AEC Project Manager and Site Superintendent of the Year Awards!

Steve Anderson, AEC Owner and President, has introduced a new award:

The President’s Project Management & Superintendent Recognition Program. The purpose of this program is to annually distinguish and publicly recognize individuals he feels best demonstrate AEC’s core values and act as role models through the safe and successful management of their projects. The key factors Mr. Anderson considers when selecting these individuals include:

  • Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to safety and the well-being of AEC personnel;
  • Proving their exceptional quality of workmanship and doing the job right ;
  • Providing value to clients through problem solving, adaptability and excellent customer service, resulting in repeat business;
  • Using and protecting AEC’s equipment and assets before opting to rent fleet equipment;
  • Respecting and assisting their fellow co-workers, setting a positive example for others, contributing to the positive company morale, and abiding by AEC policies and procedures; and
  • Achieving annual sales and profit goals and contributing to the financial success of the company.

Here are the President’s Award Winners for 2016

Congratulations to Cory Erskine, 2016 Site Superintendent of the Year! Cory exemplifies AEC’s core values, and he is being recognized due to his long-term commitment to the company, and his diversity of skills and abilities in the field. Cory has exceptional skills and experience in UST removal, cleanup, remediation systems, demolition, stream and habitat work, and the safe excavation of contaminated soils–as well as building construction including carpentry, concrete, painting, and sheetrock! He cheerfully takes on any project he is assigned and he is committed to becoming an expert in every field activity he performs. Cory has taken on fuel work, an extremely specialized field which requires unique technical knowledge. He has grown to be one of the most sought-after petroleum service Superintendents in the Pacific Northwest! Cory’s skills are unmatched and his dedication to the company is appreciated beyond words. Furthermore, Cory sincerely cares for his field crew members and has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentorship and training, which has proved to be an invaluable asset to the team!

Congratulations to Mike Todd, 2016 Project Manager of the Year! Mike’s award was primarily based on his relentless pursuit and commitment to his clients, while simultaneously keeping our field crews busy and working. He single-handedly broke the record for number of projects bid and performed by one Project Manager, nearly hitting the 100 project mark all on his own, which is no small feat! All of his coordination, scheduling, crew management, client follow-up, billings, closeouts and setup are valued and recognized. Mike’s performance has been simply amazing and he has made huge steps into 2017 as well! The AEC team can always count on Mike to selflessly call on clients, procure new work, and keep our crews employed throughout even the lightest times of the year!

Moving On Up! – Tucker Brown

AEC has introduced the new position of Junior Estimator to our team and has promoted one of our outstanding field crew to perform the role! Tucker Brown has spent the last several weeks training one-on-one with specialized project management to learn the ins and outs of successful project estimating, takeoffs, and production points. Also, he’s training and developing his job functions to include accurately staking a site, and how to effectively operation GPS tracking systems, utilizing new programs and software. On top of that, he has acquired his Heating Oil Tank (HOT) license certification. Congratulations to Tucker for moving on up to this fresh and valuable role of the AEC team!

Safety Training – First Aid/CPR/AED

AEC Management, field crew, and administrative staff all came together on February 3rd to participate in safety training and to acquire our updated First Aid/CPR/AED certifications. The field crew also participated in respirator fit testing and renewed their HAZWOPER refresher training during the course of the day. We were joined by our instructor, a Columbia County paramedic, who taught us all the latest and greatest techniques in CPR and First aid training, as well as coaching the team through the process of successfully utilizing an automated external defibrillator (AED) device. At AEC we are committed to providing a safe work environment for everyone, and our health and safety program aims to ensure that each one of us can arrive home uninjured and free from incident at the end of the work day.

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AEC Food Drive Benefits Local VA

This holiday season, the AEC team took a moment to help our community through a company food drive. Thanks to the generous donations of several AEC employees and their families, we gathered and donated a large trunk-full of non-perishable food items to the Cowlitz County Veterans Affairs Resource Center! As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), AEC wants to ensure that our local Vets have their needs met, both during the holidays and all year through. Thanks Team, for doing your part in giving back to those who’ve given so much!

Fall is Here and Winter is Upon Us!

The Pacific Northwest rain has arrived and there are reports of snow in the mountains, which is great news for skiers, but a serious concern for our employees.  Colder weather and increased precipitation can cause hazardous working and driving conditions. Here are some tips for staying safe in the colder, wetter months!

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  • Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and maintain extra distance between other vehicles on the road.
  • Take a moment to check your state DOT website for road conditions.
  • Always head out with a FULL tank of gas!
  • Watch for freezing temperatures (which can mean black ice) or standing water over roadways.
  • For remote job locations, it’s a good idea to carry flares, food, water, and a blanket in case you get stuck for an extended period of time.
  • Have traction tires on and/or chains ready in your vehicles.

Winter driving may require the use of chains and it is important to remember to obey all signage and postings. Washington and Oregon have different requirements for the use of chains on commercial vehicles so do your research ahead of time.

Recommended Wet Weather Gear

  • Water repellent clothing, bibs, and visibility jackets
  • Waterproof boots, hats/hoodswetgear
  • Umbrella

 Recommended Cold Weather Gear

  • Waterproof boots with insulation and adequate traction.
  • Two layers of socks including an inner layer of nylon or polyester to wick away moisture and an outer layer of cotton, wool or fleece.
  • Layers provide insulation and prevent bulkiness, which can hinder movement
  • Insulated coveralls.
  • Insulated gloves.
  • Hats that cover your ears.

