National News

  • SMACNA is embarking on a nationwide media campaign pitching contractor stories about indoor air quality projects at schools.
  • SMACNA’s comprehensive workforce development campaign is off to a strong start in 2021.
  • Maui, Hawaii, has long been a SMACNA member favorite, and it will serve as the ideal setting for members, chapter executives and other industry leaders to gather in person and reconnect from October 24–27, 2021.
  • SMACNA President Angie Simon and SMACNA Secretary-Treasurer Anthony Kocurek will join Christopher Ruch, Director of Training ay NEMI, and John Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer at ICB/TABB, for an informative webinar on Tuesday, April 27 that will illustrate how contractors can quickly increase their revenue streams by offering Ventilation Verification Assessments.
  • April 19–23, 2021, is Vaccine Awareness Week in Construction, a join effort among members of the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (which SMACNA is a member of) to raise awareness of the safety, effectiveness, and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination among construction workers.
  • CPRW is hosting a series of webinars leading up to the OSHA-NIOSH-CPWR National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction Week, May 3–7.
  • Construction work — deemed essential during the ongoing pandemic — requires that work continues in-person, placing workers are at greater risk of becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • In Episode 15 of Lets Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Tony Kocurek, SMACNA National SecretaryTreasurer and president of Energy Balance and Integration in Albuquerque, about how testing and balancing is being used to improve indoor air quality, as well as the role sheet metal contractors are playing in reopening schools, restaurants, offices and other businesses. The HVAC system is kind of like your body and your lungs basically its the heart and soul of a whole building, Simon begins. Thats right. Its more than just the airflow coming into the room, its the air handling unit thats moving that air, and its the filters pulling the air through, and where is it getting that air from? how all of that works together, says Kocurek. What kind of preparations do you think we need to make to our systems to help with getting them ready to reoccupy buildings? Were getting a lot of calls from schools that are hiring both an engineer, a contractor and then someone like myself to do assessments, and were working as a team to take a look at whats needed, how to get things back into shape, whether or not things can even get put back into shape, said Kocurek. Before COVID, nobody really thought about the air changes in a room, and there were a lot of schools that didnt during the wintertime have any air flow coming into them. Those design systems that looked at those CO2 sensors as being the only thing that told them that they needed that outside air I think thats going to go away, Kocurek predicts. Listen to the full episode* to learn more about IAQ and reopenings. *Episodes of Lets Talk Shop can be played on SoundCloud and iTunes .
  • SMACNA is proud to promote a collaborative program that matches American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) with SMACNA contractors for a 2021 summer internship.
  • The deadline to submit your information to the SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program Survey is Friday, May 7th.
  • SMACNA Premier Partner Federated Insurance has developed a free, SMACNA member-exclusive webinar that will explain the entire bond process and provide an overview of what successful contractors need to know when providing a surety bond.
  • The winter 2021 issue of the SMART Journal examines how members of SMART have led the fight against COVID-19 in the industry.
  • Occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals are an excellent resource for construction firms with 20 or fewer employees facing ongoing challenges keeping their safety programs up to date.
  • On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) into law.
  • Many of you may have heard that SMACNA is launching a new website later this month.