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Access Real-Time Service Information with Egan Portal

Friday, May 10th, 2024

Committed to offering an exceptional experience, Egan Company launched a new Portal that offers real-time access to facility data, including invoices, recent payments, and service/maintenance appointments. With this online tool, Egan’s customers can view and access:

  • Billing Details
  • Upcoming Service Appointments
  • Request Service
  • Current Maintenance Contracts
  • Key Contact Information (field technicians, account managers, project managers)

A self-service billing option allows for managing open invoices, viewing payment history, and submitting online payments through credit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT). The online tool also enables customers to request 24/7 facility service and send feedback.

Current Egan customers can log into the portal on a desktop or mobile device using a primary email address already shared with Egan, or connect with their service account representative. Questions about Egan’s customer portal, or interested in how you can access your account? Contact us!

What is the Purpose of an RPZ Valve?

Friday, April 19th, 2024

Sometimes, the smallest piece of equipment can make all the difference in the quality and safety of your facility. The water supply in commercial buildings is often protected by a reduced pressure zone (RPZ) valve, set up to prevent backflow of contaminated water into your clean, potable water. By installing an RPZ valve in your plumbing system, you can rest assured that you will have accessible clean water 24/7. 

ENSURING SAFE WATER SUPPLY

The primary purpose of an RPZ valve is to prevent the backflow of contaminated water into your potable water supply. Throughout plumbing and sewage systems, certain amounts of pressure are required to maintain proper flow of water. If pressure drops, non-potable water that contains various chemicals or other contaminants can potentially pass through back into clean water supplies. By creating a physical barrier between potable water and possible contaminants, you can keep your employees, guests, and your facility safe. 

IS YOUR PLUMBING SYSTEM IN COMPLIANCE?

RPZ valves and other safeguards  are becoming required more and more throughout cities, counties, and states, to help ensure the health and safety of anyone using water in your facility. Installation of RPZ valves is necessary, as is regular maintenance. 

Egan Company’s team of plumbing service professionals can visit your facility and install the right equipment and conduct regular annual maintenance on your RPZ valves. We can check that your backflow stoppage is working properly and your RPZ valves are well-maintained. In doing so, you’ll maintain compliance with the State of Minnesota, and you’ll find peace of mind that your potable water supply is safe. Remember, it is always better to schedule preventive maintenance rather than emergency service, but no matter which you need for your commercial and industrial plumbing, Egan Company can help. 

How to Integrate Electrification Efforts into Future Projects

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024
Tesla charging

As new legislative initiatives take shape and decarbonization goals are on the horizon, integrating electrification efforts into future construction projects has become a top priority for general contractors, project  owners, and property managers. New technology and practices are leading the way to create sustainable buildings and carbon-neutral campuses. Electrification is at the forefront of carbon-free initiatives for many builders, and integrating electrification technology and practices into new builds or retrofit projects is becoming increasingly common among projects of all sizes. 

PRIORITIZE HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS

Targeting heating and cooling systems during new construction and retrofit projects can significantly reduce energy consumption and improve the associated costs within a building. Energy efficient alternatives to traditional HVAC systems, including heat pumps and geothermal systems, are ideal for contractors and building owners who are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and potentially receive tax incentives for integrating sustainable building practices into their projects. The electrification of HVAC systems can improve the energy efficiency of buildings, as well as the comfort. These systems can integrate with updated building automation systems to adjust to daytime temperatures and improve the quality and comfort of the facility all year round. 

ADD RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Solar panels

Whether it is a corporate campus or a single-building facility, renewable energy sources offer significant benefits in offsetting carbon production and electrifying facilities. On-site solar and wind generation systems are common alternative energy solutions, as they can be scaled to different facilities and provide major benefits in energy costs and decarbonization goals. In addition, building-integrated photovoltaic solar (BIPV) technology is also gaining popularity, as it combines solar panels with building exteriors, enhancing both aesthetics and energy efficiency. Partnering with low-voltage contractors who understand the electrical codes and requirements for this technology is the first step to achieving carbon neutrality and receiving tax incentives and cost benefits. 

