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LONG wins national community service award

Posted on 03-06-2014

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Jeff Long, Vice President and Chairman of the Board of LONG Building Technologies, Inc.(middle) and Dave Rice, Vice President, LONG Las Vegas branch office (right of middle), stand with members of AGC America with LONG's AGC in the Community award on March 5, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

Jeff Long, Vice President and Chairman of the Board of LONG Building Technologies, Inc.(middle) and Dave Rice, Vice President, LONG Las Vegas branch office (right of middle), stand with members of AGC America with LONG’s AGC in the Community award on March 5, 2014, in Las Vegas, NV.

 

LITTLETON, Colorado (March 5, 2014) LONG Building Technologies, Inc. was recently presented with a national community service award by the Associated General Contractors of America for its contributions to the Denver Rescue Mission.

In the ongoing project entitled “Changing Lives with the Denver Rescue Mission,” LONG employees have been donating time, money and items to the local homeless shelter that provides meals, rehabilitation, mentoring and housing to thousands of men, women and children each year.

The company donated more than $10,000 to the Denver Rescue Mission in 2013 as well as countless hours of service. Several employees participated in various drives throughout the year to collect canned and baked goods, coats, hats, gloves and hygiene items, while several others went to the shelter in person to help serve a meal to 300-400 people in need once a month.

“LONG contributed money to the Mission and many of our employees contributed food and clothing items throughout the year, but what really touches my heart is the time many of our folks spend serving dinner each month at the Mission,” said Jeff Long, Vice President and Chairman of the Board at LONG.

Employees said they have found their experiences to be so humbling and rewarding that they are planning on expanding the program to allow employees the opportunity to participate in some of the shelter’s other programs such as the New Life Program, a rehabilitation program that helps those with addiction and other hardships through counseling and curriculum.

LONG was presented with the AGC in the Community Award at the Alliant Build America Awards Dinner on March 5, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

LONG Building Technologies, Inc. is a full service HVAC representative and building automation, security, energy and mechanical services company that has been providing better building technology to the Rocky Mountain Region since 1965. The privately owned corporation also has branches throughout Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.long.com or call (303) 975-2100.

 

InsideIQ™ Building Automation Alliance Firms Share Best Practices

Posted on 02-04-2014

Des Moines, IowaCollaboration between member firms of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, enables the Alliance to share best practices and function like a large national organization, although each company is an independent, local building automation, security, systems integration and energy services expert. Baker Group, a leading provider of critical building infrastructure systems based in Des Moines, and a long time member of InsideIQ, has frequently partnered with other InsideIQ firms in order to provide the highest level of service to clients.

“InsideIQ member firms are dedicated to sharing best practices that strengthen their organizations,” said Frank Rotello, president of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance. “InsideIQ members combine a broad array of business and technical experience from thousands of client projects, and more than 5,200 employees worldwide. Baker Group is an excellent example of this spirit of collaboration and has had significant success serving customers in partnership with other InsideIQ firms.”

Daryld Karloff, business chairman of the InsideIQ Board of Directors and vice president, business development for Baker Group, offers three examples of collaboration between InsideIQ member firms that has benefitted clients.

As the building automation system (BAS) contractor of choice for a major banking and mortgage provider with a facility in Des Moines, Baker Group installed and serviced the BAS for a 1.7 million square foot office and data center. Together, the bank and Baker Group built graphical standards that made operation and maintenance of the buildings very efficient for the bank’s maintenance team. When they decided to build an office building in Springfield, Illinois, the bank asked Baker Group to install the BAS to the same standards in the new facility. Baker Group partnered with the local InsideIQ member in Springfield, Alpha Controls & Services, to make this happen. Baker Group engineers designed the systems and the graphical interface to match the Bank’s other sites and Alpha Controls technicians installed the systems. Today, Alpha Controls works closely with the bank to maintain the systems in Springfield. As InsideIQ members, Baker Group and Alpha Controls worked together to keep a client promise to deliver consistently regardless of the geographic location.

Baker Group has established a solid relationship with a major developer of medical office buildings who appreciates the consistency of the BAS products and graphical interfaces they receive from Baker Group. The developer recognizes that having the same BAS products and software applications in multiple sites makes maintenance, remote monitoring and system analytics much more efficient. To maintain this consistency beyond Iowa sites, Baker Group partnered with InsideIQ member Long Building Technologies in Denver to install identical BAS systems in multiple locations. The customer values the scalable, reliable and consistent results they receive from InsideIQ members.

When a major appliance manufacturer decided to update the BAS at their headquarters, Baker Group proposed new controllers and an improved graphical Person-Machine Interface (PMI) as part of the upgrade. At the same time, Baker Group found themselves with several other large projects that were also approved. With a short-term scarcity of skilled technical resources, they turned to their partners at InsideIQ. LONG Building Technology sent a technician from Denver to work with Baker’s technicians in order to deliver the project on time and under budget. By working together, InsideIQ members delivered successfully on a promise.

