THE POWER LINE Keeping Us Connected
Power Design, Inc. :: Volume One :: Issue Three Summer 2007
The New Job on the Block: 70 & 100 I Street SE
There’s a lot more than politics causing a
buzz around Washington, D.C. The nation’s
capital is experiencing baseball fever, thanks
to the arrival of Major League Baseball’s
newest franchise, the Washington Nationals.
In spring 2008, “The Nats” will move into
a new ballpark located near the Capitol
building in Southeast D.C.
With a new stadium on the horizon, there’s an increased focus on revitalizing this
historically industrial area. Just three blocks from the stadium and five blocks from
the Capitol, 70 & 100 I Street SE are two new residential buildings positioned in the
Inside This Issue: heart of the action. The project is slated for completion in August 2008.
New Headquarters Building 2 About 70 & 100 I Street SE
Wilbur Stone 2 Built on the lot of an old trash transfer, the project combines industrial with contem-
ACE Award Program 3 porary design themes. 70 I Street features 448 condos and will look like a renovated
warehouse with intricate brickwork. Its neighboring 100 I Street, which includes 246
Recognized Employees 4 apartments, will be a modern brick building with stainless steel arched bay windows
Promotions 5 and finishes. There will be three levels of underground shared parking between the
Birth Announcements 5 two buildings.
Improved Employee Orientation 6
Way to Go! - Our Work in the Field 6 A Winning Team
Power Design is working with general contractor JPI in a combined $12.3 million
Meet the Recruiting Department 7 electrical contract. After more than 10 years of teaming up together on projects in
Photos from the Field 8 the Washington, D.C., North Carolina and South Florida markets, Power Design looks
Suggestion Box 10 forward to continuing its relationship with JPI in other regions.
Subcontractor Spotlight 12
Power Design in the Community 13 “I’ve been on several jobs that JPI has in our area, and I’ve always been impressed
with their knowledgeable project managers and superintendents, as well as their
Completed Project Spotlight 14 safety guidelines,” said Walter Johns, Power Design’s general superintendent for 70
Word Search 15 & 100 I Street SE. “From weekly safety meetings to the orientation safety movie we
are required to watch, they take safety seriously.”
With Walter Johns at the helm of both projects, the rest of Power Design’s man-
agement team for 70 I Street includes Mike Adams, project superintendent; Steve
Pietrzykowski, senior project manager; Joe Roberts, project manager; Liz Evich,
project coordinator; Demetrius Dotson, lighting project manager; Mike Grose,
The Power Line En Español systems designer; and Christina Svarczkopf, senior contract administrator. The
management team for 100 I Street includes Larry Eubank, project superintendent;
Si desean recibir futuras ediciones de “The Power Line” en Steve Pietrzykowski; Harry Burgers, project manager; Liz Evich; Demetrius Dotson;
Español, por favor hagan su solicitud con Michelle Gibbons Mike Grose; and Christina Svarczkopf.
a firstname.lastname@example.org. Gracias!
Continued on pg 4.
New Headquarters Answering the Call for Excellence Rules for Entry
Building on the Horizon (ACE) Award Program ACE Awards
The next issue of The Power Line will be dedicated to coverage of the six Values • Submit a detailed description of the value
for Power Design Campaign parties that were held in the months of May and June. However, ACE
couldn’t wait to announce the award program that Julio Ramirez, director of
the employee demonstrated and the
behavior displayed for that value. It is
More Room Needed business development, introduced during each of the parties. So let’s get started! important that you are as descriptive as
We’re running out of space! When Mitch and Dana Permuy founded Power possible. Submissions can be made in either
Design in 1989, their home served as its first office. Since then the company Power Design and ACE are excited to officially roll out the Answering English or Spanish.
has occupied four other offices, including our current 25,000-square-foot the Call for Excellence (ACE) Award Program. Whenever you catch
building. Next summer, our headquarters will move again into a permanent an employee demonstrating one of Power Design’s core values, ACE • Include your name, the employee’s name and
facility that’s more than 70,000 square feet and sits on over six acres of land. wants to hear about it. As a reminder, the five values are: Integrity, the date.
Accountability, Teamwork, Innovation and Growth.
Located approximately a half-mile from our current headquarters in St. • Email or fax all entries to Michelle Gibbons
Petersburg, Florida, Power Design purchased the building with the future in Bi-monthly Prizes (6 times per year) at email@example.com or
mind. Once renovated, the facility will provide the room we need to “spread
out” and accommodate our current growth, as well as the ability to expand • All employees that properly nominated an employee will receive an ACE hardhat sticker for the
as needed. Demolition of the existing interior has already taken place, and demonstrated value and an ACE trophy for that value. • If possible, please include a photo of the nominated
building renovations are currently in design that will make the new space as • All nominated employees will also receive an ACE hardhat sticker and an ACE trophy. employee and yourself.
efficient as possible. • Both the employee that nominated someone and the employee who was nominated will be
entered into a bi-monthly drawing. • Anyone can submit any employee for recognition.
Wilbur Stone and his wife, Eugenia • 10 names will be selected from the drawing, and the 10 selected employees will receive an
A 15,000-square-foot technical training and development center will be at This means that you can nominate your supervisor,
the heart of the new facility. Plans for the center include an interactive simu- ACE polo shirt and a $500 gift certificate. someone who works for you, or a co-worker.
lated jobsite where prospective employees can be trained and where current • Power Design will hold six (6) of these drawings per year.
employees can learn or improve their technical and management skills.
Grand Prize (First drawing will be held June 30th, 2008)
The Ultimate Workspace
Power Design wants to create a work environment that everyone can be
Honest, Loyal and Friendly • ACE will have a grand prize drawing once a year. All nominated employees ACE challenges all of us to Answer the Call for
proud of. That is why all employees who primarily work in the office were At Power Design, there is one person who displays a positive attitude throughout the previous 12 months will be entered into the drawing.
asked to submit their suggestions on the new facility’s layout, design and and excellent work product 100 percent of the time, everyday without • You must be an employee in good standing with Power Design to be eligible. Excellence. Are you up for the challenge?
look. We received an overwhelming response. One individual, Phi Le, contract fail: service technician Wilbur Stone. In the nine years that Wilbur has • The prizes include:
administrator, even suggested special flushing preferences in the women’s been with Power Design, he has rarely – if ever – missed a day • First Prize – selection of a new, custom-ordered Please contact Michelle Gibbons at extension 225,
restroom, thus winning the “Most Unique Suggestion” award. of work. Ford vehicle, or $20,000 in cash. or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Second Prize – selection of a trip valued at more with any additional questions or for clarification.
