Kirlin Builders Earns National Safety Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

Kirlin Builders has been named the winner of a National Safety  Excellence Award from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Based in Rockville MD, but servicing our military men and women across the world, Kirlin Builders received the award March 21st during the 28th annual Excellence in Construction® Awards at ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, Calif.

The National Safety Awards are presented in three major North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code categories: NAICS 236 – Construction of Buildings; NAICS 237 – Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction; and NAICS 238 – Specialty Trade Contractors.

“Associated Builders and Contractors is thrilled to honor Kirlin Builders, whose world-class safety processes and safety culture has created an environment where every employee understands that the wellbeing of those around them is everyone’s responsibility,” said 2018 ABC National Chair George R. Nash Jr., director of preconstruction at Branch & Associates, Herndon, Va. “Kirlin Builder’s impressive safety record shows the clear difference that an uncompromising, top-down commitment to safety makes in a contractor’s performance and we are proud to call them an ABC member.”

The 2017 National Safety Excellence Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP). During the selection process, national safety winners were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Environment, Health and Safety Committee. See the full list of winners on abc.org.

STEP is the standard for developing world-class safety programs in construction and is designed to help both large and small contractors evaluate every aspect of their corporate safety and health program and identify opportunities for improvement. According to ABC’s latest Safety Performance Report, the best-performing ABC members STEP participants can reduce recordable incidents by up to 85 percent, making the best-performing companies 670 percent safer than the industry average.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit them at abc.org.

The Military Engineer Spotlights Aviano AB, Italy

The Military Engineer magazine has a great article written by Michael Sedge about working on international projects. Michael is a successful author and speaker, but is also an owner of Michael-Bruno LLC. They were our Italian subcontractor/partner on our recent Aviano project that we did with Synergy Kirlin JV. This was a very successful project. Javier Mora was our onsite Project Manager and there was also an onsite manager for Synergy. Jake Gum and Luis Luna headed up the efforts on this side of the pond. Barry Klassy headed up the project from Kroescell’s side. There were many others that assisted to make this project successful. As a small bit of background info, we went into this with an end user that wanted no part of us being there. They did not have an issue with SKJV, but did not like our competition and just assumed we would be more of the same. Our CCASS rating was about the best I have ever seen and the facility wants us back to do more work. Congrats to the entire team that put this project together and built it and to our partners in Italy who we could not have done the project without.

KB-TME Article

Scheduling in Construction – Best Practices and Lessons Learned

by Jerome Schoffler, LEED® AP and PMP

Scheduling is one of the most central aspects of effective Project Management. It also comes equipped with lots of perils that often only improve with experience. Construction Executive Jerome Schoffler discusses his experiences and shares his lessons and best practices to schedule a construction project effectively. He walks through building a schedule during procurement, reviewing the schedule during design, and continuously monitoring the schedule during construction while sharing strategies, experiences, and tips to ensure that your schedule is realistic, effective, and timely.

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Scheduling in Construction – Lessons Learned & Best Practices


Optimizing the Facility Manager Relationship

by Andrew Dawson, Project Manager for Kirlin Builders

In describing how to make the Facility Manager relationship strong, Kirlin Builders’ Andrew Dawson draws upon his nearly decade of experience in project management to give his insights on building a productive relationship with the Facility Manager and their office. He touches on knowing hospital protocols, honest communication, going above and beyond, and uses one of Kirlin Builders’ most successful projects to illustrate how to bring it all together.

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Optimizing the Facility Manager Relationship

Stand Down Week Achieves 100% Participation

For the second straight year, Kirlin Builders has achieved 100% participation from our construction professionals and subcontractors in completing OSHA’s Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction.

Fall Protection is one of the most commonly cited OSHA standard violations. In 2014, the year before the program was implemented, 337 of the 874 fatalities on the job site in construction were as a result of falls from elevation. These are preventable tragedies that with awareness, training, and a team buy-in concept can be drastically reduced.

At Kirlin Builders job sites from Maryland to Hawaii, each of our construction professionals led sessions with our subcontractors to review proper fall protection measures on the job site – notably ones specific to our ongoing projects. That’s more than 75 projects at over 33 locations across the United States. Kirlin Builders construction managers and our subcontractor reviewed proper use of equipment, checking for safe processes, and being proactive about spotting and stopping unsafe practices.

Last year we were part of the over 2.5 million workers who took part in this nationwide effort. This year, OSHA expects more than 5 million participants to Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. Thank you to all our dedicated site staff who made our 2016 Stand Down week a rousing success, and to 100% participation for 2017!

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