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Feature Stories: East Island Tinting: Following the Law
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Hafa Adai! GCA Members: I’d like to wish all our members a very Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2010.
GCA Small Business Committee. To start the New Year, the GCA Board of Directors has created a new committee that would cater to the needs of our small business members. Besides the networking opportunities, the GCA Small Business Committee will be providing workshops and training to assist our members in the area of bonding, procurement and technical assistance, workforce development and safety training. An inaugural GCA Small Business Committee meeting will be held in the latter part of January to determine the direction and scope of the committee in providing services and assistance to our small business members. All GCA members are welcomed to participate in this committee, most especially our small business members. Be on the lookout for the announcement of our first organizational meeting. You can call the GCA office at 647-4840 to speak with me or Ann Marie about getting involved in this and other committees.
Safety Training and Evaluation Program (STEP) The Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC) have developed enhancements to this year’s Safety Training and Evaluation Program (STEP). Many of the enhancements to this year’s STEP have come from member suggestions. This year, the ABC National Environment, Health and Safety Committee (EH&S), which oversees the STEP program, has updated and expanded category descriptions for each of the 20 key safety components. This initiative broadens STEP’s usefulness to ABC member companies of all sizes, and provides a more descriptive set of criteria that can be used for program improvement. Additionally, the Gold and Platinum level qualification criteria have been modified. Gold recognition now has an incidence rate qualification component, as well as a minimum self-score. There is now an Experience Modification Rate (EMR) qualification for Platinum recognition, and in addition, companies with fewer than 100 employees may use a three-year average to meet incidence rate qualification criteria. In addition, the one-year wait to 4 | JANUARY2010
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qualify for Platinum level recognition has been dropped. There is also a new Diamond level for the very safest companies; participation at this level will be by invitation only in 2010. ABC’s goal is to help ABC members continuously advance their safety and training efforts and achieve a zero-incident workplace. GCA will be holding a STEP Orientation Clinic for new applicants as well as those companies who have previously applied and received a STEP Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Award. This safety recognition from ABC lends credibility to your company’s health and safety program and adds value to your company’s portfolio when submitting bids or responding to RFPs. The STEP Orientation Clinic is scheduled for Thursday, February 4, 2010 at the GCA Conference Room from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. A formal announcement will be distributed to all GCA member companies.
GCA and GCA Trades Academy Apprenticeship Roundtable Discussion The GCA and GCA Trades Academy will be holding an Apprenticeship Roundtable Discussion on Wednesday, February 10, 2010. The venue and time for this roundtable discussion are still tentative. The goal of the roundtable discussion is to gain feedback from companies who may want to implement an apprenticeship training program or even just a craft training program but have run into obstacles or barriers that prevent them from implementing their program. GCA would like to know what these barriers are and how we can mitigate them so that your company can implement these training programs to upgrade the skills and efficiency of your current workforce and providing career opportunities and skills training to a new and emerging workforce. You may contact me at the GCA Office at 647-4840 or Bert Johnston at the GCA Trades Academy at 647-4842. More information will be distributed to GCA members and other interested parties via email as we get closer to the event date. Senseramente, James A. Martinez www.guamcontractors.org
THEDIRECTORS PRESIDENT James A. Martinez, GCA CHAIRMAN Tom Perez, Perez Bro., Inc., VICE CHAIRWOMAN Chit Bathan, Ace Builders PAST CHAIRMAN Louis DeMaria, Dick Pacific Construction SECRETARY/TREASURER William Beery, Construction Mgmt. Services ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS: Allen Turner, Taniguichi Ruth Makio Architects Pamela Cruz, Takagi & Associates Dave Hicks, America’s Best Electricmart Ray Yanger, Matson Navigation Bing Mejia, Island Equipment (Alternate) CONTRACTORS DIRECTORS: Randy Sager, Allied Pacific/Reaction Co. John Robertson, AmOrient Contracting Steve Radonich, Smithbridge Guam Bill Beery, Watts Constructors LLC Tom Anderson, Black Construction Corp. Jere Johnson, Hawaiian Rock Products
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PUBLISHER: James Martinez SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR: Geri Leon Guerrero AD SALES: Marc Mendiola CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Christopher Estioca GRAPHIC ARTIST: Geri Leon Guerrero Christopher “Taco” Rowland PHOTOGRAPHERS: Christopher “Taco” Rowland EDITOR: Adztech CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Jac Perry - Guzman John Robertson Ed C. Cruz Ted Garrison Wayne Bellanger Gaby Bamba GCA STAFF: Ann Marie Pelobello Chantel Torres-Cruz Francine Arceo COVER: Master Tinter Thomas Roberto of Island Tinting
Military, Government and Labor Relations Committee Update (January â€˜10) By John M Robertson Change is Coming to Guam! central government has also weighed in wanting to amend what was agreed between the previous administrations in Washington and Tokyo. While the new U.S. Government has made clear that fundamental change to the agreement is unacceptable, Prime Minister Hatayama has given his government until May to complete their study and come to a solution. Meanwhile, NAVFAC and JGPO are taking feedback from village meetings on Guam and the CNMI and from the website setup for the purpose. All comments will become part of the final EIS/OEIS and some creative ideas will be become part of the implementation plan. It is safe to say that there has never before been a more exhaustive and thoroughly researched environmental impact assessThe Guam military buildup is finally, after ment performed for a military installation. several years of planning, now underway. