As stormy season ramps up, disaster plan is a good idea
Another active hurricane season is forecast for this year: A computer simulation by Florida State University scientists calls for a 70 percent probability of 12 to 17 named storms, with five to 10 becoming hurricanes.
And though west-central Florida typically doesn’t see the activity of, say, South Florida or the Panhandle, it’s a good idea to think about disaster planning for your business now.
At Ed Taylor, we have a comprehensive crisis plan in place in case our facilities are affected, including specific plans for how we would communicate with employees, subcontractor partners or anyone else affected by a certain situation.
As we look toward the brunt of hurricane season, we are getting questions about how companies would make repairs if supplies are short, and for some companies, whether their facilities are prepared to withstand a storm.
If you have questions about whether your building might need some work to be hurricane-ready, or if you’d like to talk about storm planning in general, contact Mark Weaver at 813-623-3724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renovating research facility for USF
Ed Taylor is currently completing the renovation of a 40,000-square-foot facility for USF’s Office of Research and Innovation in Tampa.
The first phase of the project needed to be complete in approximately 90 days. And much of the work had to be done in an area where employees were on the job.
Successfully working through the challenges, Ed Taylor Construction’s scope has included enclosing the building’s loading dock and essentially modernizing the entire space. Also, the building’s server room required 35 tons of new air-conditioning equipment, in addition to the 18 new air-conditioning units needed for the rest of the facility.
The USF Research Foundation works to bring inventions and discoveries by USF’s university community from the laboratory to the public. In turn, funds from these activities go toward paying for future research.
Q&A: Larry Meckley
Q: Often, a building renovation takes place while business continues onsite. What are some tips for companies undertaking such a project?
A: It’s important that a company gets buy-in from the employees, so everyone can work together to keep obstacles and frustrations to a minimum. In some cases, there may need to be significant workarounds, such as temporarily moving part of a production line.
Pre-planning for any project is essential. Many business leaders may not be aware of how construction can impact their business.
Involving key personnel prior to project commencement and communicating throughout the process will help ensure a more enjoyable construction experience.