-
ana and an indirect economic impact of ABOUT THE INDIANA HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION
$5.6 billion. The top sectors supported
by profession are: 1) health and social The mission of the Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA) is to edu-
services; 2) real estate; 3) manufactur- cate, inform and advocate on behalf of Indiana’s long-term care pro-
ing; 4) finance and insurance; and 5) fession, its health care providers, consumers and workforce. IHCA
retail trade. In total, the long-term care maintains legislative, regulatory, reimbursement and public affairs
profession impacts more than 88,000 services for its membership. IHCA works internally to serve mem-
Hoosier jobs. ber providers and externally to assist the interests of government, the
greater health care community and the general public.
The business model for long-term care
facilities has changed over the years IHCA is Indiana’s largest trade association and advocate represent-
and will continue to adapt to current ing proprietary, not-for-profit and hospital-based nursing homes, as-
economic conditions and state and sisted living communities, adult foster care and adult day services.
federal policy. The profession gener- IHCA’s 261 member facilities care for more than 25,000 of Indiana’s
ates income from Medicare, Medic- geriatric and developmentally disabled citizens, the majority of
aid, private-pay and various insurance whom are low-income Medicaid recipients.
payments. Public-sector payment
(Medicare and Medicaid) is very IHCA was founded in 1945 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to
important to the profession as more quality long-term care. IHCA is a founding member of the profession’s pre-
Hoosiers are utilizing these programs mier national organization, the American Health Care Association. IHCA
to pay for necessary services. The membership also includes associate members, or companies that provide
long-term care profession is a stew- valuable products and services to long-term care providers. Among other
ard of public dollars when receiving services, IHCA connects associate members with Indiana’s largest group
tax dollars for payment of services, of long-term care buyers.
and this responsibility is taken very
seriously. The Indiana long-term care For more information about the IHCA, please call 317.636.6406, or access
profession was one of the first in the www.ihca.org.
country to commit to major quality
Finding Funding for
by Donald E. Kelso, MBA
Schneck Medical Center, Seymour, Indiana. Photo by Ed Arvin.
Mission The Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) provides educa-
The mission of the Indiana Rural Health Association is to en- tion and consultation opportunities for its members to assist
hance the health and well-being of rural populations in Indi- with this growing challenge. Each June, IRHA conducts the
ana through leadership, education, advocacy, collaboration largest state rural health annual conference in the country.
and resource development. At this respected event, it is common for national speakers
to conduct education/informational sessions on how rural
Purpose health care entities can find funding for infrastructure
The Indiana Rural Health Association is a not-for-prof- improvements. In addition, at the IRHA annual con-
it corporation developed for the purpose of improving ference, it is common for more than 100 vendors to
the health of all Indiana citizens in rural settings. The be on hand to display their services. Typically present
Indiana Rural Health Association is a member-driven are companies that specialize in funding hospital con-
organization composed of a diverse membership. struction/renovation projects.
The association is committed to recruiting a diverse Other than providing specialists to assist its members,
grassroots membership with intrinsic strengths impor- IRHA also has relationships with organizations that will
tant to the task of providing meaningful forums. The partner with member hospitals and conduct Lean Six
forums provide opportunities for assessing the strengths and Sigma methods to assist the facility in identifying the most
weaknesses of the health care systems; identifying needs/ productive and efficient construction or renovation needs.
problems within the rural settings; and assessing and devel- This tends to lower the cost of development and construction,
oping leadership resources. which assists on the back end of financing the project.
Finding funding for capital projects is a major concern for The first step that many communities research when undertaking
many rural health care facilities. Capital funding is defined a capital project is the availability of grant funds. Unfortunately,
as funding used to expand or renovate a building, purchase while many grant programs exist for which rural health care fa-
major equipment or construct a new facility for a rural health cilities are eligible, the majority of grants available are program-
provider. In searching for funding for capital projects, it is matic in nature and do not allow purchases of major equipment,
very important that facilities consider and use a variety of po- and even fewer are available for construction. Therefore, when
tential sources, including public grants and loan programs, as searching for grants, it is important to look for programs that
well as private sources, such as foundations and donations specifically state that they will fund capital projects. Some grant
from local residents. programs that will fund construction or equipment are:
• USDA Community Facilities Grant Program (http://www.
