Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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ACCO Engineered Systems plays offensive coordinator at Levi’s Stadium

Building Levi’s Stadium—the San Francisco 49ers’ new home—six months quicker than the average National Football League stadium required careful coordination by the construction team
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Southland installs huge HVAC system for African American History Museum

As the National Museum of African American History and Culture rises on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall, Southland Industries has been installing the massive behind-the-scenes HVAC system that will keep thousands of visitors comfortable and historic artifacts preserved.
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Jobs are jumping in Detroit

As the city of Detroit continues on its path of financial restructuring and revitalization, some exciting major construction projects are transforming its neighborhoods and receiving national attention.
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CER Mechanical leaves it all hanging out ̶ Duct looks so good, architect takes out ceiling

High quality craftsmanship in ductwork often goes unnoticed, hidden behind the ceiling when installation is complete. Not so for SMACNA contractor CER Mechanical Corp. when installing a brand new HVAC system at a CVS Pharmacy in San Francisco’s historic district.
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What downturn? SmartMarket Report: Lean construction yields strong business benefits

The devastating impacts of the long recession have made it clear that, even as the economy slowly recovers, business as usual can no longer be an acceptable approach in the construction industry. Lean construction offers an alternative that allows companies to thrive in any economic conditions.
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Coming soon: New Minnesota Vikings stadium

When the new Minnesota Vikings football stadium opens in July 2016, the massive arena will sport a reminder of the Nordic Vikings of the past—a fixed translucent roof in the shape of a Viking longboat. Top SMACNA contractors working in partnership with Local 10 sheet metal workers are making the immense project happen.
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Federal change order practices can spell bankruptcy

The federal government is one of my firm’s largest customers and unfortunately, oftentimes they are slow to pay . . . very slow. In fact being paid can drag on and on, spanning multiple fiscal years.
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Reduce energy use with high-performance VAV systems

Variable-air-volume (VAV) systems provide comfort in many dif­ferent building types and climates.
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Five ways to use lean in green HVAC construction

Customers value building green. Did you know that by applying lean techniques in your HVAC business, you can reduce the cost of being green and make it affordable and desirable?
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If you build it [off-site], they [the projects] will come

Although skilled labor is in short supply, demand for abbreviated construction schedules and lower construction budgets remains a constant pressure for contactors. As a result, more contractors are using off-site fabrication, prefabrication, and modularization techniques on more construction projects.
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SMACNA introduces first Phenolic Duct Construction Standard

SMACNA’s first edition of the “Phenolic Duct Construction Standard” provides basic phenolic duct fabrication and installation standards that sheet metal contractors, code officials and design engineers will find useful. It is a new American National Standard.
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ICB certification builds fire-safety man-hours

SMACNA contractors John Sickle, co-owner and president of Duct Fabricators Inc. and Tom Martin Jr., president of T.H. Martin Inc., both of Cleveland, Ohio, are seizing the opportunities presented by new state requirements that fire damper inspections be done by ICB-certified technicians. Growth in fire-life safety inspections has a positive outlook.
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Ductmate buys spiral duct maker Lindab USA

Ductmate Industries Inc. (DMI Cos.) of Charleroi, Pa., a SMACNA associate member, recently purchased Lindab Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Lindab AB, the Swedish-based manufacturer of spiral ductwork and duct products.
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