Clean Up After Yourself!

September 18th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Discard wood and metal studs, scattered nails and screws, sawdust, wire sheathing, dried blobs of mastic now adhered to the floor, broken tiles, triangle-shaped remnants of everything, food wrappers, cigarette butts, knock out rings from electrical boxes, pieces of gypsum board, and a lot of drywall dust. Didn’t your mother ever tell you to clean your room?

Managing waste on a job site is an important process because it affects the efficiency, economics and health/safety of a project. It makes better sense to clean up as you go, as opposed to having a massive, expensive effort at the end. A clean, presentable job site comes down to culture, which is led by the contractor and by ESPA as your construction administrator.

A clean job site preserves the environment and lowers costs. Pallets can be sent back. Cardboard, paper, metal and wood can all be recycled.  Diverting waste reduces fees associated with waste placement in landfills.  In some cases companies will reduce building material cost if they can recycle material from a job site.

A clean job site creates happy neighbors. Keeping debris, dust, noise and trash to a minimum reduces complaints around the job site. Remember, these neighbors will draw conclusions about your firm! They could be tomorrow’s clients.

A clean jobsite is healthier for employees. Contractors and subs should expect a clean, healthy environment in which to work. Let’s reduce pollution and injury on the job by keeping the site clean as we go.

A clean jobsite is safer for everyone. Disposing of potentially dangerous materials (nails, screws, discarded ductwork, broken glass, etc.) immediately will keep visitors to the site safe, reducing our liability and risk.

A clean job site creates happy clients. Customers want to see their dreams come to life, and they will be on the job site at least periodically. This is such an easy way to impress the people who are paying the bills.

A clean jobsite translates into a more positive aftermath. While the job might wrap up on a positive note, a flat tire from an errant nail, or a broken lawn mower from strapping left on the ground will put a sour taste in a client’s mouth really quickly!



Cool, Free Makeover Ideas… for NC Towns

September 18th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Advice is worth what you pay for it, unless CPN shows up. If that happens, the free advice you’ll get can change everything.

I am a member of the Construction Professionals Network, a NC-based group of… you guessed it, construction professionals. CPN represents all facets of our trade, from construction law, construction management, design, construction, and project development to finance and dispute resolution.

In 2006, the CPN Institute was started to expand its mission of service. The Institute is now incorporated as a non-profit corporation, focusing on research, education and community outreach. What started as a genuinely worthwhile idea has now become (1) certainly the most interesting part of our monthly meetings, and (2) a serious competition among members to get on The Bus. The Bus, full of really intelligent construction professionals, is traveling North Carolina dispensing free, valuable information to towns that really need it.

Welcome to Maysville, North Carolina… home to around 1,000 souls, nestled halfway between New Bern and Jacksonville. Small rural towns have many challenges today, some construction-related, which is why we’re here. CPN members spent a couple days meeting with local officials on matters like economic development, design, construction and solid strategies to better utilize existing buildings. Rural NC towns have old schools, empty stores, struggling downtowns and tight budgets. Our mission is to help them step back from their situation and consider the possibilities.

So, you may be wondering, what do you do with an abandoned Dollar General store? Maysville is about to find out.



With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

September 18th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Simply defined, the architecture profession involves the design of buildings, open areas, communities, and environments, while achieving an aesthetic effect. With the exception of uninhabited natural regions, people experience architecture constantly, which is why what we do is so important. It is not enough however, to simply creating strong designs.  Success in this profession requires aptitude in other areas as well!

We are stewards of the environment. Today’s designs aren’t deemed successful if they don’t incorporate environmentally responsible features such as energy efficiency, the use of sustainable materials in design and the preservation of exterior green space. To make things more challenging, the costs associated with environmentally-responsible design are often in opposition to a client’s budgetary concerns.

We are referees in client versus public interest contests. While a client is paying for a design which will meet corporate needs, the design will affect other people. Employees, customers and local citizens will all experience the design in some sense, so the client must be satisfied in a manner which is respectful to others outside the organization.

We are problem solvers, and wrong-righters. In communities with older buildings, we understand modifications made over the years can limit the use of the building. We fix what has broken, beautify the ugly, and try to make the best of bad situations we didn’t create. Needs change, people change and architecture changes in response.

We are clairvoyant to the expectations of future generations. Not only are we meeting the needs of today’s clients, we are expected to do this in a way that transcends the present time. Designs must last– structurally, of course, but also environmentally and aesthetically. Working with today’s circumstances, we must design for today and tomorrow.

While our end goal is an appealing architectural design, the journey to its achievement is almost always circuitous.



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