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Best Practices

 

Here at Stimson Contracting we are constantly evaluating how to improve our processes and adhere to the “Best Practices” of the construction industry. Our number one priority is to provide our customers with the best products and service possible. You may have some questions as to what “Best Practices” may be and how our dedication to you make a difference in the construction of your pole building, horse barn, airplane hangar or enclosed arena in the Spokane Washington Area.
We will dedicate a series of posts addressing the Best Practices in the construction industry. We will started with the concept of “Procurement”. Today we will assess Risk Management

What is Best Practice?

Best practices is defined as ‘the policy, systems and procedures that, at any given time, are generally regarded by peers as the practice that delivers optimal outcome, such that they are worthy of adoption’.
Best Practice is the knowledge that underpins examples of excellence. We can take this knowledge, share it and implement it throughout the construction industry. Over the last 10 years there has been a dramatic change in the way construction activity is being undertaken. This is not only in the form of new technology, but also into way that construction projects are procured and managed. This new thinking has been very successfully applied in other industries throughout the world.

Why is it important?

The construction sector is one of the largest and most important in the economy, employing over 7% of the workforce. The built environment represents a national investment valued at over $300 billion. The sector contributes 4.5% to GDP and puts in place added value assets worth over 12.5% of GDP in 2005. In the year
A study by BERL shown that a 10% efficiency gain in this sector results in a 1% increase in GDP

Risk Management

What is risk management and why is it important to my building project?

Here at Stimson Contracting we are constantly evaluating best practices and risk management is an important part of any project. On larger scale projects it can play a bigger role but even for smaller projects proper risk management can alleviate undo costs. Mitigating items as essential to a successful project such as weather and insurance properly can make a huge difference in the overall cost and quality of a building.

A successful construction project depends on how well project participants manage project risks. Risks are managed through sound business and construction practices and through careful preparation and review of the project contract documents. A significant component of successful risk management begins with how well the project participants allocate risks at the contract formation stage. Ideally, the project documents will allocate responsibility for certain risks to the party best situated to bear them, thereby minimizing the likelihood and the cost of each risk. Following are six key risk allocation and management concepts that should be considered at the project contract formation stage.

1. Allocate risk to the party best situated to control the risk. At the outset of each project, an owner and a contractor should anticipate and evaluate potential risks to project success and, where applicable, assign responsibility for those risks to the party or parties best situated to control them. For example, a contractor should assign the owner responsibility for design errors because the owner typically holds the design services contracts and is in a better position to work with the project designer to minimize the risk of those errors. From the owner’s perspective, the contractor should undertake primary responsibility for bodily injuries or property damage arising out of the contractor’s operations, since the contractor is in the better position to minimize those risks by maintaining a safe jobsite.

2. Allocate risk through indemnity provisions. Contract indemnity provisions generally require one party to pay for losses incurred by the other party as a result of claims made by third parties. A construction contract indemnity provision typically requires the contractor to indemnify the owner against claims for bodily injury or property damage arising out of the negligent performance of work by the contractor or its subcontractors. Conversely, the owner typically is called on to indemnify the contractor against claims or losses arising from the existence of hazardous substances at the project site, at least to the extent that the contractor does not have any control over those substances.

3. Use insurance to support indemnity provisions. Contract provisions requiring insurance coverage provide assurance that each party can satisfy its indemnity obligations. Drafting effective insurance coverage requirements in contracts first requires properly identifying the risk obligations assumed by each project participant, and then ensuring each party has the right insurance to cover those obligations.

For example, owners must require their contractors to secure commercial general liability, automobile liability and worker’s compensation/employers liability coverages. These obligations should flow down to subcontractors. Commercial general liability insurance generally covers bodily injury and property damage resulting from contractor or subcontractor negligence. However, owners and contractors should bear in mind that liability policies typically do not cover the contractor for defective work, which is instead subject to the contractor’s warranty. Similarly, liability policies typically do not cover project improvements or construction materials for damage due to unknown site conditions, natural disasters and similar risks. Those damages are covered by a “builder’s risk” policy, which is usually required to be obtained by the owner.

Contracts with design professionals, such as architects, engineers, and contractors performing design-build functions, must also require professional liability insurance to cover errors and omissions in providing design or other professional services. Because professional liability policies typically cover claims made on all of a particular design professional’s projects during a given policy period, the aggregate limit of coverage must be sufficiently high to protect the owner with respect to the owner’s specific project. An owner can accomplish this by requiring project-specific coverage or excess limits applicable to professional liability. For larger projects, the owner may also consider obtaining owner’s protective professional liability coverage to indemnify the owner directly for losses arising from the design professional’s negligence.

