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Engineered to expand
L-R: Pape-Dawson’s Ken Davis and Chris Blevins in the Plano office
L-R: Novel Builders’ Lloyd Osborn and Neal Vogel
ape-Dawson’s Ken Davis could practically host a seminar about moving into new office spaces. In February 2013, Davis lead the opening of Pape-Dawson’s Fort Worth office, and then four months later moved the operation to a larger space across town. In April of this year, Davis opened a sister office in Plano and upgraded the Fort Worth office to a roomier suite in August, both expansions also led by Davis. There’s meaning behind the moves, he says. The engineering firm, which also has offices in San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, has waited for just the right time to plant their flag in North Texas and has been rewarded with steady growth. “The Dallas/Fort Worth market is one of the best land-developed markets in the
state, and by extension, one of the best land-development markets in the country since Texas is leading the way in the current economic recovery,” he says. “Although it has always been a large and important land development market it is not one that Pape-Dawson has been in until we entered the market last year. PapeDawson’s focus is on becoming the most respected firm in Texas – not necessarily the biggest, but the most respected. It is our goal focus our service on the “Texas Triangle” – the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Houston and Austin/San Antonio – since projections are that the vast majority of Texas’ population growth will be within that area in the next 50 years. We want to continued on Page 18
loyd Osborn jokes that if you like his general contracting company’s’ name, Novel Builders, it was all his idea. If you don’t, it was his wife’s. All kidding aside, the company’s principal of business development did have some help from business partner and principal of operations Neal Vogel, and Neal’s wife as well. “Neal and I had come up with some names, and our wives were not real fond of them,” Osborn recalls. “One was “VO” for “Vogel Osborn” – we were going as simple as we could because we were going to have to remember it. My wife, who is a schoolteacher, tried to come up with a name that included all of our initials. ‘Novel’ had the letter ‘N’ for ‘Neal,’ ‘O’ for ‘Osborn,’ ‘V’ for ‘Vogel,’ ‘L’ for ‘Lloyd’ –
throw the word ‘excellent’ in there and you have an ‘E!’” “It became ‘Neal and Lloyd’s Excellent Adventure!’” Vogel laughs. Vogel and Osborn’s adventure began years ago when they worked for the same general contractor. Vogel, a civil engineer and 40-year veteran of the construction industry, branched out on his own in 2013 with his own company, BC2. In January, Vogel formed a partnership with Osborn, an architect with a Masters in Construction Management from Texas A&M and changed the company name. Osborn and Vogel say their partnership works because of their friendship, but adds their differences help propel continued on Page 18
Five-star, five-story parking
he saying “If you build it, they will come” is true, but it’s only true once – if those who come don’t have a place to park, they might not come back. Addison’s upscale retail venue Village on the Parkway definitely has something worth coming to: Forty stores and restaurants set in a retail community design, accented with tree-lined roads, water fountains and patios. However, the more than 187,000 local professionals who patronize the Parkway needed a place to park. “The parking garage was a crucial element of our plan to create an urban and active entertainment zone,” says Jarrod Yates of Lincoln Property Company, which shares venue ownership with The Retail Connection and Long Wharf Real Estate Partners. Fortunately, the venue owners knew who could resolve the parking issue. Last year, Bob Moore Construction success-
fully completed Village on the Parkway’s Whole Foods Market. The owners hired the general contractor again to construct a five-story, 216,793-sf garage with 622 new parking spaces. Having worked with Bob Moore Construction on numerous projects before, Yates was confident in the decision, saying that their long-standing relationship meant there was no learning curve during construction. In fact, executive vice-president and project manager Kyle Whitesell and superintendent Jim Wheeler easily identified the project’s challenges: Limited land area for construction and a site directly adjacent to tenants in open businesses, shopping development roadways, a separate construction project and the North Dallas Tollway access road. To overcome these obstacles, 565 separate pieces of precast concrete were A five-story garage was recently constructed for Village on the Parkway patrons.
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School is in session
ith kiddos heading back to school this month, Construction News thought it might be fun to take a yellow bus ride back to the good old days, when many of the construction industry’s best and brightest were students themselves. Some were “brains,” some were “class clowns,” others were “jocks,” but all of them obviously made the grade when it came to finding their construction industry careers. –mjm
Neal Vogel, Novel Builders Michelle Wiener, Denali Construction Services
Holly Green, Brettco Roofing
Simon E. Zubras, Zubras Electric
Robert Scott, Petri Electric
Francine Hawkins-Alegeh, F.D. Hawkins Painting and Remodeling and Alegeh Autocad Design Samentha Tiller, DMI Technologies Inc.
Agustin Alarcon, Alarcon Construction Group
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he event was sizzling and it wasn’t just the fajitas being served! More than 100 attendees gathered Aug. 21 at Trinity Sling in Arlington to enjoy the Mexican food-fueled mixer, co-sponsored by the American Subcontractors Association’s (ASA) North Texas chapter. ASA came up with the idea for the “Schmooze and Mingle” event as a way to have social gatherings at members’ respective businesses and to spotlight member companies. –mjm
Nate Melnick Rental Solutions
Texas Airsystems LLC
hen Nate Melnick recently took a much-needed family vacation, the Texas Airsystems team agreed to divvy up his responsibilities, handle his phone calls and answer his emails. Two days in, they were ready to ship his phone and computer out to him on the island. “That’s just the way I like it,” Melnick, who has 9,500 contacts in his phone, says with a laugh, acknowledging that it’s nice to be missed. Melnick has built his reputation on being available to customers at their convenience, rather than his. That amounts to a lot of phone calls, emails and texts between he and his customers any time day or night. In the five years since he came on board at Texas Airsystems to establish the Dallas office’s rental division, Melnick has had the opportunity to put systems in place his way. At the same time, he is a team player who regularly participates in community and company events. Melnick helps host nearly 1,000 customers at the annual Mardi Gras Party, grows a killer ’stache to promote men’s health during the office’s “Movember” event, helps refurbish houses for the “Hearts and Hammers” program and works the company booth at the March of Dimes Walk. Melnick easily settled into his
Lundy Services Tim Hagen and ASA-NTX Executive Director Beverly Reynal
rental role, thanks to marketing skills he acquired with his Stephen F. Austin University journalism degree. Stints at ESPN Radio and the radio station “The Edge,” Fastenal and NuTemp also helped shape his experience. He says being taken under the wings of TAS solution sales manager Doug Phillips and general manager Tom Cooksey have shaped his career because they empower him to build his own business within the company. “When I went into the business, I knew nothing about temperature control or HVAC, but I knew about talking to people and communicating,” Melnick says. “I can sell anything if I believe in it. I love what I do and love to be there for my customers, and I do it 24/7/365.” That is, he’s doing his around-theclock job except when he’s on family vacation with his wife Laura, 7-year-old son, Dylan and 5-year-old daughter, Camryn. Even then, he might sneak away to take a call after he receives a rather large - and ringing - package in the mail from the TAS team. –mjm
L-R: Southwest Assurance Group’s Steven Lott and Trinity Sling’s Bobby Allen L-R: FLR Solutions’ Roy Rogers, Spring Valley Construction’s Greg Copeland, and Doug’s Welding Services’ Doug Barnett
MEMCO’s Cynthia Gamez and David Carvajal
L-R: Trinity Sling’s Larry Luskey and Waters & David Co.’s Clayton Smith
On the left: L-R: Trinity Sling’s Glenn Sims and Gerdau Steel’s Matthew
The Marek team took 1st place.
igh winds didn’t deter 40 shooters from keeping their Aug. 21 clay date at Dallas’ Elm Fork Shooting Sports. Ten teams raised money for a cause they hold close to their bulletproof vests. Eddie McCormick, executive director of the South Central Wall, Ceiling & Plaster Association (SCWCPA), which hosted the 2nd annual clay shoot, said proceeds benefitted the SCWCPA’s scholarship program and that attendance was up ten percent from the previous year. Before the raffle drawing, shooters enjoyed catering provided by local celebrity, “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” co-host Big Al Mack, via his new McKinney Avenue Tavern food trailer. But there was one chicken most of the shooters didn’t want to swallow, which was the “Dead Ass Last” trophy – a rubber chicken with a peg leg. –mjm Teams: 1st Place: Marek - Steve Tucker, David Webb, John Fairbanks and Garrett Fairbanks 2nd Place: Parks Plaster & Stucco - Joey Parks, Hailey Parks and Jason Collins Shooters: 1st Place: John Fairbanks, Marek 2nd Place: Joey Parks, Parks Plaster & Stucco “Dead Ass Last”: George Adams, Adams Supply (pictured on the right)
Marek’s John Fairbanks’s score of 97 earned him the 1st place shooter prize.