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement / The Defense Policy Review Initiative is less Overseas Environmental Impact Statement about Guam and Okinawa than about the (EIS/OEIS) was released in November and security of the United States, Japan and the public hearings get under way this month. Asian region. Guam happens to be the right Nine Design Build Multiple Award Construc- place in the western Pacific for a robust tion Contracts (DB MACC) have been military presence in relation to security awarded under a set-aside for HUBZone threats of the twenty-first century. A similar small businesses. Offers for the Mega DB scenario emerged during World War 2, the MACC (Large Business) and SB DB MACC Korean conflict and the war in Vietnam. The (Small Business) have been received by military buildups in those instances were NAVFAC and are under review. NAVFAC MAR more extensive and impacts to the environhas also received offers for an IDIQ A&E ment were not given the prominence as Construction Management Services they are today. Damage done to the physical contract. Other contracts are due for environment in the past has been and is submission early this year. Although being repaired at great cost to the military. contracts related to the Marine Corps reloca- The focus of the military for the 2010-2014 tion to Guam cannot be awarded until after Guam military buildup is to get it right the the EIS/OEIS is approved with the Record of first time. To that end, we all have the possiDecision (ROD), now expected in August, bility of providing input until mid February. contracts amounting about $1.0 Billion are due for award before the end of this fiscal Compared to other locations in the year. Some of the contracts are for non-DPRI Asia-Pacific region, Guam and the people of (Defense Policy Review Initiative) projects Guam are fortunate in that the larger and will proceed as contracts can be military presence will bring economic develawarded. DPRI contracts are expected to be opment and prosperity once again to our ready for award in August and September. island. The people of surrounding islands Momentum is starting to build that will should be so lucky. While the buildup itself bring irreversible change to Guamâ€™s will greatly stimulate our engineeringeconomy and way of life. construction industry, the long term benefits are of vastly greater significance. Because of Politicians in both Okinawa and Guam are being isolated in the western Pacific, Guam using this realignment of forces to curry has little to offer in attracting investment in favor with their constituencies and this is to industry or commerce. The hospitality be expected. The newly elected Japanese industry, the principal employer in our
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private sector, has over the past few years been enduring difficult times with most hotels suffering from low occupancy. More investment is needed in hotels and recreational facilities to attract visitors but that is not possible in a weak market. The military buildup can be expected to stimulate the economy in various direct and indirect ways. If managed properly by the local government and private sector, we should see Guam with a sustainable and continually growing economy in the years ahead. Beginning this year, construction revenue will filter through the local economy beginning with good paying jobs to many local residents as well as off-island tradesmen. Construction workers, especially those who live here, will spend those dollars in the local market providing indirect jobs to local residents in the extended workforce. There will be ample opportunity for entrepreneurship in businesses related to construction as well as general merchandising and in general services. With a sustainable economy, these businesses will survive beyond the military buildup. Hotels will be busy catering to engineers and senior contractor personnel together with states side vendors seeking business here as well as federal officials and visiting agency personnel. This will provide opportunity for investment in the hospitality industry that would otherwise not be possible. The influx of additional temporary residents will provide economies of scale to justify investment in needed recreational attractions. The residential market has been weak in recent years because of low demand. This is changing with more housing units being built around the island and with more to come. Additional high end office space will be needed in the years ahead and investors can be expected to take up the challenge. All of these needs require the services of our engineering-construction industry. While some in the community have expressed concern about the local culture being overwhelmed by the influx of so many people from elsewhere, the situation will prove an extraordinary opportunity if dealt with appropriately by the public and private
sectors. Many aspirations of the Chamorro people may not have been fully realized because of the absence of adequate funding. Visitors are naturally curious about the local culture and funds should become available from a variety of sources to invest in facilities as well training in the Chamorro language, literature, music, dance, drama, arts and past practices. This should be directed toward benefitting the local people more than just being another tourist attraction. Planning for improvements to the islands infrastructure is well underway with road projects starting as of now utilizing federal funds. In most locations, underground utility improvements should proceed ahead of road improvements and there remain questions about funding for these essential projects. Other projects under the purview of the local government appear to be lagging. None is more important than Guam Memorial Hospital that has been seeking JCAHO certification for many years but
without success. It lacks sufficient number of beds and supporting facilities for the community even without the military buildup. The Guam seaport is to be expanded and improved under MARAD management utilizing a combination of federal grants and locally guaranteed bond funding. Most GovGuam offices are currently in leased facilities and the time is right to build permanent purpose built facilities for long term sustainability. The University of Guam and the Guam Community College are receiving grant funding to expand and improve facilities. The local Department of Education is struggling with financial and leadership challenges. The Department of Revenue and Taxation will be receiving a big boost in tax revenue, especially during the years of buildup and to a lesser extent beyond. This provides an unprecedented opportunity for the local government to invest in the future of the island and we hope those funds are used wisely. This concern is based on the local governmentâ€™s propensity for hiring the
maximum number of people and not following best business practices as required by every government entity in similar fashion to the way private businesses must function to stay in business. Ten years from now the buildup will be over and Guam will be bustling with physical and economic activity. Our island may resemble Waikiki more than some would like but that can be managed. Whatever the situation, there will be a continuing need for our engineering-construction industry for military, private sector and local government projects. The hospitality industry will be attracting many more visitors to Guam based on more and better attractions. We can hope to hear expressions such as cultural tourism, archaeological tourism, subsea tourism medical tourism, education tourism, cruise ship tourism in addition to dive site tourism in describing Guam. It is all possible if we manage the extraordinary opportunity successfully.
