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Life as a Lewis Intern

By: MacKenzie Junor, Marketing Coordinator
We shadowed Lewis intern Cody Klansnic at Building Cure, a cancer research lab project for Seattle Children’s, to find out more about his experience here at Lewis. Cody is going into his junior year at University of Washington and beginning his studies in the Construction Management program. Cody Klansnic is one of our most unique… read more

Aerial Drone Photography in Construction

By: Joe Souza, Project Engineer
I’ve been working as a project engineer on the construction of the Windward Apartments for the past two years. Early in preconstruction, we realized that we’d want to take aerial photos of the project at many points in its progression because it’s a high-profile project that has drawn a lot of interest from the community.… read more

Employee Spotlight: Phil Kreiger, Superintendent

By: Brittany Woltering, Marketing Coordinator
If Phil won the lottery, he would spend his free time designing and building everything from his dream house to custom furniture. As a superintendent, he gets to fulfill his passion for building every day on the job. With a background in art, Phil brings a unique skill set to every job, visually communicating constructability… read more

Switch to Warm-Ups is Improving Safety

By: Steve Brennan, Safety Director
The old "Stretch & Flex" idea deserves a lot of credit for improving jobsite safety over the years. Everybody would get together prior to starting work for stretching and a crew huddle to talk about the day's activities. Stretching is good, right? Safety stats generally improved, but we wondered: was it the stretching, or the… read more

Cooking a Great Kitchen

By: Jordan Swanson, Project Manager
If challenges are good, building a commercial kitchen or restaurant can be just the thing. They pack lots of interesting parts into small spaces – kitchen equipment, floor penetrations, unique finishes, artwork, heavy mechanical/electrical needs, and an extra level of occupancy permits. Your client is depending on you to manage these things perfectly. The definition… read more

PE Volunteer Day with Construction for Change

By: Evanne Webster, Project Engineer
When you volunteer, your skills and energy can be a valuable boost for the organization you work with. A little effort can go a long way for a deserving community! The benefit works both ways – volunteering can also help you grow as an individual and leader. On October 26, 22 like-minded individuals from Lease… read more

John Callahan Garden Dedication

By: Dan Callahan, Project Manager
  It’s rare to have the opportunity to work with a client on a project that has a deep personal meaning to you as well. This year I have been fortunate to be able to work on a memorial for my late uncle, John Callahan, in collaboration with Legacy Health Good Samaritan. John was a… read more

Employee Spotlight: Tammara Beck

By: Matt Hays, Senior Proposals Manager
Tammara is a top-performing project manager who focuses on life science facilities. She joined Lewis in 2015 with a well-rounded background on the "owner" side at the Allen Institute and Amgen, with contracting experience and even a stint with architect Perkins+Will as well. She is team-oriented, technically proficient and focused – outstanding traits in life… read more

“Lean”ing VDC Meetings

By: Lana Gochenauer, VDC Manager
On a list of cool things happening in virtual design & construction (VDC), running effective meetings isn't the flashiest. But meetings play an important role in the collaborative VDC process with designers and subcontractors, leading to happy, successful clients and teammates. Making meetings leaner can go a long way. Lean is about incremental improvements, and… read more

Employee Spotlight: Mariam Abarientos

By: Matt Hays, Senior Proposals Manager
Since joining Lewis in 1996, Mariam has grown from staff accountant to accounting supervisor and now accounting manager, responsible for general ledger, accounts receivable, and job cost. She is also a leader in Lean as co-chair of our Lean Committee, turning ideas into process improvements in her own department, and helping spread Lean improvements throughout… read more

Safety Week 2017 – Photo Essay

Safety is a critical component of the work we do, every day. Once a year, the industry rallies together as a collective force to raise awareness and renew our continual commitment to eliminate accidents and injuries. Our employees participated in a variety of activities as part of Safety Week, which ran from May 1-5. Check… read more

Infection Control

By: Dan Callahan, Project Manager
Infection control is one of the most important functions of every hospital. Building in an occupied hospital is a specialized job and critical responsibility. Healthcare-associated infections pose a severe, though preventable, threat to patient safety. About 4% of hospital patients contract healthcare-associated infections each day, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Construction… read more

Employee Spotlight: Tim Carpenter

By: Brittany Woltering, Marketing Coordinator
With more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry, our latest employee spotlight features someone who has had the unique opportunity to watch the industry grow and evolve throughout times of economic prosperity as well as hardship. Tim Carpenter, a Portland native, has spent half of his career as a valued member of… read more

Career Technical Education Program at Roosevelt High School

By: Nate Buddress, Project Manager
In order for students to succeed, it’s important to prepare them for the ever-evolving professional world, which means not only higher education preparedness, but also career readiness. Today, more than ever, students are bombarded with endless opportunities and decisions that will shape their future careers—and it can be difficult to maneuver the variety of options… read more

Obliteride

By: Carey Smith, Marketing Director
You can tell when it gets close to the Obliteride time of year and Lewis riders are gearing up for the annual Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center benefit ride. Water cooler conversations turn to discussions on carbo loading and comparing notes on the best training routes. Obsessive talk of bike computers can be heard with… read more

Employee Spotlight: Mike Levang

By: Matt Hays, Senior Proposals Manager
Mike Levang is one of the region's top superintendents. His main focus has been tenant improvements and renovations, from medical offices to the two entire buildings he is currently building out for a large local tech company. He has been at Lewis for 29 years, following his father John Levang who was also an outstanding… read more

Innovative Energy Strategies at the Oregon Zoo

By: Andrew Dykeman, Senior Project Manager
Elephants and polar bears are complete opposites when it comes to their climate preferences—elephants prefer it warm, while polar bears are partial to cooler temperatures. At the end of 2015, our team, which inlcuded Senior Project Manager Andy Dykeman, completed a three year expansion project that provided the Oregon Zoo’s elephant family with more than… read more

Employee Spotlight: Isabel Al-Abed

By: Brittany Woltering, Marketing Coordinator
The role of women in construction has grown considerably in recent years. We’ve seen more and more young women choose an engineering route in college and have experienced an increase in female craftspeople. Our latest employee spotlight features one of Lewis’ young engineers carving a role for herself in the industry. Isabel Al-Abed joined Lewis… read more

Safety Week

By: Steve Brennan, Safety Director
Every year construction professionals across the nation join together in a combined effort in a show of force to promote Safety. This year Lewis joined the effort in a major way. While every week at Lewis is safety week, the national event is a useful rallying point and chance for every one of us to… read more