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Home Away from Home

  • Lisa Schauer
  • Sep 26, 2014 1:31:00 PM
For the past 3 years we have had a dozen or so of our land surveyors based for months in a small town in southern Idaho (population 3,500).  They have been surveying a new 24 mile transmission route.  Not just one route but several alignment options.  These surveyors work in hail, snow, lightening storms, rain showers, sweltering heat and mighty wind gusts.  They climb hills that are at as steep as a mountainous hike all while shouldering 60 lbs of surveying equipment.  They do this not just 5 days a week but 6 days a week.  They come home for 1 week after a 2 week work period.  They leave their families, they leave their homes and they travel to this rugged countryside to work hard for our clients.  They do this without complaining.

120 feet and rising!

MacKay Sposito Construction Mangaer Colin Hayden and Inspector Bill Amata are managing a pretty cool project for the Port of Vancouver.


Rock Stars of the Week!

  • Derrick Smith
  • Sep 19, 2014 11:40:00 AM

WanapumI hope these guys don't mind ... But I feel compelled to share a little about a couple of rock stars within our organization.

Alex Matarazzo and Cliff Saunders work in our Kennewick office.  They are land surveyors ... and I think they represent some of the best of that industry.  But, what I appreciate most about both is that they represent our company values so completely.  They work hard to service our client's needs, no matter the effort.


Turbine Replacements - Like Threading a Needle....

September 15th was a beautiful day at Box Canyon Dam.  The weather could not have been better and the last of four dam turbine replacements went silky smooth.  Pat Carroll, the Project Manager for our contract with Pend Oreille County PUD #1, was like a proud parent on their kid's graduation day as he walked Tim Schauer and me out of the visitor center, geared up in hard hats, safety glasses, and boots. He led us toward the dam where the final preparations were being made to lower a new, high efficiency turbine into place.  This day was the culmination of many months of planning, coordination, and just plain hard work required to make this very complex project look easy. 


Our Construction Division Has Doubled!

Hiring and on-boarding new employees is one of the most rewarding and exciting aspects of my job.  

I have had the privledge of helping to welcome new employees and their families to MacKay Sposito all across the company.  In the past 2 months, we have welcomed 53 new employees to the team.  While most of these hires are for our Construction Management and Inspection division we haven't stopped recruiting for all areas of our business.  We have hosted welcome fairs throughout the month to bring these new team members in to pick up their equipment and to meet the team in the office supporting their field work. The employee services team has invested long hours to make sure our new employees have what they need to do their job.  That's what makes us happiest and I couldn't be prouder of the team I work with everyday.


TC Regional Chamber Luncheon Sponsorship

  • Hollie Logan
  • Sep 5, 2014 2:56:00 PM

We are always looking for opportunities to support our communities while also having the chance to network with current or potential clients.

Last week we sponsored the Annual Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce State of the Legislature luncheon.  

This is the 4th year we have sponsored this event.  It is one of the Chamber's most well attended luncheons with over 300 attendees.  It provides a great opportunity to get in front of several of our public works clients and prospects.


3,000 neighbors watching!

  • Lisa Schauer
  • Sep 3, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Last Friday I had the privilege of walking the bank of the Willamette River with one of our impressive Construction Managers, Jason Irving.  Jason has been working for the Portland Parks & Recreation Division as the City's eyes and ears on site for the past two years.  He has been joined in his inspection and management responsibilities by our Landscape Architect and Project Manager, Jim Sandlin.  Together they are a dynamic duo down at the South Waterfront Greenway project in Portland, Oregon.