Hendricks Regional Health - West Expansion, Danville, Indiana.
rurdev.usda.gov/rhs/cf/brief _ cp _ grant.htm)
• Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant and Loan Pro-
gram (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP _ DLT.html)
• HUD State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
State-level resources for capital funding are also available
in some states. Contact your state Office of Rural Health to
learn if any grant or loan programs are available in your state.
It is often necessary to utilize loan funds for capital projects.
Local banks can often loan funds for a portion of the project
costs. However, it can sometimes be difficult to acquire a
loan, especially at a reasonable interest rate, due to the risk
associated with lending to struggling rural health care facili-
ties. Several federal loan and loan-guarantee programs exist Local resources are a very important resource for financing
that can be very helpful to facilities in securing loans, often capital projects. Community fundraising campaigns can
with lower interest rates than might typically be acquired. be a very effective way of raising funds with the proper
• USDA Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan strategy and a dedicated committee. Fundraising letters to
Program (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html) individuals and businesses, special events and planned
• Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans (http://www. giving are several strategies that can be employed. Anoth-
rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html) er option may be to contact local government agencies to
• Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant and Loan Pro- explore if grants or loans could be issued or a dedicated
gram (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html) tax levy implemented.
• HUD 242 – FHA Programs for Health Care Facilities (http://
www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html) Donald E. Kelso, MBA, is the executive director of the IRHA. Mr. Kelso
• SBA Certified Development Company (CDC)/504 Loan Pro- serves as vice president of operations and vice president of human
gram (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/HCF_CF.html) resources at Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, Indiana. He
has also served as director of human resources at Jasper Memorial
Bond issues are another option. Many states have agen- Hospital. Mr. Kelso received his master’s degree in business admin-
cies that act as the vehicle for providing financial assistance istration from Baker College, Flint, Michigan, and his bachelor of sci-
to public and nonprofit healthcare providers through loans ence degree from Oakland City College, Oakland City, Indiana.
funded by the issuance of tax-exempt bonds. The diversity
of the nature of facilities funded by state-based programs is Thanks to Steve Hirsh, Jerry Coopey, Joy McGlaun, Beth Blevins, Su-
dependent on the mission of the agency. san Marder and Chris Linder for contributing to this article.
Tipton Hospital West Expansion, Tipton, Indiana. Photo by Ed Arvin.
by Ashley Dyer, Chair, Meyer Najem Philanthropy Committee
2010 has been a remarkable year for the philanthro- Agapé prides its organization on the nurturing, yet
py committee at Meyer Najem. Our team has partici- educational, use of horses to assist those with
pated and organized several events generating more physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities. St.
than $45,000 for needy charities and not-for-profits. Mary’s works closely with preschool-aged children
Our awareness to the needs of our community is by providing vital educational services, as well as
very gratifying, as we have never lost sight of our guaranteeing each student the opportunity for a
philanthropic roots. brighter future.
On May 27, Meyer Najem opened our hearts to giving In addition to the monetary results of the golf outing,
blood. Rolling back our sleeves is becoming some- the day blessed one more charity. The leftover food
what of a tradition at Meyer Najem. The Indiana Blood and various paper products, along with utensils,
Center offered two free movie tickets to each will- were donated to Third Phase — a local food pantry
ing blood donor. Together, we were able to provide distribution center in Hamilton County. Our yearly
more than 17 units of blood, equating to five surger- golf outing efforts exceeded our expectations. Our
ies, three life-saving transfusions or 20 less-invasive sincerest thanks to all who help make Swing Into
medical procedures … undoubtedly a successful day Giving a success. During the last four years, our Phi-
and blood drive. lanthropy Committee has raised more than $100,000
for local charities.
