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Roof Integrity

We provide assessments, electronic leak detection and roof moisture scans.

Building Envelope

We tackle quality assurance, commissioning, condition assessments, and design review.

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Our AAMA Accredited lab features state-of-the-art equipment for fast and accurate results.

FIELD TESTING

We self-perform testing and provide full reports and investigations.

Roof Integrity

We provide assessments, electronic leak detection and roof moisture scans.

Building Envelope

We tackle quality assurance, commissioning, condition assessments, and design review.

Our Laboratory

Our AAMA Accredited lab features state-of-the-art equipment for fast and accurate results.

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Develop a Culture of Mastery

Some call it attention to detail. Others call it skill or pride in a job well-done. But a complete and well-executed job doesn’t happen by accident. Let’s talk about the foundational aspect of mastery. Those things that, if you don’t have them, will make your work deliver unpredictable results.

This article started as a piece praising attention to detail, since that’s one of our values. But it quickly became apparent that attention to detail is built on other things. In other words, it would be difficult to expect a newbie to notice detail when they’re still learning the job. But the quicker they learn the job, the quicker they can reach a state of mastery.

Why Does Mastery Matter?

So what does it mean to build a culture of mastery, and why does it matter? If you lack competence in your culture — if your culture doesn’t have within it the ability to develop character, knowledge and an organized mind in each of its employees — mistakes result.

So how do you build a culture of mastery?

The Problem: Prioritizing Resources

Nobody wants to suck at their job. But with competing priorities, we all feel the strain of limited resources. We can’t always know where to put our attention. We need to rest, eat and sleep. We can’t work all the time. Even if we could, the sheer number of problems would expose the limitation of our mental abilities.

We just can’t think and learn fast enough.

If we had unlimited cognitive abilities, we might be able to get to a high level of detail right away, even as a novice, without knowing much about the topic at all. Think of how much we could get done! But that’s not the case. And since it’s not, let’s turn our attention to the reality.

Focus

It starts with focus. If you don’t really know what you’re doing and you don’t — as a company — focus on an area of competence, mastery could take a very long time at the company level, and at the individual employee level. And if you lack focus, the value and price premium you can demand from the market probably won’t grow much.

Focus, on the other hand, gives you the ability to dig deep, to build the experience, to form processes that make it easy to maintain quality standards and notice mistakes early in any process.

Experience

Focus builds experience. When you’ve done a job over and over again, you develop process memory, able to predict what a job well-done should look like and quality problems stand out like a sore thumb to you.

Even more than that, you’ve wrestled with the extremes. You’ve seen time, stress and weather take their toll and you know what your materials can take and what they can’t.

You’ve gone through the mental exercise of creating rules for your own processes, and have seen those processes fail.

It’s like when you fight the same enemy. Over time, you probe and you continually try to understand how that enemy fights. His tendencies, his strengths, his weaknesses. And that’s why experience matters. Because experience gives us that testing and allows us to know where to look, and where we likely to need to focus our attention.

And so, with experience comes the ability to focus attention on the right details.

Interesting how focus gives you experience, which allows you more focus. It’s like compounding interest. Invest in focus and get the experience that compounds your focus, saving you time and mental energy.

Belief

Belief might sound touchy-feely, but without faith that a certain level of quality matters and is expected, we won’t put forth the effort. Remember, we have competing priorities, we might have stress in our personal lives, fatigue or health issues. That’s the case with even the best of us. And if my employee doesn’t understand that I care about quality, they won’t double-check when that little voice in their head tells them something’s wrong. They’ll ignore it and move on to the next job.

So we have to believe it’s important, or we’ll ignore it and move on.

Leadership

Leadership drives everything we talked about until now. It creates that accountability from the top, and it works in several ways. But one of them is that the one who signs the checks, if he or she is paying attention to detail, then everyone else knows it’s what matters.

This removes the tension of an employee wanting to do a great job, and maybe you, as a leader, even say you care about quality, but when employees try to do a good job, you rush them to the next thing. So they realize that the boss doesn’t want them “wasting time” getting to know the work, trying things and getting really familiar with the level of quality that’s possible.

