John Donne said, “No man is an island.” The same can be said for construction firms. Today’s general contractor requires a vast network of subcontractors and suppliers to deliver projects on time and within budget. But contracting with these vendors brings additional risk as GCs are ultimately accountable for all project operations, whether they’re performed by their own employees or vendors. This risk includes supply chain interruptions, safety violations, quality of work, project delays and licensing issues, just to name a few. Meanwhile, choosing the right vendor can ease some of the heavy lifting and accelerate projects at the same time. To help you in your search, here are [Read more…] about Tips for Choosing Construction Suppliers and Subcontractors You Can Trust
Learning to recognize hazards and establishing a low risk tolerance is the first and, perhaps, most important step toward instilling a climate of safety and reducing costs associated with poor safety performance.
What’s your Risk Tolerance? Does your team know how to recognize and correct hazards on the job site? Unsafe work behaviors are increased by inattention as a result of repetition and/or becoming complacent and overconfident with the job task. The result is an increase in unsafe behaviors that cause work-related injuries.
Hazard recognition requires daily practice. Teaching workers to evaluate every task or situation over the course of a project can have a tremendous impact on safety awareness and [Read more…] about Understanding and Evaluating Hazard Recognition and Risk Tolerance
As temperatures dip and the winter weather sets in, spending a few minutes to make sure your office trailer is ready for winter can help avoid service outages and project delays. Watch this short video to learn what you need to do to get your office trailer ready for winter.
Summer is tough on air conditioners. Even in moderate climates, running your AC regularly means more wear and tear, especially in dusty areas like construction sites. Regular maintenance is your best bet for keeping things cool when the temps go up. Replacing the air filter is the easiest way to keep your mobile office trailer air conditioner operating at peak performance. Watch this short video to see how you can replace the air filter in your mobile office trailer in just a few minutes.
A crucial part of any job is to stay on, or under budget. Without proper research and planning, the spending can add up fast. To help keep your accounting team happy, here are a few ways to save money when renting an office trailer.
Before You Rent
Planning ahead can save you time and money when renting a mobile office. Some things to consider are:
- Lease local. Contact the nearest branch office when renting an office trailer to keep delivery charges down.
- Have a timeline. Accurately estimate the length of your lease, as best you can, as rates are lower for longer lease terms. Leasing month to month will be more expensive and should be avoided when possible.
- Research buildings. Familiarize yourself with the mobile offices available and order the best size and model for your project needs. Using ground-level units can save money. They don’t require blocking, leveling, anchoring or steps.
- Consider adding skirting to your trailer as it will save you money on heating costs in the winter and cooling in the summer.
- Plan ahead for the busy summer building season to make sure the mobile office you want is available when you need it. This can avoid you having to spend more on alternative plans.
- Be conscious of soft costs. Consider the money and time needed to source, assemble and return equipment from various suppliers. Choosing one provider can be a more cost-effective way to add furniture and other items to your lease, and will save you from cutting multiple checks and juggling multiple vendors.
- Properly calculate sanitation use. Forecast how many people will be using the bathroom in your office trailer on a daily basis. Otherwise you risk incurring expensive unplanned service calls.
As the name implies, anchors connect office trailers and large modular complexes to the ground to provide structural stability. Here are some simple guidelines to help you determine if you need anchors for your office trailer.
High Wind Areas
If your building is located in a region susceptible to high winds, such as the Gulf Coast or Midwest, you’ll need to anchor the trailer. Many coastal states require anchors. Ask your mobile office provider if your state requires [Read more…] about Do You Need Anchors for Your Office Trailer?