Construction Company

Keeping Construction Company In Compliance

The construction industry is heavily regulated, and that is also for good reason. Industry regulations are put in place to prevent injuries and fatalities on job sites and ensure safety for everyone. When construction companies don’t obey government regulations, they could end up subject to penalties and even fines. Here is the list of compliance requirements that every construction company needs to know and how to follow them.

OSHA Standards
Many construction compliance regulations are defined and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA. OSHA has extensive and well-defined standards for construction sites that every construction contractor must familiarize themselves with.

OSHA standards mainly focus on safety within the workplace and at construction sites. For insurance, construction employers are required to provide their teams with goggles, helmets, and other protective equipment on their working site. They are also required to provide harnesses, guardrails, and other fall protection measures when working at a certain height.

Wage and Employment Regulations
As with any employer in the United States, construction companies need to follow fair wage and employment regulations. For example, construction companies and their subcontractors need to adhere to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to ensure that background checks are fairly done during the hiring process. The EEOC also has laws preventing other discriminatory hiring practices.

Additionally, construction sites have to adhere to regulations from the US Department of Labor and their state labor departments related to pay and scheduling. These regulations ensure that employees get paid a minimum wage and that paychecks happen on time. Construction sites also have to adhere to scheduling restrictions, which limit the amount of time an employee can legally work without receiving overtime.

Lien Regulations
Lien regulations ensure that contractors can take legal action if they are not paid for the work they have done. If a contractor isn’t paid for their work within a certain amount of time, they can file a lien to receive their respective funds. Lien laws vary from state to state. They are very important to understand if you work with subcontractors, as you will want to avoid unexpected liens.

Commercial Construction Planning, Insurance Regulations
All construction professionals must have appropriate insurance coverage. Insurance regulations vary from state to state. Failing to adhere to insurance regulations can come with strict and heavy penalties, so it is important to familiarize yourself with them before you even start any construction project.

Building Codes
Building codes are the standards codes that specify how structures need to be built to ensure the buildings are safe. Building codes typically address things like fire hazards, electrical wiring, plumbing, and internal structural support. Each city and state have its own building codes, and they are updated on a frequent basis, so make sure to familiarize yourself with them in order to avoid any issues later.

Failing to comply with these regulations can cause serious problems for construction companies. Not being compliant can result in heavy fines and damage to the company’s reputation. In most serious cases, a lack of compliance can result in dangerous working conditions.

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Building Plan

Building Plan And Tailoring them as per Business Needs

Not every commercial or retail space is constructed exactly the same. The layout of the building, the spaces found within the building, the size of the building, and the materials that are used to construct the building should all vary based on the type of business that is going to take place. We know how important it is to tailor the building plans to specific businesses’ needs. Here are a few ways that can be tailored in the building plans per the business needs.

The Amount of Space Needed For The Business Currently and How it will expand in the Future

One of the things that we will do when putting together plans for the business is ensure that you have enough space for now and well into the future. The odds are, everyone wants the company to grow and expand over the years. Buying a building that meets the needs now is ideal, but it will now give you the space you need in a few years if the business grows. As such, you want to ensure that there is either land nearby that you can expand onto or space within the building for the company to expand and grow into in the coming years.

Putting Together A Layout That Includes All of the Features To Fulfil The Business Needs

Another way that can tailor the building plan as per the business needs is to ensure that the layout has all the various spaces and elements your business needs. For example, if you are planning on running a vet hospital in the space, you need small examination rooms to be constructed throughout the space, as well as larger spaces for a waiting area, the surgery area, and the kennel area. Or if you are building a clothing store, you need a large open space for keeping the inventory, as well as storage space and fitting rooms. The layout of a building is going to vary from one type of business to another. We can help you choose what a good layout and flow are based on the type of business you run and ensures the space is designed so that the type of business can be successful in the space provided.

Selection of Building Materials That Make Sense for the Type of Business Someone Do

Lastly, we can help you select the building materials that make sense for the type of building you will be constructing. We can help you select the building materials that make the most sense for the type of business you plan as well as select materials that fit within your specified budget.

Looking to construct a building from scratch or renovate the existing commercial space for business? We are here to help you construct the building from the ground up, renovate a building or remodel, all while tailoring the building plans to the type of business you have. When you are ready to get started, give us a call to discuss requirements and plans with our team of construction professionals.

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Roofing Construction

Best Roof For The Commercial Building Project

A durable, strong, roof is an important part of any commercial building project. There are many different types of commercial roofs you can choose from, each of which has its own pros and cons for the type you choose. In this article, we will discuss each of the roof types available and in which scenarios it works best to use each of them.

