Howard Street Charter School
Opens Ahead of Schedule
"Before, we were living in
a 1927 building for 20 years,
now we get to live in a space that is new!
- Christina Tracy, Teaching Principal
"The new home of Howard Street Charter School!
So exciting to see this project open its doors, and sad to
close-out with the team as the project is coming to an end.
We're going to miss the highs that were shared during the
execution of this build.
This was originally built as a grocery store, over half a
century ago! The marks of previous construction work &
multiple re-models were evident everywhere, and to make
it the new home of a desirable educational facility came
with challenges. However, the team delivered. Applying
lean construction principles, 40+ companies came together
to work as a well-oiled machine to complete this project.
What started out as being a 9 1/2 month project to complete
was delayed due to constraints outside of the control of
any of the team members. The new start date meant that
there wouldn't be a place to hold classes for about 8 weeks,
and the school was then tasked with looking for temporary
classrooms. The well-oiled machine came through, and
the project met substantial completion 11 weeks ahead of
schedule! This meant no temporary classrooms, and a new
home for the students as soon as they were required to
evacuate their old location."
"This project is a great example of what can be achieved
with a great team that shares a vision to transform an
existing building into a new, productive environment for a
creative purpose." John Sladick - Project Superintendent
was asked in a recent interview for this article, "How were
you able to finish this project 10 weeks early?" "Everyone
working on the job had amazing team spirit." "A project
like this just doesn't happen on its own" The collaboration
between the Rich Duncan Construction team and the
subcontractors was integral. John always made sure
that everyone's voice counted.
"Setting weekly and daily
goals was always important." There was a meeting every
morning at 7 am with the Rich Duncan Crew and the temp
workers working on the job in order to keep everyone on
the same page. The project had a daily goal completion
average of 87% and a weekly goal completion average of
79%. "Everyone always had a clear sense of what the goal
"Finishing early was a win-win for everyone - there
was a period of two weeks after the school was supposed
to move out of the South Salem High School annex, where
they didn't know where they were going to house their
students. The school stood a chance of being homeless,
but I was going to make sure that wouldn't happen."
the big players involved in the project were all on the same
page - from the architect and the suppliers, to the owners
and Rich Duncan Construction itself." Expectations and
standards were always made clear to everyone working on
the job. John always kept a clean and organized job site.
"It pays to plan, and it pays to execute!" "Everyone always
worked with a sense of urgency." It's all just a part of the
Rich Duncan Construction's award winning dedication to
Why Are Baby Boomers So Angry?
TELLING YOUR STORY
MARY LOUISE VANNATTA
Regularly, the PRSA
(Public Relations Society
of America) publication
Strategies & Tactics reports
trends in the industry. The
Jan. 2020 issue suggests
that people are growing
angrier. They cite a 2018
Gallup Poll of more than
150,000 in 140 countries
reporting feeling more
stressed out, worried, and
angry than ever. For business, this trend is
worthy of consideration. As a baby boomer
myself, I also wanted to know why we are so
Baby boomers are the 76 million people
born between 1946 and 1964. We saw our
parents and grandparents struggle, fight in
wars, and work very, very hard. According
to AARP, Boomers, though they are getting
older (late '50s to early '70s), are still holding
on to their jobs and assets and are wielding
a good bit of economic control. Around 80
percent of the country's personal net worth
belongs to boomers. However, his does
not mean all Boomers are doing well, far
from it. A 2017 Economic Policy Institute
reports that 48 percent of the elderly are
economically vulnerable with 5.5 million
seniors facing food insecurity. The situation
only gets worse for women and minorities.
Besides being tired of hearing young
people saying "OK boomer," when you try
to share a story about what happened "back
in the day," there seems to be some genuine
irritation (although possibly propagated by
the media) directed toward millennials and
probably at life in general.
In an extremely informal poll, here are
some of the reasons we think boomers are
angry. You may have your own:
Missing out. Fun, vacations, and buying
nice things had been delayed until there was
enough money to help children with school
and pay off bills. Now Boomers are faced
with their own health issues, elderly parents,
and/or young adult children in need---
further delaying dreams.
Being blamed for the condition of
the world. Of course, as we know better,
we do better. Boomers are playing catchup
with a lot of science and changing
behaviors. Protests and awareness is fine
if it comes with a change in behavior for
everyone. Anger may come from bearing the
brunt of criticism from people, like entitled
celebrities, who take jets to the Oscars.