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The Guam Post of the Society of American Military Engineers sponsors two programs each year that benefit Guam’s young people. The Charlie Corn Scholarship is directed toward high school seniors and provides financial support for selected students that enroll in engineering or architecture at an accredited college or university. Watch for the Charlie Corn Gold Tournament to be held in early spring. The
program is funded by proceeds from the tournament. SAME Guam Post and the Guam Society of Professional Engineers (GSPE) have together been contributing for the past 24 years to nurturing the quality of math education for Guam’s youth through active involvement in the national MATHCOUNTS program. The purpose of MATHCOUNTS is summarized as:
To secure America's global competitiveness, MATHCOUNTS inspires excellence, confidence and curiosity in U.S. middle school students through fun and challenging math programs. With the generous support of all MATHCOUNTS sponsors and volunteers, and leadership of the National Society of Professional Engineers at the local and state levels, MATHCOUNTS is providing today’s students with the foundation for success in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. MATHCOUNTS is a national enrichment, club and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. MATHCOUNTS provides the materials for teachers and students to use as they prepare for the Competition Program. Participants advance through School, Chapter and State Competitions until the final 228 students are selected from fifty-seven states and territories to advance to the MATHCOUNTS National Competition held each May. The
National Competition adds an additional individual component called the Masters Round. The MATHCOUNTS Program is a great way for corporate sponsors to show their support of education and the community, while helping our youth to compete on a National stage. For more information see www.MATHCOUNTS.org. The local director is Elizabeth Gayle PE of Belt Collins, Guam office. Volunteers are needed to assist with proctoring exams and grading exam papers – call Ms Gayle at 477-6148. Pledges and Contributions of $1000; $500; $250; or other should be mailed on or before 28 February to SAME Guam Post, P.O. Box 1438, Hagatna, GU 96932. Corporate and personal checks should be made payable to SAME Guam Post.
MATHCOUNTS® Works Because: MATHCOUNTS motivates and rewards students by fostering teamwork and a competitive spirit. MATHCOUNTS is more than a competition. It involves students and teachers in year-long coaching sessions and helps students at all levels improve their problemsolving skills. MATHCOUNTS builds math skills, promotes logical thinking and sharpens students' analytical abilities. MATHCOUNTS provides America's middle school teachers with creative, state-of-the-art curriculum materials, free of charge. MATHCOUNTS introduces students to math-related careers through contacts with engineers and other professionals who serve as volunteers. MATHCOUNTS is educator-driven. Materials and activities are structured to meet student needs, as identified by educators. Members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) develop these materials in accordance with NCTM curriculum standards.
To join SAME Guam Post, logon to SAME.org and proceed to New Membership. www.guamcontractors.org
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PTAC January Scheduled Events Hafa Adai and Happy New Year! It has been a busy year for PTAC and it will continue to get busier as we get closer and closer to the impending military buildup. There are a number of PTAC events scheduled in the upcoming months. Kicking things off this Friday, January 15th, PTAC will be hosting an orientation for Veteran owned businesses to introduce the “Federal Contractors Certification” (FCC) program. The FCC was created by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) and the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), with the assistance of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) to educate Veteran business owners on multiple aspects of Federal Contracting, equipping them with the tools to not only interpret and respond intelligently to solicitations but also to successfully perform once a contract has been awarded. This is an excellent opportunity for Veteran owned businesses to gain a comprehensive working knowledge of the federal contracting process, which can
be an invaluable tool in obtaining and fulfilling contracts with the federal government. All Veteran owned businesses that successfully complete the course will be issued certifications by the CVE upon completion. Currently space is limited to the first 75 participants. For more information on this, please call 735-2552 or 735-2596.
these issues and more, including any questions you may have regarding this topic. For more information on this workshop, please call one of the numbers listed above.
