Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fun Fact!

Happy Anniversary to the Burj Khalifa skyscraper!

·         The tallest structure in the world opened on January 4, 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
·         It’s held the world record since 2009 and stands 2,722 ft tall. That’s just over a 1/2 mile tall!
·         Construction took 6 years
·         Estimated total cost for the project was $1.5 billion
·         The building contains
o   57 elevators, 8 escalators and 2,909 stairs from the ground floor to the 160th floor
o   24,348 windows
o   3,331,100 square feet

Thursday, December 29, 2016

State of NH Renovation Project

We're happy to announce that we have been selected to perform a pharmacy and miscellaneous renovation project at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord. 

The project will involve the complete fit-up of a new pharmacy, the renovation of the HR office and meeting space, the construction of new A.D.A. bathrooms and a new gift shop within the 36 Clinton Street facility. 

The scope-of-work will include interior demolition; new walls, floors, and ceilings; interior finishes; and electrical, mechanical and HVAC system upgrades.

Read press release... 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Safe Snow Removal Tips

With winter upon us and snow in the forecast again, here are some Snow Blower Safety Tips.
  • Dress properly to not only keep yourself warm but also safe. 
    • Wear boots with adequate traction.
    • Wear ear and eye protection.
    • Avoid long scarves or other loose clothing that could become caught in the snow blower's moving parts.
  • Before you begin -
    • Familiarize yourself with the manual and how to operate the snow blower, if new to using it.
    • Inspect the area for items that may be in your path like tree branches.
    • Check the snow blower's oil and gas level before each use.
    • Always start the machine outside.
  • While clearing snow -
    • Watch where you're aiming the snow and avoid directing it towards people, cars, windows, lampposts or other items that could be damaged by debris. 
    • Keep your hands and feet away from all moving parts.
    • Never override automatic shutoff features.
    • Operate the blower at a speed you're comfortable keeping up with. 
    • Never reach into the blower shoot with your hands for any reason, even when the machine is off. Use a stick to loosen debris or packed snow/ice. 
  •  Proper maintenance - 
    • Check the spark plug at the start of the season and replace if necessary.
    • Maintain proper tire pressure for best handling.
    • Run all of the gas out of the snow blower or drain it at the end of the season. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

OSHA Injury & Illness Reporting

Recent provisions to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s record keeping rule will take effect on January 1, 2017. Are you aware of what will change

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Shipyard Renovation Project Award

We're happy to report that we were awarded a renovation project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in building 184. 

The initiative is being conducted to accommodate the relocation of personnel from another building, which is scheduled for demolition. 

The scope-of-work will encompass select interior demolition, reconstruction of floors and utilities, lighting upgrades, the relocation of steam water and sewer systems, and the construction of a complete pre-fabricated office building within the shipyard’s current paint blasting facility. 

Brookstone Builders has enjoyed our professional business relationships with both the Navy for many years and has also collaborated on several projects with CCI, the primary contractor, of Augusta Maine.

Read press release...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

General Contractor vs. Construction Manager

General contractors and construction managers play distinct roles in the construction industry and there are a number of areas which clearly set them apart from each other. 

The role of general contractor most often involves taking the helm of a construction project. They are typically responsible for assembling teams that will perform specific tasks on the construction project, maintaining personnel for administrative and or supervisory roles, and hiring sub-contractors, suppliers and other professionals for specific construction related tasks. The general contractor usually manages the schedule and project’s quality as well.

The construction manager usually serves as an agent to the owner and is solely responsible for nearly all aspects of the construction project. Unlike a general contractor, a construction manager tends to be more closely aligned with the building owner, and is essentially entrusted with making decisions on behalf of the owner. 

Read the full article...

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.