Three Ways Mock-ups Add Value to a Project

By Brandon Dexter and Jake Snyder

Would you buy a car without a test drive? Or a house without a walk through? When it comes to expensive investments, we want to be able to see, touch, and verify before making a decision. We feel our clients should have the same opportunity on their projects. There are so many decisions that our owners are often asked to make based on drawings. What happens if they change their minds after the work is done? Or if there’s a compatibility issue with two finishes? We have to make changes, reorder materials, and redo the work – all of which add expenses to the budget.

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5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Contractor About Quality

By Randall Curtis, Corporate EVP and COO and Pape Fall, Quality Director

We know some clients think of quality as table stakes — something they expect from everyone and think they are getting from everyone. But the truth is, not every contractor is performing to the same level of detail when it comes to quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC). Learn More 5 Questions You Need to Ask Your Contractor About Quality

Fast-track Construction Requires a Quality Focus

By Pape Fall, Director Quality Assurance

The changes in the construction industry throughout the past 40 years have been phenomenal. For instance, in 1982 we built the Virginia World Trade Center in Norfolk, a project which took 23 months to build (and got its 15 seconds of fame in the GEICO commercial “Gecko visits Battleship Wisconsin” – it’s the rounded building surrounded by greenspace). The documents we received from the design team were 100 percent complete. There were few Requests For Information (RFIs) or changes. Learn More Fast-track Construction Requires a Quality Focus

SQP MEETING: GETTING RESULTS

By Pape Fall, Corporate Quality Director

In my last two blog posts, I’ve discussed how Hoar’s SQP meetings work, and the many benefits of our SQPM process. Today I’ll touch on the results of this meeting and process.

The SQPM produces several outputs. For quality, we develop a good action list, assigning responsibility for each issue. Learn More SQP MEETING: GETTING RESULTS

SQP MEETINGS: THE SECRET SAUCE OF HOAR’S QA/QC PROGRAM

By Pape Fall, Corporate Quality Director

At Hoar, we’re planners. We always have been. So for the new year, we’re writing a four-part series on planning and how it ties into our safety culture and quality assurance program.

We’re always pushing ourselves to get better here at Hoar. Those two impulses combined about four years ago into a process we call SQPM, or the Safety-Quality Preplanning Meeting. Learn More SQP MEETINGS: THE SECRET SAUCE OF HOAR’S QA/QC PROGRAM