Episode 106

On today’s episode of “The Building Code,” the second in our COVID-19 series, Paul is joined by Josh Rosenthal of Cabin John Builders in Cabin John, Md. and Nick Colarusso of Cedar Mill Group in Webster, N.H. to discuss their experiences of working with COVID-19 in the Northeast region of the United States.

Listen to the full episode to hear more about their company stories and how they’ve been able to adapt to change and prioritize their teams and clients during this time.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT WAS BEST FOR YOUR TEAM AND YOUR CLIENTS?

“Given the safety regulations, which we agree with and we thought were important to keep staff safe, can we be efficient? So, we were working on finishing a 16,000 square foot house at the time that had about three months left to go. You have more than 10 people working at that house on a regular basis to get that type of home delivered. We had the advantage of space, but we had to go through job site by job site. And we did make the decision, which we stuck to until now, of not working in any occupied homes except for emergency repairs. From both a safety and a disruption standpoint, it just felt like too much.” – Josh Rosenthal

“There were three of us in the office and we were all just watching the television to see whether or not construction was going to be an essential business. We were running four projects at the time and I had customers that were calling me that entire day asking me what we were going to do. After we found out that we were essential, then it was going back to our customers and saying, we can still legally work on your project, what is this going to look like? It’s a team approach. Not only did I want them to feel comfortable, I wanted out team and trade partners to feel comfortable. Luckily, three out of four homes were uninhabited. We limited the amount of people on a job site. We rolled out masks and hand sanitizer. Everybody was on board with implementing the changes.” – Nick Colarusso

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM AND WHAT ADJUSTMENTS HAVE YOU MADE?

“There have been a number of changes. Most of them minor, but I think they add up. One example is, we’re a small office team, so we didn’t have a lot of formal meetings. I also was someone who didn’t believe in remote work in such a tactile industry. Well, we were forced into remote work. It has been much better than I expected, and we started a, what we thought was going to be temporary, daily quick standup that I have with the office manager who also has a weekly larger group meeting. It’s really been an asset to the company to have that formal time. It’s really helped, and I think it’s something that we’ll continue.” – Josh Rosenthal

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