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OTO Sponsors "Baseball: The Tenth Inning" on WGBY
When we heard the news that Ken Burns’ “baseball” special, "The Tenth Inning"
, would contain detailed coverage of the Red Sox 2004 and 2007 World Series championship seasons, we wanted to be part of it! We proudly sponsor WGBY and Public Television and we are delighted to be a part of bringing this type of programming to western Massachusetts. Inside of Route 495, they may consider us to be from the Midwest, but western Mass Red Sox fans have all the passion for the game as our eastern Mass cousins. On September 28th and 29th, our TVs will be tuned-in to help us relive the glory of 2004 and 2007.
PCBs in Building Caulk: A Hidden Problem Surfaces
A possible health risk to building occupants from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is coming back into the news; and this can be particularly bad news for building owners. It turns out that the caulking material used to fill seams, cracks and void spaces in buildings in the past often contained high concentrations of the persistent environmental contaminant PCBs. The concern is heightened for buildings constructed, repaired or added on to in the period between about 1950 and 1978; PCBs were banned after this time.
Scientific studies conducted over the past 10 years have demonstrated a relationship between the presence of PCBs in caulk and low concentrations of PCBs in the indoor air inside of buildings. No one has yet shown that these very low concentrations of PCBs in air actually pose a health hazard, but in a number of cases EPA has taken the adamant position that any exposure to PCBs in air (particularly inside of schools) is hazardous to human health, and therefore the material must be removed.
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by OTO principal Jim Okun.
Continuing its involvement with high profile western Massachusetts construction projects, OTO is now a key team member on the "Hospital of the Future" construction project now underway by Baystate Health in Springfield, MA. Lead OTO Principal Mike Talbot, PE said "This $259 Million hospital renovation and construction project demonstrates Baystate Health’s continuing commitment to the health and well-being of the citizens of western Massachusetts. It is an honor to work with the outstanding professionals at this great institution".
OTO Sponsors NOVA on WGBY
OTO is now the local sponsor of the award winning science show NOVA
on Springfield’s public TV station, WGBY
. OTO executive committee member Valerie Tillinghast said: “After our sponsorship of the Ken Burn’s National Parks special, we were looking for an opportunity to extend our relationship with WGBY. The positive feedback we received from our National Parks sponsorship was very gratifying. Continuing with NOVA was an easy decision. The success of science education in our country is central to our business. NOVA stimulates scientific curiosity in children and adults; some of the young people who get turned on by NOVA will go on to become tomorrow’s engineers and scientists, and OTO is going to need them.”