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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‚Äôs 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.


    Photo credit: Patrick O’Brien

  • 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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    Sheet metal fabrication shop

    As a result of our continuous improvement efforts to look internally at how we can further streamline and improve processes, and to keep up with growing demand, we have recently finished a complete renovation and modification of both our pipe and sheet metal fabrication shops. Our sheet metal shop area has increased by 6,000 square feet, allowing all manufacturing to be completed underneath one roof. The shop layout was re-arranged to optimize workflow operations and a new press brake machine and overhead crane were added. The efficiencies gained by making these changes have allowed the sheet metal shop to double their output capacity.


    Pipe fabrication shop

    Over in the pipe fabrication shop, the space was expanded by 4,000 square feet, allowing for the addition of two overhead cranes and an additional welding station. With this increased space, the pipe shop has been able to triple their previous output production and increase their team size to 10 people. Within the next few months, a new elevated loading dock will be built. This will increase efficiency and safety as trucks will be able to back right up to the loading dock, decreasing load in times and eliminating the need for fork lift activity.

  • Construction activities have begun on the 40-story apartment tower at 970 Denny Way in South Lake Union. The existing concrete building has been demolished and materials sorted for recycling. The overhead pedestrian protection walkway has been built and will be open during construction to protect pedestrians from overhead hazards and traffic. Shoring piles are in the process of being installed and are scheduled to be finished in mid-April, at which time the drill rig will be removed and the site will be excavated between mid-April and July. PSF is the design-build mechanical contractor for this apartment tower that will include 461 units, a fitness center, roof-level amenity spaces as well as 15,098 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and 374 parking spaces.

    Photo Credit: Weber Thompson/Studio 216

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