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Construction Projects Go Back to School

As students settle into the swing of school, on many campuses the School Construction Blog Image Oct. 2015sounds of silence are broken up with the sounds of bulldozers, cranes, jackhammers, and construction crews. Schools across the country, from elementary through to universities, are investing big in improving their infrastructures and expanding their campuses.

According to the ‘2015 Annual State of the Educational Marketplace’ report, more than $14 billion was spent on K-12 school construction in 2014 – a 5% increase from 2013 and the 4th straight year that school construction has risen. Over half of that $14 billion went into new construction, a good sign for the economy as populations grow, and the rest went into refurbishing and remodeling existing buildings.

As K-12 construction expands to accommodate growing student bodies, colleges and universities are building more elaborate facilities to attract more students. The rise in athletic stadiums, high-tech labs, and science research facilities brings construction spending into the billions. The University of Michigan is undergoing campus wide construction with over 50 projects going on simultaneously this fall. Thirty of the 50 projects carry a price tag of at least $2 billion. The $16 billion budget includes roof repairs, the construction of a $261 million, state-of-the-art, 300,000-square-foot biological sciences building, major additions to Ross School of Business campus and the Ross Athletics Complex. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross donated a large sum to improve facilities that bear his name.

At Notre Dame, the $400 million Campus Crossroads project is taking shape with the steel framework for the two 9-story buildings erected around the football stadium. The buildings will house a new press box and luxury seating but also academic resources such as classrooms, offices, and laboratories for the anthropology and psychology departments, and be the new home of the music department. University of Maryland received a $31 million donation to build a new computer science innovation center to become a hub for innovative technologies.

Many universities are also spending parts of their construction School Construction Blog Image 2 Oct. 2015budgets to upgrade and renovate undergraduate dorms. As colleges look to accept more students, the need for housing is increasing. Off-campus housing in the form of large apartment complexes is on the rise. Adding luxury living to the mix of student housing is a big draw for students and a very welcome addition for upperclassmen looking to move off campus, but not too far off. Although there are concerns about off-campus housing being isolating, there is no evidence that the apartment-type student housing causes any negative effects on students or their grades.

Schools and universities understand the value in upgrading facilities and expanding to meet the needs of the students. As this trend continues to increase, undeniably the construction industry benefits, but it can also be argued that the benefits are good for communities all over the country. Lasting regional economic growth and pleasing aesthetics of new construction should make the temporary cacophony of construction a little easier on the ears. For further information on the construction industry visit our Twitter account, LinkedIn page, or visit our website.

Manufacturing Matters—National Manufacturing Day Celebrates Hard Working Industries

The modern manufacturing industry has been in existence since the Industrial Revolution and continues to turn raw materials into finished goods. These goods include aircrafts, vehicles, appliances, as well as other components that are used to make more complex products. Once a thriving, economy-sustaining industry, the Manufacturing Day Imagepublicized increase of offshoring and resulting reductions in U.S. based operations has led to the misconception that manufacturing is a dead industry. Not so. With events such as Manufacturing Day, the goal is to educate the public regarding the manufacturing industry and increase the impact of technological innovations. This isn’t the same industry it was 50 years ago.

In order to address these common misperceptions regarding the manufacturing industry, Manufacturing Day gives all manufacturers a chance to invite the public into their world. This one day, national event, enables manufacturers to come together to inform the public about the work they do, the careers available, and the importance of a strong U.S. manufacturing industry for future generations. Computers have changed the way we work and manufacturing is no different. Manufacturing matters and seeing the advanced technologies such as CNC and CAD/CAM in action is a powerful force for students and the community.

Co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International®, Manufacturing Day is taking place on October 2nd with events scheduled across the country. As steel has been premier material for manufacturing from its earliest days, Macuch Steel is a proud supporter of the Manufacturing Day movement. Steel is an integral part of the construction industry and most large structures such as buildings, bridges, and stadiums are made with structural steel. In vehicle manufacturing, steel is still the main material for all types of fabrications.

The manufacturing industry continues to push on toward the future and events like those taking place during this year’s Manufacturing Day highlight the positive impact the manufacturing industry has on the future. Our steel products and capabilities have been supporting the manufacturing and construction industries for years and will continue to do so. Making it in America offers a world of opportunities!

Macuch’s New Steel Convenience Center Celebrates its Grand Opening!

