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Philadelphia Business Journal Features Rob Cottone, President and CEO on the Impact of COVID-19: Part 4 of the series

In the fourth part of the series, Rob Cottone discusses the COVID-19 pandemic and how IMC continues to move forward through the new normal.

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Philadelphia Business Journal Features Rob Cottone, President and CEO on the Impact of COVID-19: Part 3 of the series

In the third part of the series, Rob Cottone explains how IMC is doing after a few months into the COVID-19 pandemic and how we’re preparing for the future.

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Philadelphia Business Journal Features Rob Cottone, President and CEO on the Impact of COVID-19: Part 2 of the series

In the second part of the series, Rob Cottone discusses how IMC Construction is staying strong while continuing to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Our Response to COVID-19

As restrictions are lifted in the Tri-State area, we are excited to continue the progress of our projects and get our employees, subcontractors, vendors back to working in the field. With projects restarting we wanted to provide you with an update on the steps we are taking to ensure that work is being performed safety and efficiently. Keeping people healthy and projects on track our highest priorities. As the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak continues to create challenges for families and businesses across the country, our focus is on the health and well-being of our employees, clients, subcontractors, vendors and the community. We are closely monitoring the situation and following recommendations from the CDC as well as Federal, State and County Authorities. Our goal is to maintain our project schedules while playing our role in the global effort to contain this virus.


 

While nothing is guaranteed the steps outlined below will ensure that work is performed as safely as possible while maintaining productivity on projects:

  • All site job trailers/offices are restricted from visitors. To enable project site social distancing, meetings will be held outdoors in open air settings or in large open areas in the buildings.
  • To create a more effective social distancing, work locations for all IMC employees are a combination of main office, jobsite, and work from home. We have discouraged changing work locations daily or weekly.
  • In order to maintain productivity, all employees are set-up for remote access to all applications and fully supported by our IT
  • We have discontinued all in person meetings and have migrated to tele-conferencing and Skype conferences.
  • We have stopped visitor access to our main office except preplanned and essential
  • Protocols are in place on all projects that require IMC staff each morning to verify through a series of questionnaires that require individuals to state they have not met any of the risk factors identified by the CDC.
  • Every tradesman is completing the same questionnaire and undergoing temperature testing on a daily basis. IMC is requiring every company foreman to survey each of their workers prior to starting work each day to verify they have not been exposed to the risk factors utilizing the same survey

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about our preparedness.


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Construction Projects Across Pennsylvania Get Ready to Roll

After sitting idle for approximately six weeks, nonessential construction sites across Pennsylvania are gearing up to resume work on May 1. In doing so, project teams must adhere to new COVID-19 safety regulations released by Gov. Tom Wolf (D) on April 24. Wolf became one of the first governors in the country to shut down all but essential projects on March 19.

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Philadelphia Business Journal Features Rob Cottone, President and CEO on the Impact of COVID-19: Part 1 of the series

In the first part of the series, Rob Cottone, President and CEO is featured Philadelphia Business Journal discussing the precautionary steps IMC was making before the pandemic and how we are navigating through it currently.

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Dodge Data & Analytics features Bob Liberato, Project Executive, on Meeting Labor Demands to Complete Chemours Discovery Hub

Bob Liberato, Project Executive was featured in Dodge Data & Analytics: Prefabrication and Modular Construction 2020 SmartMarket Report discussing how they met labor demands to complete the Chemours Discovery Hub. IMC Construction’s case study is on pages 52 and 53 of the report.

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Pa. Contractors Rush To Respond to Construction Stop Order

One day after being ordered to halt all construction activity in Pennsylvania to curb COVID-19’s spread, state contractors are complying. with enforcement set to start on March 21, while remaining hopeful that certain critical projects can be restarted promptly.

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To Our Clients and Associates

Keeping people healthy and your project on track is our highest priority. As the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak continues to create challenges for families and businesses across the country, our focus is on the health and well-being of our employees, clients, subcontractors, vendors and the community. We are closely monitoring the situation and following recommendations from the CDC as well as Federal, State and County Authorities. Our goal is to maintain our project schedules while continuing to be diligent in the global effort to contain this virus. IMC is very focused on maintaining high efficiency and production on your project site. IMC is in regular contact with our vendors and suppliers to monitor adequate manpower and proper material supplies.

As you know, government agencies have limited certain businesses and encouraged many others to temporarily cease operations. IMC is working very hard to mitigate impacts to project schedules and operations. Currently, all projects are active.

