Accent Surfaces had the opportunity to participate in an HGTV’d kitchen and living room remodel. We fabricated and installed beautiful quartz countertops and fireplace mantle shelves for this deserving couple in Park City, Nevada.
Federal Courthouse Nearing Completion
admin | September 16, 2013
Accent Surfaces was contracted to install countertops throughout the new federal courthouse in downtown Reno. This new building will solve the technological, security, and space issues the historic Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse faced.
Accent Surfaces is close to finishing the installation of Galaxy Black granite countertops in each of the 10 courtrooms. Solid surface tops have also been installed in rooms including the judge conference rooms, jury deliberation rooms, restrooms, copy rooms, and break rooms for a total of 21,000 lineal feet of material.
The modern new courthouse is set to open April 2014. Click here to read more about the new building and its features.
Copper Mountain Middle School Project Completed
admin | August 21, 2013
Corian Sorrel is featured throughout the administrative offices and media center in the newly-built Copper Mountain Middle School in Herriman, Nevada.
Accent Surfaces recently completed installing $250,000 worth of countertops throughout the impressive new Copper Mountain Middle School in Herriman, Nevada.
Areas in which our products can be found include the media center, classrooms, computer rooms, science rooms, administrative offices, proto lab, and dressing rooms, as well as window sills and a large bench.
At the open house held last week, students and parents alike were impressed and amazed by what the new school has to offer and the quality of materials used.
An enthusiastic administrative employee expressed how beautiful she thought the Corian Sorrel counters looked in the main office.
With this project now complete, Accent Surfaces is excited to see the doors of the new school open to students!
Accent Surfaces President Featured on Panel at Nevada Fabricator Forum
admin | May 14, 2013
Roland Scherbel, President of Accent Surfaces, as a panelist at the Nevada Stone Summit Fabricator Forum where he responded to questions concerning the countertop industry.
As a featured panelists at the Nevada Stone Summit Fabricator Forum this spring, Roland Scherbel, President of Accent Surfaces, had the opportunity to respond to questions from attendees concerning a broad range of current industry topics.
The following is a portion of the transcript including Scherbel’s responses:
What is more profitable – residential or commercial fabrication?
Scherbel: Accent Surfaces was purchased by Fetzer [a large-scale architectural woodworking company] specifically to do commercial work. The risk is much greater. For example, we are doing work for the San Francisco 49ers new stadium in Santa Clara, CA. If my team misses a drawing, we could lose $100,000. That’s not the case in residential work.
What is the biggest challenge for a fabricator today?
Nelson: Cash flow. People want to grow their business, thinking that it will end their cash flow problems, but it isn’t that simple. In reality, Walmart has cash flow problems; the U.S. Government has cash flow problems.
Scherbel: I agree.We are in a growth period now, and it is an important strategy to know when you’re ready to grow. You need to meet your customer needs while also maintaining your reputation. That even comes down to small details, like making sure there is enough parking at your building to handle an increase in customers.
Where are you finding employees?
Nelson: Once you find a good employee, do everything within reason to keep them. A good employee is worth twice as much to you.
Scherbel: Unemployment is going down, so you need to make sure you keep your people happy more than ever.
What about safety during installs? How are you making sure people aren’t cutting corners on the job site?
Scherbel: Jobsite safety is the number one place where we have had OSHA-recorded incidents. Last year, we had a total of eight OSHA-recorded incidents, and six of them came on the jobsite. There were back injuries and even a couple of ACL injuries.
We talk about it, because safety is an awareness issue. Even having the glasses on serves as a reminder to be safe.
How do you identify who your leaders are?
Scherbel: You have to be looking for who your future leaders will be two or three years from today. You need to think of who your lead installers will be. It isn’t based on the time they’ve been there or even on skill. Leadership is a totally different characteristic.
What kind of benefits are you providing for your employees?
Scherbel:We pay for 100% of the employee [health insurance], and they can add family members at their cost. We also offer health screenings. Vacation time is earned over time.
We also do other things, like a quarterly barbecue for the employees. We sponsor an indoor soccer team, which allows the employees to come together outside of work.