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. 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 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.

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.