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.


Foreman Foundation Donates $20,000 in 2016

On July 15, 2016, the Foreman Foundation hosted the 21st Annual Golf Outing at Scotch Valley Country Club to help raise and donate money to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for melanoma cancer research. A total of 60 golfers participated in this year’s outing and contributed to the overall donation amount of $20,000!

Foreman Foundation Check Presentation

The Board presenting the check to Dr. Gavin Robertson

The golfers were in a scramble representing different companies. The 18-hole tournament was followed up with putting and chipping contests. The winners were Don DeGol with the DeGol Organization and Dave Price golfing with the Armstrong World Industries team, respectively.

After golf, the Board (Phillip Foreman, Chairman joined by Janice Abelove, Dr. John Scola, Cheryl Bruno Gamber, Steve Swarney, and Scott Clouden, 2016 VP) presented the $20,000 check to Dr. Gavin Robertson, Melanoma Laboratory Director at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Robertson gave a presentation showing how the attendees’ generous donations aid in research findings and where the melanoma lab is headed in the future.

Drew McCausland, a Board Member and licensed dermatologist, performed free skin screenings throughout the day. He and his wife Carla processed over twenty screenings. A few years ago these screenings spotted a suspicious mole. “McCausland saved someone’s life that day,” Foreman said. “This young individual had no idea she had skin cancer and luckily he found it. She made a doctor’s appointment for the following Monday. This is why we created this foundation – to make a difference.”

Golfers ready to go at Scotch Valley's 20th Anniversary Outing.

Golfers ready to go at Scotch Valley’s 21st Anniversary Outing.

The Foundation has donated over $1.2m to melanoma cancer research and boasts a well-rounded panel of Board members. If you or someone you know is interested in more information on becoming an important member of this life-saving organization or you would like to donate, please contact Betsy Stubna at betsy.stubna@foremangroup.com.

About the Foreman Foundation:

The mission of the Foreman Foundation is to raise funds for medical research that will lead to the cure for melanoma cancer, while heightening awareness as to the causes and symptoms of this disease. In 1996, Phillip Foreman founded the Foreman Foundation in memory of his friend, John Bruno Jr., whose life was taken by melanoma cancer at the age of 27. In the year 2000, with the help of our contributors and the cooperation of the Penn State College of Medicine, The Foreman Foundation Melanoma Research Laboratory was established at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa.

Since our inception, we have set our goals high and continue to achieve our mission of helping to discover a cure for melanoma cancer. For more information, visit our website.

Foreman Foundation Scotch Valley outing

Golfers enjoying the day

Foreman Foundation Board of Directors:
Phillip Foreman
Janice Abelove
David DeGol
Drew McCausland
Cheryl Bruno Gamber
Carol D’Alessandro
Tracy Jones
Annette van Eeden
Scott Clouden
Dr. John Scola
Stephen Swarney, JD

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!

Smile and Do Good for Melanoma Research

smiley-face-graphic-for-share-on-hi5As you may be aware, the Foreman Foundation partnered with Amazon in their AmazonSmile program this year. When you purchase regular Amazon items through www.smile.amazon.com after identifying the “Foreman Foundation” as your favorite philanthropy, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of pretty much everything to the Foreman Foundation – that can really add up over the year. The prices you pay are exactly the same. We just received word that our first disbursement will be in our bank account this month! If you shop through AmazonSmile, we thank you for your donation! If you don’t, we would love for you to!

Foreman1It’s easy. Just go to www.smile.amazon.com and log in with your current Amazon user ID and password. Amazon will prompt you to select your favorite charity. “Write in” the Foreman Foundation, then choose the one in Zelienople (not Nebraska, please!).

It’s important to remember that ordering through the regular Amazon portal will not forward us your donation so please bookmark the Smile site for every Amazon purchase!

For more information on Amazon’s Smile program, please click here.

The Foreman Group Supports the Rotary Club

CVE Dictionary Distribution

Students in Room 38 at Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School in Zelienople show off their new dictionaries. This distribution is part of Rotary’s dedication to literacy projects.  From left, Rotarians Vic Peffer, Craig Lutz, Betsy Stubna (Foreman Group Marketing Manager), Debbie Lindewirth and teacher Carol Garbett.

The Foreman Group supports many service organizations in local communities by encouraging employees to become active in these clubs. It even authorizes a portion of each work week for service projects and meetings. Foreman Marketing Manager and Foundation Director Betsy Stubna chose the Rotary Club of Zelienople upon hire, because her grandfather was a Rotarian.

This fall, members of the club met at the Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School to distribute dictionaries to third graders. Once through security, the group made their way to the classrooms, passing out dictionaries to the enthusiastic children. Rotary’s mission and four-way test were explained, and the children were asked to look up polio as a segue to president Tom Grant sharing that he contracted polio at 17, and that Rotary seeks to abolish this disease.

Appropriately, Foreman Architects and Engineers, Inc. and Foreman Program and Construction Management designed this school located in the Seneca Valley School District.

The Foreman Group is familiar with striving to make a difference in the world. The Foreman Foundation has donated well over $1 million since 1992 for medical research that will lead to the cure for melanoma cancer, while heightening awareness as to the causes and symptoms of this disease.



Hershey Medical Center Tour

IMG_1098The Foreman Group was exhibiting at the recent PASA/PSBA Conference in Hershey, PA in October of this year. As the marketing manager, I was privileged to attend this and meet many new people and see old friends again. During a break in the action, I was invited to visit the Hershey Medical Center, Cancer Institute right across the street – the Center where the Foreman Foundation supports the research efforts of Dr. Gavin Robertson. Teah Batdorf of his office took time from her day to show me where the Foundation dollars go.Robertson_Lab_08-28-2015_78

IMG_1103Overlooking the scenic backdrop of Hershey, the Melanoma Center shares the third floor with other research facilities, a lovely sitting room, and state-of-the-art conference room. One door was marked with the placard recognizing the support of the Foundation. Inside were freezers preserving specimens at -80 degrees as well as the bustle of doctors, researchers, technicians, and support staff.

IMG_1104Before heading back to the Conference, I gratefully accepted a gift basket on behalf of the Foundation, as thanks for support for the Center’s Chocolate Tour. This race turned our $5,000 sponsorship into over $11,000 to support awareness and research aimed at abolishing melanoma.

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


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