Teamwork & Creative GlazingPosted on June 19, 2017, by Jennifer Klitzke
Empirehouse has been the busiest we’ve ever been this Spring and Summer. Our Field, Fabrication, and Project Management Teams have been working 10-12 hour shifts Monday through Friday and have been giving up their Saturdays to meet project demands. In addition to working overtime, cross-training and hiring more staff, we’ve applied creative glazing and installation strategies to accomplish more work safely in less time.
Recently innovative pre-planning by Empirehouse Field Superintendent Trent Johnson and Glazing Forman Brandon Schindele brought together a choreographed dance of three JLG lifts and 12 Glaziers at the Mystic Lake HCC project to install 190 glass lites of a radius curtainwall. Seven of the twelve Glaziers came from other job sites and all of them gave up a sunny summery Saturday to team together for the task at hand!
During the week, glass units had been crate dollied and skip stationed to each floor opening in preparation for the Saturday installation. Three teams of two Glaziers worked outside from JLG lifts and three teams of two Glaziers were stationed inside. One team prepped glass units, the second team set glass units, and the third team bolted frames. Working this way saved the time of moving the JLG lifts up and down the multi levels. Care was taken in coordination and planning so that there wasn’t a lift installing glass units over another glazing team to ensure safety on site.
In all approx. 3,500 square feet of glass lites were safely installed by Glazing Foreman Brandon Schindele, Glaziers Gary Salmela, James Demarais, Nick Maurer, Troy Cagle, Mike Blumer, Eddie Love, Bill Esnough, Howard Wesley, and Andrew Henricks, and Apprentice Glaziers Sean Wilmes and Jeremiah Johnson. Way to team together and go above and beyond!
Video: Time-lapse radius curtainwall installation
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Empirehouse is the first certified NACC architectural glass and metal contractor in the Midwest to meet national safety and quality standards set by ANSI.