Colby Co. Completes Design of VA Clinic

Colby Co. recently completed the Type A study and Type B design services for a Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) for the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The design included a 6,500 SF renovation and 2,000 SF addition to existing CBOC. Phasing plans were created to allow the facility to remain operational throughout the entire construction period. The clinic incorporated many sustainable elements and was designed to meet LEED Silver criteria.

The design scope included:

  • Survey
  • Geotechnical
  • Parking and Traffic Studies
  • Civil and Drainage Design
  • Anti Terrorism Force Protection Design
  • Architecture
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Testing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

The project will go to construction in the summer of 2013 with Colby Co. providing Type C construction administration services.



Colby Co. Project: Main Gate Improvements at Naval Weapons Station Earle

Colby Co. provided civil engineering for the Main Gate Security Improvements project at Naval Weapons Station Earle in Colts Neck, New Jersey. The project consisted of the demolition of the existing gate facilities, design and construction of a Vehicle Inspection/Pass & I. D. building, a guard house, and elevated firing position. The project was a certified LEED Silver design.

Colby Co. provided civil engineering, site design including layout, grading, utility relocation, and landscaping for the new facilities. Colby Co. worked with the Navy and D/B team members to develop a seven phase construction sequence that allowed the gate to remain operational during construction of the new facilities. The vehicle circulation areas, government vehicle parking and privately owned vehicle parking areas were located to comply with Anti Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) standards. During construction, seven phase changes were implemented to maintain security and allow pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle and military truck access to the station.

Our civil engineers designed the site drainage and created the civil engineering drawings and specifications; drawings in ACAD and specifications in SPECSINTACT. Colby Co.’s engineers also located the geothermal wells, designed the rainwater cisterns, and supported the local and State permitting efforts. The project utilized photo-voltaic, energy efficient, LED street lighting.

Colby Co. also provided a truck movement analysis using Auto-Turn that depicted the path of a truck with a trailer while moving through the site. The results of the analysis were used in the design of intersections and roadway travel lanes. The project finished construction in 2012 with an estimated construction cost of $6.6 million.


Maine Huts and Trails: Stratton Brook Hut Opens

The Maine Huts and Trails (MH&T) newest hut, Stratton Brook, opened in late 2012.  Stratton Brook became the fourth hut along the 50-mile MH&T trail system.  It is located at an elevation of 1,800′ and nestled between Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Mountain range.  The hut offers overnight lodging and meals to outdoor enthusiasts who are biking, skiing or hiking along the trail system.  With a heavy emphasis on sustainability, Stratton Brook was certified as a “Green Lodging Environmental Leader” by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection.

Colby Co. provided mechanical engineering services to support the design of alternative energy heating and plumbing systems at Stratton Brook. The heart of the heating system is a wood boiler coupled with an 800 gallon water storage tank. The storage tank is essentially a “thermal battery” that allows excessive heat from the boiler to be stored until it can be used at a later time. Radiant floors are the primary means of heating spaces, both for the central hut and external bunkhouses. Solar thermal panels were designed to provide domestic hot water for the showering facilities. An instantaneous propane water heater polishes the hot water to the required temperature during periods of low sunlight or high usage. Photovoltaic panels were also incorporated to provide electrical power. When the generated power exceeds the electric demand and battery storage capacity the system diverts power to an electrical coil in the hot water system to maximize the harvesting of the suns power.

Colby Co. Volunteers at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Cares for Kids Radiothon

Colby Co. employees volunteered at the 8th annual Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Cares for Kids Radiothon on March 7, 2013. Fifteen members of Colby Co.’s staff manned the phone banks and assisted with administrative tasks as the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Development Team worked to raise funds for the BBCH, a proud member of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  The Radiothon was broadcast live on 107.5 Frank FM, 99.9 The Wolf and WGME 13.  Colby Co. also sponsored a Power Hour from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in which we matched donations up to $2,500.

The Cares for Kid Radiothon raised $290,687 and 100% of the funds raised during the Radiothon will stay local and support the programs and services at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Over the past seven years, the Radiothon has raised $1.2M for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. As Maine’s only children’s hospital, the BBCH has treated more than 55,000 children from all over Maine and Northern New England.



After the Flood: Regenerative Design, Renewal, Resilience

The Center for Creative Solutions is offering a unique professional development workshop entitled “After the Flood: Regenerative Design, Renewal, Resilience.”  The six day workshop will run from August 4th to 10th in Jamaica, Vermont and will offer the opportunity to work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team of exceptional practitioners, including Michael Singer and Calen Colby, and engage in a creative process that opens up new thinking about rural communities affected by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The workshop will focus on the village of Jamaica, VT, which lost historic buildings and land that made up its center. The workshop will include professionals from the arts, public history, sustainable landscape design, planning, engineering and other disciplines to experience a creative process for addressing 21st century challenging issues. For more information and to register, please visit the CSC website.

