Where Design Meets Utility

Colby Co.’s design team has supported art projects created by Michael Singer Studio that bring sustainable teaching tools to the public. Projects have included Sculptural Biofiltration Walls, installations at Waste to Energy Plants, landscape improvements in urban environments and marine installations; and outdoor recreation areas.

The Scramble, Tennessee

Waste to Energy Plant Education Center, Florida

Sculptural Biofiltration Wall, Florida

Queens Plaza, New York

Design of Waterfront Facilities

Structures which are designed to resist wave action, storm surges, and hundreds of feet of water head are a specialty engineering branch that Colby Co. supports with our in-house team. We have worked in marine and waterfront ports from Halifax Nova Scotia to harbors in New York and New Jersey. We have renovated ship haulers for ships weighing up to 4,000 metric tons, designed pier and wharf repairs and piling repairs for structures capable of supporting a naval destroyer, prepared master plans for shipyard upgrades, designed marine fueling complexes, and designed a dry dock caisson for one of the largest and most active Dry Docks on the eastern seaboard.

Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine

International Marine Terminal, Portland, Maine

Colby Co. Brings STEM Fun to Madison High School

On Wednesday, January 26, 2022 eight members of the Colby Co. crew headed north to Madison Area Memorial High School in Madison, ME. There, the Colby Co. team surprised nearly 70 students with an introduction into the engineering profession along with a STEM activity that included the creation of a ventilated clean room for health care workers.

This was the first time many students had been exposed to the engineering field, and for many students this was the first time in years where they were able to collaborate with teams since the beginning of the pandemic. Many members from the school commented that they noticed students who are usually quiet in the classroom emerge as leaders within this hands-on experiment, and groups of students who normally wouldn’t work together rise together in collaboration.

Heather Sustersic, PE led a presentation that included highlighting the different engineering fields along with their function and importance to the assembly of kids, while Amanda Vogler, LEED spoke about Mechanical Engineering and its importance in the activity created by the Colby Co. team. 

With 40 minutes on the timer, the high school students were tasked to create a well-ventilated hospital room where the goal was to keep the health care provider safe from a contaminated patient. Students used tools like fans, blowers, ductwork, plastic sheets, tape and scissors to create a ventilated space that would move contaminated air through the room while keeping the healthcare worker at minimal exposure. Once their rooms were complete, students tested their experiment by having a patient “cough” cornstarch in the room while the healthcare worker tried to care for the patient within a 2 minute period. The room that moved the air the most with their designed ventilation system, and kept the cornstarch from attaching to the healthcare worker, won a prize.

During the event, the Colby Co. team met with students to encourage their critical thinking and problem solving, while keeping them on task with a limited budget and resources. They shared their own problem solving techniques and unique challenges within the industry.

Sustainable Design

John F. Kennedy Federal Building, Boston, Massachusetts

Colby Co.’s design team is well versed at providing designs to meet the guiding principles for sustainable federal buildings per UFC 1-200-02 High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements. Requirements for sustainability, energy, indoor air quality, and water usage are considered during design and systems studied include geothermal heat pump systems, solar thermal domestic water heating systems; wind energy, PV and CHP.

Colby Co. has a Sustainability Committee whose purpose is to be an innovative leader in sustainable design through corporate practice and actions. The Sustainability Committee studies the ways to leverage sustainable technology externally, i.e. through our designs for clients to include material selection and mindful design, and internally, through our business practices at the office. They developed external and internal goals, instituted incentives and have held educational events for the company.

Cleveland Rudman Courthouse and Federal Building, Concord, New Hampshire

Design in Support of Art Installations

Colby Co.’s design team has experience supporting art installations throughout the United States to include sculptures, landscape and sustainable features.

“Volta” by Wade Kavanaugh, Cove Street Arts

“The Totality of Time Lusters the Dusk” by Lauren Fensterstock, Renwick Gallery of The Smithsonian American Art Museum

“Arbor” by Ralph Helmick, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

“Paths Rising” by Aaron Stephan, Tampa International Airport

Historical Preservation Design Experience

Colby Co.’s design team has provided renovations of buildings with historical significance for the State of Maine, Bath Iron Works, JB Brown, General Services Administration, Naval Facilities Command, Department of Veterans Affairs, United States Post Office and the Air National Guard. Our work has included the study and design of buildings that have historical significance and/or are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

U.S. Post Office, Belfast, Maine

U.S. Customs House, Portland, Maine

Gignoux Federal Courthouse, Portland, Maine

Colby Co. Holiday Party

On December 9, 2021 Colby Co. employees gathered together at Belleflower Brewing Company to celebrate the holiday and another successful year together. With 18 new clients, multiple new hires and fun new projects, we had a lot to celebrate!

Colby Co. Gives Back By Cleaning Up Sebago Lake State Park

The employees and their families at Colby Co. spent a few days between October and November volunteering their time at Sebago Lake State Park working to clean up the park, raking leaves, clearing brush, repairing drainage access, and cutting down damaged overhanging branches.

Volunteer days are an important part of the Colby Co. culture, as are the state parks in Maine. Each year Colby Co. provides a Maine State Park Vehicle Pass to each of its employees. With their combined State Park visits, employees have visited all of the 39 Maine State Parks. Colby Co. values the Maine State Parks System and we were glad to help make Sebago more accessible for next year’s users.

Colby Co. Named as One of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Maine

Colby Co. was recently named as one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in Maine, ranking #6 in the Medium Business Category. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2021 Best Places to Work in Maine list is made up of 100 companies in three size categories: small (15-49 U.S. employees), medium (50-249 U.S. employees) and large (250+ U.S. employees).

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience which is worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. 

This is the 4th year in a row that Colby Co. has been named to this list, ranking in the Top Ten of companies in its category every year. We are truly humbled by our employees who make this place what it is! Comments from this anonymous survey included:

It’s a fast paced professional workplace with smart people who want to learn and collaborate with everyone on the team. We work hard and play often. Colby Co. is very family oriented with lots of employee and family events throughout the year.  Work-life balance is highly encouraged.

As an employee, I have the autonomy and support to excel at my job. There is a shared level of respect and culture of teamwork that makes for an engaging and enjoyable work environment.

Colby Co. prides itself on safety, customer relations/satisfaction, and employees. I have never worked for such a selfless company. Giving to the community, and the employees as much as possible. Company meetings outside the office, company outings, volunteer work, and an amazing work environment that is successful by putting the customers needs before its own. There no sense of “I” at Colby Co., it is such an amazing group of educated people that work as a team to accomplish amazing and sometimes extremely difficult goals.

Meet Amanda Vogler

Meet Amanda Vogler.

Amanda started at Colby Co. in October 2017. Before arriving at Colby Co., Amanda attended Binghamton University where she earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering, and graduated in May of 2016. Two years later, she decided to go back to school for a Masters in Math. She enrolled at John Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, for Engineering professionals, and plans on graduating this May, 2022 with an MS in Applied and Computational Mathematics. This semester project focused on ventilation as the #1 way to prevent Covid. Her degree will continue to provide conceptual applicability to her job here at Colby Co. as a Mechanical Engineer. In addition to her masters program, Amanda earned her EIT, and will be working toward her PE license at the end of 2022.

In her free time, Amanda also teaches Yoga, loves to rock climb at Salt Pump, and loves playing with her dog, Josie.