May 25, 2017
National Safety Stand Down Week recognizes the construction fatalities that occur each year due to preventable falls. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 350 of the 937 construction fatalities recorded in 2015 (BLS data). The goal of National Safety Stand Down Week is to raise fall hazard awareness in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries.
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April 5, 2017
Parking structures are exposed to very aggressive environments throughout the duration of their service life. They endure dynamic vehicle loads, thermal cycle loading, weather, UV exposure, chemical exposure, and vandalism. Each of these factors can, and do, affect the long-term integrity and durability of these structures and their sub-systems. So how do you know what a parking structure needs maintenance?
January 27, 2017
The fall protection industry is undergoing significant changes in 2017. Even with the availability of new technology and sophisticated equipment, statistics show that the number of fall fatalities has not decreased. OSHA released new fall protection regulations that went into effect January 17, 2017 that will help business owners mitigate risk and ensure the safety of their workers.
December 7, 2016
WEBINAR RECAP: A Successful Roadmap for Obtaining the Best Price Without Sacrificing Project Quality
Last week, StructureTec's Building Construction Technology Educational Center (BCTEC) hosted a webinar entitled “A Successful Roadmap for Obtaining the Best Price Without Sacrificing Project Quality”. During the webinar, our in-house experts explained the critical elements that must be included in your project specifications in order to ensure the lowest price and highest quality project.
November 11, 2016
3 Common Pitfalls Contractors Face When Restoring Precast Parking Structures
Even contractors with the best intentions miss critical elements that can cause parking structure restoration projects to be short-lived. If a contractor makes even the slightest mistakes, hundreds of thousands of dollars could be wasted, while significantly reducing the useful life of your parking structures. Here are three pitfalls we often encounter when a consultant has not been involved:
October 19, 2016
Why You MUST Perform a Fall Roof Inspection
With fall in full swing and winter right around the corner, now is an important time for facility managers to ensure that their commercial roof system will withstand the upcoming weather. Heavy snow loads and ice buildup can cause significant roof problems, making fall an essential time to have a commercial roof inspection.
October 5, 2016
2017 Pent-Up Demand
Annually in the 4th quarter StructureTec Group gathers for a companywide planning session to discuss strategy for the future. In addition to our companywide meeting, we have divisional meetings to discuss the specifics on how each division within StructureTec Group can prepare for the year ahead.
September 13, 2016
How the Time Frame of Bidding Affects Overall Project Cost
Historical data shows that there is a strong correlation between the time frame of bidding and project costs as it relates to seasonal construction projects. Numerous current market factors compound the effect that the bid time frame has on project cost. The below chart shows the correlation between month bid and project cost and makes a strong case for bidding projects as early as possible.
September 12, 2013
Design-Build Project Delivery: 33% Faster, 6% Cheaper, 100% Quality
Until recently, adversarial relationships among architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors characterized the design and construction industry. However, in recent years, collaboration, alternative delivery methods, and more progressive owner designer-contractor relationships–such as Design-Build – have improved these relationships.
July 27, 2016
August 23, 2016
PROJECT SHOWCASE: New Healing Garden at Spectrum Health Blodgett Campus Creates Beautiful Oasis for Patients
Spectrum Health, the largest healthcare provider in Southwest Michigan and largest employer in Grand Rapids, needed an assessment of their Blodgett Campus. Not long after completion of the building's construction, the ground level and below-grade areas of the courtyard began to leak.
July 27, 2016
Reflecting on 25 Years in Business
In 2009, StructureTec was awarded the Edward Lowe Foundation “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” designation. This honor serves as a benchmark for future growth and accomplishments.
August 12, 2016
July 27, 2016
Why Do I Need a Construction Manager?
In today’s marketplace, having an effective project management process that ensures a smooth transition from the concept stage through completion is an absolute necessity to provide immediate and long-term value for the organization. Since buildings and their systems are becoming increasingly complex, and regulatory and contractual requirements continue to be perplexing, there has been an increasing demand for construction management services in the diverse facilities arena.
August 10, 2016
July 27, 2016
Using Drone Technology to Inspect Building Facades, Roofs, & Pavement
Aside from hobbyists, drones have major commercial applications. An area of specific interest is how this technology can help those in the engineering field. Often, engineers are challenged with inspecting tall or structurally deficient buildings.
July 26, 2016
July 12, 2016
PROJECT SHOWCASE: Whirlpool Gives Facelift to World Headquarters With South Wing Facade Restoration
In July of 2014, StructureTec was contacted to evaluate the South Wing Exterior walls at the Whirlpool World Headquarters located in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The purpose of the evaluation was to identify needs and provide recommendations to clean and return the exterior wall surfaces to a uniform color and restore the watertight integrity of the facility.
June 29, 2016
What Construction Project Delivery Method is Right for My Project?
Choosing the right project delivery method is one of the most important decisions made by every owner starting a construction project.
June 15, 2016
Why do I Need a Pavement, Building Envelope, or Roof Consultant?
With every organization looking to cut costs wherever possible, how do you know if a hiring a pavement, building envelope, or roof consultant is worth the cost?
June 1, 2016
The 5 Step Process for Getting Your Facility Budgets Approved
The number one challenge reported by facilities departments is securing funding for maintenance, repairs and capital projects. Short-term, band-aid solutions are often implemented instead of strategic long-term maintenance programs because facilities departments can't justify the expenditure.
May 18, 2016
What is the Best Way to Detect Moisture Trapped Within a Roof System?
There is much dissention in the marketplace today on the best way to detect moisture trapped in a roofing system. There are many different options, both destructive and nondestructive. We are going to analyze three of the major nondestructive techniques: nuclear, dielectric, and infrared.
May 4, 2016
The Key to Maximizing the Life of Your Pavement
Parking areas, loading docks, and campus roadways have a significant effect on your facilities appearance and functionality. Deteriorating pavement areas are not only a safety concern, but a direct reflection of your organization’s image.
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