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We’re hiring! Project Manager Needed for HVAC, Plumbing and Piping Projects

Gardena, CA – Xcel Mechanical Systems is entering a period of sustained growth and has an immediate opening a Project Manager, working under the under the supervision of our Director of Operations. The right candidate will join our company as it enters its 20th-year in business; a time in which Xcel Mechanical is being recognized as one of the largest mechanical contractors on California and one of the safest operating in the United States. The topline goal of this position: Oversee project planning, scheduling, budgeting and implementation for HVAC, Plumbing and Process Piping projects ranging in size from $50,000 – $10 million at assigned job sites across the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. For more information, please check out our Careers page.

We’re Hiring! Safety Representative Needed for Palmdale Jobsites

Xcel Mechanical Systems is entering a period of sustained growth and has an immediate opening at its Palmdale, CA jobsites for an entry-level Safety Representative, working under the under the supervision of the company’s Safety Director. The right candidate will join our company as it enters its 20th-year in business, and during a time in which Xcel Mechanical is being recognized as one of the safest mechanical contractors operating in the United States. The topline goal of this position is to help keep a good thing going by implementing and monitoring the company’s existing standards, processes, communications, training and related safety systems to ensure that designated project sites remain injury-free environments. For more information, please visit our Careers page.

 

Company’s Top Safety Officer Attends National Safety Director’s Conference

San Diego, CA — Xcel Mechanical Systems continues to build its case as one of the safest mechanical contractors in the nation, and in the process, sent the company’s top safety official here to network and collaborate with peers and thought leaders during the industry’s top safety conference.

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) serves the unique needs of approximately 2,600 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service.

The MCAA 2018 Safety Directors’ Conference provided world class, industry-specific safety and health education opportunities for 225 officers representing large and small union mechanical contractors from across the United States.

“The speakers were excellent, the conference was informative, and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues who work tirelessly to keep their employees safe was invaluable,” said Steve Prisk, company safety director.

“We all know that our employees work in high-risk environments, so as safety directors we face big challenges in achieving our daily goal, which is for our people to return home safe each night,” Prisk said. “During this conference, we were able to share our experiences and perspective with, and gain valuable insight from, our colleagues. “The embers are stoked. I leave this conference with great ideas and will begin implementing them upon my return.”

Topic experts from around the country presented sixteen educational sessions throughout the three-day conference. The conference’s keynote presenter, Neil Pasricha, is a New York Times best-selling author of five books including The Happiness Equation, which debuted at #1 on the international bestseller list last year and is still there today.

Other educational topics included safe bolting practices, power tool safety technology, working safely around manganese, workplace violence prevention and protection, and much more.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems is an award-winning engineering and construction firm specializing in commercial and industrial HVAC, plumbing, and process piping systems. Xcel Mechanical was founded in 1998, is headquartered in Gardena, CA, and is now entering its 20th year in business as a full-service union mechanical contractor with a client list that includes global aerospace firms, large metropolitan hospitals, major research universities and Fortune 500 companies. Our project scopes include New Construction, Retrofits, Tenant Improvements, Preventative Maintenance, and Emergency Services. Our Project Delivery methods include Pre-Construction Consulting, Design Assist, Design Build, and Plan & Spec 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. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

 

About MCAA

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) serves the unique needs of approximately 2,600 firms involved in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing, piping, and mechanical service. We do this by providing our members with high-quality educational materials and programs to help them attain the highest level of managerial and technical expertise. MCAA includes the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, the Plumbing Contractors of America, the Manufacturer/Supplier Council, the Mechanical Contracting Education and Research Foundation and the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau. For more information, visit: https://www.mcaa.org/

Xcel Mechanical Employees Bring Holiday Cheer to Neighborhood Kids

GARDENA, CA — Giving back to the local community was the theme of Xcel Mechanical’s 2017 Holiday Toy Drive as employees here partnered with the Gardena Police Department and the Gardena Police Officer’s Association to put a sled-full of donated gifts and toys into the hands of underprivileged children from across the company’s host city.

