Rooftop Tent Tieback Anchor Installation at Marina Hotel

Apr 04, 2024

The Challenge

Valcourt Safety Systems (VSS) was hired by our client to install tent anchor tiebacks on their rooftop. After numerous delays due to client revisions of the design, the client required the work to be completed in less than one month to host a holiday party in the newly renovated space.

Prior to project kick-off, the primary challenge was ensuring that all project materials would be on site in under one week to meet the deadline. While the tieback anchors were in stock, the client added tent leg support posts to the project scope. This required fabrication, galvanization, and delivery of the pedestals on site to start the project. The typical lead time to complete this from a standard manufacturer is six weeks.

To save time and ensure prompt delivery, VSS leveraged the resources of another Valcourt Group company, JOBS-AMST, to fabricate the tent leg support posts. One day before the start date, the client revised the orientation of the design. The VSS team quickly created a new design with client approval.

The Solution

Once the project was underway, the Valcourt team laid out the anchor tiebacks and leg supports, while ensuring there were no obstructions to the special events kitchen underside. Next, a routine inspection by the Fire Marshal revealed the building lacked a compliant roof access and egress plan. Valcourt paused work to develop the plan with the client. It was approved by the Fire Marshal the same day, enabling our team to get back to work.

With the end in sight, Valcourt was then stopped by the General Contractor inquiring about tent alignment. Because of our meticulous coordination ahead of time, Valcourt teams were confident the alignment was within 1/8 inch. Ultimately, the tent company confirmed our measurement accuracy.

Despite the challenges, Valcourt completed the project with one day to spare! The client and General Contractor were thoroughly impressed with the efficiency, organization, and communication of the Valcourt Group, all while staying on budget.

Progress Photos 

Tent leg supports and anchors with tent framing

Tie-down anchor engineered to meet tent manufacturer
specifications and clearance requirements

Preliminary layout to ensure proper tent framing
alignment and coordination of underside obstructions

Tent leg support: custom-designed to fit under pavers

Work Performed

Valcourt Safety Systems: Delivering Turnkey Solutions For Every Building

When it comes to accessing the exterior and interior of buildings, safety starts at the top. Each building has unique features, so effective and compliant rooftop safety systems require a specialized approach.

Valcourt Safety Systems maximizes safety for workers and ensures OSHA compliance for building owners by designing, installing, and certifying fall protection and rooftop anchorage systems.

Contact us today to request a quote.

Rooftop Fall Hazard Assessment safety compliance documentation

Second High Reservoir: Expansion Joint Repair and Urethane Injection

Apr 03, 2024

The Challenge

Located in Washington, DC., Second High Reservoir is a key component of the Washington Aqueduct, a water treatment and supply system that provides safe drinking water to roughly one million people in the DC area. Built in 1931, Second High Reservoir is a subsurface structure that is 24 feet deep and has a capacity of 15 million gallons.  

However, it was discovered that there was a considerable amount of water leaking both in and out of the tank. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the entity that owns and operates the Washington Aqueduct, had no choice but to open a bidding process to repair and reseal the expansion joints inside the tank.  

Superior Grouting & Restoration Services (SGS) partnered with Norair Engineering Corp. to submit a bid. The pair won the contract with SGS as the grouting and concrete restoration subcontractor. 

The initial challenge SGS experienced was access— over 30 technicians were needed in the tank simultaneously. To ensure safe working conditions, SGS thoroughly planned and coordinated with all workers on site. 

The Solution

Once the project was underway, it was discovered that the on-site generator was not sufficient to operate all the tools and equipment. To remedy this, SGS supplied three of their own generators. 

Another difficulty was fighting off condensation where areas had been dried. It was a constant battle due to the substantial amount of water leaching into the tank. 

Ultimately, SGS completed over 23,000 linear feet of expansion joint repair, 12,000 linear feet of urethane injection, and overhead concrete spall repairs. The project was completed in 75 days— surpassing the deadline by one week— demonstrating the unwavering dedication of the SGS team.  

