Ralph’s Dedication to Auburn

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R.H. White Construction set up shop in Auburn, Massachusetts in 1923 by Ralph H. White. Ralph’s dedication to the town did not just start with the company. – He began his career with the Auburn Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Chief.  He served the department from 1922 to 1965. Ralph’s love for Auburn and the fire department was never questioned. He worked to improve the department and efficiency of relaying the emergency calls to the firefighters. Ralph had a steam whistle installed at Drury Square to alert the firefighters of an emergency. He further streamlined the…

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Repairing or Replacing Underground Utilities on Private Property

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Facilities managers and property managers often find themselves in the position of dealing with the replacement and repair of the vast underground infrastructure of pipes that service their buildings. Depending on the utility service –  electricity, natural gas, or water – the property owner may be responsible for the pipes that travel underground from the master meter at the edge of the property line to the building. So, who do you call to handle the repair or replacement of underground piping and conduit? You need to contact a qualified contractor to handle the work directly.   Avoid Damage with Appropriate Planning   According to the Common Ground Alliance, an underground utility line is damaged every six minutes because someone…

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PMC 2020 Reimagined & R.H. White

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The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) began in 1980, when Billy Starr started the bike-a-thon to raise money to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The PMC donates 100 percent of every rider’s donations, contributing over $717 million in its 40 year history. David White, Chairman and Treasurer of R.H. White, and his team, the Cyclosaurasses, have been riding since 2008 and still plan to ride and fundraise during the COVID-19 Pandemic … in their own way. This year, the PMC looks a little different, understandably. PMC 2020 Reimagined will take place on August 1 with riders doing their own independent ride to stay safe…

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Dunn Receives Certified Professional Coach Designation

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I have often thought of myself as a work in progress.   I never seem to be satisfied with my level of learning and I am constantly searching for what is next and what tools I can add to the “toolbox”. A few years back I was fortunate to work with an Executive Coach and became interested in the process of professional coaching. I have a strong belief in helping others learn from my experience and have mentored many future leaders over the years. To add to the practice of mentoring I really was drawn to a process where I could…

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Three Signs It’s Time to Rethink Your Office Space

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Has your business changed over time? More employees, new equipment, and other resources may be needed to continue to grow your business. If space limitations are preventing you from adding needed resources, you may be limiting the potential growth of your business. Is the break room standing room only? If your on-site lunchroom or break room is either uninviting or always full, employees may start going elsewhere for their breaks, which can mean extended lunch hours. Remember that happy employees are productive employees, so be sure to provide them with adequate space in which to socialize, relax and recharge. Can…

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City of Westfield PFAS System Completion

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Our Mechanical Construction Division recently completed a project in Westfield, MA due to the prevalence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – PFAS and PFOA. The city’s efforts were honored by Water and Wastes Digest as a 2019 Top Project Winner. PFAS and PFOA include a group of man-made chemicals that do not readily break down in either the environment or the human body and, therefore, can build up over time. There is human and experimental lab evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. The construction of a Granular Activated Carbon Water (GAC) Treatment Facility will…

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An Earlier Perception of Construction Work – A Legacy Perspective that has Changed

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When I was growing up, the general perception of those working in construction was largely of unskilled, unefined, or uneducated individuals who ended up in the industry due to a lack of other alternatives. However, I grew up looking at it through a different lens. As a Millennial whose family worked in traditionally blue-collar industries including construction and manufacturing, I saw that the workers were not at all unskilled or uneducated. In fact, many had pursued additional training in their respective craft trades such as heating, ventilation air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, carpentry, and plumbing to be better suited to the…

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Semo Appointed to American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts Board

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Congratulations to Shawn Semo, Manager of the Building Construction Division at R.H. White on his recent appointment to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Western, Massachusetts. The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the American Red Cross serves a population of more than 800,000 people in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. Founded in 1906 and located in Springfield, the Chapter houses all lines of Red Cross Services. Shawn’s participation is one of a long line of community engagement and volunteer initiatives that he is involved in including activities at his church, city revitalization efforts, and workplace fundraising…

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