The dedication ceremony recognized Hermanson Company’s founder, Jerry Hermanson, for his support of South Seattle College. Jerry, a construction industry trailblazer, is a former member of both the President’s Advisory Council at South Seattle College and the South Seattle College Foundation Board of Directors.
Jerry and his wife Linda have been longtime advocates for post-secondary student success in the region. Their generous contributions include the Jerry and Linda Hermanson Endowed Scholarship and the Hermanson Sustainable Building Science Technology Endowment which supports programs and activities associated with the Bachelors of Applied Science degree in Sustainable Building Science Technology at the College. In addition to his dedication to the advancement of the industry, Jerry has spent his career focused on the development of construction education programs throughout the region.
“Jerry Hermanson is a part of our campus community,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said. “Jerry and his wife Linda have dedicated time, expertise and financial resources to South, and we’re honored to express our gratitude to them with this recognition.”
Jerry began his educational journey at Olympic Junior College, followed by a sheet metal apprenticeship. After heading the sheet metal division at MacDonald Miller and managing large projects in Alaska and Washington, Jerry opened Hermanson Corporation in 1979, specializing in HVAC construction for Seattle landmarks such as the Columbia Tower. Today, Hermanson Company has grown to a $150 million full mechanical construction, engineering, service and energy conservation firm with more than 450 employees.
The bachelor degree program at South Seattle College for Sustainable Building Science Technology is one of the first of its kind and is one of few offered in the country. Through this program, students learn how to work with and in today’s sophisticated buildings and how to manage the people and resources needed to be successful. You can learn more about the program by visiting the South Seattle College website: http://www.southseattle.edu/programs/bas/sustainable-building-science-technology/
For the October 2013 edition of the Hermanson Photo of the Month, the winner is Eric Gearhart! Eric won a $50 gift card to Schwartz Brothers Restaurants.
Administrative Assistant Kirsten Fausko showcases the DeWalt Drill that was up for raffle to raise funds for the American Heart Association Puget Sound Heart Walk. Hermanson brought 47 walkers to the October 26th event and raised over $13,000 to help the Puget Sound AHA in their efforts to educate and fund life-saving research.
For the August & September 2013 editions of the Hermanson Photo of the Month, the winners are Devin Leingang (August) and Curtis Chandler (September).
Taken by Curtis Chandler during the prefabrication of a stainless Heat Recovery Unit for the University of Washington Bothell Academic & Science Building project. Hermanson is partnering with Lease Crutcher Lewis on this project.
Taken by Devin Leingang at the Microsoft B31 & B43 cafeteria. This was a fast-tracked project and Devin and his crew were called in to save the day. The project required a high level of specificity and needed to be perfect. Made from 14ga Steel that was hot rolled, had the holes cut, broke, and then blackened (a chemical process that changes the color of the metal). Hermanson partnered with Howard S. Wright for this project.
For the July edition of the Hermanson Photo of the Month, the winner is Jay Danner with his photo at the Tacoma Rainier Tower. Jay won tickets to an upcoming Seattle Sounders game!
Taken at the Tacoma Rainier Tower Project, Hermanson crews are working with General Contractor Sellen Construction as they lift a BAC Cooling Tower Unit to the roof of the new Rainier Tower.
For the April & May editions of the Hermanson Photo of the Month, the winners are Steve Hengl (April) and Dan Composano (May).
The delivery of "Bertha," The world's largest boring machine. Tutor-Perini is the General Contractor and will be using it to drill the SR-99 Tunnel, for which Hermanson will be providing the HVAC-Ventilation System work.
For the February edition of the Hermanson Photo of the Month, the winner is Korey Dunkel with his picture from the Microsoft 5 & 6 Project. Korey won 4 tickets to a Mariners game this season! We look forward to seeing what other folks come up with for April!
This photo was part of a series of images from the Microsoft 5 & 6 Project, specifically Building 6. The day consisted of removing 3 AHU units from the roof of building 6. Hermanson's General Contractor partner on this project is GLY.
For the February edition of the Hermanson Photo of the Month, the winner is Kevin King with his picture from the Seattle Catholic Archdiocese Church Headquarters. Kevin won a $50 gift certificate to Daniel’s Broiler. We look forward to seeing what other folks come up with for March!
This photo was part of a series of images from a one-day swap out of a 40-ton packaged air handling unit at the Catholic Church Archdiocese of Seattle Headquarters building near Harborview Medical Center. Hermanson's scope included replacing the unit, curb, electrical service, structural upgrades, and insulating and re-roofing the new curb. All work completed in an eight-hour shift and the lead foreman for the job was Jack Angeline. Hermanson's General Contractor Partner on this project was Trane.
Now in it's second year, Hermanson's Wellness Program is helping employees and their families live healthier and to reduce stress. Through the program instituted by the company's staff-run Wellness Committee, employees can receive:
In addition, employees can participate in fun programs such as team fitness challenges, biggest loser challenges, the American Heart Association Heart Walk, and other events. Seminars (with healthy lunches provided) are offered on stress reduction, diet, and other areas that lead to healthier living. Year-over-year results from the the first two years of Health Risk Assessments (a comprehensive diagnostic consisting of measures such as weight, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, triglycerides, etc.) show consistent improvement. For example, participating employees' weights, blood pressure, and glucose levels have decreased nearly 10%!
The camaraderie, motivation, and cooperation of Hermanson's Wellness Program is just one more reason that Hermanson is a great place to work!
