Jan 26, 2023

Team Building: Day of Service

Last weekends (1/21/23) the Align Team had the privilege of working with Alabaster Jar, a nonprofit empowering survivors of human trafficking. Our team had a blast donating our time and building skills to make their home a beautiful, clean, and livable space. We built a shed, repaired and stained their fence, installed a new mailbox, and re-landscaped their front and backyard. We were so happy to contribute to an organization serving women as they courageously step into a new life.

A huge thank you to Rosenbach Company Inc. and Ecology Care Inc. for coming out Friday and Saturday out of the kindness of their hearts to donate labor, materials, and equipment. We couldn’t have done it without their help (nor could we have pulled a 5,000lb tree trunk from the front yard). We also have to thank Patriot Portable Restrooms for donating clean temp facilities for the day.

The Align Team really came out in force for this project, and we are so proud of what we were able to accomplish. Thank you to everyone at Alabaster Jar Project for allowing us to serve you this last weekend.

Mar 28, 2019

Finding the Return on Your Small-Project BIM Investment

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is too often associated with large, ground-up projects where prefabrication and trade coordination can happen well before the structure is erected.  When measuring productivity, quality, and future maintenance savings, there is simply no argument against the value it can offer.

However, when we approach managing small projects, even those with complex MEP systems and spatial constraints, BIM routinely gets eliminated from discussion.  Why this resistance to investing in BIM?  The answer usually comes down to initial cost, or better yet, the initial understanding of value.  And, understandably so.  Estimating the ROI on your up-front BIM expenditure can seem more like an art than a science.  We will admit that this is largely true.  Ultimate value is difficult to calculate when you are unsure of what the future benefit may be.  Will a dollar spent today result in two dollars of hard cost savings at the trade level?  For every day spent clash detecting in pre-construction, how many days of increased productivity will be gained during install?  Could traditional trade coordination render similar results?  We all wish we could answer these questions with complete certainty.

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