Mick Rich Contractors | Solving Complexity With Creativity
An Albuquerque, New Mexico general contractor, Mick Rich Construction specializes in medium scale commercial building projects in all phases of construction: new construction, building renovations, special unique construction, tilt-up construction, and design-build. To serve our clients' needs, we also have a service department for repairs and alterations.
During the recession, New Mexico’s contractors have compressed, while out-of-state firms have expanded into the Land of Enchantment looking for projects. Mick Rich, however, has gone against the grain.
Just a few years ago, we read of horrific deaths of Pakistani garment workers when a fire raced through a factory. Most Americans who read the article probably thought, “This type of tragedy can't happen here.” But is has happened here – just years ago when fire raced through an East Coast nightclub.
The chief cause of these catastrophic events is blocked exits. Exits get blocked in two ways: intentionally and unintentionally.
Walkways and aisles should remain clear at all times. Nothing looks more unprofessional than storing items in walkways. In emergencies, everyone needs a clear, unobstructed path to the exits.
Like many offices, our office allows boxes to be placed near the front door temporarily, either waiting to be picked up or having been dropped off. A more appropriate temporary location is on the credenza behind the front desk, as a visible reminder where it is not a hindrance to people entering and leaving the office.
I have been spending the past several weeks working to clear out the clutter at our office. At home, “clutter” can call to mind too many nick knacks on a shelf. But for a business, it can be a life safety issue.
"Surely concrete floors do not need maintenance?"
That was my question when we chose a black stained concrete floor for the lobby in our office. Looked great for a few years, then we could slowly see the black slowly disappear and a grey emerge in the center of the lobby. Very similar to beautiful women with pure black hair and grey roots. Not my idea of sophistication.
Who wants to discuss restroom maintenance? Not only do I not like to discuss the idea, I don’t even want to picture a restroom that needs maintenance. But even the long in the tooth are worthy of a dentist’s care. So let’s get to the point and quickly and bring this topic to a close.
Walls are odd. Because they are vertical, you wouldn’t think they’d get dirty. After all, no one walks on the walls. Most of us are taught from childhood to keep our hands off the walls. But then again, how many children listen to their parents? As it turns out, dust can and does attach to vertical surfaces. And of course, spiders spins their webs wherever they choose.
In the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, while still listening to Christmas music on the Internet, we prepped our office for 2014. Specifically, we cleared out last year’s files and clutter. This prevents a build up of paper that can be a fire hazard. (Government contracting can create a huge paper trail.) A clean office and filing system also prevents new project documents from getting lost in last year’s records, because 2014’s projects will require their own space.
What can be worse than discovering lead or asbestos in your home?
In a word: radiation.
That would be a common answer from the 1950s or 1960s. After all, fear of radiation created an entire film genre: “nuclear monster movies.”
Today, we understand more about radiation. Not all radiation is created equal – or as a physicist would say, “Not all radiation is de-created equally.”
The radiation most commonly found in buildings is radon. Radon is a gas created when uranium decays. So: older rock = less radon, newer rock = more radon.
What world history class has not covered the Black Plague? It changed history, and still causes unease when we hear of current outbreaks in distant lands. But here’s a surprise: Bubonic plague is present today in the western United States, and specifically in New Mexico.