Introducing – Mark Hoialmen

Please join us in welcoming Mark Hoialmen as an architectural specification consultant for Hager in the Georgia area.

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Mark began his career in Atlanta in the advertising industry working with manufacturers from semiconductors to apparel. Later, as Director of Marketing for a production software firm, he delivered the company’s newest Windows conversion in manufacturing software to the dental lab industry. An opportunity to start a business as a group health insurance benefits broker was presented and Mark began providing group insurance coverage to software companies and a few architect firms in Georgia for the next 9 years.

Mark decided on a new course after selling his company to a national brokerage firm and opened his own representative company in the acoustic treatment industry. Now working for Hager, Mark has nine AIA accredited presentations for architectural firms and a specification writing team behind him to help with door hardware specs.

Mark lives in the North Atlanta area with his wife Mady and their 14 year old son Wyatt.

If you are in Georgia and need to catch up on AIA CED/HSW credits before the end of the year or would like to learn more about our products, give Mark a call at 678-215-2859 or email: [email protected]

 

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Archispeak – A podcast for architects

There are a lot of publications and trade groups who would like us to advertise in their magazine, either digital or print and sometimes both! While we think all are worthwhile our goal is to support our partners while broadening the Hager brand.  Our partners include distributors, facilities managers, end users, general contractors and architects.

Through our social media platforms we follow several architects in order to promote and share their services and projects. However there are three architects that caught our eye when they decided to try something new. They started a podcast called Archispeak for “all things architecture” by architects, in late 2012.  The hosts are Evan Troxel, Neal Pann and Cormac Phalen.  We’ve been following them for a while.

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They talk about everything! Really – from premature renderation to architects and egos, nothing is sacred. They also work hard to provide a resource to emerging architects. We were thrilled when they picked up a steady sponsor in ARCAT.

ARCAT, in case you don’t know, provides free building products specifications. We hear from architects all the time how difficult writing hardware specs are so in order to try to simplify their work load our specifications are listed on ARCAT’s website.

We had been thinking about sponsoring a few shows for a while but needed it to be the right time. For the next few months we have a convergence of events happening so we felt this was it. Episode #70 is out now. There is a special opportunity for listeners of the show if you are attending CONSTRUCT or the Texas Society of Architect trade shows but you have to listen to the podcast to find out what it is.

In the meantime thanks Evan, Neal and Cormac for providing great content that everyone in the AEC community can learn from.

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Women in Construction

We join the world in celebrating Women in Construction Week March 1-7th and International Women’s Day March 8th.

We have many women working at Hager Companies. Some have been here for over 40 years while others are just starting out in their careers. All contribute daily with their hard work, passion and fortitude. Here are just two of the fabulous women at Hager Companies in their own words.

Tina Williamson
Safety/Environmental Supervisor
Montgomery, AL

The National Association of Women in Construction celebrates its Women in Construction (WIC) Week March 1st – 7th!!!

Hager Companies is a NAWIC member company.  Under our corporate membership, I am the appointed representative for Hager. You may be asking yourself, “I thought Hager was a manufacturing company?” We are a manufacturing company but we provide construction related services/products to the construction industry. I am the Safety and Environmental Supervisor for Hager. Prior to working at Hager, my ex-husband and I were self-employed in the construction industry. It was very difficult and very competitive. It was challenging for me because construction was a male dominated industry and most men did not want to discuss details of the jobs with me (this was 25 years ago too). I look back now and consider those times as learning experiences that have helped make me who I am.  

I can relate to the challenges the women in construction face every day. Being in NAWIC has helped me understand the needs women have and the struggles they face in meeting those needs. Even when women have strong partners many still have this overwhelming need to be that traditional woman that everyone perceives; care giver, soccer mom, team mom, caring friend, etc…Women in construction feel they have even more to prove to themselves and their co-workers. Building a network with other women in construction provides a foundation to build on.  NAWIC members are all over the country and just phone call or email away. The core values of NAWIC are: Believe in Ourselves, Persevere with the Strength of our Convictions, and Dare to Move to New Horizons. Join me this week in celebrating WIC Week and encourage a woman you know to believe in herself!

