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Safety Award: Xcel Mechanical Nets Fifth Cal/OSHA Golden Gate Recognition

POMONA, CA — Xcel Mechanical Systems’ jobsite at Cal Poly Pomona was presented with a Cal/OSHA Golden Gate Safety Award today after an agency auditor determined that our teams there had established “demonstrated commitment” to maintaining effective safety and health management systems, said Steve Prisk, company safety director.

General Contracting partner C.W. Driver demonstrated its ongoing commitment to creating and maintaining a safe jobsite for its employees – and all subcontractors performing work at the site – by informing all that Cal/OSHA would be invited in for a completed review and inspection of safety policies and procedures. The consultative visit included conducting independent employee interviews to measure awareness and participation in each company’s safety program.

“The GC’s goal was to achieve Golden Gate status for this jobsite, no question,” Prisk said. “C.W. Driver has created an environment where the rest of us feel safe. So the question was: `Would the subcontractors also pass the test?’”

The Cal/OSHA consultant first met with Prisk and did a thorough review of Xcel Mechanical’s Injury, Illness and Prevention Program.

He then visited the jobsite and met with company tradesmen. All were found to be in compliance with the policies and goals of Xcel Mechanical’s safety program, meeting the intent of Cal/OSHA’s topline objective of keeping employers, employees and jobsites safe from preventable hazards and injuries.

The Cal/OSHA auditor also praised Xcel Mechanical’s monthly Safety Newsletter and monthly Safety Incentive Program.

“The use of the company newsletter to convey all matters regarding safety and health from accidents to hazard trends is exceptional. Interviews indicate that is read by the field personnel and well received,” the auditor wrote.

“[And] the monthly incentive program you have in place appears to be an effective tool in not only gaining compliance to your safety and health program, [it] also appears to be getting more employees actively involved in the program as well.”

“Our guys were awesome,” Prisk said. “They represented Xcel Mechanical extremely well. In fact, the auditor said that if all his reviews went like ours, his job would be a lot easier.”

Golden Gate recognition was developed to provide motivation and support to employers who proactively work with their employees and the Cal/OSHA Consultation Service to continuously improve safety and health management systems. This is Xcel Mechanical’s fifth Golden Gate Award since 2013.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical, plumbing and piping engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, property managers, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Xcel Mechanical Lands Strategic Aerospace Service & Maintenance Contract

PALMDALE, CA – Xcel Mechanical Systems has been awarded a three-year labor contract to provide preventive and corrective maintenance of mechanical, plumbing and piping systems at Lockheed Martin’s massive production campus in Palmdale.

It’s a strategic business development move that further establishes Xcel Mechanical as one of the top mechanical and plumbing contractors across Southern California’s Aerospace industry. It also adds a key client logo to a growing list of annual service contracts that generate recurring business opportunities for the company.

“This new service contract includes all trades, and the work will be performed at a premiere aerospace facility where excellence is the standard for all who perform work there,” said Kevin Michel, company president. “With this three-year agreement in place, we expect it will generate a significant amount of mission-critical service work at a time when we’re seeing across-the-board growth on that side of our business,” Mr. Michel said.

“This new service partnership will also heighten our visibility with the general contractors working at the site, and will make us even more competitive in their bidding process as we pursue larger projects there,” he said. “There is growth in this sector and in this region, and we are well-positioned to help our clients hit their mechanical, plumbing and piping construction and maintenance objectives.”

Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Palmdale is home to its famous “Skunk Works” division, which is focused on the research and development of manned and unmanned aircraft systems.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical, plumbing and piping engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, property managers, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Project Update: UCLA Luskin Conference Center Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

WESTWOOD, CA — Xcel Mechanical delivered the gleaming project to this prestigious client 11 months ago. And with one month remaining in the warranty period, and project close-out with GC Partner McCarthy Building Companies on the horizon, the good news came at a great time.

The UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center has just been recognized for its commitment to sustainability by achieving LEED Platinum certification— California’s second LEED Platinum certified building of its kind, and the sixth newly constructed venue of its kind in the nation to be certified LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 295,000-square-foot conference center opened to the public in August 2016. It has 254 guest rooms for overnight accommodations. It was recognized for overall sustainability, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design and energy, and overall atmosphere.

The conference center is one of more than 30 LEED certified buildings at UCLA, including nine that hold Platinum certification.

Xcel Mechanical’s scope was to provide HVAC Design Assist and Construction services, and deliver an energy efficient floor-to-floor, room-to-room HVAC solution.

Our Project Management Team took steps during the design, construction and commissioning phases that helped the project hit its sustainability objectives.

Our team covered all the ends of the new building’s ductwork following installation, then took and submitted documentation photos of the work. Our team routinely changed out filters in the building while paying close attention to the ratio of outdoor air coming in, and indoor air quality overall.

“LEED Platinum is a big deal. We knew how important it was to our client, so our priority was to deliver a sustainable solution that would help them hit their objective,” said Juan Zelada, Xcel Mechanical project manager. “Now, it’s official. LEED Platinum is a win for everyone involved in this project – and beyond.”

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical, plumbing and piping engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, property managers, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Xcel Mechanical Begins Work on Cal Poly Pomona’s New Student Services Building

CAL POLY POMONA – General construction is underway on a gleaming new Student Services Building in the center of campus here, allowing Xcel Mechanical engineering and field teams to begin the transition from mechanical Design-Assist to Plan & Spec subcontractor.

“It’s proximity to existing student services functions and its key location to the core of campus is why [this site] was chosen,” said Dan Johnson, director of Facilities Design & Construction, and the school’s website. “This is where people come to campus, so it has to be a relatively prominent location.”

The new $78 million project will look much different than the building it is replacing, school officials said. The airy 138,000-square-foot structure will feature two buildings – one three stories and the other two – under one billowing roof. It will have several design features that are in step with the university’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Xcel Mechanical’s Project Management, Engineering, Field Operations, Fabrication Shops, Field and project administrative teams are all gearing-up to support this high-profile project, just as other major projects in this key vertical market near completion.

The company’s Design-Build work is nearly complete at UCLA’s Mo Austin Basketball Practice facility is nearly complete, as is the company’s major retrofit and renovation work at the historic Horace Mann School in the Beverly Hills Unified School District. Meanwhile, new projects at California State University Northridge, the University of California Irvine, and the Los Angeles Community College District will continue as scheduled.

“We perform work on the largest college campuses in Los Angeles. Each one is unique, and all have different requirements,” said Bill Balch, Xcel Mechanical project manager.

“Our engineering and office teams assemble incredible construction and logistics plans. And our union craftsmen are the best in the industry. In fact, I routinely have clients call to request our project foremen by name.”

The new Cal Poly Pomona Student Services building is expected to be completed in Fall 2018.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical, plumbing and piping engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, property managers, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Time to Recognize! Meet Our “10-Year Club”

GARDENA, CA — On April 7, Xcel Mechanical hosted a special company-wide picnic to recognize an extraordinary group of project managers, superintendents, foremen, sheet metal workers, plumbers, pipefitters, estimators and office staff who have signed on a decade or more ago, and continue to drive our company forward.

It is with great appreciation that we recognize Xcel Mechanical’s “10-Year Club”; a committed group whose experience, talents and perseverance have set a terrific example for our entire company to follow. We recognize that with great people comes great success.

Pictured, Back Row: Bernard Johnson, Tim Brown, Sean Brown, Robert “Keith” Kennedy, Jason Gordon, Jef Moreland, Rob Malicki, Kevin Michel, Bill Balch, Anthony Savedra. Middle Row: Dave Hastings, Alex Molina, Frank Borbon, Ivan Esparza, Tony Ceron, Kyle Stangeland, Scott Burson, James Williams, Ray Adams, Kevin White (hidden), Rudy Ballesteros. Front Row: Joven Aguas, Steve Prisk, Eddie Mares, Malou Laureano, Silvia Topete, Andrew Angon, Danny Gomez, Richard Gomez. Not pictured: Angelo Snedeger.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical, plumbing and piping engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, property managers, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Xcel Mechanical’s Safety Program Gains Statewide and National Recognition

GARDENA, CA — Xcel Mechanical’s Safety Program captured both state and national industry awards in recent weeks after evaluators at both trade organizations reviewed our Company’s ultra-low 2016 incidents and injury occurrence reports.

