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  • Healthcare Owners, Here’s How You Can Help Your Construction Project Go More Smoothly

    October 8th, 2019

    Stress. Anxiety. Loss of sleep. We get it.

    Construction is exciting but it can also be extremely stressful, especially in an occupied healthcare facility. You have a lot of pressure on you to deliver this project for your institution. The truth is, some projects do go more smoothly than others. Here’s how you can help set up the construction team for success, creating a less stressful project for you. 

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  • Construction and Development Pressures in Senior Living Projects

    August 26th, 2019

    Planning for an expansion project, renovation or new build is exciting, but it also comes with anxiety and stress. When undergoing a construction project, you may face any number of construction and development pressures. Here are several to consider.

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  • 4 Requirements to Ensure Patient Safety during Construction in an Occupied Healthcare Facility

    July 19th, 2019 by Abigail Shea

    Over the years, standards and requirements for healthcare buildings and hospitals have become more and more complex, and require a deeper level of expertise. This expertise is a necessity not only for the healthcare professionals working in these facilities, but for those involved in designing and constructing them. Infection control within healthcare is a moral and legal responsibility and can be fatal if not followed correctly. A large majority of healthcare construction projects take place in the middle of active hospitals around patients with vulnerable immune systems, who can’t risk any level of exposure to the work being performed around them.

    Here are a few things your contractor should be doing between compliance requirements and best practices.

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  • Ensuring Successful Cold Weather Concrete Pours

    February 5th, 2019

    Let’s face it, we’re used to starting construction in the New England winters. But the truth is this timing isn’t ideal for anyone. The weather is unpredictable and can throw off a construction schedule, while winter conditions add to project costs. 

    Ideally, you would plan your project to be done with any concrete work before the temperature falls below 40 degrees. But we know this isn’t always realistic, so read on to learn how to protect your winter concrete, the risks associated with doing concrete work in cold weather and how we ensured optimal results on a recent project. 

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  • 4 Things your Contractor Should Be Doing to Enhance Healthcare Safety Protocols

    August 7th, 2018 by Catie McMenamin

    Safety on and around a construction site is always a priority, but in a healthcare environment with active patient care, it becomes the most important consideration.

    Your contractor should be partnering with you to ensure they’re supporting your safety needs throughout construction. Here are four things every contractor should be doing to enhance your standard healthcare safety protocols.

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  • 5 Lessons for Improved Lean Construction Implementation

    May 29th, 2018 by Catie McMenamin

    With the completion of athenahealth’s West Garage, we have successfully finished our first Lean project. We encountered some unforeseen obstacles during site work and foundations, but with Lean we overcame these obstacles and hit our precast erection start date. 

    With our first full Lean project complete, we learned five valuable lessons to apply to our projects going forward. 

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  • My building contains asbestos. Now what?

    July 25th, 2017 by Catie McMenamin

    “There are more than 4,000 new cases of asbestos-related diseases in the US every year. That rate was supposed to have peaked by now, more than 40 years after the federal government drafted rules to limit asbestos exposure, but it has not.” Reported WBUR’s Martha Bebinger in a recent story about asbestos.

    We’re experiencing one of the biggest building booms in decades in the Boston area. According to the WBUR report, Massachusetts issued almost 24,000 asbestos permits in 2015, a more than 50% increase over five years. And those were just for the projects where there was known asbestos.

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  • Partnering in education

    April 24th, 2017 by Catie McMenamin

    Learning by doing is a philosophy that dominates at Inly School. So it came as no surprise that the school wanted to make the construction project an extension of the classroom. Because of the project’s central location on campus, we were easily able to take advantage of the construction work and involve the entire school community from day one – and from the moment the kids stepped out of the car in the morning.

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  • 7 Tips on How to Prepare your Staff and Residents for a Construction Project

    October 27th, 2016 by Catie McMenamin

    Let’s be honest, no one likes living in a construction zone. But at some point, you need to update or reposition your community. We talked to some of our clients and put together a list of their top seven tips on how to interact with your community before and during a project.

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  • 3 Reasons You Should Care about the Construction Workforce Shortage

    October 4th, 2016 by Catie McMenamin

    There’s been a lot of talk about the construction industry’s workforce shortage. And it’s not getting any better in the next 2-3 years. Here’s why you should care.

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  • Ground Penetrating Radar

    June 28th, 2016 by Catie McMenamin

    Does your project require cutting into concrete? If so, there’s a simple way to avoid project delays, cost overruns and worker injuries. Use ground penetrating radar to map out what’s underneath the concrete before cutting into it. 

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  • Keeping the community safe while working on an occupied campus

    January 26th, 2016 by Catie McMenamin

    Planning for a safe construction project begins before workers ever set foot on the construction site. When part of an active campus is under construction, keeping the community safe is a huge concern. Here are some of the important things we do to make sure your community is safe while we’re working on your campus.

