Details about contracts awarded and other industry news.
Wyndham Vacation Ownership’s renovated 37,500-sq-ft office space in SouthPark Center in Orlando, Fla., has achieved U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED-CI) Silver certification. TLC Engineering for Architecture of Jacksonville, Fla., provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection design, and commissioning services. ASD Inc ., of Jacksonville, Fla., provided architectural, interior design, and LEED administration services.
New York City-based consulting firm WSP Group USA has been ranked atop ZweigWhite’s 2008 Zweig Letter Hot Firm List of fastest-growing engineering, environmental and architecture firms. Rankings are based on a weighted average of each firm’s dollar growth and percentage growth from 2004 to 2007. WSP-USA’s revenues more than quadrupled in that time, from $46.1 million to over $197 million.
Nashville-based Smith Seckman Reid —a consulting firm specializing in facility and infrastructure design, operation, and management—recently secured 19 projects, sited in seven states. The projects include:
* Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville: mechanical, electrical, and plumbing/fire protection and commissioning services
* Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.: mechanical, electrical, and plumbing/fire protection, and LEED facilitation services
* Smyrna Water Treatment Plant Expansion, Smyrna, Tenn.: structural, electrical, instrumentation controls, and civil and environmental services.
Grundfos Pumps Corp. has opened an enlarged training and fabrication facility in Allentown, Pa.
Norwalk, Conn.-based Emcor Group Inc. announced that its Mechanical Services of Central Florida Inc. subsidiary has received a mechanical services contract for Winter Park Memorial Hospital in Winter Park, Fla. The subsidiary will handle mechanical system upgrades related to increasing the capacity of the cooling and heating central energy plant, to ensure adequate redundancy at the 297-bed acute care facility. The project also includes the installation of new heating boiler units, as well as updating the existing chillers that will improve efficiency and increase capacity at the facility.
Merrick & Co .—an engineering, architecture, surveying, and geospatial firm—has opened a new office in San Antonio. In its new facility, the company will continue to service existing clients while expanding the office through new projects in the region, nationally, and internationally.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.