At the state level, Xcel Mechanical won the “CAL SMACNA Safety Award for an Outstanding Safety Record in 2016”. CAL SMACNA is a statewide trade association representing more than 600 sheet metal and air conditioning contractors who employ more than 25,000 union employees and administrative personnel throughout California.

Xcel Mechanical President Kevin Michel presided over the trade organization’s 51st Annual Convention, held April 19-22 in Santa Barbara, CA. In one of his final official acts before completing his one-year term as the organization’s 50th President, Mr. Michel accepted the award on behalf of our Company. He then bestowed the same award to about a dozen peers representing companies from across the state.

At the national level, Xcel Mechanical won the “MCAA Safety Excellence – Certification of Commendation for a Lost Workday Cases Incidence Rate of Zero in 2016”. MCAA serves the unique needs of approximately 2,600 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service, and includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA), the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau.

“The most important thing is that our employees are going home safe to their families and loved ones each night,” said Steve Prisk, company safety director. “But clearly we are developing a Safety Culture that continues to gain traction internally, and now recognition across our industry,” Prisk said. “This obviously puts what we’re doing here into a much bigger pond.”

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical, plumbing and piping engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, property managers, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Xcel Mechanical Project Team Honored by General Contracting Partner PCL Construction

WESTWOOD, CA — Xcel Mechanical’s UCLA CHS South Tower Seismic Renovation Team was recognized recently as the top performing subcontracting team on the jobsite by strategic general contracting partner PCL Construction.

The PCL report rated our project team in 14 applicable categories ranging from safety and schedule performance to jobsite organization, clean-up and attitude.

“Deliverables is a grading tool to hold each subcontractor accountable to achieve the standards of excellence we strive for regarding our HSE program,” said PCL program coordinator Nathaniel Gomera, in an email distributed to all project subcontractors, and to PCL officials.

“The goal is to achieve a score of 90%. Congratulations to the Xcel team for achieving a score of 94% for the month of February!”

Xcel Mechanical Plumbing Foreman Hector Serrano applauded his team’s every-day approach to safety, quality, and craftsmanship.

“These subcontractor audits are an eye-opener for sure,” Serrano said. “It’s one of those things where you bring the right approach, attitude and work ethic each day, and your practice becomes your routine,” he said. “At times you don’t even realize it because you’re living it. But then something like this comes out. It’s pretty cool.”

Both Serrano and “UCLA Seismic” PM Joe Camacho said they are fortunate to have the support of a broad and talented Xcel Mechanical team onsite and in the office, and a collaborative PCL project team. “It has definitely been a team effort,” said Camacho.

“It has been a demanding project with regard to procedure and paperwork, but the GC’s project team has been professional and collaborative throughout, and that makes a big difference,” Camacho said.

“When the GC’s team is on point, it helps the entire project move forward more smoothly. We all benefit as a result,” he said.

“The goal now is to leverage this hard-earned, well-deserved respect and win more projects.”

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical and plumbing engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Xcel Mechanical’s Ultra-Low EMR Rating Stands Tall in National Safety Survey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fewer than 15-percent of contractors who participated in a recent national survey reported a key safety indicator score equal to or less than 0.59, further establishing Xcel Mechanical as one of the safest mechanical contractors in the industry, reports Steve Prisk, company safety director.

The findings were published in the 2016 SMACNA Safety Profile / Safety Excellence Awards Program, prepared for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association by the Construction Labor Research Council.

Among the report’s findings: The average number of reported injury or illness incidents, otherwise known as OSHA Incidence Rate, was 2.42—the lowest rate ever reported for the safety program. The average reported Experience Modification Rate (EMR) was .78, slightly lower than last year and the lowest rate in the past decade.

