Mascaro would like to share with you some of our newsworthy happenings. Check back for updates to see what our company and people are accomplishing.
Biophilia is the connection of humans to natural elements. Research has shown that the simple presence of natural elements in the work environment can act as a buffer against the negative impact of job stress and positively impact general well-being. Multiple studies find that spaces that incorporate biophilic elements such as vegetation and natural scents provide improved cognitive ability, lower stress levels, and increased happiness. For ideas on how to incorporate biophilia into the workplace: https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/10231-workplace-biophilic-design.html
Abie Abraham VA Clinic and Penn State Steidle Building Renewal were recognized at this year's Construction Industry Evening of Excellence. Congratulations to all of the team members that worked on these projects and made them a success. Penn State Steidle won the MBA Excellence Award for Renovation Construction Over $10 Million. Additional information on Penn State Steidle can be found here: https://www.mascaroconstruction.com/projects/buildings/healthcare-research/penn-state-steidle-building-renewal
The new 30-credit program will be hosted through Pitt's Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, which was founded by Jack Mascaro. "He [Jack Mascaro] gave momentum to all of the sustainability programs going on, the sustainability center, the year of sustainability," said David Sanchez. "You could say it was a natural evolution, but it was also something that was heavily championed by Jack Mascaro, there's no doubt the center has been the key for sustainability at Pitt for longer than I can remember." For the complete story: https://pittnews.com/article/127202/top-stories/pitt-unveils-sustainable-engineering-masters-program/
Ricky Okraszewski with KML Carpenters led an ICRA training program at Mascaro. Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) training teaches procedures from containing the work area, HAZMAT, and controlling exposure to communicating with hospital personnel and how to work within site-specific considerations.
The days of superintendents having to return to the job trailer to handwrite reports are over! Training on the Raken app was held for Mascaro superintendents. It allows field personnel to create their daily report with an iPad or iPhone while walking the jobsite. Raken tracks weather automatically, allows for photos and documents to be uploaded to a report, and the entering of manhours and subconsultant information is done at the click of a button. With voice-to-text, descriptions of the work accomplished can be completed efficiently. Raken is a major time saver. Mascaro began using this program on the Abie Abraham VA Health Care Center. After much success, it went on to be used at several other projects. It is now becoming a Mascaro corporate standard. Keep an eye on the Mascaro website for additional information. A recent article on the app can be found here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/amitchowdhry/2017/12/05/how-raken-helps-facilitate-major-construction-projects/#1fa5ea9e57ba
Mascaro employees took calls for the 10th Annual "DVE Rocks Children's" radiothon. The two-day radiothon raised a record-breaking $814,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday, August 29 for thenew Veterans Affairs Butler Health Care Center. The new location includes primary care, specialty care, mental health, dental, and more. It officially opened for veterans on September 5th.
Ranked #13 out of the top 30 recognized mid-sized companies, Mascaro Construction was once again selected as a Top Workplace in the Pittsburgh region by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. For more details: http://www.topworkplaces.com/frontend.php/regional-list/company/postgazette/mascaroconstruction-com
In support of the ALS Association, Michael Mascaro joined in the CEO Soak at the Water Feature in PPG Place Plaza. The CEOs of firms that made donations stood in the fountain area and waited as the crowd counted down to the water turning on. The fountain blasted for 60 seconds leaving the CEOs drenched. Also, Mascaro is recognized in the ALS Association August E-Newsletter. To learn how you can help support ALS, http://webwpawv.alsa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WPAWV_homepage
ENR has ranked Mascaro #86 on the Top Green Building Contractors List. This is the 10th year in a row that we have received this honor. Additionally, ENR Mid-Atlantic ranked Mascaro as #21 of 67 in the Top Contractors in the Mid-Atlantic region. We were also ranked #59 in General Building, #22 in Petroleum, and #10 in Power.
A Mascaro Construction Company, LP crew made an exciting discovery at the former Carnegie Library next to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh! The portraits, painted in the 1940s by Pittsburgh artist Elizabeth Black, had been hidden behind plaster since the 1960s. The following video provides more detail.
The Museum is spearheading the renovation of this historic building, with the goal of opening in January 2019. See all the updates on the project follow the project on its Facebook page:
Bob Breisinger, a vice president with Mascaro, and his family were recognized as the 2017 March of Dimes Ambassadors at the 7th Annual Transportation, Building & Construction Awards luncheon on June 7, 2017. Mascaro would also like to congratulate The Davis Companies, owners of the Union Trust Building, for receiving the Building Project of the Year Award. Mascaro is proud to support the March of Dimes in its efforts to provide "a fighting chance for every baby."