Many plugged into the construction industry are seeing some good signs for the year ahead. Here are three things we have our eyes on in 2016:
1. General construction and building continuing to rise. Dodge Data & Analytics recently released their 2016 outlook. Dodge Data & Analytics is a leading provider of data, analytics, news and intelligence serving the North American construction industry. The report predicts that total U.S. construction starts for 2016 will rise 6% to $712 billion, following gains of 9% in 2014 and an estimated 13% in 2015. As the economy has rebounded and interest rates have stayed at or near all-time lows, many organizations are now investing in new projects or moving forward with projects that had been on hold for years.
2. Further integrating technology tools on the job site. In a previous post we talked about how we use 3D modeling to help customers understand what the finished product will look like so that we can better talk through plans together. Construction experts agree this is a growing trend that more and more contractors will adopt. From the consolidation of multi-ap tools to one core project management to more mobile devices on job sites, tech is finding its new role in the construction industry.
3. More employment opportunities in construction. The available labor pool for skilled construction work has long been an issue around Tampa Bay. With spending on nonresidential buildings expected to rise another $40 billion in 2016, this chasm between skilled labor and employment will grow. The improving economy calls for new projects, which requires even more employees… Know someone who is interested in breaking into a new field? There are a number of free ways to be trained, certified and employed in the field of Tampa Bay area construction.
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 touches 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.
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 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.”
In business for well over a half-century, P.J. Callaghan Construction just signed contract number 2,500 in the company’s recorded history.
Two-thousand five-hundred structures:
– 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 than 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.
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.
Email resume, references, and any other applicable information to: info@PJCallaghan.com. PJC hiring manager will contact qualified candidates.
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.
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.
A family-run construction company with roots around Tampa Bay, P.J. Callaghan is proud to play a role in the development of several community institutions in the vibrant and continually evolving St. Petersburg. The work and the organizations are varied – a common thread is that each is a valued presence, bringing something meaningful to the way-of-life in St. Pete.
PJC is set to begin a 15,000 square-foot addition of new classrooms and offices for Northwest Church of Christ. PJC was able to save significant budget for the church with creative value-engineering as well as a discount on labor costs. Multiple PJC employees attend the church (a nod to the company’s familial nature).
Recent clients also include: The reinvented Oyster Bar on downtown’s Central Avenue (overhauled entrance, and interior work); Pier design contender St. Pete Design Group (helped outfit design studio); and long-successful, nonprofit, abilities-focused PARC (pro bono horticultural project).
Enthusiastic about the community, PJC also is an active member with the St. Petersburg Chamber and has leaders involved with several local civic endeavors, from Engage St. Pete to the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board.
A pillar of PJC’s business is in working with neighbors and friends and helping others where possible. SVP Tobin Robeck said, “We should do these things, and we want to do them – plus we truly believe that helping build a stronger community makes for stronger businesses and residents within it.”
President John Burket added, “We love this area – and we think it’s pretty cool to continue to make our marks on the community.”
Tom Burket, Senior Vice President with P.J. Callaghan, has been appointed to the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board (PCCLB).
The PCCLB regulates contractors in construction and home improvement within Pinellas County and provides certification and registration of contractors countywide.
Read more at TampaBayNewswire.
Having issues with a roof can be stressful and nagging. Follow these guidelines to avoid potential problems with your roof before minor leaks become a major roof failure.
On the roof
Keeping up with roof maintenance on your own can be challenging because being on the roof is the only way to properly inspect it. But remember, walking on the roof can, in itself, lead to damage. Be sure to:
• Stay on the “purlin line” – that’s the secondary structural steel that the roof panels are fastened to.
• Avoid walking on the high ridges to prevent kinking roof panels.
• Very importantly, never walk on skylights.
Signs of a problem
There may be visible signs that show a current leak issue:
• If you have a drop ceiling, check for stains on the tiles.
• 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.
• Other signs, such as rust on the roof panels, or fiberglass strands showing on skylights, can be tell tales of impending roof leaks.
And there may be less obvious signs a roof is failing
• All screws must be fastened tightly to the roof – none raised or stripped.
• Screws could be installed “caddywhompus” or may be missing altogether.
• Rusted screws and dried out washers and mastic will cause leaks as well.
• Neoprene or metal stoppers (bird stops) fill the gaps between the roof and wall panels, and these can fail and cause water intrusion at the eaves.
• Replace roof fasteners and bird stops every seven to ten years.
• Replace roof panels every 20 years.
• Replace individual roof panels at the first sign of rust.
• Clean gutter semi-annually, or regularly if in wooded area.
• Don’t ignore signs of roof failure as deferred maintenance can increase repair costs.
Roof and leak problems can be a major headache for anyone. Following these maintenance procedures can prevent a frustrating road of roof and leak woes. By the way, we do not endorse non-professionals walking on or working on a roof.