Colby Co. lands $30 million Navy contract

Colby Co. Engineering LLC of Portland has been awarded a five-year, $30 million contract to assist the U.S. Navy’s facilities engineering group with designs for building renovations and new construction in support of its submarine overhaul program.

“This was an extremely competitive contract, and firms throughout the country competed for the opportunity. As full-time residents and great believers in the strong work ethic that Mainers possess, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this contract home to Maine.” – Sarah Emily Colby


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Colby Co. Participates in the Trek Across Maine

For the fifth year in a row, Colby Co. sponsored a Trek Across Maine team.  The Trek is a 180-mile, three day bike ride across Maine that raises money to benefit the Maine chapter of the American Lung Association.  The Trek started at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine on Friday, June 16th and finished in Belfast, Maine on Sunday, June 18th.  The Trekkers spent the first night at UMaine in Farmington and the second night at Colby College in Waterville.  Approximately 2,000 cyclists participate in the Trek each year.

BIW Facilities Upgrade Projects Wins AGC Build Maine Award

Colby Co. provided the design for three projects in support of Bath Iron Work’s Facilities Upgrade mission.  The designs included a new 50,000 SF 11-story Outfitting Hall; a new 2-cell Blast and Paint Facility; and a new boiler building.  All three buildings were designed simultaneously and on a compressed time schedule to support BIW’s shipbuilding efforts.   The Associated General Contractors of Maine awarded the project first place in the Industrial Category for 2016.


Uplifted Ground Opens at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

An installation entitled Uplifted Ground by artist Michael Singer was recently installed between the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport terminal and the Consolidated Rent-a-Car (CONRRAC) facility. As stated by the City of Austin’s press release, “Uplifted Ground provides the traveler with the experience of being flanked by a sculptural rise and fall of 361 earth-toned, grounded, and suspended geometric-shaped sculptures with relief patterns. The patterns are derived from aerial imagery from throughout central Texas, abstracted and cast into concrete, with additions of copper, aluminum, Llano Uplift granite, and 256 LED lights to reflect and project a subtle glow. Some of the sculptures will be suspended from an overhead steel structure with over 4,000 linear feet of steel cable. The artwork will also extend on to the plaza of the CONRAC.”

Colby Co. provided structural and electrical engineering and construction administration services in support of the sculptural landscape at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas.

Additional project information and photographs can be found on the Michael Singer Studio website.

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Colby Co. Awarded $10M VA Contract

Colby Co., an Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business, was recently awarded an Architecture and Engineering Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The contract has a maximum amount of $10,000,000 over five years and the contract was competitively procured. The work is anticipated to occur throughout the VA New England Healthcare System which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

Colby Co. is a 30-person firm located in Portland, Maine and is comprised of Mechanical, Electrical, Controls, Fire Protection, Structural and Civil Engineers and Architects. Colby Co.’s design team has a wide range of experience working Federal Agencies, to include the VA, Navy, GSA, Air and Army Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Postal Service and the National Park Service.

Colby Co. Volunteers at Ask an Engineer Day

Colby Co. employees, Emily Pinyard, PE, FPE and Jon Miller, CxA, participated in the “Ask an Engineer” Day at Portland High School. Project Lead the Way is a national non-profit program that provides engineering ciriculum to high school students. Portland High School has three engineering classes whose students participated in the “Ask an Engineer” Day.

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Emily is a dual licensed Professional Engineer in Mechanical and Fire Protection Engineering. She spoke about HVAC and fire protection design and how it can afffect energy, health and safety. Jon is a Mechanical Engineer and a Certified Commissioning Authority. He spoke about his experience with commissioning projects including the new World Trade Center Transportation Center.



Colby Co. Provides Design for New Substation

Colby Co. is providing design services for a new electrical substation with a contextual facade located in Bar Harbor, Maine. The Emera owned site abuts historically significant property, as well as the heavily traveled Route 3, and we worked closely with a Citizen Advisory Board via the local Project Manager Jim Brooks from Sevee & Maher engineers. The design process included  iterations based upon the Citizen Advisory Board’s feedback and critique.  The final “carriage house stable design” reflects, in part, a period when cars were not allowed on the island and is a nod to the farmhouse that existed on the property in the early 20th century.

Additional information can be found in the Mount Desert Island newspaper story here.

Base Lodge Finishes Construction

Colby Co. provided engineering services for the Base Lodge for the Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain. The four-story, reinforced concrete, steel and heavy timber structure is located in Wilmington, VT and features 88,000 SF of enclosed building area, as well as an additional 15,000 SF of exterior patio space, much of which features radiant snowmelt systems. Colby Co. provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and structural design services. The construction was finished for the 2015 ski season.

District Heating Plant Conversion Design

In an effort to reduce air emission from fuel combustions by 11 tons per year, the City of Montpelier replaced an existing wood chip and No. 6 oil heat plant with two biomass boilers and one back up No. 2 fuel oil boiler. The new district heat plant provides steam for district heating of the State Capital complex and for district heating for the City of Montpelier thereby replacing 300,000 gallons of oil annually with locally produced wood chips. The project was awarded the AIA Vermont Excellent in Architecture Award in 2014.

Colby Co. provided the fire protection, structural and civil engineering for the conversion. The fire protection design included the sprinkler systems, fire alarm, and code analysis. The structural scope included the design of foundations for the new building; new boiler foundation; dynamic analysis and design of fan foundations; equipment access platforms; stairways and offices; and the provision of miscellaneous equipment and pipe supports. The civil scope included regrading the site for the new building; revising the two main parking lots; coordination with the Vermont Railroad agency; and coordination with the Flood Plain Management agency. The site is below the 100 year flood plain elevation and had to be completely protected.

Colby Presented With President Abram W. Harris Award

The University of Maine Foundation recently awarded six alumni with the prestigious President Abram W. Harris Award, signifying extraordinary leadership and community contributions. Calen Colby, PE, and President of Colby Co. was the recipient for the College of Engineering.

“It is a strange dichotomy and a shame that our careers need the education at the beginning when we can least afford it,” said Colby.  “The scholarships that are made available to students are so essential; they were to me in 1985 and they remain so today.

Graduating with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering, Colby spent the first part of his career overhauling nuclear attack submarines. After this, Colby worked in the A/E consulting engineering field. His notable works include structural and mechanical systems for a sculpture at the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. He, with his wife, Sarah Emily, founded Colby Company Engineering in 2008, a Portland, Maine-based firm.

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