Many employee suggestions have already been included in the “Three words come to mind when describing Wilbur Stone: honest,
design layout: loyal and friendly,” said Joelle Dalby, service manager. “Wilbur always
than $13,000, or $10,000 in cash.
has a smile on his face and can brighten anyone’s day here at the • Third Prize – $5,000.
• Changes to cubicle design layout office. He is patient and always up for a challenge, even if I call him at
• An increased number of copiers, faxes and scanners 6 p.m. on a Friday.”
• More conference rooms to conduct meetings
• Moving certain departments within a closer proximity of one another
Power Design Awarded ‘Subcontractor of the Quarter and of the Month’
As a service technician, Wilbur provides electrical warranty services
• Lockable drawers to completed Power Design jobs. He also specializes in electrical work
• A dedicated logistics room for residential build-outs. Wilbur has embraced growth and change at
• A reprographics center every opportunity, and we thank him for all of his hard work. Congratulations to these two Power Design management teams on their wonderful achievements
• Increased storage
• Dedicated private work areas for field personnel when visiting A few months ago, Wilbur’s wife, Eugenia, passed away from organ
• An increased number of offices for managers malfunction. Power Design extends our deepest sympathy, thoughts Subcontractor of the Quarter Subcontractor of the Month
• Signs designating departments and prayers to Wilbur and his family during this difficult time. General Contractor JPI named Power Design “Subcontractor of the Quarter” for Winter Park Construction (WPC) has named Power Design “Subcontractor of
• Larger break area with a microwave our work on Jefferson at Inigo’s Crossing in Rockville, Maryland. JPI has been the Month” for our work on Place at Millenia, in Orlando, Florida. WPC has
a business partner of Power Design's for more than 10 years. been a business partner of Power Design’s for more than 12 years.
“As a team at Inigos, we have a good working relationship with JPI,” said Brad “It is a pleasure to work with WPC. They are fair, honest and willing to help
Grimes, project superintendent. “It is a pleasure to come to work… My team you in any way they can,” said Kevin Kerr, project superintendent. “Ed King
and I are all looking forward to more projects with JPI. We could not have is a great superintendent to work with and he runs a very organized project.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to submit your ideas and come this far without the help and support of Dennis Brown, Power Design's I look forward to working with WPC again in the future.”
general superintendent now in Texas, at the start of the job and Jordan Meloff,
suggestions. Please stay tuned for more detailed information on Power Design's project manager.”
the facility as it develops. We are planning to display a rendering of
the new building in the front lobby upon the architect’s completion.
The Power Design management team: The Power Design management team:
Steve Pietrzykowski, senior project manager Doug Dunbar, senior project manager
Keith Deshazor, construction manager Gustavo Paz, construction manager
Brad Grimes, project superintendent Kevin Kerr, project superintendent
Jordan Meloff, project manager Samantha Kaskus, project manager
Camilo Baez, project coordinator Camilo Baez, project coordinator
Sue Taylor, lighting project manager Robert Miller, lighting project manager
Mike Grose, systems designer Moises Carde, systems designer
Christina Svarczkopf, senior contract administrator Phi Le, contract administrator
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Recognized The New Job on the Block: Moving
70 & 100 I Street SE FUN FACTS on Up
Employees Continued from pg 1. Did you know…
Set the Standard for Leadership The Challenges: Timing is Everything
The following employees were recently
promoted to new positions:
One of the challenges of working in Washington, D.C., is securing
and relocating skilled foremen and electricians in an area where the Hans LaGuerre, Foreman, Hallandale, FL
Andrés M. Gonzalez - project superintendent at Westchester at Clairmont unemployment rate is so low (around 2%). However, John Davis, senior … That construction is the second largest employer in the country?
Livingston Williams, Fire alarm technician, Hallandale, FL
in Atlanta, Georgia Nominated by Guillermo Naranjo, construction manager, project manager, and Aja Cameron, corporate staffing manager, have
“Andrés represents Power Design with professionalism in conducting his job, worked hard to develop a highly skilled team with the ability to meet tight … That each year, the U.S. adds about $600 billion worth of new construction Clayton Reed, Project superintendent, Jacksonville, FL
and he is able to accomplish his goal as a superintendent by finishing a tight deadlines. The newest team member, Mike Adams, has a master’s license projects?
project ahead of schedule. Thanks to Andrés’ leadership abilities, his team has and brings more than 20 years of experience to the job. Emile Smith, Foreman, Miami, FL
also played a part in this big accomplishment.” … That the computer mouse was invented 30 years ago?
Another challenge of this project is providing quick turnarounds. The job- Darin Richard, Construction manager, South FL
Dave Hamrell - foreman at Skypoint in Tampa, Florida Nominated by site has 4 levels below grade and 12 levels above grade in each building.