For the fourth consecutive year, Meyer Najem host-
ed Swing Into Giving, a benefit golf outing. With the With the year almost over, the philanthropy team at
support of our clients and our community, we raised Meyer Najem will soon be planning our 2011 efforts.
$24,000 in net proceeds. Swing Into Giving benefit- More than likely, we will stick to our philanthropic roots
ed two incredible local charities this year — Agapé — touching lives at a multitude of depths. Many thanks
Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. and St. Mary’s to the Meyer Najem Philanthropy Committee of Ash-
Child Center (www.agaperiding.org and www. ley Dyer, Jennifer Arvin, Greg Looney, Mike Mattingly,
stmaryschildcenter.org). Keith Murphy and Adam Filler.
Agapé Therapeutic Riding Resources – Debbie Laird, director, at the microphone St. Mary’s Child Center – Connie Sherman, director, with
First place golf finishers, from left to right: Travis Garrett, Connie Sherman, director of St. Mary’s Child Center; Ashley Dyer, philanthropic
CEO, ENVision Laboratories; Gary Delph, president, ENVi- chair of Meyer Najem; Anthony Najem, CEO of Meyer Najem; Debbie Laird, di-
sion Laboratories; and Jeff Clark, Ken Clark Insurance. Not rector of Agapé Therapeutic Riding Resources; and Jennifer Arvin, marketing
pictured: Doug Peters, Simon Properties. manager for Meyer Najem.
Tom Peck, EVP Real Estate, Meyer Najem, donates blood during the
annual blood drive.
Dinner Sponsors Hole Sponsors Donation Sponsors
Bella Vita Ristorante APEX Benefits Group, Inc. Big Apple Bagels – Fishers
Sysco Architectural Glass & Metal Big Red Liquors, Inc.
Bingham McHale Chef Suzanne’s Catering
Driver Sponsors Cabinets Plus by Patrick Geer, Inc. Champions Restaurant
Anonymous Sponsor Dalmatian Fire Charleston’s – Carmel/Westfield
DEEM, LLC DEEM, LLC Cheeseburger in Paradise
C.E. Reeve Roofing, LLC Conner Prairie
Hole in One Sponsor CRG Residential DeBoy Land Development
Andy Mohr Automotive CS&M Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Eastern Engineering Supply
Gaylor Electrical & Mechanical Ed Arvin Photography
Putting Contest Sponsor Glenmark Construction FastSigns – Castleton
Tobias Insurance, Inc. Gordon Plumbing Houlihan’s – Hamilton Town Center
Hydro Fire Protection Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
Hit the Target Sponsor Leach & Russell Indy Promotions, Inc.
Associated Builders & Contractors Long Electric Company, Inc. Ironwood Golf Club
Lynch, Harrison & Brumleve, Inc. McAlister’s Deli – Fishers
Box Lunch Sponsors Maxwell Electrical Services, Inc McAlister’s Deli – Hamilton Town Center
Crowe Horwath, LLP Megachip Technologies Olive Garden – Hamilton Town Center
Ryan Fireprotection Pittman Real Estate Services Paradise Bakery – Hamilton Town Center
Pyramid Masonry Peterson Architecture
Beverage Cart Sponsors Richmond Guttering Pinheads – Fishers
Carter Lumber Spohn Associates Quality Resource Group, Inc.
Concrete Industries, Inc. Steamatic Re-Form Movement
Ellis Mechanical Sahm’s Restaurant – Fishers
Pro Waste Ted’s Montana Grill – Clay Terrace
Texas Roadhouse – Fishers
The Ram – Fishers
Tobias Insurance Group, Inc.
