With the onset of COVID-19, many people worldwide are looking at their personal safety and trying to understand the nature of this pandemic. A multitude of our codes, laws and building methodologies are simply our response to a challenge (such as this virus), a wrong, or a hazardous situation. For instance, commercial buildings are typically renovated when they are in need of updating to appeal to their customer base. Sometimes change starts with customer requests or suggestions. In the case of public health or wellbeing, it can come from health department or fire marshal reports that point to a safety issue. And many times the public acts to report a building’s perceived health violation to the health department so as to protect themselves and others.
Posted: June 12, 2020 | Estimating
As 2020 grinds to the half-way point, we already know this year’s dominant story will be how COVID-19 has changed the construction industry. For a business built on handshakes and casual one-on-one conversations, the concept of remote work and social distancing has been a foreign concept for many to embrace.
Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, operating a restaurant was a risky business that skated along on razor-thin margins, and with an often transient workforce. Cooks typically endured long shifts in steamy hot kitchens. Servers were on their feet all day trying to smile at grumpy customers as they sucked up their feelings for a larger tip. Health insurance and paid time off were rare for most workers in small restaurants. Anyone who complained about insurance or time off could be quickly replaced.
In dealing with remodeling of public buildings, it’s not smart or even possible for a contracting company to chase every opportunity that comes along for bid. The actual selection process of choosing which projects to go for consists of making a choice from all the opportunities, and deciding which will justify a commitment of company resources.
Posted: April 17, 2020 | Estimating
If you were to ask someone what makes a building beautiful, most people would doubtless answer with something like this: gorgeous hardwood flooring, eye-catching wallpaper, beautiful light fixtures. You probably wouldn’t hear anyone talking about an incredibly well-designed foundation or a beautifully executed frame. But without the foundation or the frame, all of that visually appealing interior design would have nowhere to go – and without the wallpaper and the flooring to transform the insulation and the concrete, not many people would want to purchase the building.