FPCM Breaks Ground on New Latrobe Elementary School

On March 24, Foreman Program and Construction Managers (FPCM) joined Greater Latrobe School District and the project team in breaking ground for their new elementary school. The lineup included five fourth-graders from the District.

Situated across from Greater Latrobe’s current admin building, the new building’s site is a level area that will transform playground and field into a new building with two 2-story classroom wings, a cafeteria with stage, full-prep kitchen, gymnasium, media center, science/technology classrooms, band/music rooms, a center for student creativity (CSC), offices, and support spaces. The project went out to bid in early 2017. Construction is expected to last until July 2018 and the building will open for the 2018-2019 school year.

George Dickerson, fifth from left with Foreman hard hat, stands behind a line of stakeholders as the team breaks ground.

FPCM, known for their Signature Multiple Prime approach, was chosen by Greater Latrobe School District to manage the construction and save the owner money. We will be working with other professional firms Axis Architects, Pyramid Engineering, and Air Balancing Engineers who all play a role in the 124,000 SF building. True to our Signature Multiple Prime approach, FPCM advised the District to add two prime contracts to the state-mandated four (General, Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical). FPCM determined that the owner could save money by contracting directly with the Roofing contractor.  We also suggested contracting directly with a Food Service Equipment Contractor for additional savings. These packages, usually in the General trades contract, would have the individual contractors’ markup plus the General trades markup had FPCM not broken them out.

Email Betsy Stubna if you want to discuss how Foreman’s Signature Multiple Prime’s advantages could work for you!

Foreman Program and Construction Managers CM for Wilkinsburg School District

Foreman Program and Construction Managers (FPCM) is proud to be named the construction management (CM) firm for Wilkinsburg School District’s elementary school renovation plan. Late 2016, CEO Phillip Foreman received word that FPCM will be managing construction services for Kelly and Turner Elementary Schools. The improvements, designed by architect RC Pierce and Associates of Pittsburgh, PA, will make the learning environments at these two schools more competitive.

During the summer of 2016, the Wilkinsburg School Board submitted drawings for the renovations to Wilkinsburg Borough. This fall, the School Board reviewed RFPs from various CM companies. FPCM met with Wilkinsburg’s Interim Director of Facilities, John Frombach to learn more about the specifics required of the work before submitting a proposal. A few days after being one of several firms submitting qualifications, Mr. Foreman received a call from the school district, informing him FPCM would be awarded the contract.

Renovations to both schools include upgraded building systems such as HVAC, plumbing, lighting, and safety/security technology; as well as exterior renovations and ADA improvements. Construction will be completed in phases to minimize impact of the work during the school year. Construction schedule is being determined.

Foreman Group Helps Historical Society with Pavilion

If you’ve walked the streets of quaint Zelienople lately, you may have noticed a change to one of the prevalent buildings. The Passavant House on South Main Street has cleared two hollow black walnut trees and built a pavilion. How is this news? Let’s back up hundreds of years…

Baron Dettmar Basse immigrated to the US from Frankfurt, Germany in the early 1800’s. He purchased 10,000 acres and built a village. His eldest daughter, Fredericka, was nicknamed Zelie, a common name at that time. The Baron turned over the village to the management of her fiancé Phillipp Passavant, after they married and came to America to live. Baron Basse sold half his property to a priest of the Harmonists order, and Harmony was borne.

The Passavant House remained in the family until the mid 1950’s, when Zelie and Phillip’s granddaughter Emma passed away. In 1975, according to the website, the house was made available to the Zelienople Historical Society, where it serves as a museum, library, and society headquarters.

As Zelienople developed to Borough incorporation, railroad expansion, and now the creep of Pittsburgh towards this small town, Passavant House and the Historical Center strive to connect to the community.

If you sit and read some of the journals from Zelie, you will note that she loved her garden. Timg_0310hey raised vegetables for their own table, and grew roses. When the two black walnut trees were cut down, it was decided to renew the history of the garden in that space.

