P1 Group Welcomes Students to Kansas City and Las Vegas Offices

P1 Group Welcomes Students to Kansas City and Las Vegas Offices

Due to COVID-19, P1 Group was not able to have our typical summer intern program, but we are excited to introduce you to the following students who have joined our Lenexa and Las Vegas offices for the summer. Here’s a little bit about who’s getting some hands-on experience at P1 this summer!

NINA ZEPEDA
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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P1 Group Optimizes Ventilation Rate to Increase Safety for Associates

P1 Group Optimizes Ventilation Rate to Increase Safety for Associates

You don’t have to be a an HVAC expert to guess that increasing your building’s intake of fresh outside air is beneficial during a pandemic like COVID-19.

P1 Group values safety above all, and in order to follow CDC interim guidelines, has increased outside air (OA) rates during the pandemic at the company headquarters in Lenexa. In addition, P1 Group offers this service to customers as part of our Healthy Buildings initiative which includes options for UV-C treatment and surface sanitization as well.

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Safer Vacations through Virtual Options

Safer Vacations through Virtual Options

With warm weather on the doorstep, attention is turning toward that time-honored tradition of the summer vacation. We plan, save money, look forward to new scenery and time with our family, and just plain relaxing. But with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted the entire globe, many are opting not to travel this summer.

When physical travel isn’t desirable, our age of technology puts that vacation “virtually” at your fingertips.  

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Electrical Maintenance to Electric Guitars: Associate Profile on Jeff Gardner

Electrical Maintenance to Electric Guitars: Associate Profile on Jeff Gardner

There’s just something about electrical things that appeals to P1 Group Electrical Preventative Maintenance Manager Jeff Gardner.

Jeff says he originally became an electrician because enjoys working with his hands. He finds great satisfaction in doing something tangible, so it is no surprise he also spends his leisure time in an equally fulfilling manner.

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Project Profile: Aisin Light Metals LN2 Installation

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When Chart Industries called upon P1 Group as a trusted ESP (Engineered Systems Partner) to do the LN2 (liquid nitrogen) installation/replacement at Aisin Light Metals, Project Manager Nick Lawless knew there would be challenges.

Through the ESP Program, Chart helps P1 Group by bringing regional opportunities to our attention. In turn, P1 Group supports Chart by promoting their product and sharing opportunities with them as well.

The most challenging components of this project were:

  • Measuring new piping while the equipment was in use and the new components were not in place
  • Installing a new system while existing system was running, with limited down time

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Overall, P1 Group installed 400 feet of new rigid piping and final connection hoses.

“In order to replace the system, I had to go out and field measure for new components being added while the equipment was up and running,” Nick explained.

Nick said that besides the equipment being in use while he was measuring, new sub-coolers were being added at a later date and were not yet in place, forcing the team to “best guess” final valve locations.

The team had to be nimble as well. During installation, the equipment was still up and running, producing parts. As each piece of equipment came off line, new piping was installed, requiring P1 Group to work quickly in between those production intervals.

Nick says Brock and Trace went the extra mile to ensure the success of such a challenging project.

“Not only were Brock and Trace able to make sense of the layout as I had intended, they had to make some on-the-fly adjustments to some pretty unforgiving piping,” Nick said.

“Since the system is engineered to order and it takes 4-6 weeks to produce, they had to be innovative in making the new system fit while the old system was still in play,” he explained. “While working safely, they had to crawl all over the equipment to place hangers and coordinate limited downtime for the more difficult-to-reach locations.”

“We did a similar project at Honeywell, but this was the first time we were called upon for an ESP installation outside of the Kansas City Metro area,” he added.

This meant the team was in an area with limited resources (compared to a metro area like Kansas City) and had to overcome obstacles in procuring parts installation.

In addition, Nick noted there was no way to make field alterations once the pipe was fabricated by Chart, leaving little room for error.

Stepping in to work while production is in full-swing and getting the job done right is what P1 Group is known for, and the Aisin Metals project was no exception.

“Brock and Trace really brought this one home for us,” Nick said. “Working right up until Christmas, away from their families, they put a nice big bow on the entire package.”

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Fabricator Magazine Features P1 Group Innovations in Pipe Fabrication

Fabricator Magazine Features P1 Group Innovations in Pipe Fabrication

P1 Group was recently featured in The Fabricator magazine for our streamlined processes and innovations in fabrication, particularly our new WM-36 3D pipe cutting system.

"Sometimes meetings and proper scheduling can take you only so far in a fabricating operation. As business grows, maintaining that correct balance of flexibility and on-time delivery gets tougher if the same number of people have to tackle the increased work load in the same amount of space.

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Happy Earth Day from P1 Group's Green Team

Happy Earth Day from P1 Group's Green Team

Celebrating Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

In the midst of social distancing and staying at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to do our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle. In June of 2018, P1 Connection brought you a story about the recycling efforts of P1 Group and one of the program’s biggest champions, Manpower Coordinator Assistant Emily Barber. 

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Associate Profile on Heather Richards-St. Clair – Forging her own Path to Success.

Associate Profile on Heather Richards-St. Clair – Forging her own Path to Success.

Not so long ago, Heather Richards-St. Clair headed off to the University of Central Missouri (UCM) with the dream of becoming a reporter and traveling the world. But when graduation came on the heels of a huge economic recession, she found herself following a different path.

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she looked for what was available and was able to secure a position with a maintenance management company selling commercial janitorial and minimum maintenance service.

