NOW HIRING!

US Ceiling Corp is looking for an experienced project manager for an immediate opening!

The ideal candidate will have at least five years experience in drywall, metal and wood framing, insulation and acoustical scopes. US Ceiling Corp is a dynamic and fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate will be someone that is self-motivated, solution-oriented, positive and willing to contribute to a highly collaborative team.

MAJOR DUTIES:

  • Contract scope review
  • Submittals
  • RFIs
  • Schedule of values
  • Job cost reporting
  • Material, equipment and scheduling needs for assigned projects
  • Managing employee and subcontractor field performance for assigned projects
  • Keeping controller up to date on progress and percent completion for monthly billing submissions
  • Providing information to controller and office staff for reporting requirements
  • Verification of weekly subcontractor billing for progress and quality control
  • Change order estimates and processing
  • Close-out procedures
  • Attending project and planning meetings

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE:

  • Knowledge of sequencing work and strategies for effective scheduling/project schedule reviews
  • Proactively identifying issues and creative problem solving
  • Ability to read/digest project plans and specs related to our contract scope
  • Effective communication and documentation on critical project subject matter
  • Refinement of better procedures and practices to improve efficiency
  • Contribution of your ideas and suggestions to refine operational processes

BENEFITS:

  • Salary package commensurate with experience
  • Health and dental benefits
  • Paid time off
  • 401k

TO APPLY:

Click on “APPLY!” at the top of our website and fill out the general information required. We’ll then follow up with a phone call. Or you can stop by our office at 1085 Gravel Rd., Webster, NY 14580 and deliver your resume and any other application materials in person to our office manager.

Featured Project: Wegmans Hall – University of Rochester

Named after the iconic Rochester family, Wegmans Hall is, at first, a sprawling 58,000 square foot brick and glass behemoth. Step closer, though, and you’ll discover the attention to detail and craftsmanship apparent in every vignette, the innovative masonry, dramatic use of glass to open the structure to light, and the unpredictable scale and orientation of nearly every line. This is truly a large structure purpose-built to reveal small detail and nuance from every angle.

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One area of the project we take great pride in having crafted are the mdf data wall panels in, and just outside of, the auditorium:

These panels hearken back to the age of the IBM punched card; a logical fit for a Data Science building. These panels were custom built, measured and installed with precision, and hung with a level of craftsmanship we proudly put our name to.

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No project is ever without its challenges, however. Where a contractor demonstrates their value is in proactively anticipating these challenges and handling them nimbly, effectively, and with grace.

With this project we came across three challenges nearly from the beginning:

  1. Because Wegmans Hall is located within the non-drive-able heart of The University of Rochester campus, arriving at the job site was always going to be a challenge. Our crews were seemingly relegated to parking in any of the scant visitor spots scattered around the outskirts of the campus. Knowing this would be a no-go, our Project Manager devised a plan with the Department of Transportation and Parking Management in order to create and maintain an enhanced parking and badge system for our team. Even with these measures, our crews had to arrive ten to fifteen minutes early each day in order to arrive on the job site per the schedule. We appreciate and celebrate the continued commitment of our workforce.
  2. Still challenged by the central location of Wegmans Hall, our Project Manager quickly realized that loading the building with material was going to be a unique challenge – especially in coordinating the boom lifts across a bustling campus. Our team developed a plan that would solve both issues (distance and timing) by coordinating with our suppliers deliveries during pre-morning and post-business hours. The idea worked to perfection and allowed the building to be loaded safely and in a timely manner.
  3. The last and greatest challenge was the need to have the roof raised three feet. The issue came about as a realization that the mechanicals on the third floor had not been factored in during the initial construction. This brought about a dramatic change to the overall project schedule. The General Contractor soon ran into difficulty because other trades had already committed to other jobs. Seeing this challenge, US Ceiling stepped up to the plate, increased manpower, and worked nights and weekends in order to gain back as much time as we could during completion of our scope. US Ceiling Corp also committed to taking on the work of the other trades that had to leave because of prior commitments. In all, US Ceiling Corp ensured a true challenge was met with timely action, innovation, accommodation, and grace.

