Colby Co. Raises $20,000 for the Opportunity Alliance’s Winter Warm-Up Fundraiser

(PORTLAND) — Colby Co. recently completed a fundraiser for the Opportunity Alliance’s Winter Warm-Up, and was able to raise $20,000 for the event.

The Winter Warm-Up fund raises money to provide hundreds of children and their families with crucial winter items, including coats, boots, and gloves; as well as food and other essentials.

For every $1 raised by CCE staff, Colby Co. contributed an additional $1, committing to a $10,000 match.

Through the generosity of its employees, Colby Co. was able to reach its goal of $20,000.

Because of CCE’s donation, the Opportunity Alliance was able to provide 200 children and adults with the warm clothing they need to stay safe and comfortable outdoors this winter.

The Opportunity Alliance said that in addition to providing necessary items, CCE’s donation “enabled families to celebrate their holiday season meaningfully.”

This was CCE’s second time supporting the Winter Warm-Up fundraiser. CCE is a proud supporter of the work and mission of the Opportunity Alliance.

Colby Co. Hosts Volunteer Events at Sebago Lake State Park

Colby Co. hosted three volunteer events at Sebago Lake State Park in October and November.  Close to 100 volunteers performed trail maintenance activities during the three events to include clearing 225+ campsites of leaves and debris.  The team also raked, trimmed, cleared branches, did basic stone work, repaired water drainage points and spread gravel on Sebago Lake State Park’s trails.

Each year Colby Co. provides a Maine State Park Vehicle Pass to each of its employees.  With our combined State Park visits, we have visited all of the 39 Maine State Parks.    We all value the Maine State Parks System and we were glad to help make Sebago more accessible for next year’s users.

Colby Co. Raises $34,000 for the Good Shepherd Food Bank

Colby Co. hosted a 4-week, virtual Food Drive for the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine.  For every $1 raised, Colby Co. contributed $2 dollars and together, our team raised $34,060.

For every $1, the Good Shepherd Food Bank is able to provide 4 meals for a Maine family in need.  Colby Co.’s food drive provided over 136,000 meals to Mainers.

Virtual Food Drives make a huge difference in the lives of children, families and seniors across our state. Donations purchase foods that traditional food drives don’t provide, like fresh produce, at prices well below what a donor would pay at the grocery store.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Virtual Food Drive.  Colby Co.’s Virtual Food Drive page remains open and you can donate here.




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. 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.



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.