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Building PA Podcast
25 minutes | 5 days ago
Technology in the HVAC segment
Listen as Becker joins Jon and Chris to share information on Remote Assist, a technology that Haller Enterprises is using to improve their customers' lives. The technology - a direct video connection via a customers' device - creates opportunities to save time and improve safety while addressing issues created in both residential and commercial settings.
29 minutes | 19 days ago
Emily Lowe of Alexander Construction Group joins the Building PA Podcast. Our co-hosts set out on a road trip of sorts and visit the job site of the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Enola, PA as guests of Alexander. During this episode, Emily discusses how vital communications is in the Lean Construction concept; the principles behind the approach; and the impact of the process on the job site.
29 minutes | a month ago
Coatings Pro Magazine Editor-in-Chief Joins Building PA Podcast
Learn more about Coatings Pro Magazine from Editor in chief Stephanie Chizik. Chizik joins Jon and Chris to discuss how the publication aids the coatings industry, shares trends, the impact of COVID on the supply chain, and the environmental impact on those working in the industry (Silica and Berelium). She also shares the broad impact of the coatings industry and the benefit of working in this segment of construction.Listen to past episodes and more at BuildingPAPodcast.com and follow the podcast on Facebook and LinkedIn.This episode is brought to you by PJ Dick, a full-service general contractor with design/build, construction management, and consulting services across the Mid-Atlantic region.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Workforce development and the educational impact
State Representative Greg Rothman stopped by the Quandel Studios to discuss the future of the City of Harrisburg school district and the potential impact receivership may have on the city and the state related to workforce development and education.Listen to past episodes and more at BuildingPAPodcast.com and follow the podcast on Facebook and LinkedIn.This episode is brought to you by PJ Dick, a full-service general contractor with design/build, construction management, and consulting services across the Mid-Atlantic region.
30 minutes | 2 months ago
Season One recap
Listen as Jon O'Brien and Chris Martin share their favorite moments and topics from the first season of the Building PA Podcast. Topics reviewed include:Season One successes - we don't use scriptsCrisis communicationsSuccessful tips for growing your businessContinuing education in constructionCo-location trend across the stateAnd so much more ... Listen to past episodes and more at BuildingPAPodcast.com and follow the podcast on Facebook and LinkedIn.This episode is brought to you by PJ Dick, a full-service general contractor with design/build, construction management, and consulting services across the Mid-Atlantic region.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Recruiting Labor Relations Directors and Managers
Kate Jackson of Serrano Search, discusses with Jon O'Brien and Chris Martin the changes in the labor relations market and the professionals who work as Labor Relations Managers and Directors.Listen as Jackson shares input on trends in the labor relations market, how the industry has rebounded from COVID-19 and what companies seek when looking for a labor relations manager. A takeaway from the discussion is the industry is facing a labor relations shortage in the coming years and Jackson encourages young professionals to consider labor relations as a career option. Jackson said, "most young professionals are focusing on the human resources side of the industry, but specializing in labor relations presents the opportunity to build a long career in an industry that is very rewarding."
24 minutes | 3 months ago
Business Growth Tips from Bud Quandel
Listen as Noble ‘Bud’ Quandel shares insight into growing a construction business. Bud shares his thoughts related to diversification and experience from his time at the helm of Quandel Construction. Co-hosts Jon O’Brien and Chris Martin dive into what Bud looks for in employees, retention of team members and how to build a team in this industry. To stand out in the industry, Bud says:Take a longer view of trainingKnow where you are goingCombine intelligence with experienceEducate yourself while you live the job “It pays to be a learning organization. Learn from mistakes and learn from adapting to the industry and the world,” said Bud Quandel when speaking with Jon and Chris of the importance of growing a business. Quandel also shares his experience with Vistage, a CEO peer-to-peer group that serves as a resource for leadership and self-improvement.
27 minutes | 4 months ago
Kerry Zettlemoyer talks Ironworker apprenticeship
Co-hosts Jon O'Brien and Chris Martin speak with Kerry Zettlemoyer, business manager of the Ironworkers Local No. 404 in Harrisburg, PA. Kerry shares insights into the 17 building trades groups throughout the Commonwealth and the structure of the Ironworkers.In this episode, Zettlemoyer talks about the changes that have been implemented to improve the apprenticeship program, how the local has restructured and how safety has changed the industry. Zettlemoyer shared, "when I got in if you were over 30 you didn't stand a chance, but now, we are seeing older apprentices come in and are doing very well," when asked about the ages of apprentices in the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program.Listen as Zettlemoyer shares advice for joining the industry and the trades and the training program that ensures ironworkers are ready to erect steel across the state.
6 minutes | 4 months ago
Toolbox Talk - Opioids in Construction by Don Tracy of Quandel Construction
Don Tracy of Quandel provides a safety stand down talk for construction workers. KCA encourages all construction companies to participate in an opioid stand down talk at least once a year and the 2020 Construction Opioid Awareness Week is an excellent opportunity. Held the last full week of July, this hot temperature time of year is considered the middle of the construction season and it's an ideal time to remind our workers about pain medication use/abuse.
7 minutes | 4 months ago
Toolbox Talk- Chris' Story by Carl Heinlein of American Contractors Insurance Group
Carl Heinlein of American Contractors Insurance Group shares a story about a construction worker who did everything the right way, but then found himself addicted to pain medications and illegal drugs. It's a road that unfortunately one too many from our workforce have traveled down. It's a story that we need to share so that we can help the next Chris before it's too late.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
Toolbox Talk- Stigmas Associated with Opioids & Addictions by Rachael Cooper of National Safety Council
Rachael Cooper of the National Safety Council provides a safety stand down talk that addresses stigmas associated with drug addictions. Due to labels, fears, punishment, etc. that some feel may come with an addiction, those suffering from addiction may be slow to seek help, or not seek help at all. This mindset needs to change and our workforce needs to know that they can speak up and where to get the help that they need.
