Parsons Electric Acquires Hotwire Electric

Earlier this month, Parsons Electric welcomed Hotwire Electric to the family of Parsons Electric LLC companies. Hotwire Electric, based out of Hutchinson, MN, worked with the Hutchinson area – including the Hutchinson Hospital – and surrounding community providing primarily T&M work and small bid projects. Hotwire Electric began operating under the Parsons Electric brand as of July 8, 2019. We’re excited to welcome our new customers to the Parsons Electric family!

Empowering Extraordinary Women

March 3rd-9th was National Women In Construction week. The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides a platform to thousands of organizations across the country while raising awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry, and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. Check out our new 3-part video series that was released last week featuring some of the amazing women at Parsons, shot by our own Creative & Media Coordinator, Dave Zdon!

 

As of 2016, there are over 1,000,000 women currently working in the construction industry, making up just under 10% of the workforce, ranging in position from office staff to material moving. Check out all of Parsons available opportunities in our Career Center!

Want to learn more about Women In Construction Week? Check out the National Association of Women In Construction‘s official website.

What’s New at Parsons?

PROUD of our Employees

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The dedication and effort our employees demonstrate on the job is just one of the reasons we are passionate and excel at what we do. Just ask Levi about it. #ParsonsPROUD #culture #teamwork

Parsons would like to recognize Andy Peterson for exhibiting our core values of Responsiveness to Customers and Reliable Commitments. Andy and the Tool Department set the standard for Parsons customer service through responding to countless requests promptly and with the best safety, quality, and production solutions for our field employees. Keep up the good work, Andy! #ParsonsPROUD#Culture #Values

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Parsons Gives Back

Coffee with the CEO

Last month, a few of our new hires sat down for some coffee with Parsons President and CEO, Joel Moryn, who was a new hire in the warehouse over 30 years ago himself, for a face-to-face to answer any questions and chat about his experiences within the company. It was a great opportunity to meet the man behind the curtain and get a better feel for what Parsons stands for. Thanks Joel, for taking time out of your day to chat with our new employees! #culture #values #CEO

National Guard Pheasant Hunt

We had a great time sponsoring the Hugo Pheasant Hunt for our National Guard members returning home! Parsons is proud to support our military members through numerous organizations and events. Check out the full story here. #charity #giveback #community

Parsons in the News

AGC Construction MN Summit

Parsons was well represented at the recent AGC Construction MN Summit! Our Lean Executive Director, Perry Thompson, presented on Parsons’ Lean practices such as 5S and prefabrication and how it benefits our customers, while our Claims Manager, Bonnie Lunzer, spoke on EMR and Workers Comp Claims. To see the full listing of speakers and exhibitors, check them out at: mnconstructionsummit.com AGC MN Construction Lean safety

Gopher Athletes Set Cumulative GPA Record, With Help of Athletes Village

The University of Minnesota student athletes posted their highest cumulative GPA in school history. Many of the athletes, coaches, and teachers attribute the student’s hard-work and dedication, as well as the illustrious Athletes Village, which provided student athletes with ample resources and space to achieve their goals on and off the field. Parsons is proud to have provided technology and electrical solutions for Athletes Village during initial construction, as well as ongoing service work after completion. Congratulations to all Gopher Student Athletes! Check out the full article here: https://bit.ly/2WH0M7J UMN RTB big10 ncaa academics

Parsons Gives Back

Parsons cares about our veterans. In honor and support of our past, current, and active military team members, Parsons has selected ‘Give An Hour’ as our spotlight charity. Give an Hour provides free mental healthcare for those who serve, their families and their communities. Give an Hour has benefited veterans, active military and their families seek treatment for PTSD and find a new normal to life after being deployed. For those who have given so much, let’s help give something back. Please help Parsons donate to support the ‘Give An Hour’ initiative to spread awareness surrounding mental health and support those who may not otherwise be able to seek help. To help raise awareness and support this fundraiser, we will be hosting a chili cook-off in the Mississippi Room on Thursday, December 6th.

To learn more about Give an Hour and to place a donation, please visit our fundraiser landing page by clicking here. Here are what a few of Parsons own veterans have to say about the cause, and what it’s like to be a veteran at Parsons!

 

What would you say to any veterans interested in working at Parsons?