  • Commerical Metal Roof Construction
    Metal roofing is always a popular choice for commercial projects mainly due to its durability. There are many types of metal that are appropriate for commercial roofs, and it depends on you to choose from those options that best fit the style of the rest of your building. Metal roofs can withstand many different weather conditions and are also fire-resistant. Additionally, these metal roofs require minimal maintenance and can last for as long as 40 years. However, metal roofs are quite expensive than many other types of roofing available.
  • Built-Up Roofing Membrane
    Built-up roofing membrane, also known as BUR is another popular roof option for commercial buildings. This type of roof is made from layers of ply sheets with a layer of asphalt applied on top. This roofing strategy has been used for hundreds of years and it remains a durable option. BUR works in many different climates and is the most popular option for low-slope roofs. However, it’s important to note that BUR roofs must have proper drainage to prevent water from pooling, and damaging the membrane.
  • Thermoset EPDM Roofing
    Another good option for low-slope or flat roofs is a thermoset roof. These roofs are made up of ethylene propylene diene monomer, or EPDM, which is a durable rubber material. These roofs are extremely durable and are highly resistant to UV rays as well as extreme weather. They can even reduce energy costs by keeping the building cooler. However, many people don’t like the looks of EPDM roofs.
  • Modified Bitumen Roofs
    These roofs are the most ideal option if you have a roof deck or anticipate that your tenants will spend a good amount of time on the roof. This is because it is quite powerful and stable. Bitumen roofs require minimal maintenance to keep them in good condition. Structurally, modified bitumen roofs are very similar to that BUR roofs. They use a special type of asphalt that is designed to withstand a wide range of temperatures. Additionally, modified bitumen roofs when reinforced with fiberglass give strength to the roof.
  • Commercial Green Roofing
    This is the most unique roof option which might not be the cheapest or easiest option to maintain, but it adds up the aesthetic appeal to your building. These Green roofs are made with a waterproof membrane that can completely be covered with plants. In addition to the looks, these plants actually absorb water, preventing runoff, and they can even minimize the cooling cost.

With so many different types of roofing to choose from, you will need to assess your option and determine which one makes the most sense for the building. For more details call us today and book an appointment.

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Construction

What is Trending in the Construction Industry

After several years of uncertainty and fluctuations caused by COVID-19, the construction industry looks to grow and beyond, despite many challenges posed by labor shortages and rising prices. Construction is still the largest industry in the world, but still, that isn’t growing as rapidly as other industries. We look at what’s trending in the construction industry and how it boosts the construction industry’s growth, efficiency, and profitability.

Virtual Construction Tools
Upcoming new technologies such as virtual design and visualization software have helped the construction industry to grow over the next five years. The ability to use specialized software to plan, engineer, and design projects before groundbreaking will be a driving force in speeding up job completion, minimizing mistakes, and reducing overall costs.

Modular Construction
Many construction companies as well as their customers are turning towards modular and pre-fab construction because it reduces the overall costs and building time as compared to traditional construction. Modular projects reduce costs by up to 20%, and with the use of high-quality materials gives customers sturdy, durable structures that go up more quickly than building from scratch.

Robots
The construction industry will be benefitted from robots and machines that help to make job sites more efficient and safer. For example, it’s better to have a robot transport heavy or hazardous materials instead of risking the valuable life of employees. And rather than replacing those employees, the robots allow construction companies to use those people in less dangerous roles, which increases productivity and ensures everyone’s safety.

3D Printing
3D printing is a game changer for many industries, especially for construction. Using 3D printing technology on the job site allows construction companies to quickly create replacement parts or even make changes on the fly as designs change due to circumstances.

Drones
Another technology that is proving to be a game changer in many industries is drone usage. Drones are becoming a must-have resource for construction companies, and currently, the industry has seen a drastic growth in their use over the past years. Drones save construction companies time and money by providing topographic mapping and land surveys, equipment tracking, security surveillance, safety, progress monitoring, and inspection. Drones are so cost-effective they are a must-have in any construction company’s list.

Material Costs
Asking any owner of a construction company what challenges they face, everyone will say the rising cost of materials is probably on the top of the list. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the increasing costs of materials like concrete, crushed and broken stone, gravel, sand, etc., and this trend looks to continue. Many construction companies combat this by using the above-mentioned technologies like drones and virtual design, but also through implementing materials like self-healing concrete, which are more expensive at the outset but will save money over time.

