1 week ago
Our safety director has summarized some great advice about driving safely in the rain. Check it out!
SAFETY TIPS: WET WEATHER DRIVING
“Singing in the rain is fun. But driving? For some people, it’s anxiety-producing.” According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration statistics, approximately 70% of weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement. Here are a few driving tips that can improve road safety outcomes:
— “SLOW YOUR ROLL: Reducing your speed will greatly improve your stopping distance if you need to brake suddenly. You’ll also reduce the risk of hydroplaning.”
— “MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE: Be prepared for longer stopping distances on wet pavement. Because other cars may not have proper tires for wet weather driving, be extra alert at stop signs and red lights.”
— “TURN OFF CRUISE CONTROL: Ironically, on rain-slick surfaces, cruise control may cause you to lose control. You might think it’ll help you stay at one steady speed, but if you hydroplane while you’re in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.”
— AVOID HYDROPLANING: “Reduce your speed in heavy rain or where water may pool on the road. If you feel your vehicle starting to hydroplane (riding on the surface of the water), take your foot off the accelerator, but don’t hit your brakes. If you have a manual transmission, push in the clutch, and let the vehicle slow down until control is regained.”
— “GO SMOOTHLY: When braking, accelerating or turning, avoid jerky, abrupt movements.”
4 weeks ago
AUBURN BY THE NUMBERS: 235
Auburn has worked on 235 special projects in 2020. Auburn’s special projects are run by our dedicated Special Projects Group, which focuses on quicker, smaller projects than our Major Projects Division.
#AuburnByTheNumbers #WhenPerformanceCounts ...
1 month ago
Our mental health is vital to our well-being and even our physical well-being. This month, during a holiday season like no other, our safety director wanted to focus his safety reminders on staying positive during a stressful time.
“It can be difficult to stay positive in these stressful times, but good mental health is essential. By practicing the following beneficial mental health habits, you will be more resilient and able to cope with today’s new normal: exercise, eat healthily, learn something new, ensure proper sleep, meditate, laugh, and seek professional help if you need to.”
— Darrel Zak, Safety Director ...
TEACHING FUTURE INDUSTRY LEADERS
Detailer Nick Bundy was a guest presenter at Central Washington University’s construction management program. Nick, A 15-year industry veteran, said, “When I was asked to be a guest presenter at Central Washington University, I was excited. BIM is extremely valuable to young project managers and is a vital part of the construction industry. I enjoyed teaching them real-world scenarios with our VDC models. We discussed how Auburn Mechanical uses BIM to 3D model and coordinate our systems. I showed them how we use these models to fabricate the mechanical systems that we install. The students at Central Washington University were very involved and asked outstanding questions. I am very grateful to be a part of their learning experience and wish them the best as they make the transition into the project management workforce.” ...
WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU!
Auburn Mechanical is grateful to our clients, employees, vendors and community for helping to create an atmosphere of mutual respect, innovation and exceptional performance during an extraordinary year. This year’s Thanksgiving celebration likely looks different than years past – we wish you a peaceful holiday with your loved ones. ...
HOLIDAY LADDER SAFETY TIPS
1. Check your local weather report. Standing on a ladder in high winds could cause you to lose your balance. In addition, light drizzle can cause your ladder to become slippery. Make sure you pick a dry day with calm winds.
2. Stretch before using the ladder. Stretching your joints and muscles beforehand can help prevent cramps, aches, and pain later.
3. Select the appropriate ladder size for the job. Different jobs require different-sized ladders. If the only way you can get to your gutter to remove leaves or to hang lights is to step on the top step of the ladder, you need to buy a longer ladder.
4. Inspect your ladder. Before using your ladder, make sure it’s in good working order. If you store your ladder in a shed or outside, make sure you double-check it.
5. Start with a firm base. No matter what kind of ladder you’re using, place the base on a firm, solid surface, and avoid slippery, wet, or soft surfaces.
6. Keep your belly button between the rails. Over-stretching on a ladder could cause it to kick out from under you.
7. Be cautious by doors. If you’re working by a door that can open toward the ladder, let your family know you’re working there. A good practice is to tape a large note on the door reminding everyone you’re working. ...
