A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned: The Value of a Preconstruction Team

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How Do Preconstruction Services Add Value to a Project? When it comes to ‘a penny saved is a penny earned,’ preconstruction teams know that savings uncovered with skilled estimating and bidding services can be worth their weight in gold. That’s why Reynolds’ preconstruction team, with 240 years of combined experience, scours procurement options, drawings, plans and schedules to uncover ways to put money back into school districts’ pockets, saving up to millions of dollars and putting funds back in budgets for projects that had previously been bumped from the “must do” list. Phoenixville Area School District (PASD) experienced the value of Reynolds’ preconstruction team during the construction of the new Phoenixville Area Middle School and District Administration Office (DAO), when Reynolds’ preconstruction solutions provided the district with enough money for turf athletic fields and tackling site and schedule challenges along the way. Solving Challenges When PASD was first provided with an architectural quote of over $70 million for construction costs for both the middle school and administrative offices, it looked as though the idea of turf athletic fields would have to be placed on the back burner to devote full funds to school construction. But the Reynolds preconstruction team got […]

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Employee Spotlight: Todd Buzard

Todd Buzard

Meet Todd Buzard, Vice President of Preconstruction Services Q: What is your position at Reynolds and what do you do? A: I am the Vice President of Preconstruction Services. I oversee a department of six that puts together detailed estimates and preliminary designs to control construction costs. Q: How long have you worked at Reynolds? A: I’ve been with Reynolds since its inception in 1994, so I’ll be celebrating my 25-year “Reynolds-versary” this year along with the company. Q: How has the industry changed since you first started? A: Technology has changed everything. When I started, there were no personal computers, company issued cell phones, or email. There was a single huge IBM main frame computer located across the street and you had a computer terminal at your desk. When you wanted to print an estimate, you had to go across the street to get the printout. Q: What is an accomplishment at Reynolds you’re most proud of and why? A: Being a part of the team that built the Bedford Springs Resort was a huge accomplishment. It’s a beautiful, iconic resort with historical significance, but it almost wasn’t restored to its former glory because of bumps along the way. […]

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Value Engineering: How to Reduce Costs without Sacrificing Project Vision

Value engineering: how to reduce costs without sacrificing project vision

Why VE Is Integral in Construction Projects At Reynolds, we understand vision and design often drive a project, particularly for school districts and other organizations who want to increase comfort and improve aesthetics in new and renovated buildings. New trends in design, combined with the integration of technology into buildings and advances in building materials, though, can sometimes add to overall costs and expenses, putting projects over budget. This can often lead to frustration and anxiety for owners, as they may feel they have to sacrifice their vision and reduce the scope of the project in order to complete a project on-budget (and even on-time). Rather than immediately scaling back on scope and building program, or reactively cutting costs that may impact the overall value and the architect’s Design Intent, Reynolds works with our clients and design team partners to identify ways to achieve project success without sacrificing the project vision through a process called Value Engineering. What Is Value Engineering? Value Engineering, or VE, is a method of evaluating the components of a construction project to identify ways to provide for the intended design, use (program)– or vision – by using alternative materials and systems to reduce the overall […]

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Reynolds Restoration Services Promotes Freeman

Reynolds Restoration Services promotes Brittan Freeman to project manager and estimator.

Harrisburg, PA — Reynolds Restoration Services (RRS) has promoted Brittan Freeman to project manager and estimator. In this role, he will focus on loss projects in the Harrisburg area, mentor staff, and continue to make a positive impact on RRS’s operations. “Britt joined Reynolds in 2016 as a carpenter and quickly proved his skill set as both as a teammate and a leader,” said Anthony Worrall, president of RRS. “He exemplifies Reynolds’ high standards of customer service and integrity and we’re pleased to have him fill a leadership role.” Freeman has been in the construction industry for 12 years. He is certified in CPR, OSHA 30-hour Construction Training, and as a Certified Lead Renovator. He previously served Reynolds as a carpenter, foreman, and assistant project manager. About Reynolds Restoration Services Reynolds Restoration Services is the premier disaster restoration and reconstruction company in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland service areas. Our qualified and dedicated staff are always on call to respond to fire, smoke, water, mold, and wind damage. With over 13 years of experience in the emergency restoration industry, Reynolds Restoration Services is a division of Reynolds, a full-service building solutions provider offering construction, construction management, energy, and […]

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Reynolds Restoration Services Promotes Ostrich

Reynolds Restoration Services promotes Shawn Ostrich to director of construction

Harrisburg, PA — In recognition of his leadership, Reynolds Restoration Services (RRS) has promoted Shawn Ostrich to director of construction. In this role, he will focus on construction quality control and staff development and continue to make a positive impact on RRS’s operations. “Shawn is a supportive leader with high standards for quality construction and a desire to help others in RRS reach their full potential,” said Anthony Worrall, president of RRS. “His energy, leadership, and dedication will help RRS deliver high quality construction on all projects.” Ostrich graduated from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and has 28 years of experience. He previously owned a home building business for which he received several awards from the Home Builders Association. Since joining RRS in 2016, Ostrich has served as a project manager and senior project manager, providing skilled oversight and coordination for RRS’s largest Philadelphia-area losses. He is OSHA 30-Hour and Water Damage Restoration Technician certified. About Reynolds Restoration Services Reynolds Restoration Services is the premier disaster restoration and reconstruction company in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland service areas. Our qualified and dedicated staff are always on call to respond to fire, smoke, water, mold, and wind damage. With […]

