Happy April. A month to remember that taxes and the Portland rain are heralding a brighter and more glorious spring. To stay positive, confident and patient. Work towards your goals and smile more. April is the halfway point in the NAWIC calendar; and at this teetering moment I am looking around and believeit’s been a terrific year so far and it just seems to keep getting better.Read More
For Katie Coulson, Skanska USA's vice president and account manager, one of construction's biggest assets is its people and the knowledge they bring to the table.Read More
Next month the Safety Excellence Award applications are due. The 2018 Safety Excellence Award Application are linked below. We would love to see your companies enter for this National award!
Any qualifying company can turn their application in directly to national for the award this year! Applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31, 2018.
Turner Construction is preparing for the 2018 Turner School of Construction Management. This will be the 12th year we’ve offered the program in Portland! The 7 week course covers topics fundamental to the construction industry and is offered to Minority owned, women owned, disadvantaged and emerging small businesses.Read More
NAWIC Block Kids Building Competition - 90 5th graders at Crestline Elementary School competed in our chapter competition.
1st Place - Tower Crane by Kavika Sione
2nd Place - Helicopter by Leo Polovin
3rd Place - Construction Ship by Ryan Wood
Block Kids Building Competition
Block Kids Building Competition is a National building competition that is sponsored on the local level by NAWIC chapters and other organizations.
The award-winning program introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create awareness and promote careers in the industry.
A Kids Building Competition
Open to grades K-6
Construction of various structures with interlocking blocks
Use three of the following additional items:
Competition Structure and Winners
- Local winners advance to Regional Competitions
- One semi-finalist from each region is entered in the National Program competitions
- National prizes are awarded to the top three projects.
A New Year has dawned and I hope it found you and yours happy, healthy and ready to take on 2018! Hopefully, you were able to enjoy the holidays surrounded by friends and family and were also, able to take a moment to reflect.Read More
The Design Drafting Competition - High School Division has been in full swing at Franklin High School and shortly the College Division will come on line through partnership with Portland Community College.Read More
Check out the photos from our Girls Build Give Guide Kickoff Party!Read More
We had a great joint meeting with the ASPE Portland Chapter, participating in their Bid Simulation for our November meeting.Read More
We'd like to give a HUGE thank you to our sponsors and attendees for helping us have a successful 2017 Brewfest and Fall Conference!Read More
The year is off and running! If you didn't know, the NAWIC year started on October 1. Thank you to last year's board for a fantastic job. We definitely have our work cut out for us this year!Read More
Congratulations to our chapter members recognized at the DJC 2017 Women of Vision!Read More
NAWIC has a partnership with Columbia Southern University that entitles all members to receive tuition discounts, books at no charge, and a free evaluation of prior credit.Read More
Congratulations to the 2017-18 Board of Directors!Read More
The Daily Journal of Commerce has released the names of 46 women who will be recognized in October for their involvement in the building industry in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
The annual Women of Vision awards honor women who have exhibited outstanding industry leadership and community involvement along with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and mentorship. This year’s winners were selected from public agencies, private firms and nonprofit organizations.Read More
July President’s Message
Summer is in full swing and I hope everyone has been enjoying the wonderful weather! Speaking of full swing, the chapter has been kicking things into high gear as well.
The chapter has grown to 55 members. Vicky Elkins from Andersen Construction and Sofia Woods from Convergint Technologies have joined the chapter and we welcomed back Taylor Weller-Kurtz, our former student member now working for Precision Construction Company! Ladies - Welcome to NAWIC!
Chapter Elections were held for the 2017-18 Board of Directors. Thank you to the 34 members who took the time and voted for next year’s board and congratulations to our 2017-18 Board!
Vice President: Jeannie Spencer
Recording Secretary: Liz Cowen,
Corresponding Secretary: Jenn Harbick,
Treasurer: Charris Sonne-Phinney
Directors: Jo Doherty, Kelly Neimela, Janelle Markovich, Stephanie Holmberg
In addition, Gloria Bruning has accepted the appointment of Parliamentarian.
I am so tremendously grateful and blessed to have these women leading the chapter with me next year – it promises to be a fun and exciting board!
In July, we will be touring HPP East project with Turner Construction, sponsoring a hole at the AGC Golf Tournament, hosting a karaoke night social event and will hold a new member orientation for those of you who are new to the chapter or just want to refresh you knowledge of NAWIC 101! Email me if you want more information about any of these events!
