In Brief

J.C. Cannistraro LLC, a New England-based mechanical contractor, has announced the launch of its multi-dimensional BIM services for building owners and facilities managers. A suite of services is offered that greatly improves the efficiency of project scheduling(4D), cost verification(5D), and facilities management(6D), using a computerized building model. The company has begun hosting a BIM Breakfast

  • J.C. Cannistraro LLC, a New England-based mechanical contractor, has announced the launch of its multi-dimensional BIM services for building owners and facilities managers. A suite of services is offered that greatly improves the efficiency of project scheduling(4D), cost verification(5D), and facilities management(6D), using a computerized building model. The company has begun hosting a BIM Breakfast Series to promote the many benefits of collaborative BIM for all types of projects. E-mail BIM@cannistraro.com or call 617/926-0092 for details.

  • Mechanical Services Inc. has been awarded a contract to upgrade the HVAC and plumbing systems for the Neonatal ICU at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla. MSI's scope of work includes replacing the existing HVAC equipment with a new air handler unit as well as constant volume boxes with re-heat capabilities and a new exhaust fan. New plumbing fixtures will be installed throughout the facility, along with medical gas, domestic water lines and waste piping.

  • Mr. Rooter Corp. recently hosted one of its largest classes of new franchises ever. Seventeen people from six new franchises and one recently opened franchise attended July basic training at the company's corporate headquarters in Waco, Texas. The course included classes on best practices, management and leadership techniques, customer service and marketing.

  • While the American Clean Energy and Security Act Bill passed by the House of Representatives this June, it has some controversial aspects. PHCC worked to get language that will benefit the plumbing industry included in the bill. This language directs the EPA Administrator to “publicize the need for proper installation and maintenance of WaterSense products by a licensed, and where certification guidelines exist, WaterSense-certified professional to ensure optimal performance.”

  • U.S. Department of Energy has released program guidelines and funding for the Energy Efficient Appliance Consumer Rebate Program, which will be administered through state energy offices for the purchase of Energy Star appliances. Funded at $300 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the program aims to stimulate demand for home appliances, provide consumers with savings on the initial purchase cost and decrease energy consumption.

  • The Restoration Industry Association Fall Conference will be held on October 13-16 at the Union Station Marriott in St. Louis, Mo. The conference will feature education sessions on a variety of critical topics such as managing personal finances, an update on the Association's damage repair initiatives and contract project, as well as power networking and education sessions. Visit www.restorationindustry.org for more details.

  • The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute recently adopted a new position statement advocating the efficient use of water while also maximizing consumer choice on water-saving products. As the new statement notes, “We believe that these two objectives are not mutually exclusive and can be achieved simultaneously.”