Building on a Foundation of Quality
At Bush Construction, every project we work on is built on the foundation of quality. Our team builds each building as if it were our own, and we make it a priority to exceed our customers’ expectations every time.
With our Quality Control program, our team puts construction projects through rigorous testing to ensure the best possible building standards are utilized.
When our team is working to create new building projects, our Quality Control program starts by engaging local testing agencies to make sure that we are building on soil conditions that will support the building for many years to come. These companies work with our project managers and superintendents to test the soil to verify what capacity the soil has to support the building.
“After we’ve completed the testing, we sometimes find pockets of soil that won’t adequately support the desired loads of the building. It’s our job at Bush to work with the testing company to find a solution for our client,” said Jerod Engler, Vice President of Construction. “We are always consistent with how we perform quality control on our projects—large or small. If you aren’t regimented about this process, and don’t test and check for issues regularly, you can experience failure.”
Bush Construction was proud to have recently constructed the new Triumph Community Bank building in West Davenport. When performing the soil testing for the project, soil conditions were found to be favorable around the majority of the building perimeter. However, in one corner, unsuitable soil was encountered. This soil was in no shape to withstand the weight of the building for years to come. The recommendation was to remove the poor soil and replace it with engineered fill.
“This was a project where if we would have just built on the current soil—without doing a thorough investigation of the entire building footprint—we would have experienced differential settlement,” said Engler. “This happens when the building settles over time at two different rates across the same footprint. Severe settling can cause some major problems long term with buildings – foundation and slab cracks, cracks in interior drywall walls and ceilings, issues with brick façade and windows, and can even create tears and leaks in the roof.”
Evaluating the soil conditions is just once aspect of the Quality Control program at Bush Construction. Once a building is in the construction phase, there are a lot of other components to the program. Bush hosts pre-installation meetings with architects, manufacturers, and installers to bring all parties together to make sure everyone fully understands how each product within the project is installed before it happens. This detailed review is conducted for all aspects of the building envelope including the brick, siding, sheet metal flashings, roof, windows, concrete, air barriers, and waterproofing.
“Where we see failures, is when one or more components are not installed properly on a building,” explains Engler. “Our job at Bush is to manage all of the different contractors on the project to ensure that the correct product is installed, and installed the right way every time.”
“Some companies don’t do a consistent job when it comes to Quality Control, and the decision to follow through with the correct recommendations usually comes down to price. We let our clients know everything about their project, educating them on the small things we can spend money on now so we don’t run into problems later. When the owner of the building is engaged in the process up front, building on a foundation of quality is a seamless process.”
At Bush Construction, we build each project on a foundation of quality, and take pride in creating the best possible projects for our clients. Visit our website to learn more about how we insert Quality Control into every project, every time.