OSHA Safety Standards

As part of the United States Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created by Congress to assure safe and healthy working conditions for private sector employers and workers across various industries, such as construction, maritime, and agriculture.

In the construction industry, which includes construction, alteration, and repair, OSHA is essential in identifying and enforcing workers’ rights and protections, while also helping employees to understand their responsibilities to employers.

The list of laws and regulations that caters specifically to the construction industry is broken up into 29 subparts that address a wide array of topics. Topics include:

For the full list of OSHA construction regulations, click here.

How Secure is a Multi-Home Building?

Despite the advantages of moving into a multi-home community, it is natural for residents to have concerns about security. With a steady flow of residents, visitors, workers, or mail and delivery services in close proximity to your home and belongings, it is important to be sure you and your belongings are safe.

In condominiums and apartment buildings, there are various ways to ensure a true sense of security. As listed on the Peace of Mind Technologies (POM) website, these might include:

  • Establishing a cooperative culture of security: All residents should establish clear expectations regarding security measures and take responsibility for the health and safety of the entire residential community. Cooperation is key.
  • Landscaping: Carefully manicured landscapes and green space help signal to visitors that the property is cared for and monitored.
  • Access control: POM suggests that key cards, rather than keys, are a great security measure as they can digitally log entry and exit into a given building.
  • Remote monitoring and remote access for deliveries: Security personnel can manage the flow of vendors or package deliveries and grant them access to a designated room for deliveries. Separating delivery traffic from residential traffic improves overall security.
  • Motion detectors: Similar to security measures like cameras and lights, motion detectors can be monitored remotely and sense intruders.

Our ongoing luxury condominium project – The Residences at 66 High Street – has adopted similar methods for enhancing security.

For one, current and future residents at High Street make up an unbelievably caring and trustworthy community. The landscaping is also constantly maintained. As far as the building is concerned, there are cameras throughout the buildings to monitor all points of entry. In order to enter the building, residents are given a unit-specific code to enter on a keypad. Additionally, each residence comes equipped with cameras in the foyer and security systems.

The opportunity to live at The Residence at 66 High Street and be within walking distance of historic downtown Guilford and the train station is one to be enjoyed. As it is our job to ensure this enjoyment, we want to do all we can to give residents peace of mind and make them feel safe in and away from home.

 

2018 HOBI Awards

The 2018 HOBI Awards Dinner at the Aqua Turf Club was full of laughs, celebration, and a welcomed chance for us to connect with others in the Home Building Industry.

The Horton Group is honored to receive four new HOBI Awards, bringing the total up to 11 in three years.

Horton Group’s 2018 HOBI Awards:

  • BEST CONDOMINIUM COMMUNITY for The Residences at 66 High Street
  • BEST CONDOMINIUM UNIT for The Residences at 66 High Street
  • OUTSTANDING NEW HAVEN COUNTY NEW COMMERCIAL for 350 Goose Lane
  • OUTSTANDING VACATION REMODEL for 21 Palms, Marathon, FL

We are proud of all our work at The Horton Group, and are thrilled that these three projects have been recognized by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut.  

The Residences at 66 High Street

Residences at 66 High StreetThe Residences at 66 High Street is a luxury condominium community in Guilford, CT. Each unique residence features an open floor plan highlighted by high ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, finely appointed baths, and high-end finishes. Not only does this development provide an unparalleled level of opulence and sophistication, residents love the sense of community and inclusiveness at 66 High Street.

350 Goose Lane Office Park

350 Goose Lane Office Park combines the renovation of a 4,200 square foot post and beam building, two new buildings, and ample green space. Former home to Wilber & King Nursery, The Horton Group preserved the beautiful landscaping and pond for a commercial space with incredible benefits.

21 Palms

21 PalmsLocated in Marathon, a city set on 13 islands in the Florida Keys, is 21 Palms. After Hurricane Irma in 2017, The Horton Group had an unexpected rebuild to complete – one that made the beachfront vacation home even more pristine. 21 Palms is equipped with everything you want while on vacation, including luxurious amenities, a pool, boat dock, and epic ocean views.

We are so grateful to do this work. And to be recognized with HOBI Awards? That lets us know we are doing it right.

What are the HOBI Awards?

