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Project Profile: Research Medical Center/Central Plant

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Technology and Fabrication Team up to Drive Efficiency

PIPERetrofit projects like the Research Medical Center/Brookside Central Plant in Kansas City can be a challenge, but thanks to P1 Group’s Virtual Design Construction (VDC) and Fabrication capabilities, P1 has demonstrated efficiency and agility in moving this project toward completion. “This design build project entails transforming existing space at the RMC campus into a newly functioning central plant that will provide chilled water and steam for approximately 196,000 square feet of medical office space and 40,000 square feet of hospital space,” Project Manager Bo Wempe said. The pipe fabrication portion of the project began with the VDC department’s 3D laser scanner which scans the space to capture extremely accurate jobsite data. The VDC department uses the scanned data to develop a virtual piping model and create shop drawings for fabrication.

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P1 Group Fabrication Creates Maximum Efficiency

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Make it and take it! Efficiency is the name of the game, and that’s why P1 Group invests in a 220,000 sq ft fabrication shop in Lawrence, KS. Fabrication gives P1 Group yet another edge in our diversified capabilities.    

“The fabrication shop plays an integral role in the efficiency of certain jobs,” Vice President Paul Smith said. “Fabricating in our own controlled environment reduces labor cost, decreases installation time and ensures the highest level of quality assurance/quality control.”

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Congratulations Fall 2018 Corporate Sponsorship Winners

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Twice annually, P1 Group associates are invited to apply for the Corporate Sponsorship award. The sponsorships allow P1 to serve the community through organizations that are meaningful to P1 associates.

P1 Group established the Corporate Sponsorship program in 2010, and has funded 36 associate-nominated organizations over the years. The Fall 2018 Corporate Sponsorship recipients are:

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Intern to Associate: Brady K. Turns Valuable Experience into a Career

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L to R: Brady K. in the field during his P1 Group Internship, with Plumbing Foremen Rob D. and Daniel C.

When P1 Group recruits interns, the company strives to find talent that will go on to do great things in a P1 career.

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If P1 Group Was a Piece of Art . . .

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. . . it might look like this.

Walking through an art fair in Venice, FL a few months ago, Smitty and Donna Belcher happened upon some art they thought would be perfect for P1’s Lenexa lobby.

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Pitt State Construction Prof Trades Knowledge with P1 Group

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P1 Group had the chance to serve as a classroom this summer for a Pittsburg State University construction science professor who wanted to learn more about current trends and techniques in the industry.

Associate Professor Shannon Nicklaus also had some advice for P1 on tactics for recruiting the best students from construction and engineering programs.

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Project Profile: Churchill Container Plant Relocation

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When P1 Group Proactive Solutions Consultant Ann L. went on a cold call with Churchill Container, she learned they were getting ready to relocate their operations to a new facility.

Even though Churchill’s mechanical work was covered by another contractor, Ann told them about P1 Group’s additional capabilities and the client expressed interest in having our Millwright and Electrical experts look over their new plant.

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P1 Group Millwrights: More than Meets the Eye

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Do you have a project with equipment needs beyond P1 Group’s typical trade skills? Are there heavy, complex pieces of machinery being moved or set? Are major conveyor systems involved? Do you need to construct a pre-fabricated office or erect a storage mezzanine? Is equipment or a structure being demolished?

The Millwrights can handle it.

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P1 Group's Hilary E. Beats Cancer, Earns Buck O'Neil Award

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“I don’t have time for this.” That was P1 Group Proactive Solutions Consultant Hilary Edward’s first thought when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma on February 16, 2017.

“I told my husband, don’t worry, I got this.” If anything, Hilary says, the whole thing seemed like an annoyance - an inconvenience she was set on getting rid of as quickly as possible.

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Raising the Bar: Training Curriculum Builds Better Service

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Talented technicians are just one of the ways P1 Group excels at customer service. That’s why P1 put together a service technician training committee.

The committee was assembled over the summer with the goal of developing a technical training curriculum that will address the topics most vital to our associates.

