Beacon Consulting Group News - Sept. 2017

 

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President's Message
A Note From Dennis O'Neill


This summer seemed to come and go in a flash. The Solar Eclipse and other highlights from July and August now seem like distant memories. Throughout the summer, Beacon's project teams were working hard towards completing a wide variety of Surety Consulting, Construction Management, Construction Defects Assessment and related construction consulting assignments. Some highlights are below. Our project teams stand ready to take on new work. Please contact us 24/7 if you would like to discuss any new project.

Project Highlights: Beacon's Medford, MA office is closing out a major Commuter Rail (MBTA) Station construction consulting project and one Subway Station project in the Boston area. Our Medford team is also working through several construction defect claims analyses (including some on the West Coast). In Ohio, we have been working on a roadway project, helping an important Surety client during the project-relet process.

Beacon's New York City office is working on a wide range of active projects. We are nearing completion on the Dayton Manor project in Brooklyn (Surety Consulting / Construction Management for a renovation / repair project at an apartment complex owned by the Federal Bureau of Prisons). Our staff is also providing Surety Consulting and CM services for NYCHA's Amsterdam Houses (roofing / renovation at a large, 500-unit public housing complex in Manhattan), the United House of Prayer (renovation of Church in Harlem), and the Rutgers Chemistry & Chemical Biology Building, among others. We have other interesting new projects starting in the NY area, such as a CM project in Brooklyn (removal of large industrial tanks). In NYC, our team is also working on Bid Reviews. In the Fidelity area, we are assisting a client with an employee-theft claim review in Pennsylvania.

Our teams are also consulting on a number of other interesting projects around the country, such as: An Industrial Painting Project Relet, a Roofing Contactor in Baltimore, a Dredge Contractor in Utah, and a Building Contractor in New Orleans (Monitoring project). We have a number of significant projects in the close-out process. So, we welcome the opportunity to help our clients and partners with any new Construction Consulting needs.

On a serious note, our thoughts go out to the many people impacted or displaced by the recent hurricanes, as well as the severe wildfires in the Western U.S. It is great to see people from all around the U.S. (and beyond) coming together to help those affected. Our insurance industry clients play such a critical role in enabling people and businesses to rebuild and repair structures following these catastrophic events. Beacon’s team stands ready to help our insurance and Surety clients to assess, evaluate and estimate construction-related damage from these natural disasters in the weeks and months ahead.

The recent collapse of large construction cranes in South Florida (a result of Hurricane Irma's powerful winds) is a devastating reminder about the need to be vigilant about securing construction sites in preparation for extreme weather events. It also reminds us about the importance of the having adequate Construction Risk Coverage, Property & Casualty Insurance, and other types of coverage needed to mitigate risk.



Beacon Staff Profile
Andrew Lem, E.I.T., Project Engineer


Andrew Lem, E.I.T. is one of the project team members to join Beacon Consulting Group's NYC office in 2017. A native New Yorker who grew up in Northern Westchester County, Andrew is a graduate of Villanova University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

Andrew joined Beacon as a Project Engineer in February of 2017. Since then, Andrew has been working on a wide range of construction consulting assignments, serving our clients in all of the following areas:

  • Contractor Claim Analysis
  • Change Order Review & Negotiation
  • Construction Cost Analysis
  • Construction Management
  • Assisting in the preparation of bid packages
  • Communicating with the subcontractors/vendors on a daily basis
  • Reviewing construction-project-related documents
  • Assisting Project Managers with cost to complete analyses

Prior to joining Beacon's team, Andrew worked as a Staff Engineer for a Pennsylvania-based engineering / consulting firm ...

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Rutgers University CCB Building Project
Update: Exterior / Interior Work Progress


As reported in previous E-news updates, Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. was selected to provide construction consulting and surety consulting services related to the completion of a new building project at Rutgers University (Piscataway, NJ). Beacon has provided a wide range of on-site and consulting services to support the Surety on this project.

The buildings being constructed will be the new home for Rutgers' Chemistry & Chemical Biology (CCB) Department. The four adjoining CCB building(s) will house classrooms, research facilities, laboratories, conference rooms, offices, a large auditorium and other multi-use spaces. The state-of-the-art, 145,000-square-foot, multi-purpose facility is taking shape (see photos). A wide range of interior and exterior work is progressing simultaneously.

