Tag Archives: Construction

Put Your House In Order

Originally posted on Weighed in the Balance:
Dear Readers: From my experience in working among people in post-hazard environments, I can conclude that a stable house is the most prized possession. I have witnessed the grateful expressions of relief among those whose houses survived the tragic events.  The contrasting near hopeless expressions of misery among those whose houses were destroyed…

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Structural Engineer Grenville Phillips II Offering Course To Train Construction Foremen

Structural Engineer Grenville Phillips II has initiated a new strategy to reduce the vulnerability of houses to natural hazards.  He has developed a course and hopes to train construction foremen – eventually awarding them with a College diploma with the support of Walbrent College. Courses are scheduled to be held after normal construction working hours, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings,

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Four Seasons Restart

Submitted by The Scout Over the last few weeks the talk about restarting the Four Seasons Project has been in the news. According to Professor Avinash Persaud, the man leading the project,  it may start towards the end of this year. The big question is this – will the previous workers be given first option to work or will Bajans

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Mabey & Johnson Former Employer Of Jonathan Danos Fined On Bribery Charge

The British media unlike that in Barbados recently reported on the legal troubles the British company Mabey & Johnson is currently enduring. The BU family should remember that Janathan Danos was a former executive at Mabey & Johnson who subsequently left to form the company 3S Barbados to facilitate the ABC Highway Project (search BU for the many blogs posted

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On The Flyovers For The ABC Highway

Submitted by BU’s ABC Source First let me clarify a simple point.  The structures now being called flyovers are more correctly termed overpass bridges. The analysis carried out by 3S and presented to Government (both administrations) used the Norman Niles roundabout as the test junction.  The analysis showed that the “flyover” solution would have alleviated the congestion along the highway. 

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Houses Built On Sandy Ground Cannot Stand ~ Where Is Our Building Code?

A new DLP administration will commit to providing incentives to new and existing small and medium size players to come into the sector. We will honour a previous commitment to ensure that at least 40% of all government’s procurement requests for goods and services are reserved for sourcing from small and medium size enterprises. Source: DLP Manifesto 2008 BU have

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Structural Engineer Grenville Phillips Hits Brick Wall

I have come to the unfortunate realization that we are doomed to experience the misery and economic setback that other Caribbean islands experienced after being examined by major hurricanes. These countries only paid attention to building standards after their buildings were weighed in the balance and found wanting. I have given up hope that the Town Planning department will accept

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Confusion In The Construction Sector Continues In Barbados Unabated

The Government of Barbados has several roles. One critical role is to regulate industries that are out of control. The residential construction industry is out of control. We have been fortunate as a country to have had a Government with the vision to establish national building standards. The Barbados National Building Code was published 15 years ago, just before the

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