Summer 2020 Newsletter

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
As a company, we are committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive community within the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. The PCI DEI statement displays the action steps that we are taking to educate ourselves and others, support the BIPOC community, and empower a more diverse future for the AEC industry.

Bella Voce Notes of Thanks
Bella Voce Women’s Chorus shares their arrangement of the Vermont State Song with the group’s “Notes of Thanks.” PCI has been a corporate sponsor of Bella Voce since their founding in 2004 and we are proud to continue to support them, whether that be with their traditional concerts or online offerings. Art is so important to all of us, and we are pleased to share this video with our community.

Team Updates

Hunter Gomez

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Hunter was appointed PCI's Health and Safety Officer and played an important role in developing PCI's COVID-19 Response Plan. This summer, he was also promoted to Senior Project Manager.

Natty Jamison

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Natty earned his CDT certification from the Construction Specifications Institute. This summer, he was promoted to Associate Project Manager, as well as being made President-Elect of the Construction Specifications Institute, Vermont Chapter Board.

Tom Peterson

Tom led the PCI team through the difficult transition to a new reality under COVID-19 regulations, including transitioning to remote working. The whole team appreciates his leadership through this process. In addition to his work on the Burlington High School project and other PCI work, he has been thankful to be able to continue to sail Lake Champlain this summer.

Kelly Lyon

Kelly joined the PCI team this spring as an Outreach & Marketing Intern. She has established PCI's presence on social media and has helped improve our existing platforms like the PCI website. We are very glad to announce that Kelly’s internship will continue into the academic year as Kelly returns to school.

Project Highlights

UVMMC Essex Adult Primary Care

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The PCI team has completed numerous projects with the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) over the years, and was ready to take on the project management for the new  Essex Adult Primary Care facility. PCI was involved in this project from the early conceptual stages through facility commissioning. The project management duties within PCI changed hands, from Tom to Hunter, as the project went from design to construction. The project was built utilizing a construction manager design/build project delivery method, which fostered a team-driven approach with all parties working in the best interest of the project. This project was successfully completed in April 2020.

Burlington High School ReEnvisioning

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This summer, Tom has been hard at work on the Burlington High School (BHS) ReEnvisioning project. Serving as the Owner's Project Manager for the Burlington School District (BSD), Tom has been involved since nearly the beginning of this extensive planning process, having been brought on after the bond vote. The BHS ReEnvisioning project is going to be the largest capital project in Burlington. This project is expected to be completed in a 4-year timeframe, including both the planning and execution of the renovation and additions.  This will be the first time that Burlington High School has been comprehensively renovated since it was first built in 1964.

General Interest

The COVID-19 Pandemic is Changing the Way People Recreate Outdoors

We have all been very thankful to be able to enjoy the summer weather while social distancing. The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics did a study with Pennsylvania State University on how people have been changing the way they spend time outside during the pandemic. As expected, many people are significantly reducing the size of the groups they do their outdoor activities with. Additionally, more people are keeping their outdoor activities closer to home as opposed to traveling to different areas. That being said, the most popular activities are now gardening, running, biking, and observing wildlife. This is much different than the typical camping, rock climbing, and backpacking that bring outdoor enthusiasts further from home.