All parties involved, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, their inspectors, and general contractor inspectors gave a resounding stamp of approval proving SGS’s success. As further evidence of the project’s success, SGS is now under contract for an even larger project with the client.  

Work Performed: 

Contact SGS For Your Specialty Grouting Needs

SGS specializes in a comprehensive range of structural and soil grouting services, concrete repair and restoration, concrete strengthening using Fiber Reinforced Plastic/Carbon Fiber (FRP) and other methods, and waterproofing for below-grade foundations.

With a reputation built on over half a century of experience, SGS is the right choice to ensure longevity and safety for your buildings or properties.

For more information or to discuss your project needs, contact SGS here.

Valcourt Group Acquires American National Skyline, Expands to 27 States

Oct 07, 2022

Exterior building services company The Valcourt Group expands its exterior building services footprint with the acquisition of ANSI, based in Illinois.

Houston, TX– The Valcourt Group (Valcourt), one of the largest providers of exterior building maintenance and repair services to commercial properties, has acquired American National Skyline, Inc. (ANSI), based in Illinois. With ANSI’s footprint in the Midwest, the merger allows Valcourt to continue growing the industry standards for safety, customer service, and service offerings for their customers across the country.

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to bring best-in-class service across the country to current and future customers,” says Eric Crabb, CEO of Valcourt. “The ANSI footprint in the Midwest, along with their dedication to safety and service, made this an easy decision.”

The partnership with ANSI also creates new opportunities for expanding waterproofing services in the Midwest. It will only be a matter of time before Valcourt’s added services, including concrete and facade maintenance, become synonymous with the ANSI brand.

“There is significant opportunity for growth, centralization, and expansion in the building services industry,” says Steve Sullivan, President/COO at ANSI. “We are pleased to join the Valcourt family.”

“Joining The Valcourt Group means broadening these capabilities,” Lee Crepeau, CAO at ANSI, continued. “We are excited to work with their experienced team and bring together two of the leading building services companies in the nation.”

About The Valcourt Group:

The Valcourt Group is the premier commercial restoration, waterproofing, and window cleaning service provider in the United States. Partnering with property owners and managers, we service all aspects of a building’s exterior. Founded in 1986 by Jeffery Valcourt, and has grown from a small window cleaning company in Washington, DC, into one of the largest building services companies in the country. For more information about service offerings, you can visit us at www.Valcourt.net

About American National Skyline, Inc.:

American National Skyline, Inc. was founded in 1970 by Bob Hubeny as AAA Services, Inc. Bob believed that window washing was an integral part of building maintenance but believed even more in the concept that he could provide his clients with the quality they deserved without sacrificing safety or service. 50 years later, Bob’s vision has become the reality and is how ANSI operates daily. Property managers, engineers, and many other customers lean heavily on ANSI’s ability to provide best-in-class service, window cleaning, pressure washing, and exterior building maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valcourt Introduces Compliance-Support Portal to Customers

Feb 13, 2018

McLean, VA — In response to OSHA’s revised regulations on fall protection and walking-working surfaces, Valcourt has enhanced its SafeSite Advantage Program and created an all-new customer portal – the industry’s first online resource for compliance support. Exclusively available to SafeSite subscribers, the portal provides an array of tools and features that make it easier than ever for customers to navigate existing standards, manage compliance-related documentation, access historical records and documents, stay educated on evolving regulations and requirements, and more.
“The industry is dealing with a more regulated environment than ever before,” says Division VP Jason Robertson. “In response, we’ve added more resources, personnel, structure, systems and technology to the compliance division of SafeSite – and the member portal is a key component of that. We’re very excited to be introducing it to our customers because of the variety of ways it will help them maintain compliance with OSHA regulations, stay organized, and most importantly, offer a safer workplace.”
The portal is currently available across all Valcourt markets. At the time of launch, customers enrolled in the SafeSite Advantage program are emailed a distinct username and required to set up a password to access their portal account. Once set up, all historical compliance reports and documents for every site in their portfolio are readily available.
“We are very excited to be offering this new tool to our customers, because our focus is always on making their lives easier,” stated Robertson. “With the portal, our customers have access to resources that simplify documentation management, as well as compliance support for staying on top of industry-related changes. So, when there is an inspection or even an investigation, all documentation and information is in one easy-to-access location. From work plans and emergency procedures, to written assurances, templates and proof of formal training, it’s all there in the portal.”
For more information about the SafeSite Advantage Program, click here.
About Valcourt Building Services
Valcourt Building Services serves the East Coast of the United States, with ten offices from Northern New Jersey to Florida. Founded in 1986 in McLean, Virginia, Valcourt’s Window Cleaning division is now the largest window cleaner in the country. Valcourt’s Waterproofing and Restoration division provides comprehensive exterior maintenance solutions. For complete details, please visit https://www.valcourt.net.

