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Base Construction has the Answers for your Industrial Construction Needs

When it comes to your industrial construction projects, look no July 2016 Blog Imagefurther than Base Construction Inc. The professionals here at Base work on all types of industrial projects, including process piping, concrete foundations, slabs, structural steel fabrication, installation, turnkey projects, mechanical equipment, base work through build up and safety with our machines and employees. Our many capabilities in the industrial construction field make us experts in the industry.

Today, we’re highlighting one of our biggest practices: the setting of general and specialty mechanical equipment. Our company has the ability to set large pieces such as air compressors, a wide range of tanks, filters, pressurized vessels, boilers, chillers, generators, heat exchangers, reactors, a variety of pumps, furnaces, louvers, and more. Due to our vast experience, we can install your needs to the necessary specifications.

Alongside setting equipment means working with huge, heavy pieces to fit into small spaces. We collectively work to complete this work in the fastest, most practical manner. On a recent job from our customer in New Jersey, we successfully spaced a massive furnace that needed to be fit for one of these small areas in Southern California plant. Even from California, our quality efforts make us reliable for all cities in the industry.

Base Construction is the perfect answer for complicated, hard to reach projects. Not only can we professionally install mostly any type of equipment, but we take the time to ensure all necessary requirements are met. Should you need help with mechanical equipment setting, replacement, or integration of existing equipment, we will work with you to get you up and running.

Regardless of the size of your project, equipment, or needs, the industry experts at Base Construction can get the job done. Reach out to one of our professionals for any industrial construction project you might have.

Base Construction Helps Keep Industries Safe All Year Long

National Safety Month (NSM), celebrated every June by the National Safety Month 2016 worker safetyNational Safety Council and other organizations across the country, aims to reduce the leading causes of injury and death by raising safety awareness in three key places: at work, on the roads, and at home. In industrial situations, safety is an important factor in all areas. As a construction company, we are constantly focused on safety within our own facility and all projects. As a result, we have not had any recordable accident or injury since our establishment. Often times we are also called on to help other industries create safe working conditions in their establishments too.

The food manufacturing industry is just one player that has had many public safety issues. From bacterial contamination to improper manufacturing procedures, food safety is of major importance. Luckily, the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) reformed food safety laws to shift focus from reacting to contamination to preventing it from occurring altogether.

Take this example. One of our customers recently realized they had a huge problem to address at their facility. Wooden subfloor supported the production floor composed of carbon steel. The wood rotted when water found its way through the floor during regular manufacturing processes. The increased moisture of the wood created an ideal situation for bacterial growth. This kind of an environment was not suitable and under new management and ownership required an immediate fix.

Bacteria in a food plant is a serious problem for workers and consumers. Working with the customer, we have developed a plan to replace the floor and clear away the bacteria. First, we removed the current carbon steel floor plate and wood beneath it. Our next step? To install a new stainless steel floor, one of the cleanest options to eliminate any and all problems that the company had with bacteria. The new floor is water-resistant, easy to clean, sanitize, and is the best option for food manufacturing operations because it keeps unsanitary conditions at bay. Today, we are happy to report that everything in the plant is looking excellent under current construction!

During NSM, it is important to consider safety in all aspects of our lives. Companies must take action to protect the consumers too. In this situation, the customer took proactive steps to resolve the problem before it affected their product, as should all industry leaders.

Replacing a floor is a major undertaking but one that we have the capabilities to handle. We also have extensive experience with ensuring safety in safe food manufacturing operations, safety and injury protection platforms and access, safety guards, and safe plan of action, so keep us in mind when you need that extra hand.

Do you have a safety issue that needs resolving? Let us know! At Base Construction, we take our safety and yours seriously year round.

Base Delivers Quality at Every Turn

No matter what the project, our number one priority is to have totally satisfied customers. To meet this goal, it requires the highest quality of craftsmen, with the knowledge and attention to detail to get an assignment done and have it done right. This background helps to prevent problems from occurring during or after a given project is complete. With Base Construction you are guaranteed to be satisfied because we consistently deliver high-quality results.

Why Base Construction you ask? In business since 1998, we have established ourselves as a leader in industrial construction. We have completed over 1,000 projects for a wide range of industries. With capabilities in all areas of construction, we put special emphasis on process piping, concrete, and structural steel.

Because of our vast experiences, there isn’t a challenge we can’t meet. For example, when we were contracted to update a machine from the 1930s, we researched how to successfully incorporate modern technology into old equipment. After completing the project we were able to see how far the industry has come. Our strengths took hold as we were able to keep a piece of history relevant and in best working condition.