Sue Casker, Board Trustee, said the Society wanted to put a gazebo in what will be a garden. They commissioned a gardening plan in 2012, which will continue to develop around the gazebo in spring of 2017. The centerpiece of the back yard – the pavilion – went in first as the cornerstone and the plan for it was aided by Foreman Architects Engineers’ (FAE) Terry Thompson. “He saw our vision and wanted to help because of his love of Zelienople. He provided the rendering, as well as offering suggestions to really improve the overall experience for guests. Instead of separating those in wheelchairs with a big sign on a handicap ramp, he suggested we slope the entire area so everyone can access the gazebo easily.”

FAE is part of the Foreman Group of companies, who calls Zelienople home.

 

Employee Spotlight: George Dickerson

Employee Spotlight: George DickersonThe Foreman Group not only supports education by designing schools and overseeing their construction, we also value teaching kids as we go. Site Manager George Dickerson is proof positive of this. Highlighted in a recent newsletter of Ringgold School District, he is praised by the District for taking the time to talk to students as he works at their Ringold Elementary North so they understand what is going on with their school. He knows changes can be unsettling for anyone, so he explains the construction and the machinery so it doesn’t seem so daunting.

Mr. Dickerson is the Site Manager for the renovation/addition project at Ringgold Elementary North, where he oversees the quality and completion of the construction. The project is currently in Phase 6 with the renovation of three classrooms and the kitchen, and addition of seven classrooms.

George has been an on-site construction manager for the Foreman Group‘s Foreman Program Construction Management division since 2002, and has been in the industry for 45 years. Way to go, George!

PerFOREMANce Roofing Specialist Speaks at Chamber Meeting

IMG_0487Dave Meyer of PerFOREMANce Roofing Specialists and Betsy Stubna, Marketing Manager of the Foreman Group, shared an informative presentation on InfraRed Thermography to the Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber of Commerce. Businessmen and -women networked over coffee and bagels at their regularly-scheduled weekly meeting, and were then educated on this helpful diagnostic tool for buildings of all types. You can read the basics on our blog here, and we invite you to contact us if you would like to learn more. The Foreman Group prides itself on hiring experts in the field, and loves to share their knowledge. These mini seminars are provided as a public service, at no charge or obligation. Call us today!IMG_0485

 

 

Underneath It All: Infra-Red Roof Scans

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Yellow, warmer areas indicate the presence of moisture in roof insulation.

When my son suffered a knee injury recently, the X-Ray showed no broken bones. What a relief!…until we had an MRI, which showed a small fracture at the base of his femur. Undetected, that fracture could have become dislodged, which would have resulted in surgery. Not the news we wanted, but news we were nonetheless glad to get. His physical therapy was delayed a month, but the bone healed and now he is on his way to a full recovery.

Diagnostic testing is crucial to uncover conditions that, undetected, can compound over time and result in additional costly remedies.

Infra-Red Roof Scans are an important diagnostic test for your building. The scan detects moisture trapped within your roof system without the need for destructive testing, and provides for an accurate assessment as to the extent and range of this moisture.

IMG_2269How does an Infra-Red Roof Scan Work?

An Infra-Red camera measures differences in surface temperatures of the roof system. Because water is denser than air, it takes longer to heat up during the day, but also longer to cool down in the evening. It is for this reason that the most reliable infra-red data is secured in the evening when the temperature differences between wet and dry areas of the roof are most prevalent.

Why have an infra-red scan?

  1. You may have a leak and not even know it. Water may be entering the roof system, but because it is being absorbed by the insulation, there may be no indication that there is a roof defect.
  2. Because you like to plan. An Infra-Red Roof Scan provides an invaluable tool in decision making. A nuisance leak here or there is one thing; a roof system that is accumulating water is another. Knowing the condition of your roof, especially one at or near the end of its serviceable life allows you to better plan for future rehabilitation expenditures.
  3. What you can’t see can hurt you. A little rust on the outside of your fender may be nothing to worry about. But what if the paint on the rear panel of the car is really the only thing holding your car together? An Infra-Red Roof Scan allows you to evaluate the entire roof system, not just the part you can see. When you are armed with this comprehensive knowledge, you are in a superior position to make informed decisions.

