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Colby Co. Celebrates Valentine’s Day in Downtown Portland

(PORTLAND) — Colby Co. is getting into the holiday spirit with decorative windows.

Inspired by the 35-year tradition of Portland Valentine’s Day Bandit, CCE wanted to give its office some love.

Colby Co. is a proud Portland company, and wanted to celebrate with some festive lights to remind their neighbors that they love being a part of so many wonderful local businesses.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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. Named as One of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Maine

Colby Co. was recently named as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Maine, ranking #4 in the Small Business Category. 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 2020 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 which is worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation.

Comments from the anonymous survey included:

“I feel like they trust me to make decisions and they support me when I need additional direction and/or help solving an issue. They tell us that “family comes first” and they mean it. They go out of their way to show that they care, such as the state park pass, lots of free food, bonuses and flex hours.”

“I like the variety of projects and it’s never boring. My teammates are incredible and they make me want to work harder and do better. There are tons of perks and I feel like the company genuinely cares about my happiness. I am trusted to get my work done in a flexible time frame which allows me to better support my family.”

“The company leadership are the kindest, most genuine people that I’ve ever met and worked for. They are extremely generous and caring for all of their employees and truly promote “family first” throughout the organization, and empower everyone to have the flexibility needed to do our best work but to deal with any personal issues or challenges. I think that everyone feels extremely valued as an employee and a person, and that we all are willing to “go the extra mile” because they have created a company that is a very special place to work with a wonderful culture, compensation, and benefits. The best “compensation” and motivator for me is the mutual respect and flexibility, and culture of kindness.”

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. Awarded 10-Year Contract with US Postal Service

Colby Co. was recently awarded an Architecture and Engineering Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The 10-year contract is intended to provide Architecture and Engineering building design services to the USPS in Maine and Rhode Island.

Colby Co. has supported the USPS since 2011 for projects in Maine and New Hampshire including buildings of historical significance. The renovation and repair projects have included building envelope upgrades, window replacements, interior renovations, HVAC and lighting upgrades and emergency repair support.

Colby Co. Helps Break Ground for the New Climatic Chamber Building

(HANOVER, N.H.) — Today Colby Co. helped break ground for the new Climatic Chamber Building.

The building, which is being built for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), will serve as a facility to help test and examine extreme cold-weather environments. Those environments are required for Soldier and unit readiness. Colby Co.’s Architects and Engineers provided the design for the building.

Colby Co. CEO, Sarah Emily Colby, and President, Calen Colby, were on site to help break ground, along with U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New England District Commander Col. John A. Atilano II, CRREL Director Dr. Joseph Corriveau, and New England District Project Manager Caitlin Slattery.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the new facility will allow the laboratory to perform development and research on material systems and vehicles at temperatures as low as negative 54 degrees Celsius.

The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

Colby Co. Employees Whitewater Raft on the Penobscot River

(MILLINOCKET) — Colby Co. recently spent a weekend white water rafting on the Penobscot River.

Seventeen employees joined in the fun. CCE was proud to host an event where employees could spend some time with each other after spending months working remotely, while remaining safe and following all COVID safety requirements, guidelines, and protocols.

Employees met at the New England Outdoor Center and spent the afternoon swimming, walking along the trails, and socializing – including having an outdoor dinner together by the fire.

The next morning, employees headed to the Penobscot River, and spent the entire day white water rafting.

Here’s what some of the participants had to say about the weekend:

“It was a fantastic company outing connecting with coworkers in the great outdoors. The rafting was exhilarating, the scenery was amazing, and the time spent socializing was so fun. I can’t wait to go back!”

“I had so much fun bonding with my coworkers after quite a few isolated, difficult months. It was great to be outside and get our blood pumping! The people at this company are some of the kindest, and most enjoyable people I have ever found myself surrounded by.”

Colby Co. was proud to host a COVID-friendly event as a way to thank its employees for all of their hard work during this tough year, and hopes to make white water rafting an annual event.

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. Awarded GSA Design Contract

Colby Co. was recently awarded an Architecture and Engineering Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract by the General Services Administration (GSA). The five-year contract is intended to provide A/E services to the GSA’s New England Region.

U.S. Customs House
 U.S. Customs House, Portland, Maine

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.

The John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse

Colby Co. has supported the GSA since 2013 for projects at New England sites including the U.S. Customs House in Portland, Maine; the Gignoux Courthouse in Portland; Maine; the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston, Massachusetts; and the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Senator King Visits Colby Co.

U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) visited several businesses in the Portland area to highlight their contributions to Maine’s workforce and overall economy.

“Today’s visits reflect the vitality and diversity of Maine’s economic opportunities,” said Senator King. “From e-commerce to aquaculture to engineering, it’s inspiring to see entrepreneurs of all backgrounds making Maine people a major part of their plans. I’m thrilled to see so much energy from these fast-growing companies, who have made the right choice by setting down roots in Maine.”

Senator King visited Colby Company, a 100% Maine-owned engineering and architecture company that contracts with more than 10 federal agencies and holds contracts with Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Sen. King Visits Colby Co.