Building PA Podcast

Building PA Podcast

The Building PA Podcast serves the construction industry throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in brief, downloadable segments. Hosted by Chris Martin, President of Atlas Marketing, and Jon O’Brien, Executive Director for the Keystone Contractors Association, the Building PA Podcast covers topics such as safety, workforce development, insurance, legal, legislation, business development and much more.

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May 10, 2021 24 min

Brad Kriel and Dan Obriot of SB Monitoring join co-host Chris Martin and Jon O’Brien to discuss technological operations improvements on job sites throughout Pennsylvania.  Operational improvements include security cameras that help enforce safety policies along with equipment tracing on project sites that require security or remote supervision.

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Join us as we kick off the Better Project Outcomes Series sponsored by Strategic Executive Consulting (SEC).? In our inaugural series episode, listen as Bob Dresser, president of Strategic Executive Consulting discusses mobilization readiness.? In this episode we learn about project success based on preparedness as Dresser shares the SEC mobilization process, discusses the impact contracts have on mobilization readiness and the var...

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Listen in as Casey Schlaegle talks about owning a small business in the construction industry.  Schlaegle has a diverse background within the industry and has worked as an architect, carpenter and now owns and leads his own architectural woodworking firm.  He discusses the need to find a reliable team that has the right mindset and skills to complement each other.  He also shares how vital it is to have a sound legal and accounting...

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April 26, 2021 33 min

Odie Parkins of the Eastern Atlantic States Council of Regional Carpenters joins the podcast to talk about the Carpenters training program.  Parkins talks of the tools and technical support each apprentice receives along with the emphasis on behavior and attitude.  He also shed light on the Carpenters 300 Hitters program and how the international union utilizes its Las Vegas training center.

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April 19, 2021 31 min

As president of Alexander Building Company, Seitz oversaw the growth of the general contractor’s Central Pennsylvania region.  Who better to learn from?  Listen as Seitz shares how he addresses growth for a general contractor and the importance of establishing a vision.  In our conversation, he also discusses the importance of communication, its impact on your company’s vision, and future trends anticipated within the industry.  

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Listen as Jennifer Berrier, the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Labor and Industry department meets with co-hosts Chris Martin and Jon O’Brien.  Berrier discusses the challenges her department overcame during the COVID pandemic, mentors she has relied on throughout her career, the impact communication has on effectively governing, and the challenges she anticipates among her team at L and I.  

This episode is part of the Business Lead...

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April 5, 2021 27 min

The PA Chamber's Allen Norton visits the Quandel Studio to discuss career awareness with Jon and Chris.  Norton is leading the charge to help job seekers and students learn of opportunities throughout the state.  Via multiple websites - starttheconversationhere.com and BringingPABack.com - those interested can learn more of the multitude of opportunities available.

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March 29, 2021 29 min

85% of military veterans have no experience in construction, yet the industry is a perfect fit for those who have dutifully served their country.  Dan Breslin of Helmets to Hardhats talks about the program, the impact it has on veterans and the construction industry, and how to gain entry to construction through the national program.

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Don Eldridge, training coordinator for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 520 shares his insight for becoming an apprentice plumber or pipefitter.  During the discussion with Jon and Chris, Don explains the requirements for becoming an apprentice, expectations of the program, and the ongoing future training this Building Trades union provides.

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Listen as Bryan Cutler (R), Speaker of the PA House of Representatives, shares his thoughts and learnings from years in the legislation and healthcare industries. Specifically, Cutler shares the guidance his father imparted on him; the mentors who steered him; the morale building skills that shaped him; and the importance relationships are as a leader.  Most important to Cutler, as a leader, is to have a clearly defined vision and ...

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March 8, 2021 20 min

The Building PA podcast celebrates women in construction. In this episode, listen in as Roxanne Harpster, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, and Meghan White, Plumbers Local 520, share the best aspects of their jobs, what it takes be successful, and what the future holds within the construction industry. Harpster and White, who recently worked for McClure Company on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center project, also discuss the ...

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Listen as Andrew Conley, project superintendent with Alexander Building discusses the impact prefabrication has on project success. Although the trend is not new, implementing the approach created efficiencies along with improved productivity that went beyond project expectations. Conley shares the process and impact of off-site fabrication of bathroom pods on a new construction project. Positive impacts on the project included lab...

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To celebrate Engineers Week, Michael Cherock of AE Works joins the Building PA Podcast to talk about the professional services component of the construction industry.  AE Works is a 45-person firm with 3 offices and Cherock discusses how the company has embraced technology to review drawings and documents, the advantages of virtual work, how vital collaboration is for productivity, and the many expectations on professional services...

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Listen as co-hosts Chris Martin and Jon O’Brien discuss construction marketing.  Martin shares his insight on why contractors and others in the construction industry need to begin adapting their marketing messages.  He shares why safe, on time, and under budget is the WRONG message and how these ‘traditional marketing pillars’ continue to cause damage to the industry and businesses.  Martin offers alternatives to these marketing pi...

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February 8, 2021 29 min

Gene Barr, president of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry joins us to discuss leading in challenging times.  Barr shares insight on addressing business challenges, balancing work and life, and ramifications that COVID will have on the business community and construction industry.   This episode is part of the Business Leadership Series brought to you by McQueen Building Company.

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February 1, 2021 28 min

Tom Williams of Reager & Adler stops by to talk with us about contract resolution.  During the discussion, Williams shares the various methods of resolution along with specific negotiation provisions that construction contracts should include.

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February 1, 2021 56 min

LISTEN IN as PA Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R), PA 35th District provides welcoming comments. As Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Langerholc has great insight into the upcoming transportation construction season. 

Legislative Insiders Provide Insights to the 2021/22 PA General Assembly Session

 If you're wondering what may happen in Harrisburg during this upcoming legislative session, then download this...

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January 25, 2021 45 min

The Building PA Podcast is on the road today visiting the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center job site.  Steve Lee and Dan Flickinger join us to talk about Lean Construction approaches and the benefit of co-location.  Dan provides background on the project and how the medical facility came out of the ground.  Steve shares the impact that Lean Construction principles have helped bring this project to market quickly.

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Listen as Zac Wolpert of Providence Engineering shares his take on the business development aspects of the industry.  Wolpert discusses not only the importance of the role, but the differences between contractors, engineers, and architects may face when pursuing business growth opportunities.  Our conversation focuses on research and a diligent focus on the potential customers and he shares additional skills needed for success. 

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Listen to the passion and deliberate efforts Geoff McQueen applies to his company. His passion focuses on culture and how he gives trust to his employees and customers for a problem-free experience.   This episode is part of the Business Leadership Series brought to you by McQueen Building Company.

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