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PJC works with Chamber on St. Pete Store

PJ Callaghan recently worked with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce on a renovation project to create the new “St. Pete Store” as well as enhance the Chamber’s official Visitor Center.

The St. Pete Store will offer an array of jury-selected products that are only “Made in St. Pete.” And the Chamber’s Visitor Center is the primary go-to for information about things-to-do in and around St. Petersburg.

We were glad to be able to provide both design services and construction services at cost for this important project for the Chamber and the City of St. Petersburg.

More information HERE (and here).

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New 3D capability helps clients visualize projects

Engineers, architects and contractors regularly work with two-dimensional drawing to complete projects. This is a skill that takes years to perfect and hone. For the lay(wo)man, two-dimensional, black-and-white drawing can be challenging to read or interpret and yet this is the phase in which clients are asked to make many important decisions.

 
In some cases a client may see a project as it’s physically coming together and realize it’s not as they envisioned, then adjustments must be made. Adjustments often mean added cost, as well as increased time to complete projects.

3D color drawings can answer questions and show clients more realistically what a proposed project will look like. Understandable drawings empower construction managers to communicate more clearly with customers. And we all know thorough communication makes for better outcomes.

“Three dimensional color drawings give clients the opportunity to provide meaningful input into their projects because they’re working with visualizations that make sense to everybody.” Tobin Robeck, SVP, PJ Callaghan

3D images aren’t just about helping clients visualize projects – they help us too. For example, the software provides clash detection to quickly identify potential problems very early in the construction process. Maybe a proposed electrical wiring placement clashes with an air conditioning duct. Catching something like that in the drawing phase takes a couple minutes to fix, catching an issue like that once we’re in the field costs more time and resources.

 

This image shows where the proposal has a clash. This allows the drawings to be adjusted to avoid expensive complications down the line.
This image shows where a proposal had a clash. The technology helps make specific adjustments early to help avoid expensive changes later.
The Revit image scan be viewed on free software with any PC. We have used this technology to help such clients as Con-way Freight and our St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce where a buildout is currently underway (more on that project soon).

Protecting Metal Roofs During Rainy Season

 

headerDid you know your metal roof should be inspected every 10-15 years? Many folks assume because it’s metal, it’ll last a lifetime. And this is true, but what’s easy to forget is the smaller pieces can fail, such as cracked and dried gaskets, rusted screws, and old roof panel stoppers. And while these can seem like minor problems, when it rains, it pours. And if your roof isn’t fully sealed, rain can wreak havoc: damaging insulation, ruining warehouse equipment and causing mold.

THREE THINGS TO LOOK FOR THAT MAY SIGNAL ROOF ISSUES:

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1. If you have a drop ceiling, check for stains on the tiles.

2. For buildings that do not have a ceiling, be on the lookout for sagging insulation. The white vinyl backing to the insulation might resemble a water balloon protruding from the wall.

3. Other signs, such as rust on the roof panels, or fiberglass strands showing on skylights, can be tell tales of impending roof leaks.

And, if you don’t know how and where to walk on your metal roof, you could be doing even more damage, causing even more failure points for future leaks.

If you are qualified to hop up on the roof and look at the leak yourself, let’s talk about the three most common mistakes people make when trying to fix a leaky metal roof.

roofdamageTHREE COMMON MISTAKES MADE WHEN FIXING A ROOF:

1. While sealant may seem like a good idea, it’s a short-term fix. A very short-term fix. Plus, it has a tendency to dry out and make future repairs more difficult and costly.

2. Some think it would be a good idea to build a new roof over the old roof. While there are several problems with this, the main issue comes when you’re unable to find the old leaks because you’ve just gone and covered them up. Your insulation and other materials near the roof could still be damaged and in need of replacement…This band-aid technique is a definite no-go.

3. Some people attempt to cover their old insulation with fresh insulation, apparently thinking: sure the roof is leaking, but at least this new insulation will keep the rain from dripping into the warehouse…First of all, the second your insulation is damaged by water, you may need to consider replacement. Mold, mildew and other problems arise when insulation gets wet, so just covering it with new insulation is going to do nothing but mask an existing issue.

