A few months ago we completed a build out of the 11 Alive retail store in Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson here in Atlanta. We are very proud of the work considering the challenges we faced from a timing and logistical perspective. As it turns out, other people like it too! We won a First Place 2016 Build Georgia Award, a Best Sustainable Building Practices Merit Award, and were mentioned in Atlanta Business Chronicle for outstanding achievement! A big thanks to our team that worked on the project and to all those who voted!
In this month's GHE Profile we get to know our Vice President and Construction Manager Pat Sullivan a little better!
It's true! We've completed a couple of big projects recently at the airport here in Atlanta. Our renovation of the maintenance facilities turned out great! The new offices, conference room and kitchen are something we're very proud of and hopefully will make that group a little more comfortable in their space. And you know those long ramps you walk down to get on a plane? We gave one of those bad boys a new coat of "awesome"! Check out some of the pics below to get a better idea of the work.
We'd also like to give a quick congrats to Anthony Giacobello, Daniel Lawrence, Phillip Allision, Stephen McCutchen, and William Finney. These guys were each awarded The Ron Amerson Certificate of Commendation for Safety Excellence by the AGC of Georgia for "No Lost Time Accidents in 2015". Thanks for all your great work guys!
Next up in our profile series is Project Manager Danny Lingerfelt.
Here at GreenHeart, we like to notice patterns. It helps us know what to expect when getting down to work. We're not reinventing the wheel here, every good business does their own version of this. It's just a good practice to make things run more smoothly and efficiently.
With that in mind, we'd like to share a few common things that we face on every project that we have to be great at. Success in the following three areas means we do a better job and our clients are happy with our work.
1. Scope of Work
Planning is critical for us. Before any project begins we talk with our clients about everything that goes into successfully completing their project. Anything from budget and deadlines to incremental goals and setting expectations for everyone involved. Once the Scope of Work is agreed upon, everyone is on the same page. This is a pretty intensive and detailed process but it is such an important step in achieving success.
2. Finding the Right People
Every project is different. So finding the right people for a particular project can be a challenge. A great skill set and the ability to work well as part of a team are crucial. We only work with the best, and good people are in high demand. Luckily our team have years of experience and a wide network of great sub-contractors. So when we find a great person or team, we try to keep 'em around!
3. Punch List
As we approach the end of a project we create a "Punch List" which is basically a list of things that need to be finished or corrected in order to meet the standards of the contract. This list can be tedious and often requires a third party, like an architect or engineer, to help create and verify completion of the Punch List.
The name comes from a time in the past when a hole was actually punched in the list signifying completion. Today we have smart phones and laptops, so maybe we should call it a "Click List". Get it, you guys? Because we click instead..? Ok.
We want you to get to know us better so we'll be sharing some stories from our team here on the blog. First up is Project Manager, Jim Milligan
Finding a contractor can be a daunting task. The stresses of your project and the worries of working with someone you trust are big issues that can be difficult to address. We have put together a little list of specific things you should look for, and ask about, when trying to find a general contractor.
1. Finishing the Job on Time
Meeting deadlines is often one of the most important things a client is looking for. A good contractor will be able to provide examples and references to projects of all sizes that they have completed on time. Make it clear, not just the date you'd like the project finished but the reasons that date is important for you. That will make it important to your contractor too.
2. Staying On Budget
Experienced planning and efficiently solving problems are two big factors to staying within the budget of a project. Ask around to see if a contractor has experience in the type of project you're looking to complete, and ask how they handle problems when they come up. Especially relating to your budget.
3. Communicating with the Client
The last thing you want is to be left in the dark by your contractor. Find someone you trust and set expectations for communication up front. And be specific. If you hate email and love text messages, make sure the team you hire knows that. It'll make everything a move a little smoother.
4. Solving Problems on the Fly
Problems come up on every project. Some are big, some are small but they always happen. Knowing your contractor can identify a problem, then ideate and execute a solution quickly will help you rest easy. Especially when it come to the finishing the project in the parameters of your project's goals.
5. Does Quality Work That's Specific to What You Need
This might seem obvious but it's worth mentioning and researching. Just because a contractor has the cheapest price or a big client that everyone has heard of doesn't mean they're the best for your job. Ask questions, do research, and find the contractor that's right for you.
If you have any questions at all regarding your project, please feel free to contact us anytime at 404.669.0250 .
A few weeks ago we showed you a video of how some of our Zoeftig seats for the airport in Atlanta were being assembled and shipped for installation. Now we have a few updated photos of the seats in place and in use! We have to say, they're pretty sharp! Also, no more crowding around those two outlets to charge your phone before boarding a plane. Notice each seat now has it's own power outlet. Simple, elegant, useful solutions! Yes, please.
A few days ago, our Construction Manager Pat got to hang out at school with his son Murphy for "Donuts with Dad". It's a neat thing some schools do that allows parents to spend a little more time around their children, other classmates and the school staff.
While there, Murphy drew this picture of Pat which makes us very happy for a couple of reasons. First, it makes Pat look like he has a giant, pumpkin head, (which he doesn't, but it's still funny) and second, the fact that Murphy pictures his dad at work with a smile on his face. That says a couple of things about Green Heart and the culture we try to maintain:
- We enjoy what we do. Solving problems for our clients and helping make their businesses better is what keeps us going.
- We like being around each other. When we need to get down to business, we do it. But we're also up for a good joke or a heart to heart talk. (It's also pretty great when someone brings in biscuits and coffee for breakfast)
So while Pat may not have a giant, pumpkin head or an extremely angular nose, that drawing is pretty spot-on in it's own way, and we like it : ]
We are currently in middle of a big project over at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Replacing over 8,000 seats and upgrading multiple concourses has forced us to get creative to complete the job on time and on budget. Construction of the Zoeftig seating system takes place in our warehouse, then the seats are transported to the airport where they are unloaded and installed.
Finishing this project will take some time but we're in a pretty good rhythm now and have some solid guys working on it. It'll be pretty nice to see the entire finished product! It should look a little something like the picture above.
Pat talks with GoSmallBiz.com about how we find clients and keep them happy.