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  • PSF Mechanical, Inc. is proud to be the design-build mechanical contractor for the First Hill Tower – 1001 Minor Project, a new 17-story, LEED-certified, mixed-use development set to begin construction. The tower will include 16 levels of apartment homes, ground level retail, and four levels of underground parking.

    Demolition is beginning now and excavation will follow soon after. It is anticipated that the bottom of the hole will be reached in August of this year.

    Project team members include Holland Partner Group and Ankrom Moisan Architects.

    Photo courtesy of Ankrom Moisan Architects

  • PSF Mechanical is proud to announce the addition of Quint Sabatka to their management team as Chief Financial Officer. Quint brings a wide range of experience and education to the financial operations of PSF. Most recently, he served as Director of Finance at Lighthouse eDiscovery, an electronic discovery provider to Fortune 500 companies and Am Law 100 law firms. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Kansas State University; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Guelph in Canada; and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary. Quint also holds the designation of Certified Management Accountant from CMA Alberta.

    Quint has held many different positions in finance and accounting throughout his career, and in various industries including hospitality, pharmaceuticals, high tech, transportation and logistics. Other positions most relevant to his current role are Director of Finance and Strategy (Trimac US), and CFO (Trimac Dry Bulk Group).

    Quint’s focus at PSF is to produce better insight and information using exceptional financial tools and providing strategic consulting. He feels inspired by opportunities to create value for all members of a company. “I see the potential rewards coming from the sense of achievement that comes with contributing to the success of one’s team and the company as a whole. I believe our responsibility as a finance/accounting department is to provide the company with the analytical insight needed to make decisions that will drive future success. When companies consistently achieve profitable growth, they provide their employees with opportunities to grow in their existing roles or advance to new ones, ultimately expanding their level of contribution to the organization. As employees are able to grow within the company, it allows them to fulfill some of their personal career goals.”

    “His energy is focused and contagious,” said Kevin Beardsley, Vice President of PSF. “Quint has provided great feedback already. He thinks ‘big picture,’ grasping the idea of interconnectedness of all parts of the business. While the financial health of the PSF will be a major focus, I believe his holistic view of the company is going to be a tremendous benefit.”

    “We are very excited to welcome Quint to our management team,” states Andy Read, President of PSF. “We’re looking forward to him developing relationships with our clients that will enhance our project delivery. Our goal, always, is to be an advocate on our clients’ behalf by creating better solutions.”

    New CFO, Quint Sabatka, contributing to ‘Flannel Friday’ at PSF

  • This week, our employee engagement committee hosted a wellbeing expo that educated employees and offered suggestions for healthier living through a variety of ways. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with local health-, wellness-, and community-focused organizations and gather information that can have a positive impact on their lifestyles and wellbeing. Topics included healthy cooking, nutrition, fitness, chiropractic and massage care, financial stability, travel, continuing education, and philanthropy. Our philanthropic partner, Bloodworks NW, was also on hand to conduct a blood drive, helping ensure the safety of the ill and injured people in our community. We are grateful to report that nearly 25% of the staff from the headquarters office volunteered to donate blood.

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    Pam Champagne, Service Operations Sup., and Dawson Wallace, Service Intern, peruse the expo tables and activities

     

  • 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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  • Construction continues on the new 12-story lab and office building at 400 Dexter Avenue North that will include approximately 254,000 square feet of office space, approximately 15,500 square feet of retail space and 128,000 square feet of below-grade parking.

    One unique aspect of this project is the location of a complete mechanical room on the third floor that will serve all 12 floors. Instead of using separate floor-by-floor systems, a single mechanical room design was developed to better meet the needs of the client, giving them additional floor space. This re-design included placing the exhaust system components that will serve all 12 floors all on the 3rd floor. This mechanical room consists of four large pump skids (heat recovery, chilled-water, condenser-water, and process condenser-water), three water-cooled chillers, and four exhaust air handling units.

    All equipment was procured early in the process, pre-fabricated off-site at our fabrication shops, and crane-lifted and placed prior to the 4th floor pouring. We worked closely with the structural engineer and general contractor to stage the equipment in a way that did not disrupt other trades and saved time in the schedule.

    400 Dexter Mechanical