Training & Teamwork Within Our Own Community

Teams Building Bridges

We had a company training session in May for our entire team at our new headquarters in Pittsford. We do these periodically throughout the year to keep everyone sharp and in tune to our mission – and to our team.

Each training session has some fun and creative team-building exercises that everyone seems to enjoy.

Men in sweatshirts building a model bridge

Learning Valuable Skills

One of the events was building bridges with a very limited set of materials with which to work, as you can see in the photos.

The sparse materials consisted of string, sticks, paper, and a hot glue gun. All that was needed to build a strong bridge was teamwork, planning and a very healthy dose of creativity!

No problem. We’ve got this!

Men & women posing with bridge and toy truck

Collaboration is the Key

All four teams had a great time collaborating and gathering ideas and input from all members, on how to design and then build a bridge that met the length requirements and could bear the weight of the dump truck loaded with bricks.

If it sounds or looks difficult, it’s because it was! Fortunately nobody was deterred by the challenges that lie ahead!

Man using hot glue to build a wooden bridge

Accomplishing Goals

I have to say there was some nail biting as we watched those dump trucks easing their way toward the middle – the most vulnerable spot on all the bridges. In the end, however, it was exciting and rewarding to see the accomplishments and the pride of ownership of the teams whose bridges passed the test. I am proud to say that ALL FOUR TEAMS BUILT BRIDGES THAT PASSED THE LOAD TEST! That’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment in my book.

Congratulations and thank you TEAM Carpenter & Costin! You’ve proven once again that you understand and value the importance of relationship building – and we all had a little fun.

People building a model bridge

Faith in the Team

About Russ Marsan

Ever since I was a little kid, I remember spending as much time outdoors as I possibly could. Hiking, climbing, fishing, swimming, sledding, skiing, skating—you name it, I loved it. As I grew up, I began noticing that when my family and friends were outdoors, whether in the woods for a hike or in the backyard at a BBQ, they were more peaceful, inquisitive, conversational and adventurous than in their everyday work lives. My vision began forming way back then, which is to get kids, families and communities outside, enjoying all four seasons. Today, my life remains centered around my wonderful wife and kids, our families and friends and enjoying life in our great outdoors. Helping others enjoy the outdoors has become the mission of Carpenter & Costin, which is truly a labor of love!

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