What's happening with technology.
We love all the gadgets and Facebook, but
they are getting more and more complicated
and people don't seem to be happier. In
Luke Fernandez and Susan J. Matt's new
book titled Bored Lonely Angry Stupid,
they examine how previous generations
embraced solitude. Today, we can't bear to
be alone and social media is making people
more anxiety-prone and stressed-out than
ever. The fragility and short attention span
can be difficult to deal with.
Lack of discernment in media
consumption. The days of "thinking for
yourself" or "researching other points of
view" or even being able to tolerate hearing
another point of view seems to be over. Youth
are surrounding themselves with people
and news sources that do not challenge
their world view. It can be frustrating when
it seems like everyone is offended by every
opinion. This makes it almost impossible to
develop diverse relationships with people of
So how do we avoid contributing to the
creation of an angry society?
Check out Keenan Emery's article on
millennials in this publication. It's essential
to consider how you would choose to live if
you grew up in their world; with oppressive
and ever-available technology. Try to meet
people where they are and listen to those
varying opinions. Be open to learning and
managing your use of new technology. Be
equally critical of the news sources you
consume. When your kids say, "OK boomer,"
laugh and tell them the story of how you
played outside all day and there were only
three TV channels anyway.
Mary Louise VanNatta, APR, CAE is the CEO of VanNatta Public Relations, a PR, event planning and consulting firm in Salem, Oregon. prsalem.com
Why Are Millennials So Angry?
WHAT TO KNOW AS A YOUNG PRO
Millennials are the
71 million people born
between 1981 and 1996.
They are entering the
parents, and experiencing
life differently than
And they are angry. At
least that is what pollsters
are telling us.
But why? For most,
it appears to stem from financial,
environmental and personal challenges.
Many feel that baby boomers and earlier
generations are leaving behind a damaged
planet. Furthermore, millennials are often
criticized by the media and boomers alike for
"having too many tattoos," taking days off
work, being lazy, switching jobs too much,
playing video games, etc.
Obviously, there are several reasons
millennials are angry, but let's focus on the
DEBT & UNFAIR EXPECTATIONS:
No, millennials didn't walk 75 miles to
school uphill both ways. Rather, they took
out loans to cover $50k - $100k for school,
just so they could land an entry-level job
making minimum wage. How much was
college when boomers were 18? According
to Yahoo Finance, public college in 1982 cost
Furthermore, there is a societal expectation
that young people get married, buy a house,
and start a family. However, due to massive
debt and lower pay scales, millennials
cannot afford marriage or children, much
less a house.
CLIMATE CHANGE & PLANET
NEGLECT: Climate change was ignored
and doubted for years. Forests were cleancut,
animals hunted to extinction, and now
the oceans are churning like the garbage
chute on the death star. Millennials are
angry because they are left to clean up the
mess of past generations.
WORKPLACE VALUES: Previous
generations worked long hours, sacrificed
family time, and stayed in jobs they hated
to "live the American dream." Now, people
are eschewing this mentality in favor of
maintaining a healthy, happy balance
between work and home life. Unfortunately,
the media and older people are vilifying
millennials for being soft, less work-oriented,
and less motivated. To some extent, they
may be right.
But millennials do have skills! They are
educated and tech-savvy. They know how
to type with both hands because they didn't
learn on a "typewriter" (whatever that is).
Heck, they even know how to silence their
phones and solve computer issues. "Help me
with this computer, millennial, you're my
Millennials are under steady scrutiny to
perform at the high level of expectations set
by the boomers. While they want to uphold
the standards of previous generations,
millennials are also striving to live healthy,
balanced lives, focusing on what makes them
happy and content.
So how do we avoid contributing to the
creation of an angry society?
Check out Mary Louise VanNatta's article
on boomers in this publication. It's essential
to consider how you would choose to live
if you grew up in their world; with wildly
different work expectations and values. Keep
in mind that each generation is doing their
best and working toward a common goal: a
better world and a happier life.
Keenan Emery works at VanNatta Public
Relations, a PR, Event Planning and Strategic
Communications firm located in Salem,
Oregon. PRSalem.com, Keenan@PRSalem.com