MEyEr NAjEM WiNS Four ABC AWArdS
The Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana has awarded Meyer Safety Award
Najem Construction the Award of Excellence for the Brownsburg High
School Senior Academy and the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House at But-
ler University. Meyer Najem earned the Award of Honor for the Clarian
West ED Expansion/Third Floor Build-Out project in Avon. In addition,
Meyer Najem also received the Safety Award at the banquet, which
recognizes our extensive safety program. Only one contractor per year
receives this prestigious award.
Meyer Najem Receives Safety Award
Meyer Najem Receives Safety Award
Back row, from left to right: Kevin McGovern, Nate Lelle and Jeremy Dixon. Front row, from Award of Honor
left to right: Rob Lawyer, Chris McCracken, Traci Hardin, Tony Fleming and Al Abell
Clarian West ED Expansion/Third Floor Build-Out
From left to right: Keith Smith, BSA LifeStructures; Susan Sylvestor, Clarian Health Partners;
Chris McCracken, project manager, Meyer Najem; and Al Abell, superintendent, Meyer Najem
Brownsburg High School Senior Academy
From left to right: Kevin McGovern, project manager, Meyer Najem; Tony Fleming, superin-
tendent, Meyer Najem; Andy McNeely, architect, CSO Architects; and John Voigt, director of
facility planning, Brownsburg Community School Corporation
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House at Butler University
Front row, from left to right: Mark Holeman; past president and owner of Holeman Landscaping, Clarian West ED Expansion/
1942 Butler alumnus and Phi Delta Theta; Jonathan Roberts; Undergrad Chapter officer; Stan Third Floor Build-Out
Cuppy, 1978 Butler and Phi Delta Theta alumnus, House Corp Board member and owner repre-
sentative of Phi Delta Theta property; and Thomas Whitcher, Chapter Advisory Board chairman. Award of Excellence
Second row, from left to right: Mark Minner, Undergrad Chapter president; Ron Reed, 1991
Butler and Phi Delta Theta alumnus, House Corp president; Eric DeWitt, 1999 Butler and Phi
Delta Theta alumnus, House Corp Board member; Lori Anderson, lead architect for project,
Peterson Architecture; and Darren Peterson, owner, Peterson Architecture.
Third row, from left to right: Jack Werner, 1979 Butler and Phi Delta Theta alumnus, House
Corp Board member; Levester Johnson, VP of Student Affairs, Butler University; Hugh Diehl,
1975 Butler and Phi Delta Theta alumnus, House Corp Board member and owner representa-
tive of Phi Delta Property; and Bob Roberts, 1974 Ball State and Phi Delta Theta alumnus, Phi
Delta Theta HQ; Housing Plans & Programs.
Brownsburg High School Senior Academy
Back row, from left to right: Jeremy Dixon; project manager, Meyer Najem; and Nate Lelle,
Greek Life Development, Meyer Najem. Award of Excellence
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity House
at Butler University
MEyEr NAjEM SupportS tHE ArtHritiS
FouNdAtioN’S SECoNd ANNuAl BoNE BASH FuNdrAiSEr
On October 29, a crew from Meyer Najem attended the second annual Bone Bash fundraiser
for the Arthritis Foundation in scary style.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit orga-
nization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and
related conditions. Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlan-
ta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located
throughout the country. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest
private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world,
Arthritis Foundation Costume
funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. Party. Back row, left to right:
The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing Jeremy Dixon, Andrew Habel,
public health education, pursuing public policy and legislation, Jennifer Arvin, Anthony Najem
and Chris McCracken. Front
and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality row, left to right: Carrie Dixon,
of life for those living with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation offers Erin Habel, Liza Najem, Phyllis
information and tools to help people live a better life with arthritis. Price and Stacy McCracken. Sam and Johnna Mishelow
MEyEr NAjEM SupportS CHAuCiE’S plACE
At BrEAkFASt FuNdrAiSiNg EvENt
On April 30, a banquet room full of partners, friends and supporters of Chaucie’s Place
joined together in honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Chaucie’s Place provides a neutral, child-friendly, homelike environment where a
single, comprehensive, investigative interview takes place for cases of sexual or
physical child abuse and neglect. The center aims to reduce trauma to the child
while improving the quality of evidence gathered to quickly and effectively resolve
these cases through the use of a multidisciplinary team of professionals and spe-
cially trained forensic interviewers. Since opening its doors in 2001, more than
2,500 children have been interviewed at Chaucie’s Place.
