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. 


INDUSTRIAL: Putting on the Finishing Touch

The heater boxes fabricated and installed by H.M. White help ensure the paint looks great on every Ford vehicle built at a suburban Detroit factory.

Technical Resources Apr 22 2021

Rooftop Ductwork – Round or Rectangular?

This technical resources bulletin discusses the differences between round and rectangular duct types, and factors to consider when choosing the appropriate duct type for rooftop ductwork applications.  

Member Update Apr 08 2021

Episode #15: The Reopening of Schools and Buildings

In Episode 15 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Tony Kocurek, SMACNA National Secretary–Treasurer and president of Energy Balance and Integration in Albuquerque, about how testing and balancing is being used to improve indoor air quality.


SMACNA Contractors Join Together to Transform Cleveland Hospital

SMACNA sheet metal contractors are playing an instrumental role in making the MetroHealth Transformation a success. 


SMACNA Contractor’s Work Helps Power Silicon Valley Manufacturers

If you have any computer equipment in your shop, home or office — and nowadays, who doesn’t — odds are good that it was made by a company with its roots, or at least a major presence, in Silicon Valley. 


INDUSTRIAL: ‘On-Time’ Is Critical for Global Aerospace Client

Time waits for no one, especially when you’ve been selected to build the newest manufacturing plant for the world’s largest aerospace corporation, The Boeing Company. 


HVAC: A Perfect Trifecta for SMACNA Members

SMACNA members won all the sheet metal work available for the Southwestern Community College’s new Performing Arts and Cultural Center in Chula Vista, Calif. 


ARCHITECTURAL: Taking Skills to New Heights

Accurate Specialty Metal Fabricators (ASMF) of Queens, N.Y., took their work to another level recently with a project atop the Citigroup headquarters building in New York City.


Clean Rooms Critical to Pandemic Response

Clean room projects offer SMACNA contractors the opportunity to showcase their expertise


Sheet Metal Contractor SSM Goes Nuclear

Three decades have passed since the last new nuclear power plant became operational in the United States.


‘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.


Contractors Breathe New Life into Sacramento Districts

The City of Sacramento is currently renovating and expanding its downtown convention center and performing arts district, which includes the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center and the Community Center Theater.


Contractor Takes HVAC Work to the Extreme

Access to the exclusive members-only Yellowstone Club ski resort is restricted to residents and members only, but a select team from Norpac Sheet Metal, Inc. passes through the security checkpoints each workday.


Contractors Taste Success with Craft Malt Beer Brewers

Next time you try a bottle of craft beer, or drink a glass at a local brew pub, be sure to toast a couple of your fellow SMACNA member companies.

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.


System Air Leakage Test Standard

SMACNA has included a procedure for leakage testing of ductwork Since January of 1965. This process like many others has evolved after more research and feedback from the industry led to changes in both the pass/fail criteria and the application of testing. The next major leap forward is this standard. It goes beyond the duct and include procedures for any item included in a forced air system. This standard addresses leakage testing of any portion of, and up to the entire forced air system. It does so in a responsible manner where the pass/fail criterions are based on sound research specific to testing conditions and distributes the responsibility of system performance equitably. The testing process is reliable, practical and based on decades of experience.

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Code Inspections Amid COVID-19

For building inspectors, the novel coronavirus has made many of them rethink the way they approach building certifications, and even the way they interact with people on the jobsite.


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 Goes Big with Air Force Corrosion Control Facility Upgrade

Matherly Mechanical’s facilities upgrade at Tinker Air Force Base is big on numbers. Read on for some of the notable ones.

SMACNews Mar 31 2020

Copper: A Shining Example for Germ Fighting

As scientists look for ways to battle the highly contagious coronavirus directly through vaccines, other researchers are studying copper as as a way to potentially prevent its spread in everyday settings.

SMACNews Mar 31 2020

The Balancing Act Takes Center Stage with COVID-19

SMACNA testing and air balancing (TAB) members across the country now find themselves serving as essential service providers for hospitals and healthcare facilities.

SMACNews Mar 31 2020

Negative Air Creates Positive Environment for COVID Patients

As medical facilities deal with an unprecedented influx of patients in the wake of a global pandemic, SMACNA contractors that specialize in negative airflow HVAC system installation and maintenance are in high demand.

SMACNews Feb 28 2020

General Sheet Metal Collaborates on Oregon Health & Science University Project

Oregon’s General Sheet Metal (GSM) was the design build contractor of choice when Oregon Health & Science University built the Gary and Christine Rood Family Pavilion.


Partlan-Labadie Continues to Provide Critical Solutions

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is building two new paint shops in Michigan, and SMACNA contractor Partlan-Labadie Sheet Metal Company of Oak Park, Mich., is a crucial part of that growth.

Podcast Feb 06 2020

Let's Talk Shop, Episode 9: City Logistics with Al Labella

Host Angie Simon, CEO of Western Allied Mechanical and SMACNA president, talks about the logistics of working in big cities with Al LaBella, Vice President, Blue Diamond Sheet Metal in Medford, NY.