It is jobs like this that help lead our customers to realize why Base is the ideal option. We provide the best quality at the best price and deliver results that are built to last. We are trusted by leading oil companies to perform process piping at refineries, not to mention industrial companies and cities who require safe wastewater systems. In projects that deal with possible hazardous materials, quality and safety are of the utmost importance. As experts in the industry, we ensure that safety standards are upheld at all times because we know what disastrous results can occur if safety measures are not properly in place. We live by the ideals that a job well done combines quality with safety.

Don’t be discouraged to demand that construction projects meet your high standards, because you deserve just that. At Base, we believe that the demands we hold for ourselves will meet and exceed those that you seek. Contact us to learn more about any of our high-quality industrial services today!

Contributing to a Circular Economy Beyond Earth Day

This past Earth Day on April 22nd was and is a reminder for all of us to be conscious of the environment. Because of our work in industrial construction, protecting valuable resources is always a consideration in project design. Optimal resource efficiency, from reducing energy use to using recyclable materials, is a goal we strive for. The Base Construction team consistently finds ways to use the most sustainable materials and reuse waste such as heat and water to save energy.

Optimal resource efficiency is a core idea of a global circular economy. A circular economy uses existing materials instead of continually starting with raw materials. To that extent, steel is integral to the global circular economy. It is truly sustainable because of its competitive advantage over other materials. The steel lifecycle enables it to be reduced, reused, remanufactured, and recycled. For industrial construction, steel is the only material suitable for support structures, platforms, catwalks, ladders, and machine guards.

Using resources efficiently involves out-of-the-box engineering. Recycling waste water is the ultimate in eco-friendly practices. Base has created a system to recycle wastewater and turn it into an advantage by treating the water and using it for two to three cycles. In a recent project, our engineering team developed a cycle/design system with a custom-built storage tank and sensors to measure for proper pH levels. Eventually, the water was unable to be reused for another cycle, but the results reduced wastewater going to the city sewer lines from 70,000 gal to 40,000, saving 30,000 gals of wastewater in total.

Base is involved with power saving projects that include both reducing the amount of power required to run a system and also capturing wastes to redirect that energy. Just as recycling wastewater returns every last bit of usable water, waste heat is also repurposed to generate power and save money. We have been working on a project that captures waste heat through negative pressure and uses it in a heat exchanger to raise the temperature of the water. For a brewery, we recently built a cogeneration system using a heat engine to generate electricity and heat at the same time. The heat exhaust, which would have been released into the air, was processed to heat water needed for the operation. In both of these instances, the companies reduced the amount of energy consumption by reusing wasted energy to power their processes.

Reducing energy use saves money and resources. The engineering team at Base has a broad understanding of how to use resources efficiently to reduce a company’s carbon footprint. For the smartest use of energy, contact the environmentally conscience team at Base Construction!

Examining Effects of California’s Continuing Drought

The drought, now in its 5th year (though prominently noted last year), got a bit of a reprieve in January as El Nino’s rains poured down. February; however, saw unseasonably hot and dry weather. High temperatures broke records last month and the dry spell doesn’t yet have an end in sight.

As California continues to struggle under hot and dry conditions, many industries are challenged because of the severe conditions. Hydroelectric power has been reduced due to the drop in water levels leading to an increase in natural gas use. Construction has been continuing and with the opening of a new indoor water park and hotel resort, Southern California has another destination for tourists.

In December, San Diego County entered into a new era for water use when the largest ocean desalination plant opened in Carlsbad. As a model for the state, the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant gives San Diego County more control over their its own water supply and is protection against the current and future drought conditions. This plant could be the first of many throughout the state if the drought continues. The second plant is being planned for Huntington Beach and is currently in the permit process.

Drought or no drought the NFL is coming back to Los Angeles with the relocation of the Rams and the possible relocation of the Chargers (although now the Chargers owner might be thinking of staying in San Diego). Building a new stadium (or two) will be a big win for L.A. and San Diego if the Chargers can get a new stadium approved – they have a year to decide what their best move is.

Since our last post on the drought things have remained close to the same in the industrial sector. Manufacturing is still moving along and has seen an increase since the start of the year. Basics and durable goods (food, cars, and furniture) recorded the highest gains in output and the analysts expect U.S. manufacturing to be unaffected by overseas trends.

The drought may be with us a while longer, but it isn’t slowing down industrial production. Because of this, Base Construction continues to provide process piping, concrete, and structural steel capabilities to all areas of manufacturing in the Southern California area. We specialize in designing, building, and installing piping systems for a wide range of industries and have the experience and the knowledge to handle challenging projects in times of challenging conditions.

