LONG Utah Gives Back to CommunityPosted 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.
2013 LONG Endowment Gives $20,000 to Local CharitiesPosted 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 ExpansionPosted 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 RollPosted 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 EventPosted 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 Members Recognized with Awards for Excellence, LeadershipPosted on 10-14-2013
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.”
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:
Employee completes training; receives high scorePosted on 07-20-2013
Melissa TeBockhorst, an engineering technician within LONG’s building automation and controls business unit, LONG Building Intelligence, recently completed the Niagara AX Developer Certification Class through the Tridium Training Department. The test was eight hours long and she received an outstanding lab test score. Congratulations, Melissa!
LONG hosts disc golf eventPosted on 06-24-2013
LONG hosted its first disc golf event on Friday, June 21, 2013, at Colorado Heights University in Denver. The CHU campus provided a challenging 18-hole course for LONG customers and employees. There was a great turnout for the event and teams were a mix of both, which provided an excellent opportunity for employees and their customers to catch up and have some fun.
LONG Building Technologies’ headquarters building receives LEED recognitionPosted on 05-29-2013
LITTLETON, Colorado (May 29, 2013) LONG Building Technologies, Inc. announces its headquarters building at 5001 South Zuni Street, in Littleton, Colorado was recently awarded LEED® (for Commercial Interiors) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The LEED rating system, developed by USGBC, is the internationally accepted standard for energy efficient, sustainable and high performing buildings and provides building owners a framework for designing and implementing green building design and operations. Gold is the second highest in LEED’s four levels of certification.
LONG launched a $7 million self-funded corporate building project to overhaul and improve the existing building through a number of energy efficient and water saving upgrades.
“As a full service building performance provider, we find it of the utmost importance to practice what we preach,” said Mark Balent, LONG President and CEO. “The equipment, systems and designs we recommend to our customers are the same ones you’ll find in our headquarters building and we wanted to show our customers that we stand behind the services we provide to them. We’re very proud of this recognition from USGBC.”
Certification was based on factors such as site location and activity, energy, water, material use and indoor air quality. LONG’s headquarters building incorporates the following green building design features:
- A 100kW photovoltaic array sits atop the new facility, providing more than 25% of annual energy use. This solar array reduces our annual energy bills by 12%.
- Fixtures were upgraded to reduce electricity use by 20% above an energy baseline. Occupancy sensors are throughout the building to automatically turn lights off when spaces are empty.
- Gas unit heaters in the building’s warehouse were replaced with infrared gas heaters.
- The existing HVAC system was upgraded to evaporative condensing and the expansion areas utilize an air to air VRF Heatpump system. Together, these save the facility 17% in energy costs above baseline.
- More than 70% of appliances and electrical equipment onsite are Energy Star rated.
- Both Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning were performed during the renovation to ensure that building systems were designed, installed and calibrated to operate properly.
- The BAS system is instrumented with several electric meters to measure performance so that functionality, energy use, and other performance criteria can be verified during building operation.
- Fifty percent of the building’s electricity for two years is provided from renewable resources.
- The building is adjacent to the Mary Carter Greenway Trail with eight bike racks that can accommodate up to 16 bicycles. Showers in both men’s and women’s restrooms are available for all employees to use.
- Carpooling is encouraged by providing reserved spaces closest to entrances.
- More than 20 services are located within a half-mile radius of the facility, making it convenient to walk to lunch or errands nearby. This also encourages a more active lifestyle.
- A workout room is located on the first floor and features cardio, weightlifting and cross training equipment.
- Faucets, toilets and showerheads were all upgraded to reduce water use by 42% above baseline requirements, which is about 54,000 gallons per year.
- Blue containers are located throughout the facility that accept plastics #1-7, glass, metal, paper and cardboard for recycling.
- Over 73% of the original building’s walls and floors were left in place, reducing the environmental and economic impact of the renovation.
- Recycled content materials were used to reduce the impact of extraction and processing of virgin materials.
- Materials that were harvested and manufactured within a 500 mile radius of the facility were used to reduce transportation and support the local economy.
- Wood used on the project was sourced from forests that are certified to be maintained in a sustainable and rapidly renewable manner.
- Mechanical systems were designed to meet ASHRAE standards that are above normal market installations. This ensures cleaner air and more fresh air intake from outside, as well as enhanced thermal comfort.
- Low-toxicity building products such as adhesives and glues, paints and coatings, carpeting, and composite woods were used to reduce indoor air contamination.
“The many benefits of a sustainable facility have made the LONG headquarters a great place to work,” Balent said. “It helps us all focus on our goals to provide outstanding experiences to all of our 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.
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