March 4 Southland Industries update: Roughing in systems, ceilings and diffusers complete, parking garages underway, beginning to prepare to start chilled water plant
Roughing in systems on levels 2, 4, 5, and 6; ceilings and diffusers are complete or near completion; all 3 parking garages are underway; preparation to started the chilled water plant is underway.
As of March 4, 2014:
- Southland Industries is currently roughing in systems on levels 2, 4, 5, & 6 in the hospital. Basement, levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 drywall walls are underway.
- The West Clinic has ceilings & diffusers are complete, the North Clinic has diffusers going into the ceilings, the South Clinic has drywall being installed on levels 1, 2, and 3.
- All 3 parking garages are underway.
- Southland Industries is beginning to prepare to start the chilled water plant, the refrigerant will be charged into the chillers in the coming weeks.
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.