Protecting Process Piping in Winter’s Coldest Months

Process Piping ImageProcess piping is an important part of many manufacturing operations. Almost all industries require piping, in one form or another, to convey material used in the manufacturing process. In winter months, the cold temperatures can have an adverse effect on piping systems and the materials they transport. There are a few of ways to prevent changing temperatures from effecting the manufacturing operation.

Just as we insulate walls to keep heat in, the same can be done for piping. Insulating a piping system prevents materials from losing heat which helps maintain temperature control of the entire process. Accurate temperature control is critical in certain applications like food processing. Pipe insulation also conserves energy by reducing heat loss.

Used in conjunction with insulation, heat tracing offers another way to keep process piping from being impacted by cold temperatures. Heat tracing (adding heating elements to the outside of the piping, under the insulation or used alone) is most often used in applications where too much heat loss would severely impact the process operation. Another circumstance would be when the material solidifies at ambient temperatures.

In many industrial operations steam tracing is common. The steam goes around copper tubing and is covered with insulating material to maintain temperatures in a proper manor. When steam is unavailable or unwanted in an application, electrical tape is a viable option for heat tracing. When used alone, electrical tape has the added benefit of heating the ambient temperature and keeping the surrounding environment warm.

Pipe insulation and heat tracing are necessary additions to piping systems that would be impacted by temperature change due to cold weather. At Base Construction, we have the capabilities to provide high-quality electrical and steam heat tracing and pipe insulation to meet any industry requirement. Our ability to take on challenging and diversified projects enables us to deliver effective solutions for all types of process piping system fabrication and installation.

Contact Base Construction today or visit our website to learn more about our process piping capabilities and view examples of our past projects.

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead

The start of the New Year has us prepping for upcoming work that has been contracted for, but not yet underway. This year looks to be busy with projects, both big and small, large scope and narrow focus, lastly, Base Construction 2016 Image 1challenging and routine.

While we can’t give away too many details, we can relay an idea of what types of projects we will be working on in 2016. The first on the docket is the installation of a second vacuum oven for a leading aerospace company. For this project we designed all of the piping and installation from start to finish. We had originally installed a single oven, for our returning customer, last winter. Their extreme approval of our previous work resulted in our return for this turnkey project and we look forward to getting started!

Another returning customer (a government company that cannot be named) has awarded us further contracting for valves, instrumentation, and other mechanical devices. Why? Because they know Base Construction has the experienced staff to handle the ins and outs of the project. We will be handling equipment orders such as valves and necessary instrumentation. Beyond that, an in-house mechanical engineer will confirm the design so that the installation team can sanction that everything is in place. This type of service ensures that, once on site, unforeseen problems will not occur.

We’ve, once again, been awarded a separate project inside of a food facility. The job requires the replacement of existing carbon steel floors, with 316 stainless steel floors in a total of 14 rooms. At the completion of this development our client will produce different food product only accessible through stainless steel flooring and platforms.

To wrap things up, we would like to note several smaller jobs on the horizon. Our team is working on piping projects, safety related projects, and updates to conform to new OSHA requirements. One of our leading projects is the installation of safety equipment from Alcoa. Items such as guards and handrails for equipment, fall prevention devices, key-access ladders, and custom made security equipment will be fitted. Our capabilities also enable us to replace broken asphalt and concrete to prevent tripping hazards and various dangerous situations.

This coming year will find us as at locations all over SoCal, working on projects to improve processes, equipment, and facilities. If you have a project that calls for expert mechanical engineering services, contact Base Construction today! Remember to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest industry updates and future blog content. Happy new year to all, from the Base Construction team!

Recapping the Past Year in Blogs

Our blog has been a great way to “talk” to our customers about what’s going on in the industry and with our company in general. We have been able to go into more depth regarding projects we are proud of and services we offer.

Over the past year we have shown you a sample of some of our recent industrial projects, our involvement with generator installation and energy, the importance of safety awareness, energy conservation, and working with the aerospace industry. This is really just a sampling of our capabilities. Customers can rely on Base Construction for many types of projects since we employ high-quality craftsmen in all construction disciplines.

Our capabilities are so varied that clients are often unaware of all the things we can do. In this past year we have completed many different kinds of projects within industrial plants that highlight our wide-ranging capabilities. Base Construction has taken on:

• Remodeling: Even in industrial plants office areas and restrooms need updating at some time. Restrooms, for example, are key areas that must be in good working order and up to standards and regulations. Because this ‘industrial remodeling’ is more common than you might think, we have a crew dedicated to handling bathroom remodeling and restroom construction, as well as office construction experience, for industrial facilities.
• Underground repair work: Our capabilities run deep, as is the case when pipes need repair. We were called in to find and repair a water line that was leaking at an aerospace facility. The leak was difficult to find but we went to great lengths to fix the problem.
• Temporary heating/cooling systems: The heat wave this summer left many Southern Californian companies struggling. In one instance we had to add a temporary cooling tower to regulate temperatures within the facility. We took on the engineering and the calculations and completed the job in 2 days. In another case we engineered a hood to remove excessive heat from around a customer’s oven/furnaces so that the employees could work in a more comfortable environment.