IMPLEMENT SMART BUILDING TECHNOLOGY

Smart building technology plays a crucial role in maximizing energy efficiency and integrating electrification to new and existing buildings. Automation systems, LED lighting, and energy management systems are the perfect solution for retrofit projects, as they do not require significant demolition or reconstruction of buildings. Installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations is another way to improve the sustainability of a facility and meet future demand as EVs continue to rise in popularity. Smart building technology is also common for new builds, as well, helping project owners and building managers get ahead of the curve and begin optimizing energy usage and reducing waste right away. These systems can be customized to each project, giving owners full control over their building and optimizing the way they run the facility day-to-day.

HOW MULTI-TRADES EXPERTS CAN HELP

Integrating electrification efforts into future projects is a proactive step towards a sustainable and carbon-free future. By implementing sustainable technologies and building practices, project owners, general contractors, and property managers can potentially receive tax benefits, as well as long-term cost reductions in the operations within the facilities. 

Whether the project is a new build or a retrofit within an existing building, Egan Company is ready to help bring your electrification goals to life. Our multi-trade expertise enables us to deliver electrical and mechanical solutions through a single partner, improving the flexibility and efficiency of your project. Begin your next project and consider how Egan Company can help you achieve your decarbonization and electrification goals. 

How Often Should Commercial Boilers Be Serviced?

Thursday, March 21st, 2024

Hospitals, schools, offices, retail buildings, and other industries rely on their commercial boilers to run smoothly so they can have heat and hot water year-round. Keeping commercial boilers maintained and running requires diligent service and regular checks throughout the year, especially during peak seasons. By checking your boiler with a trusted technician, you’ll find peace of mind that your equipment will be running properly and your guests, employees, and visitors will be comfortable in your buildings. 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOUR COMMERCIAL BOILER BE SERVICED?

Commercial boilers are complex systems that are critical for the comfort as well as the health and safety of anyone who walks through your doors. Regular boiler maintenance helps identify and address potential issues before they escalate into major problems. Calling a trusted service contractor can help you establish a proper maintenance and service schedule, where they can catch concerns and tune up your equipment. 

The frequency of servicing commercial boilers can vary depending on several factors, such as the boiler type, age, usage, and manufacturer’s recommendations. However, as a general guideline, it is recommended to have commercial boilers serviced at least once a year. This annual servicing ensures that the system is thoroughly inspected, cleaned, and fine-tuned to maintain its efficiency and safety. Conducting annual maintenance inspections for your commercial boilers will help extend the lifespan of your equipment, and can give you peace of mind year-round. 

It is a good idea to have a service technician inspect your equipment before peak seasons, such as the winter months in Minnesota. Doing so can prevent extreme breakdowns and downtime. You can also schedule tune-ups throughout the year to ensure your boiler is running smoothly even in the summer months.

YOUR TRUSTED BOILER TECHNICIANS

Regular servicing is crucial for maintaining the performance, efficiency, and safety of commercial boilers. By scheduling annual maintenance with a trusted service contractor, you can ensure that your boiler operates at its best. Minimize downtime, reduce energy costs, and extend the lifespan of your equipment with the team at Egan. We’ll treat you and your equipment right to ensure everything is working properly and running smoothly for the comfort, health, and safety of you and everyone in your building all year round. Call our service team today to schedule your next boiler tune-up. 

New NFPA 70B Guidelines: What You Need to Know

Monday, March 11th, 2024

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) regularly provides updates to guidelines concerning safe practices and maintenance protocols. Egan Company’s ongoing commitment to safety in all aspects of our work entails reviewing such guidelines and aligning our practices to ensure our people, customers, and equipment is safe and up-to-code. 

The new NFPA 70B guidelines outline new requirements for preventative maintenance of electrical, electronic, and communication systems and equipment in various settings. By following these guidelines, Egan can continue to create safe work environments and keep our employees, our customers, and the general public safe. 