“No one is closer to their clients than InsideIQ Members and this focus on long-term relationships helps our members clearly understand their client’s evolving needs,” said Rotello. “In addition, InsideIQ members are technological leaders who understand the latest developments in BAS technology. This enables InsideIQ members to bring insightful trends to their clients all over the world so they can effectively manage their facilities and anticipate upcoming market changes. Furthermore, InsideIQ firms work closely with manufacturers to be sure that as new products are introduced they are refined to better serve the needs of building owners.”

About InsideIQ

InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance is an organization comprised of 49 independent commercial building and facility automation companies representing common automation and security system platforms. Members specialize in the design and implementation of facilities and process control systems, systems integration, enterprise security systems, facilities maintenance services, energy services, and the representation of other value-added products and services. InsideIQ is the largest independent organization of its kind. Member companies provide consistent applications, coordination, and support for commercial facility owners across the United States, Canada, The Netherlands and Australia. More information is available online at www.insideiq.org.

 

LONG Utah Gives Back to Community

Posted on 12-16-2013

Employees in LONG’s Salt Lake City, Utah branch office decided to give back to the community as a team building activity. November’s activity consisted of dividing the office into shifts to spend a day at the Utah Food Bank to prepare runner’s bags for the annual 5K-10K Human Race fundraiser.

In December, the team chose to participate in the Volunteers of America for Homeless Teens Fill a Pack operation. With a goal of filling 20 backpacks with $55-$60 worth of items requested by the organization, employees got to work anonymously donating money and items towards the project as well as working with local vendors for discounts and donations.

The group raised a total of $1,393 in cash and donated items along with a $150 donation to the VOA from LONG’s President and CEO, Mark Balent and Chairman of the Board and Senior Vice President, Jeff Long. After counting and bagging the items and packs, the team revealed that it had exceeded its goal and was able to deliver 25 filled backpacks along with enough supplies to fill five more.

The event definitely brought out the holiday spirit.

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2013 LONG Endowment Gives $20,000 to Local Charities

Posted on 11-30-2013

Each year, LONG donates a portion of our profits to charities that are near and dear to our employees’ hearts. The LONG Endowment Committee chooses several charities in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada (corresponding with the locations of our headquarters and branch offices) that serve senior citizens, children or promote the conservation of our natural resources to support annually based on employee nominations. Special consideration is given to organizations that have one or more LONG employees involved in an active volunteer role. This 2013 holiday season, LONG donated a total of $20,000 to the following organizations:

Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO

The Denver Rescue Mission (DRM) was founded in 1892 and it’s the oldest, full service Christian charity serving the poor, needy, and homeless in the Rocky Mountain region. The facility shelters up to 200 men nightly and up to 300 in inclement weather. The DRM provides meals, shelter, food, clothing, education, medical care, counseling, case management, work discipline, transitional housing programs, assistance with permanent housing, and spiritual guidance.

Crossroads Urban Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Crossroads Urban Center is a nonprofit, grassroots organization that assists and organizes residents of Utah with low incomes, those with disabilities, and people of color to meet basic survival needs and to address essential issues affecting quality of life. Crossroads has been active in developing and maintaining resources for Utah’s low income citizens for almost 50 years. Along the way we have developed dozens of new community organizations to provide services not otherwise available in our community such as Utahans Against Hunger, Wasatch Community Gardens, the Disabled Rights Action Committee, and The Community Co-op.

STRIDE, Lakewood, CO

The main focus of STRIDE is helping families become self-sufficient. Another goal is to wean families from government programs or charitable organizations to survive on a day-to-day basis. STRIDE exclusively assists low income families with education, job placement, and housing. This organization also refurbishes used computers to distribute to clients for job searches and to help children with their homework.

Impact Orphans, Littleton, CO

The focus of Impact Orphans includes:  Defending and caring for orphans through educating the community on the needs of orphans, meeting  their unmet physical needs, and advocating for permanent relationships between orphans and community members. Additionally, this organization invests in the transition of foster youth as they enter adulthood without families in conjunction with supporting families as they journey through permanency.

Turning Point Youth and Family Development, Fort Collins, CO

Turning Point operates a 20 bed boys’ residential home and a separate 14 bed girls’ residential home. Both properties are centrally located in Fort Collins, CO with convenient access to public transportation, bike paths, businesses, Colorado State University, and Front Range Community College. Our homes provide a comfortable residential atmosphere with ample living spaces along with numerous areas for therapy, groups, family visitation, and recreational and leisure activities.

The Sharing Place, Salt Lake City, UT

The Sharing Place is a grief support program for children and their families following the death of a parent or sibling.  For 21 years, the Sharing Place has been fulfilling their mission to “provide a safe a caring environment for grieving children, teens, and their families to share their feelings and memories as part of the healing process”.