At Macuch Steel, we have always prided ourselves on our exceptional customer service. We consistently deliver great products Steel Convenience Center Grand Opening Image 2and services to the construction industry with the highest quality structural steel fabrications. Realizing that there is currently an underserved sector of the construction industry, we are expanding our customer service offerings to fill this gap. With our new Steel Convenience Center, the focus is on the needs of the local market to make sure all of your structural steel fabrication needs will be met.

Harkening back to the days when companies were responsive to the needs of their customers, our Steel Convenience Center will do just that. By bringing back services that are driven by the needs of the customer, we return to a level of service that seems to have been lost in corporate takeovers and big businesses. We are here to meet your schedules and deadlines and to fulfill and deliver orders as requested.

The Convenience Center will deliver a “turn-key” product—bring in your drawings, your “napkin sketches”, or just that idea that’s been floating around in your head. We will sit down with you, discuss your needs, present you with a quick and fair price, and deliver your fabricated, finished product when you need it, and ON TIME!

Even though this is a new department and service, we would only trust the running of it to experienced and established personnel. Steel Convenience Center Grand Opening Image 3Dan Bolen, a 10-year member of the Macuch family and a 30+ year veteran of the steel industry, and MaryAnne Hill, our wonderful 20+ year Service Center manager are joining together to bring their expert knowledge and professionalism to all aspects of this new venture.

Macuch Steel’s newest department—Steel Convenience Center—is here to serve YOU. Give us a call today!

5 Benefits of Using an AISC Certified Fabricator and Erector

Why do we do it? Why does Macuch Steel endure the costs of maintaining our AISC certifications? Because we see the value and the results! While not all of the jobs hitting the streets are certified, what a difference there would be if more jobs specified an AISC Certified Company.aisc circle logo

Quick Background: The American Institute of Steel Construction was founded in the 1920s to advance the interests of the structural steel design industry in the United States and better serve the overall construction industry. Since then, it has been the leader in research, education, code development, technical assistance, quality certification, and market development for steel construction.

One of the most important roles AISC plays is to certify that steel fabricators and erectors meet a rigorous — and constantly evolving — set of industry standards regarding quality, safety, administration, training, and more.

These certifications are not easy to get. Each takes some time and effort, not to mention expense, in order to qualify and maintain annually — so much so that some companies choose to skip getting certified entirely.

So what is the benefit of using an AISC Certified Fabricator and AISC Certified Erector? At Macuch Steel (we hold both certifications), we believe there are 5 main ones:

  1. Higher Quality

The prime differentiator between an AISC certified facility and one that isn’t is the level of quality control specified by AISC. Every important process, from contract and spec review to material identification to equipment calibration and testing to weld procedures, must adhere to standards and be documented in a Quality Management System to be followed by the certified company in their day-to-day operations.

For customers, this means that the final project and construction experience will have a superior quality with less errors and delays.

  1. Greater Accountability

Each AISC Certified Fabricator and AISC Certified Erector is subject to audit and physical inspection to make sure the company’s QMS isn’t just paying lip service to the standards, but that they are being applied throughout the company.

Hiring a fabricator and erector that is accountable to a third party for oversight gives the customer peace of mind that the firm not only knows what it is supposed to be doing, but is actually doing it.

  1. Leading Edge Technology and Standards

AISC works with many leaders in the construction industry, government entities, and the public to develop consensus standards and programs. As such, certification is the best way to ensure that the company you are hiring is exposed to the latest technological developments, building codes, and current best practices.

With so many changes happening in our industry at any given time, it pays to deal with a firm that stays up to date.

  1. Better Safety

One of the more obvious results of getting certified is the reduction in accidents and product failure thanks to the higher QC specs and greater training requirements for employees when compared with non-certified firms.

Every AISC Certified firm must develop procedures to identify non-conformance and implement corrective actions. The stress is on safety and providing the highest-quality product possible that will meet or exceed industry requirements.

  1. Improved Efficiency

AISC Certified Fabricators and Erectors tend to run more efficiently, since they have consistent processes and formal training procedures as mentioned above. In addition to making things safer, these factors also eliminate wasteful actions and save money — which can be passed down to the end customer through a more reliable and complete quote.

By using fabricators and erectors that pass the rigorous standards established by the AISC, you also prove that our industry can self-police and reduce burdensome government regulations and excessive interference.

While we are obviously a bit biased towards AISC certified firms (since we are one), it really is to your benefit to seek out a certified firm — even if the quote is slightly higher than a competing, non-certified company’s. In going that route, today’s minor savings might just add up to significant costs in the future.

