No Boiler Too Complex for Boulter

RDH9A mechanical contractor came to us looking for assistance with a boiler replacement job, complete with new catwalks, rails and access ladders, for Rochester District Heating. Boiler replacements are typically complex projects, but this particular project was especially challenging since we were working against aggressive time constraints and the project had multiple components. Our customer’s goal was a safer, more effective boiler system. The challenge? Deliver a safe and secure system, on time and on budget.

 What was our pathway to success?

RDH3In order to successfully meet our customer’s timeline, we carefully scheduled each component so that our processes would coordinate with the demolition. And because we uniquely offer all the needed services under one roof, we were able to complete the project on time and on budget. It all comes down to the Boulter promise of creating the product that our customer needs.

Our OSHA-trained crews and Qualified Riggers can safely install any machinery with ease. Our expert personnel were able to complete this job quickly, on time, and ultimately deliver the safe and secure system that our customer needed.

 How did it all come together?RDH5

The end result was exceptional. Our customers were thrilled because despite the complexity of the project, there have been no injuries onsite. We implemented the appropriate measures so that their employees can do their jobs safely, and the system could be prepared to supply heat before the cold weather hit. Thanks to their new Boulter support steel, handrail, access ladders and updated grating, Rochester District Heating was able to get back to business.

Visit our Project Gallery to find out more about other types of jobs we’ve done in the past.

The lowdown: You have to spend money to save customers’ money

“You spent how much?!” exclaimed Michele Rhoda, our CFO & VP. “One million,” I calmly repeated to her. That’s right! Boulter invested one million dollars in the latest, greatest equipment in 2016. All in the name of decreasing your costs and increasing the safety of our team and your cargo. Let me talk to you about some of my favorites.

What I tell a client when they have precious cargo …

Don’t worry. Your equipment is safe with us. We Boulter 10-Wheeler Zoomed Out 12517.jpgbought a new Peterbilt Rollback truck with air ride suspensions. This advanced technology ensures fragile equipment and machinery gently moves with the bounces, turns, and twists of its transport so nothing gets hurt. We purchased this automatic flatbed to replace our 17-year-old one that had 200,000 miles on it. She served us well, but it was time for an upgrade.

 What people are talking about …

A custom-fit utility truck that stays with our fabrication team all the time. It holds our specialty tools and equipment, allowing the team to go directly from site-to-site without stopping at the office, saving you time and money. Even better, with the additional trailer, the truck can tow up to 10,000 lbs. This gives us some flexibility to reduce our equipment needs and your costs even further.

 Why I’m giving a high-five to our new lowboy trailer…

This 55-ton, low-profile trailer can haul extra-heavy and tall equipment with weights up to 110,000 lbs. and heights of up to 12 feet. The trailer can even be detached hydraulically for quick and easy loading and unloading. Plus, the air ride suspension makes for a smooth, safe transport for your machinery and equipment.

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 We bought three Hoist Liftruck forklifts, and the largest doubles our lifting capacity from
30,000 lbs. to 60,000 lbs. In the past, we’d often need a crane for these really heavy jobs. But with these forklifts, we can lift more weight with less equipment and team members, meaning we cost you less. All three forklifts have advanced safety features, too.

The FR Series 15/25 and 40/60 give us the flexibility of two fork trucks with one piece of equipment. With just the push of a button, these machines open up to extend their counterweights and center of gravity, giving them increased lift capacity. For the ultimate versatility, the 40/60 even comes with a hydraulically powered, multi-stage telescopic boom that can lift objects up to 26 feet in the air. Both trucks are easily maneuverable, even in tight spaces, and incredibly light, allowing for easy transportation.20170301_113225_001

Our new 18-ton pneumatic P360 runs on a high-performance Cummins diesel engine and is durable enough to withstand rugged outdoor environments and road conditions. The wide, open mast and unique low-profile counterweight allows the operator to see unobstructed views in all directions.

All of this technology isn’t just for our fun, but to better serve you—our customers. You’ve got my promise that we’ll always show up to your project’s site with the most advanced equipment to get the job done right. Interested in learning more? Check out some other pieces of our equipment.

William Boulter, CEO & President

How Boulter Sets the Safety Standard

“Safety first, never last. Have a future, not a past.” That’s the motto our friends at York Safety Solutions shared with us at our annual safety day training this year. The entire Boulter team got together to talk about this top priority.scene 3 - rigging1

In the weeks leading up to the meeting, York employees visited several of our jobsites and then gathered their findings into inspection reports to share.

