Constructing the Foundation of Jobsite Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance on construction jobsites. It is imperative that ALL members of your team are well-versed with general safety obligations, company-specific initiatives and project-specific requirements. Peak has found success (consistent EMR below 1) by implementing simple requirements and providing consistent safety double-checks. We recommend: – Employing an in-house Safety Director who…

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Amenity Downsides – “When an Employee Shower Becomes a Liability”

In today’s market it’s not uncommon to find companies incorporating athletic amenities and walking paths into their new facilities.   Additionally, they are offering exercise classes before and after work, as well as encouraging alternative means of transportation, such as walking or biking.   This, in many instances, introduces locker room facilities into the design and construction…

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“Shades of Education” – Light Treatment Can Surprise with Dark Results

Several years ago while completing an office headquarters for a large corporation, the window blinds submittals were received and subsequently rejected with an accompanying letter requesting a credit for the proposed blinds included in the original contract.  Not really thinking about it, the credit and work scope reduction were accepted.  Needless to say, several weeks…

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Employee Amenities Done Smart – “Feed employees, don’t open a restaurant”

Many successful companies attract and keep important resources like employees by offering desirable food and beverage amenities.  This improves moral, satisfies daily nutritional needs and offers economic and efficient time and money alternatives for employees who commonly bring food for lunch or dine off-site.  Unfortunately, experienced project design professionals  need to be incorporated early in…

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Houston, We Have a Problem!

The construction business, in many cases, can seem like an unpredictable process.  Facility and site construction are quite different from commodities such as cars or computers.  Projects are completed in uncontrolled environments and require continual field modifications to adapt to unique conflicts, changes in required performance criteria and unforeseen concealed conditions.  We are not interacting…

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Current Right of Way and Parking Island Space Limitations “Tight Quarters”

Great “right-of-way” and “parking island” space coordination and utilization is key to completing a successful project.  Most municipalities and design teams like effective and efficient landscaping elements that provide visually attractive vehicle and pedestrian pathways up to facilities as well as vision screens for loading and/or parking areas.  The whole puzzle begins when the project…

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Ask “WHY?”

At Peak, one of the most important words in our vocabulary is “WHY”.  To us, “WHY?” is arguably the shortest, most effective word/question in the English language and it validates the importance of giving all decisions the proper attention which is often undervalued. “WHY?” is the question that needs to be asked on every goal,…

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Current Municipal Regulatory Requirements - “Research beats Review Surprises”

Many successful companies exploring expansion or new building opportunities make decisions that overlook one of the most important basic questions – Can my company operate as it does now on a larger scale or at the new potential location(s)?  Many existing company operating variables need to be properly quantified by knowledgeable design professionals to make…

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Words can be misleading - “Good Questions avoid Unwanted Surprises”

Almost all projects start with the creation of a team with representatives from all various areas of responsibility including the developer, real estate broker, designers, project managers, field supervisors, owner representatives, possibly tenant representatives, and possibly key subcontractors. Most team processes will include meetings, meeting minutes, detailed plan and specification reviews and approvals, and accuracy…

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