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.      https://www.high-profile.com/show-me-the-money/


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Costs of Relocating a Business?

Research by urbanbound.com 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.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

Renovation Project at the Shipyard

It seems renovation projects have been very popular over the past year or so. Our crews are well-suited to working in or around occupied space which, as you may know, requires heightened safety, dust-control and noise-abatement protocols along with scheduling flexibility.

For example, we recently completed a demolition and renovation project for the US Navy that involved interior updates in an existing structure at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to provide personnel with additional kitchen space within an occupied security area. 

The scope-of-work included the overall expansion of two kitchenette areas, select demolition, and installation of new custom cabinetry, flooring, and finish work. Due to the security requirements of the areas to be renovated, all work had to be coordinated on both 1st and 2nd shifts with security escorts.

Read the full press release...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Electrical Safety Tips

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and it's the perfect time to learn how to prevent 300+ deaths that happen each year due to electrical hazards. Can you successfully avoid electrical hazards?
Here are some Electrical Safety Tips, provided by construction safety training company, ClickSafety.
1.   Avoid power lines when on a ladder.
2.   Unplug outdoor tools & appliances when not in use.
3.   Inspect power tools for frayed cords, broken plugs and cracked housings.
4.   Avoid damp conditions.

Look Up, Look Down & Look Out for Electrical Safety Hazards.