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.
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.