Volume 1, Issue Number 2 January  10, 2005

Limbach’s “One Step Ahead” Construction Method Reaps Big Savings For Hospital

William Beaumont Hospital South Tower Project, Royal Oak, Mich. Sheet Metal Contractor: Limbach Company, Pontiac, Mich.

Space limitations and time constraints are always a critical issue when a hospital is under construction. The William Beaumont South Tower Project proved no different. The Limbach Company managed to effectively address these issues early on in the project to avoid future complications.

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A Message From The Chairman: Keeping The Idea Floodgates Open

Matthew Smith
It was as if we opened the floodgate for ideas, advice and success stories from more than one hundred HVAC Contractors. To keep things interesting some of you threw in a horror story or two as we tend to learn more from our failures, now don’t we? That was the scenario at this past year’s SMACNA HVAC Contractors Forum in Maui.

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New MasterFormat Makes HVAC Separate Division

Forty years after its introduction as the industry-wide format for organizing construction information, the 2004 edition of the MasterFormat has undergone the largest transformation in its history.

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Bid Specs Task Force To Provide Complete Divison 23 Education Package

SMACNA’s Bid Specification task force is updating SMACNA’s bid specifications document to develop a bid scope for use with general contractors and owners. The new document will be based on the new Construction Specifications Institute MasterFormat Division 23-HVAC and include other relevant HVAC system items not recognized in that division.

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SMACNA Looks To Address The Early Start-Up Issue In 2005

You know the line, “Come on, be a good guy start up the HVAC system now so our people can be comfortable and work more efficiently. It’s for the good of the entire construction project. Everybody’s depending on you.” Today, the issue also goes beyond comfort. Owners are requesting to utilize the HVAC systems for work-in-progress, such as curing floors or laminating countertops.

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