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ect,” Fuller says. up warehouses and build-to-suit service Zero Accidents


All the units have a frosted glass panel centers. Tribble & Stephens strives to provide a
on each balcony, which glows when back- Since then, the company has performed safe work environment for its subcon-
lit. Also, levels two through six were con- more than 2,700 projects, including 150 tractors and employees. The company’s
structed with light-gauge structural fram- grocery store-anchored shopping centers safety program includes an orientation,
ing, a material that is lighter than metal and 1,000 movie theaters, hotels, office as well as job site and classroom training
and concrete. The material caused some buildings and distribution centers, as well that discusses self audits, inspections, em-
mechanical and plumbing challenges, as 50 million square feet of warehouses ergency room procedures, substance abuse
which were overcome with slight modifi- and service centers. testing, fall protection, electrical hazards
cations to the wall and ceiling layouts. It has also constructed shopping cen- and fire hazards.
The light gauge structural framing sys- ters and performed mall renovations. The In 2003, the company achieved an im-
tem was substantially cheaper than a tra- company has performed $2 billion worth portant goal: zero accidents in the entire
ditional structural steel and concrete struc- of work, mainly in the Southeast. year. “We believe a project is not well-built
ture, Fuller says. “We are constantly improving our com- unless it is built safely, and the desire to
Using this framing system also pre- pany to serve our clients, employees and complete a job on time and on budget
sented scheduling benefits because 60 subcontractors better,” the company says. never takes priority over regard for the
percent of the unit walls were already “We will continue to meet and exceed individual safety of our employees,” the
framed when the structure was complete. clients’ expectations through collabora- company says.
tion, creativity and innovation.” Tribble & Stephens is committed to
‘Creativity and Innovation’ The company partners with its clients make projects environmentally friendly
When it was founded in 1968, the com- when performing a project. “It is our belief and deliver high performance by partner-
pany was called Farr and Tribble Co., nam- that clients need a partner who under- ing with industry and research organiza-
ed after owners Boyd Farr and Jay Trib- stands and advocates their vision for a tions, and federal, state and local govern-
ble. In 1972, James Stephens bought Farr project – a partner they can trust to carry ment agencies. “Our unique perspective
and the company was renamed Tribble & out this vision,” it says. and collective power provides owners
Stephens. In the beginning, the company “[Our] instinctive partnership attitude with enormous opportunity to affect
performed tenant finish projects, ware- has been the foundation for successful change in the way buildings are
houses and service centers, as well as tilt- projects and relationships.” designed, built and maintained,” it says. ■

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