To date, Beacon has provided all of the following services on the project:

  • Developed RFP & helped secure completion contractor
  • Project oversight (Consultant for Surety)
  • Project communications & paperwork (Reports, RFIs, Submittals)
  • Beacon's team also served in an interim construction management role

As shown in some of the project photos (see link below), significant progress has been made in the past year towards the completion of this complex and important building project...

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Beacon Sponsors Reading,
Massachusetts Fall Street Faire

Beacon Consulting Group gets involved with a number of civic and charity events throughout the year. One notable happening which Beacon co-sponsored recently is the Reading Fall Street Faire (Reading, MA).

This year's event was held on September 10th and had an estimated turnout of more than 15,000 people. The Fall Street Faire is hosted by the Reading Rotary Club and is an annual community event bringing together local restaurants, retail businesses and community groups for a fun-filled day. The range of events and activities included a 5K Fun Run, a street fair with food vendors, retailers, and local service businesses, a classic car show, live entertainment (including singers, dancers, and bag-pipers), a parade, and even a pie-eating contest.

Beacon is proud to support this fantastic event which is growing each year and provides a great way for residents and businesses of Reading to promote the local economy and build a stronger sense of community, both within Reading and with its neighboring towns in the area. For more information about Reading, MA, check out its long and insteresting history (dating back to 1644) on Wikipedia. For information about the Reading Fall Faire, Click Here.

 



New York City Construction Boom:
Large Projects, High Costs & Super-Tall Buildings

The New York City skyline continues to rapidly transform, with numerous large building projects underway or soon to start in the Big Apple. One notable new project is a $3.6-billion, 2.9-million-square-ft. building (50 Hudson Yards) soon to start at 34th Street & 10th Ave. While it won’t be the tallest skyscraper in the area (just under 1000 ft. tall), it will reportedly be one of the largest buildings in NYC, based on total square footage, once completed in 2022.

The construction process has also started on a super-tall building being built next to Grand Central Station (One Vanderbilt - at the corner of Vanderbilt & 42nd Street). The building will reach a height of more than 1400 feet and 59 floors when done. Scheduled for 2020 completion, the project will include 1.5-million square feet of office space on upper floors and 200,000 square feet of retail in the lower floors of the building. When done, it is expected to be New York City’s second-tallest tower (and the tallest in Midtown Manhattan).

Meanwhile in Brooklyn, construction has reportedly started on a new super-tall residential building at 9 DeKalb Avenue (downtown Brooklyn). The 70+ story structure will top 1000 feet in height and will incorporate an existing building (The Dime Savings Bank) into the base of the new tower. The building will include 500 rental apartments. Construction is expected to be completed between 2019 and 2021.

According to an article on NewYorkConstructionReport.com, NYC also has the world's highest construction costs, reaching nearly $354 per sq. ft. in 2016. This information is based based on the 2017 Turner & Townsend’s International Construction Market Survey (ICMS)...

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PAST NEWS


Beacon Retained To Provide Construction Consulting and
Construction Management Services For Project at Robert Moses State Park


Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. was recently selected by a leading Surety company to provide construction consulting and construction management services for a project at Robert Moses State Park (Babylon, NY). Robert Moses Park is a popular beach-front recreation area, located on the western end of Fire Island, a barrier island in Suffolk County, NY.

Beacon was retained by the Surety following the default of the General Contractor (GC) that was working on sanitary system improvements at the park, including site excavation work, installation of new sanitary lines and manholes, line cleanouts, camera-inspection of lines and related site survey work. Beacon's role is to assist the Surety company to get the project back on track, by analyzing the current state of the work completed, communicating with all parties involved, and helping to move the project forward. Completing work at Robert Moses State Park in a timely manner is a high priority for the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, given that more than 3.8 million people visit the park annually.

With more than 875 acres of open space, a golf course, and 5 miles of pristine oceanfront shoreline, Robert Moses State Park is a popular destination for fishing, swimming, sunbathing, boating, surfing, bird watching, hiking, and off-road vehicles. The barrier island runs parallel to Long Island, NY, with the Atlantic Ocean on its southern side, and the Great South Bay on the northern side. Adjoining Robert Moses State Park on its eastern side is The Fire Island National Seashore and Fire Island's landmark lighthouse...

