Southland opens California campus
Southland Industries' newest campus in Garden Grove, Calif., is 42,000 sq ft, features HVAC and monitoring systems, and has achieved LEED Gold certification.
Southland Industries unveiled its new southern California campus. With the opening of this new building, the company turned its talent inward to design a cutting-edge facility that provides its own employees the same energy efficiency and sustainability benefits that it consistently delivers to its customers.
"Our new Southern California Campus allows us to not only better serve customers regardless of geographic location but also to showcase the best of Southland's engineering and construction capabilities," said Dr. Ted Lynch, chief executive officer.
Southland Industries partnered with LPA Inc., to completely remodel the 42,000 sq ft building in Garden Grove, Calif., and incorporate a design that facilitates collaboration, productivity, and innovation. The building features four different HVAC systems. Among these is a heat pump from the previous building, which was left in place to demonstrate the energy efficiency benefits that can be achieved with integrating existing HVAC systems with modern systems. The three new systems include displacement ventilation, fan-powered induction units, and chilled beams, all of which allow for an open and well-lit space for design teams and detailers to collaborate.
A state-of-the-art controls system enables Southland to monitor real-time gas, electric, lighting, and HVAC usage, contributing to U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.
The new building is adjacent to the company’s existing 92,000 sq ft fabrication facility, which will continue to house its fabrication shops as well as a newly remodeled space for corporate training, immersive BIM coordination and "big room" teaming.
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.