Building Solutions, Inc. was recently awarded the 2014 Nevada Chapter AGC PINNACLE Award for Contractor's Innovation for projects under $5 Million. The PINNACLE Awards program was established in 1999 by the Nevada Chapter AGC to honor the "Best of the Best" in regional construction projects; recognizing construction leadership, excellence and community spirit. The award category, Contractor's Innovation, stresses innovation in completion of the project; either by bringing something new to the industry or to the region's construction landscape. The award was issued for the Mercury Mobile Transfer System, which allowed for the safe transfer of mercury from 50 to 60 year old flasks into new containers for long-term storage. See more information regarding the project in the previous post. The award was accepted on April 3, 2015 at an award ceremony at the Eldorado Casino in Reno, NV.
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“Building Solutions has constructed a facility that serves the Public need and that demonstrates their commitment to quality work and craftsmanship. I would, without reservation, recommend Building Solutions be considered for future Forest Service projects.”
Our philosophy is to approach safety as if our lives and livelihood depended on it. Building Solutions’ safety manual, policies and safety incentive programs were written to encourage a safety cultural awareness that conforms with the requirements of Federal, State & local laws, with the Army Corps of Engineers EM-385-1, OSHA 29CFR Part 1926, (construction) and OSHA 29 CFR 1910 (General Industry) standards. Building Solutions strives to live up to the comprehensive intent of EM-385-1 and OSHA 29; which is to protect its client’s human, capital and technological resources and that of its employees, subcontractors and suppliers.
At BSI the responsibility for safety begins with the President and weaves to each employee. Optimum productivity can only be achieved through safe, well planned and efficient operations.
BSI has implemented the following objectives on projects
BSI ensures compliance with contract documents by creating project specific quality control plans, reviewing submittals prior to construction, suggesting changes, reviewing “or-equal” product documentation, conducting regular project visits to walk & document building components, checking in place work for compliance with drawings & specifications, and addressing any potential quality issues, before they become a problem.
All BSI superintendents attend Contractor Quality Management training through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or NAVFAC. This provides familiarity with Quality Management expectations and the Contractor Quality Control specification in government construction contracts.
Our primary client is the government at the city, county, state and federal levels. We currently have contracts with multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture. We have experience working with the following satisfied clients, to name a few:
Building Solutions, Inc. Receives Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Vendor Excellence Award for Women-Owned Small Business
Local general contractor, Building Solutions, Inc. (BSI), is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Vendor Excellence Award for the Women-Owned Small Business category. The award was presented at the Business Alliance Awards event in Fort Belvoir, Virginia on October 29, 2013, and was accepted in person by BSI’s president/CEO, Vickie Francovich.
BSI is being recognized for its work on the Mercury Mobile Transfer System (MMTS), a system housed in a portable building that will be used by the Defense Logistics Agency Strategic Materials to consolidate its mercury inventory from 3 Liter flasks into 1-Metric Ton containers. This system is the first of its kind and will allow the safe transfer of the mercury without requiring direct human contact. BSI completed the design of the building and site improvements in accordance with DLA Strategic Materials requirements, and was able to suggest and incorporate several enhancements. Once the building design was approved, the building shell was constructed in Arizona and then delivered to Hawthorne, NV, where it is being completed.
Installation of fixed equipment and building support systems is currently underway and includes a fire alarm, exhaust and hoods, HVAC, electrical, a bridge crane, a mercury monitoring system and a container tracking system. Testing by the government’s technical engineers has confirmed that the system is operating correctly. The design was originated by Oakridge National Laboratory, whose engineers also provided oversight, design control and testing.
The Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) will issue a permit to operate the MMTS on the Hawthorne Army Depot for an estimated 14 years, the time it will take to complete the transfer and re-storage effort. BSI operations manager, Jeff Francovich, oversaw the building design and is currently managing the final installation processes which are scheduled to be completed by December 2013.
“I am very proud of our firm’s role in this project,” stated Ms. Francovich. “I hope it demonstrates that even in this economy, woman owned small businesses are making a valuable contribution.” Building Solutions, Inc. has been in business for over 13 years and specializes in commercial construction for municipal, state and federal agencies.