Why I Chose to Work in Construction - by Tom Easse

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When considering a career path, many people wonder why someone would choose to work in the construction field.

My answer is simply one word: Family.

I was completing my senior year in college. Like most seniors, I had my whole life ahead of me and the question of what to do with my life. I went to many interviews with companies at college job fairs, but nothing really made me say, “This is what I want to do and I’ll love doing it!”

During summers and days off, I worked part-time in construction and enjoyed all of the facets of building something, working on a project important both to myself and the end user.

Having a father who worked in construction his entire life and having a brother who is an architect, I woke up and it hit home; construction was what I wanted to do!

I have found that working in the construction field is like being with family. One reason could be because of the way a team has to collaborate and work together on a project of such a large scale, which requires everyone to be communicating and working hard mentally and physically together to complete the job. Another could be because I grew up with two people in my family who worked in construction and I just fit right into the atmosphere. One of the best work experiences I’ve had is working for a family-owned construction company.

If you really measure it, full-time workers spend just as much time around their co-workers as they do with their actual home families, if not more.

This is one of the reasons why it is so important to be spending one’s time around other great people who have good character, integrity, and care about their contribution each day.

The values learned working with your co-workers on the job are those that are carried out to your own family once you marry and have children. Your interactions each day with your “construction family” becomes a part of your life and many of the stories and lessons learned are carried over to your actual family’s dinner table.

The sense of pride and accomplishment you receive once a project is completed by you and your co-workers is something you cannot learn in school or put a dollar value on.

Going to work and feeling like family is being treated with love, respect and having that same guidance, support, and group mentality as a family. If you can find that in your career, it is a truly rewarding experience. Not only do I get to feel accomplished at my job, but I also get to feel like I’m a part of a group of real people who support each other every day.  

Having a good work atmosphere with great co-workers is like your “daytime family” in addition to your actual “nighttime family” back at home. Maintaining the balance between these two is the key to both a great work and home life.

Going to work every day loving what I do because of the support both in an office and in the field is why I choose construction as my occupation. If I could turn back time to my college senior year, I would absolutely choose the same path again. The people I met and continue to meet along the way and interacted with are truly considered family to me.

Article by Thomas Easse, Project Manager at March Construction

 

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Drone pass of Capitol Seniors Housing in Greenburgh, New York 👴👵🏘

Drone pass of Capitol Seniors Housing in Greenburgh, New York 👴👵🏘 project by March Construction, offering construction management services in the tri-state area including NYC, New York State, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut 👷‍♂️🏗🏡.

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This project consists of a 3-story assisted living facility with upgraded amenities including: A theater, dining room with a demonstration kitchen, beauty salon, art studio, fitness with a rehab area, and a tavern. The exterior of the site features a park-like setting. The property has roughly 7,000 tons of soil remediation required and main building will be set on timber piles.

Project Type: Senior Housing

# of Units/Beds: 101 / 139

Size: 88,555 SF

Client: Capitol Senior Housing

Contract Type: GMP

Architect: Meyer Architects

Drone Use in Construction – A Closer Look

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Artan Balaj, Project Manager at March Construction, provides some insights into the use of drones (UAVs) in construction. 


“Drones” or Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles

Unmanned Aircraft Systems are reportedly projected to market at $17 Billion by 2024. Commonly referred to as “Drones”, UAVs do not have any human piloting aboard. They consist of the vehicle (drone) in addition to a ground-based or stationary controller.   

Even though drones have several risks associated with their use, these are largely overshadowed by their positive features. The construction industry can account for many of those beneficial features for their use in capturing aerial footage of job sites and final shots of fully-constructed buildings.

Positives of Drone Use in Construction

  1. Helps schedule and track projects daily 

  2. Increases Productivity

  3. Allows for safe inspection of areas that might otherwise put humans in danger

  4. Can be used to survey the land

  5. Creates jobs

  6. Helps create 3D models

  7. Can do thermal imaging

  8. Forward-Looking-Infrared (FLIR) can be used for heat detection

  9. Can be used as a marketing tool by collecting data for analysis and creating content for company promotions

While building a large multi-story midrise, a drone can help in various ways.  A UAV can help a project along by inspecting hard-to-reach areas. Humans usually will have to set up fall protection in order to inspect areas of high altitude such as cell towers or bridges. A drone can speed this process up tremendously, save time, and money. 

Another positive impact that drones can have for a construction company is by creating content to be used in marketing their projects to owners and developers.  Creating high altitude images, videos, and even time-lapses may all result in a controlled, well organized, and timely-delivered project. This can be extremely helpful in promoting all companies involved.

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Negatives of Drone Use in Construction

  1. The need to follow tedious Federal Aerial Administration (FFA) guidelines

  2. Potential accidents with manned aircraft (planes, helicopters)

  3. High insurance premium requirements

  4. Special training needed in accordance with FFA

  5. Licenses and permits which are required to operate UAVs

  6. Airspace approvals are necessary

The construction industry can be impacted by all of these hurdles. For example, inspecting a large structure may be delayed by the approval of airspace rights, resulting in a hold on the continuation of the project.  Another example that can halt the building process is the high insurance premiums that come with the UAVs.  Budgeting this item may be underestimated, and may cause the project to delay until the funds have been accounted for. 

Small to medium construction agencies may also be at fences with the UAV drone approach due to the extensive preparation needed to operate one of these drones, such as the required FFA controller training. This training may come with high costs, lengthy processes, and constantly updated laws resulting in re-testing, etc. 

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UAVs can impact the construction industry in both negative and positive ways. The benefits of using UAVs overshadow the negative aspects; With more research, limitations, and coordination, the FFA guidelines will eventually be weakened, enabling the growing UAS industry to thrive.

I personally believe that UAVs are the future of imaging, scheduling, inspecting, and surveying—all major components of building a successful project.  This type of investment will help the construction industry take the next steps in safety and productivity. 

By Artan Balaj, Assistant Project Manager at March Construction

Rooftop Rigging Milestone at 300 Lafayette St - New York, NY

After months of planning, overcoming a weather cancellation which required rescheduling, and suffering the brutal heat on Saturday, we completed our rooftop rigging at one of our projects downtown in SoHo (6/30/2018). It was a total team effort for everyone involved.

Great job to all!! The following trades were all onsite to pull this off; Site Safety Company, HVAC, Electric, Genset Supplier, Scaffolding, Rigger, Crane Company, Crane Engineer, and March Construction personnel leading the coordination through very challenging logistical issues.

The picks consisted of 2 cooling towers, Air Handling Unit, Roof top exhaust fans, 600KW generator and Generator enclosure.

Amazing job to all in achieving this project milestone!  See photos below.

- Todd Laubach - Vice President, March Construction

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