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UMEC: Mission-critical systems for mission-critical facilities

A leader in health care contracting, University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors Inc. (UMEC) is a full-service, value-added mechanical contractor with leading-edge design/build and design/assist capabilities. The company is currently working on numerous health care projects with a mechanical value in excess of $150 million. The Veterans Administration Outpatient Services Clinic in Oceanside, the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center Expansion at UCSD Thornton Hospital and numerous projects for Kaiser Permanente Healthcare, as well as the new "Hospital of the Future" at the Palomar Medical Center West in Escondido, are just a few examples of the firm's ongoing projects.

"I think there are a number of factors that make UMEC a sound choice for a wide range of healthcare projects," said Steve Shirley, president. As examples, he lists UMEC's:

¥ Leadership in collaborative project delivery strategies, including IPD (Integrated Project Delivery).

¥ Pioneering use and application of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the mechanical and plumbing industries.

¥ Extensive experience in health care and mission-critical facilities.

¥ Ability to proactively perform projects while minimizing disruptions.

¥ An approved medical gas pre-fabrication facility.

¥ An award-winning, industry-leading safety program.

¥ Solid financial strength and one of the industry's highest bonding capacities.

"IPD is a great vehicle for tapping into UMEC's collaborative project approach," Shirley said. "It's based on open information sharing, which helps ensure value-based decision making. On IPD projects, we begin working with our clients and other team members at the conceptualization phase. As the process continues, we assist with budgeting and scheduling, as well as the evaluation of proposed design, equipment and installation options. Services like these go a long way toward ensuring that the client's expectations are met or exceeded."

Building Information Modeling is another of the company's collaborative approaches. "BIM is an object-oriented building development tool that combines graphics with databases," Shirley said. "It's all about coordinating and collaborating between the trades in a virtual environment, so projects are built without unnecessary distractions or avoidable conflicts."

UMEC was a BIM pioneer and leader as far back as 2001, long before other contractors and stakeholders were aware of the benefits of these new technologies and methods. Today, the company continues to lead the way in BIM, which is increasingly requested by owners and contractors alike.

Shirley recently shared some of the firm's experience and expertise with attendees at the Mechanical Contractors of America's (MCAA) National Convention. "The overflow crowd demonstrated that BIM is a very hot topic in the industry. We've been involved with it for some time, have demonstrated its benefits, and fully intend to stay ahead of the curve in bringing added value to our clients."

UMEC is part of EMCOR Group Inc., a Fortune 500 company and a global leader in mechanical and electrical construction, energy infrastructure and facilities services. Forbes Magazine named EMCOR America's Best Managed Company in the Construction Industry in 2009.

To learn more about what UMEC can do for you, call 619-956-2500, or visit umec.com.

Submitted by University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors

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