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.

Read press release... 

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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Heat is On!

Now that we’re in the middle of summer, heat related illnesses become a "hotter" concern. For those who work in the construction industry, staying out of the sun on hot days frequently isn’t an option. Heat illnesses range from heat stress, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and can be a matter of life and death. There are three simple words to remember to prevent heat stress and heat illnesses: Water, Rest and Shade
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross to stay safe while working outdoors this summer.

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. 
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. 
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes. 
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. 
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat and look out for each other. 
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors and seek shade.

 During heat waves people are susceptible to three heat-related conditions. Here’s how to recognize and respond to them.

Heat cramps are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen. Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat.
·  Get the person to a cooler place and have him or her rest in a comfortable position. Lightly stretch the affected muscle and gently massage the area.
·  Give an electrolyte-containing fluid, such as a commercial sports drink, fruit juice or milk. Water may also be given.  

Heat exhaustion is a more severe condition than heat cramps. Heat exhaustion often affects athletes, firefighters, construction workers and factory workers. It also affects those wearing heavy clothing in a hot, humid environment.
·  Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale, ashen or flushed skin; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion.
·  Move the person to a cooler environment with circulating air. Remove or loosen as much clothing as possible and apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fanning or spraying the person with water also can help. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of a cool fluid such as a commercial sports drink or fruit juice to restore fluids and electrolytes. Milk or water may also be given. Give about 4 ounces of fluid every 15 minutes.
·  If the person’s condition does not improve or if he or she refuses water, has a change in consciousness, or vomits, call 9-1-1.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition that usually occurs by ignoring the signals of heat exhaustion. Heat stroke develops when the body systems are overwhelmed by heat and begin to stop functioning.
·  Signs of heat stroke include extremely high body temperature, red skin which may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; confusion; vomiting; and seizures.
·  Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
·  Sponge the person with ice water-doused towels over the entire body, frequently rotating the cold, wet towels or cover the person with bags of ice.
·  If you are not able to measure and monitor the person’s temperature, apply rapid cooling methods for 20 minutes or until the person’s condition improves. 

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...