Xcel Mechanical’s EMR Rate of 0.59 is significantly lower than the reported average, “and points to increased awareness, a company-wide culture of safety reflected in our programs and practices, and extreme diligence on the part of our employees,” Prisk said.

In the construction industry, a contractor’s EMR can have a profound impact upon business. Insurance carriers use EMR rates to gauge past cost of injuries and future chances of risk.

A lower EMR rate means lower worker’s compensation insurance premiums charged to the contractor. Lower insurance costs means lower total overhead for the business, enabling the contractor to be more competitive in the bidding process.

“Most importantly, Xcel People are going home to their families each night. That’s really what our safety programs are all about,” Prisk said.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical and plumbing engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Project Delivered: New Qantas LAX Hangar the Largest of its Kind in North America

LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT— Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, were among the local and international dignitaries who attend today’s Grand Opening of the new Qantas Hangar at LAX.

Safe to say the new hangar is a big deal.

The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft, and this new hangar is now North America’s largest A380 maintenance hangar, airline officials said. Xcel Mechanical Systems provided the HVAC, Plumbing and Piping solutions for the $30 million facility.

The hangar is 480 feet by 370 feet and 12 stories tall, big enough to accommodate and service up to four passenger jets simultaneously. In addition to aircraft maintenance, the airline will relocate its Los Angeles-based commercial business team into new office space designed into the new facility.

“The project was released under a General Contractor that we hadn’t done a lot of work with, so we were excited to land it, and to begin developing a relationship with a new industry partner,” said Juan Zelada, Xcel Mechanical project manager.

“We worked closely with the GC and the site team to help bring the design drawings forward before construction got underway. And then, we were able to take a lead on site to keep the project moving. Our field foremen did an excellent job managing their teams through to project delivery, and helped our company deliver this high-profile project.”

Qantas officials said the hangar becomes the only facility in the U.S. designed specifically to hold the behemoth plane, and touted the project as signaling the airline’s commitment to Los Angeles as well as to travelers making long-haul flights between the U.S. and Australia.

Qantas Group Chief Executive Alan Joyce said that while Australia will always be the carrier’s primary maintenance location, “LAX is our next biggest transit point so we’re pleased to now have a facility that reflects that.”

Qantas flies 40 flights per week between Los Angeles and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. Joyce said the new hangar will make maintenance 20% more efficient because it allows more planes to fit in the facility at the same time.
Joyce said that Qantas also plans to rent out the facility to other carriers at LAX. Air France, British Airways, China Southern, Asiana, Emirates and Korean Air also fly the massive A380 jet for long-haul flights from LAX.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical and plumbing engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Xcel Mechanical Named 6th-largest Mechanical and Plumbing Contractor in California

SACRAMENTO, CA — California’s leading construction industry trade journal identified Xcel Mechanical Systems as Golden State’s 6th-largest mechanical and plumbing contractor, and 32nd-largest specialty contractor overall.

The rankings, published in the Dec. 5 edition of ENR California, compared 2015 company revenues submitted by the state’s top contracting firms.

Last October, ENR-California’s parent publication – Engineering News-Record – listed Xcel Mechanical Systems as the 93rd-largest mechanical contractor in the United States.

Also last year, Contractor Magazine listed Xcel Mechanical as the state’s nation’s 81st-largest mechanical contractor.

“These rankings are a testament to our ability to thrive and to grow in a competitive marketplace,” said Kevin Michel, president of Xcel Mechanical Systems. “And it clearly points to our company’s ability to consistently deliver on our promise of quality and value. “We value our clients, and appreciate the long-lasting relationships we have built with key industry partners. It’s all part of our success story.”

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is recognized across Southern California as an industry leader in commercial and industrial mechanical and plumbing engineering, design-build, and construction. Building owners, general contractors and consultants trust Xcel Mechanical to deliver cost-effective, dependable solutions that make buildings more comfortable, energy efficient, and easier to manage. We specialize in the Aerospace, Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Data Center, and LEED Construction sectors. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com