Jeff Haas and Grover Scharnagle take the lead in preconstruction as they estimate projects and coordinate systems inspections. They work on dozens of projects each month, reviewing plans and performing takeoffs. Once the work has been awarded, Bruce Balcombe manages field operations as the General Superintendent. Bruce is NICET IV certified, brings 39 years of experience to the field and loves to share his knowledge with our many apprentices. Behind the scenes, Group Manager BJ Klingensmith keeps things running smoothly and oversees the work as a whole.
Everyone on the APG Life Safety team is NICET certified, and many of them are journeyman electricians as well. Over 30 technicians, apprentices and helpers are ready to complete large jobs with tight schedules. All of this manpower was a real necessity on one of our largest projects to date: a recently completed $1.2 million contract for life safety systems in three high schools and an elementary school. These were complete retrofits of the existing campus Fire Alarm systems with APG serving as the prime contractor. APG Life Safety was responsible for every aspect of the project, installing 2,634 individual devices in only 10 weeks! After many long days and dedicated work, the project was an outstanding success.
APG also provides complete warranty, testing, and inspection services, even on systems that we didn’t originally install. Our clients include major institutional, industrial, and commercial facilities like St. Petersburg College campuses, Bayfront Health Port Charlotte, the Tropicana Juice Plant, Raymond James Financial, Heart of Florida, and International Plaza.
Rather than competing with systems manufacturers, APG Life Safety partners with them to provide turn-key systems solutions. Many different vendors are invited to participate and collaboration is encouraged with the common goal of delivering value to the customer.
The APG Life Safety team continues to grow and we are constantly taking on larger and more complex projects. By staying on the cutting edge of new systems technologies and consistently providing exciting training opportunities to our team members, we are able to offer outstanding customer service with a level of experience and knowledge that few can match. As life safety systems become more and more critical in schools, hospitals and elsewhere, APG is becoming Tampa Bay’s premier provider.