By Ty Shanks, Western Building Center
Flathead High School has partnered with Western Building Center, Glacier Bank and Hammerquist and Casalegno to create a program for students to learn the construction trade. This partnership has evolved from the industries direct need for Middle-Skilled workforce.
According to the latest stats from 2012, 53% of all jobs in Montana are classified as Middle-Skilled. Between 2012 and 2022 50% of all job openings will be for Middle-Skilled workers. It is our mission to give the students of Flathead School Districts an advantage of learning valuable skill sets to give them a boost in the growing Middle-Skilled workforce.
Our Program will focus on those students who may choose to enter the workforce without the advantage of higher education. As our program continues year to year we will have a graduating class of students who have been trained in the growing construction industry. The combination of classroom learning as well as direct hands on training will prepare many young adults for the future employment in the growing Middle-Skilled workforce.
Flathead School District 5 has embraced the program and encircled it with direct funding of faculty, books, and teaching aids to focus on the development of the student carpenter. As the students break ground for construction, a group of private industry businesses have been preparing the lot, the building materials and the financing for the student built home. We have partnered with subcontractors who are prepared to lead the young men and women through the entire construction process.
The Flathead High School Construction Class will begin construction on the home September 1st, 2015 with a groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 am. The jobsite will be 663 Corporate Drive. They will be bulding a 1800 SF 2 story home.
Find out more about the Project, by checking out their website below:
On April 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th of 2015, Hammerquist Casalegno attended Unit 1 & 2 BIM Education Program Courses and the spring BIMFORUM held in San Diego, California. You may ask… “What is BIM… and what is BIMFORUM”?
AGC of America defines BIM (Building Information Modeling) as “The process of generating and managing a Building Information Model through the use of three-dimensional, intelligent design information. BIM is driving the commercial construction industry away from a 2D-based process toward a model-based process that encourages across-the-board collaboration from owners, designers, general contractors and all the specialty trades with the goal of delivering safer, more productive projects on time and within budget with a final building that offers a sustainable environment for its users.”
“The BIMforum’s mission is to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of building information modeling (BIM) in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. We will lead by example and synchronize with counterparts in all sectors of the industry to jointly develop best practice for virtual design and construction (VDC). We will share our experiences and execute our goals via online forums, highly useful deliverables and practical industry conferences. We will revolutionize the building industry.” –“About // BIMForum.” BIMforum. Web. 18 June 2015.
Over the past decade, Hammerquist Casalegno has monitored BIM and BIMFORUM’s progress assessing the practicality, applicability, and value for projects we deliver here in NW Montana. With three-dimensional modeling being key to the modern BIM movement, local designers have been challenged with having to rethink their standard of care and traditionally 2-D deliverables. These deliverable and standard-of-care challenges translate directly to us as construction managers, contractors, specialty sub-contractors, and vendors alike. Recognizing that local A/E firms are increasingly showing interest to transition from 2-D toward three-dimensional model based drawings, Hammerquist Casalegno attended AGC’s Unit 1 and Unit 2 BIM training classes at the 2015 Spring BIMFORUM.
What we learned is that the transition toward three-dimensional models and BIM in our local region will continue… but will take time. While a full transition is inevitable, the figuratively smaller projects in NW Montana have been challenged to fund BIM on many of the projects over the past decade. Many in the Client and Owner community continue to evaluate BIM and assess the potential benefits to them and their projects.
BIM is first and foremost, a collaborative process and not software you buy off-the-shelf or download from the Internet. Hammerquist Casalegno’s reputation of being a disciplined and process-centric General Contractor-Construction Manager, makes us uniquely qualified to assess how three-dimensional BIM collaboration with designers, specialty sub-contractors and Vendors can benefit you as Clients and Owners of projects here in NW Montana.
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by Alli Friedman, KCFW Reporter
A company in Columbia Falls is taking recycling to a new level. They hope to use recycled glass for the flooring of a transportation garage.Glacier National Park Lodges, operated by Xanterra, is building a site to house the red tour buses that go through the park in the summer. They want to get enough recycled glass to use it in the foundation. "To incorporate the best mix design we need about 70 thousand pounds of it," said Matt Folz, Director of Sustainability for Xanterra. Folz says the 70,000 pounds of glass will be used on the floor of the garage where the red buses will be housed. He wants to use the glass instead of using a cement mix. Taking glass and putting it back into our projects, it eliminates the need for cement mix and also just provides a commodity value to the glass," said Folz. The company is partnering with New World Recycling to make it happen. watch the newscast
Kirk Hammerquist and John Casalegno established Hammerquist Casalegno LLC in 1989. The partners had both been working in the construction industry for nearly 20 years before deciding to combine their skills and experience and form the new construction business. Mark Casalegno, John's son and one of Hammerquist Casalegno's first employees, is also an owner in the company and part of the management team.
Initially offering general contracting services for smaller commercial projects, Hammerquist Casalgeno earned a reputation for delivering quality projects with integrity, on time and with budget. read more
Hammerquist & Casalegno has been selected for the 2014 Best of Kalispell Award in the Commercial & Office Building Contractors category by the Kalispell Award Program. Each year, the Kalispell Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Kalispell area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Kalispell Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Kalispell Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Kalispell Award Program
The Kalispell Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Kalispell area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Kalispell Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.