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Building Types August 26, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Content: August 19-25, 2022

The most viewed content from the past week covered the 2022 FGI guidelines, energy efficiency, transformers, industrial facilities and merger and acquisition updates.

By Tyler Wall
Building Types May 27, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer content: May 20-26, 2022

The most-viewed content from the past week covered 40 Under 40 winners, airport fire protection, hospital decarbonization, air handling systems and dynamic UPS systems.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types May 18, 2022

Promoting student and teacher wellness through K-12 school design

Best practices for designing a school building that promotes occupant well-being

By Aaron Brumo and Julie Leary
Building Types April 29, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: April 22-28, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. AI and building systems, building electrical systems, fire alarm signals, air handling systems and school changes.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types April 22, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: April 15-21, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Building electrical systems, prefabrication, K-12 school changes, electrical power quality and specifying variable-speed compression.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types April 8, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: April 1-7, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Prefabrication's future, electrical power quality, office building standards, chilled water system trends and building system controls

By Chris Vavra
Building Types March 31, 2022

What is the future of prefabrication in the U.S. construction industry?

Prefabrication offers many advantages, and its adoption hinges on support from players across the building and design industry

By Lucy Vereenooghe
Building Types March 21, 2022

Dependable transportation networks through the lens of resilience

Creating a resilient transportation network implies that when something unexpected happens so systems can continue to operate.

By Alaurah Moss Jordan and Don Hammack
Building Types March 18, 2022

Hidden features future-proof science complex

The University of Connecticut’s Gant Science Complex has undergone many transformations to let this building remain vibrant and competitive more than 50 years after its inception.

By Salas O'Brien
Building Types March 4, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: February 25 to March 3, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Smart building essentials, airport building assets, office design, chilled water system design and specifying generators.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types February 25, 2022

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: February 18-24, 2022

Read the best articles from the past week. Smart building essentials, electrical power quality, metal-clad cable and busways, electrification and chilled water system design.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types February 24, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed building types articles in 2022

Read the best articles about building types including pandemics and building design, hydraulic systems, HVAC system specifying, net zero carbon in buildings and more.

By Brian Gross
Building Types February 21, 2022

Mitigation funding targets resilience

The Biden Administration announced that an additional $3.46 billion dollars will be dispersed among states and tribes to invest in mitigation projects around the country.

By Jay Harper
Building Types February 14, 2022

Making communities more resilient against disasters

Resilient measures into infrastructure design includes safety plans for evacuation against disaster as well as making buildings safer.

By Emad Ehsani
Building Types December 21, 2021

Designing the post-pandemic library

College students learn, study and collaborate in various places, but the academic culture of the campus is housed in the library.

By Frances Fox
Building Types November 8, 2021

Higher Ed STEM design: NC State’s new engineering building puts research on display

Fitts-Woolard Hall is an engineering hub that provides infrastructure for new innovations and developing tomorrow’s workforce

By Shann Rushing and Ryan Johnson
Building Types October 1, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: September 24-30, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Hydraulic systems, circuit coordination, COVID-19 mitigation, chilled water plants and automated fault detection.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types September 16, 2021

Four ways to create training facilities that better support athlete’s mental health and mental fitness

Simone Biles stood up for mental health by sitting down at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Citing her mental wellness, Biles withdrew from multiple gymnastics competitions to best empower her teammates to medal at the games.

By CannonDesign
Building Types September 1, 2021

Project Profile: Virgin Design District Hotel

The vision for the Virgin Hotel brand is to create an adventurous and fun experience for its guests.

By Jordan & Skala Engineers
Building Types September 1, 2021

Project Profile: Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel

A boutique reinvention of a landmark hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, which was designed and built over a century ago.

By LEO A DALY
Building Types August 31, 2021

A developer’s guide to condominiums and risk mitigation

See four common causes of condominium litigation.

By Ben Weissman, PE
Building Types August 31, 2021

UW-Madison Vet Med celebrates groundbreaking for new campus updates

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine broke ground on its long-anticipated building expansion.

