Fabrication & Prefabrication

Contractor Spotlight Video Jul 23 2021

Contractor Spotlight Video: R.F. Knox Company, Inc.

R.F. Knox Company, Inc. is a fourth-generation straight-line sheet metal business based in Atlanta, Georgia. SMACNA met with Jack Knox, president, and his team about the company’s commercial HVAC work, which makes up 85% of its business.

SMACNews Jun 29 2021

Choosing the Right Metal for Architectural Design

Stainless steel will never corrode or rust. Aluminum is too expensive for many applications. And zinc is quick to deteriorate. L. William “Bill” Zahner III said those beliefs are common among architects and designers in the architectural metals industry. They’re also wrong. 
 

SMACNews Apr 30 2021

UV-C for HVAC Air and Surface Disinfection

Despite decades of research and thousands of applications in hospital emergency and operating rooms, urgent-care centers, universities, and first-responder locations, UV-C has not been widely leveraged. 

Contractor Operations Manual

Integrated Project Delivery Guide

This Guide provides an overview of the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method from the perspective of sheet metal, HVAC, and mechanical contractors and can serve as a guide for those interested in expanding their market share into healthcare and other IPD market sectors.

IPD is found at the intersection of quality, cost and scheduling on a construction project where project teams, systems, business structures, and practices are all working collaboratively and tapping into the talents and insights of all team members in an effort to optimize efficiencies and reduce redundancies or waste throughout the construction life cycle (e.g., design, fabrication, installation, etc.).

This document is free to members in the SMACNA Store.


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SMACNews

‘A Pretty Good Win’

Even a global pandemic couldn’t sideline the construction of Allegiant Stadium, the new $2 billion home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders and one of the most anticipated stadium projects in the Western United States.

Contractor Spotlight Video Oct 15 2020

Contractor Spotlight: Vidimos, Inc.

SMACNA recently spoke with Scott Vidimos, president and third-generation leader at Vidimos, Inc., and his team about how the industrial sheet metal contractor has evolved its business and technology to meet customer demand and needs over its last 75 years in business.

Contractor Operations Manual

Improving Shop Workflow and Efficiency

Contractors need to analyze ways to improve their current shop layout before investing in any major expansion. With careful examination, you will often discover there is often more unused space available than you first thought.

This updated manual introduces new fabrication approaches and applications to SMACNA shop fabricators to help them become more competitive. The manual assumes members already have a sheet metal shop in operation, and these guidelines are intended to help increase the effectiveness and efficiency of current shop set ups.

The guidelines may also be applied when designing a shop from scratch, as long as the designer knows the basic sequence of the fabrication process. These guidelines are also useful when expanding an existing shop.

This document is free to members in the SMACNA Store.


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SMACNews

SEA Airport North Satellite Modernization

The North Satellite (NSAT) Modernization Project combines leading-edge engineering with natural motifs to create a high-tech space with a biophilic design — one that appeals to people’s innate love of nature.

Contractor Spotlight Video Aug 13 2020

Contractor Spotlight: Poynter Sheet Metal

In response to growing customer demand, Poynter Sheet Metal has expanded its business to include modular construction which also included a 55,000 square foot expansion, bringing the total facility to 160,000 square feet.

Podcast Oct 17 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 7: What We Can Learn from Australia

Host Angie Simon, president, Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA president-elect, travels to Australia and speaks with Russell Telford, managing director of A.G. Coombs and national president of the Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors Association (AMCA) and Sumit Oberoi, National Director of AMCA and SMACNA Chapter Executive.

Contractor Spotlight Video Aug 19 2019

Contractor Spotlight Video: Therma

SMACNA recently visited Therma, a leading mechanical services company focused on designing, building, and servicing custom and complex mechanical systems.

SMACNews May 20 2019

Prefabrication Speeds Installation in Dormitory Spaces

Over the past several years, James Morgan, president and CEO of Worcester Air Conditioning, Ashland, Massachusetts, estimates that his sheet metal workers have prefabricated and installed ductwork in more than 3,000 dormitory rooms in colleges and universities across the Bay State.

SMACNews Apr 29 2019

University Innovation Center Designed for Collaboration

The roof and façade design for a new academic building project created “the perfect blend of high-tech and natural esthetics” for the University of Maryland’s new Brendan Iribe Center for Computer Science and Engineering, according to Scott Callaway of Overly Custom Metal Systems.

SMACNews Apr 29 2019

Canadian Firm Revamps Plant Exhaust System

Trade-Mark Industrial Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario is flourishing in Canada’s booming economy. Trade-Mark has approximately 1,200 men and women in the field in locations as far west as Manitoba and the United States.

Podcast Apr 29 2019

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 1: Trends in Prefabrication

Episode 1 of Let's Talk Shop features Joseph Lansdell, President, Poynter Sheet Metal, on trends in prefabrication and its impact on the industry. The conversation focused on why and how contractors should get started with prefabrication and what cultural shifts need to happen to make the transition successful.