By Bob Walsh
A building is in its most vulnerable state during the construction phase, and with wood frame construction, fire safety is something every business must face head on.
Due to this rising concern, Harkins has implemented a comprehensive fire safety plan that is specifically tailored for each of our projects based on project type, occupancy, sequencing, building materials, and site location. It also follows OSHA and OSHA-approved state requirements. An onsite Harkins employee is designated as the fire safety marshal, and the plan is communicated with the local fire department and all subcontractors working on the site.
Items in the plan include preventative measures and a notification and evacuation plan in the event of an emergency. We require that our subcontractors clean up trash and debris as it is generated. Removing trash from the building and putting it in the proper trash receptacles limits the potential for a flare-up.
Additionally, clear egress pathways throughout corridors and stairs are maintained and clearly marked. An emergency evacuation plan is posted publicly, and escape routes are identified. Fire extinguishers are installed in common areas of travel and marked for easy location. All flammable liquids and fuels are labeled and stored outside, away from the building and from possible ignition sources. When temporary heat is used during colder months, heaters must have specific safety features and be kept in a clear area with no combustible materials within a specified radius of the heater. In the event that hot work such as welding, torch cutting, or grinding needs to take place, a strict hot work permit plan is used to monitor the work area during and after the work.
We continue to pro-actively engage our employees and subcontractors to maintain the safest work environment possible and look for ways to include fire protection as we build.
The Harkins team attended the ribbon cutting of the HELP Veterans Village at the Perry Point VA Medical Center campus on Thursday, August 23. Among the attendees were Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, officials from the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Health Care System and HELP USA, as well as veterans and community stakeholders.
Located in Perryville, MD, the facility features 75 renovated and newly constructed units of energy-efficient housing for at-risk and formerly homeless veterans. The scope of revitalization on the 30-acre site included the complete demolition and rebuilding of 33 buildings, new construction of 33 buildings, substantial renovations to an additional nine single family homes, and associated sitework. There is also a new two-story, 2,400 sf management and support building for residents to enjoy a large community room and a game room. It also includes several offices, storage facilities, laundry facilities, and an entrance lobby.
Building renovations included the complete gutting of units down to the studs and the installation of new sheathing, MEP systems, finishes, siding, and roofing. The units received new flooring, carpet, tile bathrooms, self-contained split system HVAC units, Energy Star appliances and light fixtures, low flow plumbing, low VOC paint, cabinets, and countertops.
As an added feature, there is a four-acre, 420Kw solar-array field installed for the village. The solar received from the panels will back-feed the grid. Upgraded energy efficiency design of the new buildings coupled with the solar addition, should yield a net-zero energy consumption status for the project.
Ribbon Cutting Photos
Brooklyn Park, MD
Woodfall Greens has reached a construction milestone with the topping out of the 230-unit market rate apartment community. The milestone was celebrated on Monday, August 13th with a carnival themed barbeque for subcontractors and other guests.
Harkins Site Manager Shane Carbaugh said, “I would like to thank everyone here today, our owner Enterprise Homes, our architect Grimm + Parker, and last but not least, our subcontractors. This was not an easy project to get under roof, so we appreciate all of your support, hard work, and dedication to this project.”
Along with the delicious Mission BBQ barbecue, the Harkins team also spun cotton candy, popped popcorn, and tried their arm at dunking the project site manager in the dunk tank.
The 276,560 gsf community includes five four-story wood frame buildings offering a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. When completed, amenity spaces will include leasing and management offices, a large club room, a library and business center, a fully equipped fitness center, an outdoor pool and deck area, and an outdoor courtyard with a fireplace and barbeque station.
The project is targeting substantial completion in December 2018.
Topping Out Photos