What can trapped moisture do to your roof and building?

  1. Weight. One square foot of damp two-inch roof insulation will add almost ten pounds of weight to your roof deck. That’s 1,000 pounds of additional weight for every 100 square feet of wet insulation your deck is now carrying. Over time, this additional structural load can degrade the weight bearing capacity of your roof deck.
  2. IR15Energy. Wet insulation conducts energy instead of resists it. Wet insulation can decrease the R-Value of your insulation by up to 40%, resulting in higher heating and cooling costs.
  3. Bacteria and Mold. Wet insulation can be a pre-cursor to mold and bacteria, an obvious and potentially serious Indoor Air Quality issue.
  4. Drainage. Insulation that becomes wet can lose its tensile strength and become compressed causing depressions in the roof. These depressions can cause water to pond, decreasing drainage while further deteriorating the roof system, as well as being a source of major damage if there is a failure in the roof under the ponded water (Think of pulling the plug on a bath tub!).
  5. Roof System Performance. Wet insulation will degrade the roof system by weakening or destroying the attachment method of the insulation and membrane, making your roof susceptible to premature failure and decrease its wind uplift rating. This is especially true when the wet insulation is near the perimeter of the roof, where wind uplift pressures are the greatest.

PerFOREMANce Roofing Specialists (PRS) is uniquely positioned to not only perform an infra-red scan on your roof, but to provide an independent assessment of its results.

PRS provides a truly independent review of your roofing needs. We assess current conditions, work with our clients to determine their goals, and provide multiple options and solutions. But because we are not a manufacturer or contractor, we provide unbiased professional opinions and work strictly for you, our client.

PRS is part of The Foreman Group, that has proudly been in business for over sixty years. Visit our website to browse our comprehensive list of services.

We look forward to speaking with you and working together for all of your roof consulting and design needs.

~Dave Meyer, Roofing Specialist

 

Construction Management: Less is More or More is Less?

“Less is more. We all know the saying. It has been transformed into a platitude by advertisers and TV shows and even corporate America as it right-sizes people out of their livelihoods (“We’ll have to learn to do more with less around here.”). But is less really more? And if so, is the opposite true? Is more actually less?”(1)

How can this question be related to construction?  Obviously when thinking of your upcoming construction project, the first thought that comes to mind is “more is more and less is less.”  The more money that is budgeted leads to more quality upgrades, more square footage, more luxuries, etc. that can be incorporated into the project, and vice versa related to less money.  If you could have more with less money, would you?

If your answer is yes (and I am hoping you would say yes), then let’s consider your project’s delivery method.  Traditional construction (less contractors) vs. multiple prime construction (more contractors). 

 

Traditional Method:

With the traditional method there will typically be one, to possibly four contractors (General, Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical Contractors), in which the General Contractor (GC) is the lead contractor in charge of coordination, scheduling, and safety. So what does this mean to the owner?  The GC will have a multitude of sub-contractors under their control to complete the specialty work required on the project.  These sub-contractors are hired and paid directly by the GC, taking all control away from the owner.  In a process called the ‘shopping process,’ the GC often times negotiates with their sub-contractors after they are awarded their contract. This causes possible delays to the submittal process and overall project schedule. Yes, the owner will have one main point of contact amongst the contractors, but they are also ‘putting all their eggs in one basket.’

Can this work? The answer is yes. There are many well-known and trusted general contractors out there. However, in the public project, low-bidding process, they are often hard to find. This places the projects future and outcome to the ‘luck of the draw’ or ‘flip of the coin’ as to what GC is awarded the contract on bid day, which creates more risk and higher costs for the owner. Therefore, ‘less is more.’

