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  • Mar 24 2013

    One Union Square Gets a Lift

    On March 16, PSF removed a fluid cooling tower weighing approximately 10 tons (20,000 lbs) from the rooftop of the 38-story One Union Square building. The PSF team, led by General Foreman Cody Hinman, included Wayne Lawson, Chris Rice, Chris Clarke, Ron Marson, Joe Brucker, Peter Berhmann and Shawn Koths.

    One third of the 30-year-old unit being carefully lowered to 7thAvenue

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  • The Greenfire Campus project is set to open in June of this year. PSF is the design-build mechanical designer and contractor for this conservation-based project. Start-up, test & balance and commissioning will also be self-performed by PSF. Read the recent
    Seattle Times article about the Greenfire Campus.

  • Feb 25 2013

    Ground-Source Heat Pumps: Finding the Balance

    While the technology is not new, the use of ground-source heat pump systems in a commercial setting is gaining traction. Also referred to as ground-loop, ground-coupled, earth-coupled and geothermal, this concept uses the ground in place of or in addition to a cooling tower or boiler for a water-source heat pump system.

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  • Jan 15 2013

    A couple of years ago, I was reading an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal about the State of Hawaii signing a new contract for the disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW). The contract was for transporting MSW via barge to the mainland, then shipping it via railway to a waste disposal site (we used to call them ‘dumps’ when I was a kid) far inland. The whole process seemed ridiculously wasteful to me – no pun intended. This process of generating tons of solid waste and then spending millions of dollars to transport it thousands of miles to be buried just seemed to scream for a better solution.

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  • PSF Piping Foreman, Dale “DJ” Fatland seizes an opportunity to introduce himself to UW football coach, Steve Sarkisian.  Coach Sarkisian gave a heartfelt and grateful speech to a mutually appreciative UW Husky Stadium Renovation construction team during the topping-off event on October 3rd (more details of the event are available here).  DJ reports, “The last steel beam was being lifted into place!! He spoke at the luncheon and hung around for a while and I just walked up to him and asked if he would take a pic with me!”