December 16, 2016

Putting Pen to Paper

Cambridge Companies has worked with multiple waste publications over the past few years through contributions to articles or submitting original, educational articles for publication.  So this blog is not Cambridge’s first venture into providing readers with information.

Cambridge has submitted, contributed, or been the focus of articles in Waste Advantage Magazine (WAM), Waste Management World, Recycling Today (RT), MSW Management, Construction Equipment Today, DDC Journal, and NWI Quarterly.  The topics for the articles range from Cambridge Companies’ design-build experience to transfer station or recycling centers/MRFs, best practices for design or build or facilities and other topics.

qtq80-EgcQcxThe members of the sales and marketing department at Cambridge Companies are continually looking for more articles to contribute to throughout the waste and design-build industries in order to remain open about the way business is done at our company and to share our over 30 years of experience with the industry.  Through the date of this post, topics we have submitted original articles on include transfer station best practices (WAM, 2008), how to utilize a small facility to its greatest extent (WAM, 2008), transfer station maintenance (WAM, 4/2015), MSW and the design-build process (WAM, 8/2015), MRF best practices (WAM, 11/2015), MRFs containing costs (RT, 2/2016), landfill shop maintenance (WAM, 3/2016), leachate treatment facilities (WAM, 4/2016), the power of a team (WAM, 6/2016), hauling company requirements (WAM, 8/2016), and types of transfer stations (WAM, 9/2016).  All of these articles can be found on our News & Media and Media Archive pages as well as any other articles about Cambridge, projects, or that we contributed information.

You will be able to view this blog and archived ones on our website at www.cambridgecoinc.com/about-us/cambridge-blog/.

Please feel free to contact us at info@cambridgecoinc.com for suggestions on future blogs or through the Contact Us page here on our website.

Carrie Schutzius – Marketing Manager

Cambridge Companies is a design-build firm based in Northwest Indiana specializing in solid waste facilities and a lot of experience with commercial projects.  Click here to see current projects and our portfolio of commercial and solid waste projects nationwide such as transfer stations and hauling companies.  We also offer a variety of architectural and design services to facilitate your project from conceptual design through the use of the facility.

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(219) 972-1155

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October 14, 2016

Incorporating “Green” Principles in Design and Keeping it Affordable

TV and the internet have been abuzz with word of the ‘green revolution’, offering advice on ways that each of us can save the world in our own way.  While I have no problem with this sentiment, I think it misses an important distinction: whether we should improve our efforts at sustainability because it feels good, or because it is profitable.  Too often this movement is cloaked in feel-good rhetoric, or celebrities showing off their zero-energy homes (that cost millions to build), that the reality of sustainable practices having quantifiable cost savings is lost in the translation.  I think it’s about time to start looking at environmental sustainability in perspective with how it can benefit business.Ãëîáóñ çåëåíû?cdr

Strategies on the operations side are simple.

  • Minimize the amount of paper printed, when the items can be read on the desktop.

  • Look into occupant-sensor controlled light switches to minimize empty offices with the lights on all day.

  • Have your HVAC system properly maintained, as every bit of efficiency you can wring out of it directly saves you money, as every bit of efficiency you can wring out of it directly saves you money, as well as minimizing the amount of fuel needed.

  • When the weather does not require it, open those windows!  The dollars wasted on A/C that could be supplanted with a little breeze from the outside would look much better on your bottom line.

There are countless other strategies you can employ, all with minimal to no net cost, that will enable you to not only help the environment, but to keep more of your hard-earned resources.

On new construction and renovation of buildings it is relatively easy to integrate simple sustainable best-practices.  These strategies include encouraging day-lighting to minimize interior lighting loads, using high-efficiency HVAC, minimizing site run-off using storage and bio-swales, improving indoor air-quality using natural ventilation, and the list goes on.  When integrated during the design process, most of these items carry minimal up-front cost(s) and the items that do increase the initial cost (like the upgraded high-efficiency HVAC) have a pay-back timeframe of 3-5 years from their savings.  The final result is a building with the quantifiable benefit of reducing overhead, while providing equal or higher levels of comfort.

Most sustainable approaches are outlined in the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for certifying new buildings.  This serves as a scorecard for calculating how green a project really is.  The system applies not only to new construction, but to renovations of existing buildings, commercial interiors, schools, and many other building types.  While most commercial clients may not be able to justify the costs of registering a project for LEED Certification, it is easy to integrate the recommendations of the USGBC into projects to gain sustainability’s cost-savings, while cutting unnecessary overhead.

Simply put, sustainability is all about doing what is right… for the environment and your bottom line. Whichever your motivation is, you will reap both benefits.

Check out our website dedicated to the waste industry to see all the services that we have to offer!

Please feel free to contact us at info@cambridgecoinc.com for suggestions on future blogs or through the Contact Us page here on our website.

Jeff Eriks – Chief Business Development Officer

Cambridge Companies is a design-build firm based in Northwest Indiana specializing in solid waste facilities and a lot of experience with commercial projects.  Click here to see current projects and our portfolio of commercial and solid waste projects nationwide such as transfer stations and hauling companies.  We also offer a variety of architectural and design services to facilitate your project from conceptual design through the use of the facility.

www.cambridgecoinc.com

(219) 972-1155

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September 15, 2016

How important is the Quality of your Architectural Drawings? 

Cambridge Companies has been told in the past, after we have lost a bid, the breakdown of our proposal included more time to prepare drawings than other firms.
This was a reason why we didn’t win the bid.

