With construction booming across the state and cranes lining the skyline of Tampa Bay, APG is breaking all-time records for jobs under contract and we’re privileged to be a part of some truly exciting projects. Many of them have unusually tight deadlines, and our field teams have been putting in long hours all summer to finish them the APG way: on schedule.
It’s no secret that staffing projects and growing a skilled workforce has become an industry-wide challenge. Even so, we’ve been amazed by the number of new team members choosing to begin their electrical careers here at APG. We’ve hired more than 80 people this year alone! These men and women are quickly building their skills under the mentorship of our more experienced electricians while working on some fast-paced and demanding jobs. Many of them also attend apprenticeship classes at night, making their dedication all the more impressive.
Meeting tight deadlines on complicated, large-scale projects takes an above and beyond effort from our crews in the field, and APG has several of them under construction at the same time. One in particular is the continued renovation of Raymond James Stadium. Now in its third phase, all work has to be done during this year’s offseason so that the stadium is totally finished and ready to welcome fans by Opening Day. To meet that deadline, our field techs have been putting in very long days with many of them working 70-80 hours per week. Every weekend, over 80 of our techs routinely put their lives on hold to carry this project into the end zone. On the other side of the bay, our crews at the St. Petersburg Police Headquarters have been putting in unusually long hours, even gathering a crew of 40 techs on the weekends. Going south to Venice, our team really stepped up by working on a project on the fourth of July to support the glass manufacturing plant at PGT Industries.
All this extra effort isn’t just coming from our Construction Group; our Service and Technology Groups have been working around the clock too. Service has been extremely busy with major shutdowns at Catalent, Linvatec, and Sheraton Sand Key, while Technology is doing an unprecedented amount of work at USAA Crosstown. In just two months, our Technology crew has installed nearly 1 million feet (over 180 miles!) of cabling as they build out twelve telecom rooms and provide complete audio/visual integration of nearly one hundred other rooms at USAA alone. To accomplish this incredible feat, a crew of twelve has been working nights and weekends, putting in up to 80 hours per week.
These are just a few of our ongoing projects that require significant overtime. The Ringling College Student Housing building had a mandatory 6-day workweek with an accelerated schedule, and crews at the Atlanta Braves Stadium and many others have been working well over 40 hours per week to stay on track.
The more than 300 men and women at the front lines of our projects in the field are the lifeblood of APG. They put their skills to the test every single day as they carefully lay out miles of underground conduit, install perfectly parallel feeders, hang thousands of light fixtures, teach our apprentices how to solve problems, coordinate shutdowns in healthcare facilities, and do so much more. Their attention to detail and pride in their work is widely recognized by our customers who highly praise their professional installations. Many times, it’s what our customers see as they walk through a completed job that makes them want to hire us again and again.
To everyone in the field who has made sacrifices to go above and beyond this summer: THANK YOU. Your hard work, your long hours, and the way you overcome challenges will not go unnoticed. You and your families are what make APG special, and YOU are the key to our success!
We held our 15th Annual Family Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 23 at the Belleair Boat Ramp. This year should have marked our 16th tournament, but last year’s event had to be postponed due to the active hurricane season we experienced. We had a record turnout of 154 anglers, including 31 kids who were twelve years of age or under. Each of the kids received a fishing rod and reel combo, including a fishing net, for participating, and seeing the smiles on their faces was priceless. All of our anglers enjoyed a great day outdoors catching their favorite fish, and many got that all-important photo of the big one that didn’t get away.
The tournament shirt was another winning design by Alan Woodford of Big Lagoon Designs, which all of the participants were proud to wear. The fish looked great on the shirt and even better on the hooks! Everyone enjoyed the food, drinks, and raffle prizes, and many of the adults were excited to walk away with a cash prize for their catch. Our fishing tournament has been growing since its inception and continues to be an event that employees and their families look forward to every year. All of us at APG would like to thank the following individuals for organizing this stellar event—Mike Henley, Chris Johnson, John Kavula, Jerry Lightner, Bruce Lyle, Mickey Mitchell, Rachel Kotsch, Tim White, Bruce Balcombe, Ralph Cordasco, and Steve Tallyn. We hope to see everyone again next year!
Last year, APG Technology bolstered its talent with more advanced certifications and brought home several prestigious awards for its hard work. For example, APG was approved as an Avixa APEx Certified Installer. This puts APG among the world’s leading audio/visual integrators because it is exceedingly difficult to earn. Our team was required to hit a high percentage of staff with CTS certifications, provide documentation of our internal processes, and submit positive customer surveys from clients. We were approved for certification within a week! We’re proud to say that 60% of our field staff is now CTS certified, and our Audio/Visual Group Manager Zach Fite is committed to making this 100% across the board.
