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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.

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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.

Need Help with an Expansion Project? Base has you Covered!

As an experienced and trusted industrial contractor, Base Construction has completed over 3,500 projects involving process piping, concrete foundation, structural steel, and mechanical equipment for a wide range of industries. We provide creative solutions and manage all of the project details from start to finish on new or existing operation facility builds, work area expansions, or anything in between.

Project Capabilities to Suit All Builds 

Equipped with diverse expansion project capabilities and years of on-site experience, Base Construction can complete all phases of a project from the ground up. Our skilled team of professional engineers creates the cranes that assemble equipment, the platforms necessary for the development of new structures, and any stairways or catwalks needed to travel between constructed platforms.

For builds involving specialized industrial equipment, we can design, fabricate, and install devices such as:

  • Air compressors
  • All type of tanks
  • Cooling towers
  • Pressurized vessels
  • All type of pumps
  • Scrubbers
  • Furnaces
  • Ovens
  • Heat Exchanges
  • Air filters and dryers
  • Bag houses
  • Blowers
  • Vacuum pumps

Before using newly installed equipment, our team will conduct any assessments necessary to ensure that all components are working properly prior to completing the job.

To further support all aspects of your build, Base Construction can also undertake any required mechanical work, such as process piping, insulation, heat tracing, lighting, painting, and motor installation, in addition to designing and implementing new control systems to better regulate your production processes.

Finally, we can utilize our extensive knowledge of industrial plants to develop customized systems designed to resolve any issues that may arise. We have performed projects across a range of industries, including jobs in:

  • Aerospace facilities
  • Recycling plants (paper, battery)
  • Food & drink processing facilities
  • Insulation plants
  • Co-Gen plants
  • Casting plants
  • Forging plants
  • Plastic pipe manufacturing plants

Our full list of past projects and current large-scale projects can be viewed on our website.

Prioritizing Site Safety

Safety is our number one priority at Base Construction; our team places a premium on safe working conditions and quality workmanship. Our fast problem-solving skills and focus on safety limit the number of accidents and errors on all projects, protecting our team and ensuring consistent, effective results for our clients.

If you are looking to expand your facility or would like to learn more about our design and build capabilities, contact us today!

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!