A Year in Quarantine
March 23, 2021
It’s been a year since Washington State was shut down from the Pandemic of 2020. Large and small businesses, schools, restaurants, government agencies, childcare centers, etc., all shut down. Only essential businesses remained open. We were originally asked to quarantine for 6 weeks. Well 6 weeks led to 12, 12 weeks turned into 6 months and now here we are, a year later finally seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Washington State is currently taking cautious steps to reopen. Schools are adapting and opening slowly, restaurants are at 25% capacity. Slowly, and safely, people are beginning to see the downside of the curve. And as of yesterday, March 22, the State of Washington has moved to Phase 3, restaurants and movie theaters now are at 50% capacity, and outdoor events are at 25% capacity, which means the Mariners can have fans in the bleachers on opening day!
On March 23rd, 2020, Art Anderson informed all employees that they should prepare to begin working from home. The day was spent packing computers, boxing up docking stations and wrapping up wires. The afternoon went fast with individuals gathering what they would need to work from home. As a company that completes a variety of government related projects, our work was considered essential and needed to continue.
Soon our teams developed a rhythm. Meeting via Teams for resourcing, discuss projects, and to check in with those working remote to make sure all were ok. Over communication became our mantra. In the first few months of the shutdown, we anticipated an end. Each time the end in sight moved, Art Andersons’ management knew they had to prepare and plan for a long-term solution, so they took action.
First, we took care of the essentials. Cleaning our desk space and around the office, rotating work schedules, and having the right equipment to keep us going. A few employees continued to come into the office, and since our office is laid out in a specific way, we were able to remain 6ft apart. We took a survey for those working from home for equipment needs and made them available. For those with small children, we adapted to modified schedules of working parents (early morning emails and late-night updates).
How do we stay connected?
We figured out how to keep working. Projects were getting completed and new work was continuing to come in. However, we started to notice that our mission of an engaging workplace was lacking with the now virtual and distanced lifestyle, so we took action.
Virtual Happy Hours became a regular occurrence. Every other week there was a new Happy Hour with a new theme and a chance for everyone to catch up without the topic of work popping up. Some of the themes were:
- Trivia night
- Creative hat night
- Vacation dreaming
- Broken Telephone Game
- Highschool mascot
Care Packages and Individual Challenges added a much-needed break in the mundane daily routine. We completed a bucket challenge during our summer Art Anderson Days (an annual celebration of employees). We had a pumpkin painting contest that even the kids got to join in on, and we sent out an ornament to our employees for a decoration contest during the holidays. The annual Pigskin Pick’em was a great opportunity for us all to interact in an online forum and to cheer on one of our favorite sports. FOOTBALL!! GO HAWKS!
Celebrating the positives was a constant theme. New babies, three born in 2020, one born just last week and one due within the next couple of months. Three new Professional Engineer (PE) licenses. New projects. New clients. New employees. Our first entry in the Wayzgoose Festival. Becoming an official registered Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Company.
Supporting local, small business
Art Anderson is proud to be local to Bremerton for 60 years. When the local restaurants needed us, we dedicated a weekly lunch to be delivered to those working in the office. We focused our holiday party on local businesses – choosing small gifts and prizes from local vendors, and yummy treats for a party or just because we got a sweet tooth.
A Year Later
With a lot of aspects from 2020 becoming a new normal in society today, we can only hope to grow from here. As we continue to go through the phases of opening back up in the community, Art Anderson aims to continue our focus of helping local small businesses. We’ve recently started to look at ways of getting more of our employees back into the office, and as a family-oriented company we aim to make the process as safe and effortless as possible.
The world has seen some dark days, but we are focusing on what we have learned and have an optimistic perspective for the future. A year later, after what seems to be a never-ending routine, we continue to adapt and grow as a company and a community. The option of hiring employees across the country has become more of a possibility; keeping in contact with our clients became more of a priority; and working on projects across the country from our office in Bremerton became more of a reality. We mourn the loss of so many lives, families who are suffering, and the businesses that have perished. We celebrate resiliency, growth, and the rebuilding of community. As a company, we feel our story is just beginning.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
February 11, 2021
Looking back at history you never really saw many women being mentioned in science, engineering, medicine, or really any career path that was considered a man’s field. It wasn’t until the last 50 years or so names started being brought to light on who really did the work for major inventions and discoveries that are still used to this day. Some of these women were major inspirations that shaped the science world today for men and women. Here are 12 of the women in history who we found to be inspiring and feel that they deserve recognition for their hard work. The information found is referenced in the sites at the bottom of the page.
- Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) – Chemist – Following her late husband’s research, Rosalind was the first to demonstrate the basic dimensions of DNA strands and reveal that the molecule was in two matching parts, running in opposite directions.
- Sally Ride (1951-2012) – Astronaut – NASA Astronaut Sally Ride was the first American woman in space, she was also the youngest American to leave the atmosphere at 32 years old.
- Edith Clarke (1883-1959) – Electrical Engineer – Edith developed the Clarke Calculator in 1921, it’s a graphing calculator used to help solve electric power transmission problems. She created some of the first software for electrical engineering and was the first female Electrical Engineer.
- Martha Coston (1826-1904) – Chemist – Martha used the technology of fireworks to develop a pyrotechnic signaling system for use at sea, known today as the flare gun. Coston’s flares were used by the U.S. Navy during the Civil War. Before her flares, ships used flags during the day and lanterns at night to signal to other ships.
- Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) – Hollywood Actress & Inventor – Hedy was a big time Hollywood actress; she was referred to as the “Angelina Jolie of her time”. But she was also a famous inventor, she invented “Frequency Hopping”- a way of jumping around on radio frequencies in order to avoid a third party jamming your signal. She invented it in the 1940s for use as a secret wartime communication system that could keep the enemy from interfering with a ships torpedo. It was patented in August of 1942 and donated to the U.S. Military to help fight the Nazis. They didn’t use it till after the Second World War once they realized just how useful it could be. Hedy never received recognition for her invention until 1997, she was honored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, but by then it was too late, and Hedy was unable to receive the award in person and get the applaud that was well deserved. She’s now in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
- Emily Warren Roebling (1843-1903) – Engineer – Emily was known for her contribution to the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge after her husband. Washington Roebling – Civil Engineer and Chief Engineer during the construction of the bridge – developed Caisson Disease. She took copious notes from her husband of what still needed to be completed; she began studies of her own on the technical issues learning about strength of materials, stress analysis, cable construction, and calculation of catenary curves. After the bridge was completed, she rode with President Chester Arthur across it.
- Marie SKtodowska Curie (1867-1934) – French Physicist & Chemist – Marie became the first woman in history to win a Nobel Prize, and the only person to win two Nobel Prizes on two different disciplines (chemistry and physics). Marie, along with her husband Pierre, discovered radioactivity. She also discovered two elements, polonium and radium, and the element curium is named in her honor. The world’s first studies into the treatment of tumors took place under her direction and she founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and Warsaw, which to this day are leading medical research centers.
- Marie Tharp (1920-2006) – Mapmaker – Marie was famous for creating the first scientific map of the ocean floor. Due to the law of women not being permitted on ocean-going ships that collected data, Marie had to work with the information given to her to create accurate charts – charts that revealed the existence of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, clear evidence of plate tectonics and continental drift.
- Lois Graham (1925- 2013) – Professor of Thermodynamics and Cryogenics – Lois was the first woman to earn a mechanical engineering PhD in the United States. She is remembered for her lifelong work recruiting young women into careers in science and engineering.
- Mary Jackson (1921-2005) – Mathematician and Engineer – Mary was the first African American female engineer at NASA who helped in America’s win at the “Space Race”. “Hidden Figures” released in 2016 was a movie that recounts the careers of Jackson and 2 of her fellow colleagues at NASA.
- Flossie Wong-Staal (1946-2020) – Virologist – Flossie is a Chinese American, who became the first scientist to clone HIV and determine how it’s genes work, marking a huge step in proving that HIV causes AIDS. In 2007, Dr. Wong-Staal was ranked 32 on The Daily Telegraph’s “Top 100 Living Geniuses”.
12.Ruby Hirose (1904-1960) – Biochemist and Bacteriologist – Dr. Hirose was a Japanese American whose research led to the development of vaccines for polio and hay fever. Because of her achievements in Chemistry, she was one of the few women who were recognized by the American Chemical Society.
This information was pulled from multiple sites, to read more about each of these magnificent women please see links below.
2020 Recap for Art Anderson
February 2, 2021
What a year?! It was definitely not what we expected as we sat down at the end of 2019 and looked into our crystal ball. There seemed to be one crazy/scary/surprise event after another causing the world to spin the opposite direction. With so much going on around the world we relied on one constant, our firm. We feel fortunate to have the stability in Art Anderson Associates and know the relationships that we have developed with clients, subcontractors, and the community over decades of hard work made that possible. There were surely some bumps in the road causing stress levels to rise, however, they were relatively easy to manage. I credit this to the strength of our employees and great clients around us that helped make things “not so bad!”.
