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Ideas to Make Your Chapter More Relevant to its Members

In March, SMACNA chapter officers from around the country in Dallas to: Discuss the state of the industry Learn about SMACNA resources available to their chapters Share information about successful local programs that improve market conditions and invigorate member involvement In other words, identify what they can do to make the association more effective and relevant to members. A full-group discussion facilitated by industry expert Clark Ellis of Continuum Consulting identified critical industry issues.  Participants listed 40 challenges worthy of attention. They then narrowed that down to six items that the group felt were both important and that were enough in contractor control that action by SMACNA and its partners could make a difference.  Each table was assigned one of those six to brainstorm actions that local and or national parties could take that would have a positive influence.  Detailed notes on those discussions and brainstormed outcomes can be found here. You may wish to share these ideas locally and have a similar discussion in your chapter.  In addition to sharing these with you, SMACNA is also sharing them with its National Board for further consideration.  Contact Vince Sandusky ( with questions or... read more

Notice of SMACNA’s Annual Business Meeting

In accordance with Article XII, Section 2 of the SMACNA Bylaws, this is notification that the Annual Business Meeting of the members of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, Incorporated (SMACNA), will be held at approximately 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the following purposes: To elect four (4) U.S. Board of Director members and one (1) Canadian Board of Director member from the Central region of Canada (Ontario), all of whom will serve a four-year term beginning October 1, 2015, and expiring at the conclusion of the 2019 SMACNA Annual Convention. To transact other such business as may properly come before the Annual Business Meeting of this... read more

Get Involved ─ Volunteers Needed!

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference?  Volunteer for a SMACNA Committee and/or Task Force. Every member has an opportunity to contribute their knowledge and skills to help SMACNA achieve its goals and objectives. We are very proud to have so many committed and hard-working individuals helping to advance our industry, but we want you to be part of that group. Remember, you are an essential part of SMACNA! Apply today − it’s easy. Everything you need is on our website or follow the links below to access the Committee/Task Force Applications.  Deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015. Committee Member Candidate Form Task Force Application SMACNA Committee... read more

April 2015 SMACNews now available

In the latest issue, you’ll learn about SMACNA’s new “Guidelines for Change Orders,” the issues discussed at the Association Leadership meeting, what federal contract change orders mean for members, and... read more

2015 SMACNA Safety Survey available

The new year brings new opportunities including the chance to submit your 2015 SMACNA Safety Survey. The online survey for SMACNA’s 2015 Safety Excellence Awards Program (SSEAP) is revamped and easier to use. More participants are submitting surveys via the user-friendly online process. You can now also receive a PDF copy of your entry by email. It’s easy and confidential. A third-party consultant prepares the final report. In addition, you may be eligible to receive a safety award in your man-hour category. Companies who have won awards have found them to be helpful marketing tools…a safe company is a good company! SMACNA’s 2014 Safety Excellence Award winners were recognized at the Annual Convention I San Antonio last October. Certain information needed for the survey can be found in your company’s 2014 OSHA 300 Log records. You will also need to know your 2014 experience modification rate (EMR). Your input is critical to the success of the program. Please be sure to fill in all questions of the survey and submit early. All entries must be received by May 9, 2015. If you have questions about the SSEAP, please contact Mike McCullion, director of safety and health ( / (703) 995-4027). Safety Survey 20-01-2015... read more

With challenges come opportunities

Thomas SzymczakAn enthusiastic group of chapter presidents and incoming presidents attended the SMACNA Association Leadership Meeting (formerly the President to Presidents meeting) last month in Dallas. They quickly got down to the business of sharing ideas and challenges among each other and their SMACNA national counterparts. After identifying more than 40 critical industry challenges, the group agreed to focus on six for further analysis and solutions. These were not necessarily the biggest issues, but they were ones the chapter leaders felt that SMACNA, the chapters, and the contractors have enough leverage and power to influence. They include: Poor design documents Shortage of skilled manpower in the project manager/supervisor ranks Adapting to new construction contracting methods/contracts (e.g., IPD – integrated project delivery) Revamp JATC programs to improve and streamline training Cost of fringe benefits Need for improved collaboration with SMART on Marketing (International Association of Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Workers) Even though some of these issues appear to be daunting industry problems, with a little help from SMACNA they can result in opportunities for our members. Take for example, the challenge of poor design documents. Trade contractors rely on complete and accurate designs when bidding projects in order to provide accurate bid pricing. As the quality of drawings deteriorates, the sheet metal/HVAC contractor takes on the lion’s share of coordination which can be an opportunity. Shifts to new collaborative contracting types such as Integrated Product Delivery more adequately define and assign project risks for participating contractors. Developing proficiency in IPD contracted projects could provide a source of competitive advantage for SMACNA contractors in the near future. Delving further into... read more

SMACNA introduces new Change Orders Guide

A must-have for contractors interested in compensation and survival Many factors can result in project changes. A poorly-defined scope of work or gaps in the scope may mandate corrective changes. Unforeseen conditions or delays related to the conduct of other parties may trigger significant changes in schedule or cost. A redesign can radically impact the scope. A subcontractor may go bankrupt and its work be reassigned to other project participants. SMACNA’s latest publication “Guidelines for Change Orders” is free to SMACNA members and $75 to non-members. A contractor’s biggest challenge is the inevitability of workplace changes and obtaining proper change orders. Handling a change order properly and getting paid is a big challenge, explained Rick Freeman, executive vice president, of Stromberg Metal Works, of the Washington D.C. metro area. “The HVAC ductwork contract drawings a contractor receives in a lot of cases have not been compared and coordinated with the structure to make sure there is sufficient ceiling space for these systems. In some cases this requires the HVAC ductwork contractor to go back and make the necessary adjustment to the systems to fit in the allotted ceiling space. As a result, the contractor becomes a problem-solver, record-keeper, communicator, and negotiator in order to receive compensation for this additional work.” SMACNA’s new publication gives contractors all the information they need to make a change order. “In addition, it provides the data necessary to sell the change order to management,” Mr. Freeman said. This 56-page guide is available free to members at the SMACNA bookstore. It will serve as both a useful reference for the experienced contractor and a training tool... read more

Breaking News! SMACNA’s weekly Chaptergram is retiring

After many years, the SMACNA weekly Chaptergram is going away. In its place is a new communication vehicle for chapter leaders: the Chapter Leadership News. If you have been receiving the Chaptergram, you will automatically receive the Chapter Leadership News. SMACNA’s Chapter Leadership News will deliver more than the typical SMACNA products and services info. It will contain what you need to be a successful leader. Not only will it give chapter leaders advance notice about what’s happening at SMACNA, it will contain information to help you run a better chapter, attract millennials, generate chapter revenue, elevate the SMACNA reputation among the design community, and much, much more. The Chapter Leadership News will be mailed sporadically and only if SMACNA has new information specifically for chapters and chapter leaders. It will not be a repeat of articles in the Member Update, we promise. Our goal is fewer, more targeted mailings from SMACNA. Anyone can sign up for the Chapter Leadership News using the “My Profile” link in the top right section of the SMACNA homepage. This new email vehicle is specifically for chapter presidents, vice presidents, councilors, chapter executives, future SMACNA leaders and anyone interested in becoming a SMACNA... read more
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