Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome Additional Estimator!

We are happy to announce that Tim Bryant of Jaffrey, NH has joined the firm as an additional Estimator. 

Mr. Bryant is an established construction professional, with over thirty years of industry experience both domestically and overseas. His primary responsibilities at Brookstone Builders will include pre-construction site visits, project estimating, bidding, and managing sub-contractor and estimating data bases.

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Average Wage for Construction Trades

In the construction industry, how do you think your trade or position ranks against others in terms of hourly wage? ConstructConnect says the national average hourly pay for all construction workers is $23.51. And how do you think the average wage for workers in your state compares to other states? Workers in Alaska, Hawaii and Illinois get paid the most, on average, and North Carolina, South Dakota and Arkansas pay the least. View the statistics on the best and worst paying construction trades and the average wage by state. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

New Construction Considerations

If you are thinking about building a new facility or relocating an existing one, it's important to evaluate a number of factors. 

First, the area must be analyzed as part of the due diligence process. Whether moving in close proximity or further away, or starting from scratch, key criteria must be explored, such as:
  • Willingness of team members to relocate and associated costs
  • Timeframe for the move
  • Potential downtime
  • Zoning and land-use issues
  • Access to workforce
Engaging an experienced real estate agent as well as a builder is often beneficial to the company in evaluating the potential new site. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Construction Bid Mistakes

In the construction industry, bidding on jobs is very common and how many companies acquire much of their work. The bidding process can be stressful and highly competitive, as everyone's goal is to submit a price low enough to be awarded the job, but high enough to cover all expenses and still make a profit. An estimator's worst nightmare is making a significant mistake on a bid, and then wondering how the situation can be resolved and what recourse they have.
Here's the full article from Construct Connect on Dealing With Construction Bid Mistakes.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Bristol-Myers Squibb Award

We are happy to report that Brookstone Builders, Inc. has been selected to perform an interior renovation project for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS). 

The undertaking will involve plumbing upgrades within multiple facilities at the Bristol-Myers Squibb campus in Devens, Massachusetts. The scope of work will include interior demolition, fixture upgrades and replacement, plumbing re-work, re-tiling, and finish work. 

Jay Gemmiti will serve as Brookstone Builders’ Project Manager.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Composite Pavers

More production equals more waste, more waste creates environmental concerns both, in air quality as well as on our land and in our water sources.
We all know that a small but important partial solution to this problem is the reutilization of our waste products.

Recycling of waste materials saves natural resources, energy, reduces solid waste at the landfills and helps to reduce greenhouse gases.

The construction industry must always strive to reduce our contribution to the waste issue and utilize Green Products and methods when possible in the construction of new facilities.

Read the full article...

Friday, July 21, 2017

New Hampshire’s Labor Crunch

As any business owner who is looking to hire more employees knows, it’s a tough market now to attract qualified applicants. And it’s been that way for nearly 2 years since New Hampshire’s unemployment rate has been at 3 percent or lower since November 2015. As an economist with the state Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau said, “Normally, it’s a great thing to have low unemployment, but you can argue it’s a problem not to attract enough labor.” 

Many employers are having to get creative and boost their benefits packages to attract and retain employees. Some of the perks include more paid holidays and/or vacation days, 100 percent payment on health insurance premiums, contributing to retirement plans, tuition reimbursement or school scholarships, bonuses, flexible schedules and catered lunches. 

This ‘economic heat wave’ has a ripple effect over many industries and can be seen all over the state’s economy. Read the full article from NH Business Review.