Extra tips:

  • Prevent slip and fall injuries by knocking snow from boots before climbing ladders & equipment.
  • Watch out for yourself and others by knowing the symptoms of cold-related illnesses such as frostbite, and hypothermia:
    • Frostbite: numbness, stinging sensation, aching, loss of feeling, bluish or pale skin
    • Hypothermia: Intense shivering, slurred speech, loss of coordination, fatigue

AEC Expertly Performs Slide Repair in Camas, WA

The AEC team brought excellence to a new level by successfully repairing a landslide-impacted area on private property in Camas, WA. Project Manager Kelly Kellogg bid and won the project and our crews worked closely with the general and our various subcontractors to ensure a safe and efficient project. The worksite was located on a precipitous slope and in direct proximity to high-end homes. The property owners’ home lay uphill of the affected area and the neighboring property, which was endangered by the December 2015 slide.

Access to the site was precarious given the limited clearance to the structures. AEC was given a clearance of only 10 feet in some areas, and some of our equipment necessary to perform the work was up to 10 feet wide.

Crews began by excavating soils in order to create access routes to the slope area and followed with the excavation and removal of approximately 360 cubic yards of soft soil. We then imported roughly 550 tons of Gabion rock and structural fill material. Additionally, a soldier pile wall was constructed to stabilize the hillside and AEC installed a drainage ditch with French drain at the base of the wall. The purpose of the drain is to control erosion by redirecting the groundwater from the area, thus minimizing the risk of future slides. The ditch was lined with fabric and filled with drain rock.

Congratulations to our team for safely completing such an exemplary project!

Excellent Safety Wins AEC Large Cleanup in Eastern Washington

AEC was chosen through a value-based proposal effort to perform a large remedial construction project in Spokane Valley, WA. The client and our design engineer elected to award the project to AEC due to our favorable business relationship, cost-effectiveness, a detailed work approach and proposal, and — most importantly — our exceptional safety record.

AEC has been busy managing the consolidation and capping of Cement Kiln Dust (CKD) material, which is in direct proximity to residential areas, the Spokane River, and a well-trafficked walking trail. Much to the delight of the client, AEC’s crew and safety personnel have taken precautions to ensure that hazards such as dust are mitigated and that our employees and neighboring community are not harmed by the material.

CALLING ALL SUBCONTRACTORS!

AEC’s subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers are critical to our success! In an effort to gather and maintain current information on our valued team members, we have created a one-stop prequalification system to better communicate with our suppliers and keep them informed of our upcoming opportunities. If you are interested in providing goods and services to AEC, please visit our Subcontractor/Vendor Prequalification page and complete the quick form to ensure your information is in our system.

Thank you for being a part of our team!

It’s Getting Hot Out There!

The weather is starting to heat up and with warmer weather comes increased risk of heat-related illness. When working or playing outdoors this summer, be sure to remain aware of heat-related illness risk factors such as: high temperatures and humidity, direct sun exposure, no breeze or wind conditions, low liquid intake, and heavy physical labor and activity.

AEC Health & Safety Director Matt Durbin says:

“Fatigue, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are a major health and safety concern as the outside temperature begins to rise. While working in hot or humid conditions, and especially when performing heavy physical labor tasks, it is critical that our team stays hydrated and take breaks from the heat. We strongly encourage all employees to keep a watchful eye on each other’s condition, and look out for the signs and symptoms of heat related illness in yourself and those around you.”

There are two primary types of heat-related illness, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.  Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke are dangerous medical conditions which can be controlled if you can identify the symptoms:

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AEC suggests taking the following steps to lower your risk of heat-related illness this season:

  • Easy Does It – It takes time to adjust to the heat; don’t overexert yourself.
  • Drink Extra Water – You should drink 16 oz of water per hour when the temperature rises above 90°F.
  • Avoid Beverages Containing Caffeine – Caffeine is a stimulant and diuretic, which causes your body to lose water and increases your heart rate!
  • Rest in the Shade – During breaks and lunch times, find a cool and shaded area to in which to rest.

Remember, we’re a team out there! When it gets hot, make sure to check in with those around you regularly to ensure that we all stay safe! If you recognize the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke it is critical to act quickly. You should attempt to cool and hydrate the person immediately, and call 9-1-1 if they are unresponsive or incoherent.

Crews Finish Portland Slurry Wall Project On Time Despite Rainy December

Despite working through one of Portland’s rainiest winters to date, AEC crews successfully completed the capping of a large slurry wall along Portland’s Willamette River.

The Owner and Engineer designed an approximate 16,000 vertical square ft. soil bentonite slurry wall to be installed along the western most side of the property in an effort to alleviate potentially contaminated groundwater from entering the river.  We were proud to partner with DeWind One-Pass Trenching, LLC. whose unique technology for barrier wall installation proved to be the best method for this project given its ability to substantially decrease the overall project schedule and install the wall more efficiently near the shoreline.

The overall scope of the project called for DeWind to construct a 553 ft. long groundwater barrier wall of bentonite clay material utilizing their proprietary “mix-in-place” method. As DeWind’s subcontractor, AEC provided local resources and construction support activities including installation of erosion and sediment controls, site surveying, excavation of contaminated material, collecting, hauling and disposing of liquids, debris and spoils off site, installation of the groundwater barrier wall cap, and the decommissioning and abandonment of six monitoring wells.

After installation of the wall, AEC installed a 6 in. deep x 10 ft. wide surface of dense graded aggregate (DGA) over a 5 ft. wide x 2 ft. deep clay cap. Due to record-breaking rainfall in December and the resulting saturated soil conditions, AEC proposed an alternate cap process of installing DGA a full 2.5 ft in depth, underlain by HDPE geomembrane and geotextile material to better protect the groundwater barrier wall.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to the crew for doing such a terrific job.