PTAC has a number of other events scheduled in the upcoming months. We will be notifying our clients via mass email as the details for these events are finalized. For Later this month, PTAC and SBA will be those who are not PTAC clients, I strongly hosting a workshop on “Teaming and encourage you to contact our PTAC office Joint Ventures.” This workshop will cover and register. The majority of PTAC services the benefits, regulations and limitations are free and we can assist with everything of both teaming and joint ventures. With from getting CCR certified to assisting so many contracting opportunities on the businesses with bid submissions. These horizon, an increasing number of are just a few of our services as we also businesses are looking to work with other offer a number of other services that can companies in order to obtain these greatly benefit your business. Hopefully contracts. When doing so, it is critical to you will take advantage of all that we know the contractor qualifications, size have to offer and contact PTAC today to standards, performance requirements, find out what we can do to help your and numerous other crucial details business specifically. Si Yuus Masse and I involved when working with another look forward to assisting all of you with company on a federal contract. Fortu- your contracting needs. nately, this workshop will address all of
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New Wharf Will Bring Business to Guam The Draft Environmental Impact Study explained that U.S. Navy plans to construct an aircraft carrier wharf in Apra Harbor as part of the military's plans for the Guam Buildup. During construction, the new wharf will require dredging of more than 2 million square feet of ocean floor. Environmentalists are concerned there may be severe damage to the fragile marine ecosystem and coral reef systems in the harbor. Though there may be a disturbance in developing coral reef systems, the benefits of the new wharf may outweigh the damage it may have on the marine environment. The wharf will be able to accommodate U.S. Navy aircraft carriers for up to 2 months while service-members aboard each carrier spend time and money at local businesses on Guam. Each carrier carries more than 5,000 passengers. The wharf is expected to be completely operational by 2015. More than 5,000 sea faring sailors will
bring a great deal of revenue to local businesses throughout the length of stay by each carrier. When the construction of the new wharf is complete, the navy can increase its activity fourfold. This activity will generate a welcomed boost to the local economy. Most entertainment and dining facilities will see a hike in revenues from Navy aircraft carrier personnel. Business after the construction is complete is estimated about $13 million. During the construction phase from 2011 to 2014, the expected business is estimated higher, between $21 and $28 million, according to the Draft EIS. In addition to the increase in business revenues, the construction will create more than 1,000 temporary civilian jobs by 2012. The Draft EIS states that the coral reef systems will be destroyed because of the wharf construction and some environ-
mental experts say that it could be detrimental to marine discoveries. Though the marine environment in Apra Harbor may suffer because of the wharf construction, the million of dollars Guam can expect to see because of it makes it difficult for most people to be overly concerned. Marine enthusiasts, aquatic business owners and environmentalists oppose the dredging and construction. Wharf construction will require a wider shipping channel which will destroy any life on the seafloor. A popular scuba diving site is close to the identified construction area. The site, known as Western Shoals is a coral reef system that may suffer when dredging creates silt that will cover the reef. The sun will not be able to penetrate the coverage and coral reef systems will be destroyed.
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ISLAND TINTING A Company that Embodies Quality and Dependability
Joe Roberto and Tom Roberto are the owners of East Island Tinting. North Island Tinting is owned by the Roberto brothers along with Rick Johnson who maintain, “Window tinting is an Art. We absolutely believe with all confidence to be the very best at window tinting. We apply our pride and passion to the art on each pane of glass whether it is automotive or flat glass. Initially this is what we wanted extend to the people of Guam,” Roberto said. “What started out only tinting vehicles has developed into the entire window film spectrum and learning of the sun’s molecular activity and window or glass creation,” Roberto began. “After a few years, our reputation of the highest quality workmanship and customer service excellence led to more and more requests for tinting homes and buildings. The requests grew to the point where we needed, by law to attain a Contractors License,” he said.
