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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, please note the following schedule updates:

  • Wednesday, November 27th – Office closes at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 28th – Office closed
  • Friday, November 29th – Office closed

Make it Happen: Office Enhancements in Dallas

Our team continues to grow, and so does our need for space! Our Multi-Family team recently placed concrete for accessible parking spaces at the Lewisville office. Additional office renovations and enhancements will begin soon. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through this process, and we’ll share additional details soon.

 

Central Texas – Superintendents Meeting & Earth Moving Equipment Training

Submitted by Santana Gurrola, Safety Coordinator

Dallas Multi-Family Division – Earth Moving Equipment Training

Submitted by Erie Puga, Safety Coordinator

Dallas Multi-Family Division – The Patios

Superintendent Juan Jimenez

 

 

Cold Weather is Here

Submitted by Dave DeGraaf, Safety Manager

With the snow comes a much greater risk of injury, both on the job site and traveling to it. Take these precautions:

  1. Allow extra time for the commute – traffic will be bad, and being in a rush will only increase the chances of accidents on the way to work.
  2. Snow will cover and disguise many basic jobsite hazards. Properly marking trip hazards and going above and beyond spray paint may be necessary to make these items visible.
  3. Walk with deliberation. The chances of slips will skyrocket with ice and snow buildup, so walking slower and planning routes across sites or while carrying materials will help prevent basic incidents like slip and falls.
  4. Use equipment to move material whenever possible! We are paying for it to be on site, so lets get our money’s worth.
  5. Stretch and flex. With cold temperatures it takes much longer to get warmed up.
  6. Bring extra gear like gloves. It’s extremely important to keep your hands warm during work. There are a lot of options to layer; ask your foreman or team lead for ideas.

Trench Safety Classes are Underway

Last week we kicked off the first of three monthly trench safety classes in the Midwest. We’ve invited our customers and vendors to join our team to increase collaboration, communication and safe job site operations. Pioneer, Elzinga & Volkers, Midwest Construction and the Bradford White team were among the first guests to join us. These classes will also be offered in Charlotte, Dallas and Austin. If you’re interested in trench safety certification, contact your manager or the safety team.

 

HR Corner: How to Minimize Holiday Stress

Submitted by Mindy Curtiss, HR Director

With all of the extra demands and expectations we place on ourselves during the holidays, it’s easy to get “stressed out.” Follow the tips below to help ease holiday stress and help you enjoy a meaningful and happy holiday season.

  1. Set a financial budget for the holidays and stick to it – Not just for gift giving, but for the top-dollar amount you can afford to spend for everything including gifts, big family dinners, wrapping paper, decorations, parties, etc. Plan what you will spend in advance, to avoid “impulse buying” and overspending.
  2. Budget your time as well as your money – Avoid the stress of last-minute shopping and preparations. Plan ahead. Make a “To Do” list and prioritize what has to be done. Set aside some time each day to accomplish scheduled holiday tasks.
  3. Keep holiday plans realistic – Don’t overload yourself. It’s not necessary to attend every family, social or religious celebration that comes along. When allotting your limited time, choose quality over quantity. Learn to say “no” gently but firmly to social events that are over your limit.

Click here to read the entire list of holiday tips from the EAC.

 

Hidden Talent:

Project Manager Taylor Klein Completes Kent Companies Fine Art

Dallas Project Manager Taylor Klein recently completed a custom piece of art featuring a Multi-Family Division finisher. The photograph was taken in late Spring. The artwork is 48″x36″, acrylic on canvas. It took five sessions of two hours each to complete. The artwork will hang in Executive Vice President Angel Alvarez’s office in Lewisville.