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INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY: JUST ANOTHER DAY AT PC

INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY: JUST ANOTHER DAY AT PC

May 29, 2012

I’ve had the opportunity to visit many jobsites throughout my ten years with PC Construction. During those visits, I always ask the teams what unique processes or innovative technologies they are using to get the…

THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATION

May 24, 2012

The Business of EducationWhat is the purpose of education? If we could imagine the perfect school, what would it be like? What are the skills that businesses look for in a high school graduate? I had the chance to answer these and other questions as a representative of PC and the construction industry at the New England Secondary School Consortium’s focus group on school improvement held in Montpelier, Vermont.


INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES IN WATER TREATMENT: HIGH RATE CLARIFICATION

May 22, 2012

Innovative Technologies in Water Treatment: High Rate Clarification

These diagrams outline the flow of sewage and storm water for Combined Sewer Systems during varying weather conditions

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many cities that installed sewage collection systems used a common piping system for both sewage and rainwater. This type of collection system is referred to as a Combined Sewer System, or CSS. The rationale was that it was cheaper to build a single system. At the time most cities did not have sewage treatment plants so the outfall went directly into a river and adversely affected aquatic habitat and water quality.


CELEBRATING A NEW FUTURE FOR SHELBURNE MUSEUM

May 17, 2012

Shelburne Museum and PC Construction break ground on a new 17,000 square foot Center for Art and Education

Today marked a key moment for Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Joined by PC Construction and Ann Beha Architects, the museum celebrated the beginning of construction for their new 17,000 square foot Center for Art and Education. The new facility, which is expected to achieve LEED accreditation, will provide year-round public access to the museum’s collections for the first time in the Museum’s 65-year history. It will house galleries, display space, a modern classroom, and a 130-seat lecture and performance auditorium. The community will benefit from the expanded public programs, improved year-round access, lectures, classes, symposia, and film presented by the museum in the new facility.

With construction expected to be in full swing throughout the Museum’s 2012 operating season, many measures are being taken to ensure the most pleasant experience for patrons. Construction barriers were installed using green fabric to help camouflage the construction scene. Six viewing windows were incorporated in the perimeter of the fence for those hoping to catch a glimpse of the construction activities. In addition, temporary shuttle roads bypass the construction project and the wheels of all construction equipment leaving the site will be washed before exiting onto Route 7.


CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF THE UNITED WAY OF CHITTENDEN COUNTY

May 16, 2012

Celebrating 70 years of the United Way of Chittenden County

Angelo Pizzagalli presents the United Way with the funds from our first campaign in 1966

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the United Way of Chittenden County’s Annual Dinner. There was a lot of excitement in the air surrounding the United Way’s 70th anniversary in Chittenden County.

The United Way has always held a special place in the heart of PC Construction. In 1966 we kicked off our first United Way campaign which resulted in $106.50 in employee donations that were matched by the company. While that initial $213 contribution may seem small, we fast-forward 46 years to our current campaigns which average nearly $40,000 per year – it is amazing what a half century can do!


SUPERINTENDENT RECOGNIZED WITH 2012 KILBOURN-SAWYER AWARD

May 11, 2012

Superintendent Recognized with 2012 Kilbourn-Sawyer AwardTrade Superintendent Glenn Russell was honored as he was presented with the company’s 2012 Kilbourn-Sawyer Award. The award, created in 1997 and named after two former long-time superintendents, is presented to a PC superintendent who demonstrates outstanding performance.


GROUND BROKEN ON $39 MILLION HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATIONS PROJECT

GROUND BROKEN ON $39 MILLION HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATIONS PROJECT

May 9, 2012

Students, parents, community members, and faculty celebrated the official ground breaking ceremony for the South Portland High School Additions and Renovations projecton Monday afternoon. Mayor Patti Smith and Board of Education Chair Tap Fitzgerald were…

A WHOLE DIFFERENT WORLD

May 3, 2012

If someone had asked me ten years ago to help renovate a school in Uganda, I might have had some reservations. But as I begin to transition here at PC Construction and peer forward to what the next phases of my life might be, I decided to expand my comfort zone and seize the opportunity, hoping for an eye-opening journey and life-changing event. Toward that end, as they say – mission accomplished!


THE GREENING OF AIKEN

May 2, 2012

Last Friday, The University of Vermont celebrated the official ribbon cutting for the renovated George D. Aiken Center which houses the University’s Rubenstein School of Environmental and Natural Resources. The building opened its doors to students in January of this year.