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Tim Shelton, Owner Innovative Sound Products
hen musician and product developer Tim Shelton couldn’t find the right product to muffle the loud volume his instruments made, he decided to make it himself. That decision led him on a career path that was quite different than, yet influenced by, his original work. Since then, he’s hit all of the right notes professionally and is making sweet music in his personal life as well. Acoustical sound control and product distribution and installation is such a specific business, and I’m curious as to how you got your start in that and how you created your own business around it. Several people I know have owned businesses at different points in my lifetime, and I was basically able to learn and see behind the scenes how businesses were successfully run. It just interested me. I heard someone say one time – and it really hit home with me – that if you’re working for someone and making $1 million a year, whomever owns the place is making $5 million a year, so why not own the place and make $5 million a year? I do not make $5 million a year, but there was a good thought behind that anyway! I studied business management at Tyler Junior College, but left early and got married. I worked for other places for a little while, but I did open up my own business where I distributed newspapers, magazines and other media. For 12 years, I also owned an upholstery shop. That’s something I grew up in as a hobby; I had friends and a couple of relatives who upholstered automobiles and marine furniture. That was really my first trade or what I would call a full-time, hands-on business that I ran and operat-
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ed myself. However, the economy had gotten to a point where, for our particular business, we were having a rough time. I had the opportunity to go to work in the aviation industry, specializing in aircraft interiors. The money and benefits were very good and the headache [of not being responsible for the entire business] was going to be much less. I was just tired of the rat race. I was tired of the responsibility of being a business owner during what seemed to be a “never-going-to-recover” type of situation. I designed and built corporate jet interiors for about 4 years. After 9/11, aviation – along with everything else – went really, terribly off. It was a series of layoffs, ups and downs, and finally the company closed its doors. After that, my friend and I did what we had to do to have an income. We went out and hustled the streets and got our own small private aircraft projects at private airports. We worked the interiors and had a broker or two as steady customers. We did that until I managed to get on at Gulfstream Aerospace at Love Field in Dallas and worked for them for 4 years, doing the same product development and interior design. Did that experience influence your ability to design the sound control products and installation services you offer? Yes, but I had always dabbled, I guess you could say, in noise control because I’ve been a musician all of my life. I’ve been interested in music since I was 8 years old; it originated in church. I play rhythm, lead and bass guitars and drums, as well as a little keyboard. Back in the late ’80s, I had my stint in the nightclubs and at parties, playing country, rock and blues. I would have drums, guitar and things of that sort and would need to control the noise, in my church, in my room or in my garage. I would find different ways on my own to control the noise before that became a big market. I would put carpet up on the wall or bought anything I could [to control the sound]. Most things worked to some extent, but nothing was built to last. One day, it just clicked with me: I’m a product developer and I could develop my own product for this. I could stop wasting money on this mass-produced stuff. I started playing around and tried many different things; I even tried combining different products. I would figure out what they were made of and find it on my own through research and development. I finally started seeing trends
Tim and Sheila Shelton have known each other since they were 11 years old. They work and play together and the romance is still going strong.
where people were starting to go to market for things that would help with sound blocking that I had used on aircraft and automobile interiors. I spent a lot of money and a lot of time and really started zooming in on what really worked the best and what would have the most longevity. Sound absorption panels were the first product followed by isolation booths. I was doing it for myself, not really intending on selling it, but once I finally got what I needed and wanted, people would ask me where I got it. When I said I made it, they would say, “That is really, really nice!” They would ask me if I could make it for them, and it just kept snowballing. Is that what motivated you to start this business? I dabbled in it for a long time, but I actually established the business parttime in 2007. After I lost my job in aviation during the economic downturn a few years ago, I started doing this full-time and it just took off from there. My wife Sheila and I run the business. Do you enjoy being a business owner again? I do, I really enjoy it. I would like for it to reach some sort of steadiness as much as anything can these days. The way the economy in the world is now, it’s not like it was before the downturn in 2009 and I don’t know if it will ever be the same, to be honest with you. I would like some form of normalcy, some form of steadiness. You mentioned that you work with your wife, Sheila. What is it like to work with your spouse? We’ve known each other since we were both 11 years old. We work very well together, unlike other people that I’ve seen who love each other but just cannot work together well. We enjoy it. We can spend 24/7 with each other and never get tired of each other. Everybody needs a break sometimes, but we would rather, on our breaks, be with each other. We can work together all day long and just be as pleased as anything to go out after work, go to a movie or go on vacation and just spend more time with each other. It’s a unique relationship and we’re very blessed. What do you do for fun when you’re not enjoying work and date nights with Sheila? I love to play music, but I play for fun, I no longer play at the clubs. I grew tired of it; it became more of a hassle. I got tired of waking up with a headache every morning! Now I only play as part of our praise and worship band at our church. Besides playing music, I’d love to play golf, but I don’t ever get to. Am I good? No! If I could play more, I would be better. No matter how often I am able to play, I
can usually manage to walk off of the course under 100, usually somewhere around a 90 score, but I don’t have a handicap per se. I’ve never claimed to be good, I just love to play. Do you still do upholstery for your own hobby projects, or did you do it so much for work that it’s not something you enjoy as much? As a hobby, I don’t do upholstery; I don’t mind doing it for a friend and I don’t mind doing it for my family members or myself. I just finished a 944 Porsche for my nephew and he’s just thrilled to death over it. I like to do it when I know it’s helping somebody and I can do it for fun. Do you have children? I have two daughters. One of them is 24 and she has a 4-year-old son, so I’m a grandfather. Four’s a fun age! He’s a hoot. You never know what he’s going to come up with. We love to swim and he loves to play with his Transformers, tractors, Hot Wheels, Tonka Toys and dump trucks. Tell me about your second daughter. She’s about to be 21 and she just got married in June. We’re still recovering from that wedding! Congratulations! It sounds like you have much to look forward to. What are your professional and personal plans for the future? There are other products that I’d like to introduce and become profitable enough so that I could afford to more effectively advertise and market my product. I don’t have the resources to properly do it on a large level. If I can’t do it myself, I’d like to connect with someone who is interested in helping me to promote our products. I would love to grow enough to where I would not do all of the manual labor. I would like to be the manager of the company, directing my crews and be the face of the company. But, I would also like to get to a point to where my wife and I could come and go as we wish and travel. I would love to travel anywhere in the world if I had a guarantee it was safe and I could get back. However, more than seeing the entire world, I’d like to see my own country more than what I’ve seen. I would also like to be able to contribute more to various charities and inner city missions. That’s what I’d like to work for. Innovative Sound Products manufactures, distributes and installs wall mount acoustic sound absorption panels, wall fabric systems and drum/vocal instrument isolation booths. ISP, which specializes in custom projects, as well, serves the Dallas/Fort Worth area and surrounding states. –mjm
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Networking to spare
ll phases of masonry construction were recognized Aug. 8 at the Sheraton Hotel Dallas. The 2014 Golden Trowel Banquet, held in conjunction with the annual Texas Masonry Council Conference, honored outstanding architects, contractors, suppliers and their masonry projects in nine categories. Winners from each category competed first at the regional level and then proceeded to the state level of the competition. –mjm Photo credit: FollisFotos Photography Golden Trowel Award Winners:
Block/CMU Sugar Land Surface Water Treatment Facility Contractor: Camarata Masonry Systems Ltd. Architect: Huitt-Zollars Suppliers: Headwaters Construction Materials, Holcim (US), Hohmann & Barnard Inc.
Education (College/University) Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park Contractor: P and S Masonry Inc. Architect: HKS Inc. Suppliers: Blackson Brick Company Inc., Hohmann & Barnard Inc., Headwaters Construction Materials, Oldcastle Texas/ Amerimix
Hardscape Landscape – Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden Contractor: TST Construction Services LLC Architect: MKW & Associates, LLC Suppliers: Hohmann & Barnard Inc., TNT Equipment Company, Mezger Enterprises
Education (K-12) School of Rhetoric – Regents School Contractor: Looking Good Masonry LLC Architect: David Bessent Architects Inc. Suppliers: Continental Cut Stone Inc., Masonry Products International Ltd. Hohmann & Barnard Inc.