Sheryl Simon, CSI, CDC
Architectural Specification Consultant
St. Louis, MO

I started out coordinating service calls for a family owned overhead door company. As the business grew and branched out into hollow metal doors/frames and hardware I made the progression into sales. This was the beginning of what would become a lifelong career in the building industry.

Throughout the years I continued increasing my construction knowledge by working as a project manager for local door/frame and hardware suppliers. I was always a supporter of Hager products so when I learned Hager was expanding their product offerings and were looking for experienced hardware representatives; I made the transition from distribution to manufacturing. 

Three years later Hager grew again by adding a specification department and I had the opportunity to help develop that department and be part of a new era at Hager. 

I have always been interested in design so meeting architects and creative people is a great fit for me. I enjoy sharing Hager product knowledge as well as finding solutions to unique door and hardware conditions.

When I began my career over 20 years ago, there were very few women in the Construction industry. I am happy to say that trend has changed considerably. I feel that women are taken more seriously today however, regardless of your gender, extensive product knowledge as well as knowledge of the construction process is a must particularly when consulting with architects, specifiers and end users. 

I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been given and would encourage any women looking for a challenging career to consider the construction industry.  

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Project Profile: Modular Structures by American Direct

This article was originally published in American Direct Single Source Review Magazine. They have graciously given us permission to post on our blog. This article may not be reproduced in part or in whole without the express written permission of bradley.project. Contact Juliette Bradley at [email protected] for additional information. The photographer for this project was Andrew Rugge with Arch Photo, Inc.

Design Team:                    McClaren Engineering Group
Architect:                             Garrison Architects
Structural Engineer:         Anastos Engineering Associates
MEP Engineer:                  Plus Group Consulting Engineering, PLLC
Distributor:                         American Direct

                

Prefab(ulous) Beach Facilities Post – Sandy

     After Superstorm Sandy devastated so much of New York City on October 29, 2012, “a day at the beach” took on a whole new meaning. Post-storm, the hundreds of miles of New York City’s shoreline remained, included the 14 miles of beaches managed by the City. But many of the facilities at the beaches, including rest rooms, offices and lifeguard stations, were gone. The storm literally washed them away.

     Summer holidays and New York beaches go hand in hand. Pre-storm, millions of people flocked to the City’s beaches – Coney Island, Rockaway, Orchard Beach, South Beach, Midland Beach, Cedar Grove, Wolfe’s Pond Park and Manhattan Beach – between Memorial Day and Labor Day for fun in the sun, beach volleyball, boardwalks and amusement rides, entertainment and great food. But a storm like Sandy could change everything and almost did.

     These beaches are iconic, as are the restaurants, concession stands and shops that keep these places hopping night and day. That’s why the determination to rebuild has been incredible. Business owners learned that although the storm was quick and shocking, the rebuild process could be slow.


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Project Profile: Ninkasi Brewing Company Administration Building

Project Profile:               Ninkasi Brewing Company Administration Building

Architect:                        Chuck Bailey Architect AIA LLC

General Contractor:      Chambers Construction

Distributor:                     Bell Hardware

Hager Sales Agency:    Commencement Bay Architectural Group

Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow and recently built a new administration building in Eugene Oregon. Designed by Chuck Bailey Architect, this building is en route to reach LEED Certifications. The building housing Ninkasi’s administration offices which includes a climbing wall for their employees and a recording studio that is used to record local and regional bands that Ninkasi Brewing Co. partners with. Sounds like a fun place to work!

Photo courtesy: Paul Patino, CBAG More …
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CONSTRUCT Bloggers Panel

Photo via CSI

 

The construction industry has been slow in accepting social media and blogging as a form of communications, educating and networking. This writer has been in the door and hardware industry for 20 years and on social media for 6 years so it was with interest I attended the Blogger’s Panel at the 2013 CONSTRUCT show. The panel was filled with other like-minded industry professionals that understood the value of this new platform. More …

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Welcome to the new Hager Companies blog

Throughout the 165 years that Hager Companies has been in business there have been many forms of communication between our company and our customers. We are delighted to add this newest format.
Our goal, with this blog, will be to educate, share some cool projects and have fun. We want you to get involved too. Ask questions, send in photos of door hardware – the good and the bad, and the ugly. Also share tips on installation of hardware or anything related to doors.
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