WHAT ARE THE NFPA 70B REGULATIONS?

The updated NFPA guidelines include updated language, marking a shift from a manufacturer’s recommendation of maintenance to noting an Electrical Maintenance Plan (EMP) is a formal plan facilities shall have in place moving forward. This new verbiage focuses on preventing risks or injuries through regular equipment maintenance, personnel training, and accurate documentation. Egan will begin following these recommendations in our work with customers who are receiving system upgrades and services. Many local and national electrical codes require adherence to 70B guidelines, and Egan is happy to provide further education and assistance in bringing your facility up-to-date. 

  • Program development and implementation: establishing a systematic maintenance program tailored to the specific needs of the facility.
  • Maintenance procedures: detailed instructions for inspecting, testing, cleaning, lubricating, and repairing various electrical equipment.
  • Testing and diagnostics: identifying potential problems through electrical testing and diagnostic techniques.
  • Documentation and recordkeeping: recording maintenance activities and test results for future reference and analysis.
  • Team training: ensuring the team responsible for electrical equipment maintenance are adequately trained and qualified.

SAFETY FIRST. SAFETY ALWAYS.

Safety is at the heart of everything we do at Egan Company. Our electricians, service technicians, and account managers are keeping up-to-date with the latest safety guidelines from the NFPA and other organizations to ensure that wherever we go, safety follows. Bringing the NFPA 70B guidelines to our customers will help maintain the lifespan of your equipment, the safety of your buildings, and the quality of your facilities and operations. Bring your facility up to NFPA 70B standards and keep your buildings safe and sound. Questions on NFPA 70B or other electrical code requirements? Egan can help!

Driving Toward a Carbon-Free Future

Friday, February 16th, 2024

Out of the 15 Minnesota-based Fortune 500 companies, at least 11 have laid out formal plans to achieve net-zero emissions within varying timelines, all before 2050. Achieving these lofty goals to see significant reductions in their carbon footprint will require teams of consultants, engineers, contractors, and partners to design and execute plans that are aspirational yet practical. 

MEETING THE GOALS: WHAT IT WILL TAKE

In the last decade, companies have focused hard on improving carbon reduction through transportation initiatives.  While this has shown success, the next area of focus for many will be the buildings, facilities, and operations of the companies themselves. 

Commercial and industrial facilities will need to take a multi-pronged approach to ensure they’re truly producing fewer carbon emissions in the future. Engineering firms have identified key areas to focus on and develop innovative solutions that eliminate carbon emissions while minimizing downtime and ensuring a smooth rollout and implementation.

1. Heating and Cooling

One of the largest areas of improvement for companies big and small is in HVAC systems. Heating and cooling buildings — especially in states with extreme weather such as Minnesota — can quickly become expensive and can increase carbon footprints. In order to effectively achieve carbon neutrality, commercial facilities will need to target their mechanical HVAC systems internally, as well as external factors that can affect their efficiency. 

2. Energy Production

Commercial entities can make significant strides in emission reduction efforts by implementing renewable technology. Onsite solar and wind generation are fairly well-known sources of clean energy, and new solutions are nearing market-readiness as well. Building-integrated photovoltaic solar (BIPV) is another form of on-site solar that industrial and commercial customers can consider. Acting as both an insulated exterior as well as a solar panel, BIPV technology is making its way into the industry, allowing larger-scale opportunities to generate electricity on-site while improving the aesthetics, insulation, and efficiencies of commercial buildings. 

3. Smart Buildings

Honing in on “smart buildings” is a priority for engineering and architectural firms around the country. Focusing on energy efficient LED lighting, building automation, and LEED certifications will change the way buildings are operated and companies are run. For both new builds as well as retrofit projects, engineers and contractors calculate carbon reduction through equipment replacement and overhauls, as well as integrating energy management systems. This equipment and technology enables property owners, building managers, and project leads to connect to their buildings 24/7/365, and can even qualify for various tax incentives. Engineers and contractors work together to conduct building audits to identify areas of improvement and provide recommendations to increase efficiency and reduce carbon output. 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PARTNERS

Engineers and architects are already hard at work designing custom solutions for new projects and retrofits around the state and country. Many are finding local CPA firms to partner with in order to package tax incentives and other benefits to project managers as a result of implementing carbon-reduction initiatives. The next step in the process is then to execute the plans, which requires dedicated teams of electrical and mechanical experts who understand the intricacies of installing and retrofitting such equipment. 