Restoration – Fire Station #6 Contractor: Veazey Enterprises Architect: Carlin/White Associates Suppliers: Headwaters Construction Materials
Government Institutional – Southlake North DPS Training Center Contractor: Artisan Masonry Inc. Architect: RPGA Design Group Inc. Suppliers: Acme Brick Company, Advanced Architectural Stone, Air-Tite Foam Insulation, Builders Equipment & Supply Company, Featherlite Building Products, Quickrete
Industrial Commercial – Sundance Square Commerce & Westbrook Buildings Contractor: DMG Masonry Architect: Bennett Benner Partners Suppliers: Acme Brick Company, Advanced Architectural Stone, Headwaters Construction Materials, Hohmann & Barnard Inc., Quickrete, Prosoco
Residential Multi Family – Park Towers, Austin Contractor: Metro Masonry Construction Inc. Architect: Ziegler Cooper Architects Suppliers: Boral Brick, Upchurch Kimbrough Company, Builders Equipment & Supply Company, Texas Building Products
t was an event that was right up their alley: More than 150 associate members and roofing contractors attended a mini tradeshow Aug. 13 at Arlington’s International Bowling Museum to meet with vendors and learn about the latest in roofing products and services. The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) hosted the annual tradeshow, now in its fourth year. “Our associate members do so much for us during the year, sponsoring things and helping us, and so we do the mini trade show as a way to give back to them. They can demonstrate to all of our roofing contractors what services and products are available,” Karen Vermaire Fox, NTRCA, says. “We also give away a free lunch for all of the roofing contractors that attend. It was a good event for us.” –mjm
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Risk management in the construction industry
The major impact of proposed EMR changes
Christi Clements, Senior Manager BKD, LLP Houston, TX
Art Briseno, CPCU, AIC, Dir. of Operations/Agency Risk Manager IBTX Risk Services San Antonio, TX
ompanies in all industries are looking to improve business efficiencies, meet regulatory requirements and increase their profitability, and the construction industry is not exempt. A construction project is complex, has many moving parts and is especially dependent upon third parties to meet their contractual obligations. No two projects are alike. The most significant day-to-day risks facing the industry relate to changes in schedule, scope creep and technology constraints, which often result in budget and cost overruns. Unlike the economy or the weather, these particular risk factors are within a company’s direct control to varying degrees. Employing an ongoing and effective risk assessment process is essential to proactively addressing risks. Most companies have implemented some form of risk assessment but have failed to go one step further in developing and implementing an effective mitigation strategy. As a result, associates are always one step behind and are reactionary to unexpected surprises. Adopting an effective mitigation program will shift operations from reactive to proactive. How do you get started? Cost benefits should drive adoption, but it starts with the tone at the top. A commitment from top management to act as internal champions and drive a culture of risk awareness is essential to a successful mitigation program, which should be implemented in all phases of a construction project lifecycle. It’s critical to address and plan for risk factors associated with changes in schedule and scope creep early in a project. A clear project scope, agreed-upon expectations between firms and third-party providers and a realistic schedule are all keys to a successful project. In gauging the level of risk inherent in a particular project, clear measures have to be assigned and communicated. Accurate, timely and complete information about the status of a project will allow a risk management team to assess and respond appropriately when needed. A project’s schedule and budget can be directly affected by third-party subcontractors that can’t meet labor demands, lack the experience in the type of work assumed or are not financially sound. Ongoing due diligence in the selection of business partners and subcontractors is a first step. Contracts often provide scope of work, expectations around quality and timelines but often fail to include enough detail for performance to
be adequately measured against key performance indicators. In addition, contracts should contain wording around enforcement and penalties if expectations are not met. Good risk management involves more than using simple checklists. A risk management advisor can assist your company by conducting a thorough risk assessment or review your current methodology against best practices. An advisor also can also assist in third-party vendor audits to determine if only permissible costs were absorbed by a projects budget. Regardless of your approach, effective risk management is paramount to your construction projects and your bottom line. Christie Clements is a Senior Manager in BKD, LLP’s Enterprise Risk Solutions (ERS) practice. ERS is a group within BKD that focuses on the risks facing companies including financial, operational, compliance, and information technology risk. Christie has over 13 years of risk management experience and holds the Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) and Certified Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) designations. Christie can be reached at [email protected]
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veryone who is involved with Workers Compensation Insurance is familiar with the Experience Modification Rate (EMR). There are some possible changes to the EMRs, and these changes could financially impact your company. For those of you in the construction industry it may even impact your ability to bid on new work. Why is there an EMR? The National NCCI has announced that it will be Council on Compensation Insurance recommending the Primary Split Point (NCCI) states the EMR is intended to re- be changed from $5,000 to $15,000. This duce the frequency and severity of work- would mean that now the first $15,000 of ers compensation losses through eco- every loss will be primary and will countnomic incentives. Their position is quite ed at 100%. What does all of this mean? simple: the financial penalty associated with the higher EMR encourages em- We have done a quick, nonscientific analployers to reduce the frequency and se- ysis on the current modifiers of some of verity of claims by instituting safety pro- our clients and obtained some informagrams, accident prevention procedures tion from various Insurance blogs to deand return to work plans designed to termine potential impact. With no other prevent accidents and get employees changes other than to change the Primaback to work when there is an accident. ry Split Point, this is what may happen to Though many Loss Control professionals your EMR. disagree with viewing a contractor’s EMR Current EMR with a $5,000 Split Point as an indicator of their safety record, it is 0.85, 1.45, .89, .96 a long-standing practice in the industry. New EMR with a $15,000 Split Point Very often, an owner or general con0.94, 1.72, .96 1.151 tractor will only use the EMR to qualify the prospective contractor’s safety re- On July 28, 2014, the State Relation cord when viewing the qualifications of Executive for NCCI advised us: the contractor they are looking to hire. “We are currently working with the The 1.0 modifier is considered a neutral Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) to demod because in the actual math, it is nei- termine exactly what changes to the Expether a debit nor a credit. Therefore, many rience Rating Plan will be recommended. It believe that is the cutoff and will disqual- is possible that a revised split point would ify contractors because they have modi- be implemented, but only in conjunction fiers over the 1.0 because their opinion is with changes to multiple formula elements. a higher modifier is a sign of a poor safe- Negotiated mods are also on the table for ty program. discussion. Nothing will occur before 6/1/15. Since Texas has decided to become That I can say for certain.” an NCCI state, the changes recommend- In anticipation of these possible ed by NCCI to how an EMR is calculated changes, we encourage you to implewill impact our modifiers. NCCI is recom- ment a comprehensive safety program mending that there be a change to the that will encompass both better safety Primary – EXCESS Split in the experience protocols and a return to work program. rating process. A major component of With these programs in place, you will be the EMR calculation is the experience rat- in a better position to argue that the ing process. Each loss is divided into a modifier is not a true reflection of your primary and excess portion. The current safety program. Primary Split Point number is $5,000. As Please feel free to contact our Safety an example, in a $15,000 loss the first and Loss Control and Human Resources $5,000 is primary and is counted at 100% professionals at IBTX for assistance and and $10,000 is considered excess and guidance in these matters at 800.880.6689 only a percentage weight is given in the or online at www.ib-tx.com. IBTX will concalculation to the excess number. tinue to monitor this situation and keep all Yes, this does mean that primary of our clients aware of the changes as they losses are given more weight than excess are implemented. losses because they are considered an Art Briseno has over 28 years of claims indicator of frequency. The rationale be- experience managing large complex litigahind this is that “severity follows fre- tion and high exposure claims. He has a quency”. So if they can impose the high- CPCU and a AIC designation and currently er penalty on these smaller, more fre- holds a valid Texas Claims License, Risk quent claims, and stop frequency they Management License, and a General Agenwill also stop severity. cy License.
