A packed room of members of the Mechanical Inspectors Association of Michigan (MIAM) recently gathered to listen to and discuss the many aspects of the proper installation of underground duct systems. This was just one of several seminars presented at the MIAM Fall 2002 Educational Conference in Midland.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of speaking and teaching for the building construction industry and one of the most common questions I get at schools, trade shows, and in e-mails is, “How do I figure my profit percentage?” Or (including the hidden meaning), “How do I know I’m getting enough profit?”
Pittsburgh’s great tradition of suspension bridges is paid homage by internationally known architect Rafael Vinoly’s sloping suspended cable roof design for the new $354 million David L. Lawrence Convention Center. But the roof’s perpetual flexing presented HVAC designers with a very difficult challenge of effectively distributing heating and cooling throughout the 250,000-square-foot space.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning caused one death and more than 60 emergency room visits in Louisiana parishes most severely hit by Hurricane Lili, the state’s health officer told The News. Home generators that operated during storm-caused power failures are being blamed.
There are a lot of open spaces around Dunkirk, OH. In fact, there are a lot of open spaces around Hardin County, which is home to Dunkirk. So how does a Hardin County HVACR contractor find enough work to keep busy and budget time to crisscross the county for sales and service calls? That’s just what The News wanted to find out during a recent visit to Aire Serv/JBS Heating & Cooling Inc.
Tom Taylor would like to see new markets for Unico’s products — high-velocity forced-air HVAC systems — but he says there has been a lack of knowledge about it, both from consumers and contractors. “At one time, the perception of the Unico System was as a retrofit-only product, but the same benefits that make it a natural for historic homes apply to the custom home market as well.” There has been an explosion in the new custom home building market, and it has helped the company’s business, says Taylor.
Any industry that grows at an average of 25% or more a year for a sustained period of 10 years should make those affected by that industry sit up and take notice. That is just what has happened to the radiant heating industry.
The Board of Trustees of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) Inc., a leading certification program for technicians in the HVACR industry, announced certification test sales were running almost 100% ahead of last year’s pace.
Jay Messenger has been driving to the far corners of Hardin County and beyond for 14 years. The service technician for Aire Serv/JBS Heating & Cooling Inc. loves what he does and loves seeing the familiar faces of people in the small communities he visits each day. “This is a close-knit community, and a lot of people are on a first-name basis,” he said. “I’ve been in the local Wal-Mart and someone has said, ‘Look, there is my furnace man.’”
There are museums whose architectural structures and materials are as impressive as their paintings and sculptures. The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), located in downtown Milwaukee on the Lake Michigan shore, is one of these. Milwaukee’s “masterpiece on the lakefront” not only offers visitors an impressive collection of nearly 20,000 works from antiquity to the present, but it’s currently in the finishing stages of an ambitious five-year, 140,000-square-foot expansion and renovation project.