Construction Today - January 2017 - 69
'We are a service organization and
service our customers well.'
is proud of its repeat clients
who are a key to its success,
President Michael Perry says.
element," Perry continued. "We are just
finishing the plans for the overall site
layout. Next year the owners will announce
tenants and we will be preparing to develop
infrastructure and then start building later
in the year. It's going to be about a three-to
four-year project from start to finish."
the project was "getting arms around" the
environmental aspect of the site, which was
certainly a challenge.
"Terracon, our environmental firm, did a
great job getting in and locating the majority of the hazardous materials so we could
get an accurate bid to present to the owner,"
"In addition, we are going to be utilizing a
lot of the construction debris for the project.
We're trying to be as green as possible so
we're salvaging steel, copper and precious
metals to be recycled - which is typically
done on any project - but we are also keeping all of the concrete to grind up and use as
fill to level the site.
"In doing that, we had to plan how to
take those buildings down and have an
adequate area to crush up all of the concrete
and still keep the process going," Perry adds.
"Our demolition contractor, Ahrens, did a
great job with that."
Culture of Safety
With more than 40 employees on site at
peak, Perry says it's not only important for
its subcontractors and demolition crews to
be safe, but to also ensure they are outfitted
with the necessary PPE equipment while
working on projects.
"We also have to ensure our abatement
people from Midwest Service Group are
following all of the rules and regulations
because they are working with full containment areas to ensure nothing gets to them
or gets away," he added.
"In addition, we also have to think about
the public because this can be an attractive
nuisance," he noted. "That is why we have
barricaded off the street, put up fences and
have security services to keep the public
out and safe as we demolish the buildings
during this time."
"It's important that we maintain this safety for everyone - ourselves, subcontractors
and the public - as we finish this phase,"
Perry concludes. "The demolition is about
30 percent complete. The biggest building
is just about to be taken down and then we
will move on to some lower buildings and
will have one larger building to take down
in the end of the phase."
Due to the site having 1.2 million-squarefeet, Perry says the most important key to
Investing in Talent
According to HBD Construction President
Michael Perry, the company has a
diverse group of employees age-wise,
which keeps perspectives and ideas
fresh for the business. "We have senior
and younger guys that we've hired," he
explains. "We're just trying to prepare for
the future. For example, for the past five
years, our intern program has brought in
one or two interns from college to work
with us annually. We don't always hire
an intern, but we did last year and he has
transitioned very well. We look forward to
seeing what this year brings."
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