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President’s Message: Construction Safety Week 2021

President's Message for Construction Safety Week 2021

Beginning today and continuing throughout the week of May 3-7th, Harkins is proudly celebrating National Construction Safety Week 2021. Each day that we step onto a jobsite, we know what is on the line: our work, our reputation, and most importantly, the lives of employees and trade partners on-site. Construction Safety Week is an opportunity to recognize and highlight the importance of on-the-job safety.   

At Harkins, we take great pride in the role we play to improve people’s lives in our marketplace, in our communities, and in our company. But even more than that, we carry an unwavering responsibility to do whatever it takes to ensure that our people can return home safely to their families. 

In our industry, safety is a value and belief we all share. That’s why more than 70 national and global construction firms join forces for Safety Week with a single aim: to inspire everyone in the industry to be leaders in safety. 

I am very appreciative of all our employees, trade partners, clients, and design professionals for working to make and keep our projects as safe as possible. We will continue to demonstrate our renewed commitment to building a stronger, safer industry.  

From our team to yours, work safe! 

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Delaware CSMS Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Delaware CSMS Ribbon Cutting Harkins Team
New Castle, DE

Harkins celebrated the ribbon cutting of the Combined Support Maintenance Shop in New Castle, DE on Thursday, April 15th.

Home of the Delaware National Guard Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS) and Field Maintenance Shop #3 (FMS #3), the new 63,356 sf design-build CSMS serves as a vehicle service and repair shop. Amenities include a welding bay, paint bay, several general-purpose bays, a training room, fitness and locker rooms, administrative support spaces, and specialty shops, including carpentry, machinery, canvas repair, calibration, injector repair, radiator repair, communication, and an arms and vault shop. The project incorporated water source heat pumps, below-slab radiant heating, LED lighting, low flow faucets and fixtures, and 191 roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels, achieving LEED v4.0 Silver Certification.

This CSMS is an upgrade from two small maintenance shops that have been of service to the Delaware National Guard since before the Korean War. The original CSMS consisted of a paint bay, a small arms room, storage space, and maintenance bays that quickly became too small to house the Delaware National Guard’s modernized equipment.

This was the first Harkins project to utilize BIM modeling before construction to plan proper placement of various mechanical aspects of the building. The team was able to mitigate risk and save time through the construction process by using this technology early in the process. It was great to hear the guard talk about how leveraging design-build as a delivery method enabled the building to be delivered faster and resulted in an excellent partnership amongst stakeholders from the onset of design through construction.

Ribbon Cutting Photos