On Wednesday, February 23rd, IFMA Silicon Valley hosted their Volunteer Appreciation Mixer. Members and guests gathered to honor the contributions and volunteer efforts of within the Chapter. During the award ceremony, our very own, Estefania Perez was honored as IFMA SV’s Volunteer of the Year for 2021. Estefania has been highly involved in IFMA and other professional organizations as well as in the local community. We wish her a heartfelt congratulations from all of the management and staff at Advance Design Consultants, Inc. Her efforts make us proud and the award is well deserved. Congratulations, Estefania!
Team bonding and employee engagement is vitally important to ADC & ADC-CM. We have always valued having our management and staff engage together in fun, exciting and enriching ways. This past weekend, our staff was invited to participate in a Virtual Wine & Chocolate Weekend Kickoff. The companies created a wine & chocolate event featuring wines from Livermore winery, Wente Vineyards and local San Jose chocolatier, Mariette Chocolates. Guests received kits including a bottle of Wente wine, a box of gourmet truffles and food & chocolate pairing suggestions. The staff was joined by sommelier and food & wine expert/critic/podcaster, Max Trujillo for a tasting and Q&A session. After a little wine lesson, guests enjoyed time connecting with their colleagues and kicking off the weekend together.
On Friday, November 20th the ADC & ADC-CM team gathered for a Virtual Happy Hour. Over 25 employees and spouses/guests gathered for dinner, drinks and raffle from the comfort of their own homes. The companies provided each guest with a box with all the ingredients for their drinks so we could raise our glasses together and catch up. It was so great to see many familiar faces and get to a know a few new ones!
Thursday night, ASHRAE’s San Jose Chapter brought together ladies from across the HVAC and Engineering community in their virtual event, Women in ASHRAE Terrarium Workshop. ADC was proud to have a woman from our team participate. Approximately 30 women gathered on a Zoom meeting to network, socialize and learn to build mini terrariums. The social event celebrated diversity in ASHRAE and helped connect female engineers in the industry. They brought in a plant specialist from Succulence, a local San Francisco shop focused on unique plants, supplies, terrariums and vertical gardens. Prior to the Zoom, each participant received a kit with all the supplies needed to make their own mini succulent terrarium. Together the women learned about these unique plants, proper drainage & watering, and shared an evening of conversation and laughter while creating a unique piece for their homes. We are grateful for events like this that offer the opportunity to build relationships and support the women in the engineering fields.
Advance Design Consultants, Inc. is committed to serving the local business and governmental sectors during the COVID-19 crisis. We are uniquely qualified to provide design solutions to support urgent critical infrastructure expansions and renovations. ADC has the experience, passion, and expertise to help critical industries respond to ever-changing needs during this unprecedented time.
The design services performed by Advance Design Consultants, Inc. are within the critical infrastructure industry and public works and infrastructure support categories as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (i.e., DHS identifies construction/service contractors supporting the defense industrial base)*, and therefore we have a special responsibility to maintain our work schedule, productivity, and design.
Advance Design Consultants, Inc. has always employed a highly-skilled, collaborative team of architects, engineers, designers, planners and technical specialists who excel in their fields. ADC will to continue to work with our clients, partners, consultants and community to provide business continuity of the same services that you have come to expect from us. We are equipt and committed to delivering the architectural-engineering design and calculations services, communication, and collaboration needed to keep our projects moving ahead on schedule.
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Our small business size and agile infrastructure enables us to quickly adapt to the rapid pace of changes that are facing our industry and those we serve. ADC’s staff is mobilized to effectively Work From Home (WFH), yet has access to our office and all of the necessary tools and programs/software to deliver precise, tailored design solutions to meet your organizations needs. At the same time, as a small business supplier, we are committed to continuing to support the partnerships we have with other local consultants and service providers to keep our small business community strong throughout this challenging time.
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ADC is taking the COVID-19 situation seriously to protect the health and well-being of our employees, clients and partners. Our staff has been fully trained with regards to our Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan (IDORP) and is adhering to updates from Santa Clara County, the World Health Organization and the CDC. We are committed to quickly responding to any additional safety requirements and recommendations and are operationally ready to pivot and adjust to ensure we are putting safety at the forefront of our designs, communications and deliverables.
* For more information on DHS’s announcement please visit: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA_Guidance_on_the_Essential_Critical_Infrastructure_Workforce_Version_2.0_Updated.pdf.
This past weekend, ADC staff and executives attended the Soroptimist International of Santa Clara Silicon Valley (SISCSV) Classy Bag Affaire fundraiser. Soroptimist International of Santa Clara Silicon Valley is a dynamic, caring group of business, professional and women from all walks of life, dedicated to improving the well-being of women and girls. The fundraiser supports their Christmas Store which provides free gifts to underprivileged families during the holiday season. The Classy Bag Affaire included a charity luncheon, purse auction and raffles that all raised money for the SISCSV Christmas Store. Norma Elena and other ADC staff were grateful for the opportunity for our organization to give back to the local community and help those who are less fortunate. Every year, Advance Design Consultants executives seeks to create a brighter future for our team members, our communities and the world we live. Our partnership with SISCSV and participation in The Classy Bag Affaire and other events are a cherished opportunity to be a part of something greater.
ADC Vice President Lorenzo Rios, Jr. led a tour of the HVAC system at the historic Civic Auditorium in San Jose on Wednesday. ASHRAE members stepped away from the excitement of the Sharks’ game 7 and the Warriors game to investigate the built up air handler, the disguised decorative diffusers, the modular chiller, and the new electric service required for the addition of cooling. The addition of return grilles required penetrating a cast-in-place concrete wall and carbon reinforcements and are hidden in place with coverings that match the style of the building (the grilles are the three large squares in the included picture). The event venue operated without air conditioning until 2017, and the city had trouble with booking throughout the summer because of the high temperatures. With cooling added and operating, including a unit serving the stage, the concert hall now hosts events often regardless of the season. A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.
On March 21st, Advance Design Consultants & ADC Construction Management attended ISPE San Francico/Bay Area Chapter’s 28th Annual Vendor Night Exhibit Show. The night had a Casino Royal theme so attendees were able to visit our booth to try their hand at Roulette. While there were there they could also learn more about how Advance Design Consultants & ADC Construction Management can meet their Biopharma & Life Science AMEP & Construction needs. ADC & ADC-CM have a long history of serving biopharmaceutical companies design and construction needs including designing research laboratories, renovating manufacturing facilities, and designing for mission-critical automation processes, control systems and complex piping projects to support biopharmaceutical operations. Our team of engineers work with you on clean room design and advanced sterilization technology so that your R&D team’s vision can come to life on your production line.