WEBINAR: Post-COVID-19 – How to Reopen Closed Facilities

WEBINAR: Post-COVID-19 – How to Reopen Closed Facilities

Post COVID-19: How to Reopen Closed Facilities
Thu, April 9, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Post COVID-19: How to Reopen Closed Facilities

Webinar

Thu, April 9, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Description/Learning Objectives:

We have spoken to more than 30 multi-site clients and asked them what was top of mind for them when it comes time to reopen. We leveraged that feedback with our own internal review, having more than 125 local technicians across the country give their insight into what issues may be lurking out there for Facility Managers when they go to reopen.

All of this data has culminated in the creation of an upcoming webinar titled How to Reopen Closed Facilities. In this 40 minute webinar, we’ll go over strategies for exterior cleanups, potential plumbing issues and how to quickly assess, repair and cleanup any issues inside your facilities.

If you were impacted by COVID-19 and want some insight into how best to reopen your properties as quickly and efficiently as possible, this is the webinar for you.

The event will be held Thursday, April 9th at 1pm EDT.

Methods To End Over Spending

Methods To End Over Spending

Methods To End Over Spending

Leadership style can lead to a quick build or result in a lower grade build. Faulty communication leads to overproduction and a rise in the budget. Materials can easily be over-ordered and not used. This creates an overstock of unusable material that goes to waste. There are several methods to help avoid overspending and keeps job sites productive.

 

Firmly Establish Construction Duties

Clarity of job duties helps reduce time wastes on a build. Having workers standing around, not doing anything is a waste of company time. Making sure everyone has a task to perform creates a more productive use of the budget. Quality builds can only happen if the whole team works together. There should also be a clear understanding of who each worker should report to when they need help. If a worker is unsure and attempts a task they cannot perform, this could result in injury. Creating a clear understanding of managers can help avoid unnecessary costs due to injury.

 

Keeping Communication In Check

Communication is the heartbeat of every project. When communication issues occur, errors easily follow. Whether it’s an unsent email or a forgotten phone call, communication slips can avalanche into problems. Asking questions and following up after conversations can help prevent those errors. It cost more to fix an error than to correctly do it the first time.

 

Don’t Over-Do Quality Control

Checking quality is an essential task that should be closely observed. While most processes are most efficient with a 2 check process, some companies try and overdo it. Any additional checks create an increase in labor.

 

Keep Inventory Tight

Ideally, there should be no extra materials at the end of a project. Although a minimal amount is not terrible, supplies shouldn’t be hoarded. Having a large inventory after project completion wastes money and storage space. Spending on additional inventory lowers the profit rewarded at the end of construction. This reflects poorly on the project managers who supervised the construction process. If extra waste does occur during a project, it is good practice to try and find other companies that may want to use it.

 

Without carefully monitoring construction projects, hidden costs can build-up throughout the project. There are several methods to prevent this but keeping a close look at the process can be the most efficient route. 

 

2020 Trends in Construction

2020 Trends in Construction

2020 Trends in Construction

A new decade has begun and trends that are already in the works are likely to evolve more throughout 2020. New ways to increase efficiency, sustainability, safety, are always being worked on. These new methods are sure to arise and below are some construction trends to watch out for this year.

 

Green Construction Processes and Sustainability

Completing construction projects while being mindful of the environment is considered Green construction. Construction has an impact on the planet and steps to reduce any further harm are trending. Construction efforts such as switching to LED lighting or developing more effective thermal performance materials are steps to making a construction project green. The Green construction processes strive to build environmentally and economically friendly buildings, keeping on trend with the current environmental efforts.

 

Modular Construction Projects

Trends in minimalism are making a come back with the rise of modular construction projects. These projects save time, money, and energy with the use of prefabricated pieces. The bulk of these modular buildings are assembled offsite, making companies worry less about external factors, such as weather, that significantly slow down construction. Unused material can also easily be recycled helping reduce waste produced per project. This process is ideal for repetitive structures (hotels and office buildings) and allows for the construction of these structures at a much faster rate.

 

More Comprehensive Safety Equipment

Every year there is an increasing concern for the safety practices on construction job sites. With the rise of technology, more solutions became available to solve these concerns. Wearable technology is one way to avoid risk and protect workers. The fabric has become highly advanced and now you can manage body temperature. Cooling vests and moisture-wicking fabric help reduce the chances of overheating on a job site. There are new improvements in certain fabrics that allow for a small GPS tracking chip within the clothing. While this may seem like an invasion of privacy to some, this tool can help operators of heavy machinery to avoid a collision. The operator could get notified if someone ventures too close to their zone. This gives the operator more time to act if needed. GPS can also notify managers of any accidents. If an injury happens, a quick alert to help could have a person’s life. 

 

Robotics in Construction

There’s a fear that robots are taking over jobs though this isn’t the case in the construction industry. Robotics is being implemented to help around job sites to improve productivity and accuracy overall. This will only continue to rise as technology advances. Robots in construction are designed to fulfill different tasks, limiting hazards to workers. Drones are another form of robotic being implemented more in construction. Aerial drones are ideal for surveying job sites as well as improve the safety and accuracy of the completion of a job. 

 

Virtual and Augmented Reality

VR and AR in a construction setting have been rising as the technology progresses. With VR and AR, construction teams can visualize buildings more clearly before the project begins. This allows for design optimization to make sure that every aspect of the builds meets requirements. This technology further helps to identify any flaws without wasting time and effort during the project. These virtual rendering can also allow clients to review detailed designs and make any additional changes before construction beings. These renderings can also show the physical setting where a project will be located. This can allow for even more detailed planning around environmental changes and traffic while delivering a more successful execution.