Contact: Jason Robertson
703-243-8300

Valcourt Successfully Secures Relief for Building Owners with OSHA’s Revised Regulations

Dec 13, 2017

McLean, VA — Valcourt has lobbied on behalf of building owners and has successfully secured relief for meeting the demands of OSHA’s recently revised regulations. On Wednesday, November 29, 2017, OSHA released a memorandum regarding new enforcement guidelines to the final rule of CFR 29 1910.27 as a result of Valcourt’s efforts.
“We identified that the market needs simply couldn’t be met due to a lack of general awareness, understanding of a very complicated ruling, and resources available to support building owners,” says Jason Robertson, Valcourt’s Window Cleaning Division Manager. “When OSHA initially announced the revised regulations, we wanted to ensure our customers had all the necessary resources on their pathway to compliance. So, we worked quickly to expand our operation, technology, personnel, third-party partners, and systems of our SafeSite Advantage Program. We also created a brand-new division specializing in safety systems. But more needed to be done to provide industry-wide support.”
Valcourt’s leadership group, with the support of their labor attorney, secured a meeting with the federal OSHA team that developed the revised regulations. Over the next few months, they worked together behind the scenes to devise a plan that would provide building owners with relief while also achieving OSHA’s goals.
“OSHA asked us to draft a position statement for formal consideration,” says Robertson. “They also requested that we obtain industry association support (such as with the IWCA) to strengthen the position during the presentation to OSHA. And we’re proud to report that our efforts were successful. OSHA granted the relief that many building owners and managers had hoped for.”
The resulting memorandum grants building owners additional time to comply if employers and building owners can demonstrate and document that they are exercising due diligence to come into compliance with the standard’s requirements. For the complete details on the memorandum, click here.
“While this is not a blanket extension, it will allow building owners to continue building operations on their pathway to fully complying,” says Robertson. “Our SafeSite team will continue to support our customers throughout this process. Valcourt has been and always will be committed to being an industry leader in safety and compliance standards – because there’s no higher priority than both supporting and protecting our clients and workers.”
About Valcourt Building Services
Valcourt Building Services serves the East Coast of the United States, with ten offices from Northern New Jersey to Florida. Founded in 1986 in McLean, Virginia, Valcourt’s Window Cleaning division is now the largest window cleaner in the country. Valcourt’s Waterproofing and Restoration division provides comprehensive exterior maintenance solutions. For complete details, please visit https://www.valcourt.net/.

Contact: Jason Robertson
703-243-8300

Valcourt Launches New Video Series “Safesite -vs- The Other Way”

Jun 23, 2016

McLean, VA — Valcourt Building Services, a premier provider of waterproofing, window cleaning and restoration services, announced today that they are investing in a new campaign to further educate property managers and building owners about the importance of a comprehensive risk-management program. The campaign, a video series entitled “SafeSite vs the Other Way,” features two characters debating the unique components of SafeSite and how it impacts liability exposures.
“The presidential race may be stealing the headlines, but this is our industry’s first great debate,” says Valcourt Division Manager Jason Robertson. “SafeSite is the only department dedicated exclusively to mitigating risk. No one else offers anything like it. And now we’re going to explain the difference — one component at a time.”
The videos will focus on a component that is unique to SafeSite and necessary for comprehensive risk-management protection. Valcourt will release a series of videos this year — starting with Facilitation, which will debut on June 23rd.
“Our ongoing commitment to safety is evident in this video series,” explains Robertson. “We do a lot of different things as part of SafeSite that you may or may not be aware of — but they’re all extremely important to keeping our customers and crews protected. Now, you have the opportunity to learn about these things with a series of videos that are just as informative as they are entertaining. They are definitely worth checking out.”
To watch the video in advance of next week’s debut, CLICK HERE.