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  • Technology's Impact on Lighting Systems

    December 30th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    LEDs offer the potential for cutting general lighting energy use almost in half by 2030.

    Technology is changing at a lightening pace these days affecting everything from how we work to how we live. Even the construction industry, known for its slow adoption of change, can’t resist this movement.

    One area of the A/E/C industry where technology is having a drastic impact is lighting systems. Not so long ago, you’d buy a light fixture, install it, then run the electrical line to it and you’re done. It’s no longer that simple. 


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  • Advantages of Design-Build Approach

    December 8th, 2015 by Kristin Darvish

    Design-Build (D-B) is a project delivery system that includes planning, design and construction under one contract. D-B is the idea of partnering the right team, from the start, to help get to a completed project successfully and provide the highest satisfaction to the Client/Owner. Basically it’s like putting together any sports team. You pick teammates you know you can collaborate with, trust, lean on for support and ultimately win the game with. Design-Build has many advantages to ensuring a successful completed project when working together as a team.    

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  • Advantages of using prefabrication on my construction project

    October 30th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    The biggest barrier to greater use of prefabrication on construction projects is the design and construction culture. Typically the project is designed, then the team may – or may not – look to see if any elements may be prefabricated. Many more opportunities for prefabrication may be considered if evaluated during the design phase.

    Prefabrication can bring many advantages to a construction project including a shorter project schedule, better safety and better quality control.

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  • Construction 101: 14 More Construction Acronyms Owners Need to Know

    October 13th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    We use a lot of acronyms in the A/E/C industry. We’ve already covered 14 common ones but there are so many, here are 14 more. 

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  • The Basics of Lean Construction

    July 30th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    Lean construction is an “it” term in construction right now. And for good reason: it works. Lean construction is not a new concept. It stems from The Last Planner System (LPS), which was developed in the 1980s to improve the predictability and reliability of construction production.

    Since the 1960s construction productivity has steadily declined. Forty to fifty percent of construction projects are behind schedule and over budget, according to FMI’s Sixth Annual Survey of Construction Owners. The biggest costs impacting construction today are the inefficiencies built into the way projects are run and managed.

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  • Quality Control in Construction: Conducting Field Inspections (Part 5 of 5)

    May 12th, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    We’ve talked a lot about quality control in previous blog posts. It’s kind of a big deal to us, and if you’ve hired us to work on your building project, it must be to you too. We have one more topic to cover on the process: conducting field inspections during and after the installation of the work. This cuts down on punchlist work and minimizes callbacks after the work is complete.

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  • Quality Control in Construction: Partnering with Manufacturer’s Representatives and Installers (Part 4 of 5)

    January 22nd, 2015 by Catie McMenamin

    Free inspections for correctness - check.

    Extended warranties - check.

    Minimize callbacks - check.

    Involving the manufacturer’s representative and product installers in the construction process provides obvious benefits for everyone. We typically get manufacturer’s representatives involved for windows, siding, roofing, flooring and PVC trim, especially if we’re using a new product for the first time.

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  • Construction 101: 14 Construction Acronyms Owners Need to Know

    December 16th, 2014 by Catie McMenamin

    We’re looking for a LEED Silver project designed and built using BIM. CDs come out 1/9 for a GMP bid due 1/30.

    If you’re not familiar with construction jargon, this sentence might leave you scratching your head. We use a lot of acronyms in the Construction industry. Here are 14 every owner should know.

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  • Quality Control in Construction: 4 Reasons to Create Mock Ups (Part 3 of 5)

    October 21st, 2014 by Catie McMenamin

    When you decide to paint a room in your house, do you just pick out a color and start painting? Probably not. Most likely, you go to the store, get samples of two or three colors and try them on the wall at your house. After seeing them on the wall, you go back to the store and buy the color you want.

    If you try out different colors just to paint a room in your house, what would you hope a contractor does to ensure quality on a new building or addition?

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  • Quality Control in Construction: Submittal Review Process (Part 2 of 5)

    December 17th, 2013 by Ashley Buckley

    Thorough submittal review is one element of our Quality Control Program. Submittal reviews enable us to verify and correct dimensions and product compatibility as part of a system, and confirm that products will be supplied in compliance with the specifications before a material problem can impact the construction schedule or quality of the project. 

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  • Quality Control in Construction: An Overview (Part 1 of 5)

    August 19th, 2013 by Catie McMenamin

    Quality control is a big deal to us and it should be to you too. Imagine spending millions of dollars on construction only to find out your brand new building has a mold problem because of poor waterproofing and air leaks.

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  • 5 Ways to Prevent Water Leaks in the Building Envelope

    June 11th, 2013 by Chris Merrick

    The Kalia Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village cost $95 million to build. Less than a year after it first opened, the hotel was forced to close the tower due to widespread mold. After spending $55 million in repairs and losing out on 14 months of revenue, the Kalia Tower reopened. 

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