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Beacon Completes Surety Consulting & Construction Management
Services Contract For Queens, NY School Renovation Project


Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. has extensive experience working on school construction and renovation projects, including consulting on many projects where the NYC School Construction Authority (NYCSCA) is the project owner. In recent months, Beacon completed its contracted work for a school renovation / construction consulting assignment at Public School 69 (P.S. 69) located in Jackson Heights, a neighborhood of Queens, NY.

Beacon was retained by a leading Surety Company to help with the P.S. 69 project following the default of the General Contractor hired by NYCSCA to perform extensive masonry and roof repairs to the school's parapets, walls, capstone copings, dome roof, metal flashing and other related work.

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Beacon Project Update: Work Nears Completion at Dayton Manor,
Residential Building (Brooklyn, NY) Owned by The Federal Bureau of Prisons


Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. has been providing Surety Consulting / Construction Consulting services related to various construction projects at Dayton Manor, a 116-unit apartment building located in Brooklyn, NY. Dayton Manor provides residential housing for federal employees (and their families) who work at two correctional facilities located in Brooklyn.

Beacon was retained by a leading Surety company following the default of the general contractor originally involved in the project. The construction work at the site has entailed renovation and repairs to the roof of Dayton Manor's underground parking garage, restoration of the site, and a variety of repairs to the interior of the garage (click here for project details).

Over the course of the past year, Beacon has been instrumental in helping the Surety and the project owner to work through some of the complex issues on the project. This entailed frequent communications with the project owner (the Federal Bureau of Prisons), the completion contractor and various vendors. One challenging aspect of the project was working with a major roofing / waterproofing vendor to obtain a warranty for roofing work completed at the site. The challenge related primarily to the fact that adjoining roof sections were renovated by other contractors under separate contracts at different times. Significant progress has been made at Dayton Manor in recent months and (at the time of this writing), the completion contractor is on track to achieve substantial completion of the project within the next few weeks.

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Beacon Consulting Group Continues To Assist NYC Economic Development
Corporation With Construction Consulting Services


The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes economic growth across all of New York City's five boroughs. The organization is New York City's official economic development corporation, charged with using the City's assets to drive growth, create jobs, and improve quality of life.

Since mid-2016, Beacon Consulting Group has taken a lead role in providing construction project auditing services related to more than 110 change orders on NYCEDC-funded construction projects having a total value in excess of $32.6 million. As of early March, the recovery / savings value associated with Beacon's services was estimated to be in excess of $325K (and growing). These savings are related to the reduced / avoided costs which result from construction project audit change order corrections and modifications.

In addition to change order audits, Beacon's NYCEDC team lead, John Steele, has been providing related consulting services, such as: Participating in project meetings with EDC's Capital & Asset Management Project Management Staff, assisting with review and enhancement of EDC change order policies and procedure guidelines, and assisting with a project management training material. Beacon's team will also be participating in on-site project progress audits in the near future...

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Dennis O'Neill Presents at Annual Meeting of Old Republic Surety Company


On February 20th, Dennis O'Neill was one of the speakers invited to present at Old Republic Surety Company's annual meeting. In his presentation, Dennis provided the Construction Consultant's point of view about some of the ways construction projects can go wrong, various types of project management structures, things to keep in mind related to getting troubled projects back on track and examples of important construction project documents.

Because the Old Republic Meeting took place in Milwaukee, WI, Dennis took the opportunity to get his photo with the iconic "Bronze Fonz" statue (see photo), located along Milwaukee's River Walk. When asked how the presentation went, Dennis simply put his thumbs up, said "Aiyyy!" -- then elbowed a nearby jukebox, causing it to start playing 50s music.

More About Old Republic. Old Republic Surety Company is a leading national underwriter of contractors' performance and payment bonds, miscellaneous surety, and commercial fidelity, offering thousands of types of bonds. Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Old Republic Surety Company is part of the Old Republic General Insurance Group, the largest business segment within Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI), one of the nation’s 50 largest publicly held insurance organizations. For more about Old Republic, visit: www.orsurety.com.

