Monday, June 26, 2017

Job Site Scheduling: Time Really is Money!

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

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.  

See related "punch list" of scheduling best practices...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bedford Renovation Project

We are happy to announce that Brookstone Builders has been selected to perform an interior renovation and fit-up project for Aberdeen Growth, LLC of Bedford, New Hampshire. 

The undertaking will involve a complete new-construction fit-up of approximately 3000 square feet within an office building at 288 South River Road in Bedford. 

The scope of work will include the installation of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, along with new drywall, ceilings, and flooring, and all interior finishes. Jack Boardman will serve as Brookstone Builders’ Project Manager, and architecture will be handled by Dennis Mires P.A. of Manchester, NH.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Growing Your Construction Business

Are you looking to grow your construction business now or in the future but don't know how to get started or what to focus on? Here are 12 Tips to Grow Your Construction Business from Construct Connect.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Important Renovation Considerations

Renovation has been a specialty area for us, and over the years our workforce has developed important skills and habits that are important considerations for working in job sites that are near or around occupied space.

As this short video explains, extra attention must be paid to safety, noise abatement, dust abatement, scheduling, and consistent communication, to ensure that all parties are aware of ongoing work processes and to manage the impact on "business as usual."

Friday, May 5, 2017

OSHA Resources

You might find this new resource from OSHA of interest, as they have developed a webpage to provide workers and employers useful, up-to-date information on the Construction Industry.

The site includes worker protection information, such as Workers' Rights, Employer Responsibilities and other services.

See more at: OSHA's Workers' page.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Job Site Productivity

How productive are your job sites and projects? Do you frequently finish jobs on schedule or early, and on budget? Or are you always scrambling to catch up? Construct Connect shares 'Nine Ways to Maximize Job Site Productivity'. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Northeast Economic Construction Trends - 2017

Data from the NH Employment Security Department indicates that construction will be New Hampshire’s fastest-growing industry over the next 15 months, adding 1,155 jobs or 4.5% of current employment.

According to the US Construction Report for 2017, the Northeast and the West will experience the largest growth this year, with both regions gaining over 8%.

In our immediate area, Massachusetts is foretasted to grow 3%, Maine with a growth of 8% and New Hampshire a projected growth of 13%.

Read the full article...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Petco Project Award

We are pleased to announce that Brookstone Builders, Inc. has been selected to perform an interior utility consolidation and space improvement project at the Northway Plaza Shopping Center in North Conway, New Hampshire. 

The scope-of-work will include the interior demolition of walls and ceilings that had comprised three separate tenant spaces within the plaza, along with the consolidation of existing electrical systems and gas lines. 

The project is being done to facilitate the interior fit-up of a new 10,000 square-foot Petco store.

Reads the full press release...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring is Coming... Forewarned is Forearmed!

Spring is truly a season of transition and, for many of us, a season we are anxiously awaiting!

However, as the earth thaws from months of cold winter chill, and as the snow is melting, the sun is warmer and spring rains are frequent. And this all creates slick, slippery and potentially dangerous working conditions for workers and other personnel who have access to job sites.

If, as the poem goes, we experience the typical "April showers," there are a number of conditions affected by rain storms, such as slippery surfaces, cold stress, and visibility.

Read the full article...

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ladder Safety Month

Did you know March has been designated as National Ladder Safety Month?  The American Ladder Institute’s 2016 research study showed the two most common causes of ladder accidents are overreaching and missing the last step when descending the ladder. Falls are among the leading causes of worker deaths every year, especially in construction. Read the full article from Click Safety with additional information and safety tips.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Subcontractor Tips

Most general contractors rely on trade contractors to assist them in successfully completing construction projects. Likewise, trade or subcontractors often depend on GCs for work. Many general and trade contractors have long-standing relationships and a mutual respect for each other. However, when trade contractors are considering working with a GC for the first time, there are some tips to be aware of. Read the full article from Construct Connect…

  • Do your homework on the contractor 
  • Make sure you have a contract/change orders in place before beginning any work
  • Read the details and fine print of the contract
  • Review payment bonds, if there are any
  • Clauses to watch for:
    •  Pay-when-paid or pay-if-paid clauses
    •  Flow-down or pass-through clauses
    •  Indemnification clauses