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Virtual Design and Construction: Visualizing and Designing a Better Building

Using Virtual Design in Construction (VDC), sheet metal and HVAC contractors can achieve greater efficiencies and enhanced quality controls throughout the life of their project—touching everything from budgeting to procuring materials to scheduling.
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Residential: The Beauty of Maintenance Programs and Why Contractors Should Offer Them

Many residential service business can start, grow, and profit handsomely by implementing a solid maintenance agreement program.
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President's Column: The "Super Bowl" Event of the Year

SMACNA’s Annual Convention is a game-changer for me because it takes me out of my daily routine and opens my eyes to new opportunities while motivating me to focus on the future.
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HVAC: Powering Up the Historic Power and Light Building

Retrofitting older buildings often comes with a host of challenges, and at least a few surprises. Not so much for the MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions team that upgraded the HVAC mechanical systems in the historic Power and Light Building in Portland, Oregon.
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Know How to Protect Your Workers from Falling

By law, employers must set up their work places to prevent employees from falling off platforms, ladders, and elevated work stations or into holes in floors and walls.
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Members: Have a Say in SMACNA’s Economic Response Plan

SMACNA is requesting that members share their thoughts and experiences by July 27 with their chapter executives on what labor and management need to work on together, so the industry can survive and thrive during challenging economic times.
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CEA National Issues Conference: Doing Nothing is Not an Option!

The annual CEA National Issues Conference, May 8-10, in Washington, D.C., brought together an impressive group of legislators, policy experts, and contractors to share opinions and strategies on multiemployer pension plans, infrastructure investment, paid family and sick leave, energy efficiency, tax reform, and more.
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Becoming a Person of Influence with New Advanced Project Managers Institute

SMACNA’s new Advanced Project Managers Institute is being held in Raleigh, N.C., this October. The course takes project managers beyond the basics and helps them learn how to proactively lead others, work from their personal strengths, manage productivity, and resolve project issues more effectively.
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Industrial: Hawaii Hotel Co-gen Plant Produces Electricity From Waste Heat

A new co-generation plant is supporting energy conservation and savings by producing electricity and hot water for a beachside hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii.
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SMACNA Adds Senior Project Manager

Patrick J. Brooks, MBA, PE, new senior project manager with SMACNA’s Technical Resources Department, brings more than 30 years of industry experience to SMACNA National. With his extensive knowledge, Brooks is an exceptional resource for SMACNA members and staff.
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Architectural: New ITI Strike Force Wall Paneling Training Makes Major Projects Possible

What do architectural sheet metal contractors do when a project comes along, and they have the craftspersons, but they need to immediately increase specific skills levels to install certain types of metal wall paneling? Where do SMACNA architectural sheet metal contractors turn?
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Meets with...Rep. Dave Loebsack of Iowa

Paul Elgatian (right), executive director of the llowa Sheet Metal Contractors Association, discussed issues facing the construction industry with Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-2nd-Iowa) at a meeting on Capitol Hill during the CEA National Issues Conference in Washington, D.C.
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Executive Leadership Development Program is Developing Future SMACNA Stars

Industry executives and business owners from around the country learned how leaders can effect meaningful change in their organizations during SMACNA’s recent Executive Leadership Development Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Financial Boot Camp: Taking the Mystery Out of Financials

“I try to take a lot of the mystery out of the financial process, so attendees can play with financial information, and really make it work for them.” said John Murdough, CPA, MBA.
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Business Insurance for Contractors

SMACNews asked Federated Insurance National Account Executive Jack West how they can meet SMACNA members’ business insurance and risk management needs.
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“Focus on What’s Important” SMACNA Board Member: James M. Morgan of Ashland, Massachusetts

When SMACNA Board member James M. Morgan, president and CEO of Worcester Air Conditioning LLC, Ashland, Mass., bought the company ten years ago, he had little experience in construction, but plenty of experience as a successful entrepreneur. With a history of running several businesses, he credits the technical expertise of his staff with helping make his transition to construction a success.
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Capitol Hill Update: SMACNA Endorses and Urges Action on Master Limited Partnership Parity Act

The recently introduced Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (H.R. 4118), would greatly expand financing options for energy-saving performance contracts (ESPCs), building retrofits, industrial market efficiency projects, and combined heat and power/waste heat to power (CHP/WHP) systems.
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SMACNA Reminders

July 2018: July 15, Convention Registration Discount Expiration Date; September 2018: Sept. 9-11, NJAB, Minneapolis, Minnesota; October 2018: Oct. 14-17, Annual Convention, San Diego, California
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Welcome New Members

SMACNA welcomes these new members into the SMACNA family.
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