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Our team recently attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Notre Dame Village, where we will serve as Construction Manager.  The project will be a community of living and learning on the Sisters of Notre Dame Campus in western Geauga County, Ohio.  The expansion will offer independent and supportive residences for adults 65 years of age and older.  Residences will include cottage homes, independent living apartments with services, and memory care assisted living. 


The project spans over two years and is divided into two phases. Phase one calls for the simultaneous construction of a three-story, 80-unit apartment complex for independent living with and underground parking garage, as well as a 36-unit memory care residence for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The memory care residence will be one of the first in northeast Ohio with the small-house model, utilizing a less institutional and more family-care style design. Phase two consists of the construction of 50 cottage homes, each 2,100 sq. ft. with a two car garage. There is a great need for senior housing in Geauga County, where 30% of the population will be age 60 and older by 2020. The village answers this need for senior housing and health care services for both the Sisters and the local community.


The Village boasts acres of pastoral landscape and its charm will be captured in its architecture and lifestyles. The SND campus currently includes a preschool, k-8 Notre Dame Elementary School, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School, living quarters for 180 sisters, a Health Care Center and administrative offices. Combining the current campus and the new provides another goal, “to offer adults an opportunity to enjoy intergenerational community…I envisioned older adults of all faiths reading to our kindergarten students, attending NDCL football games and theater performances, and our teenage students finding employment within Notre Dame Village,” explains sister Margaret.


Sister Margaret is joined in her excitement by the Donley’s team. “I really like the idea of a senior living complex on the Sisters of Notre Dame campus. It is needed in Geauga County. I always thought what a beautiful, well-maintained campus; it is a source of pride in the community,” said Ray Painter, senior superintendent with Donley’s, on this village developing in his hometown. Vice President, Construction Management, Greg Consolo says “it’s great to be a part of such a wonderful project. When you can help to fulfill an organization’s mission, most especially the Sisters of Notre Dame who have some so much for this community, it is a gift,” he describes “this campus is beautiful. Many people I have spoken with are already excited, asking, ‘when can we move in?’”


The Notre Dame Village is “a unique opportunity for the sisters to open up their home in Chardon to the senior population of Geauga County. The concept is to provide a supportive environment that is designed to allow people to age gracefully in a small scale community setting” stated Howard Shergalis of RDL architects. The Village is about community, Sister Margaret emphasized “share it with the community” and “respond to the needs of this community” as they are the cornerstone of this Village.

University Hospitals break ground today on a $32.4 million outpatient health center and freestanding emergency department in North Ridgeville. Donley’s is excited to be operating as Construction Manager for the planned 50,300-square-foot ambulatory health center and emergency department. It will boast an outpatient laboratory, primary and specialty care, UH Rainbow & Children's pediatric care, digestive health, radiology and a retail pharmacy. The facility marks another flag for UH on Cleveland's far West Side, expected to be completed late next year.

See the full article in Crain’s here: www.goo.gl/oND7cC


Donley’s is thrilled to be featured in two articles in the September issue of Properties magazine highlighting our Northeast Ohio projects: Public Square and the Hyatt Place in Legacy Village. Each article touches on Donley’s highly collaborative efforts and the shared aggressive deadline of public accessibility for the 2016 Republic National Convention.

Read the articles here -  goo.gl/VX0HHk and goo.gl/NcXFg4

     

29 Aug

North Coast 99

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Donley’s is proud to be recognized by ERC as one of Northeast Ohio’s 99 best places to work! This is the second time that Donley’s has received the award honoring workplaces with outstanding talent.

 

“We are honored to have been selected as one of the NC99 in 2016 as we celebrate our 75th Anniversary this year.  Throughout our history our success has been based on our genuine people that make up our staff.  Providing a great workplace that inspires and supports their efforts has always been a top priority of ours.” comments Mac Donley, President of Donley’s.

 

NorthCoast 99 recognizes great places to work for top performing people that drive positive results, provide competitive advantages, and allow businesses to innovate and grow. Applicants are evaluated based on policies and practices related to the attraction and retention of top performers, as well as data collected from employee surveys.

 

NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. The program focuses on organizational practices and performance. The program is presented by ERC (www.yourerc.com), the area’s leading professional services organization dedicated to HR. Sponsors of the NorthCoast 99 program include: Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, CareerCurve, Cleveland Magazine, ERC Health, Frantz Ward LLP, Gino’s Awards, Oswald Companies, Staffing Solutions Enterprises, and Ultimate Software.

