KINSTON, NC, July 26, 2010 – The Haskell Company, a design-build firm in Jacksonville, FL, announced that they received the North Carolina Building Star award for the Spirit AeroSystems project in Kinston, NC.
The Spirit AeroSystems Center for Composite Excellence is the third aero structure manufacturing facility Haskell has designed and built in the last three years. The 585,000 SF structural framed building is used to manufacture composite aero structure components for the Airbus A-350 XWB aircraft. The environmentally controlled facility consists of a Tooling Maintenance and Tooling Prep area along with a specialized room for one of the world’s largest autoclave units (24’ Diameter x 70’ Long). for one of the world’s largest autoclave units (24’ Diameter x 70’ Long).
This is an exemplary project that focused on teamwork, team harmony, and effective project planning, producing outstanding results for design quality and project safety. Specialized safety training and attention to detail played a huge role in Haskell’s achievement of North Carolina’s Building Star status. The North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) Building Star Program is designed to recognize and promote safety and health management. The criteria for submission to the NCDOL Building Star Program includes:
- Contractor management agrees to operate an effective program that exceeds established North Carolina safety criteria.
- Employees and subcontractors agree to participate in the program and work with management to ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
- The NCDOL Occupational Safety and Health Division (OSHNC) verifies that the contractor safety program meets Star criteria.
- Contractor DART rate (days away from work, job transfer or restriction) and TRC (total recordable case rate) for the past three years must be 50% lower than the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) most recently published rate.
During construction at the Spirit project, OSHNC was on site four separate occasions with compliance officers and industrial hygienists to conduct inspections in the field, monitor employee safety behavior, assess corrective action and review safety administration records. Each of these inspections proved to be very successful.
Currently, there are only 22 contractors in the entire State of North Carolina who are Building Star participants. Haskell will be number 23. Gaining Star status is a monumental task and shows employees, subcontractors and the community that Haskell is a leader in safety and health.
Haskell, one of the industry’s leading integrated design, engineering and construction firms, offers client-focused solutions in the commercial, industrial and civic infrastructure markets. With more than $550 million in annual revenue and 1,500 completed projects to date, Haskell serves a multinational client base from strategic points across the United States and in Mexico.