Business news Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

Posted Aug. 10, 2011, at 5:19 p.m.

Professional engineers

BANGOR, Maine — WBRC Architects-Engineers in Bangor, Portland and Sarasota, Fla., has announced that Anna Faloon and Adam Gillespie have received their Professional Engineer licenses.

Faloon is a civil engineer specializing in federal, state and local permit preparation; LEED project documentation, stormwater management analysis and design, and utility infrastructure design. She also provides expertise in spec writing and construction administration activities.

Faloon earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in civil engineering from the University of Maine in 2006, and has been employed at WBRC for the five years. Her recent projects include the Bangor Arena, Pine Tree Camp, the new Hampden Academy and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.

Gillespie is a structural engineer who began his employment with WBRC in 2004 while a student at the University of Maine. In 2005, he earned a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, with a focus in structures. He is a member of the Structural Engineer Association of Maine.

Specializing in analysis and design of building foundations and structures, Gillespie also performs fieldwork including special structural inspections, field investigation, condition assessment, and load rating and reinforcement of existing structures.

His recent projects include Hampden Academy, MDI Biological Laboratory, Jackson Laboratory Bioinformatics, Husson Meeting House, Aubert Hall renovations at the University of Maine, Orono Public Library and the Bangor Police Department.

New cell tower

OLD TOWN — U.S. Cellular continues to invest in its high-speed nationwide network with a new cell site in Old Town to help residents and businesses stay connected to information and people. The new site will increase U.S. Cellular’s coverage in Old Town and Milford and along Routes 2A, 2, 43 and 178. It is one of more than 325 towers U.S. Cellular has built across the state.

This network enhancement is part of U.S. Cellular’s commitment to providing an ideal experience when customers use their phones, officials said, adding that U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, and offers unique benefits, including new phones faster without continually signing contracts.

“Creating the best network in Maine to ensure that our customers stay connected is a top priority. We take pride in knowing our customers can rely on our network and enjoy the many features their cellphone has to offer no matter where they are,” said Eric Conlon, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England.

To select locations, U.S. Cellular has teams of system performance engineers who drive through the company’s network coverage area, sometimes hundreds of miles a day, to test signal strength and call quality. U.S. Cellular also listens to customer feedback to help identify communities that would benefit from another tower.

Administrative excellence

BREWER — Patty Patterson, past president of the Bangor Area Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, was chosen runner-up for the 2011 OfficeTeam Administrative Excellence Award.

The award recognizes outstanding performance and dynamic accomplishments of an administrative professional who demonstrates commitment to leadership, education and operational efficiency in his or her organization, and who provides meaningful contributions to the employer.

There were nearly 300 nominations from the United States and Canada, with one winner and two runners-up chosen by the selection committee. The awards were announced on July 26 at the IAAP International Education Forum and annual meeting in Montreal. Additionally, OfficeTeam and IAAP will help recognize each of the honorees locally, among their peers.

For more information on the OfficeTeam Administrative Excellence Award, visit http://www.officeteamaward.com. For more information about IAAP, visit the website at http://www.iaap-bangorarea.org.

Special Olympics

TD Bank has raised more than $1 million for Special Olympics through TD Bank’s third annual “Be a fan” campaign. The bank surpassed its goal through in-store donations, wristband sales at TD Bank store locations, and internal employee fundraising for six weeks. TD Bank customers and employees purchased more than 168,000 “Be a fan” wristbands.

This year, more than 3,000 TD Bank employees pledged their time to volunteer at Special Olympics events, including Summer Games events throughout the TD Bank footprint.

Funds raised in each state go directly to the respective local Special Olympics chapter.

Harley winner

BANGOR — Dawn Faulkingham of Belfast was the winner of a 2011 Harley-Davidson DYNA Super Glide from Central Maine Harley-Davidson during the grand prize giveaway on July 23 at Hollywood Slots.

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