A pour is scheduled for every weekday, with Saturday being a back up … That about 10 % of the population is left-handed? John Banks, Foreman, Atlanta, GA
John Covich, construction manager, “Dave’s competence and dedication is a
true asset to Power Design. Dave will soon be moving to the Element Project day if necessary. Team members must have experience with deck work,
… That no matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than six times? Adam Cooper, Site project manager, Atlanta, GA
next-door to Skypoint. During his time at Skypoint, he displayed complete as there is no room for error.
professionalism and teamwork while working nights for nearly four months with Joshua Correll, Foreman, Atlanta, GA
our subcontractors to meet the schedule demands. He never once complained JPI’s scope requires Power Design to have the main electrical room … That developers and consumers are showing greater interest in sustainable design, and “green”
about the hours, or the fact that he spent all of this time away from his family.” completed, inspected and ready for power within 6 weeks of the room is becoming a differentiating factor in the marketplace? Andre Garret, Foreman, Atlanta, GA
being dried in. This not only means submittals had to be processed
Brian Masters – systems field coordinator at Skypoint in Tampa, Florida quickly, but that buy-out and delivery had to be well coordinated. From John Sanchez, Assistant superintendent and
Nominated by Joe Micallef, senior project manager, “Brian showed a tremendous the subcontractors knowing which task to complete each week to the foreman, Atlanta, GA
ability to use teamwork in handling the fire alarm system at Skypoint. He acted project managers knowing what day the switch gear has to be on the job,
Gerald Stratford, Project superintendent, Bethesda, MD
Good for You
as a true team member when we were in trouble and needed help. Brian was effective communication is the most important part of this project.
asked to come to Skypoint, where he spent exhausting hours helping the team Matt Johns, Foreman, Silver Springs, MD
out. He played a big part in Power Design meeting our deadlines.” Value Engineering Critical to the Customer’s and Power
Scott Masterson – project superintendent at Legacy at Town Lake
George Osterer, vice president of design operations, has more than 30
Birth Announcements Rob Dassing, Senior project manager, MD
and acting project superintendent at Austin 360, both in Austin, Texas years of experience, 12 of which have been with Power Design. George
was able to save JPI a significant amount in construction costs by value
Congratulations and best wishes to these Power Design employees on Tom Bowser, Foreman, Austin, TX
Nominated by Gregg Clark, senior project manager, “Scott was hired to be the their good news:
project superintendent for Legacy at Town Lake. When the superintendent of engineering (VE) this project. Some VE items included reducing the Steve Chisolm, Assistant superintendent and
Austin 360 walked out, Scott stepped in and became the acting superintendent building load calculations by almost 1,000 amps, eliminating redundant
switching, offering a similar, more cost-effective fixture package, and
Justin Ashbrook, project superintendent, and his wife welcomed “ Kendra Mae” on March foreman, Austin, TX
while a replacement is found. He has demonstrated leadership ability and 26, weighing 7 pounds 4 ounces. Perry Johnson, Project manager, Dallas, TX
electrical expertise on numerous occasions in this short time. He ‘took the bull suggesting energy saving options.
by the horns,’ as we say in Texas, and has been a large factor in heading the
Note: A special thanks to Walter Johns for his input on this article.
Jamie Darmody, project superintendent, and his wife welcomed “Payten Elizabeth” on Leo Juarez, Foreman, Houston, TX
Austin 360 job back in the right direction. The improved morale of the existing March 21, weighing 7 pounds 6 ounces.
Power Design supervision, along with the improved attitude of the general Gregory West, Service technician, Houston, TX
contractor’s superintendent, are perfect examples of his commitment to Work is in full swing at the 694-unit 70 & 100 I Street SE project in
Washington, D.C., where these Power Design team members take a quick
Arnold Guardiola, foreman, and his wife welcomed “Chris” on December 29, 2006, weighing Chris Queen, Site project manager, Falls Church, VA
‘Answering the Call for Excellence’ at Power Design.” 7 pounds 8 ounces.
break from the action (see page 1 for the full story).
Thomas Wallace – project foreman at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Raymond Smith, Project superintendent, Falls Church, VA
Georgia Nominated by Bobby Howard, construction manager, “Thomas
William Gartner, Regional fire alarm coordinator, VA
displays a proactive approach to doing it right the first time, which is shown in
his consistently low percentage of owner punch list items. He is very committed
We appreciate your hard work and congratulate you
to helping Power Design turn over to our customers a quality product we can all
on your continued success at Power Design.
be proud of.”
Please let us know if we missed anyone on this list at
Gary Wetzel – construction manager for West Florida Nominated by John
Taylor, senior project manager, “Gary has shown that training and new ideas can
inspire employees to complete complicated work in a very professional manner.
The conduit layout and racking of all distribution feeders at the Two City project
in West Palm Beach is a great example of working hard to get the job done right
and with quality.”
Kendra Mae Chris
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Power Design Launches
Improved Employee Orientation Program KEEPING US CONNECTED Referrals Pay BIG
Power Design’s Recruiting Department at Power Design
It’s nearly impossible to walk through Power Design’s All recently hired employees are listed below according to the date of their orientation.
Meeting the staffing needs for Power Design’s 125 projects located in multiple regions is no small feat,
headquarters or most of its jobsites without meeting at least one We welcome you to Power Design!
not to mention planning for the large number of projects slated to begin in the near future. There’s
new team member. Due to the company’s recent growth, our
no rest in sight for the recruiting team of Aja Cameron, Taylor McClain and Sol Fuentes, who know
employee base is rapidly expanding. In response to this influx, Jennifer Caviggia, contract administrator, corporate office
that the company’s continued growth largely depends on developing a highly skilled and motivated
an improved employee orientation program was rolled out March 19 Scott Masterson, project superintendent, Texas region
employee base in a competitive job market.
earlier this year to both welcome newcomers and provide them Randy Sattler, site project manager, Texas region
with the essential information they will need to succeed at
What Does a Corporate Staffing Manager Do?