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Guard against liability through careful internal investigation
Acclimatization to prevent worker deaths
Jason Wagner Partner Wagner Saenz Dority, LLP Houston, TX
Joann Natarajan Compliance Assistance Specialist OSHA Austin, TX
n the unfortunate occasion when someone is injured or dies on a construction site, you must comply with all governmental investigative and reporting requirements. Your internal policies and procedures also trigger critical investigative efforts, like root cause analyses. For those responsible for investigating, it is imperative to follow internal guidelines to achieve the principal goal of determining what happened so that it doesn’t happen again and workers are kept safe. However, it is just as important to investigating knowing that a lawsuit may be filed and every document created will be used against you. To help you maintain the balance between following your procedures and protecting yourself from future litigation, consider the following. Your policies may mandate that you document the location of the incident with photographs, measurements, and sketches. However, photographs are always discoverable in a lawsuit. Most likely, the objective data recorded about the incident scene will also be seen by the other side. Because unsafe conditions or safety violations will have to be defended at a later date, choose carefully what is included and documented for posterity. Your policies may dictate that you obtain written statements or recorded interviews of witnesses, co-workers, and supervisors. Statements by people with knowledge of the incident are always discoverable. Since you can’t predict how a witness will answer a question before you ask it, use your attorney to interview the key witnesses and take notes of those interviews, which will be protected from disclosure. If you can’t get an attorney out quickly enough, take careful notes during your own interviews of the witnesses, knowing even these will likely be seen by the other side. If you absolutely have to tape record an interview or get a signed written statement, go over your questions with your witness before you being recording. Your policies may not mention evidence preservation. But, if you have any reason to believe that the incident will lead to a claim, you have an obligation to preserve important evidence associated with the incident. This could include the equipment involved in the incident, documents relating to the work performed on that day, cell phone videos and photographs taken by your employees or those under your control, and a whole host of other items. Ask an attorney to guide you through the requirements for evidence preservation, to avoid trouble at the courthouse later.
fication of the responsible person and what corrective action should be taken. However, if suit is filed, you will struggle to avoid these admissions of liability. It is far better to avoid or limit any assessment of responsibility in internal investigative documents to allow more flexibility for your attorney in defending against the claim. Work hard to avoid stating that any employee or representative of your company violated company safety rules, policies, or procedures or that such violations caused the incident. Relatedly, your policies may compel disciplinary action to be taken against the responsible person, up to and including termination. Just like determinations of fault, disciplinary action can be used later to implicate your company and its employees, making it more difficult to avoid liability. If possible, avoid issuing any disciplinary notice for the employee. If one must be issued, use care in describing in writing the incident details and reasons for disciplinary action. And, if you have to terminate the responsible employee, remember he or she may cease to be a cooperative witness and could carry a grudge against you, should a lawsuit later be filed. Every effort should be made to comply with federal, state, or local laws and regulations when someone is hurt or killed. However, when conducting an internal investigation, careful inquiry into the incident with an eye toward future litigation will reduce potential liability. Following the guidelines above will help reduce possible exposure down the road. Jason Wagner, a partner at Wagner Saenz Dority, L.L.P., in Houston, provides litigation and consulting services to individuals and businesses in the construction industry throughout Texas. He can be reached at (713) 554-8450 or at [email protected]
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Twenty-two year construction industry veteran Craig Mangrum, owner of Craig’s Remodeling in Fort Worth, has earned his stripes - and has certainly painted his fair share of them! –mjm
he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report based on a review of OSHA’s twenty heat-related enforcement cases from 2012 to 2013. OSHA’s analysis, described in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, suggests that the primary risk factor for heat fatalities is the lack of acclimatization programs. Of the 13 enforcement cases that involved worker fatalities, nine of the deaths occurred in the first three days of working on the job, four of them occurring on the worker’s first day. In all 20 cases, heat illness prevention programs were found to be incomplete or absent, and no provision was made for acclimatizing new workers to the heat. Acclimatization is a critical part of preventing heat illnesses and fatalities, and workers should gradually build up workloads and exposure to heat by taking frequent breaks for water and rest in shade or air conditioning. Employers need to provide time to acclimatize for workers absent from the job for more than a few days, new employees, and those working outdoors during an extreme heat event or heat wave. Employers must ensure that all workers acclimatize to hot environments by gradually increasing duration of work in the hot environment. In addition, health care providers should be aware of the loss of acclimatization in their patients who have been out of work for a
week or more and counsel them that they will need time to regain acclimatization once they return to their job. New workers and all workers returning from an absence of more than a week should begin with 20% of the usual duration of work in the hot environment on the first day, increasing incrementally by no more than 20% each subsequent day (3). During a rapid change leading to excessively hot weather or conditions such as a heat wave, even experienced workers should begin on the first day of work in excessive heat with 50% of the usual duration of work, 60% on the second day, 80% on the third, and 100% on the fourth day (9). Full acclimatization might take up to 14 days or longer to attain, depending on individual or environmental factors. A heat illness prevention program includes 1) designating a person to develop, implement, and manage the program, 2) monitoring the temperature (e.g., heat index and wet bulb globe temperature) of their worksite, 3) providing water and rest breaks in a shaded, cool area, 4) acclimatizing workers by gradually increasing the exposure to heat or a hot environment, 5) modifying work schedules as necessary to reduce workers’ exposure to heat, 6) training workers on the signs and symptoms of heat illness, 7) monitoring workers for signs of heat stress, and 8) planning for emergencies and response. [email protected]
t’s a shame the shooters had earplugs when firing their guns, because the acoustics were great at Lewisville’s Dallas Gun Club on Aug. 8. Good acoustics are something the shooters would know about – the clay shoot, which included lunch, door prizes and a raffle, was hosted by the DFW Drywall & Acoustical Contractors Association (DACA). Proceeds from the shoot benefitted the Roy Neu Scholarship Foundation. –mjm Teams: 1st Place: Drywall Interiors, (score 309) 2nd Place: L&W Supply’s Dean Johnson, Lonnie Mears, Michael Barnes and Curtis Vaden (score 240) 3rd Place: Marek’s Jeff Reeves, John Mikkelson, Brian Duplechen and Nathan Goetz
1st Place Shooter: L&W Supply’s Lonnie Mears
Shooters: 1st Place: Lonnie Mears, L&W Supply (score of 90) 2nd Place: Vernon Turner, Drywall Interiors (score of 85) 3rd Place: Gary Sibley, Drywall Interiors (score of 81) Shotgun Raffle Winner: Marshall Sharp
1st Place Team : Drywall Interiors’ Terry Higgs, Vince McManis, Vernon Turner and Gary Sibley
Dallas/Fort Worth Construction News • Sep 2014
he Earthmoving Contractors Association of Texas (ECAT) held its 56th annual membership meeting and convention Jul. 18-19 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victoria. This year, the focus was on fuel and energy addressing transportation issues. The two-day event got off to a bang-up start with the annual skeet and trap shoot contest at Victoria Skeet and Trap Club. Later that day, members toured the North American Caterpillar Hydraulic Excavator Manufacturing Plant in Victoria. “The plant manufactures two of the top hydraulic excavators, the Caterpillar 336 and the 349F, in the U.S.,” said Carl Englerth, executive secretary for ECAT. “The group was able to view and operate the equipment just before leaving the plant. The plant has been in production since August 2010 and is one of the most state-ofthe-art manufacturing plants in the U.S.” The second day was filled with educational programs on topics including Texas Earthmoving Contracting Guide to Permitting Loads on State and Interstate Roads, CDL License, and Weights and Measures Enforcement. There was also a program called Earth Partners about inva2014 Elected Officers President: Chad Ottmers, Chad and Ronnie Ottmers Construction, Fredericksburg Vice President: John Frerich, Mobile Crushing and Screening, Rowena Secretary: Joe Ed Jenschke, Edmund Jenschke, Inc., Kerrville 2014 Elected Directors Dist. 1: Clint Cornell, Cornell Dirt Service, Claude Dist. 2: Marty Caston, The Caston Co., Robert Lee Dist. 3: Thomas Holland, Holland Dozers, Moran Dist. 4: Bobby Watts, Watts Excavating, Decatur
Chad Ottmers, ECAT president, congratulated John Puckett, J.P. Construction, for being a newly elected director.
sive brush, such as juniper and mesquite, from the tree stage to pellet or chip form which is transported to the United Kingdom and Europe that they use for fuel to generate electric power, which is also being done in Texas and New Mexico. The 56th annual business meeting started with Adam Stuber, Bituminous Insurance Company, who reported on the ECAT/Bituminous Safety Program. At the meeting, members also approved the formation of a committee to explore an ECAT scholarship program. –mh
Dist. 5: Ed Smith, Ed Smith Dozer Service, Fairfield Dist. 6: J.D. Godby, J.D. Godby Construction, Clifton Dist. 7: Galen Weber, Weber Construction, Uvalde Dist. 8: Tommy Watson, Watson Dozer Service, Cuero Dist. 9: Lawrence Krause, L.D. Krause Construction, New Braunfels Dist. 10: Edwin Eckhardt, Eckhardt Dozer and Crane, Fredericksburg Dist. 11: John Puckett, J.P. Construction,
At this year’s ECAT meeting and convention, members toured the North American Caterpillar Hydraulic Excavator Plant in Victoria.
