Excel Provides Temporary Air Coolers so Customers Can Beat The Heat

October 24, 2017 by  
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“California, where the spring comes in the fall and the fall comes in the summer and the summer comes in the winter and the winter never comes at all…”-Inez Haynes Irwin

 

The calendar might say that summer is over but Southern California seems to disagree! This past week as retailers were rolling out Christmas decorations, at Excel’s Fullerton headquarters temperatures reached as high as 105 degrees.

 

This time of year, the Southern California heat is no surprise and cooling units are essential if you don’t want to melt. In an effort to beat the heat, Excel Construction is ready to provide customers with temporary cooling units in the event of a primary HVAC failure.

 

The model Excel uses is MOVINCOOL® – Classic Plus 14. The MOVINCOOL® portable air conditioner is designed to spot cool warehouses, assembly lines, manufacturing plants, retail facilities, and even outdoor events. It’s also suitable for process cooling and moisture removal.

 

Our technicians simply roll it in, plug it in, and turn it on. The unit is self-contained and easy to install and operate. It features programmable digital temperature control and handles temperatures up to 113°F. It also operates on standard 115V power. The units are equipped with flexible ducting that can be discharged to the exterior of the building envelope via a window or the existing HVAC system.

 

Take that, So Cal heat!

Excel Construction Supports Customers Affected by Canyon Wildfire

October 13, 2017 by  
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In the Western United States, especially during Fall, it is not surprising to see stories in the news about devastating wildfires.  But what you might find surprising is that Excel Construction offers services to our customers to help them mitigate the impact to their facilities.

During the recent Southern California canyon wildfires, some unfortunate Excel customers in affected areas urgently requested air scrubbers. These valued customers wanted their stores to be comfortable for their patrons and employees, and to also minimize the environmental impact to their facilities.

An air scrubber is a portable filtration system that removes particles, gasses, and/or chemicals from the air within a given area. These machines draw air in from the surrounding environment and pass it through a series of filters to remove contaminants. The air scrubber model Excel uses for customers is the “OmniAire 2200”. They operate at 2,000 cubic feet per minute and use activated carbon filters and HEPA filters.

Excel technicians deliver and set up the air scrubbers. The technicians return over the rental period to change the filters and check their operation. And also return to remove them at the end of the rental period. They operate utilizing a standard 110-volt outlet so no special wiring or generators are required. The OmniAire 2200 is UL, OSHA and CSA certified for electrical safety,  and operates very quietly.

Excel Construction strives to be the #1 trusted service provider serving the Western U.S. They do so by building trust with customers, and that means providing prompt service when emergency services are requested. Excel Construction Services, Inc., pride themselves on successfully providing service to customers in their time of need.

Bank of America | Real Estate Services United Way Golf Tournament

October 11, 2017 by  
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“For it is in giving that we receive.”
― Francis of Assisi

On one of the first crisp mornings of Fall, Bank of America held their 19th annual United Way Golf Tournament. It was held at the beautiful Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton.

The organization goes beyond temporary fixes to create lasting change in communities around the world, they impact millions of lives every year. As of October 9, the United Way Network has raised more than $59.44 million for mid- and long-term recovery efforts related to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricanes Irma/Maria and the earthquake in Mexico.

The morning started off with a Helicopter Ball Drop.  Participants played “Ready Golf” to keep things moving and there was also a shotgun start.

The afternoon concluded with a BBQ Luncheon which included both silent and live auctions.  Participants placed bids on donated items to raise money for the United Way—the largest donation item was a 70” flat screen television with a retail value of $5,400! Dave Jordaan, Director of Construction, arrived for the luncheon and auction.  Kecia Ellsworth, Senior Account Manager, served as a volunteer.

Golf tournament participants included Bank of America and JLL employees, and vendors on the JLL/Bank of America account. Excel Construction golfers included Karen Ratzlaff, CEO, Chris Mott, Chief of Staff, and Jay Jones, General Manager.

Excel Construction was able to participate by being a Platinum Sponsor of the event.

 

6th Annual CBRE Charity Golf Classic

October 5, 2017 by  
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It was a day of friendly competition, food and drinks, live music and camaraderie with colleagues, clients, and corporate partners at the beautiful Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, California.  On October 5th, CBRE hosted their 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic. It was CBRE’s southern California project management invitational golf tournament benefiting Junior Diabetes Research Fund. Excel Construction was a sponsor of the event.

JDRF funds research that transforms the lives of people with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Their motto is, “We want a cure, and we won’t stop until we find one. Along the way, we will continue to drive scientific progress that delivers new treatments and therapies that make day-to-day life with T1D easier, safer and healthier.” JDRF supports the best researchers doing the most promising, cutting-edge science to cure, prevent and treat T1D.

