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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 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.

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!