 

“The close-knit atmosphere at Parsons makes you feel like family. It was one of the reasons i decided to work here. I had a chance to apply the skills and abilities I learned while serving. It’s really nice to know everyone at Parsons has your back, not just in the workplace, but in the community as well.” – Adrian Laffitte
How did your military experience affect your transition to the workforce?
“A lot of veterans struggle transitioning back into every day life. In my experience, Parsons presented a chance to apply the leadership and communication skills I learned in the Air Force, in a fast paced and challenging industry. The invaluable support and respect that Parsons shows its veterans produces a great workplace for our service members.” – Rick Allen
What skills and characteristics from the military, apply to life at Parsons?
“Parsons is a great place to use the core training you get from the military. Discipline, Leadership, Honor, Respect, and Getting the Job Done, they all come together at Parsons. I realized the importance of hands on learning and i have been given a great opportunity to train and mentor others in our Lean culture using these skills.” – Perry Thompson
As someone still enlisted in the Army Reserves, how does Parsons accommodate your service obligations?
“They are super flexible and supportive when it comes to my schedule. They understand that my schedule fluctuates, and they always want to make things as easy as possible for me. They just want to make things work.” – Mark Hanson
How does your military training apply to your current position of Associate Project Manager?
“There are plenty of skills that overlap. All of my leadership, organization, communication, and detail oriented skills apply nicely to my job as a part of the office project team at ecs.” – Lucas Rouen
What were some of the things you experienced in the Air Force that prepared you for work outside of the service?

 

“Not only did I learn technical computer skills in the Air Force, I also was exposed to my first leadership and supervisor training. All of those skills are a huge part of my job at Parsons today.” – Jeff Moryn
What would you say to anyone interested in working at Parsons?
“Parsons is an awesome place to work. I have NEVER had this much support in regards to the military from any other employer before. They truly care about their employees and their families.” – Jace Erickson

Built By Alumni

Construction of the new Welcome Center and Learning Commons was completed by alumni working in industry.

Dunwoody alumni (from left) Pat Hogan, Tim Hansen, and Travis Nelson consult on the removal of electrical systems after the former guard building was taken down near the entrance to Dunwoody.

For many of the new industry professionals hired to complete construction of Dunwoody’s new Welcome Center and Learning Commons, it wasn’t their first time on campus. In fact, more than a dozen shared the distinction of being Dunwoody alums.

And the alumni connection extends even further. General contractor Mortenson Construction, was founded by M.A. Mortenson Sr., who was also a Dunwoody graduate.

When the expansion to the original Dunwoody building was constructed in 1924, Dunwoody sheet metal students, electrical students, and building construction students all had a hand in completing the project. Ninety-four years later, it was Dunwoody alumni who worked to complete the 24,000 square-foot renovation and expansion.

Tim Hansen, Project Manager, Parsons Electric

When Parsons Electric was hired to handle electrical construction for this project, it wasn’t an accident that Tim Hansen was brought in as the Project Manager.

“I saw that the renovation was happening and I emailed my boss,” said Hansen, a 2003 Electrical & Construction Maintenance graduate. “I went to school here, and I thought it would be great to be a part of the project.”

Hansen attended Dunwoody based on advice from his dad, who was also a Dunwoody grad. Hansen said it was good advice.

“Dunwoody gives you a good foundation for understanding the electrical industry,” Hansen said, adding that it provided him with the building blocks he needed to establish himself in the industry.

He’s been at Parsons for nine years and enjoys the work, the company culture, and the variety of projects he gets to work on.

Hansen has been part of teams that helped build the Mall of America expansion and Athletes Village at the University of Minnesota.

Travis Nelson, Foreman, Parsons Electric

Travis Nelson was working in a night club when he decided to apply to Dunwoody. He had an interest in electrical construction, and a friend who was attending encouraged him to check it out.

Nelson said his Dunwoody education really prepared him for his work in the industry. Nelson also found a place in the Union. His first year as an apprentice was with Parsons. He was later offered a position at the company and has been there for more than five years.

Now a Foreman for Parsons, Nelson was excited to be assigned to the Dunwoody project and has enjoyed seeing some of his former instructors.

Corey Stone, Associate Project Manager, Parsons Electric

Corey Stone has a long family connection to Dunwoody. In fact, four generations of the Stone family have attended the college, including his father Steve Stone. But there were multiple reasons why he made his decision to attend Dunwoody.

“I like that the classes and the College are structured and centered on preparing you for the real world,” said Stone. “I really felt motivated and supported every day, since students at Dunwoody are here for a purpose and want to learn.”

After graduating from Dunwoody, Stone spent time at a number of architectural firms. He made the switch to Parsons in 2009, where he helped develop their Building Information Modeling (BIM)/ Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) group.

Now an Associate Project Manager, Stone said he enjoys being more hands-on with many different aspects of the construction process. Throughout his career at Parsons, Stone has worked on some of the company’s largest jobs including construction of U.S. Bank Stadium.

Pat Hogan, Superintendent, Parsons Electric

Pat Hogan also has family who attended Dunwoody. Both his father and grandfather graduated from the sheet metal program.

