The OAC team has successfully been involved in “niche design and construction disciplines” for years. For construction and project managers, OAC offers resources to help from planning through closeout. The blog showcases the projects and events of the OAC construction and project management team, and shows how construction managers can give back to the communities in which they work.
Summer got away from us – we have been so busy, doing so many fun, exciting things. We were awarded – for the third time in three years –Washington’s Best Companies to Work For from Seattle Business Magazine! About a month later, we landed on Washington’s Best Workplaces from the Puget Sound Business Journal for the second year in a row.
On the home front, we moved to 2200 1st Avenue South – our new HQ – after four decades in South Lake Union (hello SoDo!). We hosted our annual Pinewood Derby in our new digs, and it was the most competitive, most NASCARish race ever with more cars, more teams, more speed, and a final, incredible finish that was both fast and furious.
Before we could catch our breath, we were off on our Summer Cruise (in both Seattle and Spokane locations). Friends, family and employees boarded a seagoing vessel for a three-hour tour of the Seattle waterfront with games, sights and entertainment. On the Eastern-side, more friends and more family joined staff to sail, engage in water sports/games, and be merry.
Sprinkled in there, we hosted a night at Safeco Field for a Mariner’s game, an evening at CenturyLink Field for a Sounder’s matchup, and an afternoon catching an Everett Aquasox game. Later, our team took to the field to play in the Construction for Change AEC Kickball tournament hosted by our friends at CollinsWoerman. On a splendid Saturday morning, our seasoned team who had never played together and with many who had never touched a kickball since the fifth grade challenged some of the best teams from the design and construction industry in an all-day kickball extravaganza. We played hard, won some, lost some, and nearly pulled out an upset.
Somewhere in there, we opened an office in Everett, Washington, and offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. The Everett office’s open house was a resounding success and our new golden state sites are bustling with new work.
The long days of summer were capped off with our annual volunteer day event for Youthcare. About 20 members of OAC turned up on a Sunday to renovate Youthcare’s new South Seattle Facility by putting a fresh coat of paint throughout, retiling the ceiling, installing floor borders and inlays, and otherwise beautifying the space for residents and staff.
The summer of 2018 was incredible -with so many firsts and then a bunch more. We hired a new COO (hey Tom!), nearly doubled in size, and kept raking in awards and honors – we landed on Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing companies for the first time! Now, we’re planning our Open House and getting ready for the holidays!
On a seasonably bright Sunday morning this June, a gaggle of OAC’s finest and their four-legged partners congregated at Seattle’s Seward Park to support the Seattle Animal Shelter’s Furry5k – a 3.1-mile run/walk to raise money for the shelter.
The Furry 5k is the Seattle Animal Shelter’s largest fundraiser of the year and all funds go to the “help the animals fund”. This year, the shelter had more people in attendance and raised more money than ever before. The race is followed by Pet-a-Palooza, with music, entertainment, vendors and an award ceremony.
For the third year in a row, OAC raised the most money of any group! We could not be more proud to continue the tradition of supporting the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, and continuing to outperform in our fundraising efforts. See you next year!
In addition to sponsoring the day with a $10,000 donation to Rebuilding Together, the team spent the day rebuilding a fence that had been previously installed incorrectly, adding a small section of fence in the front yard, painting the entire exterior of their house, installing new smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, replacing bathroom equipment, replacing two sets of stairs, landscaping, and cleaning the deck.
The home was owned by an 88-year-old veteran and his wife who live in a small community in San Jose, CA.
“I’ve volunteered for Rebuilding Together’s Rebuilding Day for a number of years,” Alex Thomas of OAC said. “The chance to help a family in need in such an immediate way is priceless. There are few opportunities for us in the construction industry to use our skills and talents in such a meaningful way. I’m looking forward to spending a great day helping this family and giving back to the community.”
This work shows OAC’s commitment to bettering the community in Silicon Valley, and serves as a stepping stone to continued community service efforts.
It’s down to the final two – just OAC Services and last year’s champion, Hallmark Realty! Hopelink’s Can Madness started with 32 local companies and each business was placed in a bracket against another company. Each week, they faced off – whoever could raise the most amount of money and donate the most amount of food won the week and moved on to the next level.
After five rounds, with OAC’s amazing community of contributors and our history of giving back (and some extra support from our friends at Abbott Construction), OAC has contributed an outstanding amount of food and funds to dribble passed The City of Redmond and make it to the finals for the first time in our history of participating.
All in all, Hopelink has raised $22,224 and amassed an incredible 41,130 lbs of food – just under their goal of $25,000 and 55,000 lbs.
OAC is proud to support Hopelink’s mission to serve homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in north and east King County – especially during a time when food bank donations often diminish.
Thanks to everyone for all their hard work, their contributions and their support. Tune in April 6th to find out if OAC is this year’s Cinderella story!
UPDATE – OAC WON IT ALL!
In a major upset, the OAC team pulled together and managed to accumulate the most amount of food and funds for a come-from-behind victory at the buzzer! Congratulations to everyone who contributed and to Hopelink for demolishing their goal!
