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Design-build is a project delivery format wherein the design and construction phases of a project are integrated and only one firm is accountable to the project owner for design, engineering, schedule control, cost management, and overall project management value.
As a self-performing general contractor with in-house engineers and a great deal of engineering expertise, C.H. Nickerson is well-positioned to respond to the increasing popularity of the design-build format. In the past, C.H. Nickerson & Company has successfully employed the design-build methodology in several large projects, including a Department of Transportation bus maintenance facility in Stamford, CT; a $30 million water treatment plant also in the City of Stamford; and in conjunction with its joint venture partner AECOM, a $60 million design-build contract for the renovation and upgrade of The Lawton Valley and Station Number One water treatment plants in Newport, Rhode Island.
Examples of the company’s commitment to “green” practices and preserving our natural resources can be found throughout all of Nickerson’s engineering and construction work, from the rehabilitation of wastewater treatment facilities to the construction of new water plants that provide cleaner drinking water. By regularly installing advanced filtration and disinfection systems in both water and wastewater treatment facilities, Nickerson helps to decrease (and in some cases eliminate) the use of harsh chemicals such as chlorine, ensuring that a legacy of cleaner, healthier lakes and rivers will be left behind for generations to come.
In addition Nickerson continuously seeks new ways to reduce or recycle construction waste and wherever practical, incorporate resource saving and emissions reducing processes into the construction of new facilities. In recent projects Nickerson has installed “green roofs” which naturally mitigate storm water runoff, as well as geothermal HVAC systems which can use up to 50 percent less electricity than traditional HVAC systems. Wherever practical, the company endeavors to advance its knowledge of and experience with new and better environmental practices and technologies.
At Nickerson ensuring worker safety is a company-wide, never ending mission of the utmost importance. The company employs two full-time safety experts, including a Vice-President of Safety and a Safety Director, who work with management and field staff alike to continuously enhance and implement comprehensive safety training and hazard identification programs.
Training spans general construction safety practices to job site-specific training and evacuation drills conducted by OSHA-trained field supervisors. All new employees are required to participate in these programs prior to being allowed on a job site. Refresher safety courses are also required for all current employees and site managers. The company also performs random drug and alcohol testing to ensure workers are able to safely perform their jobs.