“We are proud members of the Guam Contractors Association. We believe the association to be a very important part of our company. GCA keeps us informed regarding safety classes, upcoming events and more importantly any new news with any change in contracting laws or requirements. Public Law CLB 93-0543, requires that all companies doing ANY work on homes and buildings must obtain a contractors license. “Upon passing the contractors license test, friends and business contacts suggested we be a part of the Guam Contractors Association. This took us further and a very serious approach towards our industry,” Roberto added. “We literally have taken this industry to a level other full service tint shops do not care to reach. In 2005, because of our
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dedication and willingness to go the distance, we were recognized by the International Window Film Association (IWFA), a global organization made up of film manufacturers, distributors and dealers. While most manufacturers certify any tint shop that simply purchases their products, to be accredited with the IWFA, one must pass a very intensive and concentrated program test” he added. North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting are the only fully serviced tint shops on Guam with a contractor’s license and that are accredited in the tinting industry by the IWFA. “We are proud members of the Guam Contractors Association. We believe the association to be a very important part of our company. GCA keeps us informed regarding safety classes, upcoming events and more importantly any new news with any change in contracting laws or requirements. We also have forged business relationships through the association and earned trust by being the most knowledgeable in our industry,” Roberto explained, “In addition to our GCA membership, being a part of the IWFA has truly sent us far above our competition. Customers are profoundly confident in each word we speak of the specific film their looking for,” he said. North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting take their service seriously. They are no backyard window film installation outfit. When dealing with the Military, Federal Government, local Government and very large contractors, specifications are required on each product. The military specifically requires a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) report, warranty certificates, strengths of the products etc. The certification and
accreditation possessed by the professionals at North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting make those prerequisites simple to meet. North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting has many different films to best service every customer for their specific need and/or requirement while maintaining aesthetically pleasing, comfortable home and work environments. Roberto explained, “From reflective Silver, Bronze, Gray to non-reflective dark, medium and light smoke films, also very distinct and decorative types such a Frost, Patterned and black out products. We give no excuse for not having what any customer would want or desire.” “Due to Guam’s harsh climate and at times typhoon position, we have access to protective types to mitigate glass breakage reduce energy consumption while strengthening glass on your homes and offices,” he said. “We also provide other services such as auto windshield repair, minor detailing, auto glass treatment, glass scratch removal, headlight lens restoration and more.” “The bottom line is we have committed ourselves to provide each and every customer the highest quality products, service, and knowledge that allows for a very detailed and informed decision. We provide the very best for our hard working customers.” Roberto insisted. In addition to their commitment to local consumers, North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting works and communicates with companies all over the world including India, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Canada and major U.S. like Florida, Nevada, California, New York and Hawaii.
The requirement of the contractor’s license, by law, assures consumers that this particular entity is in good standing. Aside from the company’s dedication to quality and service, the experts at North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting also have a commitment to helping to protect the environment. Roberto explained, “We have been “Green” from the very first day we opened. When applying the proper film to glass, you reduce a percentage of the sun’s energy (heat – UV rays – visible light) passing through, thus reducing power and/or fuel consumption in your home, office or vehicle. It is in our best interest to provide Guam’s population with the right products that allow for saving fuel, energy and money. We would like to create a saying, “When you think Green, see Yellow, North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting Yellow!”
The professionals of North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting offer the following questions for consumers when considering a tint providing service company for film installation at their home or business: 1. Do you have a Contractors License? 2. Are you accredited by the IWFA? If so, which one do you have? 3. What film do you have that would best fit my need? I.e. Heat reduction; glare reduction, aesthetically changing etc… 4. What film blocks out the most heat? 5. What are the differences in your film? 6. Is the film you have SAFE for the type of glass in my home or office? “There are more questions, but if the company doesn’t have any clue or hesitates on how to answer the questions above, you may end up spending your hard earned money for something you didn’t want to begin with. Call us immediately if you feel uncomfortable with any answer others may give you,” Roberto said. If you are interested in satisfaction, quality and the licensure to back up their services, call North Island Tinting and East Island Tinting today.
“Tom, Rick and I all have the accreditation, Solar Control Specialist from the IWFA. Tom is the only one with the additional two accreditations, Automotive Window Film Specialist and Safety & Security Specialist, Roberto said. “After all that we’ve been through from education and training also to attain accreditation and our contractor’s license, besides knowing what our profession and what products to use, it is my opinion the main or sole purpose for such examinations or licenses in specific field is one thing, SAFETY,” Roberto said.
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Trends Impacting the Industry Gary Hamel and C. K. Prahalad wrote in Competing for the Future, “If a top management team cannot clearly articulate the five or six fundamental industry trends that most threaten its firm’s continued success, it is not in control of the firm’s destiny.” No one has a crystal ball to predict the future, but that’s not the point. One must recognize the trends and understand the impact they are having on the industry because only in this way can companies hope to develop appropriate strategies. There is no magic bullet to deal with all trends. Each company will be impacted differently and will, therefore, have different options. The aim of this report is not to explain how you should address these critical trends, but merely to identify and explain them.
Increased emphasis on value There is a growing interest in performing life-cycle cost analysis for building designs. Due to the rising costs of energy and the fact that a building’s energy consumption cost represents more than 25 percent of its lifetime cost, the movement toward energy conservation is certainly gaining momentum. The opportunities in this area to provide value to clients are almost endless. For example, it could be as simple as the direction the building faces, the type of building materials used or use of power-generating solar panels. However, life-cycle costs are influenced by more than energy consumption even though it is the largest single cost factor. Maintenance and alterations account for almost 50 percent of the lifetime cost of a building. Therefore, using building materials that are relatively maintenance free can reduce life-cycle costs, and creating designs that more readily adapt to the client’s changing needs can reduce alteration costs. Construction costs represent only about 11 percent of the total lifetime costs, compared to the other lifetime costs of energy consumption, maintenance, and alternations, which total approximately 75 percent of a building’s lifetime cost. It’s a mistake to focus on only the front-end construction costs because reducing life-cycle costs can save the equivalent of the construction costs over the life of the building.
