Cherne Industries, part of the Oatey Co. family of brands, recently completed a historic move of its headquarters and manufacturing operations — its first in more than 60 years — to a newly constructed, 130,000-square-foot facility located in Shakopee, MN, situated 25 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis. OlympiaTech was proud to be the electrical partner for the project.
OlympiaTech Electric was proud to join forces with other industry partners at the Power Girls Camp in June. The week-long camp is organized by Girl Scouts River Valleys and gives school-aged girls the opportunity to learn about the construction trades and participate in hands-on construction projects alongside trades workers and other industry professionals.
OlympiaTech electricians and staff volunteered on “electrical day” which was hosted by the Minneapolis and St. Paul chapters of NECA along with the Girl Scouts. Volunteers guided more than 60 campers through a hands-on electrical construction project. Special thanks to all of the volunteers, sponsors, and organizations who help make the camp possible for our youth and future workforce.
Women-in-NECA Twin Cities (WIN-TC) founder and OlympiaTech CEO Seaen Kosmides, along with the rest of the WIN-TC chapter, hosted a virtual panel discussion on advancing inclusion and diversity in the construction industry. The event was planned in conjunction with Women in Construction Week 2021 which is organized by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). The discussion was moderated by Christa Seaberg, corporate EEO officer at Lunda Construction and panelists represented local organizations that work to advance diversity and inclusion in the industry by providing opportunities and pathways into the trades.
With the start of the new year, property owners and managers are preparing for their 2021 projects and improvement programs – including preventative maintenance for building systems. Preventative maintenance of critical building equipment can help identify and correct issues before they become major problems. These proactive actions will help ensure that electrical systems are performing at optimal levels and reduce the chances of costly downtime. Now is also a great time to review safety best practices to ensure your facility is operating safely, in compliance, and up to code.
As we navigate these times of change together, we want you to know that OlympiaTech is here for you and we can help prepare your facility for the transition to the new normal. The pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working and many of our clients are turning to us for help with the implementation of new concepts and technologies at their facilities, including:
Don’t forget to reset your time clocks, timers, generator exercise timers, and building management systems this weekend for the end of Daylight Saving Time. It’s also a great time to check any batteries in your time clocks, smoke detectors, fire alarm, and security systems.
Save your Business Money with Lighting Efficiency Improvements
When you make the switch to energy-efficient lighting, it can drive long-term energy and cost savings to your bottom-line. With lighting rebates you can help lower your upfront costs and speed up the payback on a wide range of lighting efficiency improvement projects, including LED upgrades.
As a longtime member of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), OlympiaTech will participate in the NECA Safety Stand Down for COVID-19 taking place on April 29, 2020 to recognize its own essential workers, as well as the many electricians across the country, who continue to work on critical construction projects during the pandemic.
Valued Clients and Partners,
As you know, Governor Walz has issued a “stay at home” order requiring all Minnesotans to stay at home, subject to certain exceptions, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. OlympiaTech is considered an essential and critical business sector so we are exempt from this order pursuant to the Emergency Executive Order 20-20.
This means OlympiaTech will remain operational during this two-week period which begins on Friday March 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM and ends on Friday, April 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
Valued Clients and Partners,
As you are all aware, there’s a rapidly developing public health concern regarding COVID-19 spreading in the United States and around the globe. OlympiaTech is committed to protecting the health and safety of our clients, partners, vendors, employees and their families, and the greater community.
Construction is well underway on 270 Hennepin Avenue, a 22-story, 340-unit, mixed-use residential tower with two levels of underground parking in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female team members. Today’s feature is on AnnMarie Aho, who is an electrical design associate here at OlympiaTech. Here is what AnnMarie has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female team members. Today’s feature is on Tiffanee Kiecker. Tiffanee is finishing up her electrical apprenticeship program and working towards becoming a journey(wo)man electrician. Here is what Tiffanee has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female team members. Today’s feature is on Alisha Wright, one of our project coordinators. Here is what Alisha has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female crew members. Today’s feature is on Jenna Johnston. Jenna completed her electrical apprenticeship program with OlympiaTech and is now working as a journeywoman. Here is what Jenna has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
On February 5, 2020, Mortenson Construction hosted a group of young women from Girls Taking Action at their headquarters office in Minneapolis for an event focused on construction careers. The goal of the event was to educate the future workforce about the many exciting career paths available in the construction industry. The event featured a variety of booths educating middle-school girls about different career choices including human resources, marketing, accounting, project management, virtual reality, construction field operations, and electrical construction.
OlympiaTech Electric has appointed Chad Gasca as its new president. Chad has been with OlympiaTech for 21 years and most recently served as vice president. He started his career with OlympiaTech as an electrical apprentice and has occupied many roles within the company. He is also the master electrician for OlympiaTech. Mr. Gasca will be taking the reins from 20-year president, Paul Kosmides who is a co-owner of OlympiaTech along with his sister and business partner, Seaen Kosmides.
OlympiaTech Electric is proud to announce its national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the Women’s Business Development Center-Midwest, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
Olympiatech recently hired Alisha Parker as its newest project coordinator to help support the company’s continued growth.Continue reading “OlympiaTech Electric Welcomes Alisha Parker, Project Coordinator”
Property managers, facility managers, and building owners know how disruptive the loss of power can be. Being without power, heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, security, and a fully functioning facility can be more than just an inconvenience. When a building experiences electrical failure, tenants are at risk of losing information, damaging equipment, disrupting schedules, and costly downtime – all of which can lead to costly repairs or equipment replacement costs. That’s why electrical preventative maintenance is a necessary investment. While it may seem costly to perform regular preventative maintenance, it really can save you thousands in disruption and repairs.Continue reading “Benefits of Performing Electrical Preventative Maintenance”