A red target visual with "Target Zero" in large letters. "No incidents. No injuries" in smaller letters.

Lets take a moment to reflect on the “impossibles” in history that are now a reality; electricity, putting a man on the moon, cell phones, vehicles that are more advanced than the first Mercury 1 capsule, and the list goes on. Sure, these are all technology based, but there was a common mindset that needed to be overcome to accomplish these monumental achievements; the mindset that it’s impossible.

I’ve been carrying the torch and beating the drum of Zero Injuries for 12 years, and I’m still marching on.  It’s all about aligning in a belief system that we won’t tolerate any injuries. If we are not striving for zero injuries, then we are saying that injuries are ok, that they’re acceptable, which is absolutely not okay.

Before the second Industrial Revolution of the early 1900’s, it was acceptable to consider that you could die to earn a paycheck. People were viewed as tools to generate revenue, they weren’t viewed as living, breathing human beings with feelings, emotions, abilities, families…value. There weren’t any employee protections then, there were labor laws, but padding a handshake with officials made them turn a blind eye to the poor conditions that employees were working in and the hazards they were unnecessarily being exposed to. One in every 686 people died at work in 1900, truly disturbing.

In the US, we no longer view a paycheck as something to die for.  You don’t have to risk your life to support yourself and your family. We have OSHA (enacted in 1970) and firm federal, state, and local labor laws that serve to protect workers, and thereby eradicate the mindset that people have no value other than making money off them. With these entities in place, the fatality rate for 2022 was 1 for every 32,600. We’ve made great strides, but we need to keep striving for the zero mark; and it’s only achievable if we believe that it can be a reality.

If we all take a moment to realize that we can’t tolerate or accept that injuries are unavoidable, we can all make a difference. If we take time to firmly stand and say, “no one is going to get hurt on my project”, then we are already working toward the goal of zero injuries. Through teamwork, collaboration, and dedication, we can make zero injuries a reality, because I believe that it’s already a possibility, we just have to make it so.



A red target visual with "Target Zero" in large letters. "No incidents. No injuries" in smaller letters.

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” – Vince Lombardi

Lets take a moment to reflect on the “impossibles” in history that are now a reality; electricity, putting a man on the moon, cell phones, vehicles that are more advanced than the first Mercury 1 capsule, and the list goes on. Sure, these are all technology based, but there was a common mindset that needed to be overcome to accomplish these monumental achievements; the mindset that it’s impossible.

I’ve been carrying the torch and beating the drum of Zero Injuries for 12 years, and I’m still marching on.  It’s all about aligning in a belief system that we won’t tolerate any injuries. If we are not striving for zero injuries, then we are saying that injuries are ok, that they’re acceptable, which is absolutely not okay.

Before the second Industrial Revolution of the early 1900’s, it was acceptable to consider that you could die to earn a paycheck. People were viewed as tools to generate revenue, they weren’t viewed as living, breathing human beings with feelings, emotions, abilities, families…value. There weren’t any employee protections then, there were labor laws, but padding a handshake with officials made them turn a blind eye to the poor conditions that employees were working in and the hazards they were unnecessarily being exposed to. One in every 686 people died at work in 1900, truly disturbing.

In the US, we no longer view a paycheck as something to die for.  You don’t have to risk your life to support yourself and your family. We have OSHA (enacted in 1970) and firm federal, state, and local labor laws that serve to protect workers, and thereby eradicate the mindset that people have no value other than making money off them. With these entities in place, the fatality rate for 2022 was 1 for every 32,600. We’ve made great strides, but we need to keep striving for the zero mark; and it’s only achievable if we believe that it can be a reality.

If we all take a moment to realize that we can’t tolerate or accept that injuries are unavoidable, we can all make a difference. If we take time to firmly stand and say, “no one is going to get hurt on my project”, then we are already working toward the goal of zero injuries. Through teamwork, collaboration, and dedication, we can make zero injuries a reality, because I believe that it’s already a possibility, we just have to make it so.



Starting off 2024 with a BANG as we were notified on January 9th that O’Brien’s build team was selected by the City of Astoria as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) for the Astoria Public Library Renovation project. This will be our first major project in downtown Astoria as well as our first CMGC collaboration with Hennebery Eddy Architects.

Led by Astoria-native Derek Salo as Project Manager teamed with David Weathers as Superintendent, this dynamic duo carried the interview with themes that we are LOCAL, EXPERIENCED, and COLLABORATIVE.