AUBURN APPROACHING PROJECT COMPLETION AT SEATTLE MUNICIPAL TOWER CHILLER REPLACEMENT PROJECT
We are proud to be providing full-mechanical services for the complete replacement of a 4200 ton chilled water central plan. The chillers themselves weigh 159,200 pounds installed in a mechanical penthouse sitting 14 stories above grade. ...
AUBURN MECHANICAL PARTICIPATES IN SOCIALLY DISTANCED HEART & STROKE WALK
Over the last few weeks, our employees walked to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. Senior Project Manager, Lauri Thoday led the team in our 20th year of participation!
AUTUMN SAFETY REMINDERS FROM SAFETY DIRECTOR DARREL
Our safety director routinely sends non-work-related safety guides to our employees because being safe is a 24/7 job. Below are some Autumn reminders he provided for our employees.
CLEANING YOUR GUTTERS
— Alert your family or a neighbor that you’ll be cleaning the gutters.
— Practice ladder safety. Inspect the ladder for defects, tighten loose parts, maintain three points of contact, never overreach, place the ladder only on a stable and level surface, and enlist help to hold the ladder base.
— Wear safety glasses, gloves, and long sleeves.
— Consider hiring a professional.
Storms and wind can snap dead branches, which can injure people or damage items in their path.
— Choose tools that are made for trimming trees and make sure your tool is sharp.
— Follow proper trimming procedure according to the size of the limb.
— Wear safety glasses, gloves, and long sleeves.
— If using a ladder, follow the guidelines for ladder safety listed above.
— Consider hiring a professional.
HOME SAFETY CHECK
— Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work.
— Ensure fire extinguishers are functional.
— Check that first aid kits are well-stocked. ...
AUBURN PERFORMS SAFETY DEMONSTRATION
AT UW KINCAID HALL
As part of National Fall Prevention Awareness Week and Auburn Mechanical’s commitment to continuous safety training and awareness, we performed a safety demonstration on fall hazards and the gear associated with working at heights. Second-year steamfitter apprentice Robert volunteered to demonstrate the equipment.
Auburn Mechanical is interested in the lives of our employees outside of work. It’s the individuals who make the team great. Meet Phil Sutlovich, one of our startup and commissioning technicians. We are grateful to have been able to steal Phil away from his professional baseball career…
Q: Do you have any pets?
A: We have a bit of a mini-farm: 3 dogs, 2 barn cats, 6 goats, 10 ducks, 4 turkeys, and about 30 chickens.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I enjoy camping, riding quads and motorcycles, fishing, hanging around my fire pit and we are season ticket holders for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
Q: What is your work background?
A: I started in the trade in 2000, participated in the service apprenticeship for five years, worked in service construction (installation), and held a position as service manager and service foreman. In the past, I’ve traveled all over the US to perform site surveys and air balancing and commissioning. I’m thankful to be able to come home every day now!
Q: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A: I really wanted to be a professional baseball player, but I’m not very good... so here I am! ...
PROJECT IN PROGRESS – UW KINCAID HALL RENOVATION
The mechanical and plumbing, progressive design-build project is scheduled to be complete in the Spring of 2021. The renovation includes the demolition and abatement of existing building systems and rebuilding the interior into office and clinical spaces for the psychology and biology departments. Unique challenges for this existing space include the buildout of an MRI exam room to be used for research, installation of a school bus sized air handling unit and other mechanical equipment in an underground mechanical room with no elevator access, and installing acoustical treatments on terminal units to meet strict noise requirements from the owner.
5 months ago
#WhenPerformanceCountsLast week Brother George Johnson was at a Federal way public schools site getting in some Trimble layout in the mist for Auburn Mechanical on our one cloudy day of the week! Nice work Brother! #UAProud #Local32 ...
Everyone knows that Auburn employees love to have a great time, especially during the warm summer months. Because of social distancing, we hosted our first virtual happy hour, that of course, included drinks and contests. Thank you to everyone who participated!
#happyhourathome #socialdistancing2020 ...
The Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington recently awarded Auburn Washington Industry Safety Elite (W.I.S.E.) status for our team’s approach to safety.
