Mechanical Construction, Engineering & Service

Women of Hermanson: Self-Defense Class

Posted March 16th 2018 (permalink)

Last month, Hermanson invited Fighting Chance Seattle to the Tukwila Community Center to give a self-defense training course to the ladies from our women’s group, Women of Hermanson (WOH).

The “Designed for Survival” program, taught by Fighting Chance Seattle’s owner and head instructor, Jordan Giarratano, provided a mix of soft skills and hard skills with a focus on awareness, identifying unsafe situations, reacting immediately, and basic physical self-defense practices.

The program began with Jordan explaining how to set boundaries and to simply say yes and conversely, how to say no (it’s harder than you might think!). Once the basic self-defense principles were reviewed, the classroom tables and chairs were cleared away for the hands-on portion of training. This is when the fun began! The women donned boxing punch mitts and learned how to harness their power to punch and fight off an attacker. Overall, the women learned the value of embracing their fears, trusting their intuitions, and how to use their bodies as a weapon, should they ever need to defend themselves.

For more information on Fighting Chance Seattle, please visit their website:

The Women of Hermanson group, WOH (pronounced “whoa!”) was started in the summer of 2017 with the purpose of providing Hermanson’s female employees with a network to interact with each other socially, empower each other professionally, and inspire the next generation of women in construction through networking, mentoring, and community service.

GoPro For A Day: Soph Davenberry

Posted March 9th 2018 (permalink)

The best way to determine if an installed commercial HVAC system is running properly is to have it tested!

In the video below, follow Hermanson TABB Field Engineer Soph Davenberry through the Test, Adjust, and Balance (TAB) process of a packaged HVAC rooftop unit at a leased commercial space in Georgetown to see if the equipment is operating per design.

This is the first video in the “GoPro For A Day” series where Hermanson will follow employees on the job to give you an insider’s look into the mechanical construction field. Stay tuned!

Hermanson & Local 66 Women’s Committee construct centerpieces for WWT’s Dream Big Dinner

Posted November 21st 2017 (permalink)

Over 39 years ago, the Washington Women in Trades Association was formed to develop a support network for women who worked in the trades.

This year, Hermanson was pleased to provide table centerpieces for WWT’s annual “Dream Big Dinner” awards banquet and celebration of Women in the Trades.

Vanessa Carman, chair of the Local 66 Women’s Committee and Hermanson’s Trimble Operator, designed sheet metal tool box centerpieces and invited members of both the Local 66 Sheet Metal Workers Women’s Committee and the Women of Hermanson (WOH) to assemble the centerpieces. The ladies joined Vanessa in the Hermanson shop and got to work! The results were beautiful!

Congratulations to everybody involved with the Dream Big Dinner!



Women of Hermanson helping enhance the community

Posted October 2nd 2017 (permalink)

This past weekend, a group of volunteers from Hermanson Company’s newly formed women’s group, Women of Hermanson (WOH), participated in NAIOP’s Community Enhancement 2017 at Farmer Frog in Woodinville.

Farmer Frog is a sustainable, educational farm in Woodinville that turns underutilized sites into environmentally sound, food-producing farms and gardens, providing a learning environment for students and families to grow food for themselves and their community.

The Hermanson volunteer group worked at Station 11 creating “mushroom logs;” drilling holes into large logs and planting mushroom plugs. Once all the mushrooms were planted, they moved on to work in the orchard, where they spent some time digging out old blackberry bushes.

In addition to volunteering, Hermanson sponsored this year’s event and donated PVC to build nine aquaponic growing stations. Farmer Frog’s long-term goal is to become a model to help other communities replicate their methodology. This project will be the catalyst to help them become a self-sufficient organization.

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