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  • The following article was written by Mike Landers, of Bluebeam Software, Inc. and is re-published with permission.

    “What you’re doing, you can do better,” explains Martin Marty, Application Support Specialist/Network Administrator for Seattle-based PSF Mechanical.

    It sounds so simple, yet achieving “better” can be extremely difficult within the world of AEC. While some are quick to point the finger at AEC for being behind the times in terms of technological advancement, it should be noted that AEC is also a world where the work is constant and goes on bid by bid—leaving little time for “trial projects” or “experimentation” that allow firms to develop and improve processes.

    Because the nature of construction revolves around time or lack of it, the increasing value of preconstruction cannot be understated. The approach to the work can dictate success, and companies like PSF are cognizant of the need to streamline, maximize and standardize preconstruction practices aimed at improving lean and achieving standardization.

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  • Check out this article published by GLY Construction about the building of Seattle Academy’s new STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Math) Building:

    Building Through the Eyes of a Parent

    As the design-assist mechanical contractor, PSF fabricated and installed the HVAC and hydronic pipe systems, as well as the interior plumbing systems for the facility.

    © Lara Swimmer Photography

    © Lara Swimmer Photography

  • IMG_7310_editThis past year has been quite a year for our Service Division! With hard work and determination, the team has experienced substantial growth in department size, client accounts, and revenue. Last October, we reported about the ten new staff members hired to support their commitment with Alexandria Real Estate Equities to provide HVAC and facilities services to several bio-tech and life sciences properties. Since then, they have grown the division to 12 fleet vehicles, 4 office staff, 3 account executives (soon to be four), 12 field technicians (shown here this morning at their regular service tech meeting), and 10 facilities engineers. Included in this growth was the addition of a second dispatcher, as well as the promotion of Pam Champagne to Account Manager. The team has also welcomed Dawson Wallace, a summer intern assisting with the processing of paperwork for 100-150 work orders per week. Also new to the team is Lawrence Angus, Service Plumbing Superintendent, with more than 31 years of experience in the industry holding plumbing, medical gas, backflow, and electrical licenses.

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  • Earlier this month, the Washington State Chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (WSSHE) held its 13th annual conference at the Yakima Convention Center. Attendance appeared to be higher this year than ever before, with facilities managers, engineers, and service providers coming from all three chapters — Eastern, Puget Sound, and Southwest.
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  • due diligence guy_72ppi_reducedProper due diligence in the early stages of a project is vital in managing risk. While the term “due diligence” sounds impressive, it simply means thinking things through and doing your homework. As members of a service industry, the primary goal is providing value to clients. However, creating value goes beyond simply providing them with what they want. It’s about advocating for the client and helping them navigate risk by acting as investigators on their behalf by thoroughly gathering, vetting, and analyzing information. While this admonition seems to go without saying, we have all seen examples of financial and reputational costs resulting from poor planning.  
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