Sparky’s Notes December 11, 2017


In this issue:

What’s New in the Field?
New to our Safety Team!
Wellness Corner
Branch Pursuits
Gene’s Gems
It’s Collins’ Selfies

Whats New in the Field?

Dublin Branch:

Below are some recent progress photos from the Pinole Valley High School Campus. The 240,000 square foot campus located on Pinole Valley Road will provide over 1,600 students and teachers a new state of the art high school. Final cost of the campus is estimated to be $230 million! It looks like a whole lot of work has been done since our last update. Keep up the great work, team!

Check out previous progress photos of this project HERE and HERE 

New to our Safety Team: DeWayne Anderson


 DeWayne joins us as our newest Safety Coordinator! He has an extensive background in safety, with experience in Public Safety, Power Plant Safety (Nuclear), Hi Rise Construction, and Large Projects, such as Apple Campus and Facebook! His hobbies include fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, and traveling (with a particular love of cruises). Sounds like an adventure lover to us!

Welcome aboard, DeWayne!


Everyone likes to indulge, and the holidays give us the perfect excuse to do so. While this usually comes with some unwanted pounds, there are simple ways to keep from eating too much. So whether you have a weight loss goal or are just trying to keep your waist from expanding, you can enjoy the holidays without having to stress. And you don’t have to skip dessert!


Here are 7 ideas for avoiding holiday weight gain:

      1. Don’t go hungry – Eat a snack before you attend a holiday party to avoid a snack binge.
      2. Choose quality over quantity – Plan to eat something you’ll really enjoy, like that piece of pumpkin pie or Christmas cookie. Ask yourself what you really want and then really enjoy it.
      3. Suggest a potluck – Bring something healthy that you want to eat.
      4. Use a small plate – You can fill your plate without overeating.
      5. Pile on the vegetables – then go to protein, followed by starch/carbs.
      6. Eat slowly – Taste and enjoy every bite. We tend to eat too fast, and it takes 15-20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain it’s full.
      7. Try again tomorrow – Go easy on yourself. If you fall off the wagon, don’t worry. Tomorrow is another day.

*Adapted from article on

Branch Pursuits

This week: The Metro Branch!

Upcoming Metro Projects Out For Bid:

Bid Date YR Br Est Project Name Location Estimator
# # Assigned
12/15/17 18 Met 011 CSU Stanislaus – Vasche Library  Renovation Turlock Dave
12/19/17 18 Met 015 San Joaquin General Hospital ER Department Remodel French Camp Jorge
12/21/17 18 Met TBD Airgas Stockton at PEI site Stockton Adam
12/22/17 18 Met 020 Patterson – Amazon HI Bay Replacement Patterson Rick
01/10/18 18 Met 016 Stanislaus County Emergency Generator Replacement Modesto Adam
01/18/18 18 Met TBD Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade Mariposa Corporate

Recently bid projects:

  • Costco E-Commerce Facility – Tracy, CA (12-12-17)
  • Delicato Vineyards Whitespace Project (12-08-17)
  • CSU Stanislaus Vasche Library Remodel Technical Proposal (12-08-17)
  • Modesto Water Corporation Yard (11-28-17)
  • UC Davis Fish Conservation & Culture Laboratory (11-30-17)
      1. Garrahan Electric – $1,000,000
      2. Collins Electric – $1,200,000
      3. Wolf Electric – $1,500,000
      4. SD Electric – $1,600,000

Good luck and keep up the great work, Metro!

♢♢♢ Gene’s Gems ♢♢♢

Word of the Week: Charitable

adj: relating to the assistance of those in need


Whether it’s donating, volunteering time, or simply lending a hand or a kind word to a loved one, there is always room to live charitably and compassionately this holiday season.


Collins Selfies

Even though we work hard, we play hard too. Every week, we’ll show off our most important resource: the Collins Electrical staff.

This week, we introduce to you…

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Jabin McDonald, Preconstruction Senior Project Manager from our Sacramento Branch!

Jabin had a couple of hours to kill after the site visit at the Hard Rock Casino in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago! Rock on, Jabin!

Check out all the Collins’ Selfies by searching for the hashtag #collinsselfie on Facebook.

Do you have a #collinsselfie to share? Post them to our page using the hashtag #collinsselfie or email Elaine at

Make sure to incorporate the Collins Electrical logo in a creative and fun way!

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