Family Tree, Inc., Wheat Ridge, CO

Family Tree, Inc. provides innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. Founded in 1976 as a cooperative effort with local government, civic and private agencies to fill service gaps to needy children and families in Jefferson County; over the years, we have expanded to serve the entire seven-county Denver metro area. Family Tree empowers individuals to discover their own strengths to create lasting, positive change. Last year, Family Tree served 37,478 clients and provided more than 22,000 nights of safe shelter to individuals and families in the Denver metro area, helping them move from a place of crisis to one of stability.

 

 

LONG Building Technologies Announces Mountain Team Service Expansion

Posted on 11-25-2013

LITTLETON, Colorado (November 25, 2014) LONG Building Technologies, Inc., with headquarters in Littleton, Colorado, has expanded its operations along the I-70 mountain corridor. The LONG Mountain Team is an extension of the company’s Colorado controls, service and security operations. The goal is to provide improved technical and contracting services to customers in communities throughout the mountains and the Western Slope including Aspen, Vail, Telluride, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Rifle and Steamboat Springs.

“LONG is proud of its 50-year heritage in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West,” said Mark Balent, President and CEO of LONG. “We are excited to continue our growth in the mountains and western slope of Colorado.  We look forward to providing our many customers there with world class service and solutions for their building automation, energy management, service and security needs. Our new contracting sales and operations presence will blend nicely with our HVAC equipment sales business located in Grand Junction, which is going strong it its 15th year of operation.”

The purpose of the expansion is to better reach customers located in the high country by decreasing job response time, improving service and cutting costs. While LONG professionals previously had to drive several hours from headquarters in Littleton to provide service to clients located on the Western Slope, LONG Mountain Team personnel placed throughout the mountain region will now significantly reduce travel time and therefore costs for both the company and its customers. This service extension will also allow LONG to respond to all job site responsibilities including planning, construction, issues and training in a more efficient and timely manner.

Kicking off, the LONG Mountain Team has two individuals leading the charge. Paul Becker, Sales Engineer and Operations Manager, will be based in New Castle while Phil Loomans, Project Manager and Lead Controls Technician, will operate out of Eagle. As service demand grows, more LONG Mountain Team personnel will be recruited and dispersed throughout the region.

“Many services such as engineering, programming, graphical design and materials procurement will still be performed in the Littleton office,” Becker said. “However, the LONG Mountain Team will now allow us to efficiently harness the power of our headquarters’ operations while bringing our customer service capabilities closer to our high country and Western Slope customers.”

LONG Building Technologies, Inc. is a full service HVAC representative and building automation, security, energy and mechanical services company that has been providing better building technology to the Rocky Mountain Region since 1965. The privately owned corporation also has branches throughout Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. For more information, please visit www.long.com or call (303) 975-2100.

 

ASHRAE Publishes Honor Roll

Posted on 11-21-2013

LONG was recently included in ASHRAE’s Investor Honor Roll in the following categories:

  • ASHRAE Research Partners – Investors of $5,000-$9,999
  • Southern Nevada Chapter
  • Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • Pikes Peak Chapter

The company is proud to support ASHRAE, an organization that helps to advance the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

 

LONG Sponsors Denver Rescue Mission’s Fundraising Event

Posted on 11-18-2013

LONG Building Technologies, Inc. was proud to sponsor the Denver Rescue Mission’s 4th Annual Evening of Exploration banquet fundraiser on November 1, 2013 at the Wildlife Experience. As one of DRM’s largest fundraisers, the banquet helps bring awareness and support to the Mission’s cause – helping those in need with food, shelter, care and education.

Nearly 250 people attended the event that began with a silent auction and continued with the theme Beauty in Unexpected Locations, in which three people positively impacted by the Mission’s services shared their stories.

For more information and photos of the event, please click here.

 

 

InsideIQ™ Building Automation Alliance Announces New Leadership

Posted on 11-08-2013

LITTLETON, Colo. — InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, has elected Mark Balent as its new president. Balent will serve as president for a one-year term.

Other new board appointments include Paul Strohm, 2013 secretary, and Byron Bailey, who will serve as the low voltage systems committee chair. All InsideIQ alliance members are independent, local contractors specializing in building environmental and security-system controls and services.

Balent, who is president of LONG Building Technologies based in Littleton, Colo., previously served as vice president of InsideIQ.  Strohm is president and chief operating officer of Lenexa, Kan.-based C & C Group, and Bailey is vice president of SNE Building Systems, East Grandby, Conn.  Balent also served as the association president in 2002 & 2003.

