Department of Veterans Affairs Selects Utility Systems Solutions, Inc. (US2) and Partner Southland Energy for ESPC Contract

Dulles, VA | Southland Energy

June 23, 2020 — US2 and Southland were recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The US2 and Southland Team is part of a list of four SDVOSBs – large company teams awarded this contract.

With the ability to contract directly with the VA, the US2 and Southland Team will be able to help the VA meet their mandated energy reduction and resilience goals, enhance existing facility infrastructure, and achieve energy security. The ESPC projects will also contribute to improving the overall environment and care for veterans and their families at medical centers and hospitals nationwide.

Benji Brosch, President and CFO of US2, and Nello Tortora, Director of Federal Programs for Southland Energy, jointly stated: “Our team is honored to be working together with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help achieve energy efficiency and security and their important goal of enhancing the quality of care and service they provide America’s veterans. With our team’s extensive performance-based energy efficiency experience and history of excellence with innovative engineering, construction, service, and energy service solutions, we are well positioned to bring significant facility improvements to the VA, while saving energy and reducing costs.”

About US2

US2 provides national construction, energy conservation, and maintenance services for federal agencies with a focus in mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) upgrades. Since 2005, US2 has successfully completed over $100M in prime contract awards utilizing a team of project management professionals, professional engineers, certified energy managers, pipefitters, plumbers, electricians, and service technicians. With a unique expertise in steam system monitoring, US2 provides remote steam system monitoring for 17 federal facilities across the United States.

Southland Energy Selected for an Energy Services Company Award

Portland, OR 

June 1, 2020 – Southland Energy recently announced that it has been selected for an Energy Services Company (ESCO) award by the Oregon Department of Energy and is now pre-qualified to be able to perform comprehensive energy, waste management, and associated capital improvements for state and local agencies including cities, municipalities, state institutions, school districts, public universities, and other state-owned buildings.

In Oregon, state agencies that want to use an Energy Services Performance Contract (ESPC) for energy services work are required to use a firm from the pre-qualified list of ESCOs. As a selected ESCO, Southland Energy is able to perform work in partnership with local Southland companies, TCM and Envise, providing energy services for Oregon government entities.

Already a national ESCO, Southland Energy is now able to execute comprehensive energy, waste management, and associated capital improvements as well as infrastructure upgrades for Oregon state agencies.

“This is a great opportunity for Southland Energy and our other Southland Companies, TCM and Envise, to support the energy needs of the state of Oregon. We’re excited to be established as an ESCO in Oregon and to bring our experience as a national ESCO home.” – Dan Heichelbech, President of TCM

The ESCO award went into effect in May of 2020 and is valid for two years with options for renewal. For all Oregon-related, state projects, please contact Trevor Marugg, Senior Account Consultant, at tmarugg@enviseco.com or 503.488.1780.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a comprehensive energy services firm with roots in one of the nation’s leading MEP building systems firms. With the ability to self-perform energy services work through its distinctive design-build-operate-maintain expertise, Southland Energy works with clients to increase efficiency, reduce utility consumption, and lower overall energy costs. Using various creative financing options, Southland Energy’s certified energy professionals deliver guaranteed performance-based solutions that sustainably improve each facility’s bottom line.

About TCM

Founded in 1953 and acquired in 2014, TCM is a wholly owned subsidiary of Southland Industries and one of the Northwest’s largest Mechanical and Plumbing systems experts offering a “One Team,” “Connected Solutions” approach.

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Dan Navarrete

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

703.834.5570

dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy Selected to Perform Energy Upgrades on Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Dauphin Island, AL | Southland Energy

April 9, 2020 — Southland Energy recently announced that the company has been selected to perform a campus-wide energy and infrastructure upgrade project at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Alabama.

Appointed and approved by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab board of directors – a quorum of 23 public and private universities in Alabama – Southland Energy will develop an energy savings performance contract to implement energy conservation measures and infrastructure improvements on the marine science center.

“We have initiated an investment-grade audit of all facilities,” said Nello Tortora, Director of Southland Energy. “When completed, this project will help the sea lab achieve enhanced reliability for its research laboratories.”

When complete, the project will significantly reduce energy and operational costs as well as provide critical infrastructure upgrades for this remote facility.

The project’s anticipated start date has not been announced.

