Building Envelope

Project Management July 24, 2020

How computational design, modeling are changing engineering

Visual scripting tools empower engineers by leveraging the power of coding and computational design to automate tasks and optimize data

By Brittany Fiema and Leland Curtis
Courtesy: UNIFI Labs
Business of Engineering July 17, 2020

Case study: Stantec leads by following

Learning from the success of other architecture, engineering and construction firms is vital

By Karen Pierce
Building Types June 29, 2020

The importance of healthy buildings in a pandemic

The wellness impacts of sustainable building design approaches in creating healthier and more productive lives for their occupants is even more important as the COVID-19 pandemic becomes a fact of life.

By Nicole Isle
Courtesy: CannonDesign
Building Types June 10, 2020

A look at living-centered projects in California

A highlight of local projects in Califronia designed to address life’s complex interdependencies.

By CannonDesign
Courtesy: Henderson Engineers
Building Types April 21, 2020

Infection control technologies for building design

Building design and operations need to consider infection control technologies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

By Dustin Schafer
Courtesy: IMEG Corp.
Compressed Air March 30, 2020

Compressed air audit optimizes efficiency

A compressed air system evaluation can provide owners and facilities engineers with the direction they need to ensure their plant is operating efficiently and reliably

By Blake Finch and Luke Streit
Courtesy: Alex Fradkin Photography
HVAC March 23, 2020

Best practices for infiltration and building pressurization

Observe the mechanics of infiltration and pressurization in a building, modeling methodologies and what can be done to better account for them in air handling system design

By Kevin Ricart, PE; Rosemary Hwang, LEED AP; and Connor Harrigan
Courtesy: Generate Architecture and Technologies/MIT
Sustainability March 11, 2020

New approach to sustainable building takes shape in Boston

A five-story mixed-use structure in Roxbury, designed by architects from MIT, represents a new kind of net-zero-energy building, made from wood.

By Rob Matheson
Chicago Rockford International Airport (Rockford, IL) has two, 10-story, 90,000 ft2 hangars and 24,977 ft2 of adjoining maintenance and office space. Sized to accommodate the Boeing 747 and/or Airbus A380 wide-body aircraft. Courtesy: Affiliated Engineers
Fire, Life Safety February 27, 2020

Performance-based approach to protecting a membrane roof aircraft hangar

AEI was retained to provide mechanical, electrical, piping/plumbing (MEP) and fire protection design services for two hangars at Chicago Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Ill. Three design challenges are highlighted.

By Affiliated Engineers
Courtesy: Aaron Lindberg Photography, CRB
Building Types February 21, 2020

Vivarium renovation planning and design

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), a Tier I Research University, wanted to develop a barrier suite within its existing vivarium facility.

By CRB