Congrats! Bronze Certification in the Parksmart Program

to the Universities of Shady Grove project team on achieving a Bronze
Certification in the Parksmart  (formerly known as Green Garage) program. The
project will be displayed amongst others at the Parksmart booth at the
International Parking Institute in New Orleans.  Parksmart defines and
recognizes sustainable practices in parking structure management, programming,
design and technology. Industry-driven and field tested, the program
complements LEED and other certifications and is administered by Green Business
Certification, Inc (GBCI).

Progress at Summa Health

Donley’s project team switched over the gas supply at
Akron Summa Hospital late on March 24 and into the morning of the 25th
This has been an ongoing effort for a few months to establish a step-by-step
process to safely perform the work, shut down a few services, and switch the
Boiler House over to Fuel Oil until purges were complete. The plan was well
executed, and the team was flexible enough to re-prioritize on the fly to
handle unexpected rain. We are looking forward to teaming up with Shook Construction
on this great project which is breaking ground on May 15th.

Virginia CM Win!

to our Richmond, Virginia office on the Construction Management win for John
Tyler Community College, a part of the
Virginia Community College System (VCCS) located in Chester, VA.


John Tyler
Community College will gain a comprehensive renovation of 37,350 sq. ft. at
Bird Hall and 26,000 sq. ft. at Nicholas Student Center, and a 24,500 sq. ft.
addition to the Nicholas Center, on the College’s Chester Campus. This project
will support the College’s STEM-H and workforce development programs. The
47-year-old campus will be able to look forward to the positive reconfiguration
and refurbishment of their spaces. These updates and additions will improve
programmatic function, increase classroom and lab space, and enhance the
quality of academic, administration, and public service facilities.


Donley’s is
excited to begin work with
JTCC and Grimm & Parker
to transform the Chester Campus to meet the current and future needs of VCCS
and JTCC. We are looking forward to building new spaces that support learning
and create a positive impact on current and future students, the community,
faculty and staff.  

Scaffold Safety Toolbox Talk 4

Fall Protection

A fall protection system ( i.e. guardrail system) must be installed on all scaffolds with a working height greater than 6 feet.

  • Top rails must be between 38-45 inches above the platform
  • capable of supporting at least 200 pounds applied in a downward or outward direction.
  • Midrails – installed midway between the toprail and the platform surface
    • capable of supporting at least 150 pounds applied in a downward or outward direction.
  • Cross-bracing is not acceptable as and entire guardrail system, but is acceptable for a toprail when the crossing point of the two braces is between 38 and 48 inches above the work platform and for midrails when between 20 inches and 30 inches above the work platform. 
  • Personal fall arrest systems used on scaffolds are required when the guardrail system is incomplete or does not provide adequate protection. Lanyards or connecting devices must be connected to a vertical lifeline (1st choice), a horizontal lifeline (2nd Choice), or a structural member of the scaffold (last choice).

    Falling Object Protection

    Toeboards must be installed on work platforms  where materials or tools will be in use. Toeboards must be installed not more than 1/4 inch above the platform and securely fastened and be at least 3 1/4 inches in height. They may be made of solid material or mesh with opening no greater than 1 inch. Toeboards must be capable of withstanding at least 50 pounds applied in a downward or outward direction. 

    Additional protection from falling debris and other small objects must be provided in areas where personnel will be in the vicinity of scaffolds. Such protection may be in the form of: 

    • Barricades to keep personnel out of a hazardous area,
    • screens which are erected between the toeboard and the handrail of the work platform,
    • debris nets to catch material before they hit the ground, or
    • canopy structures made of solid materials.

    Large or heavy materials stored on the scaffold platform must be located away from edges of the work platform and secured, if necessary.


        SMPS Awards for our 75th Anniversary Communications Campaign

        Our 75th Anniversary communications
        campaign was honored at the Society for Marketing Professional Services
        Heartland Conference.  The campaign won best video and took second place
        in the overall internal communications category.

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        MOCA Making Headlines!

        is once again making headlines! The art
        museum landed as one of 9 U.S Museums That Are Works of Art by Bisnow, a digital media
        company covering commercial real estate news and events. Brush up on some facts
        about this Cleveland “gem” and other Work
        of Art Museums
        on the Bisnow website
        ( We are very proud to
        have been a part of this landmark’s creation.

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        Scaffold Safety Toolbox Talk 3


        Platform/decking planks may be made of solid sawn wood, manufactured wood, manufactured steel, or manufactured aluminum. If solid  sawn wood is used, it must be scaffold grade. Platforms must be free from defects.

