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The Way Things Work: Engineer Swapnil Shende Turns a Love of All Things Mechanical into a Successful Career

P1 Project Developer Engineer Swapnil Shende grew up in the small city of Nagpur, India, where he loved playing sports from his early youth, going on to play cricket and baseball in high school.

Swapnil also loved watching robot and transformer movies, an interest which proved to be instrumental in forming his career path.
After high school, he moved to the city of Mumbai to attend the Technological Institute and study Electrical Engineering.

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From Crunching Quarterbacks to Crunching Numbers - P1 Associate Profile on Data Analytics Manager Kyle Ball

As long as he can remember, Kyle Ball has loved football.  Even before he was allowed to play organized tackle football, he could often be found outside in his Prairie Village, KS, neighborhood, playing pick-up games with the neighbor kids. In elementary school, he listed playing college football as a life goal. During his senior year of high school, several universities came knocking, including the University of Kansas and Kansas State.

“I chose K-State because they had a great program and I was excited to play for coach Bill Snyder,”  Kyle said. “Playing football at K-State was a dream come true and I have memories that will last a lifetime.”

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Dedication to Lifelong Pursuits: Associate Profile on Chris Champagne

 

Pictured above, L to R: daughter, Kaitlyn; wife, Carolyn; Chris; and son, Collin      

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P1 Invests in Customer Feedback to Increase Satisfaction an Retention

“A garden doesn’t grow without constant tending.”

General Manager of Service Todd Andrews says P1 applies this same philosophy to customer relations.

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Path to Success: Associate Spotlight on Silvana Alcantara

Just as the P1 internship program hits full swing for the summer, former intern and current P1 Project Engineer (PE) Silvana Alcantara is celebrating her one-year anniversary as a full time P1 employee.

She came to the PE position armed with experience gained in the P1 internship program, and now both she and P1 are reaping the benefits.

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P1 Group Replaces Chiller for Stowers Institute, Creating Energy Efficiency for Peak Summer Demand

Pictured, left: New chiller demo; Pictured, right: Project Pipefitter Foreman Will Wall and Project Manager Jason Larsen

With the rising costs of…well…everything, energy efficiency is critical for our P1 customers. One long-time customer called on P1 to make major changes to their cooling in time for peak summer demand.

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Irish Road Bowling and Young Musicians Snag P1 Group Corporate Sponsorship Awards

Ok, let’s just address the elephant in the room.

What is Irish road bowling? If you read the March issue of the P1 Connection newsletter, you may have caught the term in the Associate Profile on Senior Project Manager Zack Kittle.

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P1 Project Coordinators Connect and Learn at PC Bootcamp

When it comes to customer service, serving our internal customers is just as important as serving the external ones, and there are critical support groups within P1 without whom our associates couldn’t serve their external customers.

One of those critical groups is our P1 Project Coordinators (PCs). A PC supports multiple project managers - and possibly other associates - within the organization. PCs may also carry titles other than “project coordinator” but perform many of the same functions.

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Beth Martens is Among Select Artists Chosen for Parade of Hearts

Remember the artistic cows that used to pop up all over Kansas City? Well there’s a new installation in town - the “Parade of Hearts”.

You may have seen some of the fiberglass hearts on the news or around town. The Parade of Hearts is a public art installation that celebrates the Heart of America and benefits local neighborhoods, artists, small businesses, and others who are facing hardship due to the pandemic.

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P1 Group's Zach Kittle Connects with Irish Roots to Celebrate Faith, Friendship, and Philanthropy

You might say the “luck of the Irish” was with P1 Group when Senior Project Manager Zach Kittle came on board.

A 2005 graduate of the Construction Science program at K-State, Zach joined P1 for what he thought was just a temporary job while he looked for work with a general contractor.

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Making the Cooler…COOLER. P1 Group's James Daugherty Explores the Entrepreneurial Spirit with AMPD

It’s no surprise Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) Sheet Metal Specialist James Daugherty built a better way to enjoy cold beverages.

His skill for building things and curiosity about how things work not only led him down an entrepreneurial path, it also helped him find his career at P1.

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P1 Group Modular Fabrication Project Expands Knowledge and Capability

There’s a First Time for Everything.

Such was the case in a major modular fabrication project P1 Group took on in partnership with Modular Design +.

The project was for the The Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Restorative Care Village, and consisted of the multi-trade modular fabrication of 76 various “rooms”, all performed within the P1 Group fabrication facility in Lawrence, KS.

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Why We Do What We Do: Building and Protecting Life-Changing Research

When we build and maintain the mechanics of a building, we don’t always get to hear the stories of how that facility impacts quality of life for the people who use it, benefit from it, or work in it.

This is not so in the case of the Children’s Mercy Hospital Research Institute tower. This is a story that makes the connection between what we do and why it matters.

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GREAT EGGS-PECTATIONS - Associate Profile on Nate Littlejohn

The trend of keeping backyard chickens has been on the rise over the past few years, and VDC Specialist Nate Littlejohn has recently joined the ranks of back yard poultry farmers. 

Having fresh eggs available is one of the obvious reasons people are drawn to raising chickens, but Nate says his reason stemmed from just one thing – his daughter loves chickens.

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Now on Spotify! Get in the Holiday Mood with P1 Associates' Favorite Holiday Tunes

It’s not only beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but also sound a lot like Christmas. Holiday tunes are being played everywhere you turn. And whether you like the fun bouncy tunes that get you motivated to wrap gifts or bake goodies, the carols that connect to your spiritual side, or a combination of the two, we can all agree this music is an integral part of the magic we call the holiday season.

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P1 Group among Select Companies Partnering with Ft. Riley on Military-Civilian Employment Transition

P1 Group is among a Select Group of Companies Partnering on a Program to Help Ft. Riley Army Soldiers Benefit from a Data Science Platform that Guides Military-Civilian Employment Transition

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Active-duty service members at Fort Riley, KS, one of the largest U.S. military installations, will receive data-guided recommendations for upskilling and employment opportunities as they prepare for the transition to the civilian workforce, thanks to a new pilot program. Using a career advising platform built by data services firm AstrumU®, the program will harness the power of data science to analyze the skillsets of thousands of active-duty soldiers, helping them to identify right-fit career opportunities across a network of some of the region’s largest employers.

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Going Where the Technology Is (Part II) P1 Building Technologies

Understanding Building Technologies

P1 Group's Building Technologies (BT) division may focus on a specific need, such as a sound system for a school or security system for a manufacturing facility. But it can also cover a much greater expanse, such as Low Voltage systems for an entire campus.

The following projects illustrate the diversity of P1 BT capabilities.

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P1 Charity Golf Tournament Supports Brooke Strong Fund

P1 Charity Golf Tournament organizer and P1 Vice President Dave Beebe will tell you every time: “It’s about the cause.”

Golfers and volunteers alike came back together for the annual P1 Charity Golf Tournament event in September, 2021, golfing for a great cause.

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Keepin' It Creative: Department Spotlight on P1 Marketing

“I think of us as a creative agency for P1 associates.”

Marketing + Communications Manager Victoria Hoffman understands that serving P1’s internal customers is the way in which Marketing serves the company.

“We have an open door to discuss whatever they need, might need, or don’t even know they need,” Victoria explained.

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Mighty Trio: P1 Group Ammonia Team Takes Care of Business...and Customers

While field technicians, electricians, and plumbers are feeling the heat of additional summer service calls, the P1 Ammonia Division is also in the thick of the current rush.

This small but mighty division consists of just three technicians: Jamar Jackson, Troy Stewart and Mitch Sturke, and they do a great job taking care of P1’s ammonia customers.

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