Category Archive: Construction

Base Construction Supports Safety Beyond June

Base Construction gladly promotes National Safety Month this June. The National Safety Council (NSC) has been encouraging safety for years and celebrates National Safety Month each June by providing safety training, workplace training, first aid training, defensive driver training, and more. On average, more than 13 people die from injury or accident each day while at work. The goal of the NSC is to significantly reduce that number through effective training. The organization has been around for over 100 years, providing support to companies and communities throughout the United States.

The NSC has found out that when employees feel safe in their work there is greater morale, increased productivity, fewer injuries, and lower costs to the employer. When employees take time off of work due to injuries, it costs the company money. New problems arise including slower production times and the possibility of overtime to covering workers already taking on longer days. Companies also save money not paying the legal fees that they do when employees are hurt on the job. The NSC can also provide free safety measurement tools for companies that are interested in creating a safer workplace.

Our company has been in business for almost 20 years as an industrial contractor for all types of industrial projects. Located in Southern California, we do everything from process piping, concrete/foundations, structural steel fabrication & installation to turnkey projects, secondary services, and mechanical equipment placement/installation. We serve a wide range of industries including aerospace, chemical, insulation, recycling, food processing, metal forging, natural gas, co-gen, beer brewing, automotive, packaging,  and more. Moreover, we can perform industrial contracting for any type of industry. With our background and the variety of businesses we serve, you can see just how important it is for our team to be on top of our safety plans and procedures.

As a result, Base Construction takes safety seriously and believes that a job is only done right when there are no accidents. Base Construction has an unmatched safety record, and with over 4,000 jobs completed successfully, it’s a huge accomplishment. We also provide an Injury and Illness Prevention Program that keeps employees up to date on all safety issues. We stand proud to support National Safety Month, not only throughout June, but all year long.

To learn more about Base Construction, you can follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, read our blog, or contact us today to find out more about how we can help you safely with your industrial project.

Stay tuned for our upcoming safety series available to you soon!

Handicap Compliant Construction

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, buildings across the nation are still working to catch up with the required construction codes that make many physical sites user-friendly. Even though the civil rights movement had been going long before the passing of the ADA, few buildings already had accommodations in place. Because of this, buildings built prior to the new laws were anything but compliant with them. This important feature of a building enables those who need alternate accommodations to be able to access what most other people take for granted.

Many facilities, including industrial buildings, weren’t built for handicap access. Though modern buildings have addressed the Americans with Disabilities Act by incorporating accessibilities like low-rise sinks and wheelchair ramps, some older buildings are still out of compliance with the law.

For any buildings that aren’t yet compliant or need upgrades or more accessibility, spring and summer are the ideal times to work on these internal company issues. Whether your business needs work done on restrooms, offices, or exteriors, Base Construction can help to ensure your building is compliant with the law and offers those with handicaps the same access as everyone else. As an industry leader, our team understands the need for handicap access.

Here at Base, we serve a wide range of industries, including aerospace, electronics, industrial, chemical, food, pharmaceutical,  wastewater, natural gas, automotive, and more. Whether you’ve got a large industrial plant or a small office building, our experts can easily identify and correct any handicap access issue you might have. From installing handicap accessible sinks to providing wheelchair ramps, we have professionals ready to help you improve your building. We invite you to contact one of our experts to find out just how we can help you get your project done on time,  on budget, and within code standards.

To learn more about our company, missions, values, and the industry, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Underground Piping Helps Contribute to Earth Day

Here at Base Construction, we’re proud to work on any project that helps to improve our environment. Right now, we’re working with Nellson LLC, a company based out of Anaheim, CA that creates some of the best bar and powder nutrition products available on the market. We’re currently constructing an underground drain system for their industrial wastewater.

The system we’re constructing has been designed to collect all of their industrial wastewater into one central location where it can then be clarified, degreased and cleaned thru pumping and advanced treatment processes before it is disposed to a city wastewater treatment facility. Ultimately, this water is drained into city sewer systems. Disposing of wastewater correctly is important for our planet and the future of our environment and other ecosystems.  Treating industrial wastewater the right way before it gets to the city sewer system helps increase quality and quantity of reclaim water which could be used in many applications besides fresh city water.

