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  • This hotel has enjoyed our stay : +: BY RYLAN MACCAY AND ASHLEY WILLIAMS

    MacDonald-Miller recently completed several turn-key energy-saving upgrades to the mechanical and plumbing systems of the Renaissance Hotel. These efforts will save an estimated 1,166,120 kWh of electricity, 1,363,635 gallons of water, and result in a carbon reduction of 814 metric tons every year.

    And we’re already witnessing the benefits. After only three months, the upgrades have Renaissance Hotel saving nearly $30,000 on electricity and $9,000 in water/sewer costs. The 75,000 SF hotel was constructed in 1981 with 553 guest rooms, 18 meeting rooms, and 3 restaurants. The project scope included



    installing two heat wheels used to recover the heat from warm bathroom exhaust air and heat the incoming outside air; adding “smart” Melink® sensors on the kitchen exhaust hoods to turn off when the stoves aren’t in use; and installing AquaRecycle® laundry water recycle system to reduce the water consumption of the washers by 75%! Other facets of the project included motion-activated garage lighting, domestic water booster pump replacement, and connection of conference room heat pumps to the building automation system. All the installations and retrofits were completed with little or no impact to the hotel’s operations. The

    They do whatever it takes to make a difference : +: BY KELLY JOHNSON

    Hard working and steadfast, MacDonald- Miller Maintenance Technicians provide the essential day-to-day service to customers, keeping them comfortable and happy 24/7, 365 days a year. Through preventative maintenance and repair of HVAC systems, these diligent employees serve as the face of the company and are truly why buildings run better with MacMiller. In the next three issues, we’ll highlight a different “face in the field” to help you get to know the person in the van a little better. In this issue you’ll meet Sean Scott, an 11-year veteran of MacMiller.


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    project team was able to secure incentives that will cover 50% of the project cost – and as the remaining costs are paid through the energy savings, there is no upfront cost to the owner.

    These numbers are astonishing, plain and simple. And at MacMiller, we enjoy huge satisfaction in garnering this level of results for our customers.

    Watering 148 urban trees | 1,671,456 bottles of water | 3,917 10-minute showers

    75% reduced water consumption each month by installing a laundry water recycle system. This water savings is equivalent to one of the following every month:

    Photo by kick spark creative

    VOLUME 2 | QTR 2 | 2014


    P4 A big, giant task

    P6 Operatory care solutions

    P7 Immense project, impressive coordination

  • Cutting Edge Culture

    Almost 50 years ago, MacDonald-Miller was formed by two men: Al MacDonald and Tom Miller. Their vision was to engineer better mechanical systems and provide hands on service of those systems to ensure they performed as designed. It was a small niche company working on commercial buildings in Seattle – a city growing with the dawn of the jet age.

    Our MM culture of accountability, from the engineering to the performance of systems we build and retrofit, has, over the decades, become more entrenched in our “DNA”. In fact, the name MacDonald-Miller has remained through several ownership transitions, as this company title has always been symbolic of integrity and capability.

    This simple concept of responding to a client’s need for a better working building at a fair price is still our guiding light today. It’s why we continue to add and enhance our capabilities – we need to be more than just a mechanical contractor in order to deliver on our promise of making buildings work better. It means we have to be the best at all facets of a building’s environmental systems and how they interact with each other. This is what drives our culture to be at the cutting edge of our industries’ advancements – from building automation to boilers, chillers, LEED engineering and energy modeling. Not to mention some pretty impressive fabrication capabilities.

    In this issue of Perspective, the breadth and diversity of what we can do comes across quite clearly. I’m excited, humbled and proud to see what we can accomplish. I know the founders, as well as those who had the courage, like Fred Sigmund and Steve Lovely, to move this company from a small niche player to an industry leader, are proud too.

    Yes, it’s the information age now, but Boeing is still building better jets and we’re still making better buildings. The strong survive!

    Thanks for a job well done!

    Gus Simonds President


    B4H Photo by Nick Johnson

    Two wheels can save a life : +: BY STEVE NICHOLES

    MacDonald-Miller has joined hands with a non-profit organization called Bicycles for Humanity (B4H). B4H is a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the deeply impoverished in Africa who lack the most basic of services. Many in Africa are without any means of transportation and are constrained to live within a very short radius of their villages.

    It’s hard to imagine, as we take transportation for granted; yet their lives are limited by how far they can walk and how far they can carry things via these efforts. B4H extends that radius of life by providing bicycles – transportation which enables them to attend nearby schools, bring their crops to markets, and reach out to available healthcare. MacMiller has taken on the role in B4H as the central depot for the storage, repair, and shipping of the bikes to pre-arranged African villages. The container loaded with bikes that B4H sends becomes a permanent repair shop for the bikes. And in every village that receives a bike container, someone is afforded a good paying job. B4H trains this person in bicycle repair and helps put them in the business of repairing bikes. Typically, B4H ships 500 bikes twice a year.

    Here is how the MacMiller family can help:

    If you have extra bikes, please donate them.

    Pitch in and help with the repairing of the bikes at a work party.

    Provide financial support for the repair parts needed, for the shipping expense, as well as for the training and employment of the “Bicycle Repair Specialist” in every new village we support. B4H is a 501.C.3 organization so anything you give is tax deductible.

    To find out more about the story behind B4H visit www.b4h.org.


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    Sean Scott, Portland Service Technician, began his career at LignoTech, a company that creates product from pulp mill waste. When the pulp mill in Bellingham went out of business, LignoTech shut down and Sean searched for a new career. He decided to enter the HVAC Technician program at Bellingham Technical College, and in 2003 MacDonald-Miller hired Sean as a second year apprentice.

    Initially Sean worked under Area Service Manager Eric Sundby, and it was quickly apparent that Sean was a hard-worker and a fast learner. While working on a project at Honeywell, Sean met John VanCamp, who was a service technician on the Eastside at the time.

    “John and I instantly had a great working relationship,” said Sean. “After being on the job with him, he liked how I worked and kept tabs on my apprenticeship.” John joined the Portland crew in 2006, and in 2012, as General Foreman, John asked Sean to relocate to Portland and join the service team. Sean proudly accepted.

    “The main difference between working in Portland and Washington is that in Portland you’re the main go-to guy. Seattle is broken down into trades – controls, pipe fitters, chiller techs, etc.,” noted Sean. “In Portland we don’t have direct access to all those groups. It’s really enhanced my base of knowledge and put me in a position to tackle many different obstacles.”

    Sean believes that customer service is the most important aspect of working in the HVAC industry. In fact, Sean has delivered such a superior level of customer service that he’s developed many close client friendships. He goes on a yearly hunting and fishing trip to Montana with a customer that he’s known for years, and sees another customer on fishing trips – it’s a sincere testament to Sean’s focus on building relationships.

    Sean’s amiable personality and outgoing nature are well known around MacMiller, as is his passion for the outdoors. If he’s not traveling to visit his six children and eight grandchildren scattered across the world, he’s fishing with his wife or hunting with friends.

    MacMiller is very fortunate to have Sean as part of the ever-growing service team in Portland!

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    Movin’ and shakin’, MacMiller style! : +: BY JOHN VANCAMP

    As those in attendance at MacFest might have noticed, the MacDonald-Miller Oregon team has been making a lot of noise lately. And that commotion emanates from the excitement of building a winning organization in a tough marketplace while having fun in the process.

    When I relocated to this branch eight years ago, I walked into a mostly empty 8,600 SF facility where the biggest action was a game of mini golf. With the extreme effort of a ton of people, our underutilized facility blossomed. By mid-2013 we had grown into a company where multiple employees were proudly sharing sma