Coming up: We have an exciting assortment of meetings and events coming up: August is our annual Street of Dreams event with the Professional Women in Building Council and we’ll have representatives attending the National Annual Meeting and Education Conference (AMEC) in Garden Grove, CA. In September we’ll be at the CFMA Golf Tournament, and hold our annual installation meeting. On top of that, we’ll continue to hold a couple of social events to encourage our members to get to know each other even better.
With so many exciting events happening in the chapter, I hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to come and hang out with your NAWIC sisters. There are so many ways for you to get involved, make some wonderful connections and have an impact on the industry and our community – jump into the swing of things!
I hope you enjoy the summer!
Kelly Aust | LEED® AP BD+C
Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Summer is just around the corner! Since everyone is ready for fun in the sun, the last thing they would want is problems with their air conditioners. Nobody wants to (literally) lose their cool over an HVAC issue, as it wastes time, money, and fun.
Here is how all homeowners can “keep their cool” these coming months with some AC maintenance:
Stay Cool! AC Maintenance Tips
#1 Cleaning the air filter
Anybody who has ever owned an air conditioning unit knows that neglecting to clean the filter will render the unit useless. A dust-caked filter will prevent fresh air from flowing through and will route dusty air into the evaporator coil. This will make the coil very inefficient at absorbing heat. Once cleaned, you can expect a higher throughput of cool air at up to 15% savings in electricity usage.
#2 Check for damaged wiring
Once in a great while, it is a good idea to completely disconnect the unit to have a look on the inside. If there is melted insulation, burn cables or loose connections, then you will need to call in a professional to clean up this mess. Not only do faulty cables decrease the efficiency of the unit, but it is also a fire hazard.
#3 Clean the outdoor environment surrounding the AC unit
Air conditioners and especially split AC units are susceptible to getting clogged by outdoor debris. Make sure that leaves are cleared, plants or vines are trimmed, and that dust has been swept away. You may need to clean out the debris stuck in the interior using a hose (after it has been disconnected).
#4 Repair or replace the thermostat
The thermostat will dictate that the air conditioner will cool the room to the desired temperature. If the thermostat is damaged in any way, your AC unit will be a power hog and expensive cool air when it is not desired. Mechanical thermostats should be upgraded to digital models for increased accuracy and longevity.
Keep Your Cool! Prevent AC Problems This Summer
#1 Prevent Air Leaks
Not only would air leaks cause cool AC air to escape, but it will also cause unwanted hot air to get inside. Cooling your house in the summer accounts for the large majority of your electricity expenditure, so making sure your house is properly sealed will mitigate your losses. This is one of the first things you should check if cooling effect of your unit is underwhelming.
You will need to check multiple facets of the house in order to determine where the air leaks are. Floors, walls, air ducts and ceilings are the primary culprits. Make sure the sealant in these parts of the house are renewed and that there are no unexpected cracks.
Windows and doors also need special attention to prevent air leaks. Make sure window AC units are properly installed without any gaps. Put sweeps under every door for every room receiving air conditioning. An HVAC professional will be able to examine the weak points of your house during a consultation.
#2 Tripped Breaker Switches
When your AC unit will not turn on, your first reaction would be to call in an HVAC expert to repair your broken machine. One of the biggest causes of AC units failing to turn on is tripped breakers. Air conditioners use massive amounts of electricity that may overload the electrical grid of your house. Check your breaker box to see if any of the switches appear to be abnormal in comparison to the others. If so, turn off that abnormal switch and turn it back on. You should consider hiring an electrician to evaluate whether or not your fuses are sufficient for your AC unit. Always make sure to unplug essential electronics before messing around in that box.
#3 Unclog Drain Line or Plumbing
When the air conditioner absorbs moisture, it will expel the excess water through your plumbing system. If water build up gets too intense, you will have to clean out either your plumbing line or drainage line. Additional drain pans should be placed to collect additional overflow of water. If you leave the drain line unchecked, nasty algae will clog the lines and create buildup in parts you don't want to be filled up with liquid.
#4 Reduce Heat Sources Around The House
Aside from body heat and the Sun, there are factors within your home that contribute to the temperature. Seek out the most heat-generating appliances (like desktop computers) and switch them off during peak heat conditions. Switch off or replace incandescent light bulbs as they put off more heat than LED lights. You may also close the drapes to block direct sunlight.
Ashley Morse is with The Cooling Company which has provided the absolute best comfort in heating and air conditioning for Southern Nevada homes since 2011.