Visit us at PFMA booth 1521!

Attending the Plant & Facilities Maintenance Association (PFMA) 2020EXPO March 11th/12th? Be sure to stop by Berghammer’s booth 1521 and meet our Special Projects Experts!

Celebrating Women in Construction Week with Robin Breske

At Berghammer, a third of our office staff is comprised of women with a number of those women holding leadership roles. The construction industry has viable opportunities for women who want to build their careers and have room to grow. One of those women is Robin Breske. Robin is a Lead Project Coordinator who has been in the construction industry for 16 years. We asked her about her role at Berghammer in recognition of Women in Construction Week.

 

What drew you to construction project coordination?

“The various, fast-paced facets of project coordination allow for daily challenges and continuous learning opportunities with potential for growth at various levels.”

What does a Lead Project Coordinator do?

“Project Coordinators provide quality support services to project team members, including our estimating department, project management, project engineers, field superintendent, architect/engineering consultants, and clients — with various construction logistics and documentation. I assist in coordinating project signage, distribute plans, coordinate project meetings, obtain permits, certificates of occupancy, and temporary and new utility hook-ups. I assume responsibility for project documentation, which includes but is not limited to, the preparation of contracts, change orders, Owner direct purchase orders, tracking project budgets and costs, requests for information, submittals, punch lists, operation and maintenance manuals, and all the other daily correspondence. I facilitate communication between all team members, clients, and subcontractors, encourage compliance with defined standards and procedures, train, mentor and support Project Coordinators, and provide backup support to the administration as necessary.?”

What do you most enjoy in your career?

“To stand back, look at a completed project with a satisfied client, and know I was an instrumental member of the team’s success, creates a feeling of self-achievement like no other!”

Celebrating Women in Construction Week with Megan Mosher

At Berghammer, a third of our office staff is comprised of women with a number of those women holding leadership roles. The construction industry has viable opportunities for women who want to build their careers and have room to grow. One of those women is Megan Mosher. Megan is a Project Coordinator who has been in the construction industry for 5 years. We asked Megan about her role at Berghammer in recognition of Women in Construction Week.

What types of projects do you work on?

I’ve worked on a variety of things including special projects, healthcare projects, restaurants, office renovations, and senior living facilities.

What drew you to project coordination?

This job is in many ways similar to the responsibilities I had in the Army where I helped coordinate operations for my battalion. In my current role, I work with people inside and outside the company to manage multiple projects and milestones, so it’s important to know how to maintain relationships and keep the lines of communication open.

What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day work?

I’m never bored! I like that my job is fast-paced and that there are always multiple projects going on at the same time. I have the chance to learn something new every day and that’s really rewarding. I’ve learned a lot about construction over the years and all of the project managers are really good at explaining things when I have questions. I also take the opportunity when I can to visit job sites. It’s really helpful to see the site at different times in the process to put things in perspective.

Celebrating Women in Construction Week with Joanne Roubik

Women in Construction Week is a great way to recognize the different career paths that women are pursuing and how a growing number of women are finding fulfillment in a construction career. We talked to Project Engineer, Joanne Roubik, who has been in construction for 7 years to see what drew her to the industry.

What types of projects do you work on?

I work specifically on special projects which involve a lot of smaller renovations for offices and retail spaces.

What drew you to engineering?

I really liked math in school and that lead me to study Engineering at Marquette. I also like being able to help people when I can complete a project that will have an impact on their everyday lives.

What do you enjoy most about your day-to-day work?

I enjoy being able to go out to a job site and walk around the space. It helps me visualize what I’m working with. Every project is different and every client’s needs are different, so taking a hands-on approach is key. I also get to interact with a lot of different people and gain knowledge from their experiences.

Women In Construction Week 2020

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is celebrating Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 1-7, 2020. NAWIC’s core purpose is “to strengthen and amplify the success of women in the construction industry.”

“Women make up less than 10% of the construction labor force, with only 3% being tradeswomen. NAWIC is determined to help change that landscape by paving new roads for women in the industry,” says Diane Mike, president of NAWIC.

The focus of Women in Construction Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry.

Ed Straszewski Achieves Certified Professional Estimator (CPE)

We are proud to announce that Ed Straszewski received notice from the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) that he has passed all the requirements for becoming a Certified Professional Estimator (CPE). There are only eight CPEs in Wisconsin.

Berghammer now boasts 2 of the 8 CPEs in Wisconsin as Ed joins Berghammer’s Chris Rozof in this achievement.

“…ASPE Certification is the highest form of professional recognition an individual estimator can receive and is being sought by more construction estimators every year. Through it’s Certification Program, the American Society of Professional Estimators recognizes the estimating proficiency and ethical awareness of the Certified Professional Estimator (CPE).

The National Certification Committee, with the help of Chapter Certification Committees and Regional Governors, administers the Certification Program.

ASPE Certification may be defined as an educational process, which entails an orientation workshop attendance, submission of an acceptable Professional Evaluation Application and technical paper, successful completion of written examinations and participation in the Certification Renewal Program. Each CPE Candidate must earn an affirmative appraisal based on proven ability and practical experience in the profession…” — ASPE Website

Milwaukee Catholic Home Time-lapse

This is construction progress at Milwaukee Catholic Home, recorded from July 1, 2019 to January 14, 2020. Two cameras, pointing out and down, blended into this 60-second time-lapse.

Foxtown Brewing Virtual Tour – Explore the Caves!

3D+360 Reality Capture of Foxtown Brewing Co.
1. CLICK START ARROW TO BEGIN TOUR
2. Click lower-right FULL-SCREEN mode for the best experience
Lower Left Corner Navigation:
– 3D Dollhouse View (rotate, zoom, tap/click anywhere to jump to that space)
– Floorplan View
– Floors on/off (1, 2, 3, ALL)
– Auto-Running Video Tour
Lower Right Buttons:
– FULL-SCREEN Mode (ESC to exit)
– VR Goggles Mode