Worldwide, every society needs clean water to live, and estimates show that by 2025, as much as two-thirds of people around the globe will be facing potential water shortages. Contributing to this are stressed ecosystems due to an exploding population in the last 50 years. In an effort to combat this alarming trend, companies can dispose of wastewater in the right way. There’s no better time for people to get involved than with Earth Day right around the corner on April 22nd.

Although seventy percent of the planet is covered with water, only a small fraction of that is freshwater. Finding new solutions, doing what we can now, and bringing awareness to the global water problem will all help to set our planet back on the right path. Our project with Nellson LLC was completed at the end of March, and we look forward to the next project that will help keep our planet going strong and providing much needed fresh water for everyone. Here at Base Construction, we contribute to industries like construction, industrial, green, and wastewater.

For more information or to connect with us, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on LinkedIn.

For any further project questions contact us today!

Base Construction’s Contribution to the Aerospace Industry

At Base Construction, Inc. we have been in business for almost 20 years, working for a variety of industries, including aerospace. We take pride in what we do and offer our customers the highest in craftsmanship, safety, and quality.

Our team has helped more than 10 Aerospace companies on their Engineering and Construction needs for process piping projects. Our process piping capabilities cover everything from pipe installation, routing design and implementation, to pipe support design and installation. We offer everything from selection of valves (manual and control) to P&ID development and implementation to pipe testing. We also paint and label, insulate, and heat trace. Depending on the project specifications, we use a variety of materials, connection types, and valves.

And how do we connect to such great companies? Many of our connections to Aerospace clients link back to previous customers now working for those Aerospace companies. Knowing we are a reliable industrial contractor based on prior experience, our name was at the top of the list for industrial contractors to work with. We don’t take these recommendations lightly. At Base Construction, we believe our customer loyalty comes from not only our company’s capabilities, but our desire to deliver the highest level of workmanship and quality, our continued commitment to safety, and to our long list of successful projects.

We have worked with companies large and small, from Phillips 66 terminal in Los Angeles, CA to  GIULIANO’S BAKERY in Carson, CA, and many projects and companies in between. Our list of happy customers remains long, and we take pride in each and every job we do. Regardless of size, we do it to specifications and do it right the first time. To stay up to date in the industry and connected to Base Construction, don’t forget to follow our blog, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Base Construction Helps Drive Electric Car Manufacturers Forward

As a leading contractor in the industrial construction sector, we work with a very varied group of customers. Manufacturers from all markets trust us with their projects because of our experience, quality, and reliability to meet their requirements. One such manufacturer, Karma Automotive, is a client that has trusted us with multiple phases of their manufacturing operation expansion. Here is one example of the customization process through Base Construction.

Karma Automotive, a rapidly growing manufacturer of electric hybrid vehicles, was looking for space to expand their operations. Expansion plans included a state-of-the-art production facility to be built inside of an existing warehouse. Approximately 3,000 cars are to be produced annually at the updated facility.

The original production line was shipped from Finland, to be reassembled in the plant. To customize the structure, we developed a complex structural design to hold two assembly line tools for the car’s body and framework. Our engineers determined exact gravity calculations so that the heavy materials and structural components would balance correctly and safely as the pieces move through the production line.

The key to success when dealing with this kind of challenge is to work with our clients from inception of the project through completion. By starting at the design phase, our team goes through all possible problems and offers workable solutions. Many projects like this include customizing existing lines to meet specific goals. Our ultimate goal for each client and project is to supply and install equipment that speeds up assembly lines and improves manufacturing.

All of our skills, such as designing and installing piping systems, mechanical equipment setting, and fabrication and installation of structural steel, translate into customized projects with fast turnaround times and dependable results.

Want to stay connected to Base? You can find out more about us through our Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and upcoming blogs.

 

 

Cheers to Construction in 2017!

With the new year upon us, the team at Base Construction has been reflecting on 2016’s accomplishments while making our New Year’s resolutions and looking ahead toward what is sure to be an exciting, productive 2017.