Outsourcing has been a general trend in all industry for decades as companies focus more and more on their core functions. The construction industry is no different, but one significant addition is the shift to more predesign outsourced planning. The result has been the growth of program management. This isn’t another layer of supervision over the contractor, but is a process where an owner who has an ongoing building program can standardize the process instead of dealing with each project as a separate entity. By standardizing the building designs and equipment, the owner can realize substantial savings. Southwest Airlines has become famous for the cost savings it has accrued from standardizing its fleet of aircraft. Building owners can learn from Southwest’s experience and take a more strategic approach to their construction planning. This process is changing the conventional roles of the various stakeholders. For example, the construction industry may be required to provide the funding source for the projects it constructs. In the public section, the use of private-public-partnerships appears to growing due to the shrinking availability of government funding.
Business experts such as Tom Peters and Peter Drucker have been arguing for years that business needed to remove the walls between activities to avoid working in silos. The construction industry is finally beginning to see the light. The typical design-bid-build approach to construction maximizes the silo effect, but the increasing reliance on integrated project delivery methods is shifting the industry toward greater collaboration. The emphasis during this approach is to work together to maximize innovation and value to the client. Those companies that still have the mentality that they can win at the expense of others will find the new world a difficult place to survive. There is no such thing as win-lose because it will eventually morph into lose-lose. The only truly sustainable option is to create a win-win environment.
Proactive leadership Unfortunately too many people think that leadership is about controlling, influencing, motivating, or changing others. In reality, leadership is about perception. It’s the ability to examine existing conditions, including the capabilities of resources, anticipate what that means for the future and align those resources to achieve the maximum results possible. Jim Collins referred to this in Good to Great as getting the right people on the bus in the right seats. Clients are trending toward demanding more and more perception by their construction team. Simply stated, clients want their construction team to look ahead to avoid claims, disputes and problems. This will place a premium on experience and the ability to perform effective project risk analyses.
Technology Technology is here to stay. BIM and real-time estimating systems are providing increasing benefits to the industry. These tools are essential to deliver the maximum value to clients. However, maximizing the benefits from these and tomorrow’s technological advances will require collaboration among all the stakeholders. Clearly all of the above trends are related. Successful contractors of the future are not going to be able to cherry-pick those they want to pursue, but they are going to have to adapt to the new world of Construction 3.0. The benefit is that these trends can help create a better industry where performance is improved with better value to the client and fair profit for the construction team.
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The Everyday It happens every day. It might be a poorly handled interaction between an employee and a new foreman. It could be a day’s work that has to be ripped out the next day because it does not meet code. Or it could be a misread blueprint that puts the schedule off several days. It is interesting to note that very little attention is paid to these kinds of mistakes and missteps on the job. The reason is these kinds of things are often considered to be part of the construction process. “Small problems” arise and they are fixed. The show must go on and the building is eventually completed. It is as simple as that. Or is it? Going from crisis to crisis each day will definitely affect the big picture. Over time the small problems add up resulting in lost productivity and lost opportunities. If this is happening in your company, it is time to take a hard look at field operations and determine the best way to improve. After doing an honest self assessment, it is likely you will find that training can provide at least partial solutions to the dilemma of the everyday crisis. ABC of Wisconsin has a number of education programs that can be of assistance. Although these classes are scheduled throughout the state, with one phone call to Ellie Hein, Training Services Director, your association can explore offering these programs in your area.
Here are a few:
Blue Print Reading—Blue prints are the main communication tool between the architect, the customer, and the contractor. At the field level, having print reading skills can result in increased productivity.
Electrical and Plumbing Code—Having a good understanding of code, especially when there are changes, is the key to doing things right the first time for electricians and plumbers. Knowing the code is a primary responsibility of anyone putting work in place. Inspectors can be unforgiving. Crew Leader—The crew leader tends to be in their position because they were very good at doing something else—putting work in place. Crew leader training introduces the skills needed to supervise people and control costs.
Foreman Training—The next logical step for the successful crew leader is to be a foreman. This program trains new and seasoned foremen in their responsibilities and provides a good foundation for them to manage the resources effectively and efficiently. Jobsite Superintendent Academy—This is 100 hour high energy cutting edge training program takes good superintendents, jobsite managers, and field supervisors and makes them better. It covers human relations, crew development, linking the estimate to production, problem solving strategies and communication skills. It also covers risk management, and lean building techniques.
Green Building Fundamentals—“Green” as a concept is here to stay. Attending this class can keep your field employees, and ultimately your company, a little ahead of the curve.
Wayne T. Belanger Director of Education ABC of Wisconsin Inc.
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Training is not the only solution to the everyday crisis, but it certainly is a step in the right direction. Now more than ever, it is important to do everything possible to minimize the everyday crisis and to be proactive and productive. Contact your association office at 800-829-9926 and see what a difference formal training can make.