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Hope to See You There!
Beacon Consulting Group will be attending
The ABA FSLC Midwinter Meeting (1/19 - 1/21/17)


As always, the Beacon Team looks forward to getting together with old friends and new at the annual ABA Fidelity & Surety Committee (FSLC) Midwinter Meeting. This year's meeting is taking place in New Orleans at the Roosevelt Hotel. For information and registration, visit the ABA Website: http://bit.ly/2hbsZ4O (or click on the image to the right).

Please connect with us if you plan to attend! Members of the Beacon team will be in attendance at various ABA events, including the Young Professionals networking evening, and various conference sessions.




Beacon Staff News: Spotlight on Beacon’s Executive Management Team


In addition to Dennis O’Neill as President of Beacon Consulting Group, Inc., Beacon’s Executive Management team includes James Bruno as Vice President of Operations for the New England service area, and John Yeung as Vice President of Operations for the New York service area. In their roles as Vice Presidents, they are responsible for the overall operations of their respective offices including client consulting services, staffing and training, sales and marketing, and employee relations. Throughout their employment with Beacon both men have effectively combined their experience and knowledge of construction consulting with professionalism and a ‘get it done’ attitude that have greatly contributed to Beacon’s success.

Jim Bruno was appointed to the position of Vice President in 2015 and continues to play a major role in the overall operations for the Massachusetts office. Jim earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering, from Tufts University, and has extensive construction management experience on high profile infrastructure projects with contract values ranging from $5M to $420M.

Since joining Beacon in 2005, Jim has focused his expertise on assisting surety companies with complex bond default matters including financial assessments, project re-lets, management of construction completion, claims analysis, construction defect assessment, and expert testimony. In the role of construction completion manager, Jim has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to bring severely troubled projects to completion on schedule, despite major project challenges. Jim’s construction industry experience, in-depth knowledge of Beacon’s unique service areas, and understanding of corporate concerns clearly defines Jim as a leader at Beacon.

John Yeung was appointed to the position of Vice President in January of 2017, and is responsible for all New York area operations.  John earned a BS in Environmental Engineering, and an Associates in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, as well as a Diploma of Construction Management from New York University.   Since joining Beacon in 2006, John has consulted on and managed a diverse selection of projects within the educational, residential, infrastructure, healthcare, and transportation sectors.   John has also played a major role in the marketing and operation of Beacon’s sister company, ‘Beacon Merchant Construction, Inc.’ which provides General Contracting on defaulted and re-let construction contracts.   John’s construction knowledge, analytical background, diplomacy skills and successful performance of previous supervisory roles at Beacon clearly indicate his qualifications regarding his new position as Vice President ...

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Beacon Assists With Expert Construction Claims Review and
Building Damage Assessment at Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA


The Marine Corps University (MCU) is comprised of a group of higher-education schools located at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia, on the Potomac River 40 miles south of Washington D.C. Like many universities across the U.S., MCU has undertaken significant new construction projects in recent years to expand and update its facilities.

Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. was retained to provide expert claims review / construction consulting services related to assessing damages which occurred at one of the recently constructed buildings at MCU. The multi-million dollar claim was associated with extensive water damage which reportedly occurred following a failure in a mechanical system which controls water flow to a boiler.

Beacon provided construction consulting / claims review services to the insurer, including reviewing damages which occurred and helping with the due diligence necessary to fully assess the claim. Beacon's role included a site visit to visually assess the facility and reviewing the claim and construction project documentation ...

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Beacon Merchant Construction Completes Roof
Replacement Project at Large NYC Housing Complex


Beacon Merchant Construction, Inc. is a construction company affiliated with Beacon Consulting Group, Inc. The company has experience working on a diverse range of critical construction and renovation projects and has the bonding capacity needed to take on large jobs of all kinds.

In mid-2014, Beacon Merchant was retained by a leading Surety company to be the Completion Contractor for a multi-building roof replacement and asbestos abatement project in New York City. The contract involved the completion of roofing removal, asbestos abatement, roofing replacement, repairs, and related testing/inspection work for five separate high-rise buildings (ranging from 20 to 22 stories tall) located in the Bronx, NY. (Click here to view more photos below).

Beacon Merchant's team successfully completed the project in 2016, with the completion of "Buildings 5 & 6" and warranties received from the roofing manufacturer (GAF) for all roofs installed.

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