Want to find out more about how our AISC certifications can benefit your next job?  Call us today!AISC Certified Fabricatorassoc_cert_erector

Getting the Benefits of In-House Without the Costs and Trouble

In a time of market volatility, customers can depend on the experience and stability of our “in-house” experts. Think of the benefits of having your own in-house structural steel facility… There are many major worries that you could eliminate from your day-to-day operations. Things like quality control, transportation costs, and material issues would no longer keep you up at night. The biggest problem with this dream might be the overwhelming start-up costs. Just purchasing the machinery can put you in the red for years, not to mention hiring and training workers to both operate and maintain the equipment. It would be ideal to find a solution for Benefits of In House Imagethe inkling of hesitation. At Macuch Steel Products, we have the tools for this age-old problem. Our biggest goal is to bring customers all the benefits of an in-house structural steel operation without the costs and staffing headaches.

From Inception to Completion

In many ways, Macuch is six outstanding companies under one family-owned and operated umbrella. Each of our divisions offers contractors unique services that act like your own personal in-house operation.

  • Structural Steel
    Our full-service shop provides clients estimating, budget pricing, detailing, engineering calculations, fabrication, welding, shearing, bending, punching, painting services, and installation.
  • Rebar
    Since the 1960’s, builders all over the Southeastern U.S. have come to Macuch for their rebar needs. We supply just about every type of rebar you will ever need.
  • Steel Service Center
    As well as carrying a wide range of steel products, Macuch will also cut, punch, bend, weld, and paint steel to our customers’ specifications.
  • Em-Co Metal Products, Inc: Structural Steel Fabrication
    Located just outside Savannah, this smaller offshoot of Macuch mainly focuses on heavy welding high-man-hour-per-ton types of work. This facility fabricates steel in lengths typically up to 60′, widths up to 17′, and weights that range up to 10 tons, with 170′ lengths.
  • Shewmake Steel Erection Inc.
    If you need efficient and cost-effective installation and erection of structural or other steel products, our subsidiary Shewmake is the perfect choice. We have the experience crew to operate cranes, lifts, trucks, and welding equipment to complete all of your projects.
  • Southeastern Stair & Rail
    If you need high quality stair and rail products, including ladders, compound radius stairs, grating platforms, grating treads, hand railing, ornamental railings, monumental stairs, primary egress stairs, and guard rails then Southeastern Stair & Rail is the perfect choice.

By allowing the divisions that make up the Macuch family to handle all the services above, you get personalized service without having to pay the often-debilitating cost of bringing everything in-house. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

If you want to learn how to eliminate your next contracting head-ache, please visit our website. We also post more industry news on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Macuch Steel Focuses on Healthy Living

As a “Family of Steel”, we want to make sure our family stays healthy and happy, which is why our company has started a new wellness program this year. The basis of our program started with Humana’s Vitality program. Macuch Steel contributes to the HSA based on employee’s involvement with the program. Everyone can earn different status levels: bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.  Those levels determine how much the company contributes.

In addition to motivating employees through HSA contributions, Macuch Steel has also been planning events throughout the year to encourage more healthy habits. Our company participated in the American Heart Association Fit Walk as well as the Champ Camp in Atlanta. We have also installed a walking track at work so employees can easily get in more steps to meet their goals. The New York Times released an article that says “a new study finds that even gentle lunchtime strolls can perceptibly — and immediately — buoy people’s moods and ability to handle stress at work.”  We have more and more employees who are tracking their miles and working more on preventative care.

To learn more about Macuch Steel and our “Family of Steel” you can visit our website. We also post more company updates and steel industry news on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Quality Rebar Fabrication

As a full service steel provider, we pride ourselves on meeting our customers’ needs with our different steel services. Our rebar division is no exception. We added this division in the 1960s to meet the growing demands of our clients. Since then we have been working on providing high-quality rebar.

Our capabilities include: fabricating concrete reinforcing steel, smooth dowels, bar supports, and welded wire fabric, as well as specialty products such as anchor bolts and embeds. We fabricate rebar in A615 and A706 grades with galvanized, epoxy coated, or black finish. We stock #3 through #11 in 20’, 40’, and 60’ lengths.  Like our other steel products, our rebar meets all codes, tolerances, and standards of the American Concrete Institute and the Concrete Reinforced Steel Institute. Our facility also meets FEMA Seismic Requirements, OSHA, ICC, and ASNT standards.