Employees don’t just want to keep their jobs. They also realize they’re getting paid, and they owe you that that time. So convince them; demonstrate that it’s important.

Don’t be afraid to set the values, and let mastery be one of them. After all, you, as a leader, set standards and demonstrate that you care about quality work that comes from a culture of mastery. Do this and your employees will see that you’re willing to pay for it. And when they see you put money (read: the cost of their time) on quality, they get the message. And they get it real quick.

It Doesn’t Hurt to Love and Serve

Not to get all touchy-feely, but it helps if you’re invested in the people you’re serving.

This provides the motivation and context. It wraps everything up, giving all of our work a reason. Go back to the beginning, when you first got into this line of work, and remember why. This is a craft, not an assembly line. And although we’ve gotten more efficient, if you create a culture that encourages and rewards excellence in work in order to love and serve others, you’ve created a uniting principle that everyone can get behind.

Because If we love others, our attention to detail takes on a purpose.

And although the limitations of our own humanity, our inability to focus for long periods of time, a lack of experience, and then a constant temptation to cut corners all threaten to pull us off-track, we find focus and stability in a desire to love and serve, making the results of our own work more consistent and growing employees who are masters of their craft.

If It Were Easy, Anyone Could Do It

As a leader, you can create a culture of mastery. But it’s not easy. It takes good leadership that defines quality and rewards attention to detail. It takes an industry focus that helps your company develop processes and experience to make you really good in an area. And it takes the belief that it’s all important. Then you’ll be able to create a culture that can go out there and serve at its best, a company that creates masters, and a company that you can be proud of.

Testing Improves Results and Builds Depth

At Field Verified, we make a living off of testing. But testing isn’t just for buildings. Testing makes everything — and everyone — better.

It makes buildings better by verifying that the work is done, that it meets certain criteria, and then makes sure that if processes need to change, contractors get that feedback. But it also makes people stronger every time you test. Because every time a person is tested, whether you’re testing yourself or being tested by circumstances, you gain an opportunity to become stronger and more sophisticated, depending on how you respond.

How do you react? Do you falsely blame others? Do you attribute the lack of success or the lack of craftsmanship or workmanship to someone else when it is actually within your power to do better?

But the question we should all be asking — right after “How do I develop a desire for personal testing and growth?” — is “How do I influence my organization’s culture toward growth through recognizing tests as opportunities?”

We can’t answer this for everybody, but here’s how we think about it at Field Verified.

How We Do It

How do we demonstrate our commitment to growth? We allow ourselves to be tested. Here’s what that looks like in action.

We Hire for Curiosity

We hire curious people who are up for the challenge. We look for people who are willing to take responsibility, people who are willing to learn, and people who are willing to fit into a culture of constant improvement. And you can’t improve without a healthy curiosity.

We Talk Over Problems without Rushing

Anxiety blocks curiosity and leaves group knowledge on the table.

We take as much time as we need to solve problems. This means hearing from others on the team, including the most junior people. If we’re rushed, some people won’t speak up, and we’ll jump to a conclusion, sometimes repeating the same behavior that caused the problem in the first place.

And there’s another benefit. Think about what happens when every team member is heard and understood, without leaving anyone behind. Your inexperienced people grasp concepts faster, giving you a stronger, more experienced team than you’d otherwise have.

We Commit to Understanding the Problem

We try to understand the problem at its basic level before jumping to a solution, especially when the problem hasn’t been solved yet. Because jumping to a solution without understanding the problem is the exact opposite of “curious.” It can lead to missing the mark and wasted effort. But if you understand a problem, you’re much more likely to come up with the solution that tightly fits the problem.

We’re looking for a clean understanding of the problem and a fitting solution. None of this happens in an anxious, uninquisitive environment.

Teaching and Learning Builds the Scaffolding

Through teaching, we build our own understanding and we build workflows that are hardened against problems we’ve already experienced. We just mentioned slowing down and understanding problems and not leaving anyone behind. And if you’re not leaving anyone behind, your more-experienced staff will start teaching the younger staff, creating a culture of transferring experience, building the scaffolding for handling future situations.