Oftentimes, building-wide changes such as these require multiple contractors to work alongside or around each other. Selecting a single partner to complete building-wide overhauls and renovations adds conveniences and reduces bottlenecks in scheduling, as well as sharing plans and spaces. 

Egan Company is uniquely positioned to become a single-source contracting partner for engineering and CPA firms seeking to deliver a single package of services to GCs, property developers, and building owners. With 12 specialty trades — including in-house MEP trades and professional services — Egan is able to plan, design, and build projects focused on decarbonization. By partnering with engineering firms who are looking for competitive packages, Egan is able to cut down on the costs of an additional contractor and keep the project tight-knit and expertly completed. 

Decarbonization projects are on the rise, and both new builds and retrofits are ideal places to continue your carbon neutrality efforts. Select the right partners who have a strong position in the market to execute your plans and help achieve your goals. Egan Company continues to invest in new technology, training, and partnerships with local engineering firms who are dedicated to finding carbon-neutral solutions on a global scale.

Why Does Your Facility Need Drain Cleaning?

Thursday, January 25th, 2024

From preventative maintenance to emergency service, drain and pipe cleaning can make all the difference in the efficiency and effectiveness of sewer drains and pipes. Commercial sites and industrial drains need to be cleaned and maintained regularly to prevent damage and ensure proper flow. Without drain cleaning and maintenance, you may run into clogs that can turn costly quickly. 

In addition to cost and efficiency, regular drain cleaning services are necessary for commercial properties to ensure: 

PREVENTING CLOGS AND BLOCKAGES

Commercial spaces often have many people coming in and out, and facilities including restrooms, sinks, water fountains, and other systems are used frequently every day. Over time, this increased traffic can lead to debris, dirt, food, and other substances building up in drains, which can cause clogs and blockages. Regular maintenance and drain cleaning can flush the systems and prevent these issues before they become problematic. Drain cleaning and flushes keep the pipes and systems throughout your facility clean, and can prevent odors, clogs, and blockages.

Untreated  drains are hazardous and dangerous for any commercial setting. Clogged drains can become breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, and other harmful pathogens. Hygiene is crucial for facilities, and neglecting drain cleaning can pose serious health risks to employees, customers, and visitors. By keeping drains clean and free from buildup, businesses can maintain a healthy environment and minimize the risk of illnesses and infections.

EXTENDING THE LIFESPAN OF PLUMBING SYSTEMS

Blocked drains can put excessive strain on plumbing systems, leading to premature wear and tear. Preventative maintenance can help reduce costly repairs and replacements of underground plumbing. Establishing a regular drain cleaning schedule with a local commercial plumbing contractor can help keep your drains and pipes operating in full and can limit potential damage. This proactive approach saves money in the long run and ensures uninterrupted operations.

Many commercial industries, such as restaurants and healthcare facilities, are subject to strict regulations regarding hygiene and wastewater management. Regular drain cleaning helps businesses comply with these regulations, avoiding potential fines and penalties. Plus, clogged drains can quickly become the source of unpleasant odors, which can turn off visitors. It is best for everyone to get ahead of it and keep your drains and piping clear! 

HOW WE CAN HELP

Keeping drain pipes clear requires key equipment and the right team leading the way. Egan Company’s plumbing and drain cleaning technicians utilize a variety of tools and equipment, including cameras that can help inspect hundreds of feet of piping to find any problems or blockages that may exist. The team then  uses high-pressure jetting, grease traps, augers, and pumping equipment to clear the drains and ensure everything is clear. Preventative measures can also help in the long-term durability and functionality of the piping. Egan’s plumbing and drain cleaning team have a large set of tools and techniques they can use in order to help your systems run smoothly. 

