From the Woof Pack Wine Club to regular Yappy Hours and Pups & Pinot Fridays, Black Dog Vineyard is leading the pack in welcoming visitors to bring along their 4-legged friends to explore its dog-friendly winery tasting room and vineyard.

…and summer is a great season to enjoy wags and wines at these other canine-friendly gems built by O’Brien!

Abbey Road Farm

Carlton, OR

“Abbey Road Farm Winery and Tasting Room sits atop our stunning 82-acre site. We produce our diverse array of small-batch wines on-location with respect to old-world philosophies and a focus on modern techniques”

Abbey Road Farm

Alexana Winery

Newberg, OR

“Alexana’s 80-acre Revana Estate Vineyard is situated in the heart of the Willamette Valley within the pristine Dundee Hills AVA. It is one of the most geologically diverse vineyard sites in North America if not the world with 55 planted acres on 18 different soil types.”

Alexana Winery

Cho Wines

Hillsboro, OR

“Community driven & sustainably focused. CHO symbolizes the celebration of our commonality.  All living matter consists of the most basic elements carbon, hydrogen and oxygen (CHO). The building blocks of the food and drink we share at our table, the people we share it with, remind us that we are ALL connected here on earth.

CHO Wines

Van Duzer Vineyards

Newberg, OR

“Perched atop a striking knoll and surrounded by vines on three sides, we designed our Tasting Room to give those willing to make the journey a true reward. Visitors are greeted with panoramic valley views and a front row seat to one of the region’s most unique geologic effects …the Van Duzer Corridor.”

Van Duzer Vineyards

Q&A with Greg

I’ve always enjoyed building things. I especially enjoy building houses and hotels. I like to seeing the progression of the projects from beginning to start.

I work out of the Cannon Beach office or the jobsite. It’s closest to my projects and where I live. I’ve lived in Nehalem my whole life. My first project for O’Brien was actually in Nehalem.

Be a good communicator. It makes the projects go smoother. I talk with subs on the phone in addition to email/schedule so we are all on the same page.

Going camping with my kids at Cook Creek campground. I look forward to it every year.

Be reliable, be willing to do tasks and have a good attitude while doing it. Ask lots of questions. Also, be willing to learn and want to better yourself and move up in the company.

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Andrew and Derick on a jobsite
Andrew and Derick at a jobsite in Newport.
Dakota and Jimmie on a jobsite
Dakota and James at a jobsite in Garibaldi.

We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone: Andrew Adams and James Callister have earned the first nationally portable credentials for the NCCER Core from Tillamook Bay Community College. TBCC went to great lengths to help us refine and relaunch the OCJATC’s program as a Related Training Provider. They procured certifications, obtained grants, partnered with other community colleges, and established access to their training for our fellow OCJATC member’s Apprentices in Central Oregon.  Andrew and James have just completed their academic year in the program as Apprentices working on O’Brien’s coast projects. 

In addition to their accomplishments, David Weathers also just completed a first. To facilitate the delivery of this related training to our own Apprentices, he was hired by TBCC as an Adjunct Instructor. All the training was done at the newly constructed Nestucca CTE center (Career Technical Education ) where David over sought the build. This is his 2nd year leading instruction and supporting the growth of our Apprenticeship program.  As his full-time day job, he is also our most tenured Senior Superintendent and oversees all labor on the Coast. Thank you, David!

The 4-year Carpenter Apprenticeship requirements are 576 hours per year of related classroom training and a total of 8,000 hours of on-the-job. Andrew and James work each day, under the mentorship of a Journeyman Carpenter who oversees their on-the-job hours as defined by the BOLI standards.  They attend classes and study sessions in the evenings taught by a TBCC Instructor. Then attend in person Saturday labs, taught by David Weathers, where a project is built which focuses on the work processes required for that portion of the course. If that sounds like a bunch of extra work that they are all committed to, then you are correct…it is! Andrew has over 2,950 on-the-job hours as of last month and James has just over 1,000 since joining the program last September.

Andrew holds a special place in the heart of this program as he embarked on this journey with us during the initial year. His commitment was unwavering as the issues of a brand-new program were worked through and an accredited related training provider was secured. He even had to endure starting over with some of his coursework. Thank you, Andrew!

We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the entire team for their dedication and hard work in making this achievement possible. The goal of building a skilled workforce for the future is in our sites.

Portrait photo of O'Brien team member Alex Noble