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Why is America Lagging Behind?

Vocational Training and Apprenticeship in High School

It is hardly known (outside of the skilled labor force) that there is a shortage of workers when it comes to specialized trade. We have seen these problems arise in the construction industry and others like it, children coming out of high schools unprepared for the real world. Likely a combination of the encouragement of every child to go to college and the lack of vocational studies in high schools today we see young adults struggling to find their place in the labor force.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed most recently that about 68% of high schoolers go to college, 40% of those collegiate attendees don’t complete their degree, of those that do graduate 53% of them are unemployed or underemployed.

The remaining percentag...

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OSHA Fall Protection Systems Regulation Updates

New Safety Regulation

On the 18th of November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) made their final ruling in regards to “Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems).”

By OSHA’s estimates this ruling that goes into effect on January 17, 2017, will affect 112 million workers at seven million worksites. They also are projecting the new safety rules to prevent 5,842 injuries and 29 fatalities every year.

OSHA’s new ruling will reflect the latest technology and allow employers more freedom in protecting their workers. This is the biggest change that OSHA has made, allowing employers to choose from a variety of general and personal fall protection systems. Other Changes include:

-Allowing employers to use rope descent systems...

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Winter Building Checklist

Winter Building Checklist

Granted it has been a very mild fall thus far that should leave no excuse for preparing for colder weather and making sure your building is efficient for winter.

As the weather grows colder and snow begins to fall issues begin to arise in your commercial building.

Take into consideration this checklist for the winter months:

#1 Inspect your HVAC system

This may seem like a routine maintenance for your business, but remember as the months turn colder HVAC companies begin to bring on more business. You do not want to lose business due to running a HVAC system that cannot handle the cold.

Consider bringing in
a contractor familiar with commercial HVAC systems to inspect and optimize your system before the coldest months.

#2 Eliminate Wasted Heat and Energy $$$


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Total Cost of Ownership

Total Cost of Ownership

Total Cost of Ownership is not a new idea in construction it encompasses all the associated costs with building a structure and maintaining the building over its lifespan. With so many different costs running into Total Cost of Ownership it has historically been extremely difficult to calculate and use in decision making of construction processes.10-percent-90-percent

It may seem surprising that only 10% of the Total Cost of Ownership of a building lies in the construction of the building!

Where might the other 90% of that figure come from you may ask?

Other associated costs with building ownership that we must think about before building are:

  • Energy and energy price escalation
  • Maintenance
  • Replacement/retrofit
  • Equipment life
  • Disposal
  • Cost of capital
  • Inflation
  • Tax incentives

Now it ma...

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Design-Build vs. Traditional Construction

Construction Methods

There are two dominate methods of construction in the United States today, the traditional building method and the design-build method.

The two methods differ in no greater way than the fact that design-build compresses schedule by up to 30% in some cases.

So you may be asking, what makes the traditional method’s schedule so much longer? That lies in the design of the method itself.

According to the Design Build Institute of America in the traditional method the
“Owner must manage two separate contracts; owner becomes middleman, settling disputes between the designer and the contractor”.

This causes logistical issues compared to design-build where the owner manages only one contract.

Butler Design-Build

Obviously the design-build method sounds like a mu...

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Rebuilding Together Clay County

Rebuilding Together Clay County is a volunteer organization with a mission of “Bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of homeowners in need”. Our owner Jeff Billings formally served as a president within the organization.

What Is It?

Rebuilding Together Clay County is a community of local businesses focused on helping better our northland community. Bringing discounted professional services and volunteers together to eliminate substandard housing.

Focused in home safety modification for disabled and elderly homeowners and restoration services. They also run the RT Store, a thrift store for building materials.screen-shot-2012-03-12-at-2-07-03-pm

Rebuilding Day 

A large part of what the group does is Rebuilding Day, this year Rebuilding Day was on October 1st...

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Energy Efficiency and Metal Buildings

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Should You Re-roof or Replace Your Commercial Roof

So now you have identified that you are in need of a new roof for your commercial structure. You may be asking yourself “Where do I go from here?” this is a typical question with so many roofing options to look at. To simplify the process there are essentially two options for your building, retrofitting/re-roofing the existing roof or build a brand new roof.

Re-roofing and Retrofitting

Probably the most economical and practical roofing option for existing buildings, retrofitting is generally a great option when looking for a new roof. New metal roof retrofit applications are ideally used over an existing built-up, single-ply or metal roof...

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Signs You Need A New Roof

We all know that when it comes to your commercial space, the roof is the first line of defense against the elements. With such a critical component of your building, how do you know if it is time for you to look for a new roof? There are some warning signs that you should look at when asking yourself this question.

The Simple Inspection

Some roofing issues can be found from within your building, they can display themselves as water spots on the ceiling or unexplained mold/odor lingering inside. A water spot can indicate a leak, caused by a crack or hole in the roofing of your building. Although a leak may seem small it can signal big trouble for the roof as a whole...

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4 Major Benefits of Building with Pre-Manufactured Building (PEMB)

Have you been put in charge of putting together a plan of finding your business a new home? When it comes to construction of a new facility there are so many options to weigh when making to your final decision. You may want to reconsider conventional building methods after looking at the benefits of pre-manufactured steel solutions.

  1. Cost Savings

In the total cost of ownership (TCO) on a building 10% of the lifetime cost is associated with construction of the building. Utilizing pre-manufactured steel buildings can cut your costs dramatically my determining your TCO, deciding on the contractor, subcontractor and materials you’ll use. Until recently it was difficult to determine the TCO on a building, that has been fixed with the use of proprietary SmartView™ provided by Butler...

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