APG Technology has been honored to receive many awards in the past few years, all resulting from an absolute commitment to first-class workmanship and client satisfaction. In 2014, we won the IEC National Award of Excellence in Construction, Low Voltage Construction category, for our work on the Florida Polytechnic University Innovative Science and Technology Building. In 2015, we received the IEC Award of Excellence in Construction, Low Voltage category, for St. Joseph’s Hospital South. In 2017, we earned the IEC Award of Excellence in Electrical Construction for the Raymond James Stadium Renovations and the ABC Florida Gulfcoast Chapter’s Merit Award for Polk State College Center for Public Safety. We’re very proud of these awards and their recognition of what we’ve accomplished so far, but we’re always striving to improve.
In 2017, the Technology Group landed its biggest project yet as the voice/data and audio/visual integrator for a major phase of renovations at Raymond James Stadium. This has catapulted APG Technology into the challenging and high-end world of stadium construction and everyone involved on the project absolutely nailed it. Not only were we a finalist in the 2018 InAVation Awards for the Leisure & Entertainment Facility category, but we were paid the highest compliment by the Raymond James Stadium construction team as we were again selected to be their technology partner for work going on into 2018.
Technology is always changing, and APG Technology embraces the change. We have team members for every part of the construction process: designers who can walk-the-walk and guide a client to the best solution, estimators striving to get every job scoped correctly for the client, project managers/technology gurus that keep it all on track, a purchasing agent who works with our warehouse manager, distributors, and manufacturers to get things on site, and field technicians that bring new meaning to the word “professional.” From start to finish, APG Technology offers highly qualified people who are a perfect fit in the construction puzzle. We are proud of where they’ve been and where they’re going. Our team may have started small, but just look at them now!
We are excited to announce that APG has reached another milestone in our history of performing Engineering, Electrical, Technology, Life Safety and Automation services in Florida:
Our company officially reached 409 active employees on May 7, 2018!
Company founders John Kavula and Jerry Lightner could never have guessed that APG would become such a major force in the industry, but they are incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. Our drive to make a truly positive difference in the lives of our employees and the businesses of our customers has resulted in steady growth, and we’re in an excellent position to help our partners as Tampa Bay’s construction boom continues to heat up. Talented craftsmen are exceptionally hard to find right now, but we’ve spent years gathering together an all-star team of 140 journeymen electricians, 70 apprentices, and many dozens of helpers and technicians. There is no job too big for us to handle!
To stay ahead of our growth and ensure quality leadership at every level of the company, we are pleased to announce the appointment of seven new officers of APG:
These changes will help to streamline communication across our company and keep all of us focused on the same goal: to provide consistently exceptional service with a personal touch. As we continue to grow, every officer and manager at APG will remain committed to maintaining the family-oriented and “small company” approach that has helped us be so successful.
Thank you to all of our customers and partners for helping us reach this amazing milestone!
Last year, DPR Construction awarded APG a $6 million electrical contract for the second phase of the USAA Crosstown Center in Tampa. APG was especially honored to have been chosen for Phase 2 of this project because the award was a testament to the outstanding service and quality we delivered during Phase 1. We completed that portion of the project in 2015, on time and within budget, and the next phase of construction is already well under way.
USAA is a financial services company that specializes in helping military families and veterans. It has a very long history in Florida and this massive new facility will be an expansion to its second permanent location in Tampa Bay. With over 250,000 square feet spread across five stories, the new building will provide enough office space to employ as many as 1,000 people. As USAA announced on its website, “This growth is part of the financial service provider’s strategy to meet the evolving needs of its growing membership by attracting the best people in talent-rich regions like Tampa.” With so many permanent jobs on the way, not to mention the hundreds created during construction, this project is a major win for USAA, DPR Construction, APG, and the local community.
In addition to the new office space, the project also includes a 7-story, 383,000 square foot parking garage. APG is providing electrical, fire alarm, and BIM coordination services. We will be installing over 140,000 linear feet of conduit, which is enough to stretch from the project location all the way to APG Lakeland! Because USAA provides a critical service, a 1250 kW emergency generator is being installed to provide backup power in case of severe weather. To provide additional backup beyond the generator, APG coordinated with the design team to devise a way to feed parts of the new building from the existing building’s UPS system. This tie-in requires a lot of planning and coordination and will involve carefully scheduled shutdowns of the existing UPS. Our team will be hard at work on this project for the rest of the year and on into 2019.
All of us at APG were excited to earn this contract and we greatly appreciate having been selected for a second time as USAA’s electrical contractor of choice. We are proud of the hard work of our project manager, Anthony Ciquera, our superintendent, Josh Falini, and the entire team on site. Keep up the great work!
In September 2016, Moss Construction awarded APG the Pinellas County Jail Phase 1 Infrastructure Upgrade. This project will provide electrical and technology services for two new buildings at the Pinellas County Jail located in Clearwater, just down the street from our main office. One building houses the facility’s kitchen, laundry room and central energy plant while the other building houses the receiving operations, facilities maintenance center and warehouse.
