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Employee Spotlight: Andrea Scott

Andrea Scott has worked with Bruner for a total of 9 years and her title is currently A/P Coordinator. In her position she is responsible for taking care of and managing all vendors, subcontractors, and employee expenses. Andrea’s favorite part of her job thus far is being involved with Bruner’s vendors and subcontractors because it is the exact opposite of being in direct contact with Bruner’s customers. However, she says she likes to treat Bruner’s vendors as though they are customers while trying to assist and maintain a positive relationship with them as much as possible.

Outside of work, Andrea likes to be creative with home projects and always has something she is working on. She loves a girl’s night out, but also enjoys spending time with her children. Andrea has two “babies”, Hannah who is 17 and is graduating high school this year, and Mark Allen who is 14 and is an awesome cross country/track runner. Her favorite sports team includes anything that her children are involved in.

Every summer Andrea and her girlfriends do a long girls weekend and visit wineries surrounding the Lake Erie area making it her favorite vacation spot, but her dream is to vacation in Paris. Her favorite food is a “fabulous filet mignon”, and her favorite day of the week is Saturday. She is currently in the process of purchasing her first home, and is very excited about it!

We’ve got an Excellent Leader on Hand!

John Sleeper, Vice President of estimating and Pre-Construction here at Bruner Corp, recently completed the Builders Exchange Executive Leadership Excellence Experience (BXLX) officially becoming a member of the BXLX Class of 2012. The BXLX is a nine-month program for senior level executives in the commercial construction industry offered by the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio. This year, Sleeper was among 20 participants in the program.

When asked why he would recommend BXLX, Sleeper responded “This was an excellent opportunity to continue to learn new things from people with a variety of different experiences throughout the industry and the business world in general. It also offers the chance to connect with peers and competitors throughout the local industry.”

BXLX is supported by a grant from the Builders Exchange Foundation and offers education and coaching by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. Bruner Corporation is a long-time member of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, a trade association serving the local commercial construction industry with 800 member firms.

To find out more about John’s experience, visit: http://www.bx.org/bxnews/Weekly%20Articles/2012%20Articles/07-03-2012/BXLX-Profile-Sleeper-7312.html

5 Ways to Reduce Your Energy Cost

Temperatures are high, but these techniques will help you keep your energy costs low:

  1. Reduce HVAC System Operations When Building or Space is Unoccupied
    1. Minimize direct cooling of unoccupied areas by turning off fan coil units and unit heaters, and by closing the vent or supply air diffuser
    2. Turn fans off
    3. Install system controls to reduce cooling/heating of unoccupied space
  2. Minimize Exhaust and Make-Up Air
    1. Keep doors closed when air conditioning is running
    2. Properly insulate walls and ceilings
    3. install thermal windows to minimize cooling and heating loss
  3. Implement a Regular Maintenance Plan
    1. Check fans for lint, dirt, or other causes of reduced flow
    2. Schedule HVAC tune-ups (with us!) – the typical energy savings generated by tune-ups is 10%
    3. Replace air filters regularly
  4. Upgrade Fuel-Burning Equipment
    1. Install turbulators to improve heat transfer efficiency in older fire tube boilers
    2. Install automatic combustion control systems to monitor the combustion of exit gases and adjust the intake air for large boilers
    3. Install electric ignitions instead of prior lights
  5. Evaluate Boiler Operations
    1. Investigate preheating boiler feed water
    2. Adjust boilers and air conditioner controls so that boilers do not fire and compressors do not start at the same time but satisfy demand
    3. Use hot water from boiler condensate to preheat air

 

source: http://infohouse.p2ric.org/ref/26/25985.pdf

And the Award Goes To…

The BX Craftsmanship award judges met recently and selected nine individuals to be honored with a 2012 BX Craftsmanship award, and Bruner’s Doug Linnabary was one of the nine who received it! We would like to congratulate Doug and his team on the high-quality work that they performed on the Project Noble Data Center. Specific to the award, Doug was recognized for the installation of HVAC piping in the mechanical room and CRAH gallery at the Project Nobel Data Center.

Since 1964, the BX Craftsmanship Awards Program has recognized the importance of craftspeople for the quality work they provide to the local construction industry. The Craftsman recipients were selected from 29 nominations of work completed throughout the Central Ohio area during the past year.

We are proud of Doug, and expect his hard work and success to continue to be awarded in the future.