 

Multiple Prime Approach: 

In the multiple prime approach, the role of the GC is dramatically reduced by transferring the project control to the owner or a professionally qualified Construction Management Service Company hired by the owner.  With multiple prime, each of the specialty contractors are designated as a prime contractor and bids directly to the owner for the different scopes of work. This in return reduces the overhead and profit that the GC adds to their sub-contractors’ prices.  When utilizing this approach, a cost savings of 3-5% can be achieved on bid day, often times offsetting the cost of a professional construction manager (CM). In addition, multiple prime allows the owner or CM to oversee the schedule and hold the prime contractors accountable if they are not performing as required by the specifications. This provides the project with a better opportunity to remain on schedule and finish on time.  The project quality will also increase due to the fact that the prime contractors now must provide bonding to complete the specialty work incorporated in their scope of work.

As previously noted, a professional Construction Management Service Company is selected by the owner based on previous experience and performance on projects, not solely on the low-bid process. Utilizing a construction management service with the multiple prime approach creates less of a chance of schedule over run and lowers costs on bid day. Therefore, ‘more is less.’

 

Many assume the use of multiple prime construction will create more confusion on projects and heighten the chance of disputes related to scopes of work.  However if properly executed by a qualified and experienced firm, significant cost savings can be achieved, the construction schedule can be met or expedited, and the overall quality of the project is improved.

So, again let’s ask the question, “Would you want more for less if you could?”  If so, please contact FPCM to discuss our signature multiple prime approach and how we can save you money on your next project.

*Article written by Construction Management Specialist, Jeff Angstadt.

(1) Millburn, Joshua F., and Ryan Nicodemus. “More Is Less? | The Minimalists.”The Minimalists. N.p., 16 June 2012. Web. 23 Apr. 2015.

Retro-Commissioning: Improving Existing Buildings

Record store day is April 18th this year (yeah, it’s a thing). The yearly event celebrates independently owned music stores with multiple new music releases of vinyl albums. The event has been growing in popularity since its unofficial inception in 2008. Those retro-albums, made all but obsolete with digital music, are now finding a new hip, niche market.

The old ranch style houses from the 1950’s, that were used in the 80’s as starter homes before people saved up for their “dream” houses , are now becoming the dream.  With cool, cultural references from shows like Mad Men, “Mid-century Modern” has grown in popularity with websites, eBay shopping and Pinterest boards dedicated to the retro-style.

Some existing buildings are struggling to find their market. How can an existing building owner keep his building competitive without having to start from square one? The answer is retro-commissioning.

Today, new buildings are constructed with commissioning in mind. The observable and systematic process documents and verifies building systems are functioning in accordance with project documents to satisfy the owner’s intent and operational needs. But what about those existing buildings that were never commissioned? You guessed it, this is where retro-commissioning can be applied.

Retro-commissioning provides a quality, recognizable and methodical process for building systems that were deprived of the opportunity to be commissioned in the past. The process identifies potential operation and maintenance improvements in existing buildings that result in reduced energy cost.

The process may be applied to many systems including electrical, plumbing, envelope and heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. HVAC systems are usually a great candidate for retro-commissioning because they are one of the biggest energy users in a building. This is especially the case if there are areas of your building that get consistent tenant complaints or your building has equipment failures on a more-than-regular basis.

In the process of retro-commissioning, you’re provided with documentation about how your HVAC systems operate within your intent of the building operations. Deficiency and improvement logs, developed during retro-commissioning, provide a roadmap of system adjustments, operational strategies and possible retrofits. These findings can help improve building and staff efficiency, and impact your bottom line to a positive effect.

So, what is your building telling you? If you are hearing more hot and cold complaints than usual and your repairs are consistently on the rise, perhaps retro-commissioning is for you.

Share with us your building story and we’ll provide with you a solution.

 

*This article was written by Mary Kay Serapiglia, a Commissioning Specialist.

Your Next Roofing Project is our Agenda

“Beware of men, arriving in sealed trains, bearing ideologies.” – Ralph Steadman.

Steadman is an English cartoonist and illustrator that achieved minor fame for working with and illustrating the works of American writer, Hunter S. Thompson. The implication of that quote is to beware of agendas. Beware of people in sealed trains, shut off from the changing ideas of the world around them. One need not look far in any direction to see this in their own lives.  However, as Steadman stated, beware.