Labor
Even if robots and machines are efficient, you still need a labor force for construction projects, but as we have seen, that quality labor is in short supply. As robots and machines have become more prevalent on construction sites, construction companies must look to hire educated workers to manage data and use the technology. 

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Project Charter

Tips For Developing Project Charter

The project charter can be defined as a true reflection of what leadership believes about the project’s characteristics. It contains the usual suspects, such as schedule milestones, project description, budget, and requirements, the charter also provides the objectives of the project, it is performance metrics which are also known as expected outcomes,  decision-making roles, and deliverables expected.

The purpose is not just project requirements and deliverables, but a wider array of dimensions necessary for the complete organization to become better, safer, and more mature. The ultimate owner of the deliverables of the project can frame the project for the short-term outcome and upon completion of project activity but has the responsibility for considerable organization shifts, such as increasing sales metrics, human capability improvements, process enhancements, and long-term investment in assets and human capital. The leadership role is to assure the charter that contains more than just the basics of the project, but also awareness about the context of the long-term sustainability of the company.

How Does Process Work
The development of a complete project charter is the first step of a project and this may be completed even before formal approval of the project. It is important for the charter to get revised when the project has a significant direct or there is a scope for changes as if that it is current. Always keep the project charter up-to-date. It is important ss charter reflects the human side of leadership, not just the technical activities. The development of the charter should be done before the project plan is fully developed, and the format of the charter should be in such a way that it can easily be updated.

Everyone who has been involved with a project has not been successful in one or multiple areas. If there is a change in one area of schedule, scope, or even budget, then the other areas are also affected, and this is true for other areas that must be identified in the charter. One can imagine the risk of late selection of a piece of equipment that in turn can hold up finalizing design, which then cascades to late installation and rise the project cost, and the stakeholders involved will begin raising concerns and downstreaming the contractor’s submitted claims. The original charter created had a time range for the delivery of the equipment. These timeframes were met, but the contractor’s schedule has differed from the original plan. As the charter was not kept up to date, a huge misalignment among the various project occurred as well as their requirements and measurement processes. Hence the charter must always be kept on updating or must be followed regularly.

Management reserve is held in the project budget, but outside the cost baseline and is used for unknowns that may arise in scope as the project progress. There is an expectation that all or some of the reserve will be returned to the company when the project is marked as complete. This is a controlled distribution with beyond project leadership involved with decision-making in use.

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Emergency Response Plan In Construction Safety

Emergency Response Plan In Construction Safety

We work in an industry where things sometimes don’t go as planned. Even the best projects have things that can go wrong and in most occurrences, it is how you handle that situation or if the problem persists, or if it impacts the overall project cost and timelines.

There are many components that are in an emergency response plan and as per IHSA (Infrastructure Health and Safety Association) following steps must be considered:

  • Hazard identification/assessment
  • Emergency Resources
  • Communication systems
  • Administration of the plan
  • Emergency response procedure
  • Debriefing and post-traumatic stress procedure

All the above are very important parts of an emergency response plan but there is also a list of items that IHSA feels are far more important:

  • Stay calm.
  • Assess the situation.
  • Take command.
  • Provide protection.
  • Aid and manage.
  • Maintain contact.
  • Guide emergency services.

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-> Hazard Identification and Assessment
The key to any plan is understanding what gets wrong. One of the mistakes is that everyone is starting to panic. Staying calm is so important as well as difficult, it’s only natural to start thinking. In construction work there are dangerous situations all the time, so identifying what’s wrong and what is the severity of the situation is the first step.

-> Communication System
Effective communication in a time of crisis is just as important as being able to identify the issue. When preparing a communication plan it is important to have the following:

  • Emergency Response Procedure
    After looking at the situation, implementing a proper procedure is important. People are in a stressful situation at these times, having something they have reviewed and written down in the past to help them through the difficult time. There are various steps within the emergency procedure that should be implemented.

Make sure that there is a responsible person for making the decision to contact EMS. If your project site is large and confusing it would be wise to assign someone to meet the response team on the road or at the entrance to the project. Precious moments can be lost trying to find the issue. Make sure all of the above, including information about the closest hospital and the fire department, are outlined in the emergency response plan.

  • Construction Safety Incident
    Post-incident procedures and safety know, there are things that must be settled down and worked on before recovery has begun. One should keep in mind the following items:
  • What was the level of damage? What is going to be replaced?
  • Is it going to be covered under insurance?
  • Are there any agencies that we need to notify?
  • How will it impact the overall project?

Each of the above items is important but the most important is to document and file everything. Photos, details, logs, reports, training records, etc. In the event, a lawsuit is taken out against the firm these pieces of information can be very invaluable.