Valcourt Launches New-and-Improved Website

Sep 17, 2015

McLean, VA — As part of a continued commitment to provide the best customer experience, Valcourt has launched the new-and-improved valcourt.net. The new website features user-friendly navigation and responsive design to complement any device, so customers are able to easily access it from a computer, tablet and Smartphone.
“We made a significant investment in time and resources to design this website around the customer experience,” stated Marketing Director Amber Corson. “So whether you’re a prospective customer looking for waterproofing, window cleaning or restoration, or you’re an existing customer looking for information about our services, departments or personnel, you can quickly and conveniently access everything from anywhere.”
“Since we serve the complete building envelope in many different markets, there’s a lot of information to communicate,” explained COO Jon Capon. “Plus, we have highly-specialized departments, including SafeSite and ProXpress. That’s why it was so important for this website to help our customers understand all of the different ways we can support them and their property.”
The website covers everything from “about” the company to industries served to “why us.” In addition, there are dedicated pages for each of the ten locations that Valcourt serves along the east coast from New Jersey to Florida.
“It was a priority for us to feature our team in each market we serve,” stated Capon. “Our people are really what set us apart, so we felt it was very important for everyone to know who they are and what they do each day to make us a trusted partner.”
Corson added, “The new valcourt.net is just another example of how we put customers first in everything we do at Valcourt. And in 2016, we have a lot more exciting things planned.”
For more information, visit valcourt.net.
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About Valcourt Building Services
Valcourt Building Services serves the East Coast of the United States, with ten offices from Northern New Jersey to Florida. Founded in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia, Valcourt’s Window Cleaning division is now the largest window-cleaner in the country. Valcourt’s Waterproofing and Restoration division provides comprehensive exterior maintenance solutions. For complete details, please visit https://www.valcourt.net.
Contact: Amber Corson
703-243-8300

Valcourt Introduces New Logo

Jul 29, 2015

McLean, VA — Valcourt Building Services, one of the nation’s leading window cleaning, waterproofing, and restoration companies, will debut a new corporate logo to further enhance the company’s brand and image across the East Coast. With operations from New Jersey to Florida, Valcourt will begin phasing the new logo into all markets on May 11th.

“We’ve thought about this for some time,” reflected founder and CEO Jeff Valcourt. “And after careful consideration, we’re proud to announce that we will have a brand-new logo!”

The new logo carries forward some of the recognizable attributes from the original logo. The new design provides a more contemporary look and stronger visual identity for the Valcourt brand.

“We knew this day would eventually come,” stated COO Jon Capon. “As time goes by, you have to evaluate every level of your business. Companies like Apple, Mercedes Benz, IBM and others have gone through similar transitions to update their look. While we know we are not quite on the same scale as Apple, now is that time for us.”

In addition to the new logo, Valcourt also plans to launch a new-and-improved website this summer. More details on the new website are coming soon.

“It’s an exciting time for all of us, here at Valcourt,” proclaimed Capon. “We’re always looking to improve our business and services, so it is only natural that we would also address the Valcourt visual identity. The new logo will certainly help our brand continue to grow for years to come.”

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About Valcourt Building Services

Valcourt Building Services serves the East Coast of the United States, with ten offices from Northern New Jersey to Florida. Founded in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia, Valcourt’s Window Cleaning division is now the largest window-cleaner in the country. Valcourt’s Waterproofing and Restoration division provides comprehensive exterior maintenance solutions. For complete details, please visit https://www.valcourt.net.

