Projects

JRGF underwrites industry-critical research conducted by leading experts and consultants. This research provides our best chance of addressing our industry’s largest challenges.

JRGF has many loyal and generous financial contributors, including the Partnership Enterprise who have given over $100,000 to the Foundation. As major stakeholders, members have an active voice in defining JRGF’s research agenda, bringing forward the industry’s concerns and prioritizing various issues. Other ways to receive funding consideration from JRGF include:

  • The Board of Trustees may publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) to an extensive mailing list of academic leaders and industry consultants
  • Meetings with other partners, including MCAA’s Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical-Electrical Academic Consortium, various legislative or allied associations
  • Unsolicited proposals may be sent to the JRGF office

Once a project has been approved by the JRGF Board of Trustees, a volunteer task force of industry experts is assembled to shepherd the project from development through deployment. The task force will:

  • Consist of persons who have extensive knowledge and/or enthusiasm for the given research area; these may be contractors, service representatives, manufacturer/suppliers, affiliated association executives or students.
  • Serve as a resource for the research principal; providing contacts and information, especially for sourcing focus group members or objective reviewers
  • Hold live meetings and conference calls, as needed to keep the project moving forward, hosted by the principal
  • Present, or assist in the roll-out presentation of the final product at an MCAA national convention
  • Present interim or final findings to the JRGF trustees
  • Include one or more JRGF/MCAA national staff members

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PROJECT EXAMPLES

  1. JRGF released the Complexity Measurement Tool (CMT) which analyzes and documents a building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) spaces for congestion and complexity. The CMT is an add-in for the Autodesk Revit platform. >DOWNLOAD or >VIEW
  2. Achieving Spatial Coordination Through BIM – A Guide for Specialty Contractors helps MEP contractors reconcile and incorporate leading edge technologies and processes into their projects’ spatial coordination efforts. >DOWNLOAD
  3. JRGF underwrote a project wherein Iowa State’s intern Joe Hines who was hired by Waldinger Corporation of Omaha, NE, developed ideas and uses for Mircrosoft’s HoloLens product to aid the mechanical contracting industry. Hines’ findings are available in the full report. >DOWNLOAD
  4. Building a Successful Internship Program was developed and contributed by Dr. Mostafa Khattab, Department Head, Construction Management Department at Colorado State University. Internships are an opportunity to identify and evaluate potential full-time hires for your organization. Dr. Khattab shows how building a structured internship program will provide the opportunity for MEP firms to recruit talented students and provide a flexible, cost-effective labor force without a long-term commitment. >DOWNLOAD
  5. Online Piping and Usage Specification, or OPUS, was the result of a Foundation research project to see if its venerable core body of knowledge publication, the Guideline for Quality Piping Installation, could be converted to and formatted for a more modern online delivery. OPUS is particularly useful for students, faculty, or even recent industry hires who need to know more about the basic materials and methods of the mechanical contracting industry, the world-class manufacturers and suppliers who provide these materials and the methods to use them effectively and profitably. >VIEW
  6. When all participants in a supply chain strive to provide value to their direct and indirect customers, while removing waste from their processes, that supply chain becomes a value chain. By streamlining work processes, developing stronger relationships with suppliers, and using technology, contractors can significantly increase their company’s profitability. The Value Chain–Adding Value to the Supply Chain report highlights key concepts in supply chain management that will help contractors transform their supply chain into a value chain. If you read it, you will discover the opportunities and the challenges which emerge when you integrate the business processes of contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers. >DOWNLOAD
  7. The Water-Efficiency Technologies for Mechanical Contractors: New Business Opportunities report identifies the range of opportunities for mechanical contractors, from water efficiency audits, to rainwater harvesting, gray water reuse, high-efficiency fixtures and cooling tower water conservation. The continued rapid growth of the LEED green building rating system, especially the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance program, puts mechanical contractors at the forefront to find green solutions. >DOWNLOAD
  8. The Green Building SmartMarket Report publication, produced by McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC), is an extremely useful introduction to the concepts and terminology of green construction in the U.S. It is exactly the publication JRGF would have designed for industry education if McGraw-Hill had not already done it. The Foundation partnered with MHC to make nearly 2,500 copies of the report available to members of the industry that McGraw-Hill would not have otherwise reached. >VIEW
  9. RFID technology has allowed a wide variety of firms to track assets in a wide spectrum of industries, including the construction industry. These RFID systems, which involve tags that collect data automatically, can be an important tool for increasing productivity in the mechanical contracting environment. The Measuring the Effectiveness of RFID on Mechanical Contracting Jobsites: A Practical Evaluation report confirms that RFID technology is a viable strategy for products with the stated characteristics and operational parameters. A methodology derived in the RFID Supply Chain Lab at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, called Design for Six Sigma Research, was used to evaluate the performance of RFID technologies in a construction environment. Lab and on-site testing were used to analyze RFID reader interrogation rates. >DOWNLOAD
  10. The Five Key Trends for the Future of the Mechanical Contracting Industry report identifies five major trends resulting from technological advances, scientific breakthroughs and changing social structures that will impact the mechanical construction and service industry between now and the year 2020. Two of these trends evolve from current industry conditions, and three of them are exterior to the industry but, nonetheless, they portend significant impact. The report is structured to include implications for the industry and identifies subjects for future research. One of the most important and practical aspects of the report is its inclusion of activities that contractors can undertake now to better position their companies to meet future challenges and opportunities. >DOWNLOAD
  11. The Procurement Chain Management in Construction Industry research was commissioned to investigate the prevailing, existing, and alternative models of procurement. In order to adequately assess the strengths and weaknesses of each model, a neutral comparison of each model was conducted. After thorough investigation, a common problem was discovered in each procurement model being practiced. None of the existing and alternative models are offering an efficient, streamlined approach to procurement. >DOWNLOAD
  12. The JRGF-funded insurance liability reform study by Ducker Worldwide, The Contractor Liability Insurance Cost and Coverage Problem – Solutions to Improve, was completed and made available on MCAA’s website in 2005. The comprehensive industry survey and analysis was compiled from interviews and survey data from hundreds of contractors and industry experts. It describes the growing problems of mounting cost and decreasing scope of liability coverage; and it shows that premiums have increased an average of 50 percent over the past five years, while the scope of coverage has narrowed considerably. The report suggests a broad scope of remedial approaches including federal reforms and state law tort reform measures. >DOWNLOAD
Of Interest...

