Southland Energy Appoints Roxanne Fong as Director of Utility Programs

San Diego, CA | Southland Energy

March 30, 2020 – Southland Energy recently appointed Roxanne Fong as Director of Utility Programs. In her new role, Ms. Fong will lead Southland’s growth strategy for the utilities sector by developing partnerships to deliver energy and infrastructure solutions and services.

Ms. Fong brings over 30 years of experience working in the utilities industry to her new role. Throughout her career, she’s developed and implemented various programs to help government and commercial clients meet their energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability goals. In her most recent role, she led PG&E’s New Revenue Development (NRD) business development team, which developed and implemented over $300 million in design-build energy projects.

Ms. Fong graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Business and earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is also Six Sigma Green and Black Belt certified from Villanova University. Before joining Southland Energy, Ms. Fong was recognized as a Supplier Diversity Champion and served on the Board of Directors for the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) from 2008–2018.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of facility life-cycle solutions. Creating tailored solutions to meet unique challenges and needs, Southland Energy reduces clients’ operating expenses, renews their infrastructures, and makes their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

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Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703.834.5570
dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Southland Energy Supports Clients with Continuity of Critical Operations During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

San Diego, California | Southland Energy

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, Southland Energy is providing clients with the ability to maintain continuity of operations. As challenges with work and personnel evolve during this crisis, Southland Energy is continuing to perform critical work that supports clients’ essential operations.

“During these trying times, it’s very important that we continue working with our clients to maintain their critical operations and ensure that they have a safe working environment,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy.

Adhering to CDC and government guidelines, Southland Energy is continuing to deliver essential services and project deliverables and is committed to protecting the health and safety of individuals related to projects by executing the necessary and recommended precautions.

Additionally, Southland Energy has a Coronavirus Crisis Management Team to provide an internal companywide COVID-19 response.

About Southland Energy

As a division of Southland Industries, Southland Energy is a national provider of facility life-cycle solutions. Creating tailored solutions to meet unique challenges and needs, Southland Energy reduces clients’ operating expenses, renews their infrastructures, and makes their facilities more resilient through a self-performance delivery model.

Media Contact

Dan Navarrete
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
703.834.5570
dnavarrete@southlandind.com

Using Demand-controlled Ventilation in HVAC

New technologies are replacing the traditional concept of room controls with enhanced interfaces, improving energy efficiency by monitoring and actively adjusting air quality in real-time. To comment on the convergence of just how to a make a building both comfortable and energy-efficient, Integration Business Manager at Envise Michael Phillips identifies best practices of using DCV in HVAC to improve the occupant experience.

 

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Lean IPD Strategies from the Trade Partner Perspective

Building owners are transforming the construction industry with the increased adoption of a Lean Integrated Project Delivery (LIPD) approach. According to Southland Industries’ Business Development Lead Andrew Rhodes, the foundation for a successful IPD team starts by adopting a collaborative and transparent approach that consistently delivers increased value to the owner. “We make decisions based on what adds value to the project, and not what’s best for ourselves,” Rhodes explains.

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Southland Energy to Perform $11.6M Water Treatment Facility Retrofit for City of San Luis Obispo

December 18, 2019

San Luis Obispo, CA

Southland Energy today announced it has been awarded a comprehensive energy and infrastructure retrofit project for the City of San Luis Obispo’s water treatment facility.

In partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southland will upgrade aging infrastructure, implement energy upgrades, and install backup generation to improve the facility’s resilience.

Slated for completion in March of 2021, the $11.6 million effort will reduce energy and operational costs, address critical deferred maintenance backlog, and help the City achieve its sustainability goals.

“This project is an excellent example of how a municipality can partner with its serving utility through a public private partnership to improve infrastructure and sustainability,” said Anthony Roner, Vice President, Southland Energy. “Southland is proud to be part of the team and looks forward to working with PG&E and the City of San Luis Obispo to deliver this important project.”

How Lean Construction Methods are Shaping the Future

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Adopted as a response to customer and supply chain dissatisfaction with the building industry, Lean project delivery methods seek to manage a project through relationships, shared knowledge and common goals in order to break down the traditional silos associated with construction. The results of this approach produce significant improvements in scheduling, in reducing waste and ultimately result in better overall project delivery and increased value to the owner. In a recent article, Erin Miller, Design Engineer for Southland Industries’ Mid-Atlantic division, takes an in-depth look at the ways lean practices can positively impact the future of building engineering and construction.

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The Blueprint

Andrew Tranovich

Building information modeling and lean principles have helped teams maximize production value while improving project coordination. Andrew Tranovich, senior project manager at Southland Industries, recently sat down with Engineered Systems to discuss lean construction, augmented reality, the firm’s work at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, and more. Southland’s use of BIM has been helpful in its recent tenant improvement project at a 760,000-square-foot San Francisco building, Tranovich said.

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LCI Los Angeles and Orange County Community of Practice

Monday, November 18, 2019 – 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM PST
Garden Grove, CA

Southland Industries

Designers, constructors, owners, and trade partners from across the region will meet Nov. 18 for LCI Los Angeles/Orange County CoP’s Lean Coffee event, an open conversation in a low-pressure environment about the topics that are relevant to the Lean community. The event will be held in The Quad, a collaborative big room space inside Southland Industries’ Southern California division, to propose discussion topics around problems in the industry and the lessons learned along the way in embracing the Lead methodology.

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The Department of Energy’s $47M Investment Signals Impending Change for MEP Providers

Consulting-Specifying Engineer

In April, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies 2019 Funding Opportunityfor $47 million. Anthony Roner, Vice President of Southland Energy, provides his insight into how these areas of focus for the DOE match up with the changing priorities Southland Energy is seeing in the industry. “This investment is hugely beneficial in that it brings customers’ attention to areas where they can improve energy and operational efficiency,” said Roner.

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Procore & ENR Webinar Series: Lean IPD Strategies from the Subcontractor Perspective

Thursday, November 7, 2019 – 14:00 EST

The Engineering News-Record and Procore teams will meet online with several suppliers and subcontractors on Nov. 7 to discuss construction initiatives with their free webinar series. The event includes Southland Industries’ Andrew Rhodes, Business Development Lead, who will lead a discussion on “Lean IPD Strategies from the Subcontractor Perspective,” focused on best practices to implement on IPD projects, plus concepts or technologies you can use to boost teamwork and efficiency within any project delivery method.

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