Testing Gives you Substance, Purpose, and Trust

They say what you measure is what gets done. So what will you test? Your work, your processes, the character of your team, your values, or something else? Because testing shows you what you’re made of.

But what else does it do?

Gives Employees a Sense of Boldness

Employees are much more likely to follow your values with boldness, especially when you’re testing yourself against the same standards you set for the team. They’ll also show more pride in the company.

Gives New Hires a Sense of Urgency

New hires grasp what the culture stands for more quickly when the culture shows the desire to be tested. Once your brand develops through continual testing, you earn the ability to be brief and clear in your communication.

Creates Respect on the Outside

On the outside, your commitment to accountability and improvement just looks like a company that’s growing fast and healthy. But when they see instances of you putting your money where your mouth is, holding yourself accountable as a culture and in individual circumstances, they can’t help but respect you. And they don’t have to like you in order to respect you.

Our Growth, Through Testing, Gives Our Industry a Sense of Undeniable Trust

We can talk about values all we want — and we should so that people know why we care — but testing ingrains those values into our habits, our processes, even our policies, and procedures. But as important as those things are, the value of challenging ourselves goes far beyond a policy.

In the end, the best thing testing can do is change who we are, bringing us more into line with what we say we believe, even testing some of those beliefs we find out to be false (through testing).

In the end, integrity isn’t an easy path. But developing consistent values builds in you a heart that’s worth more than any amount of money. And testing plays a key role in that.

Field Verified Expands to Salt Lake City

Local Team Provides Building Envelope Commissioning, Consulting and Testing Services

After serving the area remotely for more than seven years, Field Verified is now servicing Salt Lake City locally on a fulltime basis. Phoenix-based Field Verified, a leading-edge provider of building envelope commissioning and testing services, has been responsible for building envelope quality assurance and consulting on hundreds of projects, including projects for Okland Construction, Layton, DPR Construction and Hensel Phelps.

Sunni Lavulavu, who brings more than 25 years of experience focused on federal construction projects, commissioning and building envelope commissioning, will lead the local Salt Lake City team, with support from Field Verified principal Brian Melcher and senior consultant Ryan Olsen.

According to Melcher, who spearheaded the expansion to Salt Lake City, “The importance of having a local presence cannot be overstated. We are committed to acting in the best interest of our clients and their projects. It’s a shoulder-to-shoulder kind of partnership to achieve the same goal. The only way to do it right is to be local and available.”
The Field Verified team’s expertise comes from decades spent in both the field inspection of new and existing buildings and as contractors performing the work. Each project is approached in a collaborative manner to accomplish project goals for building envelope performance, schedule and budget.

All services available through Field Verified’s original location in Phoenix are now available in the greater Salt Lake City area, including:

  • Building envelope commissioning
  • Construction Quality Assurance
  • Field testing
  • Laboratory testing
  • Design Assist Field Performance Testing
  • VeriScan RMTM roof moisture scanning
  • Data center special equipment testing

Field Verified was formed in 2013 by a team of architects, engineers and construction professionals. For more detailed information about the consulting services Field Verified offers,
or to learn more about field testing and mock-up testing for glass, windows, storefront, curtain wall, EIFS, metal panel and roof systems, please visit FieldVerified.com. For assistance with
projects in the greater Salt Lake City area, contact Sunni Lavulavu, [email protected] 760.697.4041 or Brian Melcher, [email protected], 480.719.5090

Put Your Hard-Earned Values to Work

Everyone wants to lead. And the world wants more genuine leaders. So why is it that there are so few in government, in industry, and in our personal lives who stand on a clear set of values that they really understand and can live out? Let’s talk about why (and how) we can get clarity on our values.

Values Ain’t Cheap

Values come with a price. You pay every time you sacrifice money, convenience or anything else you give up in order to preserve your values.

  • When your employee makes a mistake serving a customer, and you absorb the mistake, making sure your customer doesn’t lose out.
  • When you’re competing to bid a job against another contractor who’s trying to underbid you by hiding costs, but you refuse to do it that way.
  • When you fired that vengeful employee, even though you knew he might sue because he was making life hard for your team.