The HOBI’s, or Home Building Industry Awards, are prestigious awards given by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut. For 24 years, awards have been given to builders, developers, architects, and construction companies for outstanding work. In 2017, 137 awards were given in the following categories:

  • Custom Homes
  • Spec homes
  • Communities
  • Remodeling
  • Commercial
  • Special Focus
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Home Financing
  • Community Service

Horton Group is proud to be an HOBI award winner. The Residences at 66 High Street, our luxury condominium development in Guilford, CT, earned the following awards:

2017 HOBI Awards:

  • Best Luxury Condominium Community
  • Outstanding Luxury Condominium
  • Best Luxury Townhouse

2016 HOBI Awards:

  • 2016 Project of the Year
  • Best Condominium Community
  • Best Luxury Condominium Unit
  • Best Historic Rehab Overall

The 25th annual HOBI Awards are taking place November 13th, 2018, where the Horton Group is up for more awards. For more information, click here.

What is Facilities Maintenance?

A lot of relief comes with the completion of a residential or commercial project. But what comes next? Even after brand new construction, there is a great deal of upkeep to consider in order to maintain the quality and integrity of the buildings and grounds. Facilities maintenance ensures both general maintenance and emergencies are taken care of by experts.

Including the facilities manager during the planning and construction phases is a good idea. This allows the facilities manager to provide input, helping to decide what products and materials will hold up best for the space and foot traffic. Once the building is complete, facilities maintenance performs routine services to prevent degradation. Services of facilities maintenance may include:

  • General building repairs
  • Routine exterior painting and painting of interior common spaces
  • Implementation of operating procedures
  • Safety code compliance

In addition, if an emergency should arise, facilities maintenance has the expertise and contacts to fix the problem. Horton Group provides facilities maintenance services for both residential and commercial developments. We know quality maintenance will prolong the aesthetic appeal and product longevity of any space.

What Makes a Property Energy Efficient?

Inefficient energy consumption is harmful to the environment and causes energy bills to skyrocket. At Horton Group, we aim to provide high-quality products that are economically and environmentally sustainable. We strive for energy efficiency, which saves future buyers and tenants money, while doing our part to save the environment.

While the term is often thrown around, people seldom understand the many factors that go into making a structure truly energy efficient. From the early stages of design and construction, to the appliances and systems set in place near completion, our projects like The Residences at 66 High Street implement building technologies to ensure energy efficiency. These include:

Using the above building techniques and appliances, along with those available on the Department of Energy website, developers, homeowners, and business owners can play a major role in reducing emissions for the sake of the environment and their savings. Energy efficient building techniques can reduce energy costs to a fraction of the overall average.

Energy efficiency in both new and old buildings is a low-risk investment. Occupants are sure to save substantial sums of money as a result of drastically lower energy costs. For investors, developers, and builders, any extra time and money spent on energy efficiency will pay off.

 

What is the Role of a Project Manager?

Project managers, especially in construction, are responsible for juggling a handful of responsibilities. From start to finish, they carry out all aspects of the building process to align with the visions set forth by clients and developers. All the while, a project manager must ensure that tasks get completed safely, on time, and on budget.

Construction project managers must be experienced within the industry, as they tend to a variety of responsibilities requiring a great deal of knowledge. These include:

Planning: Before a project gets underway the project manager must establish a timeline for each stage of construction. Throughout construction, the project manager makes sure each stage is finished for timely completion.

Resource Management: Project managers must understand what resources and tools are required for a given project and have them available.

Staffing: Just as they are responsible for the resources for projects, a project manager is also responsible for staffing individuals of all trades. Hiring the correct people is essential, as the timeline and quality of work is dependant on it.

Setting Benchmarks: Setting benchmarks allow all parties involved to have a clear understanding of when certain things need to get done.

Budget Management: Project managers are responsible for the financial planning of a project and ensuring that the scope of work stays within budget. If any changes are made that influence cost, those too must be accounted for by the project manager.

While the above list encompasses the broad roles of a project manager, a lot more work goes on behind the scenes in order for a project to be completed on time and at a high quality. For a project manager to be successful, it takes a great deal of cooperation, communication, and confidence in his or her decisions.