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Tanner H. Takes Second at UA National Competition

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Tanner H., a P1 Group plumber who finished his apprenticeship in June, placed a very close second at the 2018 UA National Apprentice Competition in Ann Arbor, Mich., August 11-15.

A member of Local 8 Plumbers and Gasfitters, Tanner went to nationals after placing first at state and then winning his regional competition in Minneapolis this summer. At nationals he competed against six other plumbers representing Denver, Pittsburgh (PA), Buffalo, Houston, Toronto and the Australia Plumbing Trades Employee Union.

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The Real Story on R22: P1 Group Service Expert Explains Your Options

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If you have any involvement with your facility’s HVAC, chances are you’ve been hearing about the R22 phaseout. But be warned: simply Google searching your options could lead you down a path of misinformation.

P1 Group Service Manager Brian H. is here to set the record straight.

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Driven to Help: P1 Donates to K-State Powercats

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P1 recently donated the material for lab/construction countertops to the Kansas State Society of Automotive Engineers Formula Race team (K-State Formula SAE). The donation played a role in helping the team build their newest race car, “Ocelot” (pictured, above).

Formula SAE is the world’s largest and most prestigious design competition with 13 international competitions and over 500 active teams. Powercat Motorsports has represented K-State in competition every year since 1997.

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Get Your Own Coffee: P1 Group Interns Are "Out of the Office" Getting Hands-on Experience

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Internship experiences vary from company to company, but one thing is for sure at P1 Group: our interns get real-world, on-site, project-specific experience.

When you work at P1 Group, there’s not much copy making and coffee getting. We recently caught up with some of our P1 interns who shared their experiences, adventures and takeaways from the program.

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Project Profile: Fantasy Tower Remodel, Palms Hotel and Casino

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With the kids back to school, a grownup visit to Las Vegas may be just what you need. The Las Vegas office is finishing up the Fantasy Tower remodel at the Palms Hotel and Casino (slated for October 2018), and you might want to think about booking your stay.

The tower remodel consists of 282 redesigned and renovated hotel rooms, presidential and themed suites along with 60 new hotel rooms from unfinished space in the tower.

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P1 Group Goes to College: Recruiting Our Next Generation

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Hear that noise? The college recruitment machine is revving up at P1 Group.

As summer winds down and college students are heading back to campus, P1 puts considerable effort into recruiting construction management and engineering students to fill next summer’s internships and full-time positions.

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Back-to-school 101: Tips and Tricks from P1 Group's Ann Liggett


When you raise six kids, you know a thing or two about getting them ready for back-to-school time. P1 Group Proactive Solutions Consultant Ann Ligget is mom to a half dozen (and only one girl), ranging in age from 13-27.

When it comes to getting them back to school, Ann says organization, preplanning and a certain level of autonomy are key.

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Project Profile: Lakin Elementary Kitchen Remodel


When class is dismissed for summer, P1 is working fast to complete school projects.

Main image: One of the most significant changes in Lakin Elementary's kitchen will be unseen by most people - the new kitchen hood exhaust and makeup air unit, which will alleviate air leakage issues.

Each summer, P1 Group has at least one significant school project to complete on a compressed schedule. As August 1 got closer, P1 school job crews put in the extra work to finish, making sure buildings are ready for students and teachers to return.

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New P1 Group Coil Line Slashes Manufacturing Time

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P1 Group can now manufacture standard lengths of duct at a fraction of the time in the Lawrence, Kansas, fabrication shop.

The recently acquired equipment is called an Iowa Precision Coil Line. P1 Group “adopted” the previously owned machinery from a contractor in Boston. The equipment was shipped in pieces on four semis and installed by P1 Millwrights.

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K-State Junior Earns P1 Group Construction Science Scholarship


P1 Group is committed to nurturing the professional talent of tomorrow. Helping promising students fill the pipeline of professionals that will one day work in our industry is an integral part of our sustainability.

That’s why P1 created the Construction Science Scholarship, awarded each year to a promising student in the Kansas State University Construction Science program.

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