At first glance, this is a standard job. After all, we build CEP’s all the time! But this particular plant features some truly innovative systems and forward-thinking designs that required an extremely high level of technical expertise. What makes it so special? A new two-megawatt generator will operate all day, every day to provide constant power to the entire facility. Instead of only operating during an emergency or outage, this generator will work in conjunction with a 1,000-ton absorption chiller to lower energy costs and increase efficiency. As the generator runs, the absorption chiller reclaims waste heat from the generator exhaust and cooling system to provide approximately 500-tons of “free” chilled water. Additionally, highly sophisticated algorithms within the system constantly analyze the cost of producing power versus purchasing it, allowing the generator to intelligently switch itself on or off to bring costs down even further. The facility won’t have to rely on Duke Energy to meet its needs and will even be able to sell them its surplus!
We were very excited to get started on this unique project and quickly assembled a talented team of electricians and technicians. Led by Project Superintendent Dan Tipton and Senior Project Manager Ted Maczuga, we are constantly working to meet and exceed all expectations. It takes a tremendously skilled crew to successfully complete such a complex job…hats off to this team!
“It was really a team effort throughout the job!”
We’ve even brought in extra support to meet all of our schedule milestones. For example, Vaughn Orluski and his crew worked two weekends to assist with the large feeder installation to the central energy plant. Then, George Loop put together an extra 15 electricians, led by Ricky Thomas and DJ Hall, to give us the big push that we needed to finish in December.
Everyone has been busy and working hard. In addition to the two-megawatt generator, we’ve installed 157,000 feet of conduit, 630,000 feet of wire, and over 1,500 light fixtures!
All of us at APG were honored to earn this contract and we greatly appreciate having been selected by Moss Construction as their electrical, structured cabling, audio visual and fire alarm contractor. We still have a ways to go, as the south kitchen isn’t scheduled for completion until February 2019, but we’re excited to feature this job because of the tremendous effort being put forth by our team. Congratulations to everyone and keep up the great work on this marquee project!
On December 21, 2017, Edmund Goulder, one of the founding fathers of APG, passed away peacefully at the age of 95.
After serving in World War II as a B-17 bomber pilot and being held as a prisoner of war for nearly a year and a half, Ed returned to Cleveland, Ohio in 1946. He began his career working for his father, Adolph Paul Goulder, the APG of our name, at the Doan Electric Company, where he learned the electrical trade and how to run the business. After his father’s retirement, Ed took the reins of the company and continued Doan’s growth as a very well-respected electrical contractor in the region. Their many successful projects included local hospitals, sports venues, schools, and more. More importantly, Ed had built a culture at Doan where employees were treated well with high regard for the field, and because of this, people did not leave Doan. In fact, Doan had many second and third generation employees whose fathers and grandfathers had worked their entire lives there.
Over the years, Ed would often visit APG and always spoke of what a great operation we had here. He visited job sites whenever he came down, including a particular visit during which a quick-thinking electrician fashioned a cane out of EMT to help him get around. Ed often came to family picnics where he marveled at the growth of the company year after year and the wonderful people he was able to meet. He served on our board of directors as chairman before retiring.
At the APG 25th Anniversary Party held on May 16, 2009, Ed was surprised with a refurbished 1984 Chevy pickup truck with the original APG logo emblazoned on the sides and named in his honor. It was at this event that Edmund addressed our employees with his memory of the beginning of APG, his phone calls with John, and telling us “the end result was a great success, a great success. My contribution was basically that I picked a winner.”
After then, Ed stayed in touch with us by phone and occasional visits. He loved reading the Pipeline and often said “it is my favorite newspaper.”
We extend our deepest condolences to the Goulder family. Edmund will truly be missed by all those whose lives he impacted. We are very grateful for his belief in our dreams for APG, and for bringing his values of business integrity and respect for employees and partners to us from the beginning.
The entire APG team is honored to have received our latest national award—the 2017 IEC Award of Excellence in Electrical Construction! Which project earned this impressive accolade? The Raymond James Stadium 2016 Renovations.
These prestigious Awards of Excellence are only presented to a handful of companies at the annual IEC National Convention and Expo. This year, Tim White and Terry Ryan attended the Awards Gala in Phoenix, Arizona and accepted the prize on our behalf. To be considered for the award, APG submitted an entry package that included photos, letters of recommendation, and narratives describing the project and its challenges. We were proud to submit this project on behalf of the hardworking men and women who brought this luxurious and technologically advanced stadium to life.
APG provided the electrical, fire alarm, structured cabling, and TV distribution work for this drastic renovation. Scoreboards, ribbon boards, sound systems, clubs, concessions, and 128 luxury suites were either completely renovated or totally replaced. Our team installed over 4,500 light fixtures, more than 50 miles of conduit, and 160 miles of wire, all the while overcoming pricing and scheduling challenges. Our installation quality stayed astonishingly high from start to finish, and we were even able to finish ten days early!
APG is extremely proud to have won the IEC National Award of Excellence for this massive project. Congratulations to Project Manager Ted Maczuga, Project Superintendent Josh Falini, and all of those whose hard work and dedication made this project a success!
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