Speaking of collaboration, our marketing team developed the “project placemat” shown above to help guide and focus the 1-hour interview. We used the placemat to respond directly to the questions we had been provided in advance and to summarize key aspects of our team, relevant experience, and ongoing support of coastal communities here in Oregon.

It is great to kick off the New Year with this big win! Preconstruction begins immediately and the build is scheduled to start in September of this year. 



Starting off 2024 with a BANG as we were notified on January 9th that O’Brien’s build team was selected by the City of Astoria as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) for the Astoria Public Library Renovation project. This will be our first major project in downtown Astoria as well as our first CMGC collaboration with Hennebery Eddy Architects.

Led by Astoria-native Derek Salo as Project Manager teamed with David Weathers as Superintendent, this dynamic duo carried the interview with themes that we are LOCAL, EXPERIENCED, and COLLABORATIVE.

Speaking of collaboration, our marketing team developed the “project placemat” shown above to help guide and focus the 1-hour interview. We used the placemat to respond directly to the questions we had been provided in advance and to summarize key aspects of our team, relevant experience, and ongoing support of coastal communities here in Oregon.

It is great to kick off the New Year with this big win! Preconstruction begins immediately and the build is scheduled to start in September of this year. 



Visit https://www.oregoncoast.org/art-trail/ for your free Lincoln City Art Trail Digital Passport, which features this colorful mural at The North Haven, as well as other artful discoveries for both residents and visitors in this charming coastal community.

Located adjacent to what is arguably billed as THE WORLD’S SHORTEST RIVER, our current project renovating The North Haven is interesting for its colorful exterior art wall, and for providing our team with the challenges of transforming the building’s use and its physical environment.

Built originally as The Inn at Lincoln City at D River, this 57-room hospitality gem was purchased by a community-minded developer who turned it into temporary housing for people displaced by the 2021 fires at the nearby town of Otis. Now that the temporary use is no longer needed, O’Brien is converting the former hotel into condominiums with a complete building gut and remodel, new framing to repair weathering issues, and new living units replacing the former hotel lobby.

O’Brien Superintendent Dakota Weathers said that due to the building envelope’s poor condition, the team had to tear off and replace one entire exterior wall, while simultaneously constructing new gravity walls for the project’s demolition and reconstruction. “We had to build a whole deck system put up to the joists and then build walls to support the next floor up above so that we could rip out and replace the rotten wood,” Dakota explained.

However, our team is not making any changes to the building’s most unique exterior feature, its vibrantly colored mural which depicts two octopi swimming towards each other, tentacles outstretched. The mural was created within a 47-hour time span by artists Goonie Wolfe, Anthony Ortega and TME Crew. Anthony Ortega is a fine artist and tattoo artist based out of Reno, Nevada with a heavy background in large-scale art installations.



Visit https://www.oregoncoast.org/art-trail/ for your free Lincoln City Art Trail Digital Passport, which features this colorful mural at The North Haven, as well as other artful discoveries for both residents and visitors in this charming coastal community.

Located adjacent to what is arguably billed as THE WORLD’S SHORTEST RIVER, our current project renovating The North Haven is interesting for its colorful exterior art wall, and for providing our team with the challenges of transforming the building’s use and its physical environment.

Built originally as The Inn at Lincoln City at D River, this 57-room hospitality gem was purchased by a community-minded developer who turned it into temporary housing for people displaced by the 2021 fires at the nearby town of Otis. Now that the temporary use is no longer needed, O’Brien is converting the former hotel into condominiums with a complete building gut and remodel, new framing to repair weathering issues, and new living units replacing the former hotel lobby.

O’Brien Superintendent Dakota Weathers said that due to the building envelope’s poor condition, the team had to tear off and replace one entire exterior wall, while simultaneously constructing new gravity walls for the project’s demolition and reconstruction. “We had to build a whole deck system put up to the joists and then build walls to support the next floor up above so that we could rip out and replace the rotten wood,” Dakota explained.

However, our team is not making any changes to the building’s most unique exterior feature, its vibrantly colored mural which depicts two octopi swimming towards each other, tentacles outstretched. The mural was created within a 47-hour time span by artists Goonie Wolfe, Anthony Ortega and TME Crew. Anthony Ortega is a fine artist and tattoo artist based out of Reno, Nevada with a heavy background in large-scale art installations.