Information that is reported can be beneficial in performing lessons learned on the incident site. In the end, We learn from our mistakes and more importantly how we improve as a company and society.

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Facility Expansion

Preparing For Facility Expansion? Here’s How You Can Do

Facility expansion is the sort of thing that many companies look forward to and are also afraid of doing at the same time. Obviously, everyone wants their business to do well enough to expand. But, one must know well that every expansion comes up with big changes.

How you should prepare your company for the change of facility expansion. Well, it must start at the very beginning. If you have already thought about what the company will look like 20 years down the line and in your first construction plans you may already have made a good step forward. But if this thought has not come up in your mind before, then it’s never too late. You can still make plans. These are some key rules that will help to guide your company through the process.

Updating Your Staff Early
It is easy to get caught up in the expansion process of your building but never forgets about your company’s most important asset, your people. Whether the expansion involves a more extensive facility or moving to a new location, make sure it should be well staffed in time and from Day One. Human resource experts recommend getting a staffing plan in place for at least four or five months.

Check the Current Condition
Always have a blueprint and financial game plan before starting the expansion. Look for what kind of land you have to work with. Conduct a facility audit to assess the building and its current condition. Does it all meet the building code requirements? If not, then you may need to invest in remodeling the existing structure first. After all the possible areas of renovation are explored, look for the areas that can be improved upon. Which part of the facility needs to handle new growth the most? Can the current electrical, plumbing, and seismic infrastructures handle this kind of workload after the expansion? These are good points to sort out before they even start the facility expansion.

Building From Scratch?
Most of the time it doesn’t happen, but in some cases, it is necessary to take some parts of the building down in order to expand the facility, as think about how this will impact the workers and production outflow in this type of situation. No one wants to hinder the progress of sectional removals and reconstruction even if they are temporary events. Always plan ahead of time, prepare your company for this new change, and bring in a positive attitude that reflects the excitement for this opportunity of growth in the company and the people working.

You must keep in mind that facility expansion will succeed with a little bit of risk and a lot of hard work. With much long-term planning goes into the process that is well worth the effort with the end result. For more details on Facility expansion and to resolve your queries call us today and book an appointment.   

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Wallpaper Ideas In Living Room

Wallpaper Ideas In Living Room

When it comes to decorating spaces, wallpaper is easy and an effective way to add pattern, color, as well texture. The living room wallpaper ideas can completely change the look of the room, making it a simple but outstanding update.

Nowadays there is a style to suit every home, so there is something out there for the type of living room ideas you are looking for. Putting wallpaper on the walls is no longer the time-consuming job it used to be. And with more and more brands supplying wallpaper as well as paint in amazing shades, giving the living room a fresh makeover is a job that can easily be done.

The wallpaper above the rail
If you like patterned paper but don’t want it to dominate the space, consider the wallpapers. Cover only above the dado rail, keeping the rail itself and painting the lower portion in a complementary tone. This is a great technique for small living room ideas as the pattern won’t be engulfed by covering from the floor to the ceiling.

Intensify the retro room
Right now the mid-century living rooms are having a serious moment, everyone among us has picked up some retro furniture. To enhance the feel of the era chooses a vibrant color print for the living room wallpaper. Yellows, echo the time period and boost the light levels.

Wallpaper the lower half of the walls
Applying wallpaper only on the lower half of the room is a great way to save on cost and will need less material to work with. This is a useful trick if you have a small amount of discontinued wallpaper available.

Reflect your flooring
Work your wallpaper as per the living room flooring ideas for an outstanding finish. Choose a design that reflects some sense of flooring, color, and pattern or texture. Opening up the room will add a cool design element to your simple project.

Co-ordinate with your paint
Choosing a wallpaper doesn’t mean the living room paint ideas aren’t an option too. The two can work beautifully together, especially if you have paneling on your walls, but you want to pair the paper with the correct shade.

Match with window dressing
For a totally coordinated look, match the wallpaper with the living room curtain. It is the ideal way to extend the wallpaper’s chosen design over window dressings and ensure there is no break in the pattern.

A rustic scheme
Using the living room wallpaper ideas to add character to a scheme, for example in rustic living room ideas. Use a unique design to enhance the natural elements of the living room, such as the woodland scene to add character to a living room with open wooden beams and a low ceiling.

Choosing wallpaper in a living room
Before starting wallpapering, make sure you choose a pattern or a design that will enhance the space and the sort of statement that you want for your room.

Whatever wall you choose to apply wallpaper on, be confident in the choice and it can always be repapered or painted if you change your mind.