4. Require additional insured status and evidence of insurance. Owners and contractors should always require lower tier contractors or subcontractors to add the owner and contractor as additional insureds. A central reason for additional insured status is the insurer’s primary duty to defend claims made against the additional insureds. Additional insured status is obtained by endorsement; thus, the applicable endorsement should be broad enough to cover ongoing and completed operations on a primary and non-contributory basis.

Project participants must confirm that contractual insurance requirements, including proper coverages, policy limits, and additional insured status, have been obtained and properly documented. Project participants should never rely solely upon certificates of insurance to confirm insurance requirements. Most certificates of insurance are issued by the broker, rather than by the insurer, and are not contractually binding. Accordingly, the insurance provisions of a project contract should mandate delivery of copies of policy declarations pages and all applicable endorsements.

5. Include waivers of subrogation. Where applicable, contracts should include waivers of subrogation to ensure that project risks are transferred in the manner intended by the project participants. Subrogation allows an insurer to stand in the position of its insured to recover amounts paid on behalf of the insured for damages for which another party may be liable. Project participants intentionally shift risk through a variety of contract provisions. Allowing an insurer to recover amounts paid on behalf of a contract participant to whom that risk was shifted through indemnification or other means may undermine the parties’ intentions. A waiver of subrogation precludes the insurer from seeking reimbursement for amounts paid on claims, and thus prevents an insurer from passing assigned risk back to the other project participants. In other words, a waiver of subrogation ensures that transferred project risk stays with the insurers as contemplated by the project participants.

6. Review documents with appropriate consultants. Construction projects typically require multiple contracts, which need to be consistent and complementary. For example, project lender and owner requirements for payment timing and conditions should flow down through all project contracts. Dispute resolution provisions should be consistent throughout the project contracts to assure that all parties to a dispute are involved in the same proceeding at the same time and are subject to the same dispute resolution rules. In addition, many standard construction contracts utilize insurance terms that are inconsistent with current insurance industry offerings, usages and customs. To minimize issues arising out of conflicting, inconsistent or antiquated terms in the various project contracts, the project participants should rely on experienced counsel and trusted insurance consultants familiar with current industry forms and practices. In short, careful contract preparation and review are essential to proper risk management for a construction project, and the ultimate goal of project success.

 

Although all of the above considerations may not be essential for every project we undertake at Stimson Contracting it is important to understand that risk management is an important part of any building or contract. We actively consider of all the best practices to complete the best possible construction projects for our customers. This is something to consider when selecting a contractor for your building project. Has your contractor taken all aspects of your project in to consideration? Are they properly insured? Do they hire the best sub-contractors and are they properly insured? We pride ourselves in a complete project from start to finish and that includes making sure you have the best of the best on all aspects of your project. From quality materials to quality sub-contractors. It all comes together for you and the end result is a better product for our customers.

Best Practices ~ Partnering

Best Practices

 

Here at Stimson Contracting we are constantly evaluating how to improve our processes and adhere to the “Best Practices” of the construction industry. Our number one priority is to provide our customers with the best products and service possible. You may have some questions as to what “Best Practices” may be and how our dedication to you make a difference in the construction of your pole building, horse barn, airplane hangar or enclosed arena in the Spokane Washington Area.
We will dedicate a series of posts addressing the Best Practices in the construction industry. We will started with the concept of “Procurement”. Now we move on to Partnering.

What is Best Practice?

Best practices is defined as ‘the policy, systems and procedures that, at any given time, are generally regarded by peers as the practice that delivers optimal outcome, such that they are worthy of adoption’.
Best Practice is the knowledge that underpins examples of excellence. We can take this knowledge, share it and implement it throughout the construction industry. Over the last 10 years there has been a dramatic change in the way construction activity is being undertaken. This is not only in the form of new technology, but also into way that construction projects are procured and managed. This new thinking has been very successfully applied in other industries throughout the world.

Why is it important?

The construction sector is one of the largest and most important in the economy, employing over 7% of the workforce. The built environment represents a national investment valued at over $300 billion. The sector contributes 4.5% to GDP and puts in place added value assets worth over 12.5% of GDP in 2005. In the year
A study by BERL shown that a 10% efficiency gain in this sector results in a 1% increase in GDP

Best Practices Partnering

Partnering is a management system that is based on a collaborative approach to working on a given project. It is therefore a very different style of working compared to the traditional adversarial approach that has been common in the construction industry for many years.

