Metropolitan Mechanical Contractors

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

Employees/talent listening to leadership in break room

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

Millennial female employee looking at plans next to piping

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 […]

ERGONOMICS: OFTEN OVERLOOKED IN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY

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Whether you’re sitting at a desk all day in an office or you’re installing systems on a construction site, practicing proper ergonomics can help you prevent occupational injuries. At work, we are exposed to risk factors, such as lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and […]

What is an Apprenticeship?

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It’s no secret that the construction industry is facing a shortage of skilled and talented labor. More and more construction projects are popping up every day but the number of laborers able to complete the work is going down. Many tradespeople are reaching retirement age and there aren’t enough young adults choosing a career in […]

The “Non-Hotel” Hotel

hotel design

Change is coming for hotel design and construction. A recent BD+C article featuring Gensler’s Sleep Set concept reveals a look into the future of how our hotels will be designed, built, and ultimately used. Gensler’s concept comes as a result of their research on what the newest generation of hotel guests want to see in […]

Why Building Automation is Taking Over

Building automation

For building owners and facility managers, keeping a building’s mechanical systems working properly and efficiently can be a huge headache. This is where building automation and controls come in. Today’s building automation technology can have a huge impact on the way your facility operates. OCCUPANT COMFORT Whether your building occupants are hotel guests, office employees […]

Common Construction Scheduling Mistakes

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In the construction industry, schedules are extremely important. Being behind schedule on a project can lose you a customer. Creating an accurate construction schedule requires a great deal of thought and attention to detail. Below is a list of some common scheduling mistakes to watch out for. Common Scheduling Mistakes: Failure to consider resources. Contractors […]