But wouldn’t it be a shame if you worked so hard to live out those values, but couldn’t really share them with others because you just don’t know how to talk about them, or even what they are?

The construction industry really needs to see these values lived out clearly. And the companies that know their values are the companies that will weather any hard times and be the ones everyone leans on when they need reliability, courage and focus.

The Practical Side of Values

Your values reflect your character. But it’s sometimes hard to understand what those values are, and then live them out and share them with other people.

They also fuel our resolve. And yet, when we fail to live and speak our values, we devalue all the work and the character that undergirds those values.

It’s not just a matter of your actions, and it’s not just talk. It’s both. Sharing what you believe does two things: it helps people understand who you are and emboldens them to do the same.

You’ve Earned It

You’ve spent a lifetime becoming who you are. We all have strength of character. One of the best things we can do to grow that strength of character is to acknowledge it and celebrate it. This keeps us encouraged and moving forward.

It’s Good for You and Those Around You

The big part of this is being able to share your values. Not only do you get more trust built when you know who you are and can carry yourself with confidence, but you make the world a better place.

When you know your values, you walk with confidence and conviction, making other people wish they had what you have. They see something in you they like and trust. And they want that. This includes clients, competition, and your employees.

How sad would it be if you couldn’t explain your values and share what you have?

The truth is, your whole company benefits when everyone has those same values undergirding everything they do. Each person’s personality sits atop the brand values that tie everyone together.

But how do you get there?

The Process

So we looked for a simple, clear process that enabled us to define our brand. The agency’s job is simply to organize the conversation and interpret it. Field verified worked with a branding agency, Resound.

Resound spent a day with us, helping us to move through the process quickly and in an organized way. After that day, they went out and put together everything we talked about and made sense of it, creating a list of values, personality traits, and brand story.

Together, we made the brand real. We defined our values, personality traits, and brand story. Let’s look at each one

Values

The Field Verified team went through exercises that exposed what we think matters most to us. We had conversations about what we do and what we like to think we do. Then we created a list of values and distilled them in a workshop. Here’s what we came up with, along with the definitions.

Depth | ”Always dig deeper”

Our customers know we get it. We care about the job and know our job well enough to understand. We care enough to listen.

Attention to Detail | ”Make decisions with precision”

We enjoy the work we do and take the time necessary to slow down, ask questions, and think. People trust us to make important decisions that protect life and property so every detail matters.

Teamwork | “Build shared goals”

Our teamwork goes deeper than just cooperation. While we foster a strong collaborative workforce inside our company, our team doesn’t just include our own employees. Every client, every jobsite interaction, and every relationship we build adds to the ever-growing web of strong Field Verified teamwork.

Service | “Trust through communication”

We work shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients. When they need something, our door isn’t closed. And because of this relationship, we find out about problems earlier because people bring them to us quicker. They know we won’t blow them off. And that trust – the trust that tells them we’re taking them seriously – makes us a partner, not just another contractor.

Character | “Forge legacy through honesty”

We know what’s important and we discipline ourselves to accomplish it. We embody character in the work that we do, keeping consistent integrity through various roadblocks and problems. When things go wrong, our character makes us stand out.

Ownership | “Treat it like it’s yours”

We always act in the best interest of the people and the project. We follow through. This is enabled by a desire from each member of the team to see the job completed, and completed well. We’re closers.

Personality Traits

This was even more fun. We talked about our personality traits and what we look like to the outside world. What’s our style? Who are the people we serve best, and who do we get along with most? Here are our personality traits and their definitions.

Resourceful

Typically this defines someone who knows how to solve problems that are non-standard. They use their imaginations to connect their current problem with a solution. They may draw from experience or knowledge they gained as a kid, or in college, or when they were working on their truck a few weeks ago. They are able to put seemingly unrelated things together to come up with a solution.

So for us, being resourceful means pulling from our different experiences to solve problems.

