We are very passionate about our work and every member of our staff is an expert in their field. For us, a finished project isn’t just another job in the books, but an expression of our commitment to provide the best quality craftsmanship in the Pittsburgh region.
Franjo has 100+ highly skilled foremen and tradesmen – carpenters, masons and laborers- who self-perform key elements of our work, including demolition, concrete, masonry, rough and finished carpentry, millwork and casework, including fabrication, miscellaneous metals and structural fabrication, structural steel erection and painting.
Frankly, our self-performance capabilities are what makes us a true contractor and not simply a construction manager, although we can service in a CM capacity. It’s the backbone of who we are because our employees are not only hands-on in the construction process, but they also provide invaluable creativity, know-how and support to our project management staff.
Promote, develop and empower a safe working environment, focusing on awareness, commitment, open communication and education.
Policies do not ensure a safe work environment, people do. At Franjo Construction, we believe safety is everyone’s responsibility.
That said, we take every possible measure and precaution to ensure the safety of those on our jobsites. From each project’s kick-off, our teams lay out a safety plan during the planning process, ensuring safety issues are addressed early on, and long before work even begins.
We know our safety manager, Jay Celaschi, is among the best in the business. But we also realize we can’t depend merely on one individual’s know-how and passion to ensure safety on the jobsite. That’s why our total approach to safety is rooted in teamwork and the connections we build with our trade partners, as well as with one another. The reality is that Jay is only a part of a company-wide safety culture driven by a genuine passion for building personal relationships, cross-team accountability and a commitment by every worker to watch one another’s back because they want to, not because they have to.
We are proud to have been able to maintain a consistent Experience Modification Ratio (1.00) as evidence of our on-going commitment to safety.
Before the first shovel hits the ground, owners, designers and builders need one thing – a well-conceived and thoroughly reviewed set of construction documents.
At Franjo Construction, we recognize that creating a feasible budget and project schedule is crucial to the success of any construction project. That’s why we offer expert pre-construction services, developing a budget and project schedule that makes the most of the client’s investment and presents a realistic picture of expected project completion.
Strong pre-construction experience makes a huge difference. With it, you can identify and solve a problem before the project begins rather than deal with it at the peak of construction activity. Our pre-construction team is highly experienced in delivering a host of pre-construction services, accurate cost estimates, including value-engineering suggestions and timelines during early design.
For those unfamiliar with the design-build process, it’s a construction method in which the design and construction of a building are contracted and controlled by one source – the design-builder. Whereas traditional construction methods require the client to occasionally function as a mediator between the general contractor and the architect, design-build involves a single point of accountability, creating a more organized and controlled project. This helps prevent unnecessary delays in schedule and added costs due to unforeseen design discrepancies.
Design-build forms a meaningful portion of our work. By reducing our clients’ dependence on multiple vendors, including designers and engineers, Franjo has earned a reputation as a reliable, one-stop shopping, builder of innovative projects throughout the Pittsburgh region.
Accurate estimating is a vital element in our ability to maintain costs. Even with a limited amount of input, we can provide a detailed, accurate estimate to build a new facility or modify an existing one. Our estimating team, under the guidance of Ed Blank, maintains a database of information on present regional labor and material costs while continually assessing historical data from comparable projects to determine the best methods and materials available to finish the project on time, on budget.
This forward-thinking approach allows us to map out the logistics of the entire project well in advance of any construction. Aided by a computerized estimating system based on years of experience in the design and construction of a wide variety of projects, our estimators can create cost estimates representing the true market picture.
Put simply, our estimates provide a complete, detailed breakdown of how, why and where funds are to be allocated.
Quality Assurance – A Tradition of Quality
Quality can be most simply defined as “conformance with requirements.” In other words, it’s not necessarily the disparity between granite and plastic countertops but, rather, an evaluation of whether the material chosen was installed correctly, in conformance with requirements.
Fact is, quality goes beyond bricks and mortar. Whether found in our precision scheduling, detailed estimating or forthright communication, our management style stands as a symbol of quality and first-class work, long after the craftsmen have left the job.
Moreover, a far-reaching pre-qualification of our sub-contractors helps demonstrate we work only with those who share our commitment to quality. We are passionate about our work and take pride in what we do, and we expect all entities who work for and with Franjo to do likewise.
Buildings by Franjo Construction stand the test of time – members of the sub-contracting, community, architectural and engineering firms, and our clients will testify to the quality of our work.
Our design planner, Lindsay Ossler, is a critical member of our construction management team. Individual building areas can be very complex places involving the co-ordination and movement of large quantities of materials as well as high-value products, plant and people. By effectively and accurately laying out distinct areas, Lindsay can help ensure that the forthcoming and proposed construction are undertaken efficiently and safely.
Most construction firms do not have a design planner on staff. We’d like to think that Lindsay adds another personal touch in working with both clients and co-workers alike.