Looking for drain cleaning and commercial plumbing services in the Twin Cities? Egan Company’s 24/7 service can help with preventative maintenance and emergency repairs for your commercial and industrial drains, piping, and plumbing. Learn more about our service or give us a call today. 

WHAT DOES AN IRONWORKER DO?

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

There are many skilled trades that contribute to the construction of impressive structures. Among these dedicated professionals, union ironworkers play a crucial role in constructing the frameworks that shape our cities. But what exactly does a union ironworker do? At Egan Company,  ironworkers do it all. From moving, installing, and setting curtainwall to welding structural steel. and operating aerial lifts. It’s not uncommon to see an Egan ironworker perched high atop a new high rise building installing curtain wall or window wall systems that not only keeps the building protected from the elements, but adds to the exterior design. 

THE FOUNDATION OF UNION IRONWORKING

Ironworkers are highly skilled and  specialize in the installation, assembly, and maintenance of structural iron and steel components. They work on a wide range of projects, from commercial buildings and bridges to stadiums and high-rise structures. The work of an ironworker is physically demanding and requires expertise in handling heavy materials and operating specialized equipment.

STEEL FRAMEWORK INSTALLATION

One of the primary responsibilities of an ironworker is the installation of steel frameworks. They are the professionals who connect the skeletal steel structures, which form the backbone of buildings and infrastructure. This involves working at great heights, often using cranes, hoists, and other machinery to maneuver heavy beams, columns, and girders into place. Precision and attention to detail are essential to ensure that the structures are assembled  safely and accurately.

WELDING AND FABRICATION

Welding and fabrication are key skills for ironworkers. They possess expertise in welding techniques to join steel components, using arc welding, gas metal arc welding (MIG), and other methods. This enables them to create strong and durable connections between steel elements, ensuring the stability of the structures they construct. Additionally, ironworkers may be involved in fabricating and installing stairs, handrails, and other metal components to complete a project.

Iron workers are dedicated to continuously improving their skills and expertise, especially at Egan Company. Our iron workers are committed to improve innovation in order to exceed customer expectations. Not only are Egan’s ironworkers committed to innovation, but they are committed to safely getting the  job done. Learn more about Egan Iron Workers.

What is a Millwright?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

In the vast world of industrial machinery, there exists a specialized group of craftspeople known as millwrights. These skilled individuals play a crucial role in assembling, installing, and maintaining the intricate machinery that powers various industries. From factories and power plants to refineries and manufacturing facilities, millwrights ensure the smooth operation of heavy machinery. Egan Company millwrights have been working on projects across the Twin Cities since 1999, and are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to assist you. 

WHAT IS A MILLWRIGHT?

A millwright is a highly skilled tradesperson who specializes in the installation, maintenance, repair, and dismantling of heavy machinery found in industrial settings, such as factories, power plants, construction sites, and manufacturing facilities. The term “millwright” has historical roots, referring to those who originally worked on flour mills and other mechanical systems.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MILLWRIGHT:

