Last week, members of the Planning and Cost Engineering department (P + CE) took to the road and began their journey to New Jersey to see ongoing Tocci projects, visit project sites that they are currently bidding, and make new contacts at the Who’s Who Blue Book Showcase event.
Tammi Gott, Joe Ferolito and Joe Flaherty began the trip at 5:00 AM. First on the agenda was Embassy Suites Hotel in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Joe Ferolito had a meeting with Connell (the owners, whose office is adjacent to the site) to discuss additional work. During this time, Tammi and Joe Flaherty went to see the progress going on at the hotel. Jose Pereira, Superintendent, gave us the grand tour.
Embassy Suites _ Berkeley Heights, NJ
We walked each of the floors to see the different stages of construction such as pre-rocking the wall and waterproofing. One fascinating trade we saw was the white roofing membrane being rolled out and cut with multiple trades working simultaneously together as a team.
We left Embassy Suites and headed to the Who’s Who Showcase to set up our booth. The afternoon went well as we met new subcontractors and got to utilize our Google Oculus with the crowd. It was a big hit, as attendees got to walk through part of one of our projects virtually. After the showcase, we headed to dinner at El Charro, recommended by Tom McInerney, with some of our New Jersey staff. Its location in Weehawken had spectacular views of the New York City skyline along with yummy food and margaritas. Their homemade guacamole was delicioso.
Who’s Who Showcase – East Rutherford, NJ
Tocci Team Dinner
On the way back to our hotel we decided to stop by a project that we are currently bidding in Weehawken. It was nice to be able to see the project site in-person as it stands now and how the logistics of this hotel would work as part of it is over the Hudson River.
The next day consisted of visiting the remaining job sites in New Jersey. Our first stop on day 2 was Osprey Cove II in Secaucus. This project is a three story multifamily project run by Massimo Carrecia, Superintendent, with the help of Josh Stokes, Assistant Project Manager. This project is coming together rather nicely with some mixed trades inside finishing the trim, painting, and installing cabinetry. Climbing up to the rooftop, we were able to see the Giants stadium and the first Osprey Cove residential development. This project is nearing completion in the next couple months.
Osprey Cove II – Secaucus, NJ
Next stop, Jersey City. We pulled into 3 Journal Square Plaza and we were amazed. This is an enormous building with two man lifts attached to the side of the building with a crane pulling up material from the ground. We got an expedited tour from Jerry Nunberg and headed up to the 4th floor of the building to take a look around via the manlift.
It was a great trip with our department and we are looking forward to the next Road Trip!!
3 Journal Square Plaza – Jersey City, NJ