As builders Forge Building Company is used to risk – from labor shortages to escalating steel and construction pricing. Since 2007, self-storage developers have relied on Forge to create custom steel self-storage buildings of every shape and size. From initial concept through completed construction, the Forge team of highly certified professionals are experts at guiding customers through every step of designing and building a self-storage project. This includes site plan assistance, custom engineering, and installation.
Over the last year, the company (and the industry as a whole) experienced varying degrees of impacts because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct impacts ranged from a slowdown of available goods and labor through to suspensions and, in some instances, terminations of entire storage projects. Construction activities remained in flux in some states and cities depending upon whether construction was classified an essential business.
As a result, Forge took the opportunity to address both short-term and long-term business challenges, as well as formulating project-by-project solutions in the face of a new global and national environment. As a result, the company was able to forge ahead, building 45 of new self-storage steel buildings in 13 states, including Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Hawaii, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Michigan and Illinois through July of 2021.
The new realities touch almost every aspect of the construction process, and specifically such issues as: contract, scheduling, project suspension, projects being terminated and reinstatement; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and workplace safety compliance; workforce management; material, subcontractor and supply chain delays and impacts; risk management and insurance; claims avoidance or, alternatively, claims management; and the disputes process.
While there have only been a few reports of COVID directly impacting the U.S. construction workforce, Forge continues to be concerned with employee overall well-being. The good news is that the risk of transmission of this disease for those employed outside the healthcare sector is low, according to OSHA. Besides physical wellness, Forge is considering mental health, too, because many employers report anxiety among workers as one of the top issues brought on by the pandemic. In an informal Construction survey, 70% of respondents noted “employee anxiety” as their top concern, above material shortages and the prospect of government shutdowns.
In construction, everything comes down to time and money. Forge continues to be the leading nationwide steel building contractors with an emphasis on self-storage developments. The Company has a 200+ field erect team that builds all projects for its customers, where other companies do not have their own teams and sub out the actual building proprietary. This provides consistent, innovative solutions for our customers. At Forge, the company listens to what its customers need to provide the most up-to-date, consistent solution using its proprietary methods.
Forge Building Company treats its customers, partners, and employees like family.