We had a lot to be thankful for this past year, as we were kept very busy working on a number of large-scale piping and construction projects for a wide range of industries. We were honored to be called upon yet again to work with UTC, SONOCO, Alcoa, PTG, BE Aerospace, 3M, and Karma Automotive and many others. We also constructed all parts of a co-generation power plant for Golden Road Brewery. This included the installation of water heater heat exchanger on top of the exhaust to ensure that every BTU would be used.

The Base Construction team also had the opportunity to work on various industry-leading green initiatives focused on reducing the amount of power required to run particular systems, as well as capturing waste to redirect that energy.

In looking ahead to the New Year, we will continue to focus on ways to improve our unmatched safety initiatives while keeping downtime to a minimum. In addition to continuing our weekly and monthly safety meetings — as well as daily meetings on all shutdowns and long shift projects — we will also be reevaluating our comprehensive Injury and Illness Prevention Program to ensure optimal worker health and safety.

In 2017, we’ll be taking on new large-scale industrial projects in various areas, including:

  • Process piping
  • Concrete and slab
  • Structural steel fabrication and installation
  • Turnkey projects

And finally, in the spirit of continual improvement, the team at Base Construction will also be looking for new ways in which to better service our customers. Working off-shifts and holidays to meet production schedules, we take pride in ensuring that our customers receive only the best.

To that end, we would like to thank all of our wonderful clients for helping us grow, and we can’t wait to see the new challenges you bring to us in 2017. As always, if there are any ways in which we can better serve you in the New Year, reach out to us at any time or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates!

2016: A Review

It’s December once again. Another year has passed, and we at Base Construction Inc. have celebrated our 18th birthday. As the holidays approach and we look ahead to 2017, we’re taking a look back at the past year’s many accomplishments. On our blog, we got the chance to cover a wide range of important topics.

We first wrote about safety this year in June, the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month. To keep operations running smoothly and keep workers healthy and safe, resourceful companies are constantly looking for ways to improve safety — both for their employees, their most valuable resource, and for clients.

As a result, we discussed work, road, and home safety, with a focus on the workplace. At Base Construction Inc., safety is our highest priority — both in our own facilities and at client worksites. In fact, not one of our employees has ever suffered a recordable injury in our entire 18 years of existence. In June’s safety blog, we also discussed how we helped a client — a major food processing company — quickly, effectively, and safely eliminate the risk of a bacterial contamination.

In October, we delved further into safety procedures and quality assurance, discussing Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and ANSI guidelines in regards to machine guarding. While it can be difficult for many manufacturers to implement thorough machine guarding solutions, we at Base Construction are proud to excel in this area.

In the springtime, we tackled environmental issues. April’s post spoke to California’s continued drought and its impact on the industrial construction sector — notably, the increase in hydroelectric power installations and desalination plants. And in May, we discussed a number of ways that Base Construction Inc. can help you reduce your company’s environmental impact. Both posts maintained relevancy as Earth Day was April 22nd this past year.

Throughout the year, we also discussed how to prep your facilities — particularly piping systems — for winter, detailed the high-quality standards we strive to achieve in each of our projects, and outlined several of our advanced capabilities.

2016 was a productive, rewarding year for us at Base Construction Inc., and we hope it was for you as well. We wish everyone a happy, healthy holiday season, and we’ll see you all in 2017!

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Base Construction Offers Large Scale Project Capabilities

At Base Construction, we offer a wide range of large-scale project capabilities, including engineering services, concrete contracting and services, mechanical equipment services, pipe fabrication, process piping, structural steel fabrication, and turnkey services. We have been in business since 1998 and since then have successfully completed over 2,500 projects.

One reason for our success is our commitment to our customers. We believe every project we work on is a priority; and our goal is to have completely satisfied customers, job after job. We utilize only the highest skilled craftsmen in the field to ensure the highest quality and integrity of each project. At Base Construction, we have worked in a variety of environments, including recycling plants to co-gen plants and everything in between.

Our past customer list includes companies such as: GE, SONOCO, Alcoa, Kimberley-Clark, 3M, and Karma automotive. We have built a co-gen plant for Golden Road Brewery, where we completed construction of a co-generation power plant including installation of water heater heat exchanger on top of exhaust so every BTU will be used. To see more of our past projects, please look here. Although not currently listed on our website, we have been working on a tremendous amount of large scale projects over the last year.

