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Commercial | BALFOUR BEATTY CONSTRUCTION - BLACKBAUD CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
subcontractors in the local area. "Charleston
is a unique market in that there's plenty of
qualified subcontractors," he says, noting
that he is a Charleston native. "They work
for people they know and trust, and I've
been able to maintain those relationships
over the years."
The company, he adds, focused on utilizing as many local subcontractors as it could.
"It's been fantastic," Schwerin declares.
Balfour Beatty requires its subcontractors
to go "above and beyond" OSHA standards
on the project, Schwerin says. For example,
everyone on site must wear gloves, 100
percent of the time.
"We've seen trends over the past few
years of hand injuries, over and over
again," he says. "They were mostly minor,
but we corporately decided we're going to
Any scaffolds that are two feet above
the ground require a tie-off with a harness
or handrails, Schwerin adds. "The OSHA
requirement is six feet, but ours is two feet,"
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Beatty requires subcontractors to
go "above and beyond" OSHA standards.
Its corporate and regional safety associates also visit the site on a frequent basis.
"When I visit a job, I do a safety walk every
time," he adds. "The last thing we want is for
someone to get injured on our projects."
Paramount to Success
Schwerin is a five-year veteran of Balfour
Beatty and credits its success to its leadership. "That's how our culture is established,
particularly through our regional leadership," he says.
"A company's culture, especially in the
GC world, is paramount to its success," he
declares. "It keeps our people here."
Balfour Beatty expects to keep busy in
Charleston. The company does not have
plans to open an office in the city soon, but
"we may do that sometime in the future,"
It also has a strong future nationwide.
"Last year, we did $3.9 billion worth of work
across the country," he says. "We are still
projected to do about that much this year."