Bridgewater Bank Headquarters Unveiled

Bridgewater Bank HQ

OlympiaTech Electric recently completed the electrical construction of the Bridgewater Bank Corporate Headquarters building in St. Louis Park, MN. In addition to the corporate offices for Bridgewater Bank, the property also houses a full-service, ground-level retail bank branch, restaurant, fitness studio, and expansive outdoor plaza with greenspace and public seating.

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Cherne relocates HQ and Manufacturing to Shakopee, MN

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.

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OlympiaTech Shares Industry Insights at Power Girls Camp

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.

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WIN-TC Hosts Panel Discussion on Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Construction

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).

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Electrical System Preventative Maintenance & Safety Best Practices

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.

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Preparing Your Facility for The New Normal

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:

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Lighting Efficiency Improvements and Rebate Programs

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.

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OlympiaTech to Participate in NECA Safety Stand Down for COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

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OlympiaTech’s COVID-19 Update Regarding Executive Order 20-20

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.

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Women in Construction Week: Q&A With Tiffanee Kiecker

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.

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Women In Construction Week: Q&A with Electrician Jenna Johnston

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.

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OlympiaTech Educates Future Workforce on Construction Career Paths

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.

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OlympiaTech Electric Announces New President, Chad Gasca

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.

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Benefits of Performing Electrical Preventative Maintenance

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.

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OlympiaTech Electric Appoints Seaen Kosmides as Chief Executive Officer

Seaen Kosmides

OlympiaTech Electric has appointed Seaen Kosmides as the company’s chief executive officer. Ms. Kosmides has been with OlympiaTech full-time since 2001 and has held the role of vice president for the last eight years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a diverse background to her new role of CEO having strategic leadership experience that spans finance, investments, operations management, human resources, safety, technology systems, and entrepreneurship.

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Seaen Kosmides Sits on Panel for NAWIC 2018 Midwest Region Fall Conference

OlympiaTech vice president and partner, Seaen Kosmides, joined four other women in a panel discussion at the National Association of Women in Construction’s 2018 Midwest Regional Fall Conference last Friday. The women spoke about overcoming hurdles and finding success in the construction industry.

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Maximize Your Operating Budget With Occupancy Sensors

In an era of rising energy costs and declining budgets, energy conservation is a must for property owners. An easy way to reduce energy consumption in commercial and industrial properties is through the use of occupancy sensors. Occupancy sensors allow lights to be turned on only when a room is occupied therefore eliminating unnecessary lighting.

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OlympiaTech Participates in Alliance Housing’s Pillsbury House Renovation Project

OlympiaTech is proud to have participated in Alliance Housings’ recent renovation at 2011 Pillsbury Avenue South in Minneapolis, MN. Alliance Housing builds and manages quality housing for people with low incomes or those who need transitional housing to get back on their feet.

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Employee Spotlight: Rich Storck

The driving force and momentum behind OlympiaTech Electric is our dedicated team. We are truly powered by our people! Get to know the members of the OlympiaTech team more personally in our employee spotlight feature.

Today, we’re introducing you to superintendent, Rich Storck. Rich has been with OlympiaTech for 17 years. He started out working in the field and then held the role of service manager for many years before moving into his current role as superintendent.

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The Hub Minneapolis is Recognized as a MNSHARP Worksite for Exceeding OSHA Standards

The Hub Minneapolis, a 26-story residential tower on the University of Minnesota campus, recently received recognition for becoming a MNSHARP construction worksite. The Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Program (MNSHARP) is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s Workplace Safety Consultation division and is awarded to projects that exceed OSHA standards. Continue reading “The Hub Minneapolis is Recognized as a MNSHARP Worksite for Exceeding OSHA Standards”

The Hub on Campus Minneapolis Holds Grand Opening & Ribbon-Cutting

The newest housing development geared towards students and young professionals on the University of Minnesota campus is almost ready for tenants to begin moving in. The project team for The Hub on Campus Minneapolis, a high-rise residential tower adjacent to Moose Tower, celebrated the completion of construction with a grand opening event complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

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LED Lighting Benefits for Property Owners and Facility Managers

LED is one of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED lighting lasts longer, is more durable, and offers better light-quality than other types of lighting. As the purchase price of LED lighting continues to decrease, more and more property owners and facility managers are upgrading their lighting systems with LEDs, given the benefits LED offers compared to traditional technologies.

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OlympiaTech Electric’s Seaen Kosmides Elected to Mpls NECA Board of Directors

Congratulations to Seaen Kosmides, vice president of OlympiaTech Electric, for being elected to serve on the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Minneapolis Chapter’s Board of Directors for an initial 2-year term. Other new members elected this year include Jerry Hein of ECSI and Phil Myers with Collins. Seaen will be recognized for her appointment to the board, along with the other new members, at the upcoming Recognition Dinner and Installation of Officers on January 5, 2018.

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Minneapolis Public Schools’ Adult Education Facility Breaks Ground

Construction has begun on the 3-story facility that will house the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Adult Education and Transition Plus programs which are currently being offered at other locations.

The MPS Adult Education program offers classes and resources for  more than 6,000 adults annually in the areas of academics, workforce literacy, and basic life skills.

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Shell Building and Two Tenant Build-Outs Well Underway at Northern Stacks IV

Northern Stacks IV, an office/warehouse project totaling 177,600 SF, is moving right along with completion scheduled for fall of 2017. The building is part of phase three of four phases located within Northern Stacks, a master-planned urban-industrial development located along the Mississippi River in Fridley, MN.

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Finance & Commerce Top Projects of 2016

Finance & Commerce recognized it’s Top Projects of 2016 at its annual awards ceremony held on July 26, 2017 at Minneapolis Event Center. A panel of experts in construction and closely-related industries selected the 33 honorees for 2016. OlympiaTech was proud to have provided electrical construction services for two of the recognized projects including Hewing Hotel and Star Exhibits. The Hewing Hotel project entailed renovating the historic Jackson Building in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood into a Nordic-influenced, boutique hotel. Star Exhibits was a design-build, new construction project to house Star’s Minneapolis headquarters.

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New Service Team Members Added to Serve You Better

We have some exciting changes happening in the OlympiaTech Electric Service Department. Rich Storck, our service manager of many years, is transitioning into a new position as superintendent. In this new role, Rich will oversee project manpower. As such, we are excited to introduce to you, the two newest members of our service team who will be taking care of you, Julie Chapman and Daryl Sittig.

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A New High-Tech Headquarters for Star Exhibits

A new 200,000 SF office, warehouse, and manufacturing facility was built for Star Exhibits, a tradeshow and retail design company. As the design-build electrical contractor on the project, OlympiaTech worked closely with Star Exhibits to understand its goals, requirements, areas of opportunity, and future capacity needs, to design a tailored facility-solution.

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Rosedale Center Mall Renovation Underway

Work is well underway on the Rosedale Center expansion and renovation project. The two-year renovation project will include updates to the interior and exterior to provide an enhanced experience for visitors as well as a new parking deck and other exciting additions. The mall will remain open and fully operational during construction and the project should be complete in time for the 2017 holiday shopping season.

26-Story Apartment Tower Breaks Ground at University of Minnesota Campus

The newest housing development at the University of Minnesota campus is underway on the corner of Washington Avenue SE and Harvard Street. When completed, the 26-story tower will house 407 units and ground-floor retail space, comprising 429,041 square feet. The tower will boast views overlooking the Mississippi River, the University of Minnesota Campus, and the downtown Minneapolis skyline.

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