June 2015 Newsletter

newsletter-2015-05-navy-yardBFW Moves to the Navy Yard
BFW recently moved to the Navy Yard with two other companies that are graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. In a ribbon cutting ceremony held on December, 17, 2014. Mayor Michael Nutter noted that it was “small businesses like ours that are driving the American economy”. All three companies, BFW Group, Environmental Construction, and United American Builders are in construction related fields. By co-locating the companies can now leverage their knowledge, innovation, and corporate network to help grow their individual businesses.

newsletter-2015-05-projectsBFW Closes Out Projects in Philadelphia and NYC

BFW Group acted as Owner’s Representatives for Tasker Village, a 28 unit, $4 million green retrofit in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia. The project which is located in a rapidly gentrifying area, included Energy Star appliances, rehabbed kitchens and baths, new floors, all new Energy Star HVAC and appliances. In addition, BFW oversaw the building of a new community center and the installation of photo-voltaic solar panels that now power the public lighting. The project was completed on budget and 2.5 months ahead of schedule.

BFW also acted as Owners Reps for the Bradhurst Cornerstone II Project which involved the building of 31 affordable units in Harlem. This $8 million dollar project will allow middle and working class residents to remain in the City.

newsletter-tasker-villageTasker Village Community Center – Photo Credit Vaughan Piccollo

newsletter-2015-05-yes-bertha“Yes, Bertha, there is free money!”

BFW Group was recently awarded a $10,000 technology grant from The Merchants Fund to create new ways to transform our business. . The Merchants Fund makes grants to small businesses with the intention to either make money, save money or change the way a company does business. BFW purchased Primavera P6 Professional Project Management software along with the attendant hardware. Primavera allows us to interface with large government clients, CM partners, and institutions to schedule and track construction projects. According to Patricia Blakeley, Executive Director, “BFW is using technology and innovation to change the way they do business, this is exactly what we support”.

Safety on Construction Job Sites Takes Center Stage

Construction sites are considered to have the highest concentration of potentially hazardous conditions. In order to help prevent injuries, companies should be able to identify potentially dangerous working conditions and provide proper protection, training, and oversight to reduce the likelihood of these hazards resulting in an injury or death. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the four (4) most popular hazards are:

  1. Fall Hazards – Fall hazards are found on almost every construction site and are not limited to vertical construction. They are present when working on building structures, scaffolds, ladders, stairs, and trenching operations. Work conditions that are greater than 6 feet above the ground require fall protection in the form of guardrails or personal fall arrest systems. Short falls can also create serious harm when working around sharp materials such as unprotected rebar.
  2. newsletter-2015-05-safetyStruck-by Hazards – Struck-by Hazards account for nearly 25% of all construction related fatalities. Working or walking below elevated work surfaces may expose workers to falling objects. It is important to clear the area under loads that are being lifted. Properly secure all loads to ensure the safety of all employees on the job site. Activities such as cutting and grinding have the potential to create flying objects. Proper personal protective equipment, hardhats, and eye guards should be worn at all times.
  3. Electrical Hazards – Electrical hazards can occur through: Improper Grounding, Exposed Electrical Parts, Inadequate Wiring, Overhead Power Lines, Wet Conditions, Damaged Tools and Equipment, and other hazards. Workers should only use equipment that is not damaged. Insulation should be present on all extension cords. All equipment must be properly grounded. In place of power strips, three-way extension cord splitters connected to GFI outlets should be used.
  4. Caught-in-between Hazards – Caught-in-between hazards occur when a worker is caught inside of or in-between different objects. Situations often occur when working around heavy equipment. It is important to never work within the swing radius of heavy equipment or between a piece of heavy equipment and a wall or hard surface. There is a chance of becoming pinned. A worker should never place their hands or body near moving parts.

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