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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).

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. 

Two-thousand five-hundred structures:Project-Milestones

– 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.

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.

Contributing to the St. Pete evolution

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 natuJANUARY 2015 016 - Copyre).

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.”

P.J. Callaghan Begins Construction on New Building for Strategic Materials

Strategic Materials Project

P.J. Callaghan recently started the construction of a new pre-engineered metal building for Strategic Materials in Sarasota, Florida.

Strategic Materials is the largest glass recycler in North America, converting recycled glass into valuable products such as fiberglass insulation, food & beverage containers, reflective glass, etc.

Check out the photos below and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the progress of the building.