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LED is H-O-T!

These days, not attempting to save energy or “go green” is quite the faux-pas. So you request that your employees recycle their paper waste and you purchase ceramic coffee mugs instead of Styrofoam cups. But how else can your company cut down on energy? Evaluate your lighting situation.

LED lighting fixtures can save up to 85 percent of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs. Most of the energy emitted from incandescent bulbs is converted to heat instead of light; that’s why if you touch an incandescent bulb after it’s been turned on you will burn yourself. LED lighting also lasts up to 50 times longer than incandescent lighting.

LED lighting can save up to 50 percent of the energy used by CFLs and between 20 to 30 percent of the energy used by fluorescent tube lighting because LEDs don’t contain hazardous materials, such as mercury, like fluorescent tubes and CFLs do. LED lighting also uses solid-state technology, which allows effective dimming and eliminates flickering, unlike most fluorescent lights that cannot be dimmed and often flicker.

Where can you implement LED lighting? Practically everywhere! Options include: post-top lights, area lights, roadway lights, flood lights, and garage lights among others.

To top it all off, LED lighting can be part of your Energy Conservation Program with Bruner, and supply only a small portion of your every savings. Contact us today to see how LED lighting and other conservation measures can cut down your utility bills.

Giving Thanks… the Bruner Way

The time that stretches from Thanksgiving to New Years is by far my favorite time of the year. It reminds me of all of the wonderful people I have in my life and how lucky I am to be the person I am and live the life I live.

This year, I am thankful to have come as far as I have; to be working for a company that values my professional development, as well as my personal well-being; to be surrounded on a daily basis by intelligent, caring, passionate individuals; to have the opportunity to use the skills I have acquired in a professional setting.

Here’s what some other Bruner employees are thankful for this year:

  • Lowell McElroy is thankful for gravy. “Where would this world be without GRAVY!? Gravy makes every food taste like home.”
  • Renna Schafler is thankful to have been blessed to have a job that helps ensure all of her needs and some of her wants.
  • Leslie Brungarth is thankful for good health amongst her family.
  • Dan Spurgeon is thankful for the great people in Bruner’s marketing department! (We’re thankful for you, too, Dan!)
  • Andrea Scott is thankful for making it through a very difficult year – still standing.
  • Paula Gayness is thankful that her entire family and close friends (including cats and dogs) are still alive and holding their health.
  • Zane Liston is thankful for many things this year. “My family is healthy, my job is rewarding, and I have made many new friends who have helped me understand the value of life.”
  • Eric Bailey is thankful for his new job at Bruner and the great people he gets to work with!

From everyone here at Bruner, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and ask, what you are thankful for this year?

A Brief Look into the History of BIM Technology

Building information modeling (BIM) made its debut in the AEC industry in 1987 in software company Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD program under a different name – virtual building. Building industry strategist Phil Bernstein was the first to use the actual term “BIM” while working for Autodesk, an American multinational corporation that focuses on 3D design software.

AEC industry analyst Jerry Laiserin helped popularize and standardize the term BIM as a common name for the digital representation of the building process. Laiserin argued, “‘building information modeling,’ as a description of the next generation of design software, seems to me to come closer to the winning characteristics evidenced by ‘CAD’ for its generation of tools—specific enough to evoke reasonably clear, common meanings, yet broad enough to encompass a diversity of commercial and technological approaches. The only fly in the ointment is that Autodesk has been using the term for the last few months to describe their building industry strategy.” Before deciding upon the name “BIM,” other possibilities included: single building model, virtual building model, integrated project modeling, and project lifecycle management.

Today, BIM technology can be found in the AEC industry across the world. In Canada, the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) is responsible for leading and facilitating all of the coordinated use of BIM technology in the Canadian construction environment. In the UK, the Construction Project Information Committee is, “responsible for providing best practice guidance on the content, form and preparation of construction production information, and making sure this best practice is disseminated throughout the UK construction industry.” As a committee, they proposed a definition of Building Information Modeling for adoption throughout the UK construction industry. Several groups – including the FFB ((Fédération française du bâtiment) and the French branch of buildingSMART – are pushing for a more integrated adoption of BIM standards in France.

BIM is still relatively new technology in an industry typically slow to adopt change. Early adopters of the technology, though, are confident in BIM’s growth potential.

Bruner Gate: Behind the Scenes

Every home game, Bruner employees and customers cheer on the Ohio State Buckeyes with beverages, brats, and a whole lot of OSU spirit. It’s a tailgate tradition that employees and customers alike have enjoyed since the early 90s.

But what goes into making each of those Saturday games a successful festivity?

  • 1 generously donated van, courtesy of Tom Alan at Byers
  • More than 720 canned beverages from Canardo Wine & Cheese
  • 144 Johnsonville Brats and 32 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs
  • 176 packages of buns
  • 1 large veggie tray
  • 1 large fruit tray
  • 6 bags of assorted chips
  • 2 large coolers
  • 6 bags of ice
  • 10’ x 20’ red tent
  • 2 six-foot tables
  • Grill
  • Generator
  • 2 trash cans
  • Flag pole with Bruner and OSU flags
  • 3 Bag-O-Chairs
  • Corn hole set and bags
  • And so much more…

Thanks to several employees that go above and beyond the call of duty, Bruner manages to retain the same spot each home game by arriving at St. John’s Arena at 5:30 AM – no matter what time the game starts!

There’s only one more chance to see it all come together this season. Come out and join us for the last OSU home game versus Penn State on Saturday, November 19. Stop by to enjoy a beverage, a brat, and the Buckeyes!

Wendy Albright Joins the Service Department

New-hire Wendy Albright brings a wealth of industry experience to Bruner’s Service department. As the Service Coordinator, Wendy dispatches field technicians to service calls and ensures that all preventative maintenance is up-to-date.

“I love the interaction with the technicians and the closeness I have with them,” Wendy said. “It is nice to be able to talk or hang out outside of work with people you get along with inside the work place.”

Wendy most recently worked for Limbach in a similar role, which made her transition to Bruner smooth and easy. Prior to her work for Limbach, Wendy worked on the residential side of HVAC at Armstrong Air Conditioning.

When she’s not dispatching technicians or providing insight to the Service department, Wendy enjoys playing volleyball, as well as coaching high school freshmen girls volleyball at Central Crossing in Grove City. Her favorite foods to eat are chicken alfredo and cheesecake, and she is a huge OSU Football fan – which means she fits in well here at Bruner.

Wendy is also a single mother of two boys: Max, 9; and Alex, 6.

Welcome to the Bruner team, Wendy!

Promoting a Culture of Servant Leadership

As Bruner strives to grow as a business, we have adopted several practices to help propel us toward an employee’s first, customer-driven culture. One of those practices is the notion of Servant Leadership.

What is Servant Leadership, you ask? It’s a culture of serving those you lead; it’s a distribution of power and responsibility to allow employees to make their own decisions; it’s seeing things through the eyes of those you lead; it’s putting yourself in others’ shoes; and it’s keeping the well-being of fellow employees in mind.

Servant Leadership is not just a practice – it’s a culture of leading by example, which can be applied to both personal and professional lives. By embracing the role of a Servant Leader, you are choosing to uphold and embody the Seven Pillars of Servant Leadership. You seek lasting change, create authentic relationships, persevere with a non-anxious presence, invest in motivated people, and focus less on doing things the “right” way and more on doing what is right.

By empowering people and creating a positive work environment first, profits and success will follow.

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