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Local 66 SMART Heroes Graduation
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:47:54 Z
SMART Heroes recently held a graduation ceremony for students who completed its seven-week concentrated training program for enlisted military personnel preparing to transition to the civilian workforce.
6 New College of Fellows Inductees Announced
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:47:50 Z
Please join SMACNA in congratulating its six newest members into the distinguished College of Fellows.
Webinar: Construction Starts and the Impact of Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:47:44 Z
If enacted, President Biden's program could profoundly impact the economy and, in particular, the construction sector.
2021 COF Golf Outing Sponsorships Now Available
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:47:23 Z
The 2021 College of Fellows Golf Outing will be one of the most popular events at the SMACNA Annual Convention on Maui, and you can create a fantastic win-win opportunity that helps make the College of Fellows scholarship program more successful while raising the overall profile of your organization.
SMACNA Western Washington Holds COVID Vaccine Clinics
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:47:16 Z
SMACNA Western Washington, in partnership with Rite Aid and member companies Holaday Parks, Hermanson, PSF, Holmberg, Mac-Miller, and Johansen Mechanical, has been holding COVID vaccination clinics in an effort to get contractors and their employees vaccinated.
CAL SMACNA 2021 Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftsmanship Awards
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:46:59 Z
CAL SMACNA has announced the winners of the 2021 Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftmanship Award for Architectural and Creative Concept projects.
March PinP: Part 1: The First Five Years of Labor-Management
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:46:30 Z
The March issue of Partners in Progress delves into part one in a three-part series dedicated to exploring the history of labor-management partnerships and reflects on the 75-year partnership between SMACNA and SMART.
Send SMACNA Your Indoor Air Quality Project Stories
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:06:41 Z
SMACNA is embarking on a nationwide media campaign pitching contractor stories about indoor air quality projects at schools.
Ignite Your Career’s First Quarter 2021 Review
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:06:36 Z
SMACNA’s comprehensive workforce development campaign is off to a strong start in 2021.
2021 Annual Convention Update
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:06:28 Z
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.
ICB/TABB Webinar: Ventilation Verification Assessments
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:06:23 Z
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.
Webinar: Vaccine Awareness Week in Construction
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:06:18 Z
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.
Webinar: Fall Harness Fit – The Basics
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:06:11 Z
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.
Promoting Vaccination Among Small Construction Firms
Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:06:04 Z
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.
Episode #15: SMACNA Contractors Explore “IAQ and the Reopening of Schools, Buildings and Offices”
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:43:50 Z

In Episode 15 of Let’s Talk Shop, host Angie Simon, CEO, Western Allied Mechanical, chats with Tony Kocurek, SMACNA National Secretary–Treasurer 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 it’s the heart and soul of a whole building,” Simon begins.

“That’s right. It’s more than just the airflow coming into the room, it’s the air handling unit that’s moving that air, and it’s 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?

“We’re getting a lot of calls from schools that are hiring both an engineer, a contractor and then someone like myself to do assessments, and we’re working as a team to take a look at what’s 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 didn’t — 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 that’s going to go away,” Kocurek predicts.

Listen to the full episode* to learn more about IAQ and reopenings.

*Episodes of Let’s Talk Shop can be played on SoundCloud and iTunes.

SMACNA, AIAS Partner to Deliver Summer 2021 Internships
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:43:47 Z
SMACNA is proud to promote a collaborative program that matches American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) with SMACNA contractors for a 2021 summer internship.
Submit Your 2021 Safety Survey
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:43:35 Z
The deadline to submit your information to the SMACNA Safety Excellence Award Program Survey is Friday, May 7th.
Webinar: Surety Made Simple
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:43:29 Z
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.
Winter Issue of SMART Journal Available Online
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:43:11 Z
The winter 2021 issue of the SMART Journal examines how members of SMART have led the fight against COVID-19 in the industry.
OSH Professionals Can Help Small Contractors
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:42:54 Z
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.

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