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struction manager, TWF is proud that we still do work with our
own people. Not everybody does this type of work, but it's pretty
typical for us. It's part of our livelihood."
The company also is pleased with the work of its subs. "We're
fortunate that we've got a good team assembled," Edwards says.
"As the GC, you've got to keep everyone moving in the right
direction, and everyone has cooperated."
A Step Up
Edwards praises the work of Macgregor Associates Architects, the
firm that designed the expansion. "[They have] done a good job
redesigning the whole facility," he says, noting that this involved
changing the building's original design elements.
"This is really a step up," he says, noting that Journeys' new
offices will feature a curtain wall system and horizontal corrugated metal wall panels. "We are using several different types of
envelope finishes that bring a fresh look to the building.
"We're also giving the building a new elevation and a new
face," he says. "That's something that's been really well executed
on this project."
Hand in Hand
TWF is working alongside Fortna, a West Reading, Pa.-based
consulting and engineering firm that is implementing Journeys'
new material handling system. "That is overlapping with the
construction," Edwards says.
T.W. Frierson (TWF) Contractor's focus on safety goes beyond
mere rules, the company asserts. "It's about making sure
everyone goes home to their family each day in the same way
they came to work," it says.
"We manage our safety program right down to the color of
the hardhat on each person's head," TWF says. "T.W. Frierson
embraces safety and health as a core value and is committed
to the elimination of personal injuries, occupational illnesses
and damage to equipment and property in all our operations."
TWF's sites maintain the safest possible environments for its
employees, subcontractors and clients. "This is all derived from
the mindset and safety culture that we instill in all our employees and is a key component to our safety success," it says.
The company maintains this mindset as it expands and
renovates the Journeys distribution facility, Senior Project
Manager Brent Edwards says. "All of our superintendents are
trained to recognize and correct jobsite hazards. We also have
dedicated safety professionals that visit the project site, assess
current and upcoming risks, and do safety audits," he states.
The company also utilizes third parties to perform audits
and submit comments and concerns. "The subcontractors,
of course, are all also tasked with safety," he adds. "They're
doing their part."
TWF also holds weekly safety talks that are focused on
continuous tasks, including demolitions. "We also assign safety
individuals to monitor that on a continuous basis," he says.
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