To the delight of our employees, Santa’s Sleigh arrived at the company’s headquarters on December 13 to collect several over-sized boxes filled with unwrapped gifts collected during the company’s annual holiday toy drive. Later that evening, Xcel Mechanical elves helped Santa and other community volunteers distribute the toys to local boys and girls at nearby Amestoy Elementary School.

“We’re so happy to have the employees of Xcel Mechanical join our team, because it’s so important that local businesses get involved in this very important, community-wide effort,” said Detective Luis Villanueva, School Resources Officer for the Gardena Police Department. “Your employees should know that for some of these kids, these will be the only toys they get for Christmas.”

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.

Xcel Mechanical Systems is an award-winning engineering and construction firm specializing in commercial and industrial HVAC, plumbing, and process piping systems. Xcel Mechanical was founded in 1998, is headquartered in Gardena, CA, and is now entering its 20th year in business as a full-service union mechanical contractor with a client list that includes global aerospace firms, large metropolitan hospitals, major research universities and Fortune 500 companies. Our project scopes include New Construction, Retrofits, Tennant Improvements, Preventative Maintenance, and Emergency Services. Our Project Delivery methods include Pre-Construction Consulting, Design Assist, Design Build, and Plan & Spec 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. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

Safety First: Xcel Mechanical Posts Record Low EMR

Gardena, CA — Fewer than 12-percent of companies that participated in a recent national survey of mechanical contractors reported a key safety indicator score of 0.60 or lower, firmly establishing Xcel Mechanical’s new 0.55 Experience Modification Rate (EMR) as one of the lowest of any mechanical contractor in the nation.

This year’s findings were published in the 2017 SMACNA Safety Profile / Safety Excellence Awards Program, prepared for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association by the Construction Labor Research Council.

A key finding in the report: The average reported EMR was 0.81, up slightly from the prior year’s survey average EMR of 0.79, and significantly higher than Xcel Mechanical’s 0.55.

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 result in lower total overhead for the business, enabling the contractor to be more competitive in the project bidding process.

But while the industry average ticked up, Xcel Mechanical’s EMR decreased from 0.59 in 2016 to 0.55 this year.

To celebrate and recognize the accomplishment, Xcel Mechanical President Kevin Michel hosted a company-wide luncheon at the firm’s Gardena, CA headquarters. In addition to a catered lunch, each employee in attendance was given a $50 bill and a $5 bill, to commemorate the company’s all-time low EMR of 0.55.

“This doesn’t mean we start going the other way to get bigger bills,” he said.  “But seriously, what you have accomplished this year – and over the previous three years – is extraordinary. It means a lot to the company. And it means a lot to me.”

Company Safety Director Steve Prisk said that when he started out 2017, “our EMR was already so low that the goal, really, was just to hold the line. But then it went down again this year,” he said. “It points directly to the absolute diligence of our employees. I’m blown away at the ability of our crews to keep themselves safe, and to keep our company on this extraordinary path.”

“In one sentence, it says a lot about the company,” said John Post, a longtime construction industry insurance expert and consultant. “It’s a great distinguishing characteristic of different companies within the same industry. Not only is their EMR one of the lowest I’ve seen in their industry, it’s one of the lowest I’ve ever seen, period. It’s truly remarkable.”

Post credits Mr. Michel with the decision to move Prisk into the position, and the job Prisk has done since becoming safety director. “You’re talking about a guy with the highest integrity, character, work ethic, loyalty you’ll find anywhere,” Post said.

“He really, deeply cares about the employees. And because he’s a field guy, he gets it. He’s been out there. He’s done the work. The employees respect that, and they’re obviously responding to the message.”

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.

Xcel Mechanical Systems is an award-winning engineering and construction firm specializing in commercial and industrial HVAC, plumbing, and process piping systems. Xcel Mechanical was founded in 1998, is headquartered in Gardena, CA, and is now entering its 20th year in business as a full-service union mechanical contractor with a client list that includes global aerospace firms, large metropolitan hospitals, major research universities and Fortune 500 companies. Our project scopes include New Construction, Retrofits, Tennant Improvements, Preventative Maintenance, and Emergency Services. Our Project Delivery methods include Pre-Construction Consulting, Design Assist, Design Build, and Plan & Spec 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. For more information, please visit: www.xcelmech.com

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