Trick or Treating – For Bids?

Trick or Treat - # 31 of 113 in 2013 "Halloween" by Austin Kirk on Flickr

Trick or Treat – # 31 of 113 in 2013 “Halloween” by Austin Kirk on Flickr

Remember the days of your childhood? You’ve planned your whole school year around October 31 – the night you’ll collect a year’s worth of candy. You’ve determined the best costume and maybe you and your friends have planned to dress up as a group.

All of the details of this cold, autumn night have been planned down to the size of your pillowcase – hoping it will be filled with your favorites.

Yet, you’ve put those hopes and dreams in a random group of people.

What’s the return of investment on your costume when your loot is dumped out on the carpet? There’s no greater disappointment to a child, after canvasing and collecting for hours, when all of his candy-filled dreams have ended, and all that represents his hard work are Twizzlers and Pixie Sticks.

Fast forward twenty years.

You’re a business owner. You’ve developed and planned your concept, ideas, and brand for years. You’re finally leasing a space, you’ve got drawings from an architect, and it’s time to put them out to bid.

Will you rely upon random door knocks?

“Trick or Treat!”

Of course, we advocate the design-build method, but should you choose design-bid-build as in this scenario, why not choose contractors you trust?

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The Anatomy of a Trash Enclosure

Design-Build Trash Enclosure

Design-Build Trash Enclsoure

So, you think fancy-pants design-build construction is just needed for warehouses and offices?

I’m here to dispel that myth.

In our project for Newport Medial Center LLC we were the owner’s yin contractor to the tenant’s yang. Many times in lease negotiations owners perform some improvements while the sandwich chain, in this case, had their own contractor.

Which brings us to the trash enclosure suite. Why do I use the term suite? Because it was much more than just a place to hide your bin, like something you would be ashamed of.

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ADA Compliance Doesn’t Have to Be a Nightmare

Single Use RestroomsYou wake up in the dark hours of the night in a cold sweat reeling from the nightmare. You’ve been in a car accident and now you’re assigned to a wheelchair. Will you be able to keep your job?

For thousands of Americans this isn’t just a nightmare; it’s their reality. Whether permanent or temporary, disabilities can become a challenge in the workplace. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has instituted a number a code reforms that continuously evolve to meet a variety of needs.

You may not be aware that these codes affect your building from the required path-of-travel from the city street through the parking lot to the landing at your door, from the type of doorknobs to the type and placement of switches and so on.

No way they have 60" turnaround.

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Restrooms, for example, happen to be a small room that are heavily affected by these codes.  Even if the tile countertops are beautiful and the floors are polished, their height might not be code-compliant or the mirror may be hung too high.  You see, it’s not the beauty that counts,  it’s how they measure up.

For instance, if your warehouse has a set of single-use restrooms that haven’t been upgraded since 1980, they may not be large enough to comply with ADA/HC accessibility. Generally, single-use restrooms must be a minimum of 6′-7″ x 6′-9″ if the door swings out or 6′-7″ x 7′-10″ if the door swings in.

Because we specialize in design-build, we are accustomed to presenting solutions that will both put you into compliance with code and meet your aesthetic and functional needs.

For further consultation on your individual project, please give Tom a call at (714)  953-6333.

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Carlsbad Research Center

Carlsbad Research Center

I especially appreciate your understanding and navigation through the shoals and hazards of the assorted city agencies... a major challenge met! A. Gardner

RC&M, Inc. constructed a 31,200 SF two-story industrial/office facility in the city of Carlsbad located on a 1.78 acre site.  The structure was erected on a terraced corner lot which required 6000 CY of earth cut and 1690 CY of fill in order to level the site for construction.  A crib wall was installed on the low side of the property, while a seven foot high retaining wall with a brow ditch and fossil filter was constructed on the upper side.

The 32 foot high structure incorporates a truck well, a 5,100 SF second floor area and features blue reflective spandrel glass curtain wall at the apex of the building – all softened by extensive placement of ground covers and mature trees.

The large exposed concrete slab leading to the buildings front entry was banded with gray concrete and accented with sand blasted light bollards and columns as well as an exposed aggregate seat wall.  As a final touch 12 x 12 french gray stamped tiles were placed contiguous to the building’s Herculite entry doors.

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