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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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Associate Profile: Brian M. Embraces Work and Relaxation in Las Vegas


“It’s not exactly what you think of when people say ‘Vegas’,” P1 Group Senior Project Manager Brian Maginness said of the scenery pictured above. From distant mountain peaks dusted with snow to the all-terrain outdoor scenery, it didn’t take long for Brian to embrace the western landscape.

A native of the Kansas City area, Brian picked up from his Blue Springs, MO, home in 2015 and moved his wife, Jamie, and son, P1 Group Apprentice Andrew Maginness, to Las Vegas where he joined the P1 Group office led by Vice President Brad Davis.

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P1 Group included in Bluebeam guidebook


P1 Group’s document management system has been featured in “The Bluebeam Guidebook: Game-Changing Tips and Stories for Architects, Engineers, and Contractors.”

Black & Veatch engineers Rachel Atteberry and Jason Hascall wrote the guidebook and included a five-page case study on P1 Group’s work with Bluebeam Studio Enterprise. P1 Group's Vanessa Taylor, IT Special Projects, and Sarah Garcia, Corporate Trainer, connected with Rachel and Jason though the Kansas City Bluebeam Users Group.

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P1's Grit Award goes to Carey Minihan


Carey Minihan (center) with Kollin Knox (left) and Bruce Belcher (right).

Carey Minihan is the recipient of the April 2018 Grit Award, which is part of P1’s Commitment to Excellence award program. Kollin Knox presented Carey with the award at the All Office Annual Meeting on Friday, April 27th.

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Palmer awarded JATC apprentice of the year


TOPEKA, Kan. – Kaleb Palmer, a fifth-year apprentice for P1 Group, was awarded apprentice of the year for Local 226 by JATC. Palmer participated in an apprentice contest, which consisted of a hands-on and written portion. Palmer has primarily worked on projects in central Kansas with P1 Group. His work was judged and he received the highest overall score. Palmer advanced to the 2018 IBEW 7th District contest, which was held on March 24

P1 Group named a 2017 Top 600 Specialty Contractor


P1 Group has been named a 2017 Top 600 Specialty Contractor by the Engineering News-Record (ENR). P1 Group was ranked 110th among all specialty contractors and also placed 38th on the “Top 50 Firms in Mechanical” list.

The ENR list combines 16 categories of specialty contractors and ranks them by annual revenue. The contractors listed had combined revenue of $113 billion in 2016, up 12% from $110 billion in 2016. The mechanical and electrical trades accounted for 49 percent of the total revenue.

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Smitty Belcher makes Ingram's business leader list


Smitty Belcher, P1 Group CEO, has been named to the Ingram’s 2017 list of the 250 most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area.

In its profile of Smitty, Ingram’s said: “Well-known across the country for safety and craftsmanship, P1 is under the leadership of a one-time certified welder for nuclear plants who knows what it means to care about a job well done. As CEO, Smitty Belcher maintains a focus on both quality work and quality of life for his workers. With turnover of less than 2 percent and 2016 revenue of $220 million, Smitty’s shop seems a good one for employees and customers alike.”

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