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YOUR PERIODIC UPDATE FROM BOZZUTO CONSTRUCTION

WINTER 2016 EDITION

MIKE'S COLUMN  

 

As a construction company, weather is a huge factor that can affect the productivity and timeline of a project. Despite recent warm temperatures, winter is fast approaching and we know that winter weather conditions can negatively impact our work. However, contrary to what you may think, we are affected by weather conditions year-round.
Today, we have 21 jobs under construction, all in different phases of construction. Each of these projects will be impacted differently by adverse weather. As an example, a rain-day for a project pouring concrete will delay the project by one day. That same rain-day on a project performing excavation could cause up to three days of delay. Conversely, this same rain storm may have no impact on the critical path of a project performing interior finish work.

In any given year, it is likely there will be more rain days than snow days. However, we know that winter weather conditions will slow us down and we attempt account for those delays when building the overall schedule. We have measures in place, such as temporary heat, to keep concrete, masonry, drywall, flooring and paint going in temperatures less than 40 degrees, as well as snow removal equipment staged on site. Additionally, Saturday is available as a make up for a lost day during the week, generally without any additional expense to the project.

Counting snow and rain days is relatively easy. What is difficult to measure, and generally ignored, but very real, are extreme temperatures. Workers are simply less productive when the temperature dips below 40 or rises above 95 degrees. Have you ever tried to operate a screwdriver while wearing thick gloves or move a truckload of mulch when it’s 95 and humid?

The project start date can also have a dramatic impact on the project’s schedule. For instance, in December, we receive roughly 9 ½ hours of daylight compared to June when we receive approximately 15 hours of daylight. While workers generally work 8-10 hours per day, the lack of daylight in the winter restricts their ability to make up time at the beginning or end of the day, during certain phases of work. Most all projects will go through at least one winter and we plan for this. However, changes to a project start date can also impact the schedule. For example, an 18 month project slated to start in April and finish in September of the following year will experience one winter. If the start date is delayed by 6 months, it will experience two winters. The first winter will likely impact the project’s site-work and the second winter may impact the site finishes and temperature sensitive interior finishes.

Please don’t think that I hate the winter. In fact, I love the winter and even enjoy a few snow storms when we all get to slow down for a moment. I recall building a project in Chicago some time ago when the site contractor parked all of his equipment very neatly in a line on one side of the site in December. When I asked what he was doing, he said “The frost is too deep. See you in the spring”. The Mid-Atlantic isn’t such a bad place to be building after all.


Mike Schlegel I President | Bozzuto Construction Company| mschlegel@bozzuto.com

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GET TO KNOW 

John Heagy
Project Executive

Please describe your role at Bozzuto Construction Company in your own words.
I see my role as providing support and guidance for the team on the projects I oversee. It may mean helping an experienced project manager or superintendent that is new to the company learn the Bozzuto way or helping a newly promoted employee learn their role as we grow as a company. In either case I try to help troubleshoot, step into issues with subcontractors so the team can focus on the day-to-day, and make sure we’re using best practices.

Are you working on any special or noteworthy projects, programs, or activities?
Work has started for the So Others Might Eat (SOME) Conway Center project. It’s different than anything we’ve built before. While the difficulty of construction and the complexity of the financing will be challenging, it couldn’t be for a better cause. Everyone we’ve interacted with in the SOME organization has shown that they share the values that Tom, Rick, and Toby instill in our company. At this point in 2017, SOME will be able to provide job training, medical and dental care, affordable housing and meals to underserved families and individuals in the District. It sounds a bit hokey, but it’s humbling to be a part of.

What is a milestone or achievement you’re proud of that you’ve accomplished while at Bozzuto?
Being part of the team to complete the first two “high rise” buildings that Bozzuto Construction undertook. John Bell, John Cruz, Dave Filipiak, Tony Muniz and Jose Iglesias, among others, were part of a great group to finish that first one. The teamwork, support for each other, and the relationships we started over 10 years ago are still important today. We learned a lot about ourselves as individuals and as a team. With the second – Mariner Bay Annapolis Towne Centre – we were able to show we could complete more complex projects together as a development and construction company and avoid some of the pitfalls of the first. John Bell, John Cruz, Ray Nowowieski, and Bryan Logsdon were each a big part of how well that project ran. From my perspective, that was an important step in the transition to the ever more complex and unique projects we’re developing and building today. Seeing what other teams have done or are now doing at projects like vPoint, Union Wharf, Monroe Street Market, Pierce Queen, and The Rotunda goes far beyond what I would have expected when I arrived here in 2005.

What do you enjoy most about working at Bozzuto?
We’re provided with the tools and support we need, but given plenty of leash to do what we think is best for the company to do our job. Coming from a much more restrictive corporate environment prior to Bozzuto, I enjoy trying to creatively solve problems rather than being forced into a specific formula or process. The guiding principles are outlined for us and expectations set, but the path there is up to you. We aren’t often told “no” when we have an idea of how to get something done. It’s a great environment to work in.

What advice would you give to a new BCC employee about how to be successful at Bozzuto?
It’s something I need to work on myself, but make sure you reach out and get to know people throughout the organization rather than just in your project team, property, or department. We have such a wide range of people with different experiences that can help you develop in work or personally no matter where you are in your career. Whatever issues or challenges you’ve run into, you can probably find someone that’s been there before and help you through it.

Tell us about someone that inspires you – personally or professionally.
I have an older sister, Melinda that has always been a few steps ahead of me and has been a guiding influence for me in both respects. The way she has been able to balance a challenging career in a similar industry, be deeply involved in her kids’ lives and activities up through their teen years, and still train for and complete multiple Ironman triathlons in her free time is inspiring (and somewhat confusing). I’m lucky I’m not more competitive - if I tried to brag about managing a $100 million project, she could just mention hers is $2 billion.

