Friday, October 21, 2016

Safety Violations

Which safety violations occur most often on a construction job site today? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the worst offenses have predominately remained the same over time and fall-protection accidents top the list. Following in second and third place are faulty ladders and inefficient eye, face and head protection. See the full report issued by OSHA here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Emergency Preparedness

According to a National Safety Council poll, one third of U.S workers do not feel well trained in emergency practices while 75 percent of managers and supervisors say their employees are well trained to handle an emergency. To bridge the current gap in perception, safety leaders should take this time to re-assess and improve their current level of emergency preparedness.
Here's a 3-step guide from online training provider ClickSafety.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hearing Matters

Do you protect your ears and hearing when working in a loud environment? Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Here's information from the US Dept of Labor on why Hearing Matters.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Military Design/Build Award

We are proud to announce that the US Navy has recently selected Brookstone Builders, Inc. to perform an interior and exterior renovation project. 

This design/build initiative will involve exterior renovations to a historic building (B99) at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. 

The scope-of-work will encompass a total slate roof replacement with copper trim and downspouts, historic brick repairs and retooling, window maintenance and painting. The project will also include the construction of a new boiler room along with the installation of a new furnace and a natural gas feed.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Working in Occupied Space

On many occasions we find ourselves engaged in an expansion or renovation project that involves working in or around client-occupied space.

As you may be aware, this type of work requires some additional attention, such as enhanced safety protocols as well as heightened levels of noise and dust abatement. It's also important to maintain consistent and reliable communication to ensure that all parties are aware of work and delivery time tables, and overall scheduling must be flexible to accommodate a client's peak business periods or special events.

Here's a short video that summarizes the intricacies associated with working in or around client occupied space:

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.

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