Thursday, March 12, 2009

Newsletter Article

Renovation on Historic Landmark Inn Finished

The Landmark Inn first opened January of 1930. It stayed open for fifty-two years until 1982 when it fell into disrepair and had to be closed. Three years ago Northern Construction was faced with the momentous task of renovating the Landmark. Everything from the floor to the ceiling had to be refurbished or replaced.
Northern Construction was presented with this task by the owners of the Landmark in January of 2006. Northern Construction’s New Project Manager George Smith agreed to accept the task and began setting forth a design plan. This was not an easy job. George teamed up with Northern Construction’s Head of Design Fred Tomlinson to design each one of the sixty-two rooms at the Landmark. They also worked together to design the lobby and restaurant.
The task of renovating the Landmark Inn was so great that Northern Construction had to bring in the help of Josh Carlson and Doug Sweeney. Josh and Doug are historical renovation experts that have helped with the restoration of many great projects such as the work done on the Sir Christopher Wren Building at the College of William and Mary in VA and the restoration done at Carnegie Hall. Their expertise helped greatly when picking out materials to use for the renovation. They were able to instruct Northern Construction on many things that help the Landmark retain its European-inspired essence. This included what types of wood paneling to use in the lobby to what pictures were to be hung on the walls. They were an asset to Northern Construction to have them help with the work and it would not have turned out like it did without their help.
The entire project of refurbishing and renovating the Landmark Inn cost a grand total of 1.3 million dollars and took a little over three years to complete. Guests that go to the Landmark say that every penny was worth it because the landmark is the most majestic hotel in all of the Upper Peninsula. We here at Northern Construction are very proud to be able to say that we took part in such a historic renovation and are glad to say that the Landmark Inn is now open for business again. Go to the lovely restaurant Capers or just come to look around and you surely will not be disappointed.

Author: Pat Cassingham

Sunday, March 8, 2009

manhole instructrions

Kevin Callahan
Manhole Rigging Instructions
Some manholes can be removed by hand, however for safety purposes larger manholes, should be supported by a rigging. The following is instructions for setting up these riggings.
WARNING: removing manholes can be extremely hazardous, extreme caution should be used, paying special attention to all pinch points.
Definition: Pinch Point- any area where the cover my “pinch” the operators
Note: Removing manholes should never be removed by only one worker, as it is a very dangerous job, and often another pair of hands is needed.
1. Impact Wrench 2. Appropriate Socket 3. Extension Cord
4. Tow Strap 5. Come-along 6. Eye Hook (If Available)

1. Plug in impact to extension, plug extension into outlet.
2. Attach come-a-long to eye hook by clipping the top hook of the come-along through the eye hook.
3. Run both ends of tow strap through some portion of the Cover (use strongest area). Example (through a welded handle). At this point the strap should be able to hold the cover if attached.
4. Attach both ends of the tow strap to the hook on the come-along (bottom hook).
5. Crank the lever on the come-along until strap is tight, leaving just enough lax so there is not pressure pulling the bolts up.
6. Remove bolts using impact wrench.
7. After removing last bolt hold with hands, making sure your fingers are not at any pinch points, and guide the cover down, by cranking the come-along.
8. Once the cover touches the ground carefully lean it on the side of the tank from which the cover was removed.
9. Finally crank the come-along until the rope is tightened, to hold the cover until it is ready to be replaced.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


How to Write a Memo
By: Pat Cassingham

Step 1. Determine who you are writing this memo to.
• Do this to determine your audience’s priorities and the tone that should be used.
Step 2. Start the memo with the Heading Segment.
• The heading segment should include to whom the memo is written, who has written the memo, the date the memo was written, and what the subject of the memo is. The first line of the heading should read "To:" then state the recipient. The next line, "From:" states your full name. The third line, "Date:" should contain the date that the memo was written. The final line of the heading, "Subject:" should state what the memo is about, and should be highlighted in some way.
Step 3. Write the Opening Statement next.
• State the purpose of the memo and identify the exact reason for writing the memo to make it clear to the reader.
Step 4. Write the Summary Segment.
• This segment should provide a brief statement of important suggestions. This will help the reader quickly understand the key points of the memo.
Step 5. Write the Discussion Segment.
• In this segment, include all of the details that support your ideas and recommendations for solving the problem. You can also discuss future problems and how they will not occur because of your recommendations.
Step 6. Write the closing Statement.
• Close the memo with a friendly ending that states what actions you want the reader to take.

Warning: Make sure to spell check the memo before sending it out and make sure the memo has a neat professional appearance to it.

Press Article

Upper Peninsula News

Marquette. On Tuesday, February 10th Northern Construction announced its plans to begin a new housing development located near Marquette Mountain. I went and interviewed Chris Johnson who is in charge of managing the new development to learn more about it.

I met up with Chris on the East side of Marquette Mountain where the new development is to be located. I was surprised to see that work had already begun at the site. Chris told me, “In order to be able to be building houses here in the spring the land must first be cleared.” As we walked around the site he explained to me how the development is going to be set up. “This is a ten acre tract that we are clearing for the development, and there will be up to twenty houses built on it.” He went on to say, “There are five basic home designs to choose from or one may choose to work with Northern’s contractors to come up with a design of their own.”

Those interested in building a house on the new development are encouraged to contact Chris Johnson at 906-226-2850 or visit Northern Construction’s website at

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

For Immediate Release

Northern Construction

116 N. 6th


Group 3

Northern Construction Announces New Housing Development in Marquette Area

Marquette (February 4, 2009) - Northern Construction, Marquette’s foremost builder of high quality homes announced plans to open a new housing development today. This 10 acre tract of land will have up to 20 housing units and will be located near beautiful Marquette Mountain. Housing plots will range in size from half an acre up to 2 acres. There are five different basic designs for homes or one may choose to submit a design of their own, or work with Northern Construction’s contractors to design your own home.

The beautiful city of Marquette, located on magnificent Lake Superior, and with the opportunity to be involved in the design of one’s home gives one many customizable options which can help to make one’s home unique and suited to their liking. Marquette is a great place to live or raise a family with numerous opportunities for physical activities such as hiking trails, activities on the lake and skiing.

When the snow starts flying, one can stay warm and dry in our state of the art homes, with options such as fireplaces, and saunas our homes are a great place to try in wait out the long Upper Peninsula winters.

Northern Construction has been Marquette’s foremost builder of quality homes for the past 20 years. We are a name that can be trusted. This new housing development will be leading the pack with eco friendly designs and materials.

For more information please visit us at