The goal for all of us at Base Construction is to exceed the needs of our customers. Because we are willing to go outside of our comfort zone, our abilities extend far beyond what we list as general capabilities. And, we are continuing to expand as we add more mechanical, structural, and chemical engineering staff to expand our efforts even further.

This past year kept us challenged in the broad scope of the projects we took on. We look forward to continuing to expand our experiences in 2016 to improve the industrial manufacturing sector project by project.

As a contractor in all areas of construction contact us to learn how Base Construction can help on your next project.

Happy holidays from the Base Construction crew!

Base Construction is Working Behind the Scenes in SoCal Industrial Plants

Oil companies, packaging manufacturers, and industrial companies are among the clients Base Construction is currently providing a variety of construction-related services to. Although we cannot reveal our clients, we can tell you that we’ve been behind the scenes in industrial plants to help support the operations of industries of all types.

Here is a sampling of Base Construction’s recent projects, showing some of what we’re currently working on at SoCal industrial plants:

Installation of industrial conveyors and manufacturing equipment
Base Construction installs conveyors, machinery and manufacturing  equipment of all types at industrial plants throughout Southern California. We’re currently working with a manufacturer of transmission oil and bottled motor oil, making sure conveyors on the packaging lines and other machinery and equipment in the industrial plant are installed properly. What we’re doing is helping to keep operations moving forward smoothly!

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Remodeling restrooms in industrial plants
While restrooms are not often talked about, they do play a role in industrial plants and most businesses. What needs to be done? At Base Construction, we know how to properly remodel existing restrooms and how to build new restrooms in industrial plants to meet Southern California’s building codes and safety requirements. We even have a specialized crew dedicated to restroom remodeling and restroom construction in industrial plants.

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Construction of offices within industrial plants and warehouses.
Need office space within your industrial plant or warehouse? Base Construction builds offices within industrial plants. With offices on
site managers, supervisors and key personnel can conduct business and tend to their daily office tasks close to manufacturing operations. Ask us about the office space Base Construction has built at industrial plants throughout Southern California.

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Base Construction is an industrial contractor for all types of industrial projects. We’d be happy to tell you more about everything we do. Check out our website to learn more about us and about the services we offer. Or give us a call at 949-387-3471. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Base Construction Offers Generator Installation Services and More to Industrial Facilities and Co-Gen Operations in Southern California

Industries of all types rely on energy to power their operations: Food and beverage, aerospace, waste-water treatment, recycling, the energy operations themselves – the list goes on and on. But, times are changing, and changing very rapidly for the energy industry. New EPA requirements need to be up to date by the year Base Construction Generator Installation Image 12020. This deadline for compliance with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will dramatically transform the energy landscape in the U.S.

“Clean power” plays an important role in the manufacturing industries’ efforts to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly; however, these efforts will take some time to plan and construct. One recent news report says, “A vastly changed power generation mix will be the result of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reduce greenhouse gases from existing power plants, but industry and utilities will need more time to build it…” While utilities and industrial plants revise and retrofit their operations to meet EPA requirements, many will be installing generators, and other heavy equipment, onsite, at their facilities.

Base Construction installs generators, industrial equipment, and machinery at all types of industrial plants. This includes the “heavy” industry plants, such as chemical plants, energy plants (co-generation, geothermal and solar), food & beverage, recycling, aerospace, and more. We specialize in handling all phases of industrial projects, including design, fabrication, and installation at industrial plants in Southern California.

Getting back to the specifics, whether it’s heat, steam, or electricity that is powering a plant and keeping production Large Diesel generatorlines moving, industrial operations rely on generators. Many operations today, in all kinds of industries, are co-gen (cogeneration) plants, where energy that used to be “wasted” and possibly emitted into the atmosphere is now put to good use on site. For instance, this “secondary” energy that is generated is heat or steam that can be used to warm up water or other fluids in a production line. The popularity of co-gen systems is attributed to the overall cost savings and the “environmental friendliness” of these types of operations. The cost savings include government incentives offered to industrial operations with co-gen operations.

We’d be happy to tell you more about the advantages of co-gen operations, and if you’re in Southern California, we can show you the advantages of working with Base Construction to install generators and other industrial equipment at your facilities. Visit our website or give us a call at 949-387-3471.