Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors

Why Owners Should Care About Building Controls

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In today’s tech-driven world, we have cellphones on our wrists, cars that drive themselves and smart speakers that respond to voice commands. Virtually every industry is experiencing shifts in technology and commercial construction is no exception. Building owners are investing in the latest building controls technology for their facility because of the overwhelming benefits. Advantages of […]

Simple Solutions for Construction Site Theft

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Construction site theft and vandalism is a growing concern for contractors. Expensive equipment, materials, and tools as well as employees’ personal belongings are being damaged or taken from jobsites. Stolen tools and equipment cost contractors money and cause delays to the project. Plan & Procedure. Establish plans and policies for security on every jobsite. Make […]

What’s Trending in Building Design

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2018 is expected to be another big year for the commercial construction industry. AEC firms are evolving to meet changes in labor, technology, and offsite construction. Companies aren’t the only thing changing in 2018 however. Building design itself is shifting to more flexible space and mixed-use developments. FLEXIBLE SPACES Facilities across several sectors are becoming […]

Distracted Driving: What Employees & Employers Need to Know

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According to the CDC, each day in the United States, approximately nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver. In 2015 alone, 3,477 deaths were the result of distracted driving. Distracted Driving Distracted driving is the diversion of attention away from driving, reducing the driver’s awareness, […]

Healthcare Construction Trends

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Healthcare design and construction has evolved over the years. Facilities are making changes in response to advancements in technology, new patient needs, medical breakthroughs, and increased attention on security. So what can we expect to see more of in our hospitals and medical office buildings? Below are four of the top trends we can expect […]

Combating Cold & Ice in Construction

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Construction doesn’t take a break in the winter. Our employees install systems, service roof top units and complete important work through the coldest months of the year. With winter, comes two big construction hazards: ice and cold temperatures. Employers and employees all have a responsibility to prioritize safety. Here are some best practices for combating […]

Prepare your HVAC system for the winter

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Winter has arrived in the Midwest. The first cold snap of the season always brings in an influx of calls to our service department. Facilities find themselves with poor heat or worse yet, no heat at all. It’s important to prepare your building’s HVAC system for the colder temperatures. Save yourself (and your occupants) from […]

Recruiting and Retaining Talent During the Labor Shortage

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The Fails Management Institute (FMI) recently released its 2017 survey titled “Talent Development in the Construction Industry.” The report states that 89% of A/E/C firms are facing a labor shortage. The results in the report indicate that companies that are successful in retaining their employees, place an emphasis on the below three talent practices: FREQUENT INFORMAL FEEDBACK. […]

MANAGING MILLENNIAL TALENT

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Millennials are a prominent presence in today’s workforce. They have different preferences, working styles, and ideas than their Gen X or baby boomer counterparts. In general, millennials value efficiency, strong communication, and flexible work environments. With that in mind, here are five tips for managing and motivating your millennial talent. Flexibility Millennials appreciate a flexible […]