It has been demonstrated on numerous partnering projects that by working collaboratively it is possible to achieve far greater value for money for the client, higher profits for the companies involved, improved quality and more predictability of project completion.

A partnering project has the following characteristics:

  • an agreed set of mutual objectives
  • work undertaken in a spirit of trust and co-operation
  • an agreed problem resolution procedure
  • open book pricing
  • a commitment to continuous improvement.

So what does this mean to you?

Here at Stimson Contracting we are constantly striving to provide a better product to our customers. By creating and maintaining strategic partnerships with not only our suppliers but sub-contractors we can provide an optimized building or structure in price and quality.  We only partner with the best suppliers and sub-contractors in the region. They know we manufacture quality products for our customers and strive to do the same. Their understanding of our reputation in the community is an important piece of the puzzle. We value our standing and hold our partners to the same commitment to excellence.

Best Practices ~ Procurement

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Best Practices

 

Here at Stimson Contracting we are constantly evaluating how to improve our processes and adhere to the “Best Practices” of the construction industry. Our number one priority is to provide our customers with the best products and service possible. You may have some questions as to what “Best Practices” may be and how our dedication to you make a difference in the construction of your pole building, horse barn, airplane hangar or enclosed arena in the Spokane Washington Area.
We will dedicate a series of posts addressing the Best Practices in the construction industry. We will start with the concept of “Procurement”.

What is Best Practice?

Best practices is defined as ‘the policy, systems and procedures that, at any given time, are generally regarded by peers as the practice that delivers optimal outcome, such that they are worthy of adoption’.
Best Practice is the knowledge that underpins examples of excellence. We can take this knowledge, share it and implement it throughout the construction industry. Over the last 10 years there has been a dramatic change in the way construction activity is being undertaken. This is not only in the form of new technology, but also into way that construction projects are procured and managed. This new thinking has been very successfully applied in other industries throughout the world.

Why is it important?

The construction sector is one of the largest and most important in the economy, employing over 7% of the workforce. The built environment represents a national investment valued at over $300 billion. The sector contributes 4.5% to GDP and puts in place added value assets worth over 12.5% of GDP in 2005. In the year
A study by BERL shown that a 10% efficiency gain in this sector results in a 1% increase in GDP

Procurement

Procurement is the process of establishing the most appropriate method of managing the construction project and selecting the best team to design, deliver and sometimes operate the required facility. Lowest price tendering and lump sum contracts are giving way to better forms of selection and contract arrangements.
Modern procurement methods emphasize the need to select those companies that can work effectively in a collaborative relationship and who understand and practice the principles of “Partnering”. New forms of contractual arrangements seek to get all key parties to work together as early as possible to ensure the effective delivery of a project.

At Stimson Contracting we are constantly looking at our contractual agreements with our vendors to evaluate where we can ultimately save our customers money without compromising quality. A quality building is our ultimate goal. Purchasing products that we consistently use in each project in larger quantities would be an example of how we are assessing these contracts. The quality of the products doesn’t change but the ultimate result is a lower cost per project.

In our next article we will address the concept of  “Partnering”

Constructing A Large Pole Building In Spokane WA

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Constructing a Large Pole Building

 

Pole building construction Spokane can be used as a barn, house for livestock, storage for equipment, garage, or even for residential use. Structures made from pole building construction Spokane are known for their simple characteristics. Constructing a pole building would only take a few steps in order to build.

In rare cases, constructing large pole buildings Spokane would involve longer construction process than the usual. More materials are also needed to construct such structure.

The construction process starts with creating a level base. This step is optional in the large pole buildings Spokane construction. However, it is recommended if the desired flooring is more than just the natural ground and soil. A raised base is necessary to keep the water out of the house, especially during rainy seasons. Raised base can be made out of conventional concrete slab, wood floorings, or even crushed rock screenings.

Next step is to install the poles or posts for the pole building construction Spokane. The poles are to be set vertically into the ground. Each pole measures variably depending on the structure to be built. However, poles which measure from 4 inches to 12 inches in diameter are often used. The poles are buried to the ground with about 8 feet to 12 feet spacing between them. A clear spacing is allotted for the installation of doors and other fixtures.