Hogan, a 1997 Electrical Construction & Maintenance alum, said it wasn’t until after he tried a traditional four-year university and a community college that he decided to give Dunwoody a try.

He entered the electrical program knowing nothing about the industry, but the active, hands-on learning was a good fit for his learning style.

He joined the union after graduation and his last apprenticeship was at Parsons. He’s been there ever since. Now a Superintendent for the company, Hogan says he stayed at Parsons because of the people. “They are more like family,” he said.

The variety of projects has also kept the work interesting. Hogan has been able to work on projects like the Light Rail and U.S. Bank Stadium.

He hadn’t been back to Dunwoody since graduating, and said the job site has definitely brought back a lot of memories. The last time he was in the gymnasium was when he graduated.

Working on such an old building has been a challenge, but one Hogan said he enjoyed. “The renovation is impressive,” he said. “It really adds a nice element to the school and brings it more up-to-date.”

This article was written and published by Dunwoody College in their Friends and Alumni magazine.

Prudential Center – World’s Largest In-Arena Scoreboard

Prudential Center

Parsons Technologies served as the general contractor for the construction of the world’s largest in-arena scoreboard at Prudential Center (as of September 2017), home of the New Jersey Devils. The scoreboard measures 60’x60’x38’ –– three times the size of the average single family home in New Jersey with a square footage of 9,584.9 feet. The giant Translux video screens are the equivalent of 1,300 50-inch televisions, made up of over 29 million pixels. Installation at Prudential Center also included two levels of ribbon board around the arena. 

Prudential Center Scoreboard

As a major arena for the area, Prudential Center had a number of major scheduled events in the Devils’ offseason, limiting the production and installation schedule to just two months onsite at the arena. The construction team for the remodel had to work around these functions scheduling work on the Translux scoreboard installation, as well as ribbon scoreboard installation around load-in, sound check, the event dates themselves, and tear-down of the events, which spanned from one to four days at a time.

Scoreboard Installation

Parsons Technologies operated as a general contractor for this project, coordinating tear-down of the old arena scoreboard and ribbon boards, construction and installation of the new electronics to meet budget and scope of the project. Parsons Technologies contracted with Mountain Productions to remove the old scoreboard and ribbons while Eastern Sign Tech worked to build the framework for the new record-breaking scoreboard display.

The framework was constructed offsite, dismantled and brought onsite for installation, allowing the team to keep the construction and testing schedule while working around scheduled events taking place in the arena. Once onsite, Mehl Electric handled all electrical wiring and installation of the unit.

With only two months to complete the project, the team pulled off a construction feat in time for the major reveal late September. This was largely due in part to managing multiple stages of the project simultaneously, including prefabricating the frame of the assembly based on external dimensions taken at the site while the VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) and engineering team completed their work on the final design of the internal wiring.

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Parsons Pull Planning at MMPA – Shakopee Distributed Generation

Lean Pull Planning was the focus for the Minnesota Municipal Power AgencyShakopee Distributed Generation (MMPA – SDG) project team last week. 

The team held their first pull planning meeting with Azco. The goal was to establish major milestones for the owner and all of the contractors, resulting in increased communication and efficient scheduling for the project. We are excited to be working with a supportive and experienced team.

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The MMPA – SDG project is a natural gas power generation plant with five (5) 9MW generators that will be utilized. Parsons’ scope is on the power island portion, which is at the heart of the power generation facility.  

The team is currently working on grounding and installing sleeves and will begin our ductbank scope within the next week.

2015 Annual Safety Leadership Training

A foundation of our Journey to Zero is training, and our Safety Team was busy the last couple weeks providing safety training to 43 of our Twin Cities service van and maintenance electricians. Our electricians participated in an 8-hour training program which included a tour of our prefab shop in Fridley. A key element of our prefab shop is to increase safety for our employees and improve quality control for our customers. Topics included:

  • Safety Orientation & Expectations
  • Hazard Recognition
  • NFPA 70E- Electrical Safe Work Practices Confined Spaces
  • Rigging & Signal Person
  • Excavation & Trenches
  • Fall Protection
  • Field Supervisor Safety Leadership
  • Current Standards
  • Tour of Fridley Prefab Shop

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Parsons’ 2015 Tool Show

Join us Thursday, October 1st for Parsons’ 2015 Tool Show! There will be a variety of vendors, food, and a raffle drawing!

2015 Tool Show Invite

Work on Bank of America Stadium Highlighted

Parsons Technologies was highlighted in the May 2015 Front of House publication for their work on Bank of America Stadium located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Parsons Technologies was the integrator that provided and installed the Meyer Sound system.

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For more information and to read the full article, click here.

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