How Drones Play a Part in Construction

(Originally posted by Jaclyn Selesky, Anchor / Reporter, NBCRightNow, 8/2017)

TRI-CITIES, WA – We see drones being used for almost everything today; from police work to wildfires, and now even construction. Crews are using them to mark progress at work sites. Reporter Jaclyn Selesky found out how they’re changing the construction industry.

“I think we’re hooked,” said Zak O’Brien, vice president of O’Brien Construction. “I can pick up the phone and within a day or two I can be analyzing that data in my office with my team.” O’Brien started using drones on his projects about two years ago. He has sites in both Washington and Oregon, so being able to get real-time aerial footage within hours has been a game changer.

“The three main factors that attracted us to drones technology was speed, cost and flexibility.”

The drones collect data, track the project’s status and a whole lot more that crews on the floor can’t do. Justin Coronado is the owner of UpAngle, a drone service in Richland. He says he has watched drones explode into almost every industry, including construction. “Before contractors had to hire helicopter pilots to come out and do that,” said Coronado. “You’d only see it being done on really, really big expensive projects and now the small contractor has the same ability to bring that same type of reach and marketing power to his own company.”

One of the many things Coronado’s company does is create time-lapse videos to see the project from beginning to end.

“The progression of a project site is really cool to see from when it goes to bare earth, just the dirt and all of a sudden you have steel being erected.”

O’Brien Construction Utilizes Drone Technology

(Kennewick, WA) O’Brien Construction has been utilizing the technology of using a drone on job sites in multiple ways. In one way, drones are being used to get an aerial view for inspections of a site before the project begins. This footage is used to show the management team the layout of the land, where to place material, the access points, etc. Drones are fitted with high definition cameras that allow the company to capture video footage and images that can be viewed by the construction team and the owner. This technology helps O’Brien be more efficient, save time and money on each project. For more information contact Mickel den Hoed

Warehouse project underway in Vista Field Industrial Park

(Originally Published in Tri-Cities Business News, 9/2017)
“Construction is underway on the Vista III warehouse in Kennewick. The first 40,000-square-foot building will be completed by end of year. A second is expected to be finished in March.”

A new warehouse is under construction in the Vista Field Industrial Park in Kennewick will look similar to four others nearby. O’Brien Construction plans two warehouses, totaling 80,000-square-feet of space, called Vista III north of Quay Street, around the corner from its other warehouses that have been in place for a decade. Owner Tom O’Brien said each warehouse is worth about $2 million.

The first 40,000-square-foot warehouse in Vista III on West Hood Place is targeted for completion by the end of the year, with an identical second building next door scheduled to be completed by the end of March. O’Brien has two identical buildings in King City as well.

He said Vista III is the third phase of his vision for land originally purchased from the Port of Kennewick. “I gambled and it paid off. So I gambled again and it paid off. I have faith in the Tri-Cities and I have faith in Vista Field,” O’Brien said. He bought 15 acres from the port a decade ago, with the expectation of future success. Tenants of his current warehouses mainly deal in distribution and wholesale, but also in retail.

“I believe Vista Field is the hub of the Tri-Cities.”
Tom O’Brien, owner of O’Brien Construction

Giving Back to the Community – Camp Patriot

O’Brien Provides Support and Tress System for the 6th Annual Camp Patriot 4th of July Fun Run

Camp Patriot is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded by Micah Clark of Richland, WA. They have a mission to empower and thank wounded and disabled military veterans of all generations though outdoor programs.

“Camp Patriot is so very appreciative of the support that O’Brien Construction Co. has graciously given them this year. While preparing for the 6th annual Camp Patriot 4th of July Fun Run, we approached OCCI to see if they had any ideas on a tress system at the finish line. We had a system derived from 5 gallon buckets, cement, and 10-ft. poles, but it had zero resistance to any wind. They were so quick to enthusiastically respond, saying they will figure something out. Within a few weeks they had found a beautiful sturdy tress system that they purchased for us. It looked fabulous at the finish line. They were so supportive of our event and even took part with their families. We are very thankful of their support.” ~ Janet Wilson, Race Director, Camp Patriot Fun Run

O’Brien Construction Produces “Who We Are” Video

“We’re still doing what made us such a strong construction company in the region. Our team works with our customers to find out how their business works, and we design a facility around that.”

That’s the opener for O’Brien Construction’s first video documentary. The full-feature, 5-minute version mixes a bit of biography and a bit of nostalgia, focusing on the company’s start in the construction industry in 1973, as well as project achievements throughout the past decade. The 5-minute presentation may be viewed on O’Brien Construction’s YouTube Channel.

For Media Inquiries, contact Mickel den Hoed at (509) 582-5525 or by email.

O’Brien Converts Small Shop Into Wine Tasting Room

“Couple leaves corporate world to open Frichette Winery on Red Mountain.”
Six months after saying goodbye to their life in California, Greg and Shae Frichette are happy with their decision to move to the Tri-Cities and launch their new business, Frichette Winery.