Most contractors find themselves operating in two work modes: Get work. Do work. As the economy stands now, many shops are in the do work phase. But, the problem is, neither mode allows time for an improve work phase.
I recently ran a 5K on runway 26L at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Although a 5K race isn’t as intense as a full marathon, training for and completing this race will no doubt help prepare me for something bigger down the road.
This white paper provides an overview of alternative delivery methods for construction contracts and can serve as a primer for contractors interested in providing services to their clients out-side of the traditional design-bid-build model.
Last month, at the annual Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) convention in San Diego, California, I had the pleasure of meeting many of SNIPS' longtime readers. To you I say: THANK YOU.
As recently as 40 years ago, the process of fabricating ductwork was incredibly time-consuming. Skilled tradesman known as “tin knockers” individually laid out each galvanized component using templates made of plywood, metal, or cardboard. They’d take a template and sketch out the location of parts on the raw steel before wielding hand and electric tin snips to cut the parts out.
Projects labor agreements are a form of collective bargaining agreement, generally between a local building trades council, or a group of unions, a general contractor and sometimes the end-user of the project. PLAs are often limited in scope and duration to a particular project, or similarly financed projects, such as school construction.
A manpower shortage in the sheet metal industry has been a looming problem for years. Now that it is coming to a head, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association has plans to battle from all sides. Labor will be top of mind during SMACNA’s 75th annual convention this month in San Diego, California. But before then, we went to a few job sites to see how contractors are handling the crisis in real time.
Check out the January 2020 edition of SNIPS: Robots in the workplace, on-site with McCusker-Gill, Angie Simon, SMACNA's first-ever woman president, an expert install from MKT Metal Manufacturing and much more!