Power Design. Hector Esparza, project superintendent, corporate office
As corporate staffing managers, Aja and Taylor are responsible for finding and securing potential
Jessica Kiest, HR coordinator, corporate office
April 2 candidates. These two hardworking women utilize a variety of sources to find qualified candidates,
“The improved orientation process has been a real success,” Carmen Montalvo, subcontract administrator, corporate office
including networking, college career fairs, advertisements and career websites; however, referrals
said Liz Correa, human resources generalist who helps to run Larry Morris, CADD technician, corporate office
from current employees offer the number one resource for staffing.
the orientation programs. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback
from the new hires about how much they enjoyed the process Michael Adams, project superintendent, Mid-Atlantic region
Once a candidate’s resume is approved, Aja (or Taylor) pre-screens the candidate, schedules an
and how welcome and appreciated it made them feel.” April 16 Lisa Corrado, director of training & development, corporate office
interview with the respective hiring manager, and provides feedback to both the candidate and the
Michael Curia, project coordinator, corporate office
hiring manager on the outcome of the interview. If all goes well, she then negotiates the job offer and
Beginning on March 5th, all new employees, including office
terms. Aja and Taylor also work closely with Lisa Corrado, director of training and development.
and field management positions, attend the orientation at Tony Baste, site project manager, South Florida region
corporate headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. Held every April 30 Tony Locascio, electrical designer, corporate office
other Monday, the full-day program is an opportunity for newly Mike Munson, project engineer, South Florida region
Get to Know Your Recruiters
Mike Heron (far right) is shown here with some
hired personnel to learn more about Power Design’s history, Aja Cameron… of his referrals, including (from the left) Mehran
business model, structure and procedures, as well as meet Jack Hawkins, pre-construction coordinator, corporate office • Manages staffing for the South Florida, Mid-Atlantic, Tennessee and Texas markets. Tehrani, foreman; Charles Joseph, mechanic; Enrique
with their assigned manager. Yolanda Yancy-Holmes, executive assistant, Power Design Resources (GA) • Is a member of Emerge Tampa (a group for young professionals) and serves on the Hernandez, foreman; and Jim Heron, electrician.
Hector Lopez, project manager, corporate office marketing committee
“The new hire orientation was a great learning experience,” Larry Pannell, project superintendent, Southeast region • Participates in alumni events for the University of Florida. How does Mike Heron, project superintendent at
said new employee Michael Curia, project coordinator. “Not only Bob Rogers, project superintendent, Georgia region • Once stood inside Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s penthouse at Adelicia in Nashville, Tennesee. Jade Ocean in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, earn
was I able to learn an extensive amount of information about May 14 Brian Thompson, business development representative, corporate office • In her words: “I enjoy speaking to potential employees about what our company has to offer. People extra cash? By referring employees to Power
Power Design and its philosophies, but everyone involved did Power Design Summer Interns are always very impressed with where we have been, where we are going, and how we got there. Design! Since he started working at Power
an excellent job of making me feel very welcome.” Mike Arms, engineering intern, corporate office The best part of my job is being able to talk with almost every new person who joins the Power Design, Mike has already referred 11 employees
Steven Browning, project management intern, corporate office Design team.” and been paid $2,000 in referral bonuses – and
Brian Dick, legal intern, corporate office there’s a lot more coming to him. (Employees
Joe Schafer, project management intern, corporate office Taylor McClain… are required to work six months before a bonus
• Manages staffing for the West Florida, Central Florida and Georgia markets. is paid out.) Congratulations, Mike! For more
• Is also a member of Emerge Tampa and serves on the marketing committee. information on Power Design’s Referral Bonus
• Participates in alumni events for Florida State University Program, please see page 9.
• Just saw her first underground job in Atlanta.
• In her words: “I love what I do because I have the ability to make a new employee’s transition into
our company a positive and exciting one,” said Taylor. “With everything Power Design has to offer,
Way To Go! Praise for Our Work in the Field it’s a great place to work, and I get to meet new people everyday and help them understand the
2700 North Ocean. Singer Islan
d, FL Following are excerpts from letters recently sent to Power Design praising our teams for What Does a Pre-employement Manager Do? - Meet Sol Fuentes
their hard work on these projects. Congratulations! • As the pre-employment manager, Sol is responsible for posting employment ads in newspapers and From left: Aja Cameron, corporate staffing manager; Sol
Fuentes, pre-employment manager; and Taylor McClain,
... job boards, as well as maintaining the career section of Power Design’s website. She also gathers
anted to corporate staffing manager (seated).
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“As Archstone at Clairmont is coming to an end, I just wanted to compliment Andrés
g and sorts all incoming resumes and then tracks whether they are approved or denied, notifying
of D an Catalf r staff for comin Gonzalez, project superintendent. Of my 30+ jobs at Power Design Resources, this
candidates of denied referrals.
O u a nd you end …The
thank yo ast week e and
one has been the best managed and operated by far. Through his accurate field • Once a candidate is offered a job, Sol switches gears to help the new hire get ready to work
personally st this p ent abov
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counts, communication and problem solving ability, Andrés has been a very proactive at Power Design. She prepares a new hire package to be sent out within 24 hours of a job offer,
to our urg er Design staff ep the
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member of Power Design. Under the guidance of Guillermo Naranjo, the Atlanta schedules an orientation, orders business cards, sends a notification email to HR, IT, the hiring
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manager and administration with a confirmed start date and orientation date, and arranges a Nextel
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April 2006 with 408 units, several garages and a very sophisticated leasing office.
an environment where there are unlimited opportunities to develop your skills and build a career.
J an P ierre, J se time We are currently roughing the last building of 70 units to finish the entire project by
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to… The and the the end of April 2007. A few scheduling issues have surfaced, but Andrés
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RECRUITING FOR RECRUITERS
pment at C
residen t of develo 2700 North Ocean We recognize that the most important service the office can provide the field is finding top talent to
son, vice p actor at fill a variety of open positions. That is why Power Design is searching for two more full-time
-- Eric Wil uction, general contr corporate staffing team members to ensure that our field employees receive the resources they
Constr Archstone at
Clairmont, Atlanta, Georgia need to successfully complete their projects.
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Photos From the Field & Office Power Design’s team of Michelle Gibbons, executive coordinator; Marcela Gomez,
executive project manager; Joe Schafer, project management intern; Lirieth Romero,
project coordinator; Steven Browning, project management intern; Aleidys Buendia,
executive assistant; Wayne Stewart, project manager; and Camilo Baez, assistant
The Power Design team at Place at Millenia, the 371-unit garden style project manager, visited Power Design Resources, our 104,000-square-foot fixture
apartment in Orlando, Florida, begins to celebrate the final punch-out warehouse, and a few of our jobsites in Atlanta, Georgia.
scheduled for August 2007.
