S afety & S ecurity

Real Estate Journal — Owners, Developers & Managers — May 29 - June 11, 2015 — 7B


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Project includes installing 5’ x 7’ painted aluminum panels and letters in under a week Benchmark Construction wins Safety and Craftsmanship awards L ANCASTER, PA — On Thursday, March 19th, Benchmark

“We are proud of the hard work and the desire for per- fectionism that these em- ployees have displayed in their work”, said Michael Callahan , president. In addition, Benchmark Construction Company, Inc. was awarded the 2015 Gener- al Construction Safety Award by the MABX. MABX created the Safety Awards program to recognize industry leaders who place a high priority pro- tecting their employees, their construction partners and the public. The Safety Award acknowl- edges the companies that go to great lengths protecting the health and safety of employ- ees and the general public, as

well as productivity. Bench- mark’s STAR Safety Program is very comprehensive, allow- ing for necessary adjustments as processes and systems change to meet the demands of modern day construction. The STAR program was designed to actively place progressive safety practices in the field where it is needed most rather than just a written program to satisfy OSHA requirements. This focus on actively applied safety has gotten the attention of many of the smaller and/or emerging specialty contrac- tors we work with. These companies often approach our Safety Director or Safety Of- ficers for assistance in finding solutions to their challenges. n

congratulated two employ- ees for winning a Mid At- lantic Builders Exchange (MABX) Craftsman Award for their exceptional artwork installation. Benchmark Construction announced that Fred Kurtz , superintendent and Timmy Snowden , carpenter, are the proud recipients of craftsman- ship awards for their custom artwork installation at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in downtown Lan- caster. The project included installing 5’ x 7’ painted alu- minum panels and letters in just under a week.

Shown from left: Mike Callahan, President; Timmy Snowden, Carpenter; Fred Kurtz, Project Superintendent; Phil Ireland, Safety Director; Chris Smith, VP of Construction and Cliff Wilson, Director of Field Operations.

Castle Lanterra Properties offers fire training drills at Watergate Village

The Solomon Organization’s maintenance team win awards

ANNAPOLIS, MD — Fire- men enter the third floor of the 700 Building of Water-

gate Village in Annapo- lis during a s i mu l a t e d fire as part of a fire depart- ment train- ing event at Wa t e r g a t e Village. The

Elie Rieder

608-unit multi-family property is owned by New York-based Castle Lanterra Properties (CLP) , which acquired it ear- lier this year. The City of An- napolis, Anne Arundel County and U.S. Naval Academy Fire Departments are conducting the training at a currently va- cant, 45-unit building that was damaged by fire two years ago and is currently undergoing renovations for re-occupancy. “We were approached for this training effort and are very pleased to make this property available,” said Elie Rieder , founder of CLP. “We are happy to accommodate the critical needs of these depart- ments as part of our commit- ment to the community.” For the training, the build- ing’s third floor was filled with simulated smoke and victims were placed in strategic loca-

First row (kneeling): Lee Davenport, Regional Maintenance Person; Stan Cherry, Asst. Maintenance Supervisor at Kensington Club in Lancaster; Matt Fletcher, Maintenance Supervisor at Kensington Club in Lancaster. Second row: Myrl Coons, Maintenance Supervisor at Ivy Ridge in Harrisburg; Mark Baker, Maintenance Technician for Lehigh Crossing in Bethlehem; Mark Ayers, Maintenance Supervisor for Berkshire Hills in Sinking Spring; Jose Ruiz, Maintenance Supervi- sor at Lehigh Crossing in Bethlehem.

tions. Firefighters dispatched to the scene quickly formu- lated a plan to mitigate the emergency from start to finish. Sessions were conducted twice daily from May 11 through May 14, with more deliberate task specific training sched- uled on Friday, May 15. “In the fire service, it is para- mount to train as you work and work as you train,” said Capt. R. Svoboda of the City of Annapolis Fire Department. “The opportunity to train in the realistic environment that

this building provided will pay dividends, should we ever have the unfortunate occur- rence of responding to a fire in a building similar to this one.” CLP is in the process of re- storing and fully renovating the 45-unit building for rental occupancy, as part as a prop- erty wide plan to invest more than $12 million in capital improvements in the property, restoring and updating units with modern luxury finishes, and enhancing the common areas. n

hosted by the Pennsylvania Apartment Association at the Holiday Inn Grantville and were victorious in numer- ous categories including the duo flush toilet conversion, fire/carbon monoxide safety installation and the key con- trol/deadbolt test (so you can rest assured that their residents are living in safe, clean environments!) n

GRANTVILLE, PA — Football’s got the Super Bowl, college basketball’s got March Madness and the multi-fam- ily housing industry has the National Apartment Asso- ciation’s Maintenance Mania. On Thurs. April 16th, The Solomon Organization sent a team of highly trained pro- fessionals into battle at the first round of the competition

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