 

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Featured Project: Woodland Commons – Macedon, NY

“…this sort of project will address quite a few individuals who have a need for safe, affordable housing with the support they really need to help them maintain their independence and stability in the community.” – James Haitz, Director of the Wayne County Mental Health Department

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With it’s bold but warm hues, Woodland Commons is a development that immediately grabs your eye while driving along the heavily traveled Route 31 in Macedon, NY. Despite being right in the thick of this bustling community, the property is tucked alongside a gently flowing creek; the calming ambience washing over the entire facility. Given how different the property is to most of what surrounds it, you might think it sticks out. Instead, the warmth of Woodland Commons draws you in, makes itself and you comfortable, and causes you to forget it hasn’t always been a part of this dynamic neighborhood.

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With sixty available units, Woodland Commons offers something truly remarkable; thirty energy-efficient units for those in need of mental health services and thirty energy-efficient units priced for applicants in need of affordable housing. This blending of occupants meant the structure had to serve multiple purposes, had to be efficiently constructed, and had to meet the exacting requirements set by municipal guidelines. This is where US Ceiling Corp shines.

Our team arrived with a clear mandate for precision, efficiency, and highly skilled craftsmanship. One facet of the project we are incredibly proud of having achieved that is the linear wood ceiling we installed in the reception area:

 

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No project is ever without its challenges, however. Where a contractor demonstrates their value is in proactively anticipating these challenges and handling them nimbly, effectively, and with grace.

Our Foreman, Manny A. immediately realized there was going to be a schedule issue. The three floors were each afforded ten days for our scope (for a total of thirty days). However, when looking at the plans, our Foreman, Manny, realized the third floor would need additional time to complete. With this in mind, and before our team even arrived on site, Manny proactively devised a revised internal schedule.

Our Foreman knew that the first and second floors called for pre-rock around the tubs and mechanical closets – but he also knew the plans indicated that the duct work should not be on the truss space. This is a HUGE change to the schedule. It meant that the entire third floor had to be pre-rocked rather than just the tubs and mechanical closets like the other two floors. This is when the challenge of having only ten days per floor was realized. Unfazed, our Foreman Manny devised a plan. Our team would push to finish the first and second floors in twelve days (six days per floor), giving them eighteen days to complete the more complex third floor.

This ingenious pivot allowed us to complete our scope per the original schedule without impacting the other trades, architect, or general contractor. It is precisely this proactive attention to detail that sets US Ceiling Corp apart. In the end, we handed over a masterfully completed project on time, target, and budget. This was our commitment and this is what we delivered.

US Ceiling Corp would like to thank the following employees for their exceptional work:

〉〉 Manny A., Foreman
〉〉 Jesus S. and Jesus, Linear Wood Ceiling

 

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(quote derived from original news source: http://www.waynetimes.com/news/macedon-apartment-project-route-31-designed-mental-health-support-affordable-housing/)

Featured Project: Pittsford House

It’s not often (in fact, it’s quite rare) that US Ceiling Corp takes on a residential project. When we got the call from Hamilton Stern Construction, however, we saw a project with vision and an opportunity to turn that extraordinary vision in to a reality.

The home is nestled within the verdant lanes of Pittsford, New York; a neighborhood teeming with walkers, joggers, and parents with strollers that take pride in their local scenery. This project would soon prove to be a happy addition to an already dynamic neighborhood.

IMG_20170524_135707_094As you approach the property, all the hallmarks of ongoing construction are present: the unkempt landscaping, material strewn about, and the brandishing of corporate logos on the house wrap. One thing also revealed (to those with a keen eye) is the spacious lot, beautifully constructed pre-existing structure, and the vision of what the completed project will add to this storied community.

IMG_20170523_174636_903As you make your way toward the front entrance, you are immediately deposited into a time before the present. Even under construction, the sight of this walkway is enough to make you pause and appreciate the view.

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US Ceiling Corp’s scope was clear: the wood framing, drywall, and drywall finishing of the existing structure, a massive add-on, and a carriage house at the rear of the property. No matter how simple a scope, though, a project can present many unforeseen challenges. Where a subcontractor demonstrates their value is in proactively anticipating these challenges and handling them nimbly, effectively, and with grace.

