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GOVERNMENT AT WORK IN VERMONT

November 29, 2012

Government at Work in VermontEarlier this month I enjoyed my second day-long seminar as a member of the Leadership Champlain Class of 2013. Leadership Champlain is a nine-month program run by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce that allows participants to gain insight into community issues through active, team-based learning, networking, and exposure to community leaders in Vermont. I am so fortunate that PC Construction sponsored my participation in this program – although I’ve lived in Vermont for seven years, it was time to get more connected!


PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOMES THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE

PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOMES THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE

November 28, 2012

Patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) provide comprehensive, quality care for patients from preventive services through specialty health care needs. More of the nation’s health care centers are moving to the PCMH approach to allow for consistent…

Project Manager Steve Wilkins discusses construction phasing with University of Southern Maine students

PC PROS TEACH CM CLASS

November 27, 2012

Project Manager Steve Wilkins discusses construction phasing with University of Southern Maine students

Project Manager Steve Wilkins discusses construction phasing with University of Southern Maine students


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, BIG IDEAS

November 20, 2012

Young professionals, big ideas

The Leadership Development Program group attends their annual seminar in South Burlington, Vermont

One of the highlights of my year is bringing together all the young construction professionals who are participants in our elite Leadership Development Program for their annual seminar. The participants enjoy this time to build relationships that will serve them throughout their careers at PC.

I’ve put together a number of these seminars and have learned that these individuals are eager to share, participate, and contribute. So this year we challenged them and required the LDP participants to split into teams to create proposals for company improvements. After months of identifying problems, researching history, and developing viable solutions with input from other people throughout the company, the groups presented their proposals to the company’s senior leadership group. 


PC-DESIGNED GANTRY CRANE HARD AT WORK

PC-DESIGNED GANTRY CRANE HARD AT WORK

November 16, 2012

This week PC Construction began setting 76,000-pound precast beams utilizing an in-house built gantry crane.  The crane was designed by the team at the DC Water Slurry Wall and Tankage project in Washington, DC, and…

Mall Retail Space Renovation
Innovative thinking reduces costs
Dumbwaiter Innovation

INNOVATIVE THINKING REDUCES COSTS 99.6%

November 14, 2012

After Midnight Jewelers, a Vermont jeweler, contracted with PC Construction’s Special Project Group to perform a complete interior renovation of their retail space. Our team first relocated the operating business to a nearby kiosk to allow for continued operations during construction. We then demolished 95% of the old finishes and rebuilt the 600 square foot space. With a tight 8-week schedule, the work had to be coordinated in a very restricted working space within an operating mall in coordination with adjacent tenants. Equipment and material deliveries were restricted after 9:30 a.m. each day. 

The project design called for an $11,000 pneumatic transport system to convey jewelry and watches from the retail space to the mezzanine repair space. When the owner had concerns about the system’s cost, PC’s project engineer Travis Tremblay came up with another idea. He created a low-budget dumbwaiter using rope, weights, pulleys, and a galvanized pail. The dumbwaiter functions with the use of a counterweight on one side and an opposing vehicle, in this case the bucket, on the other side. The counterweight is sized in a way to allow the bucket to remain static – if you pull on the string and then let go, the bucket remains where you stopped regardless of its position.


CAMPUS CONSTRUCTION FOCUS OF SMPS TOUR, PANEL DISCUSSION

November 12, 2012

The Northern New England Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) yesterday hosted a tour of the Peter T. Paul School of Business & Economics that PC Construction is currently building for the University of New Hampshire. The approximately 115,000-square-foot, $40-million facility greatly impressed the SMPS attendees, particularly its liberal use of natural materials combined with around $2 million worth of high-tech components. By all accounts, the building will be a campus gem when completed early next year.

Following the tour, I had the privilege of moderating SMPS’s higher education panel discussion held at UNH’s historic Huddleston Hall. The distinguished panel included UNH’s University Architect Doug Bencks, Dartmouth College’s Director of Project Management Matt Purcell, and Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Bob Vachon from Southern New Hampshire University.

Each panelist provided a “state of the state” summary of his respective campus’s facilities and the potential projects that lie ahead. For the many architects, engineers and contractors in attendance, the news was good: all three campuses foresee ample work for the A/E/C industry.



Kicking it off for the United Way
Kicking it off for the United Way

KICKING IT OFF FOR THE UNITED WAY

November 2, 2012

This week, the Vermont PC team kicked off its annual United Way campaign. We’ve been a longtime supporter of this incredible organization, dating back to our first campaign in 1966 which raised $213, including a company match. Every year since then, our Vermont employees have generously given to this organization to help support the needs in our community.

The kickoff featured our very own Crystal DelleChiaie’s daughter, Natalia, who stole the show at only age 3! We learned of Crystal’s family’s tumultuous journey with Natalia from a very tiny preemie to the adorable and active toddler she is today, and how several of the United Way agencies came to their assistance and continue to support Natalia’s development.