Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

August 2018 Volume 52 Number 8
Data Centers

Cover Story

Data Centers: A New Frontier for Contractors

The business models of data centers have grown more complex. No longer does a data center serve as just a storage destination. Thanks to the cloud and advanced fiber optic technologies, data service providers offer huge bandwidth connections to companies whose business models rely on performance and convenience of connectivity.


Moving the Industry Forward With a Welcoming Workplace

With more attention being paid to discrimination and all forms of harassment in the workplace, employers are finding new and innovative ways to address unwanted behavior while creating a more welcoming workplace for all employees. This is true in the sheet metal industry as well.


Prevent Injuries: New Materials Handling Guide Available

SMACNA’s new Manual Materials Handling Program is a written model program that includes roles and responsibilities, risk factors, means of prevention, a matrix of material handling equipment, sample checklists, and ten Toolbox Talks for training employees.


Learning to Fine-Tune One’s Leadership Presence

SMACNA’s Women in Construction Leadership Council is bringing a much-anticipated session to the convention this year titled “Fine-Tuning Your Leadership Presence by Aligning Your Competency with Your Confidence.”


2018 Safety Survey Profile Statistics Now Available

Each year, SMACNA’s Safety Excellence Award Program attracts a rich collection of entries from many qualified safety programs. A byproduct of these submissions is that SMACNA collects important safety and health data, which in turn becomes SMACNA’s Safety Statistics Profile.


Progressing from Project Manager to Project Leader

Immersing project managers in the challenges of running a complex sheet metal project and using “hard skills” like thinking strategically, understanding financials clearly, and managing project scope are all part of the curriculum for SMACNA’s Advanced Project Managers Institute, Oct. 7-10, in Raleigh, N.C. “


SMACNA Seeks Golf Sponsors for Scholarships

SMACNA’s College of Fellows Golf Outing continues its tradition during this year’s 75th Annual Convention at the La Costa Champions Golf Course in San Diego, California, on Sunday, October 14. SMACNA chapters and members are encouraged to sponsor the golf outing as the fees go directly to the scholarship fund.