Chris Herring, systems technician, and Charles Hale, low voltage foreman,
installed a complex fire alarm system at Laketown Wharf in Panama City,
Florida. This is the first FCI broadband system installed by Power Design, as
the 856-unit high-rise condo project requires a fire alarm system with (10)
7100 panels (16) INXs and (1) INCC, for a total of 27 network nodes. A rainy November day couldn’t dampen the spirits of Gabe Maldonado, electrician;
Julian Rodriquez, mechanic; and Mike Blair, project superintendent, as they pause for
a minute on the roof deck after the final pour at Bay Club, the 80-unit high-density
condo project in Palmetto, Florida.
Hot Positions in Hot Markets
Power Design currently has multiple positions available in several
different markets. Please call the Recruiting Department
at 1-877-205-0685 for more information.
Referral Reminder: Hot Positions = Cool Cash!
See the box on page 9 for details.
Work is in progress at Encore, the 309-unit high-rise condo
project in Nashville, Tennessee. The Potomac River in Maryland offered up a great day’s catch for Ron
Johns, project superintendent (far right) and the Power Design team aboard
his boat, Alamo. From left: Victor Flores, installation team member; Nelson
Granados, installation team member; Henry “two head” Mendoza, foreman;
Matt Johns, foreman; and Melvin Martinez, foreman.
A group from Power Design’s Texas region made a trip to headquarters in St. Petersburg,
Florida, to receive training and meet with their project managers. From left: Jeff Clark,
site project manager; Gregg Clark, senior project manager; Perry Johnson, site project
manager; Jim Michna, site project manager; Tom Gregory, site project manager; Bobby
Gibbs, site project manager; Dale Dray, construction manager; Randy Sattler, site project
manager; and Mitch Permuy, president.
Refer an Employee • Refer an experienced hi-rise project superintendent and receive a $1,000 bonus.
gET A BonUS • Refer a project superintendent or systems technician and receive a $750 bonus.
• Refer a foreman and receive a $500 bonus.
Do you know someone who would make a great Power • Refer a helper, apprentice, or hourly electrician and receive a $250 bonus.
A rooftop pool is in view at Austin 360, the 432-unit Design team member? If so, we’d like to hear from you. We
high-rise condo project in Austin, Texas. are looking for skilled, motivated and hardworking individuals Please note: the new employee must remain employed with Power Design
to fill a variety of open positions. Here is a quick reminder of full-time for 6 months in order to receive the referral bonus.
how our Referral Bonus Program works: For more information, call 1-877-205-0685.
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Suggestion Box: Best Practices Tips & Tricks
Q: How do I log on to the Intranet?
A: Go to www.powerdesigninc.us and select the Login icon on the top right side of the screen. The username
is the first initial of your first name and your last name with no spaces in between, and the password is
your birthday in the format mmddyy (no dashes).
Reviewing Subcontract Vouchers can be customized for different jobsites. If an intruder tries to enter a secured
area, disturb a piece of protected equipment, or remove a sensor, the alarm Q: How do I turn in an expense report and when is the deadline?
At the beginning of a project, Subcontract Administration sends a packet of activates and a signal is sent via wireless technology to a monitoring service.
subcontract vouchers to the jobsite. These vouchers typically include the DeWALT’s 24/7 central monitoring customer service center will call the A: The expense report forms can be found on the Intranet. Click on Downloadable Forms, and then
basic rough and trim for the units and common areas, but they typically do superintendent and notify the police. select Human Resource Forms. All forms must be turned in by 5 p.m. on non-payroll Fridays in order
not include installation of any underground, buss way, switchgear or electrical to be processed for that pay period.
rooms. It is up to the project superintendent, construction manager and senior
project manager to review the voucher packet, determine which vouchers still
need to be created and work with Raymond Garcia, director of field operations,
Making It Easier to Call Before You Dig
811 is the new national “Call Before You Dig” phone number designated by
Answering Q: Whom do I contact to order apparel?
to determine the pricing. the Federal Communications Commission. This number was developed to
eliminate the confusion of multiple “Call Before You Dig” numbers because it’s Your Important A: This form can also be found on the Intranet by clicking the Apparel/Shirts link on the left side.
Why is the creation of vouchers so important? Rather than paying out our easy to use and remember, and it’s the same for every state. Once the form is complete, you can fax or email it to Jessica Kiest, HR coordinator, at (727) 210-0504,
subcontractors (installation teams) on an hourly basis, Power Design sets a or email@example.com.
dollar amount for scopes of work completed (a voucher). This provides the Why Call 811?
installation team with extra incentive to get the job done right the first time and It is important to call 811 before digging so that the proper authorities make
reduces the need for Power Design personnel to manage hourly crews. It also you aware of any underground lines buried in the area prior to commencing Q: If there is a life event, how long do I have to make a change to my health insurance
helps to align Power Design’s goals with the goals of the installation teams. any excavation work. This information can help protect Power Design from coverage, and do I have to submit anything?
injury, expense and penalties. Damages to underground lines can disrupt
Implementing Jobsite Security service to an entire neighborhood, harm diggers, and cost Power Design A: You have 31 days from the date of the life event to submit a change. Proof of the life event
significant fines and repair costs. Damage to underground lines on one jobsite (birth/marriage certificate, etc.) must be attached to the enrollment/change form and sent to
Due to the increasing number of jobsite thefts in several regions, Dan Shock, has been in excess of $50,000 in repair costs, fines and disruption cost. Please Liz Correa in Human Resources.
vice president of strategic sourcing, is in the process of purchasing security ensure that before digging, you call 811. Knowing what’s below protects you
systems. All project superintendents are encouraged to order a security system and others on the project site. Q: What if I have a true medical emergency while I’m away from home?
for their jobsites. The following excerpt provides an overview of DeWalt’s new
wireless alarm system. Please contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or What Happens After Calling 811? A: Our health plan covers the emergency as “in network” even if you go to an out-of-network hospital.
(727) 497-2362 for more information. Similar to the current “Call Before You Dig” numbers, all 811 calls will be
routed to a local call center and the affected utilities. The local call center will
DEWALT INTRODUCES SITELOCK, AN INNOVATIVE SECURITY SYSTEM determine which local utility companies are affected and will contact them.
