Welcome to FabCab's May News|
|FabCab Launches New Website!|
We are excited to announce FabCab's new website is officially launched! We have added more (and larger) floor plans and have added information about FabCab's Sustainability practices and the research that goes into FabCab's drive.
Let us know if you have a project in mind. We can guide you through the design and construction process and educate you about healthy and efficient spaces.
|FabCab's Featured Supplier: Vetrazzo|
Vetrazzo's "Tripple Bottom Line"
was highly impressed after visiting Vetrazzo's manufacturing facility at an old Ford
auto plant in Richmond, California. It was spotless, had circulating clean air
and natural light poured in from the roof. The
makers of Vetrazzo® recycled glass countertops
are redefining what it means to be green by producing
the most eco-friendly surface materials on the market, and honoring the triple bottom line of "people, planet,
and profit" in their everyday business operations. "Sustainability
is achieved when you no longer have to sacrifice aesthetics for the good of the
people or the planet," says James Sheppard, president of Vetrazzo. "People won't
do the right thing if the right thing isn't gorgeous." PEOPLE: At a
time when manufacturing jobs are outsourced all over the world, Vetrazzo is
keeping living wage jobs at home. They offer full health and dental benefits
while paying 50 percent higher wages than many other West Coast manufacturing
jobs. Vetrazzo believes
this investment in their people produces highly motivated workers, greater
retention, and a top-quality product. PLANET: Vetrazzo's
most obvious commitment to the planet is the use of recycled glass that would
otherwise go directly into landfills. Vetrazzo offers a "green
alternative to granite
countertops", which come with a steep
environmental price tag. "Quarried stone products are usually produced in
developing countries that often don't have adequate worker safety regulations
and are quarried in a way that is very destructive to the environment," says Sheppard.
the company's daily operations are designed with the planet in mind. Vetrazzo
operates on a closed-loop water filtration system, saving approximately 150,000
gallons per month. PROFIT: The
socially responsible entrepreneurs of Vetrazzo wanted to do more than make a
green countertop, they wanted it to be beautiful, durable, and distinctive. And
they wanted the entire company to be sustainable with a focus well beyond
economic profit. The community's economic health and the planet's environmental
health are equally as important as the bottom line.
Project Planning 101|
By Guy Paulsen, FabCab's Sales and Project Manager
Home-owners often act as their own "Project
building their home. For some, overseeing the construction of their home is second nature
others it can be a daunting process.
To get on top of matters and stay there, a home-owner needs to
anticipate what it will take to successfully complete the job. Physical
financial resources, personnel, and management structure are all
considerations. Carving out the necessary turf up front can make a world
difference to the project's outcome. After the "what," "where,"
and "when" of a project are nailed down, the next question is
"how" to do the job.
Taking time to research each stage of your build will be of great
Common trappings for the first time Project Manager is to underestimate the
required for different trades to complete their portion or which
compatible on-site and which are not.
Allan Frandsen, NASA Science Payload Manager on the Advanced Composition
Explorer Mission, was quoted in a project management related article as
"tranquility is probably an overstatement, but in running a project, I
have always tried to anticipate problems and take appropriate action to
them off." He goes onto say while he has yet to achieve this state; he
"strives for it" every time.
Knowing, at least in general terms, what is supposed to happen next is
key. Being an effective Project Manager means using whatever tools are
Start your FabCab order process!
Please visit the Sustainability tab
on our website to read more about our design standards:
- Efficient Design
- Renewable Resources
- Less Waste
- Less Transportation
- Energy Efficiency
- Healthy Indoor Air
- Water Efficiency
- Recycled Materials
- Re-Use Options
- Less Commuting
- Higher Density
Thank You Suppliers
- Fisher & Paykel
- Fine Line Pacific
- Frank Lumber Door
- Metropolitan Appliance
- Sound Design
- Staged By Design
- Sustainable Flooring