This can be looked at in two different ways.  One way is that maybe we included too many hours; the second way is that we included the right amount of hours to provide drawings that are complete.  When the drawings are complete and accurate and the owner sends the project out for bid, they will receive solid bids from the general contractors in order to minimize change orders.

Below is an example of why I think Cambridge was correct to include the additional hours to prepare drawings.  We included approximately 400 hours of CAD drafting and 240 hours of Architects time.  The competitor that won the proposal included 300 hours of CAD drafting and 40 hours of Architects time.  Architecture construction planNow, I don’t know about you, but if I were constructing a building, I would want the architect more involved in my design, detailing, specifications and meetings than just 40 hours.  We are talking about a $90,000 design project and $1,000,000+ construction project.  They beat our price by roughly 10%.  We had previously bid on 2 other projects by this architectural firm and during the bid process there were over 100 questions raised regarding clarifications, discrepancies and errors within the drawing set.  The project that we drew had 6 questions raised during the bid process.  I don’t have an answer as to how many change orders occurred during construction of the building, but I can guarantee it will be more than the $9,000 it would have cost to hire us to prepare the construction documents.

The whole point of this post is to point out that with architectural drawings, the better your details, clarifications, and drawings up front, the smaller risk down the line.  You want to limit your risk and exposure during the bid process so that you can have a good feeling moving forward that the price you get from your general contractors will be the final price for construction and that you won’t get hit with $1,000’s of dollars’ worth of change orders because you wanted to save a couple thousand up front.

Just remember, the bitterness of poor quality last long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten!

Check out our website dedicated to the waste industry to see all the services that we have to offer!

Please feel free to contact us at info@cambridgecoinc.com for suggestions on future blogs or through the Contact Us page here on our website.

Jeff Eriks – Chief Business Development Officer

Cambridge Companies is a design-build firm based in Northwest Indiana specializing in solid waste facilities and a lot of experience with commercial projects.  Click here to see current projects and our portfolio of commercial and solid waste projects nationwide such as transfer stations and hauling companies.  We also offer a variety of architectural and design services to facilitate your project from conceptual design through the use of the facility.

www.cambridgecoinc.com

(219) 972-1155

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August 15, 2016

Garbage Stinks?  Not to me!  

Cambridge Companies has done a lot of work within the solid waste industry over the past 30 years.  This work includes transfer stations, hauling companies, landfill shops, recycling facilities, and many other types of solid waste projects.  However, we don’t JUST do new construction design-build projects.  The waste industry has a way of really beating up their transfer stations because of the heavy equipment operating within the facility.  This generates a lot of work for us.  Cambridge completes a lot of transfer station repairs such as tipping floor replacements, push wall repairs, and other miscellaneous upgrades to their buildings.

Midwest Transfer Station Interior Before Improvements

Cambridge has completed over 100 waste industry related projects over the last 30 years and looks to continue to grow this niche moving forward.  We are expanding our market base and offering more services.  We have added a concrete crew to the mix so we can self-perform these duties!  This will make us more cost effective and will give us the ability to become more efficient at these projects.   Doing work for the waste industry has also allowed us to expand our operations.  We have done work in over 20 states and continue to increase that number year after year.  We carry a long list of general contracting and architectural licenses so that we can serve our clients anywhere they need!

Check out our website dedicated to the waste industry to see all the services that we have to offer!

Please feel free to contact us at info@cambridgecoinc.com for suggestions on future blogs or through the Contact Us page here on our website.

Jeff Eriks – Chief Business Development Officer

Cambridge Companies is a design-build firm based in Northwest Indiana specializing in solid waste facilities and a lot of experience with commercial projects.  Click here to see current projects and our portfolio of commercial and solid waste projects nationwide such as transfer stations and hauling companies.  We also offer a variety of architectural and design services to facilitate your project from conceptual design through the use of the facility.

www.cambridgecoinc.com

(219) 972-1155

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July 15, 2016

Welcome!

In previous years, Cambridge Companies had a blog where we posted relevant information about the waste industry and design-build structures.  Cambridge is bringing this blog back!  One of the key intents of this blog will be to give our customers a look into the different departments we have here at Cambridge and how they contribute to the process we utilize to complete designs and final construction of facilities.  The first few blogs will be “recycled” from the previous blog to ensure all our subscribers have the opportunity to read the previous posts.Cambridge Companies

If you are new to our site, email list or unfamiliar with Cambridge, we would like to supply you with some information on our company and a brief synopsis of our history here in our first post.  We hope you find the information supplied here helpful and look forward to communicating information about our company and solutions to you.

Cambridge Companies is a family-owned design-build construction firm headquartered in Griffith, IN. We serve clients who desire a customized design-build solution. Our company’s core services include design engineering, construction management, and services. Cambridge was founded in 1989 by Ray Eriks to develop premium commercial and industrial design-build projects, originally in the NW Indiana and NE Illinois areas but have expanded a portion of our business to serve nationally. Cambridge is founded on the principals of exceptional client services and delivering a top quality project on-time and within budget. Cambridge’s creates unique design-build solutions for each of our clients through streamlining the process with increased project coordination, accountability, value-based project feedback system and single source project delivery.

Please feel free to contact us at info@cambridgecoinc.com for suggestions on future blogs or through the Contact Us page here on our website.

Carrie Schutzius – Marketing Manager

Cambridge Companies is a design-build firm based in Northwest Indiana specializing in solid waste facilities and a lot of experience with commercial projects.  Click here to see current projects and our portfolio of commercial and solid waste projects nationwide such as transfer stations and hauling companies.  We also offer a variety of architectural and design services to facilitate your project from conceptual design through the use of the facility.

www.cambridgecoinc.com

(219) 972-1155

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