Friday, January 29, 2016

Brookstone Builders Welcomes New Office Manager

We are happy to announce that Karen Scales has joined the firm as Office Manager.

Ms. Scales holds a Bachelor’s degree in Food Service Administration from Central Michigan University, and has over fifteen years of managerial experience. She has held the position of Food Service Director for a health care facility, and spent fourteen years as a Test Kitchen Manager at Reader’s Digest in Wisconsin prior to relocating to New Hampshire.

Her primary responsibilities at Brookstone Builders will include managing various administrative activities, record keeping, accounts payable, payroll, bookkeeping and directing portions of the company’s social media program.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time is Money!

People often say that "time is money," and this is especially true during construction projects of all types and sizes.

For example, a regional organization was in the process of expanding their headquarters by adding a new wing. The initial decision-making and approval process took a little longer than expected, and consequently the project began six weeks late. This delay brought-about a time-challenge for the company, as winter was quickly approaching.

In addition, the communication between site management personnel, suppliers and sub-contractors was not the best. In certain instances the main crew was unable to work productively because materials were late in arriving. In other cases sub-contractors didn’t arrive on site because they were confused about the schedule. As the frequency of these types of misunderstandings increased, the "ripple effect" became significant and it soon became apparent that the facility would not be weather-tight prior to winter’s arrival, thus bringing about a need to import additional workers and to authorize overtime work – expensive solutions to say the least!

Managing a schedule is not always easy, but the upshots associated with failure to do so can be costly in multiple ways. In addition to delay-related costs, some contracts include punitive fines if certain deadlines are missed. In other cases the negative impact on worker morale can result in safety or quality lapses, as the overall job-site culture becomes one of mediocrity. Finally, a contractor’s brand-value can be damaged once they get a reputation for missing timelines.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Fast-Track: An Interior Fit-up at Milton CAT

We recently completed a "fast-track" interior fit-up project at Milton CAT's impressive new facility near the Manchester, NH airport.

The project commenced in mid-July and involved the complete interior fit-up of the new118,000+ square-foot sales and service campus in Londonderry, NH. The complex consists of sales and showroom space, offices, conference rooms, kitchen/break room, locker room, and large service areas.

The scope-of-work included metal stud framing, drywall, interior doors and hardware, windows, radiant-heated flooring plus finish carpentry work.

Read the press release...

Friday, December 11, 2015

Brookstone Builders Inc.-Friday Funny-weather

A big welcome to this beautiful Friday afternoon.  Hope everyone has plans to enjoy the spring like temps we are enjoying this mid December.  Happy shopping too!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Brookstone Builders, Inc.-Friday Funny-Holiday stress

Happy Friday, first one of December.  Don't blink, you might miss the month.  Are you ready for the holiday? Done with wrapping, baking, shopping, decorating. O my so much to do, which brings us to our Friday Funny... Enjoy and have a nice weekend.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Unique Project!

We were recently selected to perform a unique replacement project by the US Navy that you might find interesting.

The scope-of-work will involve the dismantling, removal and replacement of a spiral staircase that services the lowest level of a dry-dock pump house at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The new staircase will be made of stainless steel, and will facilitate easier access for the crews that maintain the dewatering pumps, which are located approximately fifty-feet below ground level.

Read the press release...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

When Your Contractor Says, "No!"?

As a regional commercial contractor, we are first and foremost in the Customer Service Business.  We want to please our clients and be a good partner/advisor to them as well as to everyone involved on a project.

But that does not mean that we subscribe to the YES theory – i.e., were our clients are always correct even when they are not.  

In fact, as experts in the commercial construction industry one of our primary roles is to be the best possible advisors for them which sometimes mean we need to say NO – and when we do, you can bet it’s for a good reason which we will gladly explain.

Read the full article and "3 reasons to listen" when your contractor says, "No!"