For this first monthly edition of Hermanson's Photo of the Month, the winner is Senior Project Manager David Goit with his picture from the Boeing 737 Max Project in Renton. David won a $50 gift card to Daniel's Broiler. We look forward to seeing what other folks come up with for February!
Looking back on 2012, we recognize it is people – our Customers, Partners & Employees - that make Hermanson successful.
We hope you celebrate the joys of the Holiday Season with family and friends, and look forward to a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Please enjoy this video retrospective of 2012.
(Click picture below & turn on audio)
About a month ago, Hermanson Corporate Plumbing Superintendent Petter Fausko had a great idea - let's participate in "Movember!"
Movember is an annual, month-long event that involves growing out facial hair through the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives. Inspired by those who are currently battling prostate cancer, a group of Hermanson folks signed up to participate in Movember and scruffiness ensued. And, as usual, a competition was thrown in to sweeten the deal.
Over 30 Hermanson guys signed up for Movember with a minimum donation of $50 to a contribution pot. At the end of the month, the "best" mustache would be selected and a donation made in the winner's name the Prostate Cancer Foundation. At the Hermanson Company Holiday party, after initial voting was completed, the top three participants were pulled onto stage and the winner decided by the entire crowd! Congratulations Justin Murray!
In the end, $1,881 was raised for prostate cancer awareness and we had A LOT of fun! Next year we will have even more participants!
After many years of serving on local and national committees and task-forces, Hermanson's Energy Services Manager, John Gundlach has been elected to the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) Board of Directors. As a member of the SMACNA National Board, John will help make decisions and implement policies that guide the sheet metal construction industry. He will serve a four-year term.
"There are positive new horizons in energy services, Lean construction, and the development of computer-based information and technology, and I would like to have first-hand experience and involvement in that growth. I hope to pass on my knowledge and experience to the next generation, perpetuating, improving, and evolving the sheet metal industry," Gundlach said.
On a national level, John is a member of SMACNA's Testing & Research Institute's Board of Directors and co-chairs the NEMI/NEMIC Indoor Air Quality for Schools task force. He has chaired the Technical Resources Committee, plus served on numerous task forces. Locally, John has served on the executive committee, as chair of the Board of Directors of the SMACNA Western Washington chapter, and as a member of the chapter's Legislative-PAC Committee. He currently serves as the chapter's chair of both the Labor-Management Committee and the Local Joint Adjustment Board.
A fourth-generation sheet metal worker whose family legacy began with Gundlach Sheet Metal Works (est. 1889) in Sandusky, Ohio, John learned the trade during a four-year sheet metal apprenticeship. As Energy Services Manager for Hermanson Company, John works with school districts, universities, public agencies, and private companies to explore and implement Energy Savings Measures (ECMs) and has led Hermanson's ESCO Services for the past three years. John is joined on the Board by Thomas DeMusis of Wm. J. Donovan Co., of Philadelphia, PA, William T. Eustace of HPE of Colorado Springs, CO, and Roy Ricci of McCusker-Gill Inc. of Hingham, MA.
October 20th marks the date for the American Heart Association 2012 Puget Sound Heart & Stroke Walk at Seattle Center, and the Hermanson Team is full speed ahead on fund-raising. Currently, Rick Hermanson is in 2nd place overall as a fundraiser, and our total team is within $15K of our goal. Donations to AHA through the Heart & Stroke Walk help fund vital research for the improvement of cardiovascular health. It's all for a great cause and helps us in our
goal to encourage health and wellness for all of our employees and partners.
We can't do this without a little added incentive, though, so Rick has pledged his head to us again this year! Last year, he shaved his head when we met our fundraising goal (in fact, we shattered it!) This year, Rick will dye his hair red!
Help us meet our goal by donating to the Hermanson Team at Rick's Heart Walk website here. Won't Rick look great!?!
We are very excited to announce that Hermanson Company's founding father, Jerry Hermanson, will be inducted into the University of Washington's Construction Industry Hall of Fame. Established in 1995, the Hall of Fame honors individuals who have made significant contributions throughout their careers to the construction industry, construction education and community service.
Jerry is being recognized a a leader in construction, not only for his many years successfully installing HVAC-Mechanical systems in some of the Puget Sound area's larges and most recognizable projects - the Columbia Tower, the Washington State Trade Center, and the Museum of Flight, but also for his innovation and dedication to the construction industry.
This article (click here), from the May 3rd Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, outlines Jerry's journey in the construction industry, along with those of fellow nominees Gordon Cochran (Cochran Electric) and Sandra Olson-Meyer (Construction Industry Training Council of Washington).
The UW Construction Industry Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be formally inducted on June 1st at a gala event at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.
All of us here at Hermanson are so very proud of Jerry and so pleased that the rest of the industry recognizes just how special Jerry is. CONGRATULATIONS!
Hermanson Principal Ken Dyckman has been named the Mechanical Contractor's Association of Western Washington (MCAWW)'s Instructor of the Year for 2011-12. Ken teaches Introduction to Mechanical Design and Basic Mechanical Principals to young project managers and trade workers as part of MCAWW's ongoing education programs.
The Green Building Certification Institute has awarded its highested certification - LEED Platinum - to the University of Washington's Russell T. Joy Building. Hermanson Company worked with John Korsmo Construction, THA Architecture, and Glumac International to provide full mechanical construction for this renovation and re-use of the 1892 historic structure as general classroom space for the University's Tacoma Branch Campus.
Among the features of the Joy Building that earned it he high rating is a system that captures 90% of the rainwater falling on the building and reuses it in planters. Other sustainable features include: