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.

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.

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.