Participants were encouraged to come and purchase a foursome, be a sponsor or just come to laugh and share stories with peers at the reception. There was an opportunity for everyone to get together and raise money for an important cause affecting 40,000 children and adults annually.

The morning started with registration for the event while the driving range and putting green were open to participants. Around noon, they had a lunch box pickup followed by the tournament play that began with a shotgun start. After the tournament, the day ended with a networking reception and silent auction followed by dinner and live auction.

Excel employees in attendance at the fun and meaningful charity golf tournament were Kecia Ellsworth, Senior Account Manager, and Chris Mott, Chief of Staff.

Boom Lift Certification Training

September 26, 2017 by  
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This past September, Excel Construction held a boom lift certification training at our Fullerton headquarters. The training was for Excel personnel and there were 18 attendees.

 

Excel’s Safety Manager, Cesar Galarza, conducted the training. Cesar is an OSHA Certified Master Trainer. He is also a military veteran and a reserve firefighter with the Boeing fire department.  In addition to conducting on-site safety inspections, he directs all of our safety training programs. All personnel at Excel must be certified in order to operate our fleet of in-house equipment including scissor lifts, boom lifts, forklifts, backhoes, concrete saws, rollers, Bobcats, and more.

 

Boom lifts, also known as “Knuckle Booms,” are very versatile units and work well in areas with hard to reach places. Telescopic Boom Lifts are aerial work platforms with sections that extend telescopically. They are commonly referred to as “Stick Booms.” These are typically used to reach over obstacles such as landscaped areas and overhangs, to reach facades, roof lines, and monument signs.

 

The training included topics such as safe use and handling, including loading and unloading from the transport vehicle, staging, ingress and egress, fall protection, and communication with team members. Each trainee received “stick time” and did not receive their certificate until they demonstrated mastery of all tasks.

 

Excel Construction Services, Inc., believes that safety doesn’t happen by accident, so we are committed to preparing our employees to always have a safety state of mind.

Excel Construction July Field Staff Meeting – Sidewalk Café Food Truck

July 28, 2017 by  
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Every once in a while, Excel hosts a food truck to show their appreciation for their valued staff.

After our monthly Field Staff Safety Training meeting in July, all staff were invited to get breakfast at the gourmet food truck, Chef TLC’s Sidewalk Café.

Chef TLC’s Sidewalk Café, out of Newport Beach, is known for their creative presentation and bursting flavors. They pride themselves on being affordable & offering fast service. They won ‘Best Food Truck of 2016’ from Newport Beach.

Chef TLC’s Sidewalk Café’s full menu is extensive and their Food truck/catering menu is event specific. On the menu for Excel’s breakfast were fully loaded and delicious breakfast burritos, side of fries and choice of orange juice or coffee.

It was a warm summer morning and Excel brought out canopies so employees could enjoy their breakfast in the shade in our newly finished picnic area at our Fullerton headquarters.

Immediately following breakfast and with a fresh cup of coffee in hand, our field technicians got back on the road and on their way to meet our customer needs.

Thank you to everyone at Excel for all you do!

 

Long Beach & Willow Starbucks – NEW Store

June 10, 2017 by  
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Excel Construction Services Inc. has built a new store for Starbucks in the city of Long Beach.

This beautiful store is part of a group of stores that have been built in under served communities that could benefit from economic development. Each store is built by women or minority-owned contractors, staffed by partners from the community and sells product made by local, diverse vendors.

Excel is a woman owned business, certified by WBENC: the leader in women’s business development. WBENC’s mission is to fuel economic growth globally through access to opportunities, by identifying, certifying and facilitating development of women-owned business.

The Long Beach store is also partnering with Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network, a nonprofit with which it will offer free training programs to help young people develop job skills. It’s an ongoing relationship to help create local jobs.

Starbucks and Pacific Gateway worked together to provide 15 youths who have experienced obstacles on their way into the workforce with training and jobs at the new store.

Starbucks employees who work at least 20 hours a week are also eligible to study for bachelor’s degrees through Arizona State University.

Excel Construction is extremely honored to be a part of something so impactful and potentially life-changing for these youths.

Excel Construction 2nd Annual Company Picnic

May 22, 2017 by  
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It was a blazing hot day in May but that didn’t stop Excel employees from having some fun in the sun! Excel held their 2nd Annual Company Picnic on May 20th at La Mirada Regional Park and all employees, their spouses and children were invited. There was no pre-scheduled work that day, only emergencies, that way the picnic could have maximum attendance.

The picnic was catered by Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ and frozen treats were also available to help guests cool down.

