Smart Systems that can Lower Operating Costs

Andrea LaMontHVAC, Systems Integration & Controls, TechnologyLeave a Comment

smart systems

Regardless of industry or market, facility owners and managers have two mandates: to keep systems running and keep costs low, all while keeping the building’s occupants comfortable and safe. This is difficult enough in a campus spread out across several acres, and exponentially more in large Class A buildings with multiple stories. To remedy these stumbling blocks, a solution needs … Read More

Identify System Deficiencies to Improve Facility Operations

Andrea LaMontAutomation & Control Solutions, HVAC, Mechanical, Plumbing, Security, Systems Integration & ControlsLeave a Comment

Improving Facility Operations

The top goal of facilities management is to operate efficiently and effectively. This is true regardless of the industry or setting. Inefficient management wastes resources and increases costs. Good management improves the facility’s bottom line. The following are some best practices that can be implemented to help meet the goal of improving operations. Automate systems A facility’s major systems, such … Read More

Staying Cool Under Pressure

Andrea LaMontHVAC, Plumbing, Project HighlightsLeave a Comment

Emory Musculoskeletal Institute

McKenney’s was tapped to provide the HVAC system and plumbing installation for the new Emory Musculoskeletal Institute in Atlanta. As a specialty contractor on the project, McKenney’s partnered with General Contractors Brassfield & Gorrie and Structor Group as well as engineering firm Newcomb & Boyd. The healthcare facility is the newest addition to Emory’s Executive Park health innovation district. The … Read More

Building Management Should Include Monthly HVAC Maintenance

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Monthly HVAC Maintenance

Energy usage accounts for a large percentage of monthly facilities costs for commercial buildings. HVAC systems and lighting are the two biggest energy consumers in most buildings. Lowering energy expenditures can mean tremendous cost savings that can be used elsewhere. Regular maintenance of the HVAC system improves the system’s efficiency, reliability, helps prevent emergency repairs. Properly maintaining the system impacts … Read More

“Winter is Coming”… Are you prepared?

Ted SmithBuilding Services, HVACLeave a Comment

What a busy summer we have all endured this year.  After the months of heat, humidity and tropical storms it is finally time to relax, right?  We know better than that.   With the leaves beginning to turn and our lawns going dormant, we need to start preparing for winter and colder weather.  While we don’t have to be worried … Read More

Making a Difference with Predictive Maintenance

Chris RainwaterBuilding Services, HVACLeave a Comment

“Cost avoidance”, “unscheduled maintenance”, and “equipment downtime” are all phrases we hear and use when speaking with our customers about the need for regular maintenance. More importantly, we have to continue building our relationships with our customers because McKenney’s is a partner and not simply a vendor. Our Predictive Maintenance measures help separate McKenney’s from competitors.

Where to put building capital? Seen vs the Unseen

John BraceyEnergy Services, HVACLeave a Comment

When an HVAC system needs significant investment to continue to function reliably, there are often two opposite reactions.  The building engineer and property manager see an opportunity for less maintenance, higher efficiency, and generally smoother operations.   Conversely, an asset manager thinks of all the other things that capital could be used for to improve the value of the investment.  Is … Read More