In the July issue of the UA journal, the main article was titled “ Phoenix Rising With Plumbers, Pipefitters, and HVACR Service Techs, Local 469 . ” We’re proud to say that ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. was featured as one of the companies helping the plumbing industry thrive in Phoenix.
The UA Journal is delivered to over 400,000 people in the US every month, including congresspeople and unions. In fact, a copy of each issue is filed in the Library of Congress, so you can imagine how ecstatic we are about our feature in this article. It’s our first profile in a national publication, and our entire team is incredibly proud.
ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. is a close partner with UA Local 469, and earlier this year, Aaron Butler , Business Manager of Local 469, identified our company as someone the journal might want to interview. A little while later, we had the opportunity to host the UA media team for half a day while they were visiting Phoenix.
Our team discussed how ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. works with Local 469 and why we believe in the use of union detailers. We also gave our company’s backstory and talked about the VDC industry’s pain points and how we’re finding solutions, our remote work culture, some of our innovation projects, and the path we’ve taken to get where we are today. We also showed them some of our internally produced videos.
As the main article of the July Issue, the Phoenix feature spanned twenty pages, and ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. was featured on about six of those pages. The article begins by touching on how Phoenix is one of the fastest-growing cities in America because of its job opportunities, friendly business environment, and low cost of living. We may see Phoenix become the new Silicon Valley in time, and we’re ready to be a part of the
Butler has been working tirelessly with his team to rebuild the 469 chapter to have a better reputation in the area. As of July 2021, the chapter has 4,100 members, increased its general fund to $26 million, and is “building a new union hall that is going to be a prideful asset for every member.”
And the 469 has its fair share of high-profile projects, including work for the largest semiconductor facility in Arizona and Mayo Clinic . Both companies have relied on Building Information Modeling (ob体育地址) as a component of the advanced construction technology available for end-users in their construction processes.
Brian Randall, Project Manager for Mayo Clinic’s western expansion, remarked that it takes a job such as theirs to thoroughly understand the importance of ob体育地址, fabrication, and modularization. “You are two years onsite just in the design portion before boots even hit the ground. We have guys from the 469 who are our WD Manor detailers, and we used sub-contractors, one of which was ob体育地址 Designs, Inc.”
As the largest UA signatory design firm, ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. has offices in three cities and is signatory to fifteen UA local unions and seven SMART local unions. The article details how our CEO Mark Oden realized a demand for experienced, domestic engineers and tradespeople who could capitalize on the ever-growing market for ob体育地址 and preconstruction virtual design.
The article continues by telling the story of how ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. forged its partnership with Aaron Butler and Local 469. Steve Couch , our Head of Sales, reached out to Butler about opportunities in Phoenix.
Butler and his partner, Business Agent, Rick Hudson , told Couch about the growing demand for ob体育地址 and how Local 469 recently created a Virtual Design Technician (VDC) program. Local 469 had already identified the need for ob体育地址 in Phoenix, so you could definitely say it was a match made in construction heaven.
At the same time, Oden attended a
Mechanical Contractors Association of America
(MCAA) convention in 2018, where he met with an executive from
Dynamic Systems, Inc.
(DSI). DSI had just decided to close their Phoenix office, and the executive encouraged Oden to take advantage of the market to move their enterprise from California to Arizona. And so, in 2018, Oden sold everything and moved the company
The profile continues to talk about how ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. could hire more employees through the pandemic instead of laying off workers. As of publication, we’ve completed almost 100 detailing projects and have employees working in 11 states.
The article states that what “separates ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. from other larger companies that are build/design firms is that the design is the company’s core focus, and it shows in the projects they have completed. ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. demonstrates expertise across all markets—semiconductor, industrial, utility, commercial, mixed-use residential—as a result of its diverse community of union detailers.”
The entire experience and resulting media coverage by the UA National Journal is a true testament to the collaboration between our internal departments working together at ob体育地址 Designs, Inc., our external partnership with Aaron Butler and Local 469, and the hard work of everyone at our company that has made ob体育地址 Designs, Inc. successful.
We are so excited to keep moving forward and help Phoenix continue its rise to the top.
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