Serving Greater Knoxville and East Tennessee

Del-Air Mechanical
Written by Robert Hoshowsky

Del-Air Mechanical Contractors, Inc. is one of the largest and most experienced businesses of its kind in Tennessee and is listed as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the nation according to Inc. 5000 magazine. Under the leadership of company founder and Chief Executive Officer Dwane Lay, Del-Air Mechanical has proudly served the needs of countless commercial and industrial clients with a range of quality mechanical contracting services, including HVAC, plumbing and mechanical works.
Del-Air Mechanical Contractors was founded by Lay over thirty-five years ago with a single service truck but has expanded to over 150 dedicated, full-time employees performing expertly and with the utmost adherence to safety. The company can handle projects of all sizes for industry sectors including educational, retail, industrial, manufacturing, office buildings and biotechnology.

It provides great value and client service for customers across greater Knoxville and east Tennessee. With divisions in construction, industrial, service, building automation and manufacturing and fabrication, the company is able to meet client needs. Del-Air brings value engineering services, project commissioning, unlimited licensing and other skills sets to ensure on-time and on-budget project completion.

Included among Del-Air’s many successful past projects are the University of Tennessee Music Center, the McKenzie Lawson Building, the Joint Institute for Advanced Materials Science (JIAMS) building and the Neyland Stadium Skybox Addition. To successful handle these and other works, the company’s construction division is manned by highly-experienced workers in disciplines ranging from plumbers and pipe-fitters to HVAC technicians, certified welders, sheet metal experts and employees skilled in medical gas certifications. This allows the company to create a variety of mechanical projects under the trained eye of seasoned project managers and field managers.

In addition to timely project completion and delivery, the highly-skilled staff at Del-Air Mechanical Contractors recognize that many of the company’s clients have special requirements, such as strict deadlines or safety precautions, which must be met. Del-Air is able to work with customers to achieve success every time.

Clients engaged in manufacturing, petroleum, chemicals, and industrial food choose Del-Air for many reasons. As a one-stop shop, the company’s abilities include overall project design along with construction and commissioning of mechanical systems. To save customers’ time and money, Del-Air’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is staffed by trained employees specializing in the fabrication of ductwork, pipe and pipe systems. And its new, sophisticated sheet metal coil line produces quality products made to exacting specifications.

Del-Air Mechanical works closely with its customers on the installation and maintenance of boilers, compressors, gas vaporizers, HVAC, air filtration systems including HEPA, clean rooms, laboratory rooms, storm water systems and water treatment facilities (including construction and maintenance), underground utilities and excavation, refrigeration systems, medical and industrial gas distribution systems (installation and maintenance) and much more. It also offers services such as lifecycle maintenance and qualified round the clock service for all its products and projects.

The company is dedicated to all clients and has been for over three successful decades in business. Del-Air Mechanical is committed to excellence and fosters a culture of safety. “Our most valuable assets are our employees and their families,” states the company. “Without them, Del-Air would not exist. This being said, our prime focus is on the safety and well-being of our employees and their families, not only at work, but at home and in their everyday lives.

As seen in its 2015 MOD rate – which reflects the amount companies pay per month in workers’ compensation premiums – of .62, the company promotes and maintains a strong industrial safety program. It believes accidents are preventable, and this mentality has led to a safer work environment for all of Del-Air Mechanical’s managers and employees.

Del-Air’s business practices include LEAN principles, and it has designed processes to optimize value and boost productivity while reducing or eliminating waste, materials and manpower. One of these is through the use of Sage 300 – of one the most widely-used software programs for construction management, finances and project management. This allows the company to better manage all works with the utmost precision and efficiency.

And with a well-maintained ISO compliant quality management program, unlimited bonding capability that ensures financial stability and best practices, Del-Air Mechanical has created success for itself, its clients and stakeholders.

From scope of work reviews to building information modeling (BIM), HVAC test and balance services, product evaluations and reviews, high-quality testing procedures, customer training and warranty issue analysis, the company’s quality management team provides valuable experience and services for its projects.

In the industrial sector, the company provides specialized air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and ventilation services to customers engaged in the chemical, petroleum, manufacturing and food markets. “Often times, these projects involve special safety precautions and close coordination under strict timeline schedules in order to complete the process without interruption,” says the company.

“Del-Air understands these unique requirements, and our experienced project managers will work with you to develop a plan in order to ensure these objectives are met.” And as an all-in-one operation, Del-Air provides services ranging from deign to construction and commissioning of mechanical systems.

In the construction arena, Del-Air’s team of certified welders, sheet metal experts, pipe fitters and specialists in other disciplines work under experienced project managers to ensure on-time and on-budget work, along with value engineered services, unlimited licensing and comprehensive project management.

And as one of the biggest experts of its kind in East Tennessee in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, Del-Air’s qualified, factory-trained and certified staff take on works both large and small. Staff can provide detailed site surveys, energy analysis, system operation verification, certified testing and balancing of complete systems and a great deal more through the company’s two primary divisions.



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