$1 billion is lost each year due to jobsite theft in the United States. These The utility will then send crews to the location to mark any underground lines
losses are a result of a lack of effective security solutions for jobsites and for FREE! Once your underground lines have been marked, you will know the
equipment located on the sites. In order to stop this trend DeWALT developed approximate location of your utility lines and can dig safely.
SITELOCK, its innovative portable, wireless alarm system that is designed
specifically for the construction industry and uses patented wireless technology For more information about the 811 call system, visit http://www.call811.com,
to monitor numerous pieces of equipment or areas simultaneously.
SITELOCK features a portable base unit and six unique wireless sensors that
or contact David Redden, general counsel and risk manager, at dredden@
powerdesigninc.us or (727) 210-0492, ext. 217 Share Your
SUGGeSTioNS A Winning Tip
Do you have a winning idea or a trick-of-the-trade that
never fails? We want to know your suggestions for
improving job performance. Some examples of best practices: This issue’s winner is Ben Wright,
IT director, who provided this
Thinking • Using certain types of materials over others for ease of installation When you walk away from your computer or
Outside of the Box • Installation methods, i.e., ideas for securing boxes for tunnel pours
• Temporary power suggestions
laptop press CTRL, ALT and DEL (at the same
time) and then click on Lock Computer.
The Water’s Edge project in Clearwater, Florida, is a great example of best This will keep anyone from accessing your
practices being “put into practice” on the jobsite. Mike Waishkey, project • Material management suggestions system while you are away. To unlock it just press
superintendent, and his team use innovative methodology, such as borrowing CTRL, ALT, DEL and then type in your password.
equipment (tower cranes and lulls) to pull feeders through the sleeving in • Motivation methods that have worked for employees and subcontract crews
the decks. This eliminates the need to work with slow-moving tuggers. The
result? A five-hour job gets completed in less then half the time. “Several of
our superintendents use these methods of innovation to complete tasks, and
Mike is one of those guys who ‘thinks outside of the box,’” said John Covich, Email your suggestion to Michelle Gibbons at email@example.com.
construction manager. “When you plan ahead and utilize manpower wisely, If it is published, you will receive a $50 gift certificate.
you save valuable time and resources!”
Mike Waishkey, superintendent, and his team at the Water’s Edge in
Clearwater, Florida, use borrowed equipment to expedite the deck sleeving process.
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… To Robens Louis, foreman, who graduated from the FEAA apprenticeship program for the Florida region. Power Design in the Community
… To Maurice Perez, electrical designer, who passed the first stage of his PE exam and will take the second part to obtain his license.
Mike Schmidt Winner’s Circle 2007
… To Tyson Plumb, foreman, who passed his journeyman test in Texas. West End, Grand Bahamas
What’s better than fishing? Fishing with a baseball Hall of Famer! This spring, Mitch Permuy,
… To Maxime Volcy, foreman, who graduated from the FEAA apprenticeship program for the Florida region. president, traveled with a group from Power Design to the Mike Schmidt Winner’s Circle
fishing tournament in West End, Grand Bahamas. Joining the Power Design team were Nate
Purdue with Coscan Construction, Sam Nettles with Coastal Construction, and Stewart Saad
with Spring Lake Development Group.
Hosted by Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt, the Winner’s Circle
is a three-day fishing tournament benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Fund.
Subcontractor (Installation Team) Spotlight: Maz Power After the second day of fishing, Mitch Permuy, Dan Shock, vice president of strategic
sourcing, John Taylor, senior project manager, Nate Purdue and Stewart Saad handed off
a lead to the incoming team of Raymond Garcia, director of field operations, David Garcia,
project superintendent, Scott Lindsey, project manager, and Sam Nettles. They were able to
Rich Sloboda, project superintendent, uses three “I have been working with Maz Power for more than two finish in second place, with the film crew of Reel Adventures aboard filming them. From left: Dan Shock, vice president of strategic sourcing; Stewart Saad
words to describe what it takes to build on an years. They worked on Legends at St. Johns and Cottages at with Spring Lake Development Group; Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies
installation team’s reputation: cooperation, punctuality Oak Leaf, and right now they are working on Indigo. Jaime has Power Design’s second-place finish was almost as exciting as the tournament’s fundraising Hall of Fame third baseman; Mitch Permuy, president; John Taylor, senior
and expertise. According to Rich, who works at Two been a great support in keeping the project on schedule and results: over $250,000 raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Fund! project manager; and Sam Nettles with Coastal Construction.
City Plaza in West Palm Beach, Florida, installation up to Power Design’s standards. His crew is very professional
team Maz Power has all three of these qualities. and ready to help with any problem. I think that Maz Power is
“Maz Power soars above and beyond with their one of the best we have in North Florida.”
renowned work ethic, and they have indefinitely --Fernando Rey, project superintendent, Indigo in
raised the bar for future installation teams working Jacksonville, Florida Hardin Golf Tournament.
with Power Design.” Atlanta, Georgia
“We currently have a crew of five Maz power guys here at
Maz Power is owned by Jaime Hurtado, who Laketown Wharf, and they do Jaime proud. They always come In April, a team from Power Design hit the links with Hardin Construction employees and
began working with Power Design in 1999. to work on time with a great attitude and a desire to ‘get-r- customers for Hardin’s third annual golf tournament held at Bradshaw Farms in Atlanta,
His first job was working under the direction of done.’ When I have a fire to put out, Pedro and his crew are Georgia. The tournament, which benefited the March of Dimes, raised more than $43,000.
Raymond Garcia, director of field operations, at my A- team.”
Chatam Square, which is located on International --David Edwards, project superintendent, Laketown Wharf Power Design attendees included Mark Robinson, general manager of Power Design
Drive in Orlando, Florida. Two years ago, Jaime in Panama City Beach, Florida Resources, Jack Brock, vice president of pre-construction; and Cara Zwierko, senior
changed the name of his company from Priority contract administrator.
