The financial cost of downtime for organizations ranges drastically per industry, region, and size. Many different causes can create such downtime, ranging from natural causes like hurricanes and tornadoes, to human causes like protests or riots, or infrastructure causes such as an electrical short circuit.
By: David Shuler
It’s no secret that the summers in Arizona are dangerously rough, even for the most robust people. With temperatures creeping up to the triple digits, life on the streets of Arizona go from unbearable to deadly. Throughout the state, an average of 118 people die every day from excessive heat, 95 percent of those deaths occur between May and September. Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Code: Red collects donations of water and basic necessities to help ease the life of the homeless. With safety being a core value at Southland, we were presented the opportunity to give back to the city through Code: Red. Without hesitation, we joined in to help.
By: Erin Miller
When it comes to designing a central plant, there are many factors to consider. Not only does the plant need to operate efficiently, but the equipment arrangement needs to be considered from both an initial construction and a future maintenance perspective.
By: Mike Morder
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is a new Smithsonian institution located on the National Mall in Washington, DC for which Southland provided mechanical, plumbing, and building automation services. Opening later this month, it is the only museum dedicated entirely to African American culture and history.
Selecting the appropriate trade partners and even determining which trades should be partners is critical in determining the outcome of a project. Having the contract set up a certain way can dictate the attitude and collaboration of trade partners. The contract can uphold certain standards, and if trade partners do not perform per the contract, the result can be a lost job. Many in the construction industry prefer to see this type of clause in a contract.
By: Bryan Morris
With recent growth in Southland’s engineering capabilities, the addition of an in-house architecture department has been welcomed into the Phoenix, Arizona office. The architecture group will support local and national projects as part of Southland’s strategy to provide a complete, full-service, collective, and innovative design approach.
By: Mike Starego, PE
Southland Industries has incorporated electrical engineering capabilities into their engineering division. The electrical department, currently located in the Mid-Atlantic office has been supporting both local and national projects. With Southland now providing complete mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design services in-house, customers can benefit from a collaborative and innovative engineering design approach.
By: Matt Weglewski
In recent years, Southland has aimed to expand its process engineering capabilities and refocus its strengths within the process and chemical engineering fields. The benefits that come with the addition of a full-service, in-house process team allow Southland to develop and optimize industrial processes throughout all phases of a project to satisfy customer needs.
By: Richard Ellison
As a principal engineer for Southland, I am responsible for the design and modeling of energy efficient buildings. Working on LEED certified projects across the country for Southland, I have been exposed to a variety of facilities with different energy goals over the years and have been invited to speak at many national industry events regarding the design and modeling of energy efficient building systems.
By: Scott Winkler
The term fan powered induction unit—also known as fan powered terminal units with sensible coils, dedicated outdoor air systems, or fan powered terminal units—attempts to define a product that delivers sensible cooling to occupied zones. Like all HVAC equipment, there is a time and place for everything, and sensible cooling terminal units are no exception.