The Seattle Art Museum hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion and renovation of the Seattle Asian Art Museum Wednesday, March 13. Located in the center of Volunteer Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, the historic, 1933 building hosts an inspiring collection of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian, Himalayan, and southeast Asian art.
The groundbreaking ceremony featured remarks from Kimberly Rorschach, Director and CEO of SAM, and was attended by community leaders, city representatives, SAM executives, project donors, and members of the community, as well as several people from the design and construction teams who are proud to contribute to the ongoing art community.
“We cannot be more proud to help improve the architectural treasures that hosts one of the most significant collections of Asian art in the world,” Brad Rock, OAC’s project manager, said. “Working with SAM and this incredible team has been a reflection of all of our devotion to Seattle’s ongoing place as a home for the arts.
Much needed architectural and structural improvements will help protect the city’s landmark, preserve the museums artifacts, and keep visitors safe. In addition to adding 3,290 square feet, plans include upgrading the museums outdated heating and cooling system, enhancing the current loading dock, adding an art freight elevator, and performing critically needed seismic upgrades.
OAC, providing construction management services, is looking forward to SAAM reopening its doors and welcoming new and returning visitors while showing off its new park lobby, art gallery, and education space.
“We wanted to get involved in Second Harvest’s mission and goal to stamp out hunger in the region,” commented Rusty Pritchard, OAC Senior Project Manager. “Volunteering for the Bite2Go program, focused on K-12 schools in the Spokane area, is a perfect fit to cultivate love and be an active partner to improve the places where we live, work, learn and play. The need is great in Spokane and if we can lovingly support the future generation of learners now, we’re all in.”
The volunteer efforts help students and families at the school districts where we’ve worked for more than a decade. For a holiday volunteer project, our Spokane team worked alongside families and volunteers from St. Mark’s Lutheran Church to assemble more than 1,760 individual meals for the Bite2Go program. These kits encompass healthy, single-serving, nonperishable food items that cover 7,060 meals and 5,280 snacks to provide weekend food security for needy children.
“Serving more than 4,200 kids in dozens of schools throughout Washington and Idaho, Second Harvest reaches students in every school we have worked on in the greater Spokane area,” said Mitch Romero, OAC Senior Project Manager. “This correlation brings the work we do close to home and has sparked a fire in our Spokane team to expand our involvement.”
The team now assists with delivering food twice a month to the Spokane Public Schools Newtech Skills Center and fills food bags on a quarterly basis. “It’s so much fun,” Mitch said, “the energy of all the volunteers is top drawer stuff!”
While the holidays are often thought of a time to bring people together, for some families, the happiness of this time of year is overshadowed by the concern that they won’t be able to put food on the table or gifts under the tree. Over the holiday season, OAC volunteers with organizations that help alleviate this worry for families in need.
The Giving Tree now stands in the lobby of our Seattle office completely bare, except for a few sparkly ornaments. Just a few weeks ago, it was blanketed with white gift tags describing holiday wishes. In support of Mary’s Place – a non-profit intent on helping homeless women, children and families – our staff took every tag and turned these wishes into a reality.
Kaley Bennet, Project Coordinator, shops with her daughters for the Mary’s Place tags each year. “For me the giving tree was a reminder for my girls that not everyone is as fortunate as they are, “said Kaley, “and sometimes we need to stop and think about what’s going on around us.”
More than 60 gifts of toys, teddy bears, shoes and games were delivered to Mary’s Place for the annual Holly Jolly Holiday Party where homeless kids and parents shop for presents for each other.
Complementing the giving tree, OAC staff also volunteer at the party, which buzzes with kids waiting to see a special Santa, parents ecstatic to shop for their little ones, and more than a dozen OAC volunteers ready to shop and serve. The kids, teamed up with a personal shopper, stroll down Candy Cane Lane selecting and wrapping gifts for their parents, while the parents and grandparents go to Santa’s Toy Shop and do the same for the children.
“The Holly Jolly Party was such a fun and high-energy event,” said Chris Kreifels, Senior Project Manager. “My favorite part was shopping with seven kids to find something for their moms.”
OAC has volunteered for three years at the event and continues to grow the involvement of our elves every year. “This was my first-time volunteering at the Holly Jolly Holiday Party and it was a pretty amazing experience helping parents and kids shop for each other,” said Paula Welly, Marketing Coordinator. “When I came out of Candy Cane Lane with one of the kids, Michael Bennet of the Seattle Seahawks, was on stage dancing in a Santa costume. As he came off the stage, we asked him to sign her mom’s present. He was happy to do so and seeing the awe and excitement in the little girl’s eyes made my holiday season.”
As part of the event, each child gets to pick out a winter outfit for themselves to keep them warm through this holiday season. Chris reflected on this experience, “I really enjoyed picking out a pink dress for three-year-old Sarah, who has the same name as my youngest daughter. It reminded me how important it is for all of us to watch out for each other. Looking forward to giving more of my time in 2018!”