 

More Effective Project Management Solutions

Project management is constantly improving with the development of digital management tools. The new software allows those working on projects to track and manage all steps of the construction process. This increases productivity and helps prevent defects throughout the construction. Budgeting and scheduling of work are also made easier for project managers. They can stay organized and track important documents related to the project at the touch of a button. 

 

The construction industry is always evolving. New ideas and trends are being created to advance the practices in the industry. These new approaches will help make construction work easier and safer. 

 

Steel VS Brick

Steel VS Brick

Steel VS Brick

Brick buildings were once popular but now are being replaced by steel structures. Steel has become an answer to various problems in construction and upkeep. Cost-efficient and easier to build with, the many benefits of steel have turned contractors away from any other material. There are several advantages of using steel for construction projects including, cost efficiency, a smoother build, and durability.

 

At first glance, steel is significantly cheaper than brick. Steel buildings are designed using pre-fabricated parts that are created off-site. Since this work is done off-site, this reduces labor and overall cost. Steel is also a more durable material that saves money throughout its lifetime because it requires less maintenance. Brick, unfortunately, does not have as many benefits. Brick is a more expensive material that is assembled one by one. The total cost of a brick project is increased due to the increase in labor. Brick structures don’t hold up to weather as steel does. Depending on the weather, brick buildings will expand or contract. This is the result of moisture infiltration, freezing, and thawing over time. Constant maintenance is required to reinforce mortar and repair cracks caused by the weather. Steel is the best option to help stay on budget and for a quicker build.

 

Construction projects built using steel are completed in half the time of a brick project. Brick buildings require specific weather conditions for the mortar to set correctly. The weather cannot dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or the entire project goes on hold. Additives for the mortar can bypass the weather requirements but an unexperienced mason can put the building’s integrity at risk. Brick needs to individually laid out by stonemasons that need a lengthy timeline. Unlike brick, steel designs can be completed within a few months. Steel structures don’t require specialized skills, such as stonemasons. Weather conditions don’t affect the process of building with steel as well. While brick crumbles, steel holds up to elements and maintain durability.

 

Steel structures are virtually indestructible compared to brick buildings. High-quality sealants and protective coatings help protect the smallest crevices in steel structures. Some steel components have 40+ year warranties to ensure the quality of the build lasts. Steel can go face to face against and tornado and make it through. Most municipal buildings, schools, and churches are often made of steel. These buildings are often used as evacuation zones during tornados since their structures can withstand more than the average building. bricks are not as durable to extreme weather, unlike steel. Brick buildings receive more damage the longer they last. Most commonly, brick endures moisture damage and corrosion. Without regular maintenance, mildew is likely to grow and can affect the air quality within the building. 

 

A material that can withstand a tornado and is cost-efficient is going to be any contractors number one material. Steel buildings won’t replace brick structures completely. However, steel will be chosen over brick for upcoming projects.

 

Productivity Tips

Productivity Tips

Productivity Tips

Productivity in construction is the key to getting projects done on time. Exterior factors can hider this as well as an angry staff. There are ways to work around this and increase productivity on the job site. Here are five ways that you can improve your productivity:

1. Take care of your workers

Employees are what make a company successful. Employees perform the physical tasks that are necessary to complete projects. They also ensure projects are completed on time and within budget. Employees are a representation of a company and should be happy with their work environment. Giving employees more time off results in better physical and mental health. They will report to job sites more refreshed and focused on the tasks ahead. Rewarding employees when they exceed expectations will motivate others to work harder as well. This improves overall morale on the job sites and provides workers another goal to work towards. Taking care of employees can benefit the overall project productivity. Better performances are a result of happy employees. 

2. Use new technology

New technology can be another way of improving overall productivity.

This can increase the efficiency of your operations while lowering the cost of the project. The latest technology makes it possible to enhance communications with the team and the client to ensure the build is ideal. Customers will be able to receive the attention they deserve in a more timely manner. Another feature is the capability to provide better cost estimates while accurately tracking the progress of projects. Productivity is likey when integrating new technology into builds.

 

3. Pay attention to details

Details are essential for any construction job. Overlooked aspects could lead to hazards or an increase in cost. Everything on a construction site needs to be looked over many times to lower the risk of flaws in a design. More cost-effective materials lead to a more profitable project. If overlooked it could double the original budget. Spending time evaluating and comparing the cost-effectiveness of different materials should be a top priority. To be more productive, review every detail in a project before it starts. This could save money and it could prevent major flaws.

4. Find the right construction management software

Improving your construction management software can help increase productivity. Consider upgrading to a newer version because the new tools could be beneficial to your project. The advances in construction management software can be associated with a business’s success. The use of cloud technology and mobile applications have been a more productive resource in the industry. Companies with large job sites have had success using the newer software to track expenses and create a smoother building process. The software makes allocating labor and equipment simpler as communication using the software is easily received. Making quick changes is also an effortless process due to the advancements in the construction software. Updating software is an important step in growing your business into a more productive company.

5. Choose a metal building

Metal has been known throughout the construction industry as a more productive material to work with. This material is durable and can withstand extreme weather conditions. The total cost to use metal in construction is lower than most other materials. Brick and mortar buildings are a nightmare to install compared to metal structures. The material is prefabricated and assembling metal structures is less labor-intensive. Generally, metal buildings can be completed within a few months since the building technique is much simpler. Metal buildings nearly cut your total construction cost in half. Building with metal is a highly productive method for on-time deliveries and a more inexpensive total cost.

 

In this competitive industry, you should be looking for ways to increase your construction company’s productivity. Finding new ways to improve workflow will not only keep workers happy but create a positive image for the company.