Friday, August 26, 2016

Scheduling Pitfalls!

Scheduling is an important factor for projects of all types and sizes, as mistakes associated with timing, material deliveries and processes can be very costly.

According to a study published by Angotti Engineering of CA, three of the top project schedule risk factors include:

  • Optimistic Scheduling - "tell them what they want to hear" without regard to real and practical limitations.
  • Piling on People – All will go well if we throw people at the project, especially at crisis points.
  • Refusing to anticipate learning curves when new people, tools or processes are introduced.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Officer's Club Project!

We're pleased to announce that we have been selected to perform a renovation and systems upgrade project by the US Navy. 

This fast-track initiative will involve interior renovations and HVAC-system updating in the officer’s club building at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. 

The scope-of-work will include new ceilings and walls, electrical and architectural upgrades, interior finish work, and the installation of a dormer on the building’s slate roof to accommodate the new HVAC unit. The new system will be more energy efficient, and will also have sufficient capacity to properly heat and cool the entire facility.

Read press release...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Safety First

Do you know about OSHA’s ‘Fatal Four Hazards’? In 2014 over 500 workers died from falling, being caught in or between hazards, being struck by hazards or electrocution.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Many companies are finding out how hard it is to attract and retain great employees – and the construction industry is no exception. They’re also realizing that incentives like signing or staying bonuses and/or better benefits are becoming necessary to be competitive. Here’s an article that discusses this more from High Profile.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Costs of Relocating a Business?

Research by and others indicates that business leaders must consider a range of options and costs before deciding whether or not to relocate their organizations; and many are surprised at where the biggest costs are incurred, as they often relate to people!

For example, the cost of relocating people and families, especially homeowners, is often significantly higher than anticipated. 

The cost (and risk) of rehiring when some team members opt not to move is often more costly than expected as well.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Renovate, Expand or Relocate?

The business location and building size that was perfect for your firm in the past now make it a struggle for you and your staff to perform the daily tasks that need to be done.

Hence, the questions posed in this post's title are of critical importance... either expand and/or renovate at your current location if space is available, or relocate into a different facility at a new location.

Should we stay...
In order to make your decision you must first perform a thorough evaluation of current operations at the existing site. Some of the factors to consider in making this decision include:
  • Is there sufficient real estate to expand?
  • Does the existing location have access to a good work force?
  • Is the business climate competitive?

Or should we go...
If the decision is made to relocate to a new facility, both the area where the existing facility is located and additional locations should be analyzed as part of the due diligence process. 

Whether moving in close proximity or further away, key criteria must be explored, analyzed and evaluated to ensure that the company makes the best decision for today and into the future. 

Some of these issues might include:
  • Willingness of team members to relocate and associated costs
  • Timeframe for the move
  • Potential downtime
  • Zoning and land-use issues
For additional perspective, you might like to read the full article...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Innovative Idea

Wood has been a construction and carpentry staple for thousands of years. As architects and engineers look for more sustainable, green materials to build with -- new research has brought the material back into the spotlight, in an entirely unexpected way. Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed a transparent version of wood.