By: Mike Starego, PE
For typical MEP design firms, buzzwords like collaboration and innovation are often used to describe activities that add value to owners and differentiate those firms from the rest of the industry. In reality, collaborating and being innovative are actions that all MEP designers strive to accomplish in their daily routines. Mechanical and electrical engineers routinely collaborate to bring complex designs together and coordinate construction documents, while also creating innovative designs within the context of their own trades.
By: Ronan O’Mahony
One of the challenges in developing a ‘smart building’ is that most owners have a different idea of what a smart building really is. One common thread in many smart building projects is that the building typically harvests information and utilizes this data to make decisions on how the building systems are operating and interacting.
By: Henry Nutt III
The integrated project delivery (IPD) method encourages all involved trade partners to share the risk and success of a project. While this ensures that team members are entering the project with the same mentality and goals, mistakes are still likely to be made. Not all IPD projects are the same, but there are common mistakes made that can make or break a project. Being aware of the possible mistakes, and how to overcome them on your next IPD project can help to alleviate potential issues. Be on the lookout for these top six commonly made mistakes on IPD projects:
By: Michelle Peters
Southland Industries’ Michelle Peters and Jessica Baker recently collaborated with Pankow Builders on a Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) panel featuring six unique individuals. The panel focused on how leadership impacts the success of projects, careers, and lives.
By: Chuck Allen
Southland is in the midst of instilling a strategy to motivate, educate, and empower our people to embrace lean thinking as a way of life. In order for a successful transition to occur, we have begun to build a Guiding Coalition throughout the organization.
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: Chuck Allen
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: Marc Sodl
Bootcamp is an opportunity for employees to understand Southland’s culture and core values and how they fit into the overall picture. During the weeklong program, experts from all divisions and disciplines engage in discussions about each department’s strategy and how that relates to Southland’s overall strategy. In the video blog above, recent participants of boot camp discuss the networking and development opportunities they have received from the training.
By: Zay Soe
Knowing that greywater systems collect drainage from showers, sinks, lavatories, cooling tower blow down, and condensate drains can aide in deciding if it is right for your facility. However, it’s not enough to simply understand how the system works, but how the design can be customized for your building and how the cost affects your budget.
Every water treatment system comes with initial capital and operational cost. Before beginning to calculate the return on investment, it is important to factor in a variety of costs, as well as the life span of the system and building.