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Ground broken on New Vermont Public Health Laboratory
Ground broken on New Vermont Public Health Laboratory
Ground broken on New Vermont Public Health Laboratory

GROUND BROKEN ON NEW VERMONT PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY

April 30, 2013

Yesterday state and local dignitaries joined the Health Department, University of Vermont, PC Construction and HDR, Inc. in kicking off the start of construction on the highly anticipated public health laboratory project. The $30 million facility, a collaboration between the Health Department and UVM’s Colchester Research Facility, will bring together the scientific resources of public health and academic research to protect and promote the health of Vermonters.

Currently housed in one of the oldest facilities in the country, the new public health laboratory will enhance Vermont’s response to public health emergencies and identification of new pathogens or environmental contaminants. Upon completion, the public health laboratory will house highly specialized BSL-3 (biosafety level) laboratory space, offices and training areas.


PC AIDS CARBON NEUTRALITY EFFORT

PC AIDS CARBON NEUTRALITY EFFORT

April 26, 2013

PC Construction has a storied history of successfully completing energy-related projects throughout Northern New England, from electric and hydroelectric to natural gas and – most recently – biomass. While all of these projects have contributed…

DBIA DAY AT PENNSYLVANIA AWWA CONFERENCE

April 23, 2013

In response to the growing interest in integrated delivery construction projects, the Pennsylvania section of the American Water Works Association has incorporated a DBIA (Design-Build Institute of America) day into their annual conference. On Thursday, April 25, the conference will feature technical sessions outlining design-build and integrated delivery educational forums and lessons learned from design-build construction projects in the region.

One of the tracks will focus on the success story of PC Construction’s improvements project at the Hopewell Water Treatment Plant in Virginia. The design-build team, including PC Construction’s Senior Project Manager Dave Johnson, engineering partner Gannett Fleming and American Water, will present this session on April 25 at 8:45 a.m.


CVPH PROJECT MOVING ALONG

CVPH PROJECT MOVING ALONG

April 17, 2013

The scenery outside the entrance of CVPH Medical Center looked a little busy last week. Set to achieve a project milestone, PC Construction and Vermont Mechanical stood by as Demag Riggers Crane Service set up…

Laser Scanned Point Cloud
Laser Scanner for Construction

LASER SCANNING FOR CONSTRUCTION

April 16, 2013

Over the past year I’ve fielded a lot of questions about laser scanning and have seen a lot of confusion about the process. Laser scanning technology has dramatically improved in recent years with smaller, faster scanners and more efficient and functional software for analyzing and modeling the results.

What is Laser Scanning?


CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY AT CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE

CONSTRUCTION UNDER WAY AT CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE

April 5, 2013

Construction began this week on the second phase of the Champlain College Residential Tri Complex project in Burlington, Vermont. Like Juniper Hall, which was constructed by PC Construction last year, the two new residential halls,…

DESIGN-BUILD: WHY NOT?

April 3, 2013

As we tout the benefits of integrated delivery (design-build, construction management-at-risk, etc.) for water and wastewater treatment construction projects, we find a common reasoning among owners and engineers for not utilizing integrated delivery to develop and construct their projects. Namely, unfamiliarity and fear of change are the major drivers in preventing design-build and/or construction management-at-risk delivery methods from gaining a larger foothold within the industry.

The Water Design-Build Council recently released the results of a comprehensive survey taken from owners who completed integrated delivery projects across 15 states. For those familiar with the benefits of integrated delivery, the results were not surprising. Some facts obtained from the survey are outlined below:

  • The majority of respondents reported using a two-step procurement process (an RFQ to generate a short list, followed by an RFP) and to select a firm based on best value (evaluating both price and non-price factors).
  • The vast majority of respondents are satisfied with their use of integrated delivery, with high levels of satisfaction for design involvement, project quality and the communication process.

SUPERINTENDENT RECOGNIZED WITH COMPANY AWARD

April 2, 2013

Superintendent Recognized with Company Award

Joe Picoraro presents Tim Street (right) with PC Construction’s Kilbourn-Sawyer Award

Today I had the honor of presenting PC Construction’s Kilbourn-Sawyer Award to Tim Street, a project superintendent I have had the pleasure of working with over the past 8 years. Surrounded by his fellow employee-owners, Tim was clearly moved and also excited about the recognition.