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GARDEN GROVE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, operations and energy service solutions, recently named Payman Farrokhyar Southern California Division Leader. Replacing Mr. Farrokhyar in his previous position, Travis Fletcher has been selected as Southern California Branch Manager of Envise, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southland. With a goal of customizing an experience for each client in order to realize their specific goals, the two leaders aim to provide connected solutions that utilize Southland's vast range of in-house experts. In his new role, Mr. Farrokhyar will oversee Southland’s procurement of design-build work in the regional market, while ensuring successful project outcomes. Mr. Fletcher will be responsible for the business development, sales and operations efforts of Envise within the Southern California region. “I’m excited to begin working with Travis in a new capacity—one that will allow clients to achieve their goals through our connected solutions, and utilize all of our relevant in-house expertise. If clients desire solutions that begin with design and installation and continue seamlessly through energy, automation, and mechanical service, we can successfully deliver that,” stated Mr. Farrokhyar. “We believe in client partnerships, not customer sales. As trusted partners, we take a big picture approach that sometimes means a healthy challenge of the initial request to truly solve client problems and achieve bigger results. By deferring to the expertise of our connected groups and businesses, we can collaboratively provide clients with better informed, customized solutions,” added Mr. Fletcher. Mr. Farrokhyar received a bachelor’s degree in math and computer science, with a minor in economics from Colorado School of Mines in 2004, as well as a Master of Business Administration in global management from the University of Phoenix in 2007. He participates in industry organizations such as the Design-Build Institute of America, ASHRAE, and Smart Cities Council. With a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado School of Mines, Mr. Fletcher has over fifteen years in the construction and real estate development industries. He is an active member of industry organizations such as the Urban Land Institute, Smart Cities Council, and Orange County Business Council.

News Article | May 17, 2017

FORT RILEY, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded an energy services performance contract (ESPC) for Fort Riley near Junction City, Kansas. The first phase of this multi-phase project is expected to provide more than $37 million in facility improvements across 280 buildings. Spanning 5.4 million square feet, Southland Energy will complete 15 energy conservation measures across the United States Army installation. Southland’s scope consists of expanding and upgrading the central plants and energy management controls, HVAC upgrades, interior, exterior, street, and airfield LED lighting, as well as boiler and water conservation improvements. In addition, Southland will operate and maintain two central plants and perform controls maintenance. The main energy management controls system will be updated with enhanced cybersecurity protocols to earn Department of Defense accreditation. "We are excited about making significant progress towards our energy and water conservation goals, while improving the quality of life for Big Red One soldiers and their families," stated Mike Witmer, Chief of Utilities and Energy Branch. “This project will bring much needed infrastructure improvements and increase operational efficiency. This ESPC, which is paid for through energy and operational savings, allows Fort Riley to maximize our Public Works budget without increasing cost to taxpayers,” he continued. “Southland Energy is proud to support Fort Riley in their efforts to reduce operating costs, improve infrastructure, and to achieve their energy and water conservation goals. When complete, this project will significantly improve the facilities that support the soldiers and mission of the 1st Infantry Division,” added Southland Energy Vice President Anthony Roner. Serving over 18,000 active duty service members and 24,000 family members, Fort Riley is home to the 1st Infantry Division, one of the longest serving active duty units of the United States Army. The improvements will be funded through the $2.4 million in annual cost savings that the project is expected to generate. Over a 22-year period, these savings are anticipated to grow to more than $92 million in savings. The project’s design and construction phases are scheduled to begin June 2017. For more information about Southland Energy, visit

DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southland Energy, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) by the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program. The contract is awarded to energy services companies (ESCOs) that provide guaranteed cost savings as a result of privately financed energy and water infrastructure improvements to federal facilities, without the need for additional congressional appropriations. As part of the twenty-two businesses awarded this contract, Southland Energy can implement energy and water efficiency projects for all federal government agencies. “Southland Energy is honored to be working with the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program to help achieve energy efficiency and security for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. With Southland Energy’s extensive performance-based energy efficiency experience and Southland Industries’ 68-year history of engineering, construction, service, and energy service solutions, we are well positioned to bring innovation and excellence to the federal government, while saving energy and reducing costs,” stated Vice President of Southland Energy Anthony Roner. With the ability to contract directly with the federal government, Southland Energy will help government agencies meet their mandated energy reduction and renewable energy goals, as well as enhance existing facility infrastructure, and achieve energy security. 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 customers to increase efficiency, reduce utility consumption, and lower overall energy costs. Using various financing options, Southland Energy’s certified energy professionals deliver guaranteed performance-based solutions that sustainably improve each facility’s bottom line.

Hallenbeck M.,Southland Industries
ASHRAE Transactions | Year: 2012

The BRAC 133 Building in Alexandria, Virginia is a 1.7 million square foot office tower owned by the Department of Defense. The building utilizes an innovative Fan Powered Induction Terminal Unit (FPIU) system with Outside Air (OSA) provided by a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS). The building is programmed to achieve LEED NCv2.2 Gold status with an energy savings of 24.7% over the ASHRAE 90.1-2004 baseline system. The Fan Powered Induction Unit is a modified series fan powered variable air volume terminal unit equipped with a filter, primary (outside) air valve, supply air fan and Electrically Commutated Motor (ECM), heating coil and sensible only cooling coil. Dehumidified OSA is supplied to the zone for humidity and CO 2 concentration control. Induced air is filtered and then cooled or heated through the use of a sensible only cooling coil, or heating hot water heating coil. Induced air is supplied to the space along with outdoor air to maintain the zone temperature, humidity and CO 2 level set-points. The building is supplied with two chilled water cooling loops. A 42°F [5.6°C] latent chilled water loop utilized for dehumidiflcation of outdoor air and cooling in zones where a high latent load is present. A 55°F [12.8°C] sensible chilled water loop is utilized to provide sensible only cooling to the fan powered induction units and Information Technology (IT) loads. The use of the warmer, sensible chilled water loop yields significant increase in water side economizer usage along with increased chiller efficiency. The net result is a high efficiency cooling system that provides optimal occupant thermal comfort. ©2012 ASHRAE.

Volgyi M.,Southland Industries
ASHRAE Journal | Year: 2011

The Kaiser Downey Medical Center in Downey completed a new project of a 657,800 gross ft 2 acute care hospital and central utility plant. The most significant challenge of the project was the aggressive schedule for design, permitting, and construction. The building is served by 18 air handling units (AHU), each major department is provided with a separate unit. This allows similar rooms with similar characteristics to be served by the same unit, eliminating unnecessary overcooling and reheating of spaces with diverse uses. A 100% outdoor supply air building air-handling system serving all patient and staff support areas provides a great advantage regarding indoor air quality, with ventilation rates well in excess of the ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004 minimum ventilation rates. The air moving equipment fire alarm shutdown strategy was developed with considerations to air-handling unit fan fire alarm shutdown and the strategy was developed with the fire alarm designers and electrical engineers.

The dual chiller plants were used to achieve energy efficiency for federal office buildings located in humid climates, specifically in Washington, D.C. The design team based its energy strategy on the concept of providing a latent and sensible (dual) chiller plant design with the ability to de-energize both chiller plants at ambient temperatures of approximately 50 F and below, and increasing the availability of the full water side economizer. Fan energy was addressed first by reducing the facility's supply air to appropriate ventilation levels. Reducing the distribution airflow saves fan energy but significantly limits the effectiveness of the air side economizer. To make the proposed dual plant design possible, all zones and sensible loads had to be combined with the sensible loop. Chiller plant equipment selection followed with multiple chiller and tower combinations. Anticipated LEED energy savings for the facility were calculated to be 24.66% resulting in 5 credits.