Other 2013 board officers include Frank Rotello, CEO of Alpha Controls & Services in Rockford, Ill., who serves as vice president and chair of the ways and means committee; Kent James, treasurer, vice president of Control Technologies in Lubbock, Texas; and Bruce Michelson, president of CM3 Building Solutions in Fort Washington, Pa., who is the alliance’s past president.

Returning members of the InsideIQ board include: Daryld Karloff, vice president business development at Baker Group in Des Moines, Iowa; Gerald Jannicelli, owner of Technical Building Services, Ballston Spa, N.Y.; Jay Fantaski with NRG Building Services, Harrisburg, Pa.; and Wayne Durr, vice president of Automated Control Systems in Metairie, La.

About InsideIQ

InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance is an organization comprised of 47 independent commercial building and facility automation companies representing common automation and security system platforms. Members specialize in the design and implementation of facilities and process control systems, systems integration, enterprise security systems, facilities maintenance services, energy services, and the representation of other value-added products and services. InsideIQ is the largest independent organization of its kind. Member companies provide consistent applications, coordination, and support for commercial facility owners across North America, Canada and parts of Europe. More information is available online at www.insideiq.org.

 

 

InsideIQ™ Building Automation Alliance Members Recognized with Awards for Excellence, Leadership

Posted on 10-14-2013

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ROCKFORD, Ill. — October 2, 2013 — The InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance, an international alliance of independent building automation contractors, announces that projects, member firms and the leader of a member company have all been recognized recently with a variety of awards. LONG Building Technologies, MC² Inc., and CM3 Building Solutions are the InsideIQ firms with projects or leaders that have earned recognition through national, regional or local awards programs.

LONG Building Technologies, based in Littleton, Colo., participated in creating an award winning, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified building at Fort Carson, a U. S. Army post near Colorado Springs. The 56,000 square foot Brigade Complex Company Operation Facility won a 2013 Design-Build Project Award from the Design-Build Institute for America (DBIA) and received a Merit Award for Civic Buildings. DBIA Project Awards are presented to outstanding projects that exceed owners’ expectations and show proven knowledge and execution of team work in design-build best practices. Fort Carson has a net zero energy goal, which means all new buildings on site are built to rigorous energy efficiency standards. The Brigade Complex started out as a design-build project with conventional heating and cooling systems; however, a geothermal system was later added to improve the facility’s energy efficiency while staying within the original budget. LONG Building Intelligence installed the building’s temperature controls for complete internal environment control, optimized energy efficiency and maximum comfort for the soldiers and other building occupants.

InsideIQ member MC² Inc., based in Sanford, Fla., won the Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction presented by Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) of Florida. The ABC Awards Program is the premiere competition within the construction industry in Florida and recognizes outstanding construction projects across the state. MC² won the award for their security system work at the Adventist Health System’s office building in Maitland, Fla. The security system included over 120 IP cameras, three 55 inch monitors in the security office, 60 access control doors including elevator control for 4 separate cars and three emergency call stations. Due to the nature of integration of this elaborate security project, MC² provided a BACnet integration for other facility monitoring and control systems to provide access control through a common platform.

Tim Melnick, Director of Security for MC2 praised the efforts of Paul Turner, Systems Engineer and Jerry Kramer, Senior Technician on this project. “These two guys delivered a quality system to the customer. The design, programming and attention to the customers’ needs and wants were outstanding”. This integration allows ease-of-use to the end user for a Web-based application for access control, closed circuit televisions, and building automation and control systems on a common application.

Bruce Michelson, president of CM3 Building Solutions in Fort Washington, Pa., and a past president of InsideIQ, is one of 30 finalists for 2013 Philadelphia SmartCEO Circle of Excellence Awards. This annual program recognizes the most accomplished business leaders in the greater Philadelphia area. Honorees are executives who are leaders in their industries, whose companies are setting industry trends and are successfully overcoming industry challenges. The award is sponsored by SmartCEO magazine, a publication for C-level executives throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

“These awards are a reflection of both the quality of the work our member firms perform and the caliber of leadership within our membership,” said Frank Rotello, president of the InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance. “InsideIQ members represent leading innovators in building environments and energy services. Agile, adaptable, and cooperative, our member companies are local experts representing common building automation, energy and security system platforms. They provide technologically advanced solutions for customers based on best practices, not specific vendor products.”

About InsideIQ

InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance is an organization comprised of 49 independent commercial building and facility automation companies representing common automation and security system platforms. Members specialize in the design and implementation of facilities and process control systems, systems integration, enterprise security systems, facilities maintenance services, energy services, and the representation of other value-added products and services. InsideIQ is the largest independent organization of its kind. Member companies provide consistent applications, coordination, and support for commercial facility owners across North America, Canada and parts of Europe. More information is available online at www.insideiq.org.

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LONG loves nature!

Posted on 09-25-2013

A couple of visitors decided to stop and take a rest by the LONG sign at our Colorado Springs office yesterday:

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