19 minutes | 4 months ago
Construction Opioids Awareness Week Primer & Resource
Heading into 2020, the construction industry was making strides in the battle against the opioid epidemic, but then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived. Major concerns became apparent and we started trending in the wrong direction. As an industry, let's all do our part to raise awareness and provide the education needed to help our people. Listen to this introduction on the 2020 Construction Opioid Awareness Week that features resources for employers.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
KCA Zoom Discussion on Opioids Awareness Week- Employer Concerns
Many employers want to do the right thing and get help for their workers but the system is not always set up for employers to do the right thing. Listen as one construction contractor expresses his issues when he tries to help workers. The responses from Rachael Cooper of the National Safety Council and Carl Heinlein of the American Contractors Insurance Group are helpful, but also an indication that we have more work to do.
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Social Media for Contractors
Join Brian Fraley of Fraley Construction Marketing as he speaks with Chris Martin and Jon O'Brien about social media use among contractors. Topics include how to allocate marketing dollars, use of social media to grow businesses and brands and how the industry has evolved with digital platforms.As much as digital is being embraced across the industry, there are a variety of trends that reinforce digital as a useful resource. In the discussion, Fraley reinforced the need to establish your objective before building a social following. Additionally, he shares several tips for expanding your social presence by:Determine who your audience isConfirm that your audience is where you areUse the correct social platformDefine the content you want to share and be known forEstablish the correct standards for postingListen in as the Building PA Podcast lays the foundation for social media use for the construction industry.
26 minutes | 5 months ago
Value of PA's Right to Know laws for Contractors
Holly Lubart, Director of Government Affairs for the Pennsylvania News Media Association shares information about Pennsylvania's Right to Know laws on the Building PA Podcast. The focus of the discussion centers on the value of right to know for contractors and how access to public information can be useful for proposals and other useful business development uses.Co-hosts Jon O'Brien and Chris Martin ask questions relevant to the legislation to help listeners understand how to utilize these laws - Open Records Law and the Sunshine Law. "The legislation was based on the public's distrust of the Pennsylvania legislature and the law helped promote a transparent government especially at the state and local level," said Lubart. "Without access to government information there is no way to hold government officials accountable."In today's business climate and managing the post COVID-19 world makes this law a valuable resource to the construction industry. For example, contractors can use the law to gain an understanding on construction project documents. Conversely, project documentation for public projects are accessible via this law allowing the general population and competitors to gain insight into your business. The Building PA Podcast encourages all contractors to know and understand this law.
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Education series - Construction Management program at University of Pittsburgh
John Sebastian, director of Construction Management Program at the University of Pittsburgh joins co-hosts Chris Martin and Jon O'Brien to discuss how students are learning. Sebastian shared how the program has evolved. He also shares what students at the University of Pittsburgh are learning and engaging with industry professionals.Sebastian adds, "the key is to get involved early and engage with our students and the program to learn more of the opportunities that these students bring from the program." He is always looking for opportunities to engage with industry professionals, contractors, architects and engineers. In fact, the university has announced two programs allowing personal development opportunities - certification program and a Master's degree.Sebastian is leading and helping grow the future of the industry.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
Succession planning for the construction industry
Join co-hosts Jon O'Brien and Chris Martin as we discuss succession planning for the construction industry with representatives from CLA. "It's really about what your goals are and how to design a plan to make those goals a reality," said Emily Gunther of CLA. Her definition of what succession planning is helps those preparing for the next step in business management. Listen in as Emily and her colleague Nicole Shook share information that is helpful not only for the construction industry, but all businesses.Some guidelines the CLA team provided in this episode include:Talk with your accountant, attorney and your bonding companyInclude all stakeholders to ensure your plan is well thought outRely on an experienced team to guide the processDefine the separation of emotions, especially for family members Nicole shared that "80-90% of an owners' personal assets are tied into the business." Knowing that such wealth and personal assets are tied into a business requires planning so that the years of hard work pay off for everyone involved. Listen to gain insight into the initial stages of succession planning.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
PROJECT PROFILE - UPMC Pinnacle York Memorial
The Building PA Podcast profiles one of the newest healthcare projects in the Central Pennsylvania region - The UPMC Pinnacle York Memorial Hospital. Co-hosts Jon O'Brien and Chris Martin speak with Greg Quandel, President and CEO of Quandel Construction and Joe Chicora, Senior Project Manager at Quandel Construction. The two Quandel leaders share insight into the award winning healthcare project and detail the efforts the company placed on safety and coordination to build this regional healthcare facility.Follow us on LinkedIn or listen to previous episodes at BuildingPAPodcast.com.
53 minutes | 6 months ago
KCA Discusses PA Separations Act
The Keystone Contractors Association (KCA) conducted a virtual meeting to review and discuss the current state of the Separations Act. The legislation addresses the contractual delivery method for multi prime projects throughout the Commonwealth.During this episode join KCA members as they discuss the Act and current pieces of legislation that will modernize the legislation. Listen to past episodes and engage with our hosts at BuildingPAPodcast.com.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
Legal Contracts in a Post COVID-19 World
Join your Building PA Podcast co-hosts, Chris Martin and Jon O'Brien as they speak with attorney Matthew Jameson, co-chair of Burns White construction law practice as we discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic may present to construction contracts. In the conversation, Jameson shares insight for owners and contractors related to the topic."The more problematic question for contracts and its impact on contractors focus on costs related to the pandemic," said Jameson. In addition, he suggests that "owners should consider providing allowances to deal with COVD-19 issues such as testing and PPE use."Listen to past episodes and engage with our hosts at BuildingPAPodcast.com.
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