Like the rest of corporate America, we quickly became experts in the art of teleworking and online meetings. We optimized software tools to keep design collaboration and the sharing of information easy and efficient. While we did just that, mastering a new means of working, we miss the in-person interactions.
2020 was challenging but we have a lot to celebrate and look forward to. Some key positive internal events that shaped our 2020 year include:
- Hiring of several new engineers and marketing professionals
- Promoted Brad Ginn to lead our Facility Engineering division
- Successfully completed of one of the company’s largest projects ever, the Cougar Reservoir Floating Screen Structure for the USACE
- New IDIQ contract wins for new and existing clients
- Won three (3) new Research and Development projects
- Phase I award of Small Business Innovative Research project for US Marine Corps
- Part of the design team for the new Washington State Ferries Hybrid Electric Vessel
- Two engineers passed their Professional Engineering exams!
We were not protected from the disasters of 2020 including the COVID-19 pandemic, political protests, and racial injustices. We mourned the loss of life and united together to stand up for what was right. There is much more work to be done, but we feel we are moving in the right direction.
Our 2021 Goals:
- Cultivate, enhance, and build relationships.
- Use what we have learned from working virtually to improve how we operate.
- Focus on new and existing strategic partnerships to capture projects.
- Advance internal operational success in security, controls, and technology.
- Have FUN!
We look forward to what lies ahead of us in 2021. We will continue to provide the best value we can to our current clients, look to create and cultivate new relationships, and live in a workplace that thrives on diversity, innovation, and solutions.
Women in Design & Construction Conference
December 22, 2020
Our COO Melissa Anderson did a presentation at the WIDC back on December 8 & 9, 2020. Melissa, along with Ivi Gabales from Rice Fergus Miller (architecture) and Sheryl Van Anne from Mortenson (construction), did a presentation on Architects, Engineers, and Contractors and what drives them crazy about each other. A survey went out to the 3 sectors to capture the opinion of others on what they like about working with each other and the challenges that are faced. The results showed a great amount of things each sector liked about another but some of those likes were also the biggest dislikes, for example the top like for engineers is their attention to detail but the biggest dislike is too much attention to detail. Overall, between the three sectors, the biggest complication is communication. Just like any relationship, communication is key! Melissa, Ivi and Sheryl did a great job putting this presentation together. If you would like more info, please reach out to Melissa Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Entrepreneurship Day
November 17, 2020
In honor of National Entrepreneurship Day, we would like to applaud all who took the chance to go out on their own and made it through all the challenges. It takes a special kind of person to take that risk. The risk of starting over, of hard times, and the ultimate risk of potential success.
Art Anderson Associates wouldn’t be who we are today if Art himself hadn’t taken that risk back in 1957. Art saw the need for better service and with the help of his wife (Bea) and a designer, set out to do just that. Three generations later, we are still here and growing. The entrepreneurial spirit has been passed from father to son, and with each generation, Art Anderson becomes stronger. We have grown from a firm providing just Marine Engineering to a multidisciplinary engineering and design firm that offers Facility and Marine Engineering. What shall we take on next?
“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” ~John A. Shedd
40 years and counting!
October 15, 2020
40 years is a big accomplishment. It’s 40 years of dedication, hard work and perseverance going through the same daily routine. Today, we celebrate Sean for achieving 40 years with Art Anderson.
“Four decades of service, dedication, and loyalty to one firm is something to surely celebrate. This type of tenure creates a sense of family and creates the company culture that Art Anderson strives for. Sean started out as an intern while attending the University of Washington. Over the years he worked his way up and through the organization, working every type of project, reaching the position of Vice President of the Facility Division and now the company’s Chief Engineer. Today we honor and thank Sean for all his achievements along the way!” says Ben Anderson, CEO/President of Art Anderson.
Sean is a great engineer, strong leader, and a fun person to work with. He has been a vital team member and oversees the quality on many projects. Significant projects include: Multiple tasks, large and small with Lockheed Martin Space Company, the Repair of the Saltwater Distribution System at PSNS, and the Renovation of the BEQ 2302/2102 at Bangor Naval Base Kitsap.
All of us at Art Anderson look forward to working with Sean for years to come!