fire station bays at night

The current heat wave reminds all of us how critically important our first responders are here in the Pacific Northwest – so we are giving A BIG SHOUTOUT to all of our first responders in the communities in which O’Brien’s team lives and works!

Some of our favorite construction projects are the ones that are easily overlooked because they provide seismic reinforcement and other nearly invisible but important improvements to public safety facilities across the region. Our work in local fire stations, police stations, and other public works are helping to strengthen the physical infrastructure required for our first responders to do their important jobs safely and efficiently.

So join us in a BIG SHOUTOUT to our first responders in the Pacific Northwest for they deserve recognition for their invaluable contributions to safety, health, and community resilience. Their ongoing dedication and bravery are fundamental to the region’s well-being and security.

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

Stephanie Inn All Hands slide

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.

A brain with flowers

As we embrace the rejuvenating spirit of spring, it’s the perfect time to kickstart our journey towards better health and vitality. That’s why we’re thrilled to introduce our Q2 Wellness Initiative: “Spring into Health” – a celebration of physical wellness designed to inspire and empower you to live your best life.

Here’s what you can expect from our Spring into Health campaign

Fitness Challenges


Information Sharing Sessions


Stay tuned for more details on how to get involved and make the most of our Physical Wellness campaign.

In other exciting news, we have extended our first Wellness Initiative of the year through June so we can continue to support all our team members PREVENTATIVE CARE Wellness goals! Remember you can receive a $100 gift card just for going to a preventative care appointment such as those listed below.

  • Immunizations
  • Age-appropriate preventive exams and health screenings
  • Mental Health Screenings
  • Cancer screenings
  • Women’s health screenings
  • Well Child Exams