Galen Weber, Weber Construction, once again received an award for his efforts to draw new members to ECAT.
Justin Haverland, 3 J’s Dozer Service, Paige, was presented with a membership certificate by ECAT president Chad Ottmers.
Skeet & Trap Shoot Grand Champion J.D. Godby, J.D. Godby Construction, Clifton
Skeet & Trap Shoot Runner-Up, Chip Stelpflug, Performance Lubricants, Victoria
Coleman Dist. 12: Trooper Irving, JCN Construction, Canyon Lake Alternates: Clint Krause, L.D. Krause Con-
struction, New Braunfels; Eddie Leatherwood, CEL Contractors, Dublin Associate Director: Dave Sund, Insurance Concepts, San Antonio
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Summer fishing continues to improve by Capt. Steve Schultz Sponsored by: Premier Yamaha Boating Center, Majek Boats, E-Z Bel Construction, Power Pole Shallow Water Anchor, Aggregate Haulers, Interstate Batteries, Pure Fishing, Mirr-O-Lure and Columbia Sportswear.
ell, don’t blink folks, because if you do it’s going to be Christmas. I can’t believe September is upon us and hunting season is around the corner. As for now, fishing continues to be consistent during the last few weeks, with solid trout still showing up at the docks. Redfish should be showing up in schools by this time of the year, changing up tactics anglers will have on planning their
day on the water. Typically, September is still considered summer here in South Texas and winds should be down most of the month, so if you can bare a few more days with triple digit temperatures, don’t be surprised to have some banner days this month before entering into the fall season. An alternative to beating the heat and getting into some of the bigger game species in our waters this month is to explore the deeper waters offshore. With easy access through the packery channel, one can be trolling baits within minutes of the JFK Causeway. Some of the species most commonly sought after in our waters include king mackerel (kingfish), Spanish mackerel, red snapper,
ling and several other species of fish. Proper tackle is required to land some of these bigger more powerful fish than your ordinary bay tackle, so be prepared when busting through the jetties. This type of fishing can be very enjoyable for the whole group because you never know what you’re going to catch and most every time I take a group offshore we experience something unique. This month can also be perfect for fishing the beach front for trout and reds. Anchoring your boat between the guts along the beach and pitching croakers or perch in these guts can produce some fantastic action if conditions are right. One thing to remember when you’re
fishing the beach or any water in the gulf is to keep an eye out for waves that can sneak up on you when you least expect it. Make sure everyone is aware of the dangers while fishing in the gulf, because conditions can change in an instance. I would like to take a minute to thank Michael Traugott and Tammy Thompson of Traugott Painting and Drywall for organizing a raffle to benefit myself and my family while I have been out this season with my injury. I would also like to thank everyone who donated items, bought raffle tickets and participated in selling raffle tickets that made this a success. One more big thank you goes to the Downtown Youth Center and Doug and Cindy Niznik for allowing this benefit to be in conjunction with the Charity Shoot in August. I feel very fortunate to have so many friends, clients and acquaintances that made this benefit a huge success. I’m truly blessed! By the time next month’s column is in your hands, I should have a better idea on what my doctor has in store for me. As for now, I am continuing to work on breaking scar tissue and strengthening my leg. I can’t wait to get back on the water when the doctor gives me the OK, but until then, I will still be booking trips through other guides so don’t hesitate to call with all your fishing needs. I can be reached at 361-813-3716, or e-mail me at [email protected]
Good Luck and Good Fishing.
Dallas/Fort Worth Construction News • Sep 2014
Ken Milam’s Fishing Line Since 1981, Ken Milam has been guiding fishing trips for striped bass on Lake Buchanan in the Texas Hill Country,. You can hear Ken on radio on Saturday and Sunday mornings, 6-8 AM on AM 1300, The Zone – Austin, or http://www.am1300the zone.com
Lake Buchanan’s Perfect Storm – Don’t miss this!
Over the last several years the combined efforts of Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Lake Buchanan Conservation Corp. have been successful in keeping our fish stocking numbers nice and high, so we have plenty of fish out looking for a good meal. The shad population is good and stable so our stripers and hybrids are healthy and hungry.
perfect storm is when several unusual circumstances happen to occur at the same time to produce one truly spectacular event, and we have one brewing on Lake Buchanan!
This all adds up to the best striper and hybrid fishing we may have ever had on Lake Buchanan. Our summer fishing has been very stable with daily limits being caught. Already we are seeing signs of the top-water action we sometimes experience in the fall, so by the time the temperature cools a little more we should be in for one heck of a top-water season! You do not want to miss this! This perfect fishing storm may never come again, and storms don’t last forever. Don’t let the low lake level bother you. Just give your favorite fishing guide a call and let him get you on the water. He’s used to dealing with the lake and will be able to cut to the chase and get you on the fish.
All this year things have been a little different. Remember how last winter seemed to last forever? I was still wearing a light jacket on the cool mornings to get bait and it was almost Memorial Day! The crappie on our lake and several others were still acting like it was March in June and we got reports from all over that largemouth sows were still being caught full of eggs and with bloodshot tails weeks after they should have been done spawning. We have had a relatively mild summer and now we are deep enough into the calendar year that we just don’t have time left in the summer for it to get that water temperature up to where our fish just seem to go deep and give up until fall. A couple of other factors are at play too. Lake Buchanan is hovering near almost record low lake levels. We have been saying that just means there is less water for the fish to hide in, making them easier to catch. There might be a little more to that though. We fish using live bait. That means that we go out before our charter trips and catch fresh shad to use on our fishing trips. I think that one of the things that can make live bait fishermen better fishermen is that they have to go find baitfish first. If you can find bait, then you know where the fish are likely to be trying to feed too and that’s half the battle. The low lake means that a lot of the places we used to find bait are high and dry now. There is less water for the bait to hide in too. While the shallower depths of the
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Make a fish!
Birthday boy/fisherman Luke McCready
Mom caught her share of catfish
n addition to making birthday wishes, MEMCO’s Sarah McCready and her son Luke were catching birthday fishes during a mother-son fishing trip at Lake Tawakoni in July. To celebrate Luke’s 11th birthday, McCready rented a boat, hired a guide and tried to keep up with her son, who
caught four fish for every one on her hook. The duo caught about 75 catfish, but released several so as not to exceed the 50fish limit too soon. Fishing is a bond the two share: The pair recently went deep sea fishing off of New Orleans’ coast and reeled in red fish and a stingray. –mjm
Dallas/Fort Worth Construction News • Sep 2014
Anglin’ to win
Media Bass’ “Angler of the Year” Steve Holtman of Wallco Retaining Walls Inc.
ou’ve got eight hours to catch five fish.” Doesn’t sound like much of a challenge, right? Wrong. Steve Holtman, Wallco Retaining Walls Inc., would know. For the second time, he has been named “Angler of the Year” and has experienced the difficulties of the Media Bass Tournament Trail. The season’s six events, which are planned a year in advance, span from early January to August and are held at lakes chosen for optimal fishing conditions. The anglers, who are allowed to familiarize themselves with the lakes beforehand, are given specific start and stop times during which they must catch the maximum amount in weight within the five bass limit. The problem is Mother Nature, who sometimes likes to throw in a little wind, rain and mess with the local pressure just
for fun, and that can mentally take many fisherman out of the competition. “This is a sport of both knowledge and skill, but the most important tool in the angler’s tackle box is their confidence. This is where Steve Holtman has proven once again that he is worthy of the coveted title,” Media Bass director Joe Solis says. “Steve’s ability to locate and land fish goes beyond the high-tech gadgets of today. Steve relies on his instincts and experience to assist him in locating fish on the many different bodies of water that he is faced during the season. Many of the anglers will be faced with certain conditions that will force an angler out of his comfort zone; what separates Steve from his competitors is his adaptability to conditions and situations. This is where Steve excels by leaps and bounds, and leaves competitors in his wake.” –mjm
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n honor of Valentine’s Day, our February issue featured “construction couple” Casey Cox, Potter Concrete, and Tony Troxclair, Buyers Barricades. Well, those young lovebirds went and got hitched over the summer, with Casey – now “Mrs. Troxclair” – and Tony recently enjoying an Alaskan honeymoon trip, the photos of which they were kind enough to share. “This trip was a seven-day cruise ported out of Vancouver and was breathtaking!” Casey says. “In Ketchikan, we took a canoe ride on the calm water and a Jeep tour to take in all of the gorgeous greenery. Ketchikan is the rainiest city in Alaska; it rains almost daily. “Juneau was the next stop where we took a float plane up to the mountains to the oldest working lodge in Alaska called the Taku Lodge. There we had a view of what seemed like another world. We could have easily stayed there forever; it was absolutely amazing. We even got close up to two different bears and have great video of that. We had cooked salmon on the grill and they came up to try to scoop some out of the grill! “In Skagway, we also went up into
the mountains by bus and visited a dog mushing camp. We loved it! We are dog lovers and they are so gentle and loving. We got to meet a few of the dogs who actually ran Iditarod!” The Troxclairs said it was the best trip they have ever been on, worth every penny, and definitely a trip they would recommend to others, whether honeymooning or not. Congratulations to the happy couple! –mjm
Above: Juneau’s Taku Lodge
Below: Float Plane ride in Juneau
The Troxclairs in breathtaking Skagway
Dallas/Fort Worth Construction News • Sep 2014
Dallas/Fort Worth Construction News • Sep 2014
What TV show are you embarrased to admit you watch?
