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The Role of Quality Assurance at the Community Justice Campus

Midwest Associates is hard at work providing Construction Quality Assurance for the Marion County Community Justice Campus, or the CJC. The CJC consists of the Consolidated Civil and Criminal Courthouse, Adult Detention Center (ADC), Sheriff’s Building, and the Assessment and Intervention Center (AIC).

Our expert team is primarily assigned to the courthouse; however, we do assist in all of the buildings on a regular basis.

Each of our team members on site is tasked with different responsibilities. Whether we are attending meetings or reviewing the fine details of work being completed in the field, Midwest Associates is dedicated to ensuring the project is completed to the highest standards.

A large part of our work on this project consists of identifying deficiencies, reviewing the issues, and ultimately verifying they have been corrected. This process guarantees cost savings for property owners, as it reduces rework by identifying and correcting issues early in the construction process.

Our Construction Quality Assurance team is doing amazing work for the CJC project, including, but certainly not limited to:

1.) Supporting the concrete installation by reviewing and documenting most of the concrete placed on site. We help the concrete superintendent identify any potential field issues. We review elevated deck pours to ensure that the post-tension tendons, rebar, formwork, and embedded items are in per the plans and specifications. We walk with the engineer and/or 3rd party testing agency and record any deficiencies they find so that we can get them corrected prior to placement. We document the elevated deck and vertical concrete work through pre-pour cards, observations logs/maps, and Procore observations.

2.) Maintaining a pre-punch system for our concrete superintendent. Every Monday, the concrete superintendent and our team walk the building to identify deficiencies in the concrete finish and/or to document the corrections that have been made. This helps the concrete division make repairs while they have easy access to the areas before the other trades occupy the space.

3.) Reviewing the vapor mitigation system (VMS) and all of its components. We then help resolve issues in the field by facilitating communication with the VMS engineer and the vapor barrier manufacturer’s representative. We document the correction of all deficiencies using observation logs and Procore observations. We provide a similar service for the waterproofing of exterior walls and elevator pits. We often have more time to devote than the superintendents to really dig into the details of each system and ensure we are installing items per the contract documents.

4.) Attending the above ceiling walkthroughs at the AIC. We help document the deficiencies that are called out by the design team and owner’s representative. The list is published and distributed to all the subcontractors. After they have completed the necessary corrections, we come back to verify and document.

5.) Reviewing the air barrier in a similar way to the waterproofing. We meet with the subcontractor and identify areas that do not meet the manufacturer’s requirements, such as: wrong product, wrong application of the product, and/or any missed areas. Again, we document the deficiencies and verify they have been corrected.

Are you a property owner or project manager looking for a dedicated team to complete tasks like these, and more, to the highest standards? Contact Midwest Associates today.

Healthy Buildings to Help our Economy

Did you know there are many economic benefits to healthy buildings?

As we respond to COVID-19 and this uncertain time for our health and future, safe buildings AND boosting our economy are more important than ever.

Harvard experts have found that by providing more opportunities to work, learn or reside in a more health conscious building, we will also be supporting the economy.

As we move back into “normal” life post-COVID, the economic benefits for property owners who are able to market their buildings as healthier indoor spaces will become increasingly apparent. John D. Macomber, Senior Lecturer of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, explains “I think that the offices with the premier health story will get the premium rent and get the tenants, and the offices with a lagging health story will lag.”

Healthy buildings will be those that can claim improved Indoor Air Quality. Midwest Associates’ expertise in balancing HVAC systems and performance testing of mechanical systems helps property owners implement the necessary changes to achieve healthier buildings. These changes include increasing the air change frequency, increasing outside air ventilation, checking air filter installation & maintenance, and ensuring balanced room pressure differentials.

In the article "What Makes An Office Building Healthy",The Harvard Business Review states, "Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have estimated that improving indoor air quality in offices could add as much as $20 billion annually to the U.S. economy. This new calculus should inspire a new generation of highly justifiable investment in creating and operating a healthy building."

Contact us today for more information on how you can make your buildings safer for your tenants, employees, and more, while also doing your part to stimulate the economy.

Building Commissioning Association’s Central Chapter

Midwest Associates’ President Stacy Carey has been elected to sit on the leadership board of the Building Commissioning Association’s Central chapter.

BCxA is an international non-profit organization that serves as the recognized authority and resource on commissioning. The BCxA exists to assure quality buildings and provides technical and educational resources, a roadmap to innovation, quality benchmarks, and initiatives that are important to commissioning providers.

Their mission is to guide the building commissioning industry by advancing best practices and education throughout the building industry, and promoting the benefits of building commissioning to achieve buildings that work. The BCxA supports certification programs that set a high bar for the commissioning professionals who manage the total building commissioning process.

As an ambassador, Stacy and the other commissioning professionals are committed to the highest standards and practices for the commissioning process. They focus on supporting members through best practices, professional development, leadership and representation, promotion and collaboration, and certification.

“I am honored to be elected to the board and am looking forward to providing leadership and representation for Indiana and the central chapter,” Stacy said of her election.

Building Confidence Through Local Nonprofits

We had the pleasure of joining Flight1, a local nonprofit that rebuilds confidence in children affected by serious health challenges, at an event celebrating their board and sponsors. It is easy to see how flight brings such joy to our community!

Steve Jerge – Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau Hall of Fame Award

Midwest Associates General Manager Steve Jerge has been honored as the latest recipient of the Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Bureau Hall of Fame Award from SMACNA, the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Central Indiana!

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes “those in our industry who have made significant contributions by setting exemplary standards of service or by providing innovative ideas that strengthen the value of TABB Certification”.

Steve has dedicated his career to the Test and Balance field and is a leader in the industry with over 20 years of experience. Known as one of the best in Indiana, he completes each job with passion, integrity and determination to be the best. Others look at Steve as a mentor and he willingly shares his knowledge with engineers, owners, and other contractors. He provides training on various systems, explanations on how to troubleshoot issues in the field, and shares his experiences. He encourages all technicians to continue their education and become certified. Steve is also active in the local chapter of IEBB and shares his TAB expertise with the other contractors in an effort to ensure future leaders of the TAB field continue to uphold the profession.

“Steve has a degree in “real world experience.” I’ve worked with Steve for more than 20 years and he has always proven to be a valuable partner and asset to the organization he represents.” – Mike Roach

We are so grateful to have such a dedicated, experienced leader for our team! For more information on Steve, check out the Leadership page under the ‘About Us’ tab or contact us to set up an appointment.