 

Commercial vs. Residential Real Estate

Benefits and Risks of Investing in Commercial and Residential Real Estate

As real estate developers, we take into account differences with commercial and residential real estate when building or renovating. With 350 Goose Lane Office Park development, we work to develop commercial office space that can be built-to-suit, while incorporating top of the line features and plenty of green space. At The Residences at 66 High Street, we focus on luxurious amenities and convenience for residents. Differences between commercial and residential do not stop with the development – there is also a lot to consider as an investor. We outline some of the key benefits and risks below.

Commercial Properties – Potential Benefits & Risks

If you have the funding and experience, there are a handful of potential benefits to investing in a commercial property.

  • Longer leases, generally ranging between 3-10 years, provide more stable income.
  • Less maintenance for the owner, developer, or property manager, assuming net lease agreements are in place.
  • Strong returns in the form of income and capital growth.

Commercial real estate ventures also come with potential downsides. Because commercial properties are pricier than most residential properties, they often require higher start-up costs. Also, finding tenants for open space can be difficult, particularly in a poor economy.

Residential Properties – Potential Benefits & Risk

Whether flipping houses or investing in large multi-family properties, residential real estate can be a great investment medium for individuals from all income brackets. The potential benefits include:

  • Lower start-up costs, whether you are buying a one family or multi-family property.
  • Easier to finance, with mortgage options for every type of buyer.
  • Tenants found faster, compared to commercial tenants.

While one can flip a house and put it right back on the market, being an investor or landlord in a residential property requires a great deal of involvement. In regards to property management, residential buildings require far more active participation than commercial properties, as lease agreements tend to take responsibilities out of tenants’ hands.

Investing in real estate can be a great way to diversify your investments and can also be relatively risk-averse if you know what to expect. Before committing to a commercial or residential property, it is important to understand what is required and what suits you best.

Flood Zones and FEMA Compliant Building

Overlooking the marsh and Long Island Sound, it should not come as a surprise that the property at The Residences at 66 High Street sits within a flood zone. But what does this mean and why is there no reason to worry?

As described by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flood zones vary based on location. At low elevation and in close proximity to the ocean, the site at 66 High Street lies in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). An SFHA is an area that can become flooded in the event of a 1-percent annual chance flood, also known as a base or 100-year flood. For more details about SFHAs, as well as moderate and minimal flood hazard areas, check out FEMA’s explanation.

See here how the property falls within the base flood zone. All structures comply with FEMA standards. Living spaces have been raised seventeen feet, seven feet above the 100-year floodplain. Raising the first floor of the Whitfield, Leete, and Chittenden buildings allowed us to conveniently place resident parking in the new buildings underground.

As a result of adapting to meet flood management regulations, flood insurance costs are a mere fraction of what they otherwise would have been. In addition to the security systems in place on site, the storm-resilient buildings at 66 High Street can provide residents with a furthered sense of security and peace of mind.

What Does a Real Estate Developer Do? Why?

If you have seen Caddyshack, you may remember Al Czervik. An obnoxious man of ample wealth and few morals, Czervik threatens to buy Bushwood Country Club and convert the land into condominiums. His character and ambitions reinforce a stigma that clouds the way people think about real estate developers and development. While there are bad apples in every industry, few people truly understand what developers do and what their motives are.

What does a real estate developer do?

In short, real estate developers are individuals and companies that are responsible for taking a vision for a site and making it come to fruition. This is easier said than done. Bringing a building project to life involves a great deal of risk, time, patience, and collaboration. The overall process of development may look something like this:

  1. Purchase land or an existing property.
  2. Establish a building program and design.  First, establish a purpose for  the building. Should it be residential? Commercial? Then, collaborate with the architects, planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, etc. to establish a design.
  3. Obtain the necessary public approval and financing.
  4. Build.
  5. Rent, Lease or Sell.

What are a developer’s motives?

Al Czervik and unethical real estate developers in the news may lead people to believe that developers are money-hungry and heartless, but these ideas are ill-founded. It is true that if done correctly, real estate development can be highly profitable. However, in order to be successful in the industry, developers must understand that investing wholeheartedly in a project means also investing in future users and the surrounding community. Developers must be motivated by money, as they too need to make ends meet and turn a profit, but the best developers must be equally as motivated by making the world a better, more beautiful place.

At Horton Group, in the acquisition and development of a property, our vision extends beyond property lines. While we are invested in what we do, we are equally as invested in the people and communities we do it for.

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