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” I don’t watch it anymore though. My favorite person on there was the hot, blonde one. Aaron Meyr, RL Murphey Commercial Roof Systems
The most embarrassing television show that I watch is the series “Breaking Bad.” Someone recommended that we start watching it and its kind of one of those cult things where, once you get started on it, you’re kind of hooked. There’s nothing good about this show except [SPOILER] at the end of the show. I’m glad it’s over because I was like a moth to a flame and I had to go watch it. I’m glad I don’t have that on my back anymore. Dean Estoll, Mike Huddleston Roofing Systems
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians!” There are a lot of reasons why I watch it. Kim’s one of them, you know, she’s easy to look at. Plus, [the family’s] a little quirky. I like to watch them bicker back and forth; it’s funny. Paul Ramon, Ramon Roofing
I did get conned into watching “Sex and the City” the other day but it was only for 10 minutes. I got educated about female relationships and learned it was wise not to be in them. Josh Graham, Graham & Construction Roofing
It’s actually a new one, “Bachelor in Paradise.” It is juicy. There’s a lot of hooking up! Michael Franklin, Ramon Franklin
“Highway Cowboys,” which is about the real life of the cowboys. They’re stretching it because they really don’t rope that well. My son does it for a living, and so I watch the show just to laugh at them. Traci Garner-Davis, First Texas Insurance Services
“America’s Got Talent.” It reminds me too much of “American Idol” and I hated “American Idol.” I keep this one under my hat, until now. Nick Febo, ITW Polymers Sealants North America
Alright, I’ll be honest … “Arrow.” It’s a DC Comics TV show. Of course, I identify deeply with the character; he’s tall, built, and handsome and he runs with a bow and arrow. It’s almost like I’m looking in a mirror; it’s kind of weird watching a show about myself. Darren Brett, Roofing Supply Group “Big Brother.” I’ve been watching it three years now. I’ve never been one to get into the reality TV shows, but my wife got me into it. This season isn’t as good as the first or second though, but I’m taking it. Scott Adams, ABC Supply Inc.
“Duck Dynasty.” It brings out the redneck in me. Roger Wallace, Central States Manufacturing Inc.
1st Place Team: E-MC Electric Services
ore than 100 shooters came out to shoot clay at Alpine Gun Range Aug. 15. Four teams won cash prizes, while several lucky winners won drawings, including a shotgun raffle. The Independent Electrical Contractors Association’s (IEC) Fort Worth/Tarrant County chapter, which hosted the clay shoot, capped off the shoot with a cookout, with Sunstate Equipment firing up their grills after the shooters finished. –mjm 1st: E-MC Electric Services 2nd: Humphrey & Associates 3rd: CED Euless 4th: FSG Electric
Shotgun raffle winner Patrick Bierle, Legrand North America, and IEC Executive Director Marcie Funchess
C.H.: I don’t have a show I’m embarrassed to watch. I watch sports. J.R.: Do you ever watch the Chicago Bears though? C.H.: Sure. J.R.: I’d be embarrassed about that. Chris Hickey, PCH & Associates and Jim Rogers, Roof Strike
“The Young and the Restless.” I’ve been watching it eight years or so. Victor Newman is my favorite character, of course. James Saunders, Gulfeagle Supply L-R: Cummins Southern Plains’ Charlie Schnieders and Tutor Electrical Services’ Mark Goodenough and Brian Brinkmann
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he day was so much fun, so much like playing hooky, that Ferris Bueller was expected to pull up in a Ferrari at any moment. After taking a jaw-dropping job site tour of the new 1.9 million–sf Nebraska Furniture Mart (built by Turner Construction) in The Colony, members of the Construction Management Financial Association (CFMA) practiced their pivot at Top Golf. The event, hosted by CFMA’s Dallas/Fort Worth chapter, was Aug. 21. –mjm
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Green Building Trends Cost may hinder building design innovation Bradford Russell, AIA, PE, Director BR Architects & Engineers Richardson, TX
Partner PRYM Architects LLC Dallas, TX
hy is green building important to your clients? There are two types of clients. The first desires a building to occupy and is more interested in the cost to use it; implementing energy-efficient materials will keep costs down over time. The second client builds something to resell; those clients feel using green materials, and even securing LEED certification on a building, increases its resale value. BR Architects/PRYM Architects design every building green, but we do not design every building to be LEED certified because of a cost and time factor - time probably being the biggest part of it What are the additional costs of the green movement? It is hard to give clients the building they want, at the price they want, and have it be green/LEED as well. It is hard for these three to come together on the
same point. Our offices practice both architecture and structural engineering, but we also have interest in a construction company, Resource-Hendrick. When a client comes into my office and wants to build a green project, but at only ‘so many dollars per square foot’ and they want us to make it happen, that may be unrealistic. It costs more to be on the cutting edge, to go beyond the ‘status quo.’ Clients can be followers at a lower cost and can cut costs by being satisfied with older products. If they want to be on the cutting edge of green building, however, clients need to be willing to take on additional costs and reap the rewards of ‘leading the pack.’ The good news is that, through competition, the cost of these cutting edge products is starting to come in line with each other. Now, we are seeing green building with green products as the norm, instead of just green building with conventional products. The cost of
green products is now being compared against other green products, as opposed to green products against conventional products. What is your opinion of the many green building materials and products on the market? I am impressed with many of the new materials that are available, and being developed, but there are some I question the authenticity. I am willing to use both the tried-and-true materials, as well as the new green products on the market, but there has to be a reason for the new product’s use. It has to meet the clients’ needs and adhere to certain design standards. How do you feel green building affects the construction industry? It has become so much about cost with respect to ‘innovation.’ Instead of the innovation of green building dictating the fee, it’s the fee dictating the innovation. So the innovation only rises to the bottom of the fee. If the fee is low, there is little room for innovation. The industry suffers because of that. What is on the horizon in terms of green building? Almost all projects have some degree of green building in them – hospitals, schools, office buildings, multifamily – with healthcare facilities exhibiting what I see as the greatest degree and potential. One thing that is becoming increasingly important is how green buildings play
into our psychology, especially in the healthcare projects. How do we feel in these buildings/environments and how do they psychologically benefit us? This is an aspect that will eventually shape all projects. I feel strongly that the architect needs to be the leader of design and construction change in the green building industry. This industry may not have been something created solely by architects, but it is something being pushed by architects. The architect needs to lead the green building revolution and pull along people in the change, in the innovation. Architects should not just see where the trends go, and follow, but plow ahead and dictate the road we need to be traveling – be innovators. It is key to have architects in the building innovation process, whether it is the green industry or another unseen innovation. I also think there is a great potential for the mechanical/electrical plumbing sectors to be inventors right now in the building industry. But architects need to/must address efficiency, energy and the occupant’s psychology, and develop something we have never seen - be innovators.