As you are aware the approach and mandates related to containment of this virus are ever evolving, but the following are a few of the steps we have taken to keep our staff working and work continuing on your project;

  • All site job trailers/offices are now restricted from visitors. Meetings will be held in the buildings or in open air settings to cease typical close meeting quarters.
  • To create more effective social distancing, we have adjusted work locations for all IMC employees to a combination of main office, jobsite and work at home. We have discouraged changing work locations daily or weekly.
  • All employees are set-up for remote access to all applications and fully supported by our IT team.
  • We have discontinued all in person meetings and have migrated to tele-conferencing and Skype conferences.
  • We have stopped visitor access to our main office and field offices except preplanned and essential needs.
  • We have a protocol in place on all projects that require IMC staff each morning to verify through a series of questionnaires that require individuals to state they have not met any of the risk factors identified by the CDC.
  • The same protocol is being used for every tradesman. IMC is requiring every company foreman to survey each of their workers prior to starting work each day to verify they have not been exposed to the risk factors utilizing the same survey form.
  • Protocols have been established for the project teams to follow in the event we receive notice that personnel on the project have a presumed or confirmed case of Covid-19. Should this be the case, you would be immediately notified.
  • We have increased our focus on sanitizing all the high touch surfaces on the project. Where appropriate, we have added laborer staff to each project, whose sole focus is to disinfect the high touch surfaces on our projects such as entrance doors, stair railings, bathroom facilities etc.
  • We have multiple vendors lined up as a resource to perform wholesale disinfection if requested.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about our preparedness.

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Chemours Discovery Hub Grand Opening

On March 9, IMC Construction joined The Chemours Company at the inauguration of The Chemours Discovery Hub, on the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus in Newark, DE. The facility contains a 32-monitor, three-wall video discovery room in the lobby, and three stories of window-lined halls filled with custom labs, sculptures, and various art installations and collaboration spaces. The building has achieved a Three Globes rating from the Green Globes sustainable building rating system.

In December 2017, as shovels first hit the ground, IMC’s president and chief executive officer Rob Cottone said that “The facility …will be built for collaboration and innovation, and will attract some of the best minds in this field.”

Today, the 312,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is one of the largest R&D centers in Delaware, and within the chemical industry. It will be home to over 300 Chemours’ top researchers and scientists, in more than 130 individual labs.

IMC pushed innovation boundaries in modular and prefabricated methodologies and practices to successfully bring Chemours and L2’s sustainably-designed research facility to completion. Not only was this project on time and on budget, but it was also the safest project in the history of Chemours with ZERO Lost Time Incidents.

Mark Vergnano, president and chief executive officer of Chemours said, “The Chemours Discovery Hub is a living symbol of the company we are becoming – open, collaborative, imaginative, and focused on the future. We are thrilled to see what innovations our team will dream up in this building. The Discovery Hub is uniquely designed to bolster ideation and celebrate innovation.”

IMC is thankful to have had so many great team members who worked on this exciting project and went above and beyond each and every day.
 
 


Infographic courtesy of The Chemours Company

 

Mark Vernagno, CEO of The Chemours Company (third from left) pictured with IMC team members.

 

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Chemours Discovery Hub is uniquely designed to bolster ideation and celebrate innovation

It’s only through collaboration and iterative refinement that breakthrough technologies are realized.” When Chemours set out to design its new research and development hub at the University of Delaware STAR Campus in Newark, DE, this premise became the guiding principle. Every decision and design element—from the geographic location to floor plan—was made with collaboration in mind.

IMC Construction not only collaborated but also pushed innovation boundaries in modular and prefabricated methodologies and practices to successfully bring Chemours and L2’s state-of-the-art, sustainably designed research facility to completion. Not only was this project on time and on budget, but also it was the safest project in the history of Chemours with ZERO Lost Time Incidents.  This facility contains a 32-monitor, three-wall video discovery room in the lobby and three stories of window lined halls filled with custom labs, sculptures and various art installations and collaboration spaces.  “The Discovery Hub is uniquely designed to bolster ideation and celebrate innovation.”

We are thankful to have had so many great team members who worked on this exciting project and went above and beyond each and every day.  We are thrilled to help Chemours celebrate their Grand Opening.

To get an inside peak please see read the article and video: https://www.chemours.com/en/chemistry-in-action/catalyst-for-innovation

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IMC Opens Main Line Health – King of Prussia Women’s Specialty Health Center

IMC has completed the new 94,000 square-foot Women’s Specialty Health Center for Main Line Health. In collaboration with Axia Women’s Health, this is Main Line Health’s first Women’s Specialty Center. The seven-story building located in the Village at Valley Forge will offer primary care, heart health, obstetrics, gynecology, breast health, skincare, and emotional wellness. A demonstration kitchen will host classes on healthy eating. An ambulatory care center within the facility will offer services to men and women, including cardiology and cardiac testing, endocrinology, neurology, orthopedics, imaging, physical therapy, and lab services. This sustainably-built project is seeking certification of 3 Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative.

“This facility will address the preventive, diagnostic and treatment needs of women in the community,” said Art Brinkworth, healthcare project director for IMC

 

The Main Line Health King of Prussia team included construction manager IMC Construction; architect NELSON; development manager Anchor Health Properties; site/civil engineer Bohler Engineering; MEP engineer Pisarek Engineering; structural engineer O’Donnell & Naccarato; design consultant Perkins Eastman Black; and landscape architect Glackin Thomas Panzak.

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