The day was full of fun activities for kids and adults too. There were games, slides, a bounce house, face painting, relay races and even a chance to win prizes. The inflatable horse race was just supposed to be for the kids but somehow the adults got involved. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, other than the pride of the participants!

The face painting contest was so popular last year, Excel brought in two artists this year to keep up with demand.  Participants in the face painting contest chose their own designs.  A judging was held and top runners up received gift cards for movies and dining.  The winner of this years $1,000 first place prize in the face painting contest was Robert Anthony, Customer Service Representative. The Facilities Operations department won the tug-o-war, their prize was a pizza party at work the next week.

Thank you to everyone for helping to make this a great day for the Excel family!

 

Excel Construction Services Company Picnic 2017

Lucille’s BBQ

Do Your Supervisors Recognize Alcohol Abuse?

September 13, 2016 by  
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Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that binge drinking (five or more drinks on one occasion for men, and four or more for women) was responsible for over 70% of the costs related to excessive alcohol use. Train your supervisors and managers on how to identify and respond to potential problem

The first step is to establish or refine your company’s drug and alcohol policy. Much of the burden lies with front-line supervisors who interact with employees every day.

Use these tips to help supervisors learn to identify and respond to problems:

  • Be attentive. The sooner a problem is identified, the sooner it can be addressed. Look for job performance issues like:
    • Rising accident rates,
    • Increased absenteeism or tardiness,
    • Decreased productivity, and
    • Deteriorating coworker relationships.
  • Observe. Watch closely if you begin to notice changes in an employee’s work patterns or performance. It’s not the supervisor’s job to determine the cause of the problem but rather to observe behavior and determine the effects on job performance. Behavior changes may be related to alcohol or other drug abuse, but they can also be caused by other medical problems.
  • Document. Supervisors should maintain a written record that explains the behaviors they are observing. It should include the name of those involved, the time, date, what occurred, names of witnesses, and actions taken. Also document job performance and attendance over time.
  • Address problems. Once the issues have been documented, meet with the employee to discuss the situation. Talk about what you’ve observed, but don’t judge. Keep communication channels open. Confronting employees about possible alcohol use is difficult. Consider when and how to involve your human resources department, safety and health manager, or employee assistance program coordinator.

As a result of the conversation, look for improvements in job performance. If things do not change, be clear with the employee about next steps (intervention, recommendations for treatment, etc.) in keeping with your alcohol and drug policy.

Is Zika Coming to a Workplace Near You?

September 8, 2016 by  
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It’s time for environment, health, and safety (EHS) managers to add another task to a seemingly endless list of everyday duties. The Zika virus has been identified as a workplace hazard, and it is incumbent upon employers to protect their workers from contracting the virus. Today we offer some steps you can take to keep the Zika virus from infecting your workplace.

Where in the United States?

The Zika virus is creeping north from South America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), although there are, as of yet, no locally acquired cases of the Zika virus in the United States, there have been a total of 426 travel-associated Zika virus cases. On the other hand, there have been 596 locally acquired Zika virus cases in U.S. territories, with 570 of those in Puerto Rico.

The CDC points out that imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States.

In addition, the mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus could migrate to the United States.

Is your workplace affected?

Workplaces in industries that could be affected by the Zika virus include healthcare providers and first responders, who are exposed to blood and bodily fluids, and outdoor workers, who could be exposed to mosquito bites.

Steps you can take to protect workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released a guidance for protecting workers from contracting the Zika virus. The guidance outlines steps you can take to protect your workers from Zika.

It all starts with training. Employers should train workers about their risks of exposure to the Zika virus through mosquito bites and direct contact with infectious blood and other bodily fluids, as well as how to protect themselves. Employers should also provide information about Zika virus infection, including modes of transmission and possible links to birth defects of the children of workers who are pregnant or may become pregnant or whose sexual partners are or may become pregnant.

Additional steps to protect outdoor workers include:

Step 1: Provide insect repellents, and encourage their proper use.

Step 2: Provide workers with, and encourage them to wear, clothing that covers their hands, arms, legs, and other exposed skin. Consider providing workers with hats with mosquito netting to protect the face and neck.

Step 3: In warm weather, encourage workers to wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. This type of clothing protects workers against the sun’s harmful rays and provides a barrier to mosquitoes.

Step 4: Provide workers with adequate water, rest, and shade, and monitor workers for signs and symptoms of heat illness.

Step 5: Get rid of sources of standing water (e.g., tires, buckets, cans, bottles, barrels) whenever possible to reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Train workers about the importance of eliminating areas where mosquitos can breed at the worksite.

Step 6: If requested, consider reassigning workers who indicate they are or may become pregnant or who have a sexual partner who is or may become pregnant to indoor tasks to reduce their risk of mosquito bites.

 

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