A little more than a year since breaking ground, the Brecksville Health & Surgery Center opened last week. We are honored to serve as the Construction Manager on the new facility which is the MetroHealth System's fourth Emergency Department in Cuyahoga County, joining emergency facilities in Cleveland Heights, Parma Heights and the Level I Adult Trauma Center at the West 25th Street main campus.  The facility includes medical office space, lab space, a retail pharmacy, compounding pharmacy, imaging center, emergency department and an ambulatory surgery center.  

THE DILLON

Donley's Concrete Group will be starting its work on the Dillon Supply Tower on August 1. The project is a new cast-in-place parking structure and multifamily tower in downtown Raleigh. DCG will provide $18M worth of turnkey concrete construction services for Barnhill Construction Co.


ECU STUDENT UNION

At the end of the month, we will be launching our work on the East Carolina University Student Union. DCG will be working for Barnhill and T.A. Loving on the $10M cast in place concrete structure.

SECOND PROJECT IN GEORGIA

We have been hired by RW Allen to work on the Nakanishi project in Athens, Georgia. The $1M concrete foundations, walls, press pit and slab on grade will be DCG’s second project in Georgia.



OVERHEAD POWER LINE BASICS
  • Never get closer than 10 feet to a power line
  • Conduct initial and daily surveys of the worksite and implement control measures and training to address hazards at the site
  • Do not operate equipment around overhead power lines unless you are authorized and trained to do so
  • Do not forget to look up when surveying the worksite
  • Warn others if the minimum distance is not maintained
  • Never touch an overhead line if it has been brought down by machinery or has fallen
  • Never assume lines are dead
  • When a machine is in contact with an overhead line do not allow anyone to come near or touch the machine
  • Stay away from the machine and summon outside assistance
  • Never touch a person who is in contact with a live power line
  • Get certified in CPR
  • When working near overhead power lines the use of non-conductive wooden or fiberglass ladders is recommended
  • Avoid storing materials underneath or near overhead power lines
CONTACT WITH VEHICLES OR MACHINERY
If you should be in a vehicle that is in contact with an overhead power line, DO NOT LEAVE
THE VEHICLE. As long as you stay inside and avoid touching metal on the vehicle, you may
avoid an electrical hazard. If you need to get out to summon help or because of fire, jump out (jump with both feet together and land both of them simultaneously) without touching any wires or machine, as far away from the machine as possible,
  • Do not leave your feet and do not shuffle your feet more than 8 inches apart from each other
  • Do not let anyone come to your aid until you are outside of the high voltage area.
Once the hazard is abated the equipment must be serviced and inspected for any defects caused by the
electricity.


ACCESS
Proper access must be provided 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 midrails 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.
  • Openings for access points MUST be protected from fall hazards.
INSPECTIONS
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.
SECURING
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:



SAFETY REMINDERS – ALL SCAFFOLDS MUST BE INSPECTED DAILY PRIOR TO USE!



28 Jul

Scaffold Safety

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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. Scaffold components cannot be mixed if they are from different manufacturers unless they
fit together without force. Unless the competent person has approved, scaffold
components cannot be used if they are from different manufacturers or of dissimilar metals.

TRAINING

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 of 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.

BASE/FOOTING

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.

PLUMB/LEVEL/SQUARE

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 measurements should be equal.

SAFETY REMINDERS ALL EMPLOYEES WORKING ON SCAFFOLDS MUST HAVE SCAFFOLD USER TRAINING!




27 Jul

Safety Audits

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When the word audit is mentioned, people generally think of a negative experience, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax audit or of a confrontation. However, it is possible for audits to be positive.

First, let's consider the definition of audit-
Audit: A systematic or methodical review; to examine with intent to verify.
Audits can apply to your job. From a safety standpoint there is only one way to do a job - the safe way. Safety needs to be the first consideration in everything we do. It is possible that we may not always be doing this, so our continuing efforts to review or think about our jobs are auditing. Our job audit should evaluate what we did record. If we take the time to at least mentally think out the steps that we go through to perform a task, we can audit it to ensure we are safe.

Auditing ourselves Look at these things prior to completing a task:
  • PPE, do we have the correct eye protection? The correct gloves? Protective footwear?
  • Do we need any special PPE such as a chemical apron or a harness?
  • Is our PPE in good condition?
  • Do we have the correct tools and are they in good shape?
  • Do we know how to operate the tools or equipment?
  • Do we know how to accomplish the task safely?
  • Do we know the harmful energy sources around the area and have we isolated them?
  • Do I have the training to do this job?
  • Who is working around me?
  • Would I want my family watch me do this task this way?
These are a just a few of the questions we should ask. However, they include some of the most important ones. Ensure you do a quick audit, prior to accomplishing a task. A more thorough one should be done if we're doing something for the first time or for the first time in a long time.
Take the time to ask yourself these questions, do not become complacent that the work is the same as it was yesterday.