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  • PSF recently hosted a meeting of the Seattle Bluebeam User Group (SeaBUG) at our corporate headquarters. In this meeting, PSF team members delivered a presentation on using Bluebeam Revu as part of PSF’s document management workflow as well as the advantages of using Bluebeam Studio versus SharePoint, DropBox or ShareFile. In addition, the meeting included some additional discussion about approaches to training and best practices, as well as how to approach making organizational changes. This user group meets regularly to unite local AEC professionals and share knowledge and discuss trending industry topics. For more information on the group, or if you are interested in attending future meetings, please contact Kellie Ward at kward@bluebeam.com.

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  • As a reminder, the Washington State Building Code Council adopted the 2015 editions of the IBC, IRC, IFC, IMC and UPC with state amendments; and the 2015 Washington State Energy Code. The 2015 codes are effective on July 1, 2016. Information can be found on the SBCC website here.

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    A 6,000-lb. AHU is lifted to the second floor

    As part of a shell and core remodel for the Trupanion TI project, the PSF SPTI crew recently led a delicate operation of installing four vertical, self-contained air handling units (AHUs), on the first two floors of a 5-story building. Two AHUs were installed on the second floor, each weighing approximately 6,000 pounds. They were lifted into a space upstairs with a mere four-inch clearance. Talk about a tight squeeze! These AHUs replace multiple rooftop units (RTUs), and an existing water-cooled heat pump system, which PSF removed along with old duct sections. The new ductwork was CAD-detailed, pre-fabricated, and spooled in our sheet metal shop into sections that could be easily handled at the jobsite, saving on installation time. Crews also replaced old PVC condenser water piping with new steel piping.

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  • PSF recently attended a reception in recognition of donors and participants in the latest renovations to the University of Washington Conibear Shellhouse. The three-story Shellhouse, located on the shores of Lake Washington, serves as the home of the Husky Crew and houses the student-athlete education center and dining hall. In the spirit of the history of giving by the Beardsley family, PSF contributed labor and materials on the improvement of the facility’s recruiting area. Of particular interest to the building is the Husky Clipper, the shell of the 1936 Olympic Champions, which is hanging from the ceiling of the dining hall.

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  • We are happy to say that for the 2015 calendar year, we achieved the lowest OSHA Recordable Incident Rate ever for PSF. The OSHA Recordable Incident Rate (RIR) is a calculation that compares the number of injuries per 100 full-time employees. In 2015, we had just 2 recordable injuries out of 383,486 hours worked in Washington State, making an RIR of 1.04. This rate is less than half of our previous lowest rate achieved in 2012. This accomplishment can be attributed to the dedicated efforts of the our safety team which includes the addition of Joel Merriam, Safety Coordinator, who has 40 years of field experience and provides the necessary department support needed for the Safety Department to maintain a stronger presence in the field. In addition, there has been increased OSHA 30 training for project managers and foremen and the implementation of key technological tools within the department.

    Safety Director, Drew Rosenfelt and Safety Coordinator, Joel Mirriam were recently awarded PSFs Ambassador Award by CEO Andy Read (right) in acknowledgement of the Safety Department's committment to go above and beyond to represent PSF's corporate values.

    Safety Director, Drew Rosenfelt and Safety Coordinator, Joel Merriam were recently awarded PSFs Ambassador Award by CEO Andy Read (right) in acknowledgement of the Safety Department’s commitment to go above and beyond to represent PSF’s corporate values.

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