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COVID-19: P1 Group Office Workers Stay Motivated at Home

COVID-19: P1 Group Office Workers Stay Motivated at Home

Even though we continue to provide our regular services during regular business hours, P1 Group has temporarily closed offices for those personnel not deemed “essential” in compliance with government and state COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.

Some of us have jobs that allow us to work remotely with very little change to our actual work. But for most of us, we still face the very big difference of not reporting to an office, seeing our co-workers face-to-face, and the routine that goes with actually working on site.

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P1 Group’s Quick Response Helps Customer in Wake of Disaster

P1 Group’s Quick Response Helps Customer in Wake of Disaster

On an October morning in 2019, P1 Group received an urgent call from the owners of the I-44 Cold Storage in Springfield Mo. I-44 cold storage is a storage facility for restaurant supply and custom cold storage that houses a 10,000 sq. foot freezer, 10,000 sq. foot cooler space, and 30,000 sq. foot of dry storage space.  

During the night, winds of up to 90 mph had whipped through the area and caused significant damage to the building. The roof of the cooler and part of the freezer were completely blown off, including the majority of the ammonia piping, causing a considerable amount of ammonia leakage.

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PROJECT PROFILE: Single-Source Capabilities Solve Operating Room Needs for Leavenworth VA

PROJECT PROFILE: Single-Source Capabilities Solve Operating Room Needs for Leavenworth VA

First Medical Gas Trailer Built by P1 Group

Just because we haven’t done it before doesn’t mean we can’t.  When the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, KS needed a medical gas trailer to equip their mobile operating room (OR), P1 Group stepped up to the challenge.

The VA Medical Center is preparing to renovate the operating rooms and, due to the nature of the renovations, they are not able to move surgeries to another location in the building. In order to continue providing surgical procedures, they brought in a mobile OR trailer to use during the remodel. However, this trailer did not come equipped with its own medical gas supplies.

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Hooking the Big Fish: Associate Profile on Michael Schram

Hooking the Big Fish: Associate Profile on Michael Schram

Michael Schram has filled many roles during his 10 years at P1 Group, including field technician and Ammonia Division service manager. But after his recent move to the role of Industrial Mechanical Specialist, he’s going after some “big fish” for both the Ammonia division and P1 Group.

Michael started at P1 in 2010 as an HVAC field technician with primarily industrial clients. Soon, he was pricing small service projects and moved into a project manager role, where he worked with ammonia refrigeration customers. He then became a service manager focusing entirely on ammonia. Thanks in part to his leadership, the ammonia division has seen much growth and success.

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Connecting with Customers: P1 Partners Tour Fabrication Shops and More

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Thanks to the leadership of P1 Group Business Development Manager Tim Moore, P1 Group has been doing a lot more entertaining.

Tim has been instrumental in organizing events like P1 Fun@4 and fabrication shop tours that allow customers, prospects, and partners a chance to get to know us better.

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P1 Group Productivity Committee Improves Efficiency and Outcomes

P1 Group Productivity Committee Improves Efficiency and Outcomes

What happens when fabrication, project managers, VDC, manpower, and field experts in multiple trades get together on a committee?

We do things better.

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Solving the Puzzle: P1 Group Associate Spotlight on Vanessa Taylor

Solving the Puzzle: P1 Group Associate Spotlight on Vanessa Taylor

You may not realize how much of what you learn, and the daily resources you use as a P1 Group associate come from Vanessa Taylor, IT Special Projects.

Most of us have touched base with Vanessa at some point with an IT issue or task, and solving our various conundrums is exactly why Vanessa chose a career in IT.

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Lawrence Memorial Hospital Sterile Processing Addition

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One of the most common challenges P1 Group faces on the job is working around unforeseeable conditions, such as weather or busy facilities that can’t be shut down for construction. In many instances, our field teams have to think quick to come up with rescheduling solutions and demonstrate extreme care working around staff and facility users, sometimes in critical environments.

Such was the case with the recent 8,000 sq. ft. sterile processing addition to Lawrence Memorial Hospital (LMH).

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P1 Group Fall Corporate Sponsorship Awards Celebrate Mentorship and Inclusion

P1 Group Fall Corporate Sponsorship Awards Celebrate Mentorship and Inclusion

Pictured, from left: J.B. Ashcraft with Off the Grid Founder and President Rob Kinnard; Rob Kinnard with Off the Grid 

Join us in congratulating Lenexa Project Developer J.B. Ashcraft and Las Vegas Foreman Abdon Provencio, winners of our Fall 2019 Corporate Sponsorships.

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New Year, New Safety Calendar by P1 Group Kids

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Last year marked the inaugural P1 Group Safety Calendar made purely from art by kids related to our associates. And the calendar is back for 2020!

Children ages K-8th belonging, or related, to P1 associates, entered their 8.5 x 11 hand-drawn artwork reflecting the theme “what does worker safety mean to us?”

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Sheet Metal Apprentice Rachel Toney Takes Big Chance on New Career

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Motivation and a “can do” attitude have never been a problem for Rachel Toney. And that is exactly what she summoned to make an unorthodox career move, creating a better life for her and her family.

Even as a teenager she had a strong drive for success. Dually enrolled in both high school and college, she walked across the stage to receive her associates’ degree in accounting two weeks before her high school graduation.

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Project Engineer Vince Bailey Leads Science City HVAC Project

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The January weather is cold and the Science at Play outdoor exhibit at Science City stands empty most days, but inside, preparations are being made to open two new exhibits, Creative Corner and Let’s Play.

Union Station in Kansas City is a celebrated historical landmark and home of the internationally awarded Science City.

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