What’s one thing your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
Much like many of our subcontractors, I’m pretty good at getting my DIY renovation work at home to 95% complete, but pretty bad at getting that last 5% done. Actually, that might not be that surprising to some that I work with, like a few developers, accountants, or anyone really. 

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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT 

6410 Arlington Blvd

Through a joint venture with Prudential Real Estate Investors, Bozzuto Construction broke ground in late July of 2015. The 2.58 acre parcel will be developed, constructed and managed by the companies of the Bozzuto Group. The building will feature four stories of Type 5A wood-frame construction atop a concrete podium with approximately 16,000 sf of retail space and will contain 171 dwelling units, 14 rental townhomes with two levels of below grade parking. The 9,000 square foot amenity space will be home to a state of the art fitness center, gaming lounge, entertaining kitchen, business center and cyber café. The two outdoor courtyards integral to the buildings design will inhabit a pool, fire feature, grilling station, seating areas and extensive landscapes.

The subject property sits just inside the beltway west of U.S. Route 50 and VA Route 7 and provides excellent access to employment centers, metro access, Tyson’s Corner and Downtown Washington. The project will offer a dedicated shuttle to the metro station for residents.

The project is designed by Hord, Coplan, Macht who served as architect for Bozzuto’s Union Wharf and Crosswinds at Annapolis Town Center developments. Exterior materials will feature a contemporary and tasteful mix of brick, cement panel, metal panel accents and appointed windows and balconies.

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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT 

The GreenBench Companies

Created from the Development and Construction Group of JBG Rosenfeld, the GreenBench team has delivered and is actively involved with the planning and development of several billion dollars worth of residential, retail, and mixed-use real estate – project sizes ranging from $25,000 to $250,000,000.

With extensive experience in acquisitions, planning, procurement, risk management, project delivery, property operations, and team building, GreenBench is capable of handling virtually any aspect of your real estate project. Currently GreenBench's list of clients includes Bozzuto, Edens, Clark Enterprises, Skanska, and they continue their relationship with JBG. GreenBench is actively involved in the development and construction activity in DC near Union Market coming up. To learn more about GreenBench, visit their website www.greenbenchcos.com.

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IN THE NEWS 

Glass, Wood, Labor Affecting New Development

Mark Weisner, Vice President of Preconstruction at Bozzuto Construction was featured in “Glass, Wood, Labor Affecting New Development” an article published in the October 2015 edition of Units Magazine. In the article, Mark talks about why project costs have increased in the past 12 months. Click here to read more.

 

What’s Holding Philly’s Apartment Development Back?

Bozzuto Construction’s President Mike Schlegel recently spoke at Philadelphia's Multifamily Take-Off, an event hosted by Bisnow. To check out what he and other industry leaders had to say what is holding Philadelphia back from the apartment boom being driven by millennials, click here.

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IN THE COMMUNITY

 

SOME Gala

Bozzuto Construction came out for a great cause for the SOME (So Other’s Might Eat) Dinner Gala on November 14th. The annual dinner gala benefits SOME’s programs including their Capital Campaign building The Conway Center, which Bozzuto Construction is proudly the general contractor on. This project will provide housing, job training, medical services, and counseling to the capital areas’ homeless and people in need.To learn more about The Conway Center and SOME’s Building Hope Capital Campaign visit http://capitalcampaign.some.org/.

 

 

 

#PaintOurTownPink Results

Throughout October, donations and photos showing support poured in from all divisions of the Bozzuto family. We are proud to say we exceeded our goal of raising $10,000 in total, raising $13,620 for breast cancer awareness! To learn more about the campaign click here.

 

 

 

#BozzutoMovember Results

Bozzuto was able to stash some cash in November. Our top individual fundraiser was our Vice President Learning & Development Steven Fretwell with $2,959. In total, Bozzuto raised $11,572 to help change the face of men’s health! To learn more about Movember and our campaign click here.

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EVENTS 

 

National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) Annual Meeting

Mike Schlegel, President of the Bozzuto Construction Company is attending and speaking at the 2016 NMHC Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on January 19-21. The event provides an opportunity for influential leaders to collaborate and learn how to make the upcoming year a success. To learn more about the NMHC Annual Meeting, click here.

 

 

 

American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) Annual Meeting

Bozzuto Construction Company is heading to Phoenix, AZ on January 27-29 to attend ASHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting. This three-day meeting gives senior housing specialists the chance to network with one another, hear from industry thought leaders, and develop their expertise. For more information on ASHA, click here.

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ACCOLADES 

 

Contractor of the Year

The Land Development Council (LDC) of the Maryland Building Industry Association announced the winners of its Excellence in Community Development Awards at the Westin in Annapolis on November 19, 2015. The program offers recognition to development professionals who provide superior and creative development projects that are sensitive to the community and make appropriate use of the existing natural elements. Bozzuto Construction was proud to receive the “Contractor of the Year in Land Development” Award. Senior Vice President Mike Green accepted the award on behalf of Bozzuto Construction.

The awards are widely recognized as the area's most prestigious land development awards and are used to identify and promote best practices. According to the event chairperson, Morgan Gilligan of Stewart Title Company, "These developments exemplify sustainability and exceptional design while leading in urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing, conservation and sustainability."

The award winners were selected by a local group of leaders in the architecture, engineering and real estate community.

 

 

Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards

Bozzuto’s Monroe Street Market won a Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award for Best Mid-Rise Apartment Community by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The winners were announced on October 15, 2015, in an online presentation. Click here to watch the 2015 virtual ceremony.

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