By Affiliated Engineers
Building Types August 17, 2021

Power, electrical equipment for hospitals

Electrical systems, including batteries, are touched on in this hospital electrical systems discussion

By Richard A. Vedvik and David Stymiest
Building Types July 19, 2021

Consulting-Specifying Engineer July/August 2021 issue

Read the July/August 2021 issue to learn about data center supercomputers, hydraulic systems design for high-rise buildings and the 2021 Product of the Year finalists.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types July 16, 2021

How to design government buildings

In this Q&A with multiple experts, learn how to design government, state, municipal, federal, correctional and military buildings

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types July 12, 2021

Four demand factors beyond COVID-19 prevention for smart buildings

Smart building technologies have gained more visibility due to COVID-19, but the long-term benefits they provide will last long after the pandemic subsides.

By Val Loh
Building Types June 30, 2021

Data-Driven Design: Harnessing building analytics to deliver a low-carbon future

Glumac's new Data-Driven Design Series focuses on cutting edge building design concepts.

By Glumac
Building Types June 18, 2021

5 questions with an expert: Peter Aranyi talks student housing

Clark Nexsen’s Student Life practice leader, Peter Aranyi, discusses how COVID-19 has impacted the student housing market and the issues that are top of mind for higher education clients as we emerge from the pandemic.

By Eliza Vaughn
Building Types May 20, 2021

Improving health for night shift workers through design

The negative impact of artificial lighting on the circadian rhythms of night shift workers can be successfully mitigated through design following the WELL Building Standard

By Dave Weatherly
Building Types May 19, 2021

Creating safe and healthy buildings through good design

The possibility of transmitting or contracting COVID-19 and overwhelming our healthcare system is still a concern for many and needs to be part of the overall building design.

By Salas O'Brien
Building Types May 14, 2021

How the hotel industry is going green

The hospitality industry is entering a more health- and environmentally conscious world as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

By Shannon Bergstrom
Building Types May 13, 2021

Data center facility meshes with modern office

RagingWire’s TX-1 facility in North Texas is a mixture of an office space and operations hub for a sophisticated data center.

By Freddy Padilla
Building Types May 4, 2021

The obstacles and opportunities of mass timber construction in the United States

The opportunity to reduce carbon emissions within the building sector is great news for design professionals who specialize in mass timber construction, but it comes with challenges.

By Lauren Wingo
Building Types April 7, 2021

Designing efficient, flexible and resilient federal projects

There is a shift in the needs of government agencies in the big picture and at the project level, making both the adaptability of the design team and the flexibility of any future facility even more important.

By Sam Estep
Building Types April 6, 2021

Best practices for engineering government buildings

Designing utilities, public works, airport, mass transit, transportation or other government projects is a big task. Learn how to design government buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types April 5, 2021

Smart buildings: How a virus might lead to healthier buildings

Health threats like COVID-19 require specific mitigations, including the challenge of ongoing social distancing within workplace and social environments.

By Tony Lam
Building Types March 25, 2021

Enhancing learning in K-12 schools via building codes

Students and teachers benefit from many engineering codes and standards in K-12 schools

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types March 10, 2021

Pandemic design considerations for police facilities

COVID-19 has changed police facility design strategies and drastically changed the way officers interact with the public on a daily basis.

By Larry Hlavacek and Jonathan Tallman
Building Types March 3, 2021

Five applications of computation fluid dynamics motion in three dimensions

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) can be used retrofitting, estimating hydraulic losses, optimizing flow distribution and more.

By Yovanni Cataño
Building Types February 24, 2021

Concrete mixture designed to cut carbon emissions

Purdue University engineers have discovered a way to make concrete more sustainable, which has the potential to cut carbon emissions.

By Brittany Steff
Building Types February 22, 2021

Humidification installed for U.S. Army national museum

Southland and Envise installed an air system which provides controlled ventilation and humidification to gallery spaces.

By Southland Industries
Building Types January 29, 2021

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: January 22-28, 2021

Read the best articles from the past week. Smart buildings, NEC changes, designing and retrofitting hospitals, choosing between an ECM and VFD and NEC changes

By Chris Vavra
Building Types January 22, 2021

Recommendations for periodic testing, adjusting and balancing of existing buildings

Existing, occupied buildings can benefit greatly from the TAB process as well by improving its performance and efficiency.

By Gaylon Richardson
Building Types January 19, 2021

Three takeaways from design-build conference

While the 2020 Design-Build Conference & Expo didn’t take place in person, the virtual conference was nonetheless successful.

By Brian Skripac
Building Types January 18, 2021

Hardened and resilient facilities considerations

There is often considerable confusion and misinformation as to what the criteria includes and more importantly what is appropriate based on a rigorous consideration

By Gary C. Krueger, PE
Building Types January 14, 2021

Ultra-low temperature storage considerations for COVID-19 vaccines

There are many challenges companies need to consider when it comes to ultra-low temperature storage considerations when it comes to safely storing vaccines.

