The Great Lakes Design and Construction EXPO will take place on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the Suburban Collection Showplace.  Visiting the exhibit hall and attending the Educational Workshops is FREE.

The CAM 138th Annual Meeting and the Economic Forecast Breakfast are ticketed events which require advance registration.

Scroll down to learn more about the day's activities.

Free Workshops

8:30AM - 9:15AM

Energy Code Update

Presenter: Keith Nelson, D.R. Nelson & Associates


What is the status of the Proposed Energy Code? What can we expect if and when a new code is adopted? What preparations should we make? Meets requirements for Builders License CE.



Presenter: Bryan Renaud | MIOSHA CET


Find out about the common hazards and violations resulting in both violations and injuries. Emerging issues will be discussed, along with ideas for mitigating them.


9:30AM - 10:15AM

Legislative Update

Presenter: Dawn Crandall | Home Builders Association of Michigan


This session will provide attendees with an overview of the status of the state legislature and its impact on the construction industry. Legislative priorities of the Home Builders As­sociation of Michigan will be explained, along with the importance of grassroots involvement in the process.



Presenter: TBD



10:30AM - 11:15AM

Ownership Transition: Building a Foundation for Construction Companies and Homebuilders Through an ESOP

Presenter: Timothy Jamison, CPA | Prairie Capital Advisors


Every business owner will need to transition their ownership at some point.  During this interactive session, we will explore the various options a business owner has to transition their ownership. Due to the increase of Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) formations in the industry, we will explore and discuss each alternative and how it compares to an ESOP.  The discussion will cover the main features of an ESOP, the benefits to the selling shareholder, the tax advantages available to the company and the selling shareholder, the benefits to the employees, the differences between an ESOP and a 3rd party sale and how an ESOP works for the long-term success of the company.  We will highlight specific examples of companies in the construction and home building industries that have executed ESOP transactions to date and discuss their experiences and successes. 


Michigan Building Contract Fund (Michigan Builder's Trust Fund)

Presenters: Tyler Phillips | Kotz Sangster Attorneys at Law

Adam Huss and Steve Mihalik | Doeren Mayhew


The Michigan Construction Trust Fund statute was enacted to protect lower tier construction participants from any misuse of their earned funds. Join this session to learn more about your responsibilities for compliance when working on private projects.


Ticketed Events

Economic Forecast Breakfast

Daniil Manaenkov, US Forecasting Specialist, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics
Daniil Manaenkov, US Forecasting Specialist, Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics

The Construction Association of Michigan and the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan have hosted an annual Economic Forecast since 2010.  We will address GDP Growth, Inflation, and the Construction Outlook, followed by Q&A.  Registration includes breakfast, the presentation, and post-meeting presenter meet-and-greet on the EXPO show floor.

Dr. Daniil Manaenkov has been engaged in tracking and forecasting the U.S. economy for almost 20 years. He has been leading University of Michigan Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics national forecasting team since 2013. Prior to joining RSQE, he worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where he managed the bank's macroeconomic forecasting model. Daniil testifies regularly in front of the Michigan Legislature and briefs the Governor of Michigan annually on RSQE's national economic outlook.

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Tickets are available for $75 per person.

Advanced registration is required.

CAM 138th Annual Meeting & Project Achievement Awards

Keynote: Constructing the Future with AI

Lindsey Rem, Vice President of Business Transformation, Barton Malow Holdings
Lindsey Rem, Vice President of Business Transformation, Barton Malow Holdings

The 138th Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace, in conjunction with the Great Lakes Design & Construction EXPO. The Annual Meeting will include the CAM Annual Report, induction of new board members, presentation of the CAM Magazine Project Achievement Awards, and a keynote address.

The 2024 keynote will be delivered by Lindsey Rem, Vice President of Business Transformation at Barton Malow. She will explore what all the AI hype is about and its relevance to construction today and in the future. She will provide real examples and discuss the pros and cons of adopting AI in construction. AI is here, but what does it mean for construction?