Given that, it would be disingenuous of us to say that we don’t have one in writing this article. What is our agenda you may ask? As part of the Foreman Group of companies, PerFOREMANce Roofing Specialists (PRS) was established in recognition of the critical role that roofing plays in protecting building assets. Our agenda is to spend a few minutes outlining the challenges we face and how we can help you make an informed decision about your commercial roofing needs.

Below are three questions most often asked of us when we meet with clients:

 

“Why should I hire PerFOREMANce Roofing Specialists? That’s just another expense!”

This is a question that, on the surface, could be answered with a bullet-point list of our experience, past projects and knowledge of roof systems. It would also be the exact same list that, most likely, a roofing contractor or manufacturer would provide. However, there would be one critical and important difference. PRS is the only stakeholder whose sole responsibility is to provide independent advice, guidance and expertise to you. We do not benefit by prescribing unnecessary repair or replacement proposals, or by insisting upon a particular product. This independence translates to cost-effective and prudent business decisions for you.

“But still,” you may ask, “how does this save us money?” As your independent designer and consultant, we engage the full wealth of our experience to evaluate your options based on your budget, compel competitive bidding, evaluate contractors based on experience and financial stability, and negotiate contracts on your behalf. But most importantly, we act solely as your agent for your roofing project and assure the work is done timely and within budget with minimal interruptions to your operations. If the contractor insists that they need a change order, we evaluate it. If a manufacturer wants to substitute one product for another, we evaluate it. If your project is falling behind schedule, we evaluate it. When taken as a whole, these services translate directly into not only cost savings, but peace of mind that you have a collaborative and open partner. The services of PRS are not an expense, they are an investment. That is our agenda.

“I don’t want any leaks! How long of a warranty can I get?”

Would you buy a car with a really great warranty that was constantly being repaired, even if it didn’t cost you anything? Or a car that never broke down? We would think most people would choose the latter. This isn’t to say that warranties are not a valuable part of a roof system, but they are only one part. Roof warranties, while affording a certain level of security for the building owner, have one often overlooked flaw. While it is true that the manufacturer will (generally) repair any defect in product or workmanship for a certain period of time, what they do not cover is consequential or incidental damage to the building, contents or assets.

Two very prominent roofing manufacturers share the same language in their warranties. They explicitly state that they “shall not be liable for consequential, special, incidental or other damages.” This arrangement is not unusual. Most warranties of all types are “limited” in scope. But roofing warranties are a unique instrument, in that even a small failure that may be fully covered by the warranty can have catastrophic consequences. It is this consequential nature of roof leaks that should give pause to any decision maker when determining the best course of action when choosing a roof design, manufacturer and installer.

It is for this reason that roof design has always been the cornerstone of PRS, not what manufacturer warranty we can provide to our client. A PRS design will always go beyond the manufacturers “minimum” requirements to obtain a warranty. We want you to have the car that never breaks down, first and have a great warranty, second. That is our agenda.

“Should I put on one of those white roofs?”

This question is most often asked because of what building owners think is going to be energy efficiency due to the installation of a white (usually TPO) membrane on their roof. Due to the reflective properties of a white membrane, the roof and building itself, should remain cooler, alleviating cooling costs for the building. While that is certainly rational, it is coupled with one caveat. Northern cities have many more days when they need to warm their buildings, not cool them. In Pittsburgh, we have on average about four times as many heating days as we do cooling days. This does not preclude the use of a white, single-ply membrane. It is just that the energy savings you think you are going to achieve may not be the best solution based on the environmental facts.

There is another design concern when considering a white membrane roof. If the roof insulation is not properly designed and installed, there is the possibility that condensation from humidity inside the building may accumulate under the roof membrane. This is caused when excessive humidity in the air rises through the insulation joints and comes in contact with the cooler underside of the white membrane, which then condensates. Although this condensation can dissipate, highly humid air and excessive condensation can lead to trapped moisture in your roof system and even result in leaks (even though the membrane remains watertight).

