Randall Mechanical Inc.
In 1986 Jeff Condello, president of Randall Mechanical Inc. (RMI), set up shop for a full-service plumbing operation in Orlando, Fla. “I started the business out of my bedroom 28 years ago,” reveals Condello. With the help of his wife, Debra Condello, the small-scale plumbing company focused on growing into the multifamily market in central Florida by offering in-house service.
The In-house Advantage
RMI remains committed to the same level of in-house service now as it did 28 years ago; however, now on a much larger scale. “Today, we specialize in plumbing, HVAC systems, mechanical fabrication and special process piping, duct work, mechanical fabrication and sheet metal contracting,” notes Condello. “We’re now one of the largest mechanical contractors in central Florida.”
RMI spans the Sunshine State with main offices in Tampa and Orlando. “We cover the entire state,” details Condello. “We’ve done work from Fort Lauderdale to Tallahassee to Jacksonville, pretty much all over. We have a 13-acre site with a 90,000-square-foot facility where we do all of our own sheet metal, duct work and mechanical piping. We also own all of our tractors and equipment.”
What started out as a one-man band in Condello’s bedroom office has evolved into a company comprised of 22 full-time office personnel and some 250 field employees. “In addition to an extensive fabrication facility, RMI also has professional in-house engineers on board allowing us to stamp and deliver our own drawings; few mechanical firms can attest to such capabilities,” adds Condello.
To maintain its in-house advantage, Condello says RMI is constantly seeking young talent to join company ranks. “We currently have a 15,000-square-foot office and we just built a 6,000-square-foot training room to help grow our leadership and interning programs,” he reveals. “We have big-screen TV’s in the rooms to have demonstrations and we’re working on doing the program on a weekly basis.”
According to Condello, RMI has also hired some high school students. “I think we have six still with us, and we’re coming up with our own classes to train them,” he continues.
The More Complex, the Better
Fostering a pool of talented professionals and investing in the future is critical to RMI’s success, because the company doesn’t go after typical projects. “The more complex a job is, the more we like it,” explains Condello. “We target large construction managers and owners with difficult, out-of-the-ordinary jobs that need specific solutions.”
RMI is currently working with Universal Studios on a $14 million hotel expansion. “We’re working on a 600-room hotel that’s part of an existing 1,800-room hotel,” details Condello. “We’re doing the arrival area that has a bowling alley, pool and a large-scale bar and guest check in counter.”
The team is also tackling a central energy plant, which will support the entire complex. “There’s talk of an additional 1,000 rooms, so the plant could possibly supply power for 2,800 rooms,” he continues. “This project is on a fast-track timeline; we’re doing $14 million worth of work over just 12 months.”
The company has also worked for other big-names in the entertainment and hospitality industry, including Disney and SeaWorld. “We were recently awarded a $30 million design-assist job at Disney,” notes Condello. “We’re flying our guys out to California to meet with Disney to go over the design layout. We have also delivered a unique job for SeaWorld’s penguin exhibit, blowing 30-degree air in the area to recreate an arctic environment.”
RMI is currently in the midst of a $12 million HVAC and plumbing project at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Orlando. “We’re doing all of the HVAC and plumbing for the $400 million downtown, state-of-the-art performing arts center,” shares Condello. “It’s a huge BIM modeling effort with highly technical noise sensitivity and a complex plumbing system that will coordinate all elements of design.”
Going Strong and Steady
While the recession has taken a toll of contractors throughout Florida, RMI’s business remains strong and steady. The firm has made some adjustments that have allowed for ongoing success and advancement in the Florida market.
“In an effort to take advantage of more services and strengthen the company’s overall core offerings, we purchased an established sheet metal company in 2010,” reveals Condello. “This acquisition positioned RMI as one of the state’s leading turnkey division 22 and 23 contractors.”
RMI has always been a responsive, nimble and adaptable firm, continuously evolving in the construction marketplace while maintaining a family atmosphere. For 28 years, Randall Mechanical Inc. has been one of Florida’s go-to turnkey mechanical contractors, providing customer-first service and furthering a trusted reputation.
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