Each CAM member firm is provided with one free pass to the CAM annual meeting. Additional tickets may be purchased for $100 each. Information about utilizing the free pass will be sent via USPS and emailed to the company's main point of contact. Online pre-registration is required, and no walk-ins will be allowed.

For registration assistance, or to reserve a full table or purchase multiple tickets, please contact us at (248) 972-1133 or via email events@BuildwithCAM.com.

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Luncheon

CAM Magazine Project Achievement Awards

During the CAM Annual Meeting luncheon, the Construction Association of Michigan will recognize this year's Special Issue Outstanding Project Finalists and award Project of the Year. Click here to read the October issue of CAM Magazine.

This year’s finalists include:

Ruth Ellis Clairmount Center
Owner: Ruth Ellis Center
Developer: Full Circle Communities
Architect: LBBA Architects
General Contractor/Construction Manager: O’Brien Construction Company
MEP Engineer: Strategic Energy Solutions, Inc.
Structural Engineer: SDI Structures; Civil Engineer: PEA, Inc.

Wacker Innovation Center & Regional Headquarters
Owner/Developer: KIRCO
Architect: HED
General Contractor/Construction Manager: KIRCO MANIX
Civil Engineers: PEA Inc.; Orchard Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. (OHM)
Electrical/Mechanical Engineer: HED

Roosevelt Park
Owner: City of Detroit, General Services Department
Architect: OHM Advisors
Contractor: WCI Contractors Inc.
Landscape Designer: WH Canon

Walled Lake Early Childhood Center
Owner: Walled Lake Consolidated School District
Construction Manager: AUCH Construction
Architect: TMP Architecture, Inc.

Book Tower
Owner/Developer: Bedrock
Contractor: Brinker|Christman, A Joint Venture
Architects: ODA, Kraemer Design Group (historic preservation architect)
Engineers: Giffels Webster (civil engineering), BuroHappold Engineering (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, structural, lighting, and façade work)

Ingham County Justice Complex
Owner: Ingham County Building Authority
Owner Representative: Kramer Management Group
General Contractor: Granger Construction Company
Architect and Mechanical Engineer: BKV Group
Structural Engineer: IMEG Corp.

Woodward West
Owner: The Platform and Queen Lillian
Construction Manager: Sachse Construction
Architect: Hamilton-Anderson Associates
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Strategic Energy Solutions
Structural Engineer: Silman
Civil Engineer: OHM Advisors

Monark Grove Clarkston
Owner/Developer: KIRCO
Architect: pH7 Architects
General Contractor/Construction Manager: KIRCO MANIX
Civil Engineers: Environmental Engineers, Inc.
Geotechnical Engineers: Soils and Material Engineers (SME)
Electrical Engineer: Epic Electrical, LLC
Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Plumber: PE Services

Huntington Tower
Owner: The Herrick Company, Inc.
Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture
Construction Manager: Colasanti Construction Services, Inc./MiG Construction Joint Venture
Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing Engineer: Peter Basso Associates
Civil Engineer: Giffels Webster
Façade Engineer: BuroHappold
Structural Engineer: IMEG
Exterior Lighting Design: Illuminart, a Division of Peter Basso Associates
Interior Design: Neumann/Smith Architecture

Orion Township Municipal Complex
Owner: Orion Township
Construction Manager: Cunningham-Limp
Architect: Auger Klein Aller Architects
Civil Engineer: OHM Advisors
MEP Engineer: Strategic Energy Solutions
Structural Engineer: Stoney Creek Structural Engineering

Kettering University Learning Commons
Owner: Kettering University
Architect & Engineer: Stantec
Construction Manager: Clark Construction Company
Civil Engineer: Spalding DeDecker

Shelby Township Public Library
Owner: Charter Township of Shelby
Architect and Engineer: Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc.
Civil Engineering & Surveying: Nowak & Fraus Engineers
Contractor: Bernco, Inc.

Over 1200 Attendees in 2023!