Employee Retention Through the Military Buildup
Throughout the planning process of the anticipated Military Build-up here on Guam, local officials have set goals to be implemented beginning in 2010. With an initial budget of $13 million, an expected 10,000 to 15,000 skilled workers to include certified and qualified construction workers, electricians, and plumbers will be brought on island to work on improving our islandâ€™s overall infrastructure and housing developments. Once this is finalized, about 8,000 Marines along with their 9,000 plus dependents will be on island. We expect seeing numerous changes in our island that will provide many opportunities for success. The increase in population alone will inevitably increase the demand for virtually all necessities. This will allow for new companies to start up and existing companies to thrive, therefore providing a wide range of job opportunities island wide. However, this will significantly increase competition within the workforce as well. With this in mind, it is imperative that employers act now to ensure they can retain their best and brightest employees.
A Safe and Healthy Working Environment Fair Pay Adequate Health Benefits (Insurance Coverage) Retirement Plans Generally, companies must provide the first two of the four factors listed because it is mandated by the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws. The remaining two factors serve as employee incentives which are not required by companies, but are highly encouraged. In todayâ€™s society, it is extremely rare to find a company that does not offer health benefits simply because individuals would opt to work for a company that does offer this incentive versus a company that does not. Similarly, the concept of companies offering retirement plans such as 401 (k) has been an increasing trend. As an employer, review what you are offering to your employees. Will your employees want to stick with you through the build up?
In any company, there are a variety of factors that employees consider when deciding whether they would stay with their employer. We identify these factors as the keys to employee retention:
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// Author Bio // Ed C. Cruz has worked in the IT Industry for over 10 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and holds many technical certifications such as Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, Microsoft Certified Professional, and Security+ to name a few. He is a lifelong learner, spending much of his free time conducting research on living efficiently.
Happy New Year! This year brings many changes in our daily technology-filled lives. From the Smartphone wars with Apple, Google, Blackberry, and Palm to the browser wars with Microsoft, Google and Firefox; 2010 looks to be a great year of change for consumers. Some huge changes that have generated a bit of discussion across the web are with the new operating system from Google, the Apple e-reader, and the move to cloud computing with Microsoft Office 2010. Google Chromium Operating System From the Chromium website, “Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to provide a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web.” An interesting aspect of the new OS is that the experience will be solely that of a web browser with no dependency or need to install conventional desktop applications. In the area of security, Chromium states that is barely trusts itself! This means that it runs through extensive checks each time the OS is restarted. If anything is found to have been compromised by a virus or the like, it will reboot and fix itself. Another feature that is being heavily focused on is the overall speed of the OS. The goal is to turn the time the computer is switched on to surfing the web to that of a few seconds. Of course, hardware specifications and requirements will need to be determined so our experiences will be just as hoped. Chromium OS looks to be available in the second half of this year.
I look forward to this new operating system from a normal user perspective. My normal Microsoft operating system, no matter what kind, requires extensive maintenance to keep it free of viruses, is not always up to work properly with all the crashes and takes more than a few minutes to load. Chromium OS can’t come fast enough…. Apple E-reader Apple looks to join the competition with Amazon, Sony and Barnes and Noble with their e-book readers that have taken the country by storm. Because everything Apple launches is with great fanfare, I expect no less for its E-book reader. I foresee long lines starting a day or two prior to launch, the item extraordinarily priced, and the whole world in awe over this new addition to Apples product line. Despite all this, each of Apples products has been well worth it, right? I certainly believe so. Expect a cool design, a great user interface and experience, and of course a big cost. Whatever the other competitors have done, Apple will surely strive to better. Although I have not jumped into the e-book reader craze just yet, I am seriously thinking about it. My initial concerns were with the availability of service in our geographic location, but after some research we are covered. Now with the inclusion of a new e-book reader soon to be on the market, my buying mood has once again been delayed. I look forward to what Apple brings to the table and how it changes the e-book reader scene.
Microsoft Office 2010 It looks like Microsoft is finally moving to the cloud and this new Office suite will be able to be utilized on the run, off of the web from your browser. A browser-based Office application mirrors that of what we already know with Google Docs. Plus, we have all just gotten used to Office 2007, right? So, what will be the compelling feature/reason that will drive the move to Office 2010? Currently Office 2010 is in beta form and is free to download from Microsoft’s website. I will need to download this and see what all the hype is about. I look forward to seeing what this new version brings to the table and hope that it changes things for the better. There are certainly more changes in store for 2010, and I cannot wait. As the adage states,“the only constant is change.” Bring it on!