Sam Mishelow and Ashley Dyer of Meyer
Najem with U.S. swimmer, three-time
Beijing medalist and sexual abuse survivor
drEAMS do CoME truE At tHE
NoBlESvillE MAyor’S BAll
The theme of this year’s Mayor’s Ball in Noblesville was “Dreams Do Come True,”
and each guest was to come dressed as his or her favorite fairy-tale character. The
Noblesville Mayor’s Ball has a history of giving to local charities that focus on chil-
dren and families in need, and this year was no different. This year, the recipients
were Promising Futures of Central Indiana (name changed from Hamilton Centers
Youth Service Bureau), Janus Developmental Services, Helping Hands of Nobles-
ville and the Noblesville Firefighters Christmas Food and Toy Drive.
Javier and Heidi Moreno dressed as a king and queen.
MEyEr NAjEM givES BACk
Meyer Najem, RL Turner and Performance Services donated the
time, materials and costs involved in constructing a gazebo for Janus
Janus provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to partici-
pate and contribute within the community. They are recognized as the
partner of choice for individuals with disabilities, their families and the
From left to right: Sam Mishelow with Meyer Najem; community. Their clients are defined by their abilities and Janus offers
Connie Sanders, president/CEO, Janus Developmental opportunities for education, employment training, independent living
Services; Teresa Steege, vice president of operations,
Janus Developmental Services; and Arlene Gavin, and information to individuals and their families. Their activities promote
director of marketing, Performance Services. the confidence and choice that will result in a sense of achievement.
juliAN jAM 2010 Every year, Meyer Najem supports the Julian Center as a sponsor at the famous Julian
Jam, held on September 20. The Julian Center is a nonprofit agency providing counsel-
ing, safe shelter and education for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and
other life crises. Through outreach and consultation, we also seek to educate the com-
munity about the issue of domestic violence and its impact on all our lives.
Traci and Steve Hardin and Kim Cagle Rob and Kris Lawyer Greg Looney and Heidi and Javier Moreno
iNdiANA MASoNiC HoME BrEAkS grouNd
On May 16, the new $8 million Indiana
Masonic Home broke ground. It will
initially consist of 48 one-bedroom,
540-square-foot apartments, activity
areas, patios, separate dining venues
and a medical clinic. The services avail-
able in this new area include activities,
social services, nursing, housekeep-
ing, laundry, dining and nutrition, and
medication management. The new
building will be architecturally con-
sistent with Indiana Masonic Home’s
WEStFiEld FirE StAtioN grouNd BrEAkiNg
On June 8, the city of Westfield held a groundbreaking cere-
mony for the new Westfield Fire Station #83 that is slated to
begin in the spring. The new 10,500-square-foot station will
feature a full kitchen, a dining room, day room, a dormitory
that sleeps eight, a fitness room and locker rooms.
Westfield Fire Chief Todd Burton, Sam Mishelow with
Meyer Najem and Westfield’s mayor, Andy Cook
tHE FlAgSHip ENtErpriSE CENtEr CoMMEMorAtES CoMplEtioN
The Flagship Enterprise Center hosted a ribbon cutting cere-
mony and building dedication on Tuesday, October 19, to com-
memorate the completion of the new Accelerator Building.
The Accelerator Building is an 80,000-square-foot multi-ten-
ant business/industrial facility similar to the FEC’s existing
Energy Systems Center. The facility will be LEED (Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design) -certified, an interna-
tionally recognized environmentally conscious building stan-
dard, and will feature a solar wall to utilize passive solar heat.