By Jon Flann and Jake Katzenberger
Building Types January 11, 2021

Bond referenda: Challenging, but winnable

Getting a bond referendum is more challenging these days, but it can be accomplished with the right approach and mindset.

By Doug Pfeiffer
Building Types January 4, 2021

Understanding federal funding opportunities

Several federal funding programs focus on increasing the resilience of our nation’s economy and infrastructure while others focus on recovery from manmade and natural disasters and, recently, the pandemic.

By Caroline Whitehead
Building Types December 21, 2020

Designing flexible, safe labs

Safety, budget and flexibility are key factors when designing laboratory and research space

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types December 2, 2020

Multi-family housing design trends driven by COVID-19

As the COVID situation has driven many to work from home, the need for changes to the way in which new multifamily apartment buildings are designed has become apparent; architects and designers are adjusting to this new normal.

By Brian McSweeney, PE
Building Types November 17, 2020

Safety by design: Safe projects from concept to facility operation

Cross-team collaboration prevents incidents, improves efficiency and gives clients more for their money.

By Lindsay Kenney and Matt Heritage
Building Types November 10, 2020

Three ways to pandemic-proof your facility

Segregation, cleanability, and automation/process closure are proven ways to protect viral containment through a pandemic and beyond.

By James P. (JP) Bornholdt
Building Types November 3, 2020

Five answers on the current state of science research, learning

Three experts from CannonDesign offered their advice on the current state of science research and learning and how that informs their decisions.

By CannonDesign
Building Types October 30, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: October 23-29, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Hospital ventilation, higher ed design, building automation systems, industrial manufacturing facility design and commissioning giants.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types October 29, 2020

Harnessing an interdisciplinary team for resilient design

By collaborating with an interdisciplinary team, engineers can offer high-value, holistic solutions that promote resilient design for buildings and sites of all types

By Nancy Kohout, John Rushing, Bill Wood and Valerie Berstene
Building Types October 20, 2020

How warehouse design is evolving

The warehouse and distribution industry has been evolving in recent years and fulfilling these online orders has necessitated expanded and more advanced warehousing for many of our partners.

By Justin Harvey, Tony Welter, Doug Weis, Chris Culp and Jen Jewers Bowlin
Building Types October 13, 2020

Guidelines for infection control in housing design facilities

Due to COVID-19, citizens across the country have spent more time inside their homes than ever before.

By Steven Neville
Building Types October 12, 2020

What PK-12 schools can learn from museum design

Schools can encourage enthusiasm from children by designing them to be more like museums, which encourage interactivity as well as learning.

By Mike Corb and Troy Hoggard
Building Types October 2, 2020

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 2, 2020

This week Morrissey Goodale reported nine deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada and Ireland.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types September 28, 2020

Basics of industrial, manufacturing facility design

Industrial and manufacturing facilities have specialty needs engineers must include in new or retrofit projects

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types September 21, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: September 14-20, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Government building design, MEP giants revenue, integrated buildings and the COVID-19 pandemic and better building ventilation.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types September 17, 2020

Warehouse building systems design: Designing today for the needs of tomorrow

Retailers and grocers alike have had to expand their warehouse capabilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created a major spike in demand for online shopping.

By Henderson Engineers
Building Types September 15, 2020

Engineering the art of data science for climate-resilient communities

The core of the problem with flooding is understanding, preparing, mitigating, predicting, and responding to current and future flood risk. Learn how data science can help.

By Siva Sangameswaran
Building Types September 14, 2020

How integrated buildings can react in pandemics

Integrated buildings can support an effective response in a pandemic, and assist with long-term planning

By George Hawkinson, Jarrod McMains and Matt Morris
Building Types September 3, 2020

Upgrading to first class: The future of airports

The future of aviation is an ongoing discussion, but there are immediate actions being taken to build confidence both onboard planes as well as in the airports improved security and best practices to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

By James Dietz
Building Types August 25, 2020

Making humans and buildings more resilient

While building resiliency is important, creating flexibility for how humans interact in a building also is important

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types August 10, 2020

A community beacon for health, hope and optimism on Buffalo’s West Side

A walk through Buffalo’s West Side is a wonderful immersion in human culture. Rich with immigrants and