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December 2009 New Members: Allied member:
Corinthians Placement Services, Inc. 5th Floor, Sunshine Plaza, 219 N. Domingo corner Pinaglabanan Streets, San Jose 1500, Metro Manila, PI Ph: (632)7249923 Fax: (632) 727-9651 Email:email@example.com Contact: Mr. Valwin V. Danao Description: Manpower Provider Member Status: Associate
Professional Mgmt. Services, Inc. dba The Medical City - Guam P.O. Box 315881 Tamuning, GU 96931 Ph: (671) 646-8624 Fax: (671)6496601 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Contact:Dino Quintans, GM Description: Medical Referral Services Member Status: Associate
Associates: Asia Pacific (ASPAC) Consultants P.O. Box 20423 GMF Barrigada GU 96921 GCA Contact: Norbero RV Castro Jr., gm Email: email@example.com Ph: (671) 988-7078 Fax: (671) 632-8048 Desc: OSHA/Environmental/Crisis/Emergency Mgmt. Consultant Services
Cleopatra International Placement Agency Inc. Suite 101 Vicar Bldg., $25 Denver Cor New York St. Cubao, Quezon City, PI Ph: (632) 727-9757 Fax: (632) 723-1439 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Critina S. Honor, president/ceo Description: Recruitment Services Member Status: Associate
Cleopatra International Placement Agency Inc. Suite 101 Vicar Bldg. #25 Denver Cor New York St. Cubao, Quezon City PI GCA Contact: Cristina S. Honor, president/ceo Email: email@example.com, Cleopatra_international@yahoo.com Ph: (632) 727-9757 Fax: (632) 723-1439 Desc: Recruitment Agency
EMC Engineering, LLC 8301 Old Seaward Hwy Anchorage, AK 99518 GCA Contact: Ryan Bloom, P.E. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (907) 644-3923 Fax: (907) 644-0997 Desc: Construction Mgmt, Material Testing, Special Inspection
KEI Construction P.O. Box 1246 Hagatna, GU 96932 Ph: (671)649-1107 Fax: (671)649-1108 Email: email@example.com Contact: Bobby D. Altizer Description: General Construction Member Status: Contractor
Universal Life Agency, Inc. 414 W. Soledad Ave, Ste. 701 GCIC Bldg. Hagatna, GU 96931 Ph: (671)475-8888 Fax: (671)475-8889 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Maria May Ordonez Description: Insurance Member Status: Associate
ST Fabrication, Inc. dba Jabez Holdings, Inc. P.O. Box 25456 GMF Barrigada, GU 96921 Ph: (671)472-3480 Fax: (671)472-3481 Ph: (253) 735-2000 Fax: (253) 838-6400 Email:email@example.com Contact: Jesse T. Cherian, president Description: 8(a) SDB General Contractor Member Status: Contractor
ES, Tech Inc. P.O. Box 26307 GMF Barrigada, GU 96921 Ph: (671)647-6940 Fax: (671)649-6940 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Sangtaek Lim Description: Wholesale Member Status: Associate
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Atlas Sales Co. Inc. 91-301 Kauhi St. Kapolei, HI 96707 GCA Contact: Gary W. Camp, vp Email: email@example.com Ph: 808-682-4680 Fax: 808-682-5509 Desc: Scaffolding, Concrete Shoring & Forming, Rental, Sales & Placement
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Romago, Inc. P.O. Box 834 Hagatna, GU 96932 GCA Contact: Carlos DC Rivera Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (671) 477-3315 Fax: (671) 477-2526 Description: Electrical/Mechanical Contractor Cruz Residential Construction LLC 2179 W 22nd Lane Yuma, AZ 85364 GCA Contact: Javier Cruz Email: email@example.com Ph: (928) 580-3891 Fax: (928)329-0938 Description: Construction Associate: Architectural Materials, Inc. 4775 W. Teco Ste 130 Las Vegas, NV 89118 GCA Contact: Luanna Terlizzi, mgmt Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (707)227-7150 Fax: (702)367-3729 Description: Construction VRJ International and Placement Agency 2nd Flr, Guieb Bldg. 961 Pres. Quirino Ave., Cor. San Pascual Street, Malate Manila Phillippines GCA Contact: Jennifer S. Sarangay, president Email: email@example.com ; Arvin_vrj@yahoo.com Ph: (632) 384-2883 Fax: (632) 525-9358 Description: Recruitment and manpower services California Sheet Metal 1020 N. Marshal Ave. El Cajon, CA 92020 GCA Contact: Joe Isom Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (619) 562-7010 Fax: (619) 562-7016 Description: Manufacturing/Subcontractor/Sheet Metal Agility Defense & Government Services Guan Inc. 414 W. Soledad Ave, GCIC Bldg Ste 604 Hagatna,GU 96910 GCA Contact: John M. Dennett/ pro manager Email: email@example.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: (671) 477-1389 Fax: (671) 477-1088 Description: Logistics Guam Phils Manpower Development P.O. Box 12766 Tamuning, GU 96931 GCA Contact: Lucrelio F. Benlot Email: email@example.com Ph: (671)632-6645 Fax: n/a Description: Manpower supply services
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