Years ago, we established an award system to acknowledge individuals that exemplify Auburn’s culture. Each year we recognize one recipient from the office, one from the field, and one rookie of the year. For 2018, we are proud to announce that David Halseth, Brett Kilekas, and Mark Templeton are our 2018 winners.
David Halseth, Project Manager, Employee of the Year – Office During the past year, David has managed four major projects. These projects are all at unique stages of the construction cycle which has given David the opportunity to grow his skill set in preconstruction and project management. David is a strong supporter of his co-workers and the company, being involved in campus recruiting and by chairing the Project Engineer Committee
Brett Kilekas, Foreman, Employee of the Year – Field Brett uses precise drawings, his even demeanor, and a sheer amount of knowledge to make projects successful. He is not only a skilled sheet metal worker but a person to imitate because of his character. His professionalism in the way he conducts himself daily is unmatched, and he is a mentor to everyone in our company.
Mark Templeton, Project Manager, Rookie of the Year Mark has been prominent in managing projects for Auburn’s Special Projects Division. He is exceptional because of his hard work, focus to details, and willingness to help the Auburn team in any way he can.
Joe Schumacher and Austin Hanks recently passed the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) examination. This certification demonstrates Auburn Mechanical’s qualifications and capabilities in plumbing engineering and design. The CPDT certification was created by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) to further expertise as part of their educational programs and professional development.
Three members of our Service Department completed the MCA MSP (Mechanical Service Professional) class. The class is a year-long, monthly training program that covers subjects related to the mechanical-service industry. Topics covered included customer service, estimating, financials, and safety.
Auburn Mechanical is currently roughing in mechanical and plumbing systems for the first hotel in Seattle with fully modular hotel rooms. The lobby, offices, and building infrastructure are being built traditionally, and the modular guest rooms risers are being installed by our skilled tradespeople. We are excited to be a part of this unique and innovative project.
Auburn Host Annual Harvest Party at Westland Distillery
We were excited to see everyone at Auburn Mechanical’s Annual Harvest Party, where we had drinks, appetizers, and whiskey tasting with industry friends. This year, we hosted the event at Westland Distillery where we recently completed a process cooling system retrofit. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event!.
On October 16, Auburn Mechanical and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington hosted Representative JT Wilcox at our office and fabrication facility. Thank you to everyone who attended.
On October 13, Auburn Mechanical completed the Heart Walk, which is a 5K walk through Seattle. Every year money is raised, and awareness created for the American Heart Association. Thank you to all who participated!
Auburn has promoted Don Shelton to Piping Superintendent!
Don has long been an important member of the team, especially on Auburn’s industrial and Boeing projects. Don has always been heavily involved with work beyond his foreman responsibilities (by assisting estimating and training newer members of the team) which makes him a natural fit to fill a leadership role at the company.
Auburn’s annual summer meeting, featuring a barbecue and ping pong tournament, was a success. The event started with a “state of the company” from President Stacy Johnson, department reports, and a safety discussion. After the business side was complete, the barbecue and charity ping pong tournament began.
Thank you to everyone who participated in raising money to benefit the Auburn Food Bank, Auburn Youth Resources, and American Heart Association. Congratulations to the ping pong champions – John and Joel (2017 repeat champions!).
Auburn Mechanical has finished work as the mechanical engineer and design-build contractor on the Bayview 62+ Community Renovation and Addition. The project added 120 living spaces to the community and is located in Queen Anne, Seattle. The project included residential rooms, therapeutic pools, boiler rooms, a sky lounge, and a garden room.
The team did not approach the project as something that gave them problems. They found it as fun and asked themselves “How can we get creative?” and “How can we do well?” Working in a 24/7 occupied space was a logistical puzzle that required creative solutions from our project team. For example, we had to schedule around naps and the lunch hour.
The project scope was full mechanical (plumbing and HVAC). Areas of work included:
• Boiler Replacement
• Ductwork Installation
• Air Handler
• Residential Bathrooms
• Waste Lines
• Therapeutic Pool Comfort System, Dehumidification, and Heat Exchanger