At Base Construction, we have many professional affiliations, such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Welding Society (AWS), and we are OSHA trained, so you know that safety on the job is one of our main priorities. We invite you to contact us for any construction project need you may have, and we look forward to adding you to our growing list of satisfied customers.

The Importance of Equipment Guarding for Safety

Safety is something that we don’t take lightly. We’ve addressed the issues of industry safety in previous blogs and set very high safety standards within our own company. At Base, our employees are trained to comply with mandated safety programs and regulations. We are also instrumental in assisting clients with performing and implementing safety programs.

As California’s industrial business is booming, it is essential that these businesses make safety a priority. Manufacturing requires use of machinery and equipment that can cause serious injury if not operated properly. All industrial equipment benefits from the use of machine guards to protect workers.

OSHA reports that there are approximately 18,000 worker accidents a year and 800 deaths due to unguarded or inadequately guarded machinery. Machines such as mills, grinders, drills, saws, and bending equipment all need safety guarding to prevent amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, or accidental death.

Machine guarding can be a challenge for manufacturers. The goal is to protect workers without compromising productivity. OSHA and ANSI both provide requirements for machine guarding. While these publications are inclusive, it is often difficult for manufacturers to implement an effective solution. Here at Base, we are well-versed with the regulations regarding machine guarding and can assist manufacturers with the implementation of a simple and cost effect approach.

Machine guarding is available in two forms: fixed or moveable. After performing a formal risk assessment, it can be determined which type is best for each tool. Fixed guards are suitable for tools where the operator never or infrequently requires access to the hazard zone. A fixed guard provides comprehensive protection through a barrier that isolates workers from potential danger. It also prevents workers from circumventing the guard to reach the hazard zone. When designed and installed properly fixed guards are very effective and cost efficient.

In applications where access to the hazard zone is moderate or occasionally frequent, moveable guards may be the best choice. There are two types of moveable guards—type A encloses the hazards zone throughout the whole machine cycle and type B that encloses the hazard zone only when the hazardous portion of the cycle is running.

In addition to barrier guarding, there are also systems such as light curtains for perimeter guarding, restraints to prevent reaching into a dangerous area, safety blocks for die changeovers, and pressure sensitive mats that prevent the machine from operating if there is weight on the mat. We work closely with several machine guarding system manufacturers to keep our manufacturing operations safe.

With all these various options for machine guarding, it is easy to find one that will work in any manufacturing environment. Let the experts at Base bring safety to your operation.

Base Construction is Here to get Your Projects Done Before Winter

As President Kennedy once said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” Although he was talking about America as a whole during the time of his presidency, and not an actual building, his message still rings true regarding repairs. After all, it’s much easier to fix a roof when the sun is out instead of when there’s a downpour of rain. The same is true with any building repair; it’s much easier and less time consuming when the weather is good, and you don’t have to worry about fighting the elements.

If you own a building needing repairs, it’s frequently cheaper to get the repairs done right away. When you let things go, they can oftentimes cause even more problems, in a domino type of effect. Timing is important for more reasons than one. Working on repairs during a busy season can make a job more time consuming, increasing labor costs and extending projects. So one of the best ways to keep costs down is to fix problems as they arise.

A great way to prepare for the upcoming winter months is with preventative maintenance. Cold temperatures can greatly affect things like machinery and pipes, so using insulation can help to prevent breaks or other damage. Just like you insulate a home to keep it warm, pipes can be kept warm in the same way.

Preventative maintenance can also be beneficial in predicting when equipment needs to be replaced. When you know the condition of your equipment it’s easier to plan your budget around replacing it instead of having to pay for an emergency replacement or emergency repairs.

At Base Construction, we offer services for process piping, concrete foundations and slabs, structural steel fabrication and installation, turnkey projects and secondary services, and mechanical equipment. As an industrial contractor on all types of projects, our professionals at Base Construction can help you and your business with all your repair and replacement needs. To work with Base Construction, contact any one of our knowledgeable staff who can assist you with any questions you may have.