Colby Co. was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Maine. This statewide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Maine, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2018 Best Places to Work in Maine list is made up of 75 companies in three size categories: small (15-49 U.S. employees), medium (50-249 U.S. employees) and large (250+ U.S. employees).
Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Maine. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. Comments from the anonymous survey included:
“They care about your well being, your family and you. They give back so much – I feel valued here and appreciated, I love my work environment and I am happy to come work with the people here, too.”
“This organization values it’s employees more than any other company out there. Everyone in the company is looked at and treated as a valuable team member and everyone works together towards common goals. Even considering tight deadlines and challenging projects the company has strong teamwork and everyone feels appreciative of the work they perform.”
“They foster a system where we are all peers working together and where everyone’s opinions are valued and decisions are made as a team. They also emphasize the employees families and the belief if you work hard, you should be rewarded, and achieve this through numerous company hosted events and activities.”
Colby Co. was created by Calen and Sarah Emily Colby to be a one-stop shop for mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, electrical, structural and civil engineering and architecture. We are a family of team-oriented professionals, who build upon each other’s expertise, and use sustainable design principles to provide outstanding service and thoughtful design.
Colby Co. celebrated its 10th year in business with employees and friends at the Ocean Gateway. Started in 2008 by Calen and Sarah Emily Colby, Colby Co. has grown to a 40-person multi-discipline firm offering civil, structural, mechanical, fire protection, and electrical engineering and architecture.
Aaron Bundy joined Colby Co. as a Fire Protection Engineer and he brings 18 years of experience with fire protection engineering and fire alarm systems. Aaron has a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue and a Masters of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has broad experience in code consulting, life safety, fire alarm, emergency voice alarm communication, mass notification systems, and fire/smoke modeling for military, federal and commercial clients.
Brian Beaulieu, PE (Class of ‘04), and Arden McSwain, EIT (Class of ‘17) spoke to the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at the University of Maine about Demolition and Construction engineering. In addition to building design, Colby Co. performs Demolition & Construction Engineering for contractors to properly phase their projects to ensure a safe, efficient and successful project. Our role is to determine how structures can safely be disassembled while maintaining a structurally stable structure throughout demolition.
Celebrating its 30th year, Architalx’s mission is to broaden awareness and understanding of architecture, landscape architecture and design by sponsoring lectures that foster evocative and creative dialogue within the design community and the with the general public. It’s goal is to enrich the community by gathering speakers from across the globe to bring world-class ideas and design to Maine. The Spring 2018 Lecture Series Speakers include Matthew Mazzotta, Brad Cloepfil, Jennifer Siegal, Jen Toy and Chelina Odbert. Colby Co. is a Patron sponsor of the 2018 Lecture Series.
Colby Co. is providing LED lighting consultant services to assist the City as it transitions 6,600 existing high pressure sodium street lights to LEDs. We assisted the City during the contractor selection process and we are continuing to support the City by answering technical questions, reviewing designs and calculations, attending project meetings and conducting site visits. The replacement project is estimated to reduce the City’s electricity consumption for street lighting by 2.7 million kWh per year. For more information, please visit the City’s LED Streetlight Conversion & Smart City project site.
Colby Co. provided company-wide safety training for architects, engineers, CADD designers and project managers. The OSHA 10-Hour Training for the Construction Industry course addressed basic safety and health information and education training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces in the construction industry.
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
For the fifth year in a row, Colby Co. sponsored a Trek Across Maine team. 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 16th and finished in Belfast, Maine on Sunday, June 18th. The Trekkers spent the first night at UMaine in Farmington and the second night at Colby College in Waterville. Approximately 2,000 cyclists participate in the Trek each year.