Back row, from left to right: Andy Slye, project superintendent; Brian It is also distinguished by its use of geothermal heat pumps
Klaum, project engineer; and Sam Mishelow, EVP
Front row, from left to right: Jim Molenda, estimator; Senator Dick for the office space, a 32-foot clear span and the availability
Lugar; Anthony Najem, CEO; and Toby Holcomb, project manager of 12 docks and two drive-in docks.
ortHoiNdy SoutH opENS itS doorS For BuSiNESS
After 18 months of construction, the OrthoIndy South facil-
ity opened its doors to serve patients on October 27. This
75,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility is located on 42
acres, comprised of a 35,000-square-foot ground-up hospi-
tal and 40,000 square feet of clinical services. The hospital
features four operating rooms, two procedure rooms, six
PACU bays, 15 pre-op/stage 2/APS bays, outpatient therapy
and an MRI room. In addition, the clinic has 42 exam rooms,
two casting rooms, 15 physician offices, three X-ray rooms
and a data center.
Photo by Ed Arvin
StudENtS iNtErEStEd iN CoNStruCtioN CArEErS
tour ortHoiNdy SoutH
Meyer Najem, in conjunction with the Indiana Subcontrac-
tors Association Youth in Construction, sponsored a tour of
the OrthoIndy South project for the Central 9 Career Center
students on September 22.
The Youth in Construction program is designed to provide stu-
dents interested in construction with opportunities to expand
their knowledge on the complexity of the industry. With help
from the Youth in Construction Committee, students are provid-
ed opportunities like project tours, informational seminars, ca-
reer days and more. The committee also offers scholarships to John Morand, Meyer Najem project superintendent, shares his
students looking to further their education in the industry. expertise about the job site.
CoMMiSSioNEr lori torrES WitH tHE iNdiANA
dEpArtMENt oF lABor tourS ortHoiNdy SoutH
This past July, the OrthoIndy South project was visited by the commissioner of the
Indiana Department of Labor, Ms. Lori A. Torres, and the director of INSafe and Mar-
keting, Ms. Michelle Ellison. In July 2009, Meyer Najem and the Indiana Department
of Labor entered into a comprehensive safety and health partnership agreement.
The Department of Labor has a proactive focus of prevention, training and good com-
munication through various partnerships. By collaborating with businesses, labor,
trade associations and schools, they serve all 3 million Hoosier workers.
Left: From left to right: Traci Hardin, safety
director, Meyer Najem; Sam Mishelow, EVP,
Meyer Najem; and Commissioner Lori
Right: From left to right: Meyer Najem proj-
ect staff members Greg Looney, assistant
project manager, Andrew Habel, project
manager, and John Morand, superinten-
dent; Commissioner Lori Torres; Traci Har-
din, safety director, Meyer Najem; Michelle
Ellison, director of INSafe and Marketing;
and Jonathan Haggarty.
roB lAWyEr prESENtS At NAtioNAl CFMA CoNFErENCE
In June 2010, Rob Lawyer co-developed and presented a
four-hour seminar on “Bankruptcy Awareness” at the Nation-
al Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
in Kona, Hawaii. Rob serves on the National CFMA Education
The Construction Financial Management Association (www.
cfma.org) is the voice of financial management in the construc-
tion industry and the only non-profit organization dedicated to
serving the construction financial professional. Established in
1981, CFMA has more than 6,000 members and 86 chapters
in major cities across the United States.
Rob Lawyer, CFO, Meyer Najem Construction, is pictured here
with panelist Dave Simmons, founding partner, Drewery, Simmons,
Vornehm Law Firm; and Mike Anderson, president of the U.S.
Construction Practices, Marsh.
