Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Healthcare Renovation

Cost and Space-availability issues have brought about increased demand for renovation in health care; it is one of our specialties.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Staying cool on the job..

Heat illness can be a serious threat.  Your best defense is to learn how to say cool when it gets hot. 

When it is hot outside, your body temperature can rise to dangerous levels. Normally, your body cools itself through sweating but when it is hot and humid sweating is not enough and the result can be heat illness.

Follow these suggestions below to stay cool when working outdoors in the heat.
  1. Wear loose, light-colored clothing and some type of hat.
  2. Adapt to working in hot conditions gradually, especially if performing strenuous tasks.  
  3. Take breaks in the shade when possible.
  4. Avoid overexerting yourself during peak temperature (midday).  
  5. Drink liquids frequently, even if you don't feel thirsty.  At least eight ounces every 20-30 minutes. Choose water, fruit juice or sports drinks. Stay away from drinks with caffeine which can dehydrate you.  
  6. Be aware of the weather conditions and plan clothes, beverages accordingly. 
There are  three forms of heat illness to watch for;
  1. Heat cramps-sever muscle spasms in the back, stomach, arms, legs which are attributed to the loss of body salt and water during heavy periods of perspiration.  To treat heat cramps, move to a cooler area and drink 6 ounces of water every 15 minutes. Follow up with medical exam.
  2. Heat Exhaustion- heavy sweating , cool or pale skin, nausea, headache, weakness, vomiting and fast pulse. To treat heat exhaustion, move to cooler area  and lie down with legs slightly elevated. Cool body by fanning and applying cool wet towels.  If conscious, drink 6 ounces of water  every 15 minutes. Follow up with medical exam.
  3. Heat Stroke- high body temperature, sweating stops, red and often dry skin, rapid breathing and pulse, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, confusion or unconsciousness. To treat heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.  Heat stroke can be life threatening so it is important to move fast and seek medical attention as soon as possible. In the meantime, move to cooler area, remove outer layer of clothing.  Immerse in cool water if possible or apply several cool wet clothes to the body.  DO NOT give them liquids.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters cost us dearly in terms of life and infrastructure. A few ideas on how to prepare...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Woman in Contracting

Paula Scales, President/Owner of Brookstone Builders, Inc.
Guest Speaker for sba.gov, “ Women in Contracting with the Federal Government”
Wednesday, June 13 at Manchester SNHU

Why would you want the Federal Gov as a customer?
  1. The U.S. Go. Is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services.
  2. Government purchases total over $425 billion a yr.
  3. Federal agencies are required to establish small business contracting goals
Is Becoming a Government Contractor Right for you?
  1.  Can you spend the time required to identify agencies and buyers?
  2. Can your business financially support the costs involved in a government contract? 
  3. Are you prepared to learn and follow the federal procurement rules?

  1. 83 Industries Identified that will be eligible for WOSB or EDWSOB(Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Business) Set-Asides up to $5 million for manufacturing and $3 million for all other contracts
  2. 2.      Thrid party certification required or self-certification with required documents uploaded to SBA Repository website
  3. 3.      Success in contracting opportunities relies on the “Self Marketing” efforts of the firm

Will it benefit my company?
1.      Do you have a market as a prime contractor directly with the gov?
2.      Are you ready to be a contractor for the gov? Financially, past performance, etc.
3.      What industry codes will you be competing in? Will you be competing in one of the 83 industries codes?
4.      Which set-asides would be available for your industry? Which certification will you need?
Qualifying for the WSOB Program
MUST be a small business defined by their primary NACIS code unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more women that are U. S. Citizens.
1.      Must own at least 51% or more.
2.      Must be direct ownership
3.      Individuals must control the strategic policy setting, day-to-day operations.
4.      Individuals must be the highest paid employee in the firm
5.      Individuals must be the highest ranking officer in the firm
6.      Restriction on outside employment
7.      Does not require that woman have technical expertise or license but must demonstrate ultimate managerial and supervisory control over those that do
Our Firm Qualifies
1.      Read WSOB contract
2.      Registers online
Documentation needed
1.      Birth Certificate verifying U.S. Citizenship
2.      Copy of certification
3.      Trade certificate from state
4.      All Corp. information that verifies Women ownership
5.      Approved Third party certificate
First steps to Success
Identify opportunities
Do your research
Go to the pre bids
Fill out document correct
Do the follow up contacts
Keep in touch regardless of the outcome

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Builder's Motto

"Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it."  Author Unknown

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


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