I have been in the business of commercial construction in Miami for over 30 years now. In that time I have seen companies come and go. One constant of the Miami commercial construction companies who last is attention to quality. It may seem obvious, but unfortunately there are a number of companies out there who tend to either cut corners to increase profit, or do only the bare minimum to meet building codes, which isn’t consistent with work that lasts. Since so much of our business comes from referrals, I have learned the value of doing it right the first time, and with the objective of a happy customer who will refer others. Today I thought I would share a few examples of this company value on actual projects we’ve worked on.
Once Synergy General Contracting was awarded the AHC4 Dr. Moon Lab Fit Up Purchase Order at FIU we met with our subcontractors, project manager, and Superintendent to review the proposed scope of work, submittals, RFIs and schedule prior to submitting to our client. We then worked together with the FIU Project Manager to schedule the work with minimal impact on the user. We had weekly site meetings to review our progress, cleanliness, and safety. We maintained daily logs, submittal logs, and consistently updated our schedule on a weekly basis. We met with the user and had a turnover meeting to ensure that the project was completed with the quality that has come to be expected from Synergy General Contracting. This focus on communication really allowed us to jump on any issues as soon as they arose to make sure we kept the project moving on schedule. It is a key to how I guide my Miami commercial construction team to work.
At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital we were hired to re-floor the lobby area. When re-flooring areas our procedure is to remove existing flooring, strip glue, sand the floor and then level patch. When we removed the existing flooring in the build-out area, two layers of earlier existing flooring were underneath. Upon removing the two layers the exposed concrete was in rough shape and the new level was going to be ¼” lower than the existing corridor floor. Even though this is an acceptable tolerance in the code, we felt this may have been a trip hazard for young patients and toddlers that use the office. We realized this prior to the level and patching of the floor. We used a material that allowed application ¼” thicker to make up the gap. The finished floor seam with the existing corridor was level and the trip hazard was eliminated. Sometimes it’s about not just following code on a Miami commercial construction project but actually thinking about the end result.
At University of Miami Hospital, part of our Common Area Renovation project consisted of removing existing drywall and wall protection. The areas where this was being performed were the entrance to the Emergency room as well as Surgery/Operating rooms and the Main Intake Waiting area. These highly sensitive areas need to have washable surfaces and flooring must be sealed and covered with non-porous finished materials. During the exploratory demo, a piece of drywall was removed along with the vinyl baseboard. It was discovered that in this area of the hospital the VCT was not installed under the vinyl- covered baseboard all the way to the corridor drywall. The new specified baseboard did not provide the cove-base finish. We were able to install a cove-base baseboard with a similar design and same color to cover the gap. This new cove-base baseboard is now the standard for the main corridor since the floor condition only exists on the 1st floor.
These are a few examples of the importance of quality management in Miami Commercial Construction. In the end it’s worth it and personally I like to look at a job when it’s done and know that what is under the floor or behind the walls is something that we can be proud of so it will last.