That went great. It was a mutual feeling all around: they aren’t your typical “gotcha” guys. More like partners. They collaborated with our leadership, project managers, and guys on the ground to make the presentation about content that actually mattered to us.

Everyone agrees. It’s always nice to have someone come in and refresh us. Each time you hear it, it sticks in your head even more. 

TieoffWhy do we have ongoing safety training?

 We believe that safety is everyone’s responsibility. And we take that belief very seriously, proven by our employees working 90,000+ hours with no major accidents.

It helps that all field employees have a minimum of 10-hours of OSHA training, and foremen, like Matt Levick, have at least 30 hours. But, Boulter is about so much more than the minimum safety standards. According to Matt:

 “As Union guys, we’re always properly trained. Everyone goes through a four-year apprenticeship where we’re taught safety for our trades before we even begin to work.”scene5 -steelfab2

Matt recalls his apprenticeship and how he learned the ins and outs of the work. Not just
how to do it, but how to do it safely. And it pays off. Matt says it best:

“If you look at our vehicles, hear about our referrals, and see our careful workmanship, you’ll recognize how Boulter has set the standards in terms of safety. We are the ones everyone follows.”

Want to learn more about safety at Boulter? Click here.

Spotlight on Custom Steel Fabrication

You may not know, but in addition to excelling at rigging and transportation, Boulter also provides quality custom steel fabrication. Regardless of the scope of your project, Boulter will work with you from either concept or detailed drawings to deliver a finished product that is right for your company.100_0919

Boulter offers their clients a range of services in order to eliminate the need to hire several contractors for a wide scoped project. For example, if a client in the Food and Beverage Industry needs Production Line Installation, we can additionally provide the supplementary safety requirements to bring your project to code: from bollards to equipment modifications, machine platforms, stairs and handrails. DSCN1684

Our team includes certified welders and OSHA-30 hours trained professionals. With our Fabrication Shop and Overhead Crane, we are able to assemble pieces prior to installing it at your facility; however, our mobile welding truck allows our Ironworkers to fabricate on-site as well. Boulter’s versatility means convenience for our clients.

Meet the Project Manager: Jeffrey Smith

Smith-Jeff-8864-GBJeffrey specializes in all steel fabrication projects. He’s been with Boulter for 18 years, beginning as an Ironworker apprentice then working up the ranks to finally his current position. “Being a Project Manager is stressful yet rewarding,” Jeffrey says. “When I see a project progress from the first set of bid drawings to the last bolt installed, I feel a huge amount of pride for my team and a sense of accomplishment.”group cropped

Teamwork is a huge part of what makes Boulter stand out and an important element to Jeffrey. He says, “Boulter is a group of extremely talented employees that take their job seriously and really make tasks that appear impossible, look easy on a day to day basis.”

Boulter has been a part of some very unique and interesting fabrication jobs around town. Rochester’s very own Eastman Theatre required new stage rigging. “I was lucky enough to be on that project,” Jeffrey recalls. “It was a great job that involved complicated rigging and new steel installation all while working high above the stage area.” Another, more visually prominent project involved the rigging of safari bus at the Seneca Park Zoo [Read about this project here]. Part of this project included removing the Totem Pole from Midtown Plaza and relocating it to the Zoo.

Contact Boulter for a quote with absolutely no obligation!

Visit our Project Gallery to find out more about other types of jobs we’ve done in the past.

 

Western New York’s Sonar Test Facility

Did you know the Navy does field tests in the Finger Lakes?

Our glacier-made lakes are perfect for the research and development the facility conducts, which is world-renowned for ventures that demand deep-water testing. Because it is capable of handling systems, or equipment, weighing up to 200 tons and as deep as 500 feet, many major projects get evaluated there. Also, the facility performs test and evaluation of equipment ranging from single element transducers to complex sonar arrays and systems.

Bsonaroulter was brought in by O’Connell Electric to assist in the replacement of the Test Facility’s entire ship-mounted MV and LV distribution systems. We received all the equipment, rig materials from land to the barge via crane, from the barge to the ship via the Navy’s ship-mounted crane. Once everything was on the ship, our crew rigged the equipment into its final location and the materials into place.

Our Fabrication Shop fabricated and installed new stainless steel bases for the exterior equipment. We also fabricated new stainless steel handrails to replace the existing fencing.

 

Learn more about typical projects we undertake here or read what others are saying about us.

[Adapted from the O’Connell Electric Newsletter, Winter/Spring 2015/2016]