  • Machinery Installation: Millwrights are experts at assembling and installing large-scale machinery, including conveyor systems, turbines, generators, pumps, compressors, and other intricate equipment. They interpret engineering drawings, align components, and ensure everything is properly connected.
  • Machinery Maintenance: Millwrights are responsible for conducting regular inspections, preventive maintenance, and repairs on machinery to ensure optimal performance and prevent breakdowns. They use diagnostic tools, such as vibration analysis equipment, to detect potential issues before they escalate.
  • Machinery Repair: When machinery malfunctions or breaks down, millwrights spring into action. They troubleshoot the problem, identify faulty components, and replace or repair them accordingly. This involves working with various tools, such as wrenches, welding equipment, precision measuring instruments, and even computerized diagnostic software.
  • Machinery Alignment: Precision is critical in the functioning of machinery. Millwrights meticulously align and level equipment, ensuring all parts are properly positioned and calibrated to meet exact specifications. This involves using specialized laser alignment tools and techniques.
  • Safety and Compliance: Millwrights prioritize safety and adhere to strict occupational health and safety regulations. They take precautionary measures to secure machinery, install safety guards, and implement lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers from accidents during maintenance or repair activities.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Millwrights possess a deep understanding of mechanical principles and systems, enabling them to comprehend complex machinery and troubleshoot issues effectively.
  • They are well-versed in using various tools, machinery, and equipment relevant to their trade, including welding machines, cutting torches, rigging gear, and precision measurement instruments.
  • Millwrights can interpret technical drawings, schematics, and blueprints, allowing them to understand equipment specifications and assemble machinery accurately.
  • Millwrights excel at analyzing and solving complex mechanical problems. They possess a sharp eye for detail, can think critically, and approach challenges with a systematic mindset.
  • The job of a millwright often requires working in physically demanding environments, climbing heights, and maneuvering heavy machinery. Physical fitness, agility, and adaptability are essential attributes.

Millwrights are the backbone of industrial machinery, silently ensuring the smooth operation and longevity of vital equipment. Their expertise in installation, maintenance, and repair plays a significant role in keeping industries running efficiently. At Egan, our expert millwrights will assist you on projects big and small. From the moment a massive piece of machinery arrives at a site to its regular upkeep and occasional repair, Egan’s millwright workers are the skilled professionals who handle it all. Egan Millwright Specialties> 

What is a Glazing System?

Thursday, October 26th, 2023

In commercial architecture, glazing systems are a fundamental element in building design. Glazing systems offer a seamless integration of glass within aluminum or steel framing systems, transforming the way we experience and interact with buildings. Glazing systems incorporate a wide range of techniques, materials, and technologies that enable the incorporation of glass elements into the design of structures. The primary purpose of glazing systems is to achieve a balance between transparency, natural light, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and visual appeal all while keeping occupants inside the building comfortable. At Egan, our InterClad team are the experts in storefront, curtain wall, window wall, and glass and glazing. When it comes to the design, engineering, and installation of these systems, Egan will be there to assist you. 

ARCHITECTURAL GLAZING SYSTEMS

Glazing systems rely on glass panels for transparency and natural light transmission that are supported 

by sturdy frameworks and sealed to ensure a weatherproof installation. There are various thermal features in these systems that enhance energy efficiency. Together, these elements create visually appealing and sustainable building envelopes.

  • GLASS PANELS: At the core of any glazing system lies a glass panel. It is the primary component that allows for transparency and facilitates the transmission of natural light into a building’s interior space. Glass panels come in various types, including heat strengthened glass, tempered glass, laminated glass, and insulated glass units (IGUs), each with specific properties suited for different applications.
  • STRUCTURAL SUPPORT: Glazing systems rely on a robust framework to support and hold the glass panels in place. The structural support can be made of aluminum, steel, or other materials with the necessary strength and stability to withstand external forces such as wind and seismic activity. The framework provides the necessary rigidity while also allowing for the desired aesthetics and architectural form.
  • SEALING AND WEATHERPROOFING: To ensure the longevity and performance of the glazing system, proper sealing and weatherproofing  measures are essential. Sealants, gaskets, and weatherstripping is used to create an airtight and watertight barrier between the glass panels and the supporting structure. This helps prevent moisture infiltration, air leakage, and thermal inefficiencies, maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.
  • INSULATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Glazing systems can incorporate insulation features to improve energy efficiency and thermal performance. Double glazing or triple glazing with sealed air or gas-filled gaps between the glass layers minimize heat transfer, reducing energy consumption for heating and cooling purposes. Low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings can also be applied to glass surfaces to enhance insulation properties and control solar heat gain.

Glazing systems offer a blend of aesthetics, functionality, and sustainability. Egan’s experienced InterClad team is committed to sustainability and has built hundreds of commercial projects by developing, installing, and maintaining their glazing systems. Dig deeper into InterClad services > to learn more about how they can help you achieve your sustainability goal!