Large pole buildings Spokane constructions do not need a complicated foundation. The poles will serve are the foundation of the whole structure. They must be installed either through connecting them in the concrete slab or through burying them in holes which are about 5 feet in depth.

The poles are then connected to beams and braces across the top. These beams will then span the clear distance between posts. To secure the beams to the top of the poles, the beams may be bolted together with the posts using metal plates.

The roofing should be supported horizontally by the beams. There are ready-made trusses that are easy to install. G. I. sheets can be used as roofing materials. Additionally, purlins and battens are needed to complete the roofing structure. Walls, partitions, and other fixtures are optional to include in the large pole buildings Spokane construction.

The use of pole building construction Spokane is a practical and economical construction method. Aside from this, it makes it easier to construct a large structure in the shortest time possible.

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The Benefits Of Pole Building Construction In Spokane

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The Benefits of Pole Building Construction

Pole building is an alternative construction method in which vertical poles fastened into the ground serve as the foundation and framework of a structure. This article shall discuss the various benefits of pole building construction spokane.

It is known to be the fastest to complete amongst other construction methods. The construction of a pole building involves the framing out of the foundation and then the adding of drywalls, partitions, and other fixtures. It does not use concrete or hollow blocks. Therefore, it eliminates the need for concrete pouring, drying and curing.

A pole building construction spokane does not need massive excavation works which takes up a large portion of the construction period. Locations with hard soils – which makes excavating harder – will not have problems with pole building unlike those experienced in conventional construction method. Moreover, short construction period would also mean a significant reduction in labor costs.

The use of pole building eliminates the need for large foundations in structures. Most expensive materials go into a structure’s foundations. Through pole building, foundation costs are greatly reduced.

Aside from the speed of construction, pole building construction Spokane has other benefits. The cost of construction for a pole building is the cheapest amongst other construction methods. It is because pole building materials Spokane are lightweight and abundant materials. Pole building is easier to insulate and to finish. Its simple construction makes it the most adaptable and usable construction method.

In spite of its fast construction and low construction costs, pole building construction Spokane is known to be resilient and able to withstand great loads. Pole buildings are durable and hold high quality. If properly installed, pole buildings are unsusceptible to lateral loads such as wind and earthquake. Although wood is more susceptible to fire than steel, wood gives a more localized failure when subjected to fire. Although not completely fire resistant, it will be safer to use wood trusses – found in pole building constructions – rather than steel trusses. As such, houses constructed by pole buildings are safe to be occupied.

The use of pole building construction is quite versatile. It can be used to build a barn, a stable, a garage, and even a house. Pole building is adaptable in any use. Additionally, the owner has the option to easily renovate the pole.

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Pole Building Materials Spokane WA

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Different Pole Building Materials Spokane WA

Pole building construction Spokane consists of large poles or posts, buried on the ground, which serve as the structure’s foundation. It is a simplified technique adapted to cut construction costs and time. Most of the pole building materials Spokane used for the construction are lightweight. Others are made from materials that are abundant in the area.

The poles or posts are made from round, wooden timbers. The structural frame of a pole building construction Spokane can be made of different materials such as tree trunks, lumber, utility poles, and squared timbers. Other materials used for the frame include: standing seam metal roofing, metal shingles, and roll formed metal.

The slab of a large pole building Spokane is made from conventional concrete or framed wood. The frame may either be buried in the ground with the poles or anchored to the concrete slab. Although, for barns and stables, the floor would be the natural soil of the ground.

There are pole building construction Spokane which do not need walls. However, there are enclosed pole buildings which would need exterior walls and partitions. The exterior curtain walls are formed by girts that are fastened to the poles. Vinyl boards, drywall, and metal sheets may be used as siding on walls.

The roof structure is made up of roof trusses which support the purlins. Roof trusses may either be made from steel or wood. Oftentimes, rafters and battens are used. It is common that metal roofing is used as the roofing material including standing seam, R-rib panels, and G-rib panels.

As for the fixtures, pole building construction Spokane uses the same fixtures as conventional structures. Wooden doors and all types of windows and window casements are used in pole buildings.

The different elements and materials of a pole building construction Spokane are fastened together with the use of hardware materials. Screws, bolts, and nails are the most common materials used. For doors, windows, and cabinets, there are other materials needed such as door knobs, hinges, and cabinet handles.