Additionally, we at Macuch pride ourselves in offering our clients quick turnaround and quick delivery. We can work with lead times as short as one week and can handle the packaging, shipping, and delivery with expandable trailers. Our typical job product is less than 100 tons, but we can accommodate up to 2,000 tons.

To learn more about our rebar fabrication, visit our website. We also post company updates and industry news on our Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

Macuch Steel Revamps our Safety Program

Although we previously had an extensive safety program in place, we’re always striving to create a safer environment.  We have spent the past year revamping our safety program. OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, sets the minimum requirement by law for safety in the workplace with standards such as OSHA 1910 and OSHA 1926.  Although we’ve always exceeded OSHA’s minimum standards, our Executive Team decided to take our safety program to the next level.

To improve our already stellar program, we first conducted mock OSHA inspections at all our facilities to find potential deficiencies and liabilities. Any potential deficiencies were quickly corrected.  Our maintenance crew and production facilities also diligently worked (and continue to work) to correct any potential issues so all our facilities are OSHA compliant. We continue to hold weekly and bi-weekly safety training sessions to ensure all our employees are up-to-date and aware of the latest safety measures.

Additionally, we have upgraded and enhanced our audio and visual safety measures.  These improvements have allowed us to further our safety precautions on the production floor and throughout the entire property to ensure the utmost care is taken in regards to personal safety and traffic to protect employees in the facility and while out in the yard.  This includes measures such as adding additional stop signs.

We have also gone beyond workplace safety and have begun holding safety seminars to continue fostering a culture of safety at our facility. We recently brought in a representative from AT&T who presented on distracted driving and what is involved in safe driving. Attendees had the opportunity to use a simulator, which showed them how dangerous distracted driving is and what the repercussions can be.

At Macuch Steel our goal has always been safety.  We will continue to offer our employees the opportunity to improve as well as ensure they always have the latest safety and equipment certifications. To learn more, visit our website. We also provide more company news on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Demand for Steel in 2015

Macuch Steel - Structural SteelWe’re feeling very optimistic thanks to a new forecast from the Thompson Research Group that predicts 2015 to be the best year for the steel industry since the Great Recession. The main driver behind the improved outlook is the in growth commercial construction. According to the research, developers were not investing in retail projects during the economic downturn, however they are now pursuing more commercial building projects which are creating a greater demand for steel.

These new construction projects are expected to drive growth between 5 and 10 percent in 2015. This growth can also help improve our economy. Domestic steel producers will benefit from an increased demand as well as companies which manufacture, distribute, and install steel.

As a Family of Steel, Macuch Steel can help contractors and construction companies with all their structural steel needs. Our steel service division houses a range of steel products to meet our customers’ needs, including beams, channels, plates, round bar, pipe, and more. We also have our rebar division which fabricates concrete reinforcing steel, smooth dowels, specialty projects, supply welded wire fabric, and bar supports. Additionally, we have our structural steel fabrication, steel erection, and steel stair divisions to provide full service to our clients. To learn more about all our divisions, visit our website. We are also actively posting more company updates and steel industry news on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Harrington Park Health & Rehabilitation – Augusta, Georgia

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Currently under construction (since January 2015), the Harrington Park Health & Rehab Skilled Nursing Facility is comprised of 43,855 square feet. It has over 50 patient rooms, laundry facility, and kitchen/food service area. The center offers occupational and physical rehabilitation. Project is scheduled for March 2015.

Harrington Park Health & Rehabilitation – Building PlanOur contact for this job, Pat Etheridge, is the Senior Vice President and Director of Healthcare Construction for Pelicano Construction. Since 1995, Pat had concentrated on Healthcare projects including hospitals, medical office buildings, ambulatory surgical centers, medical equipment installations/replacements and doctor’s offices. Pat joined the Pelicano team in 2005 as the Director of Healthcare Construction. He has been recognized as a Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) and is an active member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), Georgia Society for Healthcare Engineers (GASHE), and Georgia Society for Hospital Engineers (GSHE), and the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Harrington Park Health & Rehabilitation – foundation and structureDue to the quality fabrication and expertise displayed during the erection process, Steling Nelson (President of the Health Systems Development, LLC – managing the development of Harrington Park) personally reached out to our CEP Bill Macuch. He requested a tour of our facility to learn more about our operation.

Macuch Steel Products, Inc. is AISC Certified Standard for Steel Building Structures and Simple Bridges.

General Contractor: Pellicano Construction