The answer to whether you should install a white roof is maybe. Since we are an independent designer and consultant, PRS will apply our experience to your goals for a solution based on analysis, not trends. That is our agenda.


Ralph Steadman’s first assignment with Hunter was to cover the Kentucky Derby for Scanlon’s Magazine. The article would be called, The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved, and would mark the beginning of a long and collaborative relationship.

We begin very few relationships at the Kentucky Derby, but we do take relationship building very seriously. We are collaborative and deliberate. We are goal-oriented, which means we listen first. There are, of course, many more questions to be answered. We hope when you have them, you think of us. We work for you. That is our agenda.

What is your agenda? Please contact us at PRS so we can get together for a complete evaluation of your roofing needs.

 

*This article was written by David Meyer, a Roofing Specialist.

Our Respect for the Past and Our Commitment to the Future

Brilliant Past:

In 1956, Clifford G. Foreman founded Foreman Architects with the ideals of passion, creativity, discipline, loyalty and integrity. During the past sixty years, these same principles define the core of the Foreman Group’s consistent delivery of inspired solutions with unmatched professionalism. With a dedicated team of enthusiastic and imaginative employees, the Foreman Group companies specialize in innovative concepts. This was the catalyst which helped Phillip G. Foreman, our president and CEO of The Foreman Group Companies and owner of Foreman Architects and Engineers since 1986, grow a small architectural firm into a diverse group of eight companies. These companies provide specialized services within the fields of design, construction and philanthropy. These companies include:

  • Foreman Architects and Engineers (FAE) est. 1956: Designing high performance buildings in the educational, commercial, healthcare, religious and residential sectors.
  • Foreman Program and Construction Managers (FPCM) est. 1991: Building high performance buildings, as an agency construction manager, in the educational, commercial, healthcare, religious and residential sectors.
  • Foreman Foundation (FF) est. 1996: A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the research and cure of melanoma. Since 1996, the FF has donated $1,200,000 to the Foreman Foundation Melanoma Research Laboratory in the new Hershey Medical Center’s Cancer Institute.
  • Reviewing and Proofing of Specifications and Plans (RAPOSAP) est. 2003: Creation of a change order reduction process.
  • Foreman Building Commissioning (FBC) est. 2004: Ensuring building systems operate with maximum efficiency while saving thousands of dollars in energy costs.
  • PerFOREMANce Roofing Specialists (PRS) est. 2005: Assuring asset protection through roof evaluation and design.
  • Foreman Design Build (FDB) est. 2007: Single source design and construction of high performance green buildings.
  • Foreman Construction Claims Services (FCCS) est. 2008: Our architects, engineers and construction experts represent our clients as expert witnesses in any litigation process. This includes mediation, arbitration or a jury trial.

A brief timeline of the growth of the Foreman Group Companies follows:

  • 1956: Clifford G. Foreman opens a one man office in Zelienople, PA. The firm name is Clifford G. Foreman Registered Architect
  • 1957: Clifford G. Foreman partners with Anthony G. Dorsch. The firm name changes to Foreman Dorsch Architects.
  • 1964: James R. Bashford joins Foreman Dorsch Architects as a partner. The name changes to Foreman Dorsch Bashford Architects.
  • 1972: Clark C. Wallace joins Foreman Dorsch Bashford as a partner. The firm name changes to Foreman Dorsch Bashford and Wallace Architects.
  • 1983: The firm name changes to Foreman Bashford Architects and Engineers.
  • 1986: Foreman Bashford Architects and Engineers becomes incorporated. Phillip G. Foreman becomes an owner.
  • 1987: Phillip G. Foreman opens an eastern Pennsylvania office for Foreman Bashford Architects and Engineers in Manheim, Pa.
  • 1991: Phillip G. Foreman starts and incorporates Foreman Program and Construction Managers (FPCM).
  • 1991: The eastern Pennsylvania office continues to grow and a building is purchased and renovated in Manheim, Pa. to house Foreman Bashford Architects and Engineers and FPCM.
  • 1993: James R. Bashford retires and the firm name changes to Foreman Architects Engineers (FAE) Inc.
  • 1996: Phillip G. Foreman starts a 501(c)(3) charitable organization called The Foreman Foundation. The quest of The Foreman Foundation is to find the cure for melanoma cancer in memory of John Bruno Jr.
  • 1998: Phillip G. Foreman becomes president of FAE and Clifford G. Foreman retires.
  • 2000: Michael J. Arnold becomes Vice President of FPCM.
  • 2003: A change order reduction process is created called Reviewing and Proofing of Specifications and Plans (RAPOSAP).
  • 2004: Phillip G. Foreman becomes CEO of Foreman Architects and Engineers.
  • 2004: Foreman Building Commissioning (FBC) is created by Phillip G. Foreman.
  • 2005: PerFOREMANce Roofing Specialists (PRS) is incorporated in the Foreman Group Companies.
  • 2007: Clifford G. Foreman passes away.
  • 2007: Foreman Design Build (FDB) is incorporated in the Foreman Group Companies.
  • 2008: Foreman Construction Claims Services (FCCS) is incorporated in the Foreman Group Companies.
  • 2014: The eastern office is moved from Manheim, Pa. to Akron, Pa.

