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2014 News Archive

SUPERIOR AIR HANDLING CELEBRATES SAFETY MILESTONE

Aiken, S.C. (November 4, 2014) — The Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuel Fabrication Facility, a project of Superior Air Handling located in Aiken, S.C., celebrated 20 million consecutive work hours without an injury resulting in a lost workday. Click here to learn more about this project.

HARRIS CONTROLS FEATURED IN ACHR NEWS

ST. PAUL, Minn. (November 17, 2014) — Harris Controls’ General Manager Ross Nelson is featured in an article in Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News where he discusses the opportunities in building automation and how the trend toward integration creates opportunities and challenges for contractors. “There’s a fracturing of our industry between normal HVAC control and the world of system integration and, specifically, continued expansion of the system integrator role in complexes of all different sizes and types.” For the full article click here.

HARRIS COMPANIES RANKS NO. 1 TOP SHEET METAL CONTRACTOR

ST. PAUL, Minn. (October 23, 2014) — Harris Companies is No. 1 on the ENR (Engineering News-Record) Top 20 Firms in Sheet Metal. This list is published annually and is part of ENR’s Top 600 Specialty Contractors.

“To Harris, being a full service contractor means piping, plumbing, controls, service and sheet metal. It’s an integral and important part of what we do,” said Greg Hosch, president and CEO of Harris Companies.

Harris ranks high in third place among other Minnesota specialty contractors, according to the list.

According to ENR, many large specialty contractors are cautious about adding projects to their schedule during the market recovery.

“While the recovery is neither broad nor even, we have been fortunate that the geographic and vertical market segments we have positioned ourselves for have seen solid growth,” said Hosch.

Harris Companies projects include U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.; VA Medical Center, New Orleans, La.; MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility, Aiken, S.C.; and Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul, Minn.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RECOGNIZES WASATCH CONTROLS PROJECT IN BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE

Salt Lake City, UT (September 4, 2014)The University of Utah’s Dumke Health Professions Education Building HVAC System Upgrades project was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as a Better Buildings Challenge showcase project for its leadership in energy efficiency. With HVAC improvements that included the installation of new high efficiency boilers and a DDC controls system by Wasatch Controls, this 52,000 sq ft historic campus building has been able reduce energy use by 40 percent saving the university $57,000 a year.

HARRIS MECHANICAL INTERMOUNTAIN IS AWARDED CONTRACT FOR NEW SALT LAKE CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SALT LAKE CITY (August 20, 2014) — Harris Mechanical Intermountain, a division of Harris Companies, has been awarded the mechanical and plumbing work of the first phase of the Salt Lake City International Airport Redevelopment project.

HARRIS MECHANICAL UPGRADES UNIVERSITY STADIUM FOR UPCOMING VIKINGS HOME GAMES

MINNEAPOLIS (July 1, 2014) — Harris Mechanical, a division of Harris Companies, recently completed the TCF Bank Stadium Improvements project for the University of Minnesota installing a new heated field and upgrading various heating systems.

In order to serve as the temporary home for the Minnesota Vikings until the Minnesota Multi-Purpose Stadium (MMPS) is completed in 2016, the University’s TCF Bank Stadium was in need of some key improvements to meet specific NFL mandates and to accommodate both fans and players for the upcoming winter months.

The Design/Build project included the installation of more than 38 miles of Aquatherm hydronic pipe and upgrading various heating systems throughout the stadium. MORE

HARRIS FAB SHOP CELEBRATES 1,000 DAYS INCIDENT FREE SAFETY RECORD

ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 30, 2014) —The Harris Companies fab shop located in Zumbrota, MN celebrated another milestone today with 1,000 days incident free. The large 78,000 sq. ft. LEED Silver fabrication shop and warehouse facility features state-of-the-art cutting, drilling and welding equipment, and a highly skilled experienced team of professionals who are certified for specific procedures, experienced working on detailed complex and large projects, and known for their quality workmanship and exceptional work ethic.

RM THORNTON MECHANICAL APPOINTS NEW VICE PRESIDENT JIM CANTRILL

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (March 7, 2014) — RM Thornton Mechanical, a division of Harris Companies, appointed Jim Cantrill as Vice President, Major Projects. See press release

RM THORNTON MECHANICAL BEGINS HVAC WORK AT HISTORIC CHRIST CHURCH EPISCOPAL

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (January 6, 2014) — RM Thornton Mechanical, a division of Harris Companies, recently began the construction and installation of a new comprehensive HVAC system for historic Christ Church Episcopal and the Parish House located just outside our nation’s capitol in Alexandria, VA. The project is due to be completed in January 2015.

CHUCK SCHMALTZ NAMED RECIPIENT OF 2013 JERRY DALTON AWARD

ST. PAUL, Minn. (January 6, 2014) Harris Companies presented its annual Jerry Dalton Award to Harris Mechanical employee Chuck Schmaltz. To honor and remember former Harris Companies employee Jerry Dalton who passed away in 1999 from a long battle with cancer, this award is given each year to an employee who exemplifies his level of dedication, loyalty, pride and service to the company that went beyond the call of duty, his sense of honesty and integrity in dealing with others, and his willingness to help others and foster teamwork.

As this year’s recipient, Chuck shares a similar hard working always professional demeanor and level of dedication in his role as a Project Superintendent. Since joining Harris in August of 1989, he has positively impacted many employees in numerous ways, traveled for the company as needed and without hesitation, and contributed significantly to some of the company’s largest projects with a “do what it takes” focus and sense of pride.