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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 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.