Colby Co. Awarded Navy A/E IDIQ 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 Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic Public Works Department. 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 primarily in the Maine Area of Responsibility which includes Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Colby Co. is a 26-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 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. Awarded GSA A/E 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 General Services Administration. The contract has a $12M ceiling over five years and is intended to provide A/E services to the GSA’s New England Region.

The GSA is the nation’s largest landlord, with more than 360 million square feet of owned and leased space. Colby Co.’s contract will support the GSA’s mission to renovate, upgrade and modernize existing facilities, including many legacy contemporary and historic buildings in the New England Region which encompasses Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Colby Co. Participates in the Trek Across Maine

Brad Van Damm, Ethan Flinkstrom, Allen Saucier, Adam Greenlaw, Calen Colby and Sarah Emily Colby, all Colby Co. employees, participated in the 2014 Trek Across Maine.  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 13th and finished in Belfast, Maine on Sunday, June 14th. The Trekkers spent the first night at UMaine in Farmington and the second night at Colby College in Waterville.  Approximately 2,000 cyclists participated in the 30th annual Trek and the Colby Co. team raised $4,200 for the American Lung Association.  The Trek Across Maine has raised over $20 million dollars in its 30 year history.

Solar Hot Water Heating Systems, Augusta, Waterville and Bangor, Maine

Colby Co. provided engineering design and analysis of solar hot water heating systems to the Maine Army National Guard for four of their buildings which total 120,000 SF. The buildings included an office, exercise facility, a maintenance garage and an aircraft hangar. The analysis involved equipment sizing, load estimating, cost estimating and system life cycle cost analysis to determine the payback period of the systems. Fully engineered designs for systems with attractive payback periods were provided, including stamped engineering drawings, specifications and cost estimates. Each system was sized to meet the specific needs of the building and its occupants.

In general, the systems consisted of 4-8 panels, a solar hot water storage tank, pump package, control package, safety device and associated piping and appurtenances. The solar hot water systems were designed to be integrated with existing hot water systems fired from natural gas fuel. The approach to the design was to “preheat” the incoming water with the solar hot water system to maximize the systems potential to produce hot water. Energy metering was incorporated into the design to allow for measurement and verification of energy production goals. The energy metering was designed to interface with existing building management systems for seamless integration and ease of operation.

Post Hurricane Sandy Emergency Inspections, U.S. Coast Guard

Colby Co. provided an engineering team three days after Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in New York and New Jersey for emergency inspection services. Our electrical and structural engineers joined a marine engineering firm to provide inspection of storm damage at three U.S. Coast Guard bases in the NY and NJ area.

They inspected exterior electrical distribution components to determine the conditions after being exposed to seawater from hurricane swells. The electrical services that were evaluated included 12.47kV utility tie-in and 480V & 208Y/120V pier distribution services.

Dock Replacement, John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse

Colby Co. provided electrical engineering design services for upgrades at the existing floating dock at the Moakley Federal Courthouse. Colby Co.’s scope included a site visit to gather the existing conditions and design of the upgrades. Colby Co.’s electrical engineers provided a design to utilize materials suitable for installation in this type of environment where tides can shift the dock and salt water spray on electrical equipment is a normal condition.

Colby Co. Awarded National Guard 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 Maine Air and Army National Guard. The contract has a $4M ceiling over five years and is intended to provide A/E services in the State of Maine in support of the Guard’s facilities.

The Maine National Guard has a proud history, including the location of the Maine Air National Guard 101st Air Refueling Wing at Bangor Air National Guard Base, the location of the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion in Brunswick, the Maine Army Guard Headquarters at Camp Keyes and 48 Guard units throughout the state that can provide logistical support to the State during natural disasters.

Queen’s Plaza Improvement Project, Long Island City, NY

The Queen’s Plaza Enhancement project was a $45M roadway, pedestrian, and bicycle improvement intended to offer breathing space to a busy entry point into the Queen’s borough. As stated by the NY Department of Economic Development Corporation, “The project area extends along Queens Plaza North and Queens Plaza South from Northern Boulevard /Queens Plaza East west to 21st Street. This transformative project provides the neighborhood with new crosswalks, sidewalks, countdown pedestrian signals, improved lighting, native trees and plantings – including 489 new trees, landscaped medians, an off-street bikeway, a separate pedestrian walkway, and its open space. Located at the plaza’s eastern end, at the site of the former John F. Kennedy commuter parking lot, is the new, sustainably designed 1.5 acre open space – including wetlands, non-invasive and drought-tolerant native plantings and artist-designed benches and interlocking / permeable pavers to direct storm water to these plantings. The project also incorporated the historic millstones which were previously embedded in a traffic island. Preservation of these stones allows the current community to realize and understand Queens’ and New York City’s agricultural and historical past.”

The design team was led by Margie Ruddick Landscape along with Michael Singer Studio. Colby Co. provided structural and civil engineering consulting services to the Michael Singer Studio which were related to the design of custom side walk pavers and bench elements. Colby Co. provided reinforcing design and concrete mix design for the precast concrete side walk panels and benches. Additionally Colby Co. provided recommendations for future maintenance and upkeep of the side walk and bench elements.

A description of Michael Singer Studio’s work can be found here.

An online article about this project on Inhabitat can be found here.

An online article about this project by the Wall Street Journal can be found here.

New York City Press Release can be found here.

New Base Lodge, Wilmington, VT

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 building is currently in construction.

Colby Co. Participates in the Trek Across Maine

Brad Van Damm, Ethan Flinkstrom, Allen Saucier and Aaron Sirois, all Colby Co. employees, participated in the 2013 Trek Across Maine.  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 14th and finished in Belfast, Maine on Sunday, June 16th.  The Trekkers spent the first night at UMaine in Farmington and the second night at Colby College in Waterville.  Approximately 2,000 cyclists participated in the 29th annual Trek and the Colby Co. team raised $3,357 for the American Lung Association.