Huff Construction is excited to announce the groundbreaking of a new project, Archway Commons II. This is the second and last phase of the Archway Commons Affordable Housing Community in Modesto, CA. We completed phase 1 of Archway Commons in 2014 for our repeat client, EAH Housing. Phase two of Archway Commons consists of 74 new 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom rental apartments which will be built adjacent to the existing Archway Commons affordable housing community. The apartment buildings will be two-story garden-style apartments that will house individuals with incomes at or below 30%-60% of the area median income. Phase 2 will share amenities with Phase 1, including a community room, computer lab, swimming pool, BBQ, and recreation areas. Archway Commons II will have a reduced carbon footprint with the help of solar photovoltaic panels installed over parking canopies. Huff Construction takes pride in building high-quality and attractive affordable housing communities that will stand the test of time and house generations of citizens.
Huff Construction is celebrating 50 years of Building Excellence! We are both proud and grateful for everything we have accomplished. Duane Huff founded Huff Construction in 1971, eager to pursue a career in construction and determined to build a great company. It was Duane’s dedication quality and commitment to hard work that quickly built Huff’s reputation for unsurpassed quality and integrity. Fifty years later, Huff Construction has stayed true to Duane’s original commitment to quality and hard work. We have also followed Duane’s vision of embracing the newest technology and staying at the forefront of the construction industry. We are honored to be leading the great company that Duane built. As we look to the future of Huff Construction we look forward to seeing what the next fifty years have for us in our ongoing pursuit of “Building Excellence.”
Huff Construction is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for our employees, their families, and our communities. We have been following the spread of COVID-19 and after consideration, our business operations and projects will be continuing as we follow recommendations and guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and our local, state, and federal governments. While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our projects or in our office, Huff Construction is taking action to minimize the risk of infection and spread of coronavirus.
We have encouraged our employees to work remotely where possible and we have increased the amount our office gets sanitized and disinfected. We have also canceled or postponed meetings and events of 10 or more people, especially those over the age of 65.
In times like these, we truly get to see the power of our community. Here at Huff, we are confident that we will overcome this and began to move forward. As this virus is a serious test, it is nothing compared to the strength of human innovation. We are all in this together, and we will get through this together.
Regardless of rising interest rates, labor shortages, and construction materials, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) projected nonresidential construction spending to increase by 4% this year and continue through 2019.
The AIA conducts a semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast and the latest release indicates that the commercial construction sectors will lead growth this year. However, the industrial and institutional sectors will likely command the projected construction growth by 2019.
The AIA makes five key points in their forecast:
Rebuilding and repairs from natural disasters
Tax reform implications for construction
Possibility of an infrastructure package
Strong consumer and business confidence levels
Leading economic indicators for the construction sector
If you’re considering a building project, you’ve probably heard of design-build project delivery. One of the frequent questions we are asked is, “What are the advantages of the design-build delivery method over the traditional design-bid-build method?” As an experienced design-build contractor, we have built over 40 projects through our design-build delivery method. We put together 7 benefits of design-build construction. You can check them out below:
Teamwork: Everybody involved in the project works together. We all share the same goal, to build a project that meets or exceeds the owner’s expectations. Since everybody is on the same team, everybody works together to form solutions to any problem.
Accountability: The design-builder is held accountable, including the finished building, total cost, and the entire process. Through the design-build delivery method, the design-builder pays more attention to scheduling and pricing during the design phase.
Efficiency: The design-build firm is involved in the project from start to finish which creates an efficient and effective process. There is a huge advantage when the builder and designer are a part of the same team creating a more collaborative environment.
Involvement: For owners that want to be an active participant in the design and construction of their building, the design-build process is the way to go. By being actively involved in their project, they are guaranteed that the outcome of the project will meet or exceed their expectations. Being a part of the entire process also gives the building owner a strong sense of pride to their building.
Communication: The design-build process is transparent because clients are a part of the project from the design to completion. Having clear communication also means that the budget is defined early in the design process which provides a guideline for construction and an agreement throughout the project.
Time-Saving: Design-build projects can be completed in a shorter amount of time because scheduling for the project can begin before the design is finalized, and potential problems are uncovered early. Enhanced communication also keeps everything progressing in a fluid process. The design-build process is adaptive and responsive in the field which means construction decisions can be made without change orders and sometimes without additional fees.
Cost Savings: According to the Design-Build Institute of America, choosing the design-build delivery method means owners can save approximately 6% of total project costs. With fewer change orders and a faster delivery, the savings are impressive.
In short, our design-build delivery method offers peace of mind, cost-effective design, and construction and the ability to open for business more quickly than any other delivery method. Interested in learning more? Contact us today for more detailed information.
Winter is coming and with it brings unique challenges. Safety is always our top priority and during winter months, we take specific precautions to keep our employees safe.
Rain can cause safety hazards such as slippery surfaces and poor visibility. When slippery surfaces are present, it is important for employees to move more slowly to reduce the chance of any slips or falls. If any power tools need to be used, they need to be rated for use in outdoor/wet conditions. All employees must also be wearing hi-vis clothing that is ANSI approved. Working in wet/winter conditions can also cause Cold Stress which is a major safety concern in cold climates.
What is Cold Stress?
Temperature, wind speed and body precipitation are main contributors to cold stress. Other contributors include current health condition, poor physical conditioning, and improper attire. Cold stress occurs when the skin temperature is driven down by said factors which as a result, reduces the internal body temperature. It can happen in temperatures as high as 50° F. After prolonged exposure, the body will be unable to keep itself warm and cold related illnesses and injuries may occur. An example of these include trench foot, frostbite and hypothermia.
How Cold Stress Can Be Prevented
Anybody exposed to cold temperatures for a prolonged period of time without taking proper precautions and preparation is at risk of experiencing cold stress. One of the greatest ways of preventing cold stress is recognizing workplace conditions that can lead to cold stress. Employees should also know the symptoms, how to treat it, and how to prepare for cold, wet, and windy conditions. All superintendents and project managers should also schedule breaks in warm areas, schedule work according to the weather, have employees work in groups or pairs, and provide warm beverages and heaters.
More Considerations for Winter Construction
Snow, ice and low temperatures require increased attention to job site safety. Another important safety topic during winter weather is preventing any slip and fall hazards. Ice can form very quickly in subzero temperatures and should be taken care of immediately. Careful planning is also important for safety and the overall project schedule. While the weather is unpredictable, it’s important to recognize the decrease in productivity that goes hand in hand during winter weather.
Cold Weather Safety Information
Safety should always be everybody’s number one priority. If you’d like more information about keeping employees safe during the upcoming cold winter months, we encourage you to visit OSHA’s website or giving your local OSHA office a call.