In choosing for the materials to be used in a pole building construction Spokane, make sure that the materials are lightweight and are suitable for such special construction process. Buy only those materials that are fit to your construction needs. Take note of the specifications of each product, their quality, and durability. It is also helpful to purchase materials from a trusted construction materials supplier.

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The History Of Pole Buildings

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The History of Pole buildings

(pole building framing, pole building, pole barn), is a simplified structure technique adapted from the labor-intensive standard timber framing technique. Unlike contending building techniques, when the girts, rafters, and poles are put in place, much of the construction work on a pole-built structure can be managed by a single person over the course of a month or period.

History

Pole structure design was pioneered in the 1930s in the United States initially making use of energy poles for horse barns and farming buildings. The depressed value of agricultural items in the 1920s and 1930s and the introduction of large, business farming in the 1930s produced a need for bigger, less expensive farming structures. As the practice took hold, instead of using utility poles, products such as pole barn nails were established particularly for this type of building, making the process more trusted and affordable. Today, almost any low-rise structure can be swiftly constructed making use of the post-frame building approach.

The strategies originated in the pole barn, which was a cost-effective and quick method of including sheds on a farm as agriculture shifted to equipment reliant and capital intensive farming– necessitating sheltering tractors, harvesters, wagons and so on in much higher amounts and sizes. Around The united state and Canada, lots of pole built structures are still readily seen in rural and commercial locations, for the galvanized steel siding and roof repair of the thirties has actually shown to be very durable as was much of the shed style vertically oriented plank siding.

Construction

Poles, from which these structures get their name, are natural shaped or round wooden woods 4 inches (100 mm) to 12 inches (300 mm) in diameter. The structural frame of a pole building is made of tree trunks, utility poles, engineered lumber, or chemically pressure treated squared woods which may be buried in the ground or anchored to a concrete piece. Normally the posts are equally spaced 8 feet (2.4 m) to 12 feet (3.7 m) apart other than to enable doors. Buried posts have the advantage of providing lateral stability so no braces are required. Buried posts might be driven into the ground or embedded in holes then fulled of soil, crushed stone, or concrete.

Pole structures may not have walls however be open shelters such as for stock or devices or for use as picnic shelters.

Enclosed pole structures have exterior drape walls formed by girts fastened to the exterior of the posts at intervals about 2 feet (0.61 m) on center that bring the siding and any indoor load. The walls might be created as a diaphragm to supply structural stability. Other girt systems include framing in between the posts instead of on the external side of the posts. siding products for a pole structure are most typically rolled-rib 29-gauge enameled metal cut to length in 32″ or 36″ widths attached making use of color-matched screws with rubber washers to seal the holes. Any conventional siding can be utilized, consisting of T1-11, vinyl, lap siding, cedar, and even brick. Using sidings aside from metal may require very first setting up sheeting (sheathing), such plywood, oriented hair board, or boards.

On two walls, usually the long walls, the dimensional lumber girts at the top of the walls are doubled, one on the inside and one on the exterior of the posts, and generally through-bolted with big carriage bolts to support the roof load. The roofing structure is regularly a truss roofing system supporting purlins or laths, or developed using common rafters. Wide buildings with common rafters need interior rows of posts. Occasionally rafters might be connected directly to the poles. The roofing pitch of pole buildings is generally low and the roofing kind is typically gable or lean-to. Metal roof repair is commonly utilized as the roof and siding material on pole structures.
The floor might be dirt, concrete slab, or framed of wood.

Modern Developments

In contemporary developments the pole barns of the 1930s have actually ended up being pole structures for use as housing, office use, churches, picnic shelters, or storage structures. The most typical use for pole buildings is storage buildings as it was on the farms, however today they might be for the storage of vehicles or boats along with many other family products that would generally be found in a property garage, or commercially as the surroundings for a light market or small corporate workplaces with connected shops.

(pole structure framing, pole structure, pole barn), is a streamlined building strategy adjusted from the labor-intensive standard timber framing strategy. Pole building design was pioneered in the 1930s in the United States originally making use of energy poles for horse barns and farming structures. As the practice took hold, rather than making use of utility poles, materials such as pole barn nails were developed specifically for this type of building, making the procedure more inexpensive and reputable. The structural frame of a pole building is made of tree trunks, energy poles, crafted lumber, or chemically pressure dealt with squared timbers which might be buried in the ground or anchored to a concrete piece. In modern-day advancements the pole barns of the 1930s have actually become pole buildings for use as housing, commercial use, churches, picnic shelters, or storage structures.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]