Electric to Maz Power. With approximately 125
subcontractors working in the field, Jaime’s “I have worked with Hardin for two years on the Georgia State University (GSU) project and
crews can be found on numerous Power Design Maz Power crews are currently working now on Terminus Condos project,” said Cara. “It was great to meet and spend time with
jobsites throughout Florida, Georgia, Maryland, the people I work with on a daily basis. The people at Hardin were welcoming, and I look
on these Power Design jobsites: forward to going back next year!”
South Carolina and Virginia.
Jaime Hurtado, owner of Maz Power • Adagio at Bethesda View in Bethesda, Maryland
From left: Jack Brock, vice president of pre-construction; Mark Robinson, manager of Power Design
• Bay Club in Palmetto, Florida Resources; and Cara Zwierko, senior contract administrator, joined two other participants in
Rave Reviews from Power Design Superintendents • Brookhaven in Brooksville, Florida
“Our experience with Maz Power crews has been a positive one indeed. The rough and trim • College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina
crews have been a driving force in assisting Power Design with work that is exceptional. • Gallery at Rumson Road in Atlanta, Georgia
We are currently ahead of all other MEP trades with rough-ins and finishes. Thanks, guys.”
--Ken Shafer, project superintendent, Gallery at Rumson Road in Atlanta, Georgia • Indigo in Jacksonville, Florida KM Plaza 2007 Golf Invitational.
• Laketown Wharf in Panama City Beach, Florida Miami Beach, Florida
“My rough-in crew is doing such a good job… On the trim side, when WPC posts punch
lists, Power Design has zero items on them – a great crew to work with.” • Laurel Crossing in Laurel, Maryland On May 21, KM Plaza Construction Services, general contractor for the Carillon
--Kevin Kerr, project superintendent, Place at Millenia in Orlando, Florida • Place at Millenia in Orlando, Florida II project in Miami, hosted its first annual Golf Invitational at the Miami Beach
Golf Club in South Florida. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the
“Maz Power has been the only installation team that I have worked with on the Bay Club • Shores of Panama in Panama City Beach, Florida National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
project. Their employees have always been dependable and shown a willingness to listen • Sierra Grande in Naples, Florida
and learn, as well as complete tasks on a timely basis.” On hand to help KM Plaza kick off the inaugural tournament was a team from
--Mike Ford, project superintendent, Bay Club in Palmetto, Florida • Spectrum in Falls Church, Virginia Power Design, including Julio Ramirez, director of business development;
• Tidewater Condos in Panama City Beach, Florida Mike Place, vice president of preconstruction; and Phi Le, contract
“Maz Power’s crew out at Brookhaven has been very successful in keeping up with an administrator. Joining them was Matt Sarton, the owner’s representative for
aggressive schedule that is leading us to completing a quality piece of work. Jaime’s • Two City Plaza in West Palm Beach, Florida Fulcrum Management Corporation, which is the developer of Carillon II.
performance and support on this project has been very helpful.” • Waters Edge in Clearwater, Florida
-- Guillermo Trastoy, project superintendent, Brookhaven in Brooksville, Florida Power Design was pleased to be a golf bag sponsor at Platinum Status, with
• Westchester at Peachtree in Atlanta, Georgia a $12,000 donation going toward a worthy cause!
From left: Julio Ramirez, director of business development; Mike Place, vice
president of preconstruction; Brad Meltzer, co-owner of KM Plaza; Ron Katz, also
co-owner of KM Plaza; and Phi Le, contract administrator.
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20 Questions… Answering the Call for excellence
With Marcela Gomez, Executive Project Manager Find the words in the grid. Words can go horizontally, vertically and diagonally in all eight directions.
Marcela joined Power Design in 2004 as a project
The first person in each region who turns this wordsearch in to
manager before being promoted to executive project
manager in 2005. Michelle Gibbons will receive a $50 gift certificate.
Submit your entry via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to 727-497-1288.
A day in the life of Marcela includes reviewing large
material quotes, proposed change orders, submittals,
revisions and request for information (RFIs) for all 125
projects. She also establishes corporate procedures and
T S F N K E E P C O M M I T M E N T S Q Q C J
policies related to project management, works with the
project management training coordinator, and develops N P P E R F O R M A N C E F E E D B A C K T C
and evaluates workload staffing needs within project
management. In addition, she works with vendors to Completed Project Spotlight L V Y I G K N K E C A X N T N H Q R X T R E V
Heritage at Green Cay Village
ensure accurate and timely deliveries of material, handles sensitive customer requests, J T A L H H V M V L Q P B O Y N P X M U N R D
and works with department managers to ensure that project management is effectively J K L C X S L N H T I F I C G F M K S P P U F
interacting with each department.
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Affordably Upscale E Y T T C X N L N H X T Y X N L C T M P A T M
Needless to say, Marcela has been an integral part of Power Design’s growth over the Z M R L T O V O S B A W R H I Y R P L H S C T
last three years. Below you can learn a little bit about her and what she enjoys in the Florida’s recent housing boom has been great for the luxury market,
N M P L N G U R I C R D L K N T X M O K S U Z
limited downtime she has these days. particularly in Palm Beach County, known for the affluent towns of
West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Along with land R B T O K L E N I T W J P V I I F C C D I R T
1. What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever received? - With dedication and prices, home values in the county have increased roughly 25 percent H Q C T W N R N T F A M G G A R Y C A E O T M
persistence, you can achieve your goals. a year. The boom, however, has made it very difficult for middle
class families in Palm Beach to find affordable housing. In addition E R R E W E U S D A I L W M R G T R L L N S C
2. If you could live anywhere on the planet, where would you live? - I would love to live to rising land costs and home values, material and labor costs are U N P O V M R K E S B R E P T E N G F I G N M
anywhere my loved ones are. rapidly increasing. L Z D V M A R L S U R I B R Q T D R I V P O Q
3. What were your favorite subjects in school? - Math and Chemistry. A C H O C O L I P M L K L K N N Z O E E L I M
Green Cay Village is the perfect solution for this housing dilemma.