choice of spending a quarter of a million dollars with only a 10-percent chance of winning, many of my fellow architect/design colleagues simply stay on the sideline to make sure that they can do things like make payroll this month. There’s still another hidden cost that taxpayers wind up footing: the longer time it takes for contracting officers to review so many complicated design proposals. With an increased number of final proposals, the government must take more time to evaluate the winning team. This practice does not help either the construction industry or the government. It’s wasteful for both. Hoping to solve this problem, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced the bipartisan Design-Build Efficiency and Jobs Act of 2013 (H.R. 2750). Last month, Sen. Deb. Fischer (R-NE) introduced a companion bill (S.2652) in the Senate. Both bills address the issue by requiring contracting officers to provide a written justification to the head of an agency for requiring more than five finalists in the second stage of a design-build solicitation
and agency approval of such justification. These bills would provide more certainty and opportunities for design firms of all sizes who wish to enter the federal marketplace. It will ensure that agencies have the ability to select the most qualified design-build teams who will deliver the best buildings for agencies and the public. Finally, it will limit federal agencies’ burdens in reviewing a large number of proposals. And, thanks to Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Rep. Graves’ bill is also included in the House’s defense authorization bill – the National Defense Authorization Act which is being reviewed in the Senate. At a time when federal agencies have failed to reach their targets for small business participation in the past six years, it is incumbent on Congress to remove barriers that prevent small entrepreneurs from taking part. One way to do that is to pass design-build reform legislation - now. We ask our representatives and senators to keep the design-build language in the NDAA. –cw
BR Architects & Engineers is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and uses LEED principals in its business, commercial, education and religious projects. –mjm
A fast way to a more efficient government Helene Combs Dreiling, FAIA, President American Institute of Architects (AIA) Washington, DC
hen it comes to the way Uncle Sam awards design and construction contracts for government buildings, there are ways to make the buildings more efficient, safer and a better value for the taxpayer. My professional society, the American Institute of Architects, is working hard on Capitol Hill to reform the outmoded government procurement process that awards these contracts. Federal procurement policy often discourages the most innovative architectural talent from ever competing for the government’s business. Why? Between 2007 and 2011, architecture firms in design-build teams that competed for
public-sector design-build projects spent a median of $260,000 making detailed plans, models and other materials. That may not sound like a lot of money, except that over 70 percent of my fellow member firms make less than $1 million a year. As a result, architecture and design firms face the dilemma of ‘betting it all’ on a contract they may not get, or selfselecting out of the federal design-build market. In recent years the average number of short-listed firms for federal design-build projects has grown from an industry best practice of having three to five firms on a short list to as many as 10 or more firms short-listed. When facing a
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Green Building Trends Seeing the forest for the trees Wade Payne, COO Allen & Allen Co. San Antonio, TX
o build green, contractors need the right materials. In the lumber industry, it’s not a matter of having a “green” material, but of responsibly sourced material that has the necessary documentation to back it up. Wade Payne, COO of Allen & Allen Co., explains that while lumber doesn’t have a “green” designation, using lumber that is certified through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) can earn contractors points for the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program. And the key factor to certified lumber is called a chain of custody. The paperwork that follows lumber from the forest to the mill to the sourcing company is like a provenance or a birth certificate, documenting the forest the lumber came from, the mill that milled it, and in theory, every person who came in contact with that material. Payne points out that there is a lot of debate in the lumber industry about this process and whether it’s worthwhile or a waste of time. He mentions that when the certification was first implemented, the cost of material that met the requirement for certification was dramatically higher because there was a very limited supply
of certified material and fewer members of the industry going through the necessary steps to certify their lumber. Now, since more companies are doing it, there’s more certified lumber and the prices are not a whole lot more than standard material that doesn’t follow the chain of custody. In addition to debate about the value in the process, the line between certified and standard material can cause confusion. “You could have material coming from the exact same forest and the exact same mills – some of it may be certified and some of it may not,” says Payne. “It depends on if they want to do the paperwork, almost like on a race horse – do they want to just sell the horse or do they want to keep the paperwork that shows the lineage of the horse to make it more valuable? So, you have to decide if you want to do all the paperwork. “For the building materials side, the paperwork’s a challenge for a lot of people, because it’s just not something
Green building trends slow to become the norm Danny Boultinghouse, Principal Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects McAllen, TX
ow would you describe the current state of the green building industry? Although I believe that green building energy is gaining favor worldwide, it is still struggling in the South Texas market and other parts of the country primarily because of the depressed economy. In our region, although there are bits and pieces of “green” components being utilized, unless it is a mandate prescribed by some governmental agency, very few buildings are being proposed as LEED certified, which is the benchmark for being totally “green.” I think the biggest gain has been in client awareness, which is a start, and when conditions improve, should help jumpstart the movement. What are the hot button issues in the industry? Across the country we are quickly realizing that a future dependable water supply is going to be a challenge, especially in our region because of our rapid growth and manufacturing demands. Water reclamation or reuse is a green industry element, so I believe that it is on the front burner. With landfills reaching capacities, land costs escalating and the NIMBY (not in my backyard) attitude,
minimizing waste and recycling is high on the list. And certainly energy conservation has to be mentioned. We can create energy, but water and land are a static quantity. What are the major changes in the industry? Many of the major changes in the green building industry have been geared towards building components, which we have tried to keep pace with, but because of affordability, it has been difficult, which means the type of work we do hasn’t enjoyed major change. Keep in mind that because of our South Texas climate and our geographi-
they’re used to doing. We’ve always dealt with that kind of thing, so it wasn’t unusual to us.” There are also misunderstandings about the certification, because Payne says that it would seem like you can tie the certification back to the tree the lumber came from, but he found out from the Rainforest Alliance, through which Allen & Allen received its FSC certification, that the certification doesn’t necessarily tie the lumber back to the tree, but to the forest from which it was sourced. This is a clean chain of custody as well as responsible foresting, meaning the wood wasn’t harvested from a forest that is protected. Through the certification, anyone should be able to prove that the material used didn’t come from a protected forest. There is also a different certification that must accompany certified lumber if it is treated, processed, or has had a chemical added to it. The certification shows exactly what was done to the material, such as being treated for waterproofing or to prevent it from rotting. Of course, if it’s treated, the documentation has to include information about who or what company treated it and still maintain the chain of custody. “If the material goes to an organization or even a lumberyard that’s not certified, you break the chain of custody, and that chain is no longer good,” says Payne. “That material can no longer be certified.”
He estimates that Allen & Allen’s business is 60-percent lumber, but the company stocks very little certified lumber, because there is limited demand for it. The increased cost is a factor, but the certified lumber can be used in LEED projects to earn LEED points for the building. Government – federal, local, county or state or even school districts – projects are most likely to seek LEED certification and use certified material. Addressing another point of confusion, Payne emphasizes that there is no such thing as “LEED material,” though he gets requests for it. The FSC-certified lumber is not LEED-certified, but can earn LEED points, depending on how contractors use it on the project. For example, contractors sometimes use FSC-certified lumber to form the concrete. When they peel the material off, they can recycle it. So, certified lumber may not even go into the building, but his customers have told him that this is one way they make LEED use of a certified material. Payne explains that Allen & Allen sees the value of being FSC-certified in the ability to source a product its customers want. Though the company keeps little on hand, it sources the FSC material on demand through the proper channels for its customers. He adds that the education their employees receive for the certification makes them more knowledgeable about what’s out there and gives them a better understanding of the difference it makes. –mh
cal location, we have been incorporating a lot of “green” design elements into our plans well before “green” became a buzzword. Things like durable, long-life materials, locally-available materials, energyefficient systems, moisture-resistant products, reduced maintenance/replacement materials, etc. have been a standard in our designs.
ply in this case, but again, I believe the slow economy has stymied that influence. And, in addition, since our area has historically been slow to participate in new innovative architectural trends, the competition has been slow coming, as well.