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Upgrading School Facilities Will Reduce Energy Expenses

Rick Evans How to Save Energy by Upgrading Your Aging School Building According to Education Week, the average age of school buildings in the U.S. is 44 years old. Systems within these aging buildings, such as air conditioning, heating, windows, roofs, and restrooms, are often identified as being in fair or poor condition. Not only do these outdated systems have high maintenance costs, they can also contribute to reduced indoor air quality, wasted energy and resources, and diminished occupant comfort. A cost-efficient way to bring aging facilities up to 21st century standards is with an energy savings performance contract. Performance contracting, or Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) project, is a legislated alternative project delivery method to the traditional design/bid/build approach. Schools can acquire comprehensive capital energy improvements (such as lighting, HVAC equipment, and controls) through the services of an Energy Service Company (ESCo) such as Reynolds. The energy and cost savings achieved by the installed energy conservation measures (ECMs) covers all project costs, including financing, over the specified contract term. In Pennsylvania, contract terms are limited to 20 years from the date of completed project installation. Benefits of a Performance Contract Lowering utility bills Improving indoor air quality, comfort, and […]

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Five Ways to Save On Business Energy Expenses During Winter

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How to Conserve Energy During the Winter Months During the winter months, many businesses and schools may experience peak utility bills and overall energy usage as building systems work to keep up with the demands of heating and proper temperature control. Old heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can often be the root cause of poor energy utilization, as well as outdated lighting components and fixtures, damaged or broken window seals, and aging building structures that have not been maintained. No matter the reason, it’s important for business owners and facility managers to take time to explore ways to reduce energy usage and address issues to help increase the comfort levels of building occupants while also reducing financial expenses. In recognition of Cut Your Energy Costs Day, our team of professionals at Reynolds Energy Solutions offer five ways that businesses and school districts can reduce their overall energy consumption and usage while also reducing their carbon footprint and operating expenses. Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting Solutions It is estimated that close to 40% of all energy usage of a building can be attributed to lighting costs. Businesses and school districts can drastically reduce their usage by installing energy efficient […]

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How Lighting Your Stadium With LED Technology Improves Efficiency & The Spectator Experience

John Hayden, PE, CEM, CSDP Make The Football Game More Enjoyable With LED Lighting The smell of leaves. The sound of the referee’s whistle. The sight of your school’s football team…cast in shadows and uneven lighting. Don’t let a low-quality lighting system ruin the fun fall tradition of Friday night lights! If your school district’s Friday night football games are being played under the same lighting system that was there when the stadium was installed 10 or more years ago, it’s time to consider a system replacement. An old and inefficient lighting system may not just be robbing spectators of a nicely lit game experience; it could also be robbing your budget of unnecessarily high utility and maintenance monies. Mt. Pleasant Area School District offers an example of a lighting replacement project that was installed quickly and is already providing a healthy return on investment. The district kicked off its project in June 2018 with the goal of lighting the first home football game on August 31. The work included replacing the high mast lights and running new power and control wiring from the stadium’s main distribution panel to the new poles. The new Musco Lighting system included glare-free LED […]

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Reynolds to Provide Preconstruction Services for New Harrisburg University Building

Harrisburg University's new mixed use building

Harrisburg University Preconstruction Project Harrisburg, PA – Reynolds will provide preconstruction services for Harrisburg University’s new 19-story, $100+ million academic tower, contributing to the growth of downtown Harrisburg. Reynolds joins The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and architect Stantec on the preconstruction team. The space will house classrooms and labs to support increased demand for health science, advanced manufacturing, and interactive media programs, as well as some hospitality tenants. The new tower will provide educational space for an additional 1,000 students. Construction is planned to start in 2019, with occupancy anticipated for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year. “Reynolds is proud to partner with Harrisburg University once again to change the Harrisburg skyline,” said David Angle, CEO of Reynolds. “This is an exciting project that will positively impact the area’s economic revitalization.” Reynolds was the construction manager on the university’s current 16-story, $66 million academic tower, which opened in 2009. Reynolds also managed the fit-out of space in Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts for the university’s new esports training facility earlier this year. About Reynolds Preconstruction Services With 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Reynolds is a full-service building solutions provider with a wide array of service […]

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Building the Future: Inspiring the Next Generation of Construction Professionals through Education

By Mike Arnold, CCCA, CFM, LEED AP Construction Education Program For High Schoolers The construction industry is booming now, and with it there is a shortage of workers in the construction trades as well construction professional positions. This shortage can have a negative impact on the quality, cost, and duration of building projects. One way to combat this situation is to engage the generation that will greatly influence the industry’s success: high school students on the cusp of making career decisions. That was the impetus behind the development of Reynolds’ student education program, which uses active school construction projects as the centerpiece of its educational component. This year, Reynolds introduced the program to three Pennsylvania school districts where Reynolds is managing new construction or addition/renovation projects: Altoona Area (new high school), Peters Township (new high school), and Cornwall-Lebanon (elementary school addition/renovation). Sessions at several other districts with active projects are planned in upcoming months. The sessions consist of a presentation followed by a tour of the project in construction. Some of the elements included in the sessions are: Introduction to the Design/Construction Industry – Although building construction is a large sector of the construction industry, there are many other sectors […]

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