Industry sales veteran Bob Frey joins UMC

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

UMC recently welcomed Bob Frey as Director of Sales Operations. He will be working closely with UMC lines of business to improve client engagement and develop the necessary tools to enable sales growth.

Waste heat system performs well during cold snap

by Peter Boileau

The high-rise office buildings that surround the one-of-a-kind glass spheres in Seattle are part of a unique campus. While the exteriors are striking, there’s an innovative story to tell inside their central heating and cooling plants. The buildings connect to a highly-efficient waste heat recovery system that supplies heat to 2.5 million square feet of occupied space. The district energy system was put to the test when Seattle experienced its first major cold spell of the season.

Opportunities for Diverse Businesses

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

To promote a healthy and diverse marketplace in our local community, University Mechanical Contractors (UMC) created a Diverse Business Enterprise Inclusion Program. The primary goal of the program is to build a business environment of mutual respect, tolerance, and equal opportunity.

UMC Promotes Four Employees

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

UMC recently promoted four project engineers to project managers. Tim Owen, Devin White, Joe Sedy, and Nathan Janders have consistently shown the aptitude, desire, and dedication to take on the role of project manager.

$629K in Grants Secured for Energy Projects

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

UMC recently secured three energy efficiency and solar grants through the Washington State Department of Commerce. The program focuses on funding the best projects to increase energy and cost savings in the publically-built environment.

UMC to Exhibit at WCEMC

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

Meet UMC's Energy & Environment team at the largest energy conference and technology expo on the West Coast. Stop by booth number 421 to learn more about what UMC's Energy & Environment services can do for you, and also enter to win an awesome prize.

CORETECH to make a splash at NEBC Stormwater Management Tradeshow

by Olwyn Lintecum

March 9, 2016 marks the 9th year of the NEBC’s  Managing Stormwater in Washington trade show.  This year’s focus is the business perspective on stormwater management.  Regulations have tightened, third party lawsuits continue to be an enforcement threat, and the economics of compliance matter more than ever for property owners and managers. The conference will address these challenges and present practical answers for Washington companies, municipalities, and service providers.  

UMC Earns Two AGC Safety Awards

by Olwyn Lintecum

UMC brought home two prestigious awards at the annual Associate of General Contractors (AGC) Build Washington Awards on May 14, 2015.   For the fourth time in the past five years, UMC was awarded the AGC Safety Excellence Award (for subcontractors 500,000 – 1 million hours) and Kirk Baisch was presented with the AGC Safety Professional of the Year.  

CORETECH visits Oregon

by Olwyn Lintecum

UMC’s Water Treatment Team and the CORETECH™ product will be on display May 21st  in Portland, Oregon for the Managing Stormwater in Oregon conference.  In addition to exhibiting, John MacPherson, UMC Water Treatment Specialist, will be speaking in a session.

Northwest Environmental Conference

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

The UMC Environmental Water Treatment Group will be exhibiting at the Northwest Environmental Conference & Tradeshow (NWEC), December 9th - 10th at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Portland, OR.

AGC Subcontractor of the Year

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

Ian McFarland, UMC Account Executive, to receive The Association of General Contractors (AGC) of Washington award for Subcontractor of the Year.

UMC Wins National Safety Award

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

UMC was awarded a first place national award for safety excellence by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) - the only company in the state of Washington to win a first place award in the prestigious competition.

Stormwater Conference

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

The UMC Environmental Water Treatment Group will be exhibiting at the Managing Stormwater in the Northwest Conference, Wednesday, March 5th at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.  This is a  focused one-day conference bringing together regulated parties, solutions providers, and regulators to provide an exceptional forum for learning, networking, and business development.

UMC Welcomes New CFO

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

University Mechanical Contractors recently hired Mark Faller as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.  With over 25 years of financial leadership expertise, he brings a wealth of experience to UMC.  Faller has assumed the duties of CFO as Doug Smith, former UMC CFO, continues as senior vice-president and member of the ownership team.

Randy Koetje Joins UMC's Engineering Team

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

University Mechanical Contractors welcomes Randy Koetje, P.E., LEED AP as a lead engineer.  Koetje brings over 30 years of mechanical engineering  and project management experience.

UMC to Host Lead-Free Event

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

Starting January 4, 2014, federal lead-free standards and codes will change for all piping systems where water is anticipated to be used for human consumption.  This will cause a dramatic change in how buildings are built and maintained.  Are you ready?  Do you understand all the financial implications for your business?

UMC Announces Employee Growth Opportunity

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

Recognizing the need to provide career stepping stones to potential future shareholders, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (UMC) announced the creation of a new Associate Program. The program gives team members with a track record of exceptional service an opportunity to increase their leadership responsibilities in preparation for the possibility of becoming shareholders.

UMC Expands Shareholder Group

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

UMC announces the expansion of the current ownership group. Pat Damitio, UMC VP of Operations; Bryan Eppler, UMC Director of Strategic Development; Kirk Baisch, UMC Safety Director; David Malone, P.E., UMC Project Executive; and Steve Brooks, P.E., UMC Special Projects Manager have purchased shares in UMC. They join existing shareholders Jerry Bush, UMC President & CEO and Doug Smith, VP & CFO as owners of the 93 year old mechanical contracting company.

UMC Achieves National Designation for Energy-Saving Excellence

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

The Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) announced that University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. (UMC) has been awarded the MSCA GreenSTAR designation, which recognizes qualified contractors who have met stringent guidelines for offering energy-saving solutions to their customers.  MSCA is the nation’s leading trade association for air conditioning, heating and refrigeration contractors with over 1,400 members across the United States and Canada.

Todd Bovey, P.E. Joins University Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

UMC recently hired Todd Bovey, P.E. as the company’s engineering manager. With over 30 years of engineering experience in the design and construction industry, Bovey has been the Engineer of Record on numerous high-profile construction projects; Notably, Swedish Issaquah and Good Samaritan Patient Care Tower, both of which UMC was the mechanical contractor.

UMC Earns Prestigious STAR Qualification from Leading Trade Association

by Gail Kinner, CPSM

Initiating a new standard of excellence for the mechanical service contracting industry, the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, MSCA, has raised the bar for training and professionalism with their new MSCA STAR Qualification program. The association initiative of excellence offers proof to building owners and facilities managers that the STAR qualified contractor is providing the highest level of skill, quality, value, and professionalism in the industry. Recently, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc., UMC, was designated as a STAR after surpassing stringent business and HVAC service standards set forth by MSCA.