Is it still true that a disadvantage of green building is additional cost? It has been the biggest obstacle in the green movement, particularly in the South Texas market. As more outside “corporate” entities that have experienced the payoff value of more efficient design and more sensitive design locate in our region, I believe others will realize the value. It has certainly gotten better over my 42 years of practice in this area, but until the industry makes it more affordable, it is difficult for business owners to balance the term/life cycle costs vs. up front costs, particularly during hard times. Is the green market becoming more competitive? The green market has become more competitive in costs since there are more parts of the industry competing and, I suppose, in some areas green is making better progress. As in most other industries, volume and demand breed competition and lower costs, which should ap-
What is on the horizon for your industry? New technologies in building delivery systems, I believe, will be one of the most innovative and efficient changes. Architects, engineers, builders and clients will be able to communicate more efficiently in all phases through electronic advances. 3d printing technology or additive manufacturing, Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other cyber technology will allow more efficiency and less waste in time and materials; that, in itself, will contribute to the green movement. Related directly to green issues, I believe the biggest change will be more specific legislation that will mandate better and more efficient sustainable design. Certainly, some of the advancement could continue to be fueled by life/cycle savings and perhaps incentives, but until it is a “code” or governmental requirement, it will be slow in coming. The firm of Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects is comprised of a core group of registered architects and is entering its 22nd year.–cw
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JQ recently welcomed Matthew Gould as head of the firm’s geospatial group to serve clients in the southwest region. During his 25-year land surveying career, Gould built the survey operations and related service lines for numerous well-known local and regional engineering firms, managing accounts for the Texas Railroad Commission, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), the City of Dallas and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. MYCON General Contractors has named Doug Talley as the McKinneybased firm’s new president. With 26 years in the industry, the former president of Hill & Wilkinson Contractors will be responsible for leading and managing the firm’s growth. Talley is a member of Associated General Contractors (AGC) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering technology.
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RDO Equipment has named Paul Westbrook general manager of the company’s new location in McKinney. With nearly 30 years in the agricultural and heavy equipment industry, Westbrook most recently served as the general manager for HOLT Agribusiness and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agricultural division. He received his Diesel Technology degree from North Dakota State School of Science.
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continued from Page 1 — Engineered to expand be in the position to capitalize on that.” Both the Plano and Fort Worth offices will offer the full range of land development and public works engineering, entitlement and environmental services. Vice-president Davis will manage the D/ FW area out of both offices with the help of Plano office manager Chris Blevins and Fort Worth office manager Dan McFadden. The vice president of environmental for the firm, Pete McKone, will also serve in the area.
Davis says that clients across Texas and within the Dallas/Fort Worth area are happy to have not just one, but two North Texas locations available to them. “The client reaction has been great,” Davis says. “We have tempered the growth to make sure we are providing high-quality services. We have been careful not to outgrow our ability to perform. We’ve been blessed to be busy and to develop relationships with great clients.” –mjm
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During a recent food drive, more than 400 canned goods were donated by the Independent Electrical Contractors’ (IEC) Dallas apprentices. IEC Dallas donated all the food to the North Texas Food Bank and is already planning another drive for the fall. –mjm
their business, also. “It’s always been a strong relationship, although we haven’t always agreed on things,” Osborn says. “I think that is what makes the relationship work well is that we don’t agree. If we were just alike, we wouldn’t be telling each other what we’re doing wrong and keeping each other in check.” “We do [keep each other in check],” Vogel agrees. “We’ve developed a working relationship and an understanding just over the months since we’ve established the business.” Although they set conservative 2014 revenue goals, they’ve already exceeded that goal three times over. “The fear was that our personal, family and financial lives would be impacted
if the phone didn’t ring, but just the opposite happened. We just got our 19th project under contract for this year. It’s been good; we’ve had immense client and subcontractor support and we’ve had the good fortune to bring good people on board,” Osborn says. Vogel and Osborn say their success can also be credited to their wives who, although they may not have been on board with some of the names, are definitely on board with the business. “Our wives have contributed and are working long hours to help us!” Vogel says. Dallas-based Novel Builders is a general contractor that focuses on design-build projects. –mjm
continued from Page 1 — Five-star, five-story parking formed off-site and delivered to the construction area on flatbed trucks. “Using precast concrete allowed us to bring in the large pieces of the building rather than pouring them around the building,” Whitesell says. “This forced us to manage deliveries carefully to avoid interruptions to traffic in the shopThree elevators, three stairwells and ample lighting ping area. In spite ensure patrons easily enter the venue. of that, this was a perfect example of precast concrete The facility, designed by Good, Fulmatching the needs and site limitations ton & Farrell Inc., includes interior and of a construction project, and it worked emergency lighting, three elevators and extremely well.” three stairwells. Attached to the parking garage is a 20,000-sf, two-story speculative retail building; the garage’s concrete finish complements the building’s exterior, which features two neutral paint colors, cultured stone veneer, steel/wood sunscreens and modern canopies. “I’m very happy with the garage,” Yates says. “We created more than 600 parking spaces in our growing shopping center, ready to support all of our stores, as well as the new movie theatre that is currently under construction. The patrons who come to our retailers, restaurants and the theatre will appreciate all the new safe, covered parking, particularly during peak hours and the upcoming holiday season.” Whitesell said the existing relationship made the job a pleasure. “I’ve worked with Jerrod Yates and Lincoln Property Company for years and it’s a pleasure to work with these real estate professionals,” says Whitesell. “The relationship we have allows us to collaborate seamlessly to create superior buildings that meet the high standards and expectations that our two companies share.” Established in 1946, Arlington-based general contractor Bob Moore Construction specializes in tilt-up construction for a wide range of commercial buildings, including warehouses, distribution centers, office buildings and retail stores. –mjm
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Francisco Trujillo of North Richland Hills’ Kelly Moore Construction Services (KMCS Inc.) staples lath to a soffit at a Hulen Street shopping center in Fort Worth. –mjm
The superintendents at Kevco Electrical Construction Inc. in Grand Prairie prepare to practice their newly-learned safety techniques on the company’s bucket truck and scissor lift. The office hosted a fall protection class led by Pat Thomas of Thomas Loss Control Enterprises, who taught the group the proper use of safety harnesses and lanyards. –mjm
Did you know? Painter Jerry Burroughs, G&G Painting Contractors in Fort Worth, seals the nooks and crannies of Frisco’s new Chicken Express, built by Weatherford general contractor Randy Hines Construction. –mjm
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L-R: Tutor Electrical Services’ Diana and Bobby Tutor, Mansfield Chamber of Commerce’s M.K. White-Ramsey, Tutor Electric’s Brian Brinkmann and Rhyan Anderson of First Financial Bank’s Burleson Branch got into a friendly “shoveling match” Jul. 29 at the company’s groundbreaking ceremony. After 21 years, Tutor Electrical Service is building its new headquarters at 201 Willow Creek Court in Mansfield, with a scheduled completion date of Mar. 2015. Designed by Paul Canup, Retex Corporation, and built by Tutor Development, the energy-efficient facility will include 6,000sf of office space, a 4,000-sf warehouse and an enclosed equipment yard. –mjm
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Manuel Ramirez, foreman for Dallas stucco and roofing contractor Mark Daniel Exteriors LLC, thinks his workdays are pretty cool, even when they hit the 104-degree mark. –mjm
Construction News editors visit many job sites, and we see things – some of which force us to use our imaginations. This “FW” was found on a job site near the Fort Worth Stockyards, next to two fast food restaurants, in front of an empty lot facing a parking area. So, the wheels started turning … with the city being so bicycle-friendly (thanks to Mayor Betsy Price), this might make a cool bicycle parking rack. Or maybe, with the site being close to the Stockyards, it would make a heck of a horse hitching post. Okay, so it’s probably just a building’s signage – but an editor can still dream. –mjm
CEO Peter M. Holt (with scissors) cuts the ribbon with the help of HOLT CAT executives, employees and City of Cleburne officials .
hen HOLT CAT hosted the grand opening for the company’s new Cleburne location, the response was so overwhelming the caterer had to go back to get more food – twice – to serve the nearly 500 customers, and state and local officials. “It was a great response and it was good times had by all,” says HOLT CAT regional sales manager Sean Lothery. “We’ve gotten really positive responses from customers in the area for opening that location. We already had a lot of loyal customers in that area but, now we just have the ability to serve that area better.” The 52,000-sf Cleburne location, the ninth HOLT CAT store serving customers throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is located north of Highway 67 in the southwest corner of the Metroplex. With the opening of the Chisolm Trail Parkway reducing travel times to the surrounding areas, the company sees the Cleburne lo-
cation as a way to benefit new customers. “The goal was to improve our service capabilities and our customer reach,” says Lothery. “The Cleburne store is a fullservice store for us, just like our Fort Worth and Irving stores and several of our other locations in the Metroplex. This means we offer ag, crane, heavy equipment, and power systems – basically our full product offering. We have a few things that are centralized, such as track repair, but a customer could bring the machine there and we would just send the tracks to the track shop, which is in our Irving facility.” With the assistance of service manager Greg Cauley and parts manager Shantia Shaver, Lothery will oversee the Cleburne location and its 35 employees. HOLT CAT is a Caterpillar equipment and engine dealer for South, Central, North and North East Texas. –mjm