4. What’s your greatest fear? - To let someone down who depends on me. Built as “affordably upscale,” this master-planned community is V Y C T W V O U B J Q A B I X I F W L R Z S Y
targeted to those people who serve the local community: teachers,
police officers, nurses and firefighters. G K W M R N R N A J W F V M T R C T D I M I W
5. Where is your ideal vacation? - Visiting the town of Cartagena, Colombia.
N R A H Y N D Q H T C K T E L Y R H T N Y V Y
6. What is your favorite TV show? - The best sitcom in history, Friends. It’s a shame Located in Boynton Beach, a family-oriented town just south of I E G D B R M L R X E Q G Z R J C Z R G P I L
the show is over. West Palm Beach, Green Cay Village consists of 420 units of mixed
condos, apartments and townhouses. Power Design teamed up T T Z M R Z R G Z L J G Q V M O K V A V J D L
7. What’s your favorite food? - Lasagna with lots of cheese. with general contractor Current Builders in a $2.5-million electrical A Y T I L A U Q H Z N X F M P T C C I A Y W K
contract for this tunnel form garden-style project.
E E U L A V G N I R U T P A C W K K N L N E Y
8. What are your hobbies? - I love to swim.
How Do You Make Housing Affordable in a Luxury Market? R G M P G Y F L I N N O V A T I O N E U M N Z
9. What was your favorite TV show as a kid? - Sesame Street. C K G J K W M C T T L G V M N R M Y R E Y K G
In order to make Green Cay affordable, the developers decided to
10. Do you have any pets? - Yes, I have a crazy yellow lab named Shaggy. sacrifice square footage, not quality. Middle class families will benefit
from the same amenities found at other luxury developments in the
area, such as a jogging trail, clubhouse, pool and convenient location ACCOUNTABILITY DELIVERINGVALUE KEEPCOMMITMENTS PERFORMANCEFEEDBACK
11. Who is your favorite actress? - Uma Thurman.
to shopping and the beach. Another feature that contributed to the ACE EMPOWER LOCALFIELDTRAINER QUALITY
12. What’s one thing about you that surprises people? - I’m a very picky eater. project’s affordability was the decision to build the entire community CAPTURINGVALUE EVALUATE MISSION RELATIONSHIPS
at one time. A concrete-and-steel forming system also saved both COMMUNICATION GROWTH NEWDIVISIONSTRUCTURE TEAMWORK
13. How many siblings do you have? - I have two siblings, a brother and a sister. time and labor costs. COREVALUES INNOVATION OWNERSHIP TRAINING
I am the middle child. CREATINGVALUE INTEGRITY PASSION
What Were the Challenges?
14. Who is your favorite music artist? - My favorite music artist is Shakira.
One of the factors that made Green Cay affordable also provided a
15. What do you consider to be your greatest talent or asset? - My persistence in life. significant jobsite challenge: building the entire community at one
time. According to Sylvio Gilbert, project superintendent, the job had Completed Project Spotlight - Continued from pg. 14
16. What’s your all-time favorite movie? - Pulp Fiction… kind of weird, right? four contracts, the clubhouse, townhouses, condos and rentals, all
of which started at the same time. “It was a challenge to keep up Mission Accomplished
17. What was your first job? - I was a financial analyst for a banking institution. with timing of materials and inspections scheduling for so many Power Design’s management team included:
phases going up at the same time,” he said. “But we were up to the Sylvio adds that all challenges were met, “thanks to a great team, including Pablo • Doug Dunbar, senior project manager
18. What is your favorite flower? - Red Roses. challenge and ended up being the contractor who pushed the job.” Gonzalez, assistant supervisor at the townhouses, Israel Sacramento at the clubhouse, • Ray Hales, construction manager
and especially Israel Ramos, who was in charge of condos and apartments. And let’s
• Sylvio Gilbert, project superintendent
19. What did you study in school? - I received a bachelor’s degree in industrial But the biggest challenge came two weeks before Power Design’s not forget our installation team, Ortiz Electrical Services, Inc.”
engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of starting date when Current Builders requested that Power Design do • Wayne Stewart, project manager
Tampa. Receiving degrees in both engineering and business has allowed me to gain a all of the underground work, which was not part of the original bid. Sylvio’s work did not escape notice by Wayne Stewart, project manager. “Despite a year • Jessica Zajac, assistant project manager
better understanding of how important it is that project management, design, “We had to play catch up with the plumbing contractor who already and a half of demanding situations, Sylvio has maintained a professional and upbeat • Robert Miller, lighting project manager
pre-construction and financing work together to ensure a successful project. had five underground buildings completed before we started the attitude. He is an excellent example of what it means to be a Power Design employee
job,” said Sylvio. and a superintendent. • Moises Carde, systems designer
20. What’s your favorite car? - Lamborghini Murcielago… red! Continued on pg 15.
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Big Blast on the Beach
Sports Fest 2007 at Clearwater Beach, Florida
Family and friends joined Power Design employees in full force on April 21 to
compete in Sports Fest 2007, held at Sand Key Beach Park in Clearwater, Florida.
Sports Fest is a fun, sports-related event for approximately 165 companies
throughout the Tampa Bay area to compete against each other in beach volleyball,
a surf and turf relay, tug-of-war, beach dodgeball and horseshoes.
“Sports Fest was a great opportunity for co-workers to participate in team building
games and get the chance to know one another,” said Cory Rhoads, project manager.
Power Design formed two teams out of its 32 participants: Rough and Trim, led by
The Power Design teams of “Rough and Trim” and “AC/DC”
captain Michelle Gibbons, executive coordinator, and AC/DC, led by captain Regina
Thomas, assistant controller.
“The response for participation was overwhelming,” said Regina Thomas. “Our teams
really had a chance to build some great friendships and memories, and I look forward to
next year’s event.”
QUOTE OF THE
QUARTER Submitted by John Davis,
senior project manager
An error doesn't become a mistake
unless you refuse to correct it.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
Submit a leadership quote, a story idea or a photo (along with a story), and if it’s selected for the next newsletter, you
will receive a $50 gift certificate. Send your ideas and photos to Michelle Gibbons at email@example.com.
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