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President's Message

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be in our new headquarters! Watching our team come together and collaborate, being sociable and working cohesively really makes me feel happy. I can’t say thank you enough to our wonderful integrated team who designed and built this incredible showcase of our team’s talents. It is so great to see how quickly people are using the resources designed for collaboration and teamwork.
As we settle into our new space, you’ll notice the unique names of our common spaces. These all have particular meaning to Aaron and I, as they have given us inspiration—some of it whimsical—through the years. Here are a few notable examples:
  • Incredibles Room: This is named after my grandfather’s team of “Incredibles” at Boeing and their engineering marvel of designing and building the first 747 airplane in just 16 months.
  • Curie Bar: Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only Nobel laureate to win in two different science disciplines—physics and chemistry.
  • Dodgeball Hub: “If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball.” Enough said!
  • Disney Room: Named after a man who showed us all that “It’s Kind of Fun to do the Impossible.”

New to Ausland

Bill Shaw—Job Captain
Bill joins our design team in the Eugene office having previously worked at several architecture firms. He has a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams College.  Originally from Rhode Island, Bill has lived in Oregon for the past 23 years where he has worked for architecture firms in Coos Bay and Eugene. He has experience in a wide range of commercial and institutional projects including an extensive healthcare portfolio. Bill is committed to the ideal of problem solving through design.
Fun Fact: Bill has a love / hate relationship with his numerous home improvement projects.
Ted Hicks—Associate Project Manager
After nearly 20 years working in construction in Ohio, Ted joins the Grants Pass construction team. He has a vast experience with a number of different project types including retail tenant improvements, medical facilities, commercial offices and projects from the ground up. He even got to work on an indoor racetrack for electric go-carts! Ted and his wife have three kids.
Fun Fact: Ted is an Eagle Scout and loves to garden. He previously ran a 36-bed community garden which donated much of its produce to a community church.
Israel Salcedo——Architectural Draftsman

Israel joins our design team in the Grant Pass office having recently moved from Yreka, California. He has been an architectural draftsman for more than 20 years and designed many custom homes in an award-winning development. He has played an integral part in projects ranging from re-imaging of fast food chains, school modernizations and new commercial buildings. Commercial architecture is appealing to him for its limitless design possibilities. He enjoys the outdoor opportunities that Southern Oregon has to offer. Camping, hiking and kayaking are particular draws to him. Israel is also a big fan of Oregon football and the Oakland Raiders.
Fun Fact: Israel once walked from Reno, Nevada to the Utah border on what’s known as “The Loneliest Road in America”

Ausland Swag

Come one, come all to the Ausland Reward Store. It is that time of year again when Ausland wants you to go shopping on us. You are given $100 credit to buy whatever Ausland swag you’d like. For anything over $100 you can use a debit or credit card. Look for the email with details.
Have fun shopping!

Why Performance Reviews are Important to Your Success

By Nancy
Performance reviews are formal assessments in which managers evaluate an employee’s performance, identify strengths and opportunities, offer feedback and set goals. These reviews are designed to help employees understand what they’re doing well, how they can improve, set expectations, and illustrate how their work aligns with department and company goals.
At Ausland, our performance reviews occur in May and November.
This is a great occasion for improving communication between employees and managers which builds stronger working relationships. It also provides a career path and establishes goals for professional growth. Performance reviews also allow employees to share feedback with their managers. With this upcoming round of reviews, employees and managers have an opportunity for “360 feedback” to help enhance our ability to proactively work together.
This review time should include positive dialogue. This is not a one-way street. It is a team-building exercise.

Self-assessments are just as important. It gives us the ability to examine ourselves to find out how much progress we have made since our last review. It is a skill that helps us monitor our own work and/or abilities, to find out what our obstacles and strengths are, and then to self-diagnose relevant solutions. The main goal you want to achieve with doing Self-assessments is to highlight what you feel and think... Here are some helpful tips to make your assessments solid.
Some self-assessment tips:
• Be proud and make it count
• Be honest. Identify areas to improve or where you need assistance
• Continuously strive for growth
• Track and list accomplishments
• Be professional
The Right Boot for the Job
Your safety equipment must meet the requirements of your job. The advantage of each type of protective covering for the feet, shoe or boots has merit but a particular operation calls for a particular boot. If you work in water over one foot deep, it goes without saying that the best boot is the hip boot.
Your foot will remain dry and the only caution is the possibility of foot infection if anyone else also wears the same boot. During concrete pours, where the concrete is bound to be up to a foot deep, one should use an overshoe. They eliminate foot troubles since you wear your own shoes. In addition, the buckles hold the overshoe close to the ankles for more support and there is nothing flopping or hanging from the top of the overshoe.
However, this overshoe has limitations. If during a concrete pour, the concrete is over a foot and a half deep, it is possible that cement in liquid form will seep into the top of the overshoe, presenting a possibility of cement infection. Some prefer the over-the-shoe boot, sometimes referred to as the engineer's boot. This boot does not appear to be as snug around the leg as the overshoe. As one walks, the top of the boot seems to flop or hang to some extent.
Don't forget if you work in a shop or on most construction sites, that steel-toed boots are the best bet for protection. Wearing old athletic or casual shoes can easily result in punctures from stepping on sharp objects to crushed feet from heavy equipment and falling objects.
Any of the above boots are good, but let's use our best judgement as to the type needed for the particular work at hand. They should also be ANSI (American National Standards Institute) approved.

How it works:

1. Gather up all your friends/contacts.
2. Refer/recruit them to join Ausland by:
Emailing their resume to
or have them apply 
Email your friends’ phone numbers to Nancy and she will reach out to them.
3. Keep track of your referrals and receive:
  • $500* for each hire
  • $100 Dinner Gift Card for every referral interviewed.
  • $10 Dutch Bros. Gift Card for every resume received


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