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Salas O’Brien is an employee-owned facility planning, design, construction management, and commissioning firm with offices across the United States. We use our experience at the intersection of energy, infrastructure, and sustainability to help high-profile clients meet their critical needs.

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Designing Spaces for Food, Travel, and Lodging in One of America’s Top 10 Metro Areas

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jan 15, 2019 3:57:27 PM

Atlanta, Georgia, is exploding with offices, business headquarters, travelers, and commuters and is home to many Fortune 1000 and Fortune 500 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, UPS, and Home Depot.

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Recognizing Key Leaders at Salas O’Brien

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jan 9, 2019 11:13:41 AM

Salas O'Brien is blessed with an amazing team of dedicated and talented professionals who model excellence and embody the Salas O’Brien difference. Each year, we recognize several of these team members for their demonstrated growth in leadership, technical skills, client or team development, and project management.

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Topics: Expect a Difference

Retail at Disney Springs: Helping Design Memorable Experiences at the Happiest Place on Earth

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Dec 18, 2018 3:44:08 PM

In between visits with Mickey Mouse and Cinderella, Disney World guests can shop, dine, and find evening entertainment at Disney Springs, a themed promenade with four neighborhoods. Disney Springs houses more than 150 shops and dining experiences, including several notable flagship retail locations.

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Applauding California DSA's New Electronic Plan Review

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Dec 12, 2018 2:42:45 PM

Salas O'Brien designs facilities that are a part of our everyday lives, whether they are the complex facilities where we work, produce, manufacture, and create, or the places our kids go to school, the universities that educate and research, the hospitals that rehabilitate, or the facilities that power our mobile world.

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Why Our Change Orders Are Three Times Lower Than Industry Average

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Dec 5, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Cumulative change orders on a large building will cause construction to run anywhere from 11-15% over budget and 10-20% over schedule. At Salas O’Brien, we’ve studied our change order rate and discovered that we consistently keep our change orders below 3% of construction costs. This means that on a typical $1 million construction project with 10% contingency, owners would save at least $70,000 in final construction cost alone, just by partnering with Salas O’Brien.

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How Growing Differently Puts Our Clients First

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 27, 2018 1:15:00 PM

At a recent ESOP shareholder meeting, CEO Darin Anderson spoke to Salas O’Brien’s employee-owners about how the company’s core values impact our growth, and what that means for the future.

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TRS Joins the Salas O'Brien Family

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 19, 2018 1:38:07 PM

Salas O’Brien is thrilled to welcome Concord, California-based Technical Roof Services (TRS) into the Salas O’Brien family.

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Topics: Expect a Difference, Growth, Opportunity, Waterproofing, Building Envelope, Roofing

When Commissioning Saved $900,000

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 10, 2018 11:15:00 AM

At Salas O'Brien, we believe in commissioning. And though code now requires commissioning in more places than ever, we've always believed that the energy savings and long-term value that commissioning provide make it the right thing to do.

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Interview: Partnering with the US Military

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Oct 22, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Salas O'Brien has for many years partnered with our government and military to improve infrastructure and serve our men and women in uniform. And it's no surprise that our office in San Diego has an especially deep and long-standing portfolio in engineering and commissioning for the military.

In this brief interview, Farzad Tadayon, Managing Principal in San Diego, shares why he loves working with our military and some of the unique challenges and opportunities these projects bring.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, Military, San Diego

Mel Kalmans Celebrates Nearly 60 Years in Industry, Announces Retirement for End of 2018

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Oct 17, 2018 12:45:00 PM

Mel Kalmans, co-founder of Salas O’Brien’s Houston office and an industry veteran of nearly 60 years, announced his retirement yesterday in a meeting with the Salas O'Brien teams in Texas and Louisiana. To ensure a smooth transition for clients, Mel’s retirement will take place at the end of 2018.

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