If you want to save time and energy, give us a call. We can come out and do a free roof inspection. If we find any issues, we’ll give you a quote and let you decide your next steps. We’ve been in the game for a while now, and we’re offering this service because we know what can happen when a roof isn’t properly cared for.

Give us a call or shoot us an email to set up your free metal roof inspection!

PJC featured in FL Business Observer

P.J. Callaghan has been doing business in Florida for 67 years, working with many leading organizations around the state.

A full-page feature this month in the Florida Business Observer logo-2013btouches on that history along with some of what we’re doing to stay ahead of the curve and continually innovate and communicate.

From updating our graphic identity (for the first time since the 1977), to expanding our construction services over the years, to utilizing steel far outside the industrial arena, to getting further involved in the community – we’re proud of where we’ve come from, where we’re going, and to be recognized by the Business Observer for these efforts.

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SVP Burket appointed to college advisory committee

SVP Tom Burket has been selected to serve on St. Petersburg College (SPC)’s Building Arts & Engineering Technology Advisory Committee. 

SPC’s Building Arts programs include such focuses as Architectural Design, Construction Technology, Drafting, and Design Technology. And certificate programs focus on such areas as Sustainable Design. 

SPC-TSSPC maintains a series of advisory committees “to provide oversight and make sure our educational programs remain on-point and effective.” Further information about the advisory role is available at SPCollege.edu/epicenter/advisory. The one-year appointment is effective today, July 1. 

In the confirmation letter to Burket, college president William D. Law said, “The college values the expertise and experience you will bring to the program and appreciates your willingness to assist.” 

Burket said, “As a growing construction company, we’re glad to do what we can to help bolster, promote, and support Tampa Bay’s strength in technical education.” 

A milestone worth mentioning

In business for well over a half-century, P.J. Callaghan Construction just signed contract number 2,500 in the company’s recorded history. 

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– all over Florida (some in Georgia), 

– largely focused on industrial, 

– largely focused on metal construction (which is more prominent today with non-industrial structures), 

– adding new service areas over the years, including construction management and design-build services, 

– always a family business, currently run by its 3rd and 4th generations, and 

– maintaining tenets the company was founded upon, including a core focus on rooted personal relationships.  

– (note, this reflects the number of projects since implementing a new recording system in 1980). 

We especially felt that this one was worth noting considering the work is with Southeastern Freight Lines – for which PJC has been doing projects all across Florida for more thaScreen Shot 2015-06-24 at 9.10.01 PMn 20 years… (This got us looking through decades-old three-ring binders of projects we’ve done – the image here lists a few in the early thousands). 

We’re very proud and fortunate to have such long-term relationships with industry-leading organizations, and with such great people. 

Now Hiring: Construction Superintendent

PJC continues to add positions to its growing team to meet new demands. Currently we’re in the market for an experienced construction superintendent, with interior build-out experience…

Position:  PROJECT SUPERINTENDENT

Responsibilities / Description:

  • Directly supervise multiple commercial construction projects.
  • Management includes: safety, construction schedule, subcontractors, estimating, change orders, and managing project budgets.
  • Ensure quality control and propose value-engineering opportunities.
  • Provide exemplary customer service to clients, with sharp communication skills both internally and externally.
  • Exceptional organization skills.
  • Notes: Outdoor work environment. Travel within the state of Florida.

Qualifications / Required Skills:

  • Experience with interior build-outs.
  • Minimum three years construction experience.
  • Construction knowledge and metal building construction experience.
  • Permitting, Microsoft Project, Estimating, Scheduling skills/knowledge.
  • Communication, Risk Management, Contracts, Organization, Analyzing Plans, Attention to Detail.
  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent.

About P.J. Callaghan:

Founded in 1948, P.J. Callaghan Construction is a multi-generational, family-run general contracting firm focused solely on commercial construction. P.J. Callaghan’s success was built on developing lasting relationships with its customers and partners, some of whom the company has worked with for decades. While the company specializes in pre-engineered metal buildings, it also offers such services as general contracting, design-build, construction management, and facility maintenance. Information at: www.PJCallaghan.com.

Applicants:

Email resume, references, and any other applicable information to: info@PJCallaghan.com. PJC hiring manager will contact qualified candidates.