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No Accidents And Its Importance At A Construction Project

No Accidents And Its Importance At A Construction Project

One of our goals is to have Zero accidents in the workplace. This is important and we take necessary action to achieve this goal. These include safety training courses that help in reducing the risk of accidents.

Safety of Employees
One of the key reasons why it is so important is because we value the safety of our employees, and any other contractor or inspector who visits our construction site. We want to make sure that we can do every possible thing for keeping them safe. There are the top reasons why we implement safety policies.

Maintain Fair Prices
Maintaining zero accidents helps in keeping the prices fair and reasonable. When workers frequently get hurt on the job, there is an increase in workers’ compensation insurance. And when this happens, the company has to pass the cost to their customers in order to pay the bills and stay buoyant. If in case a bystander or other contractors on the job site gets hurt, they can sue the construction company or go after the insurance money. And again, this costs the construction company, which in turn results in an increase in the prices. By working to prevent accidents, we make sure to keep our operating costs low as possible, which helps us in offering a fair and reasonable price for the construction project.

Prevent Delays
Another reason is, that it helps to prevent delays. Whenever there is an accident at a construction site, delays are likely to happen. There may be a shutdown at the construction site until the accident is investigated by a state investigator for the cause of the accident. This results in delays that can push the construction schedule and this will cost you, as well as the client, thousands of dollars. If we want to deliver the project on schedule and want no accidents helps us to do that. As result, this will helps you to complete the project on time and within the said budget.

Maintains Reputations
The last reason why zero accidents are crucial is that it helps both our company as well your company in maintaining its reputation. If a construction project is an accident encounter, news and social media will be flooded with the report on the issue. As a result, it may reflect on the reputation of both the construction company as well as the company funding the project. Nowadays reputation is everything, especially when a bad reputation can spread so quickly on social media platforms. Ensuring the job site safe and trying to maintain no accidents will help both companies to maintain their reputations for being honest, and reputable, without any bad publicity that can affect due to workplace accidents.

Our team is composed of construction managers, general contractors, and engineers to ensure we have the skill and expertise that you need for your next construction project. If you are looking for an experienced company with a focus on safety, Call us today and book an appointment.

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How Does Contractor Provide Quality Control

How Does Contractor Provide Quality Control

One of the best ways a general contractor can provide quality control is by monitoring the construction timeline. The completion timeline plays a major role in the project. If a project goes longer than the estimated date, there is a chance that it is also going to go over the expected budget. Sometimes the contractor cannot prevent delays due to changes in weather conditions, but still, they can work hard to ensure that contractors stick with the schedule and make up for any weather-related delays whenever possible.

Monitoring the timeline helps to ensure that building materials will be available at the job site when they are needed. This helps in ensuring that the unused materials are not left on site sitting out for weeks, increasing the chance of theft, or not being available when they are needed, causing employees to stand around with nothing to do resulting in delays. A general contractor monitors closely the progress and makes sure that the right building materials are delivered at the right time.

Qualified Sub-Contractors

Another way that a general contractor provides quality control is by hiring qualified subcontractors. If you do not have a general contractor, you would have to hire each and every contractor that comes to work. This includes carpenters, electricians, plumbers, etc. General contractors take care of all of these sub-contractors regularly.

When a general contractor hires a qualified sub-contractor, they look at many elements, including licensing, experience, insurance, and the quality of their work. Thus, taking time to qualify contractors before they ever work on the project helps to ensure that they are capable of completing the quality work that is up to the code of regulations and per building standards.

Overseeing Building Plans

Sometimes with many different subcontractors working on different parts of a building, it is normal for the building plans by kept aside and not followed. A general contractor makes sure that every sub-contractor working on the construction site knows the building plans for their area. They even ensure that the blueprints and building plans are being followed. This ensures the building is structurally sound and will be completed as per the provided specifications.

Completed Work Check

The last thing a general contractor provide is quality control by checking completed work. A general contractor should routinely check the completed work on the building. The general contractors do both scheduled as well as unannounced checks. Like, an unannounced check, a general contractor may stop at the job site and give a surprise check on the progress made by plumbers on the given day. A scheduled check involves the sub-contractor and notifies the general contractor when they have completed a checklist of provided tasks and lets the general contractor look for the completed work before they proceed further with the next tasks.

It is important to note that the building inspector will inspect most of the work completed by sub-contractors. Having a general contractor helps to inspect it first in order to prevent this from happening and also make necessary corrections or changes that can be made before a building inspector comes to complete their final inspection.

For more details, Call us today and book an appointment.

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