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Beechtree Apartments Tops Out

Beechtree team, owner, and architect gather for topping out
Prince Frederick, MD

Located in Prince Frederick, MD, Beechtree Apartments has reached a construction milestone with the topping out of the 249-unit market rate apartment community. The milestone was celebrated on Wednesday, December 18th with a barbecue catered by Adam’s Rib. There were over 200 subcontractors in attendance, along with representatives from Harborside Management, county inspectors, and Henneman + Associates. Music and entertainment were provided by C.A. Klein HVAC Foreman Juan Vallecillos Membrano.

The first apartment community to be built in the area since 1999, the 327,590 sf community includes five four-story wood frame buildings with 80 one-bedroom, 140 two-bedroom, and 29 three-bedroom units. When completed, there will be a 8,000 sf clubroom, pub, fireplace, cyber cafe, fitness area, conference room, and business center for residents to enjoy. Outdoor amenities will include a pool, multiple fireplaces, and a patio area with pergolas, grilling stations, an outdoor fireplace, fire pit, water feature, picnic areas, and a dog park.

Topping Out Photos

Pointe View at Aspen Hill Celebrates Grand Opening

Construction team gathers for grand opening event
Silver Spring, MD

Pointe View at Aspen Hill has reached a construction milestone! The project held its grand opening on Wednesday, December 11th in Silver Spring, MD.

Situated on approximately five acres behind an existing church, the community offers 120 independent, senior living apartments made up of one- and two- bedroom units. This four-story wood frame building was designed to be residential in appearance, incorporating brick and cementitious siding for consistency with surrounding multi-unit buildings.

Each apartment unit includes a modern kitchen with a dishwasher and ceramic tiled bathrooms. Amenities include a community room, fitness area, hair salon, business center, and a game room. The building also features an outdoor patio area with seating and a walking path around the complex.

The team worked through many challenges on this project, including paving a separate drive for construction access with water and power extended to reach this point. Special attention was given to the surrounding church to ensure that it was unaffected during construction, with site work ceasing on Saturdays to allow for uninterrupted services.

Grand Opening Photos

National Federation of the Blind Celebrates Grand Opening

construction team celebrates grand opening ceremony national federation of blind
Baltimore, MD

National Federation of the Blind has reached a construction milestone! The project held its grand opening on Thursday, December 5th with a supporter celebration at the newly remodeled Barney Street Wing of their headquarters in Baltimore, MD.

Originally built in 1906 and home to various manufacturers, the Federation now houses the International Braille and Technology Center and sleeping accommodations for visitors. The 22,000 sf wing underwent removal and replacement of 29 (10 feet high) exterior windows with metal facade. It was altered to include 22 guest rooms, a full gym, game room, and kitchen area. Additional features include custom acoustics and metal wall panels designed for low vision skill training.

Due to its age, this challenging interior project needed 58,000 sf of abatement work. Additionally, the team uncovered 12 inch structural columns every eight feet that required framing and encapsulating.

The National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute remains a premier facility to serve the needs of blind Americans for friends and supporters to come.

Grand Opening Photos

Unlocking Safety Through Analytics

Safety dashboard with analytics

By Project Controls Executive Russell Tipton and Corporate Safety Director Bob Walsh

As Harkins is always striving for continuous improvement, advancements are being made in our ability to gain insights into our safety performance at a company-wide level. Over the past year, our safety committee has rolled out new inspection forms in Procore that are being used by all our project teams and the safety department. These Procore forms that are being generated by our project teams are also being used in conjunction with the data gathered from the daily reports and incident report forms to build a safety dashboard.

The dashboard is a comprehensive self-audit of our safety management system. It offers visual reports that display important safety indicators and key performance indicators (KPIs), with metrics including number and type of incident, inspection concerns, safety violations, and site safety inspection pass rates ranked by percentage. The live version of this dashboard, which went through a lengthy testing period before being rolled out to the company, is updated in real-time whenever the dashboard is accessed. We will be using this data to gain more insight into what the largest safety concerns are across the company, which trade partners perform well in terms of safety and which need improvement, and tailoring safety training and education efforts for both our own employees and trade partners. Below are benefits to utilizing this safety dashboard:

  • Inspection forms used by project teams and safety department
  • Comprehensive self-audit
  • Visual reporting that displays key safety indicators
  • Accurate metrics with number and type of incidents
  • Real-time dashboard that is accessible at all times
  • Drives awareness and accountability

As part of the Harkins family, our top priority is making sure everyone goes home safe after each and every day. That’s why we take safety so seriously. Improving construction safety cannot happen by accident – pun intended and we must continue to make a conscious, deliberate effort to do better. Our safety dashboard is a platform that will continue to drive awareness, accountability, and change. We look forward to the insight we will gain as a company and the positive impact that advancements like this will have on our project teams and trade partners.