Letters: Reader Feedback
Engineers are superheroes
I really enjoyed your “Editor’s Viewpoint” in the last edition (CSE, 09/07, p. 5) as well as the related cover for the magazine. Engineers, like superheroes, find satisfaction in identifying and solving problems. It’s the way many of us were made. We need talented writers to continue to remind everyone of the contributions we make to the world so more people recognize and appreciate our efforts.
Keep up the good work.
Dan Abitz Senior Vice President George Butler Assocs. Lenexa, Kan.
Elevators and sustainability
I enjoyed reading the article “HVAC and Fire Safety for Elevator Systems” by Talal M. Rabiah, PE, in the August 2007 issue (08/07, p. 36). I have one comment regarding Figure 1, “Machine Room AC System Detail.” The condensate collection system from the indoor unit is shown pumped to an open sanitary waste. Although this is an acceptable point of discharge, the waste should more appropriately discharge to a storm sewer, all codes permitting, or more to the point, to a suitable graywater system or rainwater harvest system. Because we are hip-deep in issues related to water conservation, highly publicized on the pages of your fine publication, it would be in everyone’s best interest if we took stock of our collective knowledge of the issues and applied them to each and every instance possible. Simply discharging the clean water waste to a disposal point is no longer acceptable. Each open-ended pipe on a project must be justified in the eyes of today’s engineer if we’re ever to achieve the lofty goals we set for ourselves.
Anthony J. Curiale , CPD, LEED AP Associate Principal Buro Happold New York, N.Y.
I fully agree with the comment. Where applicable code and local authority allow, the condensate waste should be hard connected to the storm waste, if possible. The hard connection will keep it clean, and avoid freeze up from the environment on the roof.
Tal Rabiah , PE Supervising Mechanical Engineer Syska Hennessy Group San Diego
Art of protection electrical systems
“The Art of Protecting Electrical Systems” is an extremely good series. Is it possible to download it as one PDF file?
Hubert B. Kowalski Consulting Engineer Demark via the internet
From 1965 through 1970, Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s predecessor, Actual Specifying Engineer, ran a series of articles on overcurrent protection. Due to the immense popularity of the 31 installments in the series, the authors, George Farrell and Frank Valvoda, PE, reprised the series in an updated version beginning in the Feb. 1989 issue of CSE. We are bringing this series back once again in monthly installments at csemag.com , and plan to bring the entire series together as an eBook.
ARC Award deadline extended
There’s still time to participate in this year’s ARC Awards, CSE’s annual competition for top MEP projects of the year. The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, Nov. 2.
Download the 2007 application for Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s ARC Awards at www.csemag.com .
The ARC Awards recognize the firms and engineers winning or placing in two categories: Most Innovative New Construction Project and Most Innovative Rehab/Reconstruction Project. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be awarded.
To qualify, all projects must have been completed after July 1, 2006, but prior to July 31, 2007. Entries are due at the CSE offices by Nov. 2. There is a $125 entry fee. Mail submissions to: ARC Awards, CSE Magazine, 2000 Clearwater Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523.
Each entry must be submitted in a three-ring binder and include the application form, entry fee, supporting photography and project description. Entries and photography will not be returned. Winning projects will be featured in the December 2007 issue and on the Web site. Engineers and firms that submit winning projects will receive a plaque that is suitable for display in office headquarters, along with a congratulatory letter from the magazine’s chief editor and publisher. The letter may be used for national press releases, posting on the winning project’s corporate Web site and accompanying RFQs.
The ARC Awards honor engineers and their firms who have incorporated unique MEP design elements into commercial, institutional and industrial building projects. The projects are judged by CSE staff, the CSE editorial advisory board and other engineers and industry professionals.