US Ceiling Corp faced three challenges early on:

  1. As the team arrived to begin the layout of the add-on, they quickly realized the elevations for the add-on and the existing structure were not equivalent. In concert with the architect, the team deftly devised an engineering solution to overcome what would have been a major issue. This allowed our team to continue to progress on time, target, and budget.
  2. As work continued, our team then realized the narrow staircases of the existing structure would not allow for the safe delivery of drywall to the second floor. Needing a solution quickly, our team devised a bold plan to remove a second story wall, install rain cover (as this was happening during the rainy season), deliver the drywall directly to the second floor, and then rebuild the original wall that was removed. The plan was not only effective but, again, allowed US Ceiling’s team to stay on time, target, and budget.
  3. The last of the three great challenges facing the US Ceiling Corp team was the overall degree of difficulty of the vision of the architect. Gary Black (VP of Operations for US Ceiling Corp) rated the difficulty of construction as an 8.5 out of 10. When you look at the finished wall below, you can see what he means. Numerous shapes and structures like this were built on-site by US Ceiling Corp Master Carpenters, Drywall Hangers, and Drywall Finishers. The quality of their work speaks for itself:IMG_20170523_174411_721

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As the project nears completion, US Ceiling Corp is incredibly proud of the work accomplished for the homeowner and on behalf of the project’s General Contractor, Hamilton Stern Construction.

The quality, focus, and timeliness of our work has given US Ceiling Corp the honor of becoming the contractor of choice for Hamilton Stern Construction. This is a significant accomplishment as Hamilton Stern Construction was recently ranked the top company in the Rochester Area by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Of this budding relationship, Gary Black (US Ceiling Corp VP of Operations) explained, “Our pricing is always competitive but it’s also nice to know that, when quality matters, they come to us.”

US Ceiling Corp would like to thank the following employees for their exceptional work:

〉〉 Harold E., Framing Foreman
〉〉 Tom D. & Dan D., Drywall Finishing Foremen

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Substitute Bus Driver Recruits Volunteers and Builds Access Ramp at the Home of Wheelchair Bound Student

A touching story out of Tennessee. A school bus mechanic named Thomas Mitchell was helping out his district by serving as a substitute school bus driver. In that role, he saw the daily struggle of Verna DeSpain as she labored to lift her wheelchair-bound daughter out of the home and across a set of stone steps to the bus each morning and afternoon.

Not wanting to watch this struggle continue, Thomas went to his local Lowes Hardware, told them of the Mother’s need, and the Manager of the local store was more than happy to donate the necessary lumber and materials. Material now in hand, Thomas called Verna and asked if it was ok for him and his friends to build her an accessibility ramp. Verna tearfully and happily accepted.

What followed was a construction project of compassion and community. In the video below, you’ll see more detail of this touching story. When stories like this arise, it reminds us of our critical ties to the community we live in and serve. We should all look for opportunities to contribute to our communities in similar ways.

The 2018 Building Energy Code Promises Moderate, Not Drastic, Change

Every three years, The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is updated. This update happens through a process involving code officials, builders, efficiency advocates, and other relevant stakeholders. Proposals are presented and then reviewed by this diverse constituency. Once approved, the code then falls under the jurisdiction of state and local officials to adopt and enforce. The IECC is currently in use  by more than 40 states. The finalization and publication of the 2018 IECC is expected in late 2017.

Throughout the review process, information on these proposals is shared. These proposals indicate the potential for marginal change, updates, and modifications rather than wholesale revision.

On the residential construction side of things, the Department of Energy recently reported that making the energy code 4% to 5% more stringent would save American homeowners $126 billion over the next thirty years.

As is true within our industry, more stringent code typically means changes to materials and applications and increases in cost. With that understanding, it is critical for those of us within the industry to know what future codes require so that we can forecast cost, train our workforce, update our suppliers, and maintain profitability.

Here are some of the proposed changes:

For Residential Construction:

  • Clarification will be brought to the Energy Rating Index (ERI) to ensure consistency.
  • The updated ERI will require a minimum level of efficiency for homes that utilize renewable energy.
  • A requirement for more efficient windows in most climate zones.
  • A proposal to require heated concrete slabs be insulated.
  • A new type of fan to be added to the mechanical ventilation system table.
  • Log homes/cabins will be exempt from residential thermal envelope requirements.
  • Units within multifamily buildings of less than four stories can be tested for compliance in batches rather than individually – provided the units in each batch have identical construction.

For Commercial Construction:

  • More efficient showerheads will most likely be required (maximum flow rate of 2 gallons per minute).
  • More efficient faucets.

As we near the approval and publication of the 2018 IECC, we will keep you up-to-date on any new proposals.