MAtt WEAvEr iS ElECtEd viCE prESidENt
oF tHE tiMBErliNE uSErS group
Matt Weaver, IT manager at Mey- a monthly newsletter and user-to-user support, and it hosts
er Najem Construction, LLC, has an annual conference that offers more than 100 technical
been elected to the position of vice and managerial training topics for its members. There are
president of the Timberline Users currently more than 1,300 members involved with TUG. For
Group (TUG). Matt will serve as more information on TUG, please visit www.tugweb.com.
vice president until July 1, 2011, and
will then serve a one-year term as
president of TUG. Matt has served
on the TUG Board of Directors since
2008. Matt’s other duties include
serving as chairman of the Confer-
ence Activities and the Information Technology committees
and as Board representative for the Web Site and Project
The Timberline Users Group (TUG) is a professional organiza-
tion committed to supporting the users of Sage Timberline
Office software — an application used by construction and
real estate professionals to track their projects’ lifecycles.
The guiding purpose of TUG is to help members be more
productive, accurate and knowledgeable with the greatest
possible camaraderie. TUG provides online training classes, National Timberline Users Group Conference
roB lAWyEr iS ElECtEd prESidENt oF
tHE pHi dEltA tHEtA HouSE Corp BoArd
At iNdiANA uNivErSity
Rob Lawyer, CFO at Meyer Najem Construction, has been elected president of the Phi Delta
Theta (Indiana Alpha) House Corp Board at Indiana University. Rob will serve as president ini-
tially for one year. Rob has previously served on the fraternity’s Chapter Advisory Board for the
past two years. The Phi Delta Theta House Corp Board is made up of alumni officers with the
primary responsibility of maintaining and safeguarding the property, as well as managing the
day-to-day affairs of the corporation, including scholarship and fundraising activities.
by Traci Hardin
With the-ever changing laws and regulations that affect Employees who are trained will be more aware of possible
today’s business practices, it can be challenging to new hazards, which can reduce the chance of an accident. Your
business owners and/or small “mom-and-pop”-type compa- Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is based on the costs/
nies to keep up with all the changes. It may even seem to losses your worker’s compensation carrier has incurred in
be overwhelming at times. However, the fact remains that the past with your company. These costs can include such
employers are now, more than ever, responsible for including expenses as medical expenses, injury severity, frequency of
safety as part of the package when it comes to doing busi- same type of injuries, lost-time wages paid, claim reserves,
ness. Some of the following items can provide some insights etc. Therefore, it stands to reason that fewer accidents and
on employer responsibility for safety on and off the project. injuries will reduce a company’s EMR, which can reduce the
cost your company pays for workers compensation insur-
To be exempt from the OSHA Act, you would need to be ance. Contact a local safety consulting firm or your trade as-
self-employed with no employees; have a farm where only sociation for safety training services.
immediate family members are employed; or be regulated
by other federal agencies under other federal statues. If Implement a safety incentive/recognition program to rec-
your company does not meet these exemptions, you are not ognize the safe practices and zero-injury efforts by your
exempt from the OSHA standards. employees. An incentive can be far less expensive than sus-
taining the cost of an accident. Accidents not only affect the
Companies who employ 10 or fewer employees may be ex- employee, possible lost time, rehab treatment, etc., but they
empt from the OSHA Recordkeeping standard of recording also affect the company’s workers compensation insurance
work-related injuries and illnesses but not exempt from fol- premiums, manpower, etc.
lowing OSHA rules and regulations. You can visit www.osha.
gov to obtain free information on this standard, as well as Make sure your field personnel know the safety plan when
print out the forms needed to comply with this standard. you hand off the project to them and before they go to the
site. Do they know what you have agreed to in your contract
When an injured or ill worker requires medical aid, utilize the for fall protection, special hazards control plan (heights,
services of an occupational health facility. The clinic/doctor fumes, noise, shock hazards), controlled access zones, etc.?
is the one who dictates if the injury involves time away from Have you provided them with the safety equipment neces-
work or work restrictions. Thus, get a copy of the doctor’s re- sary to perform their work in a safe manner — guardrails,
strictions, if any, and work with the occupational health clinic harnesses/lanyards in “good” condition — not frayed warn-
and your work-comp carrier to get the employee back to work ing line/posts system for a controlled access zone, scaffold
as soon as possible. system with all side-rail parts and ladder access, earplugs,
dust masks, etc?