Vora R.,Southland Industries | Pobjoy P.,Southland Industries | Crawford M.,Southland Industries | Phillips M.,Southland Industries
Consulting-Specifying Engineer | Year: 2011

The trends associated with a standard BSL-2 compliant large university research lab from a building automation systems (BAS) standpoint and the update and interrelationship among codes, standards, guidelines, and local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) approvals, are explored through two case studies of university research labs. University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Cardiovascular Research Building (CVRB) is a recently completed 232,000-sq-ft research facility located in the Mission Bay campus. One of the major design challenges was for the building to have the chilled water (CHW) system separated into two subsystems, critical and noncritical. The New Educational and Laboratory Building (NELB) at Los Angeles Mission Community College in Sylmar, Calif., is a three-story building of about 98,000 sq ft. The design challenge included meeting the air change rates called for in the OPR while using VAV fume hoods and maintaining space pressure relationships.

English L.,Southland Industries | Sanvido V.,Southland Industries | Harrisberger D.,Southland Industries
HPAC Heating, Piping, AirConditioning Engineering | Year: 2011

Several methods that need to be adopted for energy savings in an existing building are presented. The methods include adjusting a building-automation program, addressing years of deferred maintenance, recommissioning existing mechanical systems, and training in-house maintenance staff. Overriding the system or lowering the thermostat setting eventually causes an occupant to stop complaining about the cold and start complaining about the heat. Building automation has evolved significantly, requiring systems to be maintained carefully and reprogrammed and updated periodically to take advantage of the innovative technology. A team is formed to develop an energy approach after examining the situation and determining the areas for potential energy savings. Members of the team should include experienced personnel who can identify the root cause of energy waste and provide multiple solutions. The analysis should identify and prioritize deficiencies and outline the appropriate steps needed to correct them.

Becker T.,Kiewit University | Sanvido V.,Southland Industries | Kufahl G.,Iowa State University | Elston A.,Iowa State University | Woodard N.,Iowa State University
Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction | Year: 2014

Lean construction theory proposes a servant leadership model for project organizations in which the individuals who perform the physical work are supported by design engineers and project managers, acknowledging that value is only added in the construction process when materials are converted into improvements. The LastPlanner system of construction task planning and coordination proposes that trade foremen are in the best position to determine task durations, coordinate sequencing, and promise completion commitments. Consistent with lean thinking to involve trades in management, this paper focuses on the importance of specialty trade contractors and their foreman who supervise most of the physical construction work, especially in the commercial construction sector, by investigating the relationship between construction engineering and management education and specialty trade contractors. This paper promotes an increase of employment within specialty trade contractors by bachelor-level, construction engineering and management graduates by bringing attention to the significant opportunities available for students with specialty trade contractors, both as field supervisors and project managers. A survey of 148 construction students at five universities and 60 industry professionals representing 34 specialty trade contractors shows that additional exposure to specialty trade contractors can result in greater employment opportunities within this vital component of the construction industry. This research also reveals that construction management and construction engineering students have an interest in employment with specialty construction firms and that the specialty construction sector desires greater inclusions of academic content related to their work as part of university construction curricula. Furthermore, a road map of improvements is proposed that construction engineering and management programs could follow in order to encourage more of their students to seek future employment within the specialty contractor sector. © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Ford C.,Southland Industries | Stanfield S.,Southland Industries
HPAC Heating, Piping, AirConditioning Engineering | Year: 2011

The learning curve in innovation and the challenges of green HVAC systems in new construction and renovation is explored. Collaborating with owners and architects to understand their required ROT timeline enables contractors to identify cost-effective strategies and win support of innovative solutions. Collaboration is critical, and so engineers and construction teams should look for opportunities to achieve the same energy goals with the most cost-effective solutions. A documented schedule will provide the framework within which the project takes place. Short-term changes will be more easily accommodated if there are open channels of communication. As the systems installed in to- day's buildings increase in complexity, it is critical that maintenance personnel have the expertise and background knowledge of the installed systems to operate them at peak efficiency.

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