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


Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

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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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.

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.