Join us on Thurs. Sept. 29th for the 2016 Technologies Showcase at the Embassy Suites in Portland Oregon. The Event will feature leading audio visual and other technology solutions with hands-on demonstrations from our manufacturer partners. Click here to register
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Kelly Morgan to Project Manager for Oregon Technologies. After graduating from Western Oregon University, Kelly spent a year working as a field foreman in steel manufacturing. Kelly joined Cochran in 2014, and has shown he understands the importance of meeting and exceeding customer expectations. Kelly has consistently demonstrated his skills in project management including stepping in to help Oregon Technologies with projects in Western Oregon.
Cochran’s team is in place at The Mark (previously Fifth and Columbia Tower), a 660-foot skyscraper under construction in Seattle. It will consist of 44 floors and be completed in 2017. The tower will consist of 528,000 square feet of office space and a 184-room luxury hotel operated by SBE Entertainment Group. It was designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca and is being developed by Daniels Real Estate. When the building is completed, it will be the fifth tallest building in Seattle and the tallest building completed since 1990. To achieve LEED Gold standards, it will have a system to capture rainwater for reuse, a 35-foot-tall "living wall" where plants are grown in the façade, and rooftop solar energy equipment.
Skanska awarded Cochran their 2015 Safety Subcontractor of the Year award. Cochran also received the Safety Award from the Puget Sound chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association for the second year on a row. In addition, in 2015, over 100 staff members received their OSHA 30 certification.
Cochran provided all feeder and branch circuits, retrofitted the existing systems to support emergency power for air conditioning and power systems, installed day tank fueling systems, and a pre-action sprinkler system throughout the 5th floor which is protected by a VESDA smoke detection system. Cochran also designed and installed the security systems for this data center.
In a recent Job Preparedness Survey, we asked our field foremen, “How often do you feel you have everything you need before you start a new project?” The response: 63% of the time, they felt well prepared. Which means 37% of the time, we weren’t giving them what they needed.
In response, a team of Cochran field leaders, project managers, and managers developed a tool to get new projects started right. Based on Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto, the B4 Boots program revolves around a seven-question checklist covering critical items for proper job starts, such as permits, scope of work, relevant contacts, and PPE. It empowers field leaders to say, “I can’t start work, because I don’t have what I need to do it right.” And it gives project managers a guide for getting new jobs off on the right foot.
Cochran is proud to have been a part of the 47+7 Apartments project, winner of the Innovation Award at the 2015 NAIOP Night of the Stars for a new state-of-the-art prefabrication method. The event was hosted by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Washington State Chapter.
This fall Cochran donated 50 laptops to the Computer Information Systems department at Edmonds Community College. Students will get hands-on experience repairing and upgrading the old laptops, which will then be sent to charitable organizations worldwide. Thanks to Edmonds Community College and the Computer Information Systems department for working with us on this great cause.
Cochran recently completed work on the Cirrus Apartments at 2030 8th Avenue in Seattle. The 41-story project is the first in a wave of high-rise apartments planned for the South Lake Union area. The 355 units, near the Amazon headquarters, cater to affluent professionals. The average one-bedroom rents for just over $2,900, while a three-bedroom, 1,675-square-foot penthouse goes for $7,525.