Smart Solutions

Message from William Hughes, M/SC Chair: Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

In this issue of Smart Solutions, see how MCAA supplier partners are putting their products to the test by having them installed in their own buildings. Using Viega products on Viega’s new building, Braconier Mechanical and Plumbing Services reduced the manpower needed considerably. For Carrier’s new headquarters, Hill York Service Company’s expertise in installing Carrier
products helped the company achieve LEED® Platinum certification.

Taking Tech Further

Read how contractors are using new technology to improve business. Arista Air Conditioning Corporation is arming technicians with the cloud-based XOi mobile app and letting customers see what the techs see. Using Key2Act’s Connect, Harris Company gathers data from building controls and sensors to identify problems much faster than traditional troubleshooting methods.

Jackson & Blanc digitized its timekeeping process with Rhumbix Core, saving about $52,000 per year in labor costs alone. Just two years after implementing STRATUS software from GTP Services, University Mechanical Contractors, Inc. saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in packaging, spooling, and cutting costs. Complete Temperature Systems slashed office staff time by 14 hours per week using MobiliForms from iBusiness Technologies. MMC Contractors simplified its day-to-day labor management tasks with LaborChart, freeing up workers to focus on other activities.

Ease and Efficiency

Our supplier partners can make installation easier and provide you with efficient solutions. EVAPCO created an updated version of a building’s original cooling tower for the same space, making installation easier for Elliott-Lewis Corporation. To rebuild a facility after a roof collapse, Warner Mechanical LLC used Aquatherm polypropylene pipe because it was easier and faster to install than traditional welded pipe. ACCO Engineered Systems installed 138,000’ of tubing with Uponor’s Radiant Rollout™ Mats in five months—much faster than conventional PEX rails or tie-down methods would have required. Sloan’s preassembled plumbing fixtures saved AMS Mechanical Contractors installation time and helped it meet clients’ energy efficiency goals. A New Hampshire hospital upgraded to Daikin chillers, cutting energy use in half and reducing maintenance costs.

Expertise on Tap

This issue also draws on the considerable expertise of our supplier partners. Learn how Victaulic’s building information modeling saved Kruse Corporation nearly $20,000 on a renovation project. IFS offers advice on selecting the best field service management software. NIBCO describes how to design an efficient hydronic system. Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co.® provides tips for specifying a trench drain system. CNA explains what you can do to prevent deadly distracted driving. I hope you’ll find a lot to learn from Smart Solutions!