Fast manpower response, specialized training, and teamwork fueled this successful Gulfport Energy project
The Gulfport Energy Corporation is an independent oil and gas company that uses advanced technologies and a state-of-the-art approach to exploration, geology and engineering. When they conceived their new corporate headquarters building in Oklahoma, they wanted the design and architecture to be a snapshot of the company’s image.
And with the teamwork approach among general contractor Flintco Constructive Solutions, subcontractor American Glass, and Central South Carpenters Regional Council’s (CSCRC) Local 329, the project came to life on time, on budget, and beyond the expectations of the customer.
“Once we learned what was required for the job, we were proactive in getting our guys up to speed so they could hit the ground running and help the project stay on schedule from day one,” said Local 329 Council Representative, John West II.
The focal point of the building is its contemporary look that combines a curved glass front, banks of windows, aluminum panels, and sunscreens. It also features a glass tower with internal X-bracing and LED lighting that symbolizes the illumination on oil derricks. The structure also includes underground parking, a staff restaurant, fitness center, and an auditorium.
American Glass needed a strong supply of skilled labor to keep construction on schedule: They had just 90 days to get the work done. Not only did the carpenters respond with plenty of manpower, but they also fast-tracked specialized training to meet the project’s requirements. CSCRC leveraged industry relationships to quickly access equipment in order to put carpenters through lift and all terrain forklift training.
In two days, the crew went over protocols and procedures so they could safely but productively fabricate, assemble, and install the window systems for the six-story 120,000 square foot building.
A crew of 10-12 members from Local 329 worked over 6400 hours on the project.
“We were extremely pleased with manpower that CSCRC provided – not only did they meet our needs for the project but they responded quickly and professionally,” said Mike George, superintendent for American Glass.
The Central South carpenters’ expertise in handling the exterior window systems was an integral part of the project’s success because of the emphasis on the building envelope. Due to an increase in complex and technically challenging design and engineering, building envelope has become more of a focus in the industry. This includes all of the elements of the exterior shell that help maintain a dry, heated or cooled indoor environment and facilitate climate control.
That’s why it’s no surprise that the UBC and the Carpenters International Training Fund (CITF) have curriculum in place for building envelope at the International Training Center (ITC) in Las Vegas.
“Training is what gives our carpenters the skills so that our signatory contractors maintain a strong competitive advantage,” said Jason Engels, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the CSCRC.