Empower your field supervisors, foremen and employees
by training them on your company safety policies, hazard Furnish your field personnel with a copy of your company
recognition and OSHA requirements. Employers may visit safety program. There are minimum safety policies that
the following OSHA website to print the publication docu- all construction contractors need to have. Depending on
ment on what training is required: http://www.osha.gov/ work activities and/or tasks to be completed by employees,
publications/osha2254.pdf. additional safety policies will need to be added to the minimum
safety program. Employers may visit the following websites for Employers should always make a “good-faith” effort to comply
resources in developing their own safety program: with best safety practices and OSHA standards. Employers
• ht tp:// w w w.osha.gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/ need to support and enforce their company’s safety program.
quickstarts/construction/construction_step4.html “Luck” alone will not keep an accident from happening, and
• http://www.osha.gov/publications/osha2209.pdf you cannot always depend that an employee will use “common
sense.” Train your employees, make sure they know your
Have a written hazardous communication program, and policies and procedures, and know the hazards of a project.
train your employees so they know your company pro- Provide your employees with the equipment they need to
gram. Your company may not use any hazardous chemicals eliminate or control the hazards they will encounter.
in your work, but your employees can be exposed to haz-
ardous chemicals being used by other trades on jobsites. An employer also has the obligation to enforce the OSHA poli-
Employees need to know their rights and responsibilities cies. The OSHA General Duty Clause states that the employer:
of the Hazardous Communication program as required by (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a
the OSHA standards. place of employment which are free from recognized hazards
that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physi-
Maintain a safety training log for documentation purposes. cal harm to his employees;
You may need to provide this during an OSHA inspection. (2) shall comply with occupational safety and health stan-
dards promulgated under this Act.
Comply with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1989.
Perform pre-employment and post-accident drug and al- Employees should not do tasks they have not been trained to
cohol testing. Should an employee test positive, have a perform. Employees should be empowered to “speak up” to
disciplinary policy in place. You may also want to use a their supervisor when they need personal protective equip-
substance-abuse professional. ment (PPE) to perform a task and/or when a serious hazard
develops. In some instances, these items may need to be
Perform weekly toolbox safety talks and weekly safety in- addressed before their work even begins.
spections. The safety talks can be considered ongoing train-
ing. Have them address topics specific to tasks or work they Employers who have these controls in place will realize the
will be performing that week on the jobsite. Documenting benefits of:
weekly safety inspections can assist your employees in iden- (1) Zero or reduced accident frequency
tifying hazards in the workplace and the measures taken to (2) Less lost productivity
abate or eliminate the hazard. (3) Lower workers compensation costs when insurance
renewals take place
Safety Achievements in 2010
• Meyer Najem is the recipient of the Associated of Labor on the OrthoIndy South project in
Builders and Contractors (ABC) Award of Excel- Greenwood, Indiana
lence for our Contractor Safety Program • Meyer Najem is the recipient of the Metro India-
• Meyer Najem is a Platinum Level Contractor in the napolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS)
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) STEP Outstanding Project Award for Witham Hospital
Program (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) Medical Office Building II
• Meyer Najem is a Certified Contractor in the Met- • Meyer Najem is a recipient of the Metro India-
ro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety napolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS)
(MICCS) Certification Program Zero Injury Award
• Meyer Najem is a Certified Partner in the In- • Meyer Najem is the recipient of the Metro In-
diana Department of Labor (IDOL) and Metro dianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety
Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS) Safety Achievement Award in the
(MICCS) Partnership General Contractor Category
• Meyer Najem completed a project-specific • EPA Lead Certified Renovator for renovation,
partnership with the Indiana Department repair and painting
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