News

Sep
29

Southland Industries Appoints New Chief Human Resources Officer

Dulles, VA (September 28, 2015)

Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service, and energy service solutions, has named Lisa Hoffman Starr as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Ms. Hoffman Starr is a veteran human resources executive with a breadth of experiences in the function including implementing best practices to optimize the employee and leader experience. In her new role, Ms. Starr will be responsible for the expansion of human capital capabilities to support the execution of Southland’s strategic goals across all business lines.

Sep
24

Union Village: Introducing a First

Article | Healthcare Design (September 2015)

To the city of Henderson, Nev., Union Village is 151 acres of city-owned property that sold for $11.6 million in April 2011 to boost medical infrastructure in Southern Nevada. But beyond the Las Vegas suburb, it will be the first integrated health village of its kind and the largest healthcare project in the world.

Sep
24

Hot-Water- and Steam-Boiler Water Treatment

Article | HPAC Engineering (September 2015)

In boiler systems, nearly all problems related to premature water- and fire-tube failure, unexpected performance loss, and system failure can be traced to water chemistry and treatment. Taking the steps to develop and maintain an efficient and reliable water-treatment program will ensure a successful boiler system.

With a boiler system, the importance of water treatment is determined largely by the type and application of the boiler. There are many types of boiler applications, the primary ones being hot water and steam.

Sep
24

Recruiting the Best: A Non-Traditional Strategy

Article | Contracting Business (September 2015)

Something new and exciting is happening across the San Francisco landscape: Tower cranes are seemingly visible at every major intersection of the city.

This welcomed change represents an influx of work for the Bay Area, which has seen its share of high unemployment rates, stalled construction projects and a hold on non-profit organizations’ ability to provide a prepared workforce to some companies in need.

Sep
24

Incorporate a Unified Workflow in Three Steps

Article | HPAC Engineering (September 2015)

A unified workflow is a single process that integrates the four main functional groups on a construction project: project management, engineering, constructability, and BIM. The goal is to make intelligent decisions about how the job will be designed and built, from project conception to completion.

When early communication is fostered between functional groups, constructability concerns are addressed far more efficiently than the typical request for information (RFI) feedback loop that normally occurs.

Sep
17

Southland Engineering Awarded Washington Area Hospital Renovation

Dulles, VA (September 15, 2015)

Southland Engineering, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded the renovation of a prominent hospital in the D.C. metro area. In addition to Southland’s design-build team, the project includes M.C. Dean, Pritchett Controls, and Metro Test and Balance.

Sep
08

Southland Industries Awarded America Center Phase II

Garden Grove, CA (2015)

Southland Engineering, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded the America Center Phase II project in San Jose, California.  In addition to Southland’s full MEP design team, the project includes Lusardi Construction and Large Architecture.

Jul
30

Southland Industries’ Annual Southern California Golf Tournament Raises over $80,000 for Charity

Garden Grove, CA (2015)
Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service, and energy service solutions, recently hosted its Annual Southern California Golf Tournament in La Habra Heights, CA.  Held at Hacienda Golf Club, the profits from the tournament were donated to the American Heart Association and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Attracting over 144 participants and 50 generous sponsors and partners, the event was one of Southland’s most profitable fundraising efforts, allowing each organization to receive $40,000.

Jun
17

Built to Lead, Built to Last

Article | ENR (June 2015)
At the beginning of 2011, I was handling the closeout of a 1 million-sq-ft facility that my company, Southland Industries, turned over earlier in the year. I was also initiating two projects that had been fast tracked to meet a September completion milestone.

While I was busier than I had ever been in my career, my boss stopped by my office one afternoon to brief me on the concept of a new internal leadership development program the company was calling Built to Lead (BTL). A week later, I was on a conference call with five of my colleagues from various U.S. offices who would comprise Southland’s first BTL team.

Jun
10

Integrated Project Delivery Can Work Well But Is Still No Utopia

Article | ENR (June 2015)
"The risk, as far as losing money, is minimal," says Edwin Najarian, a structural engineer principal with TTG Corp. TTG's profit on IPD jobs has been "the same or a little less" than usual, he adds.

IPD proponents say the best projects combine IPD with the Lean Construction Institute's framework for minimizing waste and rework. Integrated Lean Project Delivery "is not easy, but the benefits are there if you approach ILPD the right way," says John Bennett, senior director, design and construction, of Universal Health Services Inc., an early adopter of ILPD for UHS's acute care and behavioral health hospitals.

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