Brighter Future:

Despite the worst economy in the history of the United States, the Foreman Group Companies have continually responded to shifts in the building industry with progressive innovation. The Foreman Group Companies continue to enhance and improve our staff, operations and marketing.

Staff:

All of our employees understand this famous quote credited to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What lies behind us and what lies in front of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

As per Jim Collins, a well-known business author, operating a company is similar to driving a bus. That is, you must get the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus and the right people in the right seats. When these three goals are achieved, then synergy occurs. Putting the right people in the right seats requires everyone to discover the principles that anchor their lives personally and professionally. This includes:

  • Discovery Phase: What matters most to you? What would you like to do? Who would you like to be?
  • Planning Phase: Organizing the values that are most important to you in an orderly fashion. This will allow you to reconcile the actions of your life. This part of the planning phase will include developing each of our core values and the creation of our personal and professional mission statements.
  • Action Phase: Acting on the mission statement you have created. Remember ideas are meaningless without action.

We promote with our staff, the values of “what lies within us.” We are pleased to announce many new hires for a number of Foreman Group Companies. They include:

  • Brianna Meurer – FPCM
  • Jeff Kemper – FBC
  • Thomas A. Guigi – FAE
  • Tim Grindland – FPCM
  • David Meyer – PRS

All of our current and new employees are life-long learners with a “do whatever it takes” attitude.

Operations:

Our current western Pennsylvania office is:

54 Halstead Boulevard

Zelienople, PA 16063

Phone: 724-452-9690

Fax: 724-452-0136

Our western PA office will be moving to a new location in Zelienople within the next year.

We have temporarily moved our eastern office from Manheim, Pa. to Akron, Pa.:

240 North 7th St.

Suite 600

Akron, PA 17522

Phone: 717-859-8065

Fax: 717-859-1254

We are currently pursuing the purchase of land or the purchase of an existing building to design a new building or renovate an existing building to house our new eastern Pa. office within the next three years. We will also be opening a Maryland office within six months.

Marketing:

To address all of the exciting and positive changes with our staff and operations, we have made many changes in our marketing materials.

Our business cards have changed to just one card with the list of our eight companies located on the back of each card. We decided to keep our logo design the same as it respects our past, but moves in flowing, forward motion to symbolize our future. Our new logo color is a sunrise orange which signifies The Foreman Group Companies transformation and continuation of our timeless journey of growth and success.

We have launched a new website design that will be more user-friendly and conducive to our clients’ needs. We are resurrecting our FOREward Thinking newsletter as a space to share our plans for the future and provide informational articles on hot topics within the architecture, engineering and construction industries.

In conclusion, we are eager to see what is in store for us in the future and will keep moving in a forward direction to satisfy our clients and employees. We encourage you to sign-up for our email newsletters below to receive updated information on the industry and our rising new ventures.