#SafetyFirst #WhenPerformanceCounts ...
All over the Puget Sound region, our field teams are providing safe and masterful building services to our clients.
Pictured are Aaron and Petr setting the pipe sleeves in a wall at the Washington State Convention Center Addition and Renovation.
Thank you, Kevin, for sending in your photos! ...
Know a super strong special projects manager interested in taking the next step in their career? Check out Auburn's open position for an SPG Business Unit Leader here: auburnmechanical.com/connect/#auburnCareers ...
Auburn Mechanical’s experts can assess your building systems and recommend the right procedures to reduce contamination and protect customers and employees.
Schedule your building or project assessment today: firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 838-9780 ...
We're looking to hire a project executive. Follow the link to the application!
In support of essential projects, operating facilities, and the greater community, Auburn Mechanical is fabricating portable handwashing stations. These stations come in multiple sizes and quantities to meet any need.
Contact us to discuss which design is right for your facility or project.
Auburn Mechanical Service: Service@auburnmechanical.com
Ongoing Essential Projects: justinpritchett@AuburnMechanical.com
#Seattle #Construction #Stopthespead #Socialdistancing #Covid-19 #EssentialWorkers #Inthistogether ...
Auburn Mechanical is committed to keeping our employees and clients safe during this health crisis. While it is important to note that there is no “silver bullet” to protect against the virus, there are multiple processes and practices we can utilize together to reduce the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19. As a result of that mindset, we have implemented a Safe Environments Plan, which is targeted at creating safe and healthy work environments for our employees and customers. Please see the attached PDF created by our engineering manager Randy Stabnow, PE for full details of the plan or call us at (253) 838-9780, and we would be happy to discuss any of your questions.
During this extraordinary time, we want to remind our valued customers that we are an essential business, in compliance with the governor’s stay at home order.
- Our Service Division is ready to assist with building tune-ups to support enhanced air quality and filtration; essential and critical site services; HVAC, plumbing, and piping repairs, replacements, and modifications.
- Our Special Projects and Major Construction Divisions are continuing operations for projects with an essential business or project designation.
- Our Design Engineering, Service, and Construction Divisions are here to support our clients and our essential infrastructure at this challenging and straining time.
- Safety for our customers, the general public, and our employees is always our first priority. Our employees have been briefed on the current guidelines issued by state and federal agencies and will follow company safety-first protocols.
- From filter changes to lab conversions and temporary facilities—we are here to help. ...
PROJECT UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION Petr, pictured, is on pour watch. The project team is pouring concrete for the Pine Street retail spaces. By proactively observing concrete pours, we prevent plumbing sleeve displacement. Plumbing sleeves are used to place passageways for risers to go through the floor. We put them in place to reduce time and cost coring through concrete. At the convention center, we have nearly 2,000 floor penetrations that we plan to sleeve, some of which are 18 inches in diameter. ...
Happy Women in Construction Week!
We're proud of all the women who work at Auburn Mechanical, including our skilled tradespeople such as Brandi. What a nice post by Local 32!It’s #womeninconstructionweek this week! Here is Sister Brandi Lee, 14 year Plumber and #local32 member. Sister Lee works in the Auburn Mechanical fab shop supporting multiple jobs! You make us #UAProud Sister Lee, keep up the great work! #wicweek2020 #womeninconstruction #unionsisters #local32 #plumbersofinstagram #womanplumber #unionproud #unitedassociation #uaskilledpipetrades #skilledtradesmatter #unionfamily #union #unionplumber #tradeswomen #seattletradeswomen #auburnmechanical #fabshop #unionfabshop #fabshoplife ...
Twice a year, we hold a business development retreat at Meridian Valley Country Club. It’s an opportunity for our project managers, project engineers, service account managers, and leaders to meet and discuss exciting opportunities and strategies. ...
Last week, we held our annual company breakfast meeting. Our leadership team discussed what went well in 2019, what we’re going to improve on in 2020, and what the company aspires to accomplish over the next decade. ...
We're looking to hire a service account manager. Follow the link to the application!