Contact: Amber Corson
703-243-8300

Valcourt Expands Waterproofing and Restoration Services Into Richmond

Jul 28, 2015

RICHMOND, VA — Valcourt Building Services, one of the nation’s largest exterior maintenance companies, has officially expanded its waterproofing and restoration services into Richmond, VA.

“Valcourt has provided Richmond with the industry’s best window-cleaning services for over a decade,” says Jeff Bradley, Valcourt General Manager of Richmond. “But we’re also the premier waterproofing and restoration provider along the East Coast. With this expansion, we can provide our clients in Richmond with even more value.”

Property managers and building owners in Richmond now have access to the full range of Valcourt’s services, including façade and garage restoration, coating, sealant replacement, glazing, leak detection and more.

“We have over 25 years of experience in maintaining the entire building envelope, so it was really just a matter of time before we expanded our operation in Richmond,” says Bradley. “Not only do our expanded services complement each other, we’re able to have an extra set of eyes on clients’ properties throughout the year to identify and prevent potential issues.”

In addition to Bradley, Jeff Gontarek and Frank Duarte will lead and coordinate the expansion into Richmond. Gontarek, Richmond’s new VP of Operations, comes from the DC/Baltimore market, where he served as Valcourt’s VP of Operations for the past seven years. Duarte will transition from the Operations Manager of window cleaning to Project Manager of waterproofing. Both Bradley and Duarte have over eight years of experience in the Richmond market.

“We know crucial pieces of information about buildings in Richmond, because we’ve already provided them with window-cleaning services” says Bradley. “So no matter what our clients need, we can do it safely and efficiently, saving them both time and money. That’s what being a trusted partner is all about.”

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About Valcourt Building Services

Valcourt Building Services serves the East Coast of the United States, with ten offices from Northern New Jersey to Florida. Founded in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia, Valcourt’s Window Cleaning division is now the largest window-cleaner in the country. Valcourt’s Waterproofing and Restoration division provides comprehensive exterior maintenance solutions. For complete details, please visit https://www.valcourt.net.

Contact: Amber Corson
703-243-8300

Valcourt Launches ProXpress, New Rapid-Repair Department

Apr 16, 2015

McLean, VA — Valcourt Building Services, one of the nation’s largest exterior maintenance companies, is expanding its operation in the DC, Baltimore, New Jersey and Delaware Valley markets with ProXpress – a new department dedicated exclusively to rapid repair services.
“Most contractors aren’t equipped or designed to handle immediate repair needs,” says Valcourt COO Jon Capon. “So often property managers and building owners are stuck waiting for a return phone call, an estimate to be sent over and finally, for a service person to show up at their property. That’s why we created ProXpress.”
ProXpress is a fully staffed Valcourt department with a dedicated ProXpress Coordinator, Service Manager and service crews with quick repair vehicles. Each ProXpress service vehicle contains the necessary tools and resources to fix most immediate repair needs, quickly and affordably.
“We expedite and simplify the minor repair process, from the initial phone call to the completion of service,” says Capon. “And since we have over 25 years of waterproofing and window cleaning expertise, we’re often able to utilize rope-descent systems instead of having to use suspended scaffolding or rent expensive lifts — which means faster results at a better value.”
ProXpress covers leak investigation, water testing and small exterior repair projects, including concrete repairs, masonry repairs, sealants and waterproofing for buildings and parking structures. The department will officially roll out in DC, Baltimore, New Jersey and Delaware Valley over the next three months.
“We want property managers and building owners to know that we’re always prepared for their immediate repair needs,” stated Capon. “We quickly respond to service requests and fix your building fast — that’s the ProXpress promise.”
Further details are available at proxpress.net.
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About Valcourt Building Services
Valcourt Building Services serves the East Coast of the United States, with ten offices from Northern New Jersey to Florida. Founded in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia, Valcourt’s Window Cleaning division is now the largest window-cleaner in the country. Valcourt’s Waterproofing and Restoration division provides comprehensive exterior maintenance solutions. For complete details, please visit https://www.valcourt.net.
Contact: Amber Corson
703-243-8300