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They did it again! EV-Air-Tight is the winner of the 2nd Annual ETC Canine Invitational.
Since the only prize is a plastic trophy and bragging rights (all proceeds go to CCI) we’re giving EV-Air_Tight a big shout-out for their outstanding golfing abilities, as well as, their big, generous hearts for donating to such a worthy cause.
Well done gentleman. Hope you will be back next year to defend your title.
Honorable mention to our golfing friends & contributors: Culbertson, CP&R, CWI, CWS, East Coast, Exterior Medics, Function & NVM – Enjoyed the day
For more information on CCI, please visit: www.cci.org
It is too early to tell what might have failed and caused this bridge to collapse and it will probably be many months before the investigation is complete. The bridge was designed to consist of post-tensioned concrete segments supported by steel cables. It was to have been built in two sections and only the first section was in place when the collapse occurred. The first section of the bridge had only been in place for five days before it fell, so it is not likely a case of being grossly under-designed or inadequate concrete strength. One report indicated that the post-tension tendons had loosened and were being retightened when it fell.
Institutional and government projects like this have many levels of design review and material testing involved to help ensure public safety and that the 100-year design life is achieved. This bridge was far from complete as there was a central support pier (pylon) for the steel cables that still needed to be installed. This pier and the cables would have provided additional support to the failed section of the bridge. Partially constructed structures can be very dangerous.
This catastrophic failure reminds us of the inherent hazards of all construction work, not just those involved with demolishing and rehabilitating portions of existing structures. Our prayers go out to all those involved in this tragedy.
The ETC team will be attending the Washington Metro Chapter of CAI Conference & Expo on Saturday March 10th. We would be so pleased if you stopped by to say hello.
Our team of experts will be there to answer any questions you may have about upcoming projects and/or building concerns. It’s a great time to gather some FREE advice! Show details can be found on our website at: http://www.etc-web.com/press/upcoming-events/
All property managers, owners and board members that visits our booth will have the chance to win a Yeti cooler! Hope YOU are the winner!!
Before any rope descent system (i.e., window washing boatswain chair) is used on a building, OSHA now requires that each anchor be identified, tested, certified, and maintained so it is capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds in any direction.
Did all your anchors pass the test?
The OSHA set November 20, 2017 deadline for physical load testing of these anchors has passed. (29 CFR 1910.27(b)(1)(iii)).
Did you make the deadline?
We loaded anchors of many different configurations and found that not all anchors passed this stringent test. If you have any anchors that have not been subjected to this testing in the last 10 years, they must be load tested and certified by a qualified person before they are used. This regulation also seems to apply to new anchors that were installed after the November 20 deadline and not just older anchors.
Don’t postpone your scheduled winter or spring window washing work, get your anchors tested soon. Call us @ 410-312-4761 or 703-450-622o | firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you really know about your roof warranties? There may be separate warranties issued for various materials and the installing contractor may have also guaranteed workmanship. Each will expire at some point and there are things you should do to preserve your protections.
1. Review the documents and assure they were properly executed. If, for example the papers were never signed and returned to the manufacture, you probably don’t have a warranty.
2. Be aware of your responsibilities. Failure to properly maintain the system could void warranties.
3. Properly notify all involved parties (manufacturers, contractor, etc.) of problems within the 10 to 30 days typically required.
4. Be sure that repairs are made using approved materials and contractors certified by the manufacturer. Unapproved materials and repairs may void coverage, at least in the areas affected by repairs.
5. Have a knowledgeable person evaluate the roof covering periodically and within six months to one year in advance of warranty expiration dates. There may be conditions that could be corrected at no cost before coverage lapses.
Some warranties can be extended or renewed for additional cost; however it may not always be advantageous to do so. The manufacturer could impose maintenance or rehabilitative requirements that are unreasonable when compared with the value of the coverage. Spending $100,000 to get a five-year warranty extension on a $200,000 roof might not be the best use of the money.
This past weekend, ETC participated in our first annual DogFest Walk’n Roll for Canine Companions. Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.
ETC is proud to announce we exceeded our fund raising goal with contributions of $2,820.00 With 17 walkers and support from the entire company, we were able to have tail-waggin good time while enhancing the lives of others. We look forward to continuing our fund raising efforts for Canine Companions throughout the year. Be sure to watch our blog!
If you would like to find out more information about Canine Companions for Independence or to simply make a donation, please visit:
Most things are more fun with friends… and dogs! That’s why ETC has put together a team to participate in Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll (9.12.15 | 10:00am | Arlington, VA). Together we’ve set a fundraising goal to help fund the work of Canine Companions for Independence. If you are up for the challenge, join our team. Or you can simply donate online and support our team (or any individual). It all goes towards the goal of giving more people with disabilities the experience of love and independence that comes with a highly trained Canine Companions assistance dog. DogFest… it’s a tail-waggin’ good time –
While on a recent site visit, we encountered a mother goose sitting on her nest. A loud hiss and an “I’m not moving” attitude, redirected our staff to the back entrance. What can we say….gotta respect a mother protecting her young.
Happy belated Mother’s Day from the ETC staff!
Please give a warm welcome to Shabbir Kazmi, ETC’s new lead architect!
Shabbir grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Catholic University in Washington DC where he received his architecture degree. Shabbir has practiced architecture in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area for over 14 years. His design work ranges from small custom renovation projects to many larger and more detail oriented designs. Whether it’s new construction or rehabilitation, Shabbir looks forward to creating a plan that exceeds your expectations.
When Shabbir is not designing for ETC, he enjoys fixing/collecting antique furniture, yoga, spending time with this lovely wife Mariam and traveling the United States. Apparently from the photo, he’s also pretty good at taking selfies.