Resourceful people are often seen as clever and creative because of their ability to go outside of a linear approach in order to solve a problem. This means that they are able to forego obsessing over the answer until they have played with the question and explored it. It’s like when Albert Einstein said that if he had ten hours to save the world, he’d use nine hours trying to understand the problem and then one hour solving it.

Relatable

Relatable typically means that you’re easy to get along with and can find common ground with others.

We agree. And we think it builds trust when people get you and you get them. This comes from caring about what other people think and involving them in the work, even if you’re just asking them for simple directions.

Calm

Calmness is normally characterized by either an attitude that doesn’t seem to mind when things go wrong or an unflappability under pressure.

We’re talking about the second one. We care about things, and we think that results matter. But we both foster and hire for the ability to remain calm when others get anxious. Calmness – and sometimes even a sense of humor – helps us stand out while we solve problems.

We’re calm, not because we don’t care, but because we do.

Followable

Followability is like leadership, but a little more down-to-earth. It’s a little more practical and a little less visionary.

After all, we’re working with peers on the job sites, and we treat others as equals. Leadership might imply the necessity to lead in all things, where followability really applies to areas where you need people to trust you and follow your lead in a few situations, no matter how they rank compared to you.

Everyone can follow. It’s not too fast and it’s not too slow, but just right.

Reliable

Reliability might at first seem to extend only to doing what’s in your job description and showing up on time. But this is not a culture that simply checks boxes.

Joyful

Happy and joyful are typically used as synonyms although some say that “joyful” represents a deeper kind of happiness that grounds itself in thankfulness, humility and a joy to be alive. We’re thankful to have another day to run around and find holes in stuff.

This is the kind of thing we’re talking about; that deep joy.

Brand Story

The brand story summarized our customer’s journey. In this kind of exercise, your customer is your hero, and you are the guide. You help them to be awesome in their story.

So we talked about what life was like before we arrived. We talked about what our customers recognize once we showed up on the scene. Then we talked about what happened when we were able to help them and the results they got. We also discussed what life would be like if we never showed up.

This gave us a real sense of purpose and galvanized us around the idea of the importance of what we do.

“Covered with Verified Integrity”

Every building envelope requires a whole lot of people and parts coming together to make one cohesive barrier between the inside and the outside. But it’s never that easy. Even the smallest gap, leak, or miscalculation can derail an entire operation and destroy reputations. That’s why everyone involved is trying to cover more than just the building.

Through our extensive field testing capabilities, state-of-the-art AAMA-accredited lab, and design consulting services, Field Verified is equipped to ensure the success of every building envelope before, during, and after it’s completion. We don’t rest until every person, system, and building we work with is covered with verified integrity.

Be Inflexible

The world needs more leaders and companies that stand for something. Companies that know themselves, their values, and their purpose can change people, industries, and entire localities. Your employees benefit when they show up to a healthy work environment where they are rewarded for exhibiting adherence to these values.

  • The industry benefits from having the example of a vendor that stands for what they believe in and won’t compromise. Other vendors now have a standard. Clients now have something to measure everyone else against.
  • Entire localities can be changed as your values spread within your company. Your values represent a new standard. Customers will put up with nothing less than you and your values, and the entire business scene changes just a little bit because of your influence and your forthright ability to live out your values and explain why they matter.

Even if it wasn’t good for business, it would be worth doing. Because it aligns everyone’s actions and serves as a rubric we can use to measure our company, how we’re doing in our values, and how we can improve.

So be a company that can stand for the values that you hold dear. Inspire others and change your business, your industry, and the world. Because when you do that, you’re seen as a leader. Not because you’re playing some game or because you discovered some gimmick. You become a leader because you are a leader.

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Our Story

Field Verified, Inc. is based in Gilbert, Arizona and was formed by in 2013 with a team of architects, engineers and construction professionals. Our goal was to focus solely on the building envelope field to provide the highest level of value to our clients. We feel that this value is provided through our ability to identify issues early and provide practical solutions. Our in-house testing divisions allows us to maintain the expertise and experience our clients demand in all our services. At Field Verified, our field experience comes from decades spent in both the field inspection of new and existing buildings and as contractors performing the work. We are a leading-edge provider of Building Envelope Consulting & Testing Services.