        Recognizing Visual Defects

        • End Splits – A separation that extends through the plank from face to face. End splits are caused by repeated exposure to wet/dry conditions. If an end split exceeds 18″,remove the plank from service.
        • Saw Cuts, Drilled Holes and Notches – Saw cuts across the face or through the edge of the plank, drilled holes or notches will reduce the plank’s load carrying capacity Planks with saw cuts, drilled holes or notches should be removed from service. 
        •  Edge Splits – A separation of the narrow edge of the plank usually cause by forklift damage. A diagonal split may be caused by overloading. Probe the split to determine the depth; shallow weather checks are acceptable. If an open split is detected, removed the plank from service.
        • Face Breaks – Irregular cracks across the face of the scaffold plank. Usually a result of overloading, face cracks dramatically reduce the strength of the plank. Remove planks with face breaks from service.

        Wooden Platforms (i.e. decking, planks) must not be painted to hide defects

        Scaffolds must be fully planked or decked whenever possible.

        • The space between the last plank and the uprights cannot exceed 9 1/2 inches.
        • The space between planks cannot exceed 1 inch, except where necessary for obstructions.
        • Platforms and walkways, in general, must be at least 18 inches wide.

        The ends of each platform must be cleated or restrained by hooks (or equivalent) to prevent accidental displacement, or must extend at least 6 inches over the centerline of the support.

        • The maximum extension of the plank cannot be more that 12 inches for planks that are <10 feet long.
        • The maximum extension of the plank cannot be more that 18 inches for planks that are >10 feet long.
        • Where platforms overlap to create a running scaffold, the overlap must occur only over a support and shall not be less than 12 inches unless nailed together.

        The platform shall not deflect more that 1/60 of the span when loaded.


        Scaffold Safety – Tool box Talk 2


        Proper access must be prived to access the work platform of the scaffold.

        • Ladders that are a part of the scaffolding system, such as hook-on and attachable ladders, shall be positioned so that the bottom rung is not more than 24 inches above the supporting level.
        • Portable extension ladders used to access the work platform must meet OSHA design and use criteria, Which includes securing the ladder to the scaffold at the top and bottom and having the ladder extend at least three feet past the landing surface. Ladders must also be positioned so as not to tip the scaffold.
        • Stair-towers must have hand and mid-rails on each side of the stairway. Stairs must be at least 18 inches wide and have a landing platform at least 18 inches long at each level. Stair treads must be of slip-resistant design. The riser height must be uniform, and the stair angle must be between 40 and 60 degrees from the horizontal.
        • Cross braces can NEVER be used  as a method of access
        • Opening for access points must be protected from fall hazards.


        A competent person shall inspect the scaffold, scaffold components, and ropes on suspended scaffolds before each work shift and after any occurrence which could affect the structural integrity and authorize prompt corrective action.

        • Scaffolds must be tagged each day showing inspection status. Green tag means safe to use and red tag means not approved for use.


        Scaffold frames (I.e. Bucks) must be joined together vertically by coupling or stacking pins (or equivalent means).

        • All frames MUST be secured together with safety pins.

        Either the manufacturer’s recommendation or the following placements shall be used for guys, ties, and braces: install guys, ties, and braces at the closest horizontal member to the 4:1 height and repeat vertically with the top restraint no further than the 4:1 height from the top:

        Scaffold Safety 1 Tool Box Talks

        General Information

        Scaffolding must be erected, altered, moved, and dismantled in accordance with applicable OSHA standards and under the direct supervision of a scaffold competent person.

        Scaffolding components cannot be mixed if  they are from different manufactures unless they fit together without force. Unless the competent person has approved, scaffold components cannot be used if:

        • They are from different manufactures; or
        • Of dissimilar metals


        Each employee who performs work on a scaffold shall be trained by a person qualified to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold used and to understand the procedures to control or minimize those hazards. The training shall include such topics as the nature od any electrical hazards, fall hazards, falling object hazards, the maintenance and disassembly of the fall protection systems, the use of the scaffold, handling of materials, the capacity and the maximum intended load.


        Supported scaffold poles, legs, posts, frames, and uprights shall bear on base plates and mud sills (or other adequate firm foundation). The size of the mud sill shall be based on the type of soil the scaffold will be erected upon. 


        • Base plates MUST be nailed to the mud sills on at least 2 opposite corners to prevent slippage.
        • Unstable objects, such as bricks, cinder blocks, buckets, scrap lumber, etc., shall not be used to support or level scaffolds.
        • Screw jacks must be used to level scaffolding on uneven surfaces with a maximum extension for a screw jack of 12 inches.


        Supported scaffold poles, legs, posts, frames, and uprights shall be plumb (i.e perfectly vertical) and braced to prevent swaying and displacement.

        • Cross-bracing is required on both front and back sides of each scaffold buck or frame.
        • To check a scaffold for being plumb, use a level on two opposite uprights.
        • To make sure the scaffold is level, use a level on a horizontal support or bearer.
        • To ensure the scaffold is “square”, use a tape measure and measure the distance between opposite corners. the two measures should be equal.