Project Update | Washington State Convention Center Additions
Auburn’s work is progressing at an impressive pace, which includes the installation of six miles of underground plumbing on the eight-acre job site. Our team has installed complex systems, including the fully heat traced and insulated Blucher grease waste system. Recently, our crews successfully landed and installed two 24,000-pound grease interceptors—a major accomplishment. Auburn’s Detailing Department has nearly completed the coordination of the 36 miles of plumbing pipe on the project—which includes unusually large systems typically not seen in the Seattle area—such as 18” storm mains and a rain harvest system that will serve restroom toilets. ...
Project Update | Skills Inc. Tank Line
Auburn's sheet metal, plumbing, insulation, pure water, and engineering groups are heavily involved in the full-mechanical project located at Skills’ main plant. The tank line project consists of transforming Skills’ unused existing warehouse space into housing for a new tank line. ...
Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all our great employees, and for the fact they aren’t only talented professionals, but very fun to be around. Last week, we hosted our annual turkey fry, and it was delicious! Thank you to everyone who attended. ...
AUBURN COMPLETES WORK AT THE SOUTHPORT OFFICE CAMPUS!
The Southport Office Campus is located in Renton, and the class-A office project consisted of the new construction of a 664,000 square foot, six-level parking garage, and three nine-story office towers totaling 712,752 square feet. The project took over three years to complete and was completed in three phases. Additionally, Auburn was the first MEP subcontractor to complete their scope of work on the project, saving the owner money. ...
A few weeks ago, we held our annual summer meeting and barbecue, which included our annual ping-pong tournament. We went over our successes, made goals, and spent time enjoying the end of summer!
Last week, our team participated in a business development retreat. Half the day was dedicated to market discussions, training, and a building challenge. The afternoon was used for our team-building pickleball tournament. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners Isaac and John! ...
Don’t Drive Distracted—It’s Not Worth Your Life
The main cause of distracted driving is cell phone use. It involves the three main type of distractions: visual, manual, and cognitive. Just don’t do it! ...
We are looking to hire a BIM Technician. Visit our page, fill out your application, and email to email@example.com to apply.
Auburn Mechanical is in Seattle, Washington.
2 years ago
Auburn would like to thank our 2019 interns! Larry, a marketing major at EWU, enjoys visiting our job sites and drafting social media posts. Logan, a computer science major at WSU, enjoys observing our network restructuring. ...
Auburn Mechanical added 86 new photos.
2 years ago
Another great golf tournament! Already looking forward to next year!! 🏌🏼♀️
Thank you to everyone who made this event amazing! Thank you Keller Supply Co., Ferguson, A. O. Smith, Victaulic Company, Stone Drew/Ashe & Jones, Apollo Flow Controls, King Sales, Pacific Plumbing Supply Co., LLC., Ballard Industrial, Star Rental, Dorse & Company, Enterprise Fleet Management, Accuduct, Consolidated Supply, nVent - Caddy, Milwaukee Tool North America, Johnson Barrow, Air Test, Shoemaker Manufacturing Company, Viega LLC, Western State Sales, Watts - North America, Specialty Products & Insulation, ACI - Mechanical & HVAC Sales, Valley Buick GMC & RV, NIBCO INC, ISAT Seismic Bracing, and C.M. Hoskins Company.
A little #FridayFun with John, Jared, Will, and Jamie at the Project & Developmental Services Invitational earlier this week! The event was sponsored by Cushman & Wakefield, benefitting Cancer Pathways & Sound. ...
Buy Only Leading-Edge Work Self-Retracting Lifelines (Yo-Yos).
There are many limitations faced without these Yo-Yos; Auburn has taken away any issue faced by only purchasing the higher-rated leading-edge work yo-yos.
When safety counts, no expense is too expensive! ...
We had an outstanding time at Andersen Construction's Charity Golf Tournament hosted at the Rainier Golf & Country Club. Auburn’s team took third place, and everyone enjoyed getting a round of golf in on a beautiful day. Most importantly, money was raised to support Mary's Place—an organization that works to “provide safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness.”¹
1. About Us — Mary's Place, www.marysplaceseattle.org/about-us/ (accessed June 21, 2019). ...