About Southland Energy
As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of performance-based facility life-cycle solutions.  We reduce our client’s operating expenses, renew their Infrastructure, and make their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

 

Media Contact
Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703.834.5570
dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy Appoints Roxanne Fong as Director of Utility Programs

San Diego, CA | Southland Energy

March 30, 2020 – Southland Energy recently appointed Roxanne Fong as Director of Utility Programs. In her new role, Ms. Fong will lead Southland’s growth strategy for the utilities sector by developing partnerships to deliver energy and infrastructure solutions and services.

Ms. Fong brings over 30 years of experience working in the utilities industry to her new role. Throughout her career, she’s developed and implemented various programs to help government and commercial clients meet their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability goals. In her most recent role, she led PG&E’s New Revenue Development (NRD) business development team, which developed and implemented over $300 million in design-build energy projects.

Ms. Fong graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Business and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is also Six Sigma Green and Black Belt certified from Villanova University. Before joining Southland Energy, Ms. Fong was recognized as a Supplier Diversity Champion and served on the Board of Directors for the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) from 2008–2018.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of facility life-cycle solutions. Creating tailored solutions to meet unique challenges and needs, Southland Energy reduces clients’ operating expenses, renews their infrastructures, and makes their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703.834.5570
dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy Supports Clients with Continuity of Critical Operations During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

San Diego, California | Southland Energy

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, Southland Energy is providing clients with the ability to maintain continuity of operations. As challenges with work and personnel evolve during this crisis, Southland Energy is continuing to perform critical work that supports clients’ essential operations.

“During these trying times, it’s very important that we continue working with our clients to maintain their critical operations and ensure that they have a safe working environment,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy.

Adhering to CDC and government guidelines, Southland Energy is continuing to deliver essential services and project deliverables and is committed to protecting the health and safety of individuals related to projects by executing the necessary and recommended precautions.

Additionally, Southland Energy has a Coronavirus Crisis Management Team to provide an internal companywide COVID-19 response.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of facility life-cycle solutions. Creating tailored solutions to meet unique challenges and needs, Southland Energy reduces clients’ operating expenses, renews their infrastructures, and makes their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703.834.5570
dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Using Demand-controlled Ventilation in HVAC

New technologies are replacing the traditional concept of room controls with enhanced interfaces, improving energy efficiency by monitoring and actively adjusting air quality in real-time. To comment on the convergence of just how to a make a building both comfortable and energy-efficient, Integration Business Manager at Envise Michael Phillips identifies best practices of using DCV in HVAC to improve the occupant experience.

 

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Lean IPD Strategies from the Trade Partner Perspective

Building owners are transforming the construction industry with the increased adoption of a Lean Integrated Project Delivery (LIPD) approach. According to Southland Industries’ Business Development Lead Andrew Rhodes, the foundation for a successful IPD team starts by adopting a collaborative and transparent approach that consistently delivers increased value to the owner. “We make decisions based on what adds value to the project, and not what’s best for ourselves,” Rhodes explains.

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Southland Energy to Perform $11.6M Water Treatment Facility Retrofit for City of San Luis Obispo

December 18, 2019

San Luis Obispo, CA

Southland Energy today announced it has been awarded a comprehensive energy and infrastructure retrofit project for the City of San Luis Obispo’s water treatment facility.

In partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southland will upgrade aging infrastructure, implement energy upgrades, and install backup generation to improve the facility’s resilience.

Slated for completion in March of 2021, the $11.6 million effort will reduce energy and operational costs, address critical deferred maintenance backlog, and help the City achieve its sustainability goals.

“This project is an excellent example of how a municipality can partner with its serving utility through a public private partnership to improve infrastructure and sustainability,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President, Southland Energy. “Southland is proud to be part of the team and looks forward to working with PG&E and the City of San Luis Obispo to deliver this important project.”

How Lean Construction Methods are Shaping the Future

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Adopted as a response to customer and supply chain dissatisfaction with the building industry, Lean project delivery methods seek to manage a project through relationships, shared knowledge and common goals in order to break down the traditional silos associated with construction. The results of this approach produce significant improvements in scheduling, in reducing waste and ultimately result in better overall project delivery and increased value to the owner. In a recent article, Erin Miller, Design Engineer for Southland Industries’ Mid-Atlantic division, takes an in-depth look at the ways lean practices can positively impact the future of building engineering and construction.

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The Blueprint

Andrew Tranovich

Building information modeling and lean principles have helped teams maximize production value while improving project coordination. Andrew Tranovich, senior project manager at Southland Industries, recently sat down with Engineered Systems to discuss lean construction, augmented reality, the firm’s work at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and more. Southland’s use of BIM has been helpful in its recent tenant improvement project at a 760,000-square-foot San Francisco building, Tranovich said.

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