SVP Robeck leads Engage St. Pete

Engage St. Pete — April 29

ESP 4.29.15P.J. Callaghan is not only a sponsor of this week’s anticipated Engage St. Pete – to be held Wednesday (April 29) at the Museum of Fine Arts. SVP Tobin Robeck is the lead founder and director of the now second annual event. The inaugural event drew 300+ community leaders and aspiring influencers, with a keynote from St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.

Robeck said the purpose of Engage St. Pete is to “introduce ambitious, civically interested, and fresh-thinking professionals with the individuals and organizations that make things happen in St. Petersburg.” He and other organizers are expecting 500+ attendees this year.

Along with the keynote address and various opportunities for developing relationships, attendees can take part in two of five 40-minute breakout sessions. Breakout topics cover: Development, Transportation, the Waterfront, the Arts, and general civic Activism. Panelists include St. Pete residents, entrepreneurs, innovators, civic doers, corporate disruptors, and general thought-leaders across a range of fields and industries.

“This all ties back to one of P.J. Callaghan’s focuses of getting further ingrained within the evolution of St. Petersburg,” said Robeck. “Plus this is personally important, to myself along with the amazing team that pulls this together – we’re fortunate to live in this world-class community, it’s provided amazing opportunities for many of us – this is a chance to give back, and to help make sure that we as citizens are contributing to keeping us on the right track.”

WHAT: Second annual “Engage St. Pete”

WHY: To facilitate connections, dialogue, and action among professionals and community leaders

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg 33701

COST: Pre-registration $10 at EngageStPete.com; or $15 at the door

The title sponsor of Engage St. Pete is ASI. Presenting sponsors are All Children’s Hospital and RE/MAX Metro Tampa Bay. Other sponsors and in-kind donors include: Uber; Frey, Masterson & Associates; North Shore Wealth Management; 22 Squared; FKQ; and Landis Communication.

Hosted by the Sunset Rotary Foundation (Robeck is president) and the Chamber’s St. Pete Young Professionals, Engage St. Pete was as an unofficial offshoot of 2013’s BuildThePier campaign (where Robeck was a co-founder and served on the executive committee), and was largely inspired by such programs as Leadership St. Pete (Robeck is an alum).

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P.J. Callaghan adds Industrial Designer

Another significant addition to the growing team, Kye Schidleman has over a decade of experience in industrial construction and electrical design.

He brings experience leading the design and production of deliverable drawings, collaborating across engineering departments, reviewing and resolving model conflicts, reviewing and analyzing electrical equipment specifications and NEC standards, and reviewing electrical diagrams and wiring schematics related to such considerations as equipment loads and sizing cable.

Over the past year, P.J. Callaghan has created several new positions, while also promoting several within.

Click here for more about Kye.

GC involvement early = budget savings

We see and hear of it too often – money wasted because the General Contractor was not involved at the initial stages of the construction process… Why is this important? What is the benefit of involving your general contractor early in the pre-design and planning phases? Senior VP Tom Burket says it can make-or-break project success.

“Preliminary stages in planning a new development are critical. These decisions can dictate whether a project moves forward… Fortunately, we’re seeing commercial developers and business owners recognizing this concept more and more.” A few tips from Burket:

  • Select a general contractor that has extensive experience in constructing Similar Types of Projects. The contractor uses that experience to provide valuable insight during planning phases that can help the customer decide whether their project is viable.
  • Consider a Design-Build Agreement. In this form of agreement, the contractor coordinates all aspects of the project; there is one source of communication, one source of responsibility; and the contractor has far better ability to provide value-engineering ideas.
  • Early involvement also provides a layer of assurance that the contractor Fully Understands Scope of the project. Later involvement can result in later changes, which are typically more expensive than early changes.

LEED Credentialed VP Tobin Robeck notes, “LEED Certification requires the GC involved in the planning stages because it makes for a more efficient building process with less waste.”

And in-house architect Jim Golden adds, “Value-engineering includes opportunities to review designs for a more seamless process, including accurate costing, and potential Cost Savings.”

By getting involved early in the construction process, P.J. Callaghan has provided value-engineering ideas that have saved our clients millions of dollars.