Professional Culture

Celebrating (and Commemorating) that Summer State of Mind

It's always summer somewhere.

— Lily Pulitzer

As many of us shift from barbeques and picnics to the changing colors of fall, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on an exciting and successful AEI summer — bustling with collaborative team events regionally and nationwide.

AEI Madison: Feats of Strength

The office’s third annual AEI Feats of Strength: Squat 4 Habitat competition, AEI Madison's late summer picnic provides an exciting opportunity for individuals to raise money for Habitat for Humanity while showing off some serious gains. Together, four individuals lifted over 1,500 pounds, raising almost $2,000 for this vital nonprofit providing community housing solutions locally and across the globe.

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AEI athletes in action!


AEI Chapel Hill: Hops for Hope

Collectively raising over $400,000 this year — with AEI Chapel Hill contributing nearly $12,000 — Hops for Hope pairs local organizations and breweries together in support of Children’s Flight of Hope (CFOH), a Raleigh-based nonprofit providing life-saving air transportation services to children needing specialized treatment and medical care.

The annual campaign includes multiple activities throughout the summer and culminates in a final showdown where each team competes for the best custom craft beer creation and corresponding championship.

AEI Chapel Hill collaborated with locally based Durty Bull Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, on its signature craft creation — Tropic Like It's Hot Seltzer.

AEI Charlottesville & Seattle: Suiting Up Coast to Coast

From the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest, team members from AEI Charlottesville and AEI Seattle were excited to partake in two engineering site visits investigating surgical and cleanroom space.

East Coast: Taking the Night Shift

As part of an air handling unit replacement effort, individuals from AEI Charlottesville took the night shift at a prominent academic medical center based in Charlottesville, Virginia, to evaluate existing conditions — including temperature, humidity, and pressure control — across three operating rooms. Documenting the current systems and equipment with a Matterport camera, this late-night field investigation provided vital project technical data while minimizing the team's presence in an active clinical facility.

West Coast: Exploring Cleanroom Central

Meanwhile, in Seattle, team members were thrilled to observe a Class 100 cleanroom, as well as ISO 5, ISO 6, and ISO 7 cleanroom spaces. In addition to examining the various engineered systems and utilities servicing the building, the team analyzed the facility's process equipment with the goal of using key post-occupancy data to help inform future project designs.

Each site visit — the first of its kind for some individuals — provided exciting opportunities for hands-on learning and technology utilization, as well as encouraging team collaboration and project engagement.

Members from AEI Charlottesville engineering and commissioning teams suiting up for the hospital night shift.

AEI Seattle team members suiting up for their cleanroom tour at a high-profile research and development facility.

AEI San Francisco: Sports, Sun, and Fun!

From community and team events to client outings, AEI San Francisco (AEI SF) had a blast connecting with clients, coworkers, and colleagues all summer long. Some of this season's exciting festivities included:

  • In-house fantasy football draft
  • Port of San Francisco boat cruise
  • Summer picnic at Lafayette Reservoir
  • Habitat for Humanity home construction
  • San Francisco Recreation and Parks volunteer landscaping

A 20-year office tradition, AEI San Francisco takes fantasy football very seriously.

Soaking up the California sun as part of the ISPE San Francisco | Bay Area Chapter's 27th Annual Fun Day.

The team participated in several ISPE San Francisco | Bay Area activities, including the chapter's first food science and technology event — featuring insights by AEI SF's very own Meriber Ramos — as well as the 2022 ISPE Fun Day hosted in Napa.

This Wine Country celebration provided opportunities to connect with colleagues, project partners, and pharmaceutical industry leaders while, of course, partaking in exclusive regional wine tasting accompanied by a legendary lobster feed.