Molly Sizemore, a junior at Pennsylvania State University, has been awarded one of the two Ferguson – Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. Ferguson underwrites these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. Molly is the President of the MCA of Central Pennsylvania-sponsored student chapter at Pennsylvania State University, where she studies Architectural Engineering specializing in mechanical systems. She will be interning for the second summer with MCA of Metro Washington member, Southland Industries.

The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an MCAA student chapter for outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry. The award recognizes exceptional achievement in governance and leadership, membership recruiting, fundraising, community involvement, and career development. University of Nebraska Student Chapter is sponsored by the MCA of Omaha. The chapter’s faculty advisor is, Vishnu Reddi, Assistant Professor of Practice with the Durham School College of Engineering. The student chapter takes a unique approach to fundraising, community service and networking opportunities with local MCA members.

Ali Brown, a junior at the University of Nebraska has been awarded one of the two Ferguson-Women in the Mechanical Industry Scholarships. Ferguson underwrites these scholarships, which recognize high-achieving female students working towards a degree relative to the mechanical industry. Ali has been a member of the MCA Omaha Student Chapter since 2017. She is earning her degree in Business Administration & Human Resources. She sees the opportunities for growth in all areas of the industry. Ali has been interning for MCA member, Waldinger Corporation focusing in administration, virtual design construction and accounting. Ali will continue her internship through this summer.

In this month’s Beyond the Classroom, meet University of Missouri-Columbia graduate, Paige Theby. She has recently started as an Engineer at MCAA member, Murphy Company. As a past MCAA Student Chapter member and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major, Paige talks about the importance of her internship and the opportunities she sees for people starting out in the industry. She shares how MCAA GreatFutures can help kickstart a career through networking and internship opportunities.

Colin Hindman has accepted a second summer internship with MCA of Indiana member, Harrell-Fish, Inc. Colin is a junior studying Construction Management Technology at Purdue University where he is the President of the MCAA Student Chapter. Colin says, “being a part of MCAA has both reinforced and built upon concepts I have learned in class, but most importantly on the job. My excellent experience working with HFI gave me a certain advantage when approaching the competition project. Conversely, the MCAA Student Chapter Competition taught me some valuable lessons that I’ve already been able to apply back in my internship.

This year’s MCAA Educator of the Year Award was presented to Cristina Cosma of the Wentworth Institute of Technology. The award, including a check, honors her mentoring ability, industry knowledge and involvement, and her active participation in MCAA’s Student Chapter program activities. The students of the Wentworth MCAA Student Chapter sponsored by the New England MCA, Inc. said, “a mentor’s role is to provide guidance, advice, encouragement, support, and resources. Cosma checks off all of these boxes and more.”