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How to Fix Your Building Department’s Plan Review Process

June 15, 2020 | Marie Buchholz

Whether you are a municipal leader or a building official, you may be familiar with the frustrations that go along with building plan review delays. Construction booms can bring an onslaught of permit applications that your staff might not be equipped to handle. Yet the thought of hiring more reviewers during these peak times, only … Continued

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How to Reduce Project Delays During COVID-19

May 27, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

While COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on our lives, businesses, and communities, there are some actions you can take to help maintain day-to-day operations with as few disruptions as possible. Most of them, naturally, are centered around digital solutions. Even in the current remote-working environment, there’s a way to avoid growing project backlogs. For … Continued

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Keep Projects Moving Safely with Remote Inspections

May 21, 2020 | Maria Scudella

COVID-19 has changed the way many businesses operate. Following social distancing measures, SAFEbuilt has stayed ahead of the curve to keep client projects moving. We strive to be the leader in innovative solutions for our clients, including the use of remote inspections. What are Remote Inspections? Simply put, a remote inspection uses video technology to … Continued

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Why Cities are Choosing SAFEbuilt for Their Community Development

May 7, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

At SAFEbuilt, we’re proud to be an innovative leader in community development services. Municipalities across the nation are taking notice of the value third-party providers such as SAFEbuilt brings to their communities as we’ve seen a tremendous growth trend in municipalities across the country using these services. The community within community development is a strong, … Continued

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Disaster Response Plans and Community Maintenance | What You Should Know

April 30, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are all reminded of what really matters in the face of national, state, and local disasters–protecting people. That will never change, nor should it change. It further reminds municipalities of all shapes and sizes of the importance of creating and maintaining effective disaster response plans. What … Continued

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4 Lessons COVID-19 Reminds us About Building Department Cost-Effectiveness

April 16, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

It’s no secret that the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has wreaked havoc on your annual budget. Municipalities and Building Departments across the country aren’t unaffected by the recent economics, either.   However, in times like these it remains paramount to focus on what must go into creating and managing effective budgets. Fortunately, there are proven … Continued

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5 Tips for Serving Your Community Virtually

April 10, 2020 | Marie Buchholz

Are you canceling or reducing your office hours to support social distancing? There are many alternatives available to continue serving your community while keeping your employees and the public safe, including these 5 things.  1) Answer the call! Make sure that your published office telephone numbers are redirected to cellular lines, home numbers, or virtual … Continued

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Preparing for Extended Remote Work Protocols

April 7, 2020 | Joe DeRosa

The COVID-19 crisis has pulled the curtain back on how ill-prepared we are as a society to deal with a global pandemic. Typical business continuity plans had not addressed the circumstances we have all faced over these past several weeks. Shelter-in-home orders, social distancing, PPEs (personal protective equipment), all, are terms that were completely unfamiliar … Continued

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