Creating a Unique Guest Experience Space at the Wells Fargo Center

SMACNA contractor Ernest D. Menold, Inc. built drink rails, bar supports and more for the grand opening of the “New City Terrace.”

SMACNews Dec 20 2019

Mission Possible for Stromberg

Stromberg, a SMACNA firm based in Beltsville, Md, fabricated and installed duct systems at the International Spy Museum.

SMACNews Dec 20 2019

Need for Humidifiers and Air Purifiers Heats Up in Winter

As temperatures drop around the country, people are starting to crank up the heat on their thermostats and break out their favorite cold-weather remedies.

SMACNews Oct 25 2019

Historic Department Store Sold on Phenolic Duct’s Benefits for Renovation Project

The Macy’s Department store in downtown Chicago is being retrofitted for other uses. Atomatic Mechanical Services is helping maximize the space.

SMACNews Oct 25 2019

California Sheet Metal Takes on Challenges to Make the US-Mexico Border Booths Safer

The team faced many challenges, including the size and weight of the booths.

SMACNews Oct 25 2019

AerDux Gives Philly’s Fashion District a Major Facelift

The contractor replaced 18 AHUs, and fabricated and installed approximately 650,000 pounds of sheet metal ductwork.

SMACNews Oct 25 2019

General Sheet Metal Helps to Beautify Historic Vancouver waterfront

SMACNA member worked on two buildings in the waterfront development.

SMACNews Oct 25 2019

Vidimos working to suppress explosions in Industrial Facilities

Combustible dust disasters have led to dozens of deaths and injuries and extensive damage.

SMACNews Aug 20 2019

Building Boom in Historic Boston Shopping District

JEC Service Company is helping revitalize Boston's historic Downtown Crossing shopping district with the renovation of a six-story building at 399 Washington Street.

Podcast Aug 12 2019

Let’s Talk Shop, Episode 5: Smoke/Fire Damper Testing

Tony Kocurek, owner of Energy Balance and Integration LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico, talks with host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, and SMACNA president on smoke/fire damper testing and certification. 

SMACNews Jun 20 2019

Fast Track to Success in ‘The Big Friendly’

Matherly Mechanical is helping the new Oklahoma City Convention Center meet an accelerated schedule for completion.

SMACNews Jun 20 2019

Sail-Shaped Panels Transform Modest Structure into a Graceful Landmark

General Sheet Metal transformed a modest structure in Portland, Oregon, into an eye-catching landmark.

SMACNews Jun 20 2019

Sunset Air: 3,000 Homes, 43 Communities, 1 Customer

Thanks to a long-term partnership with a home developer, Sunset Air stays busy installing HVAC systems in thousands of new homes around Washington.

SMACNews Jun 20 2019

Duct Fabricators Plays Key Role in Cleveland Infrastructure Project

SMACNA contractor Duct Fabricators won three awards for their work on the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

SMACNews May 20 2019

Contractors Gravitating to Prefabrication for Sheet Metal and HVAC Projects

Prefabrication is far from a novel concept in the world of construction. Homeowners in the United States, for example, have purchased prefabricated houses for more than a century to live a more affordable version of the American Dream.

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.


IFS Helps Upgrade Missouri Schools to Reduce Energy Costs

Integrated Facility Services (IFS) of St. Louis, Missouri is a key player in the St. Louis County Pattonville School District’s $10.2 million dollar energy conservation project to upgrade the schools’ aging facilities and save on energy costs.

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

A Green Roof Springs to Life

On top of a pharmaceutical company’s parking garage in Wilmington, Delaware, there grows a thriving patch of countryside, courtesy of SMACNA member Ernest D. Menold Inc.


San Diego Crime Lab Requires Complex Systems

Associate Mechanical Contractors' complex HVAC system for the San Diego county Crime Lab helped it achieve LEED-Gold status.

SMACNews Apr 29 2019

Geauga Mechanical Contributes to Luxury High-Rise’s LEED Status

Expertise in energy efficiency and early involvement in the planning process were the keys to a successful residential – and landmark – project for Geauga Mechanical of Chardon, Ohio, according to CEO Craig Berman, LEED AP, CEM.

SMACNews Apr 29 2019

Solar Power Harnesses the Sunshine

Roofs can serve multiple purposes besides being the foundation for green roofs. Harnessing the power of the sun, for instance, as a solar energy source for buildings and homes. Some SMACNA contractors are venturing into the solar market, offering their clients a clean, reliable, and cost-effective technology that can reduce utility bills.

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.

SMACNews Apr 28 2019

‘Smart’ Buildings Technology Growing More Common in HVAC Designs

Energy efficiency is not just about the environment, its about smart business. This Energy Efficiency Issue covers a myriad of energy efficient projects including Pittsburgh’s groundbreaking PNC Tower – and SMACNA contractors were there to bring it to reality.