Colby Co. New Hires: Architect and Mechanical Engineer

Colby Co. recently added Don Dyer, RA, and Allen Saucier, PE to our team. Don is a Registered Architect with 35 years of architectural design and project management experience with a variety of building types including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, cafeterias, office buildings, housing, municipal, and federal government projects. Don received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona and he is registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).

Allen is a Registered Professional Mechanical and Controls Engineer with 25 years of engineering experience and his mechanical skills include control system design and programming, PLC programming, communication networks design, web-based application development with database design; design of combined-cycle power plant balance of plant systems; design of paper machine through-air dryers and hot air systems; and military service. His controls experience includes using various networks and protocols (RS232/422/485, Modbus Serial and TCP, Ethernet/IP, DNP3 Serial and TCP) along with the proprietary software, hardware and communication protocols from PLCDirect, Allen-Bradley/Rockwell Software (RSLogix5, RSLogix500, and RSLogix5000) GE (Proficy iFIX, Cimplicity, Machine Edition) and Siemens (Step7). He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. In addition to his Mechanical Engineering PE license, Allen also successfully passed the Control System Engineer exam.


Pinyard Receives Fire Protection Professional Engineers License

Emily Pinyard of Colby Co. recently passed the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering Examination for Fire Protection. The exam covers Fire Protection Analysis, Fire Protection Management, Fire Dynamics, Active and Passive Systems, and Egress and Occupant Movement. In addition to the FPE, Emily has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Maine, a Professional Engineers (PE) License, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Ms. Pinyard’s capabilities include the design of fire protection; HVAC, power generation, and process piping systems; feasibility studies; and construction monitoring. She is well versed in the design and code requirements of fire protection and has worked closely with the State Fire Marshall’s office to ensure that proper egress, detection, and the impact of the designs are understood. She has experience designing fire detection and alarm systems; and fire suppression systems such as wet pipe sprinklers, dry pipe sprinklers, and foam systems. Emily has taken fire protection courses through the Graduate Fire Protection Engineering program at the University of Maryland and focused on fire suppression and detection courses. Emily is experienced with new building design, renovations, retrofits, energy saving projects and planning and feasibility studies.

Holiday Outing: Pat’s Game

Colby Co. held its holiday outing at a Patriots Game in November. The New England Patriots played the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Pats defeated the Colts, 59-24, under clear skies to take the Pats to a 7-4 record.

Colby Co. employees were bused from the office in Portland to Gillette stadium where they participated in tailgating and game activities. Spouses and significant others joined the outing as well.

UMaine ASCE Chapter Presentation

Calen Colby, a structural engineer and President of Colby Co., recently spoke to the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the University of Maine.  Calen’s presentation addressed the role of engineering in support of public art.  He gave examples of art projects in which he provided engineering support ranging from a concrete sculpture at a US Embassy, artistic biofiltration sculptures, hanging sculptures, large-scale rotating models, public green spaces, retail stores, and waterfront revitalization projects.  He has worked on these projects throughout his career, ranging from 1998 to 2012.

Calen has been involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers throughout his engineering and construction career.  In 1993, he was named the Young Civil Engineer of the Year by the ASCE Maine Section.  He served two terms on the ASCE National Strategic Planning Committee.  He was the Chairman of the ASCE Committee on Younger Members which represented over one-third of the ASCE Membership.  For the Maine Section of the ASCE he served terms in the President, President Elect, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer (two terms) field offices.

Calen Colby Co-Chairs Society of American Military Engineers Regional Conference

Calen Colby served as the co-chair of the 2012 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) New England & North Atlantic Regional Training Conference which was held June 25-27 in Portland, Maine.  The conference, open to both military and civilian attendees, offered the opportunity to attend presentations addressing:

• Design and Construction
• Asset Management
• Emergency Planning and Homeland Security
• Sustainability
• Green Remediation and Infrastructure
• Water Resources
• Small Business
• Federal Source Selection & Acquisition Overview
• Government Contracting Opportunities

The conference was planned jointly by the Boston, Piscataqua, and Narragansett SAME Posts over an eighteen month period.  The conference had over 275 attendees and in addition to the educational opportunities, also featured a golf tournament and an icebreaker reception held at the Ocean Gateway for networking.