Whether your goals are to reduce operational expenses through energy conservation, a healthy indoor environment through the use of non-toxic materials, or a better place to work and play through day-lighting and fresh air, Alvin E. Benike, Inc is experienced in green building strategies and implementation.
We Value Green Building Strategies and Innovations
Alvin E. Benike, Inc. believes in continuous improvement through innovation. We recognize that environmentally conscious building strategies are continuously evolving. Our company's recent work on several green buildings has provided our team with opportunities to engage in innovative strategies, practice implementing sustainable building techniques, and contribute to discussion about how to optimize building efficiency. Recent work has included elements of geothermal heating and cooling, Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs), structural insulated panels (SIPs), stormwater collections systems, pervious concrete, permeable pavers, electrochromic glass, and renewable energy.
We Are Experienced in Green Building
Alvin E. Benike, Inc. has completed a number of energy efficient building projects. Benike completed construction on the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) building in 2006. This project was regarded by many as one of Rochester's first green buildings. The Egan-Nietz Building which was constructed in 2008 was the first LEED certified building in Rochester, MN. The Winona County Historical Society Expansion project in Winona, MN was constructed to be "LEED-certifiable," but the Owners elected not to go through the rigors of the certification process. Most recently, construction was completed on two more green buildings: the Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center (currently seeking LEED certification), and the City of Rochester Public Works & Transit Operations Center.
We Have Green Building Expertise
Many employees at Alvin E. Benike, Inc. hold a LEED Accredited Professional credential and help to raise the bar on what "green building" means to the industry. Employees are members of the state and local chapters of the US Green Building Council, as well as the Rochester Energy Commission, and Rochester Area Builders’ Green Building Committee. Green Building is akin to continuous improvement, innovation, and implementation of best practices.
Energy Solutions Partner
Alvin E. Benike, Inc. is an RPU energy solutions partner (ESP). We can help our customers implement energy saving ideas for their building, achieve rebates, and obtain special financing only given through an ESP.
Virtual Design & Construction
The ability to “electronically build” a project before ever having stuck a shovel in the ground is a method of pre-planning work that has numerous advantages. Alvin E. Benike, Inc. is capable of facilitating spatial coordination between mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) systems, structural and architectural elements. MEP intensive projects can benefit from spatial coordination, visualization, and building information modeling. Although spatial coordination can be done utilizing 2-Dimensional drawings or CAD files, many consider 3-Dimensional coordination more useful and accurate. Virtually constructing a portion of the project becomes even more important when space requirements are limited (such as a limited ceiling space). Virtual design and construction allows for collaboration between Contractor and Design Team through enhanced visualization and understanding of design intent.
Lean Construction Delivery
Eliminating waste from the construction process is the ultimate goal of lean construction delivery. This can occur through extensive pre-planning, virtual design & construction, and off-site prefabrication of building elements. Benike is educated in Lean Construction delivery and strives to make its projects efficient through the implementation of lean principles such as The Last Planner System ® By implementing lean construction principles, Benike can save your project time and money.
Alvin E. Benike, Inc. construction believes that safety on the jobsite is a very important part of the construction process we provide for our clients. We maintain an aggressive safety program which results in our terrific safety record. Our company is committed to safety, starting with upper management and all the way down.
We require both general safety and job-specific training for our employees including 30 hours of the most updated OSHA training for supervisors, and a minimum of 10 hours for all field personnel. We also conduct prescreen drug testing to ensure that every job is managed in a safe way.
One aspect that sets Benike's safety program apart from competitors is that we employ a full-time safety director at our home office. The safety director assists in safety performance audits, manages training programs, and provides solutions for safety issues at job sites. Our employee safety training includes classroom-type presentations by our safety director, pre-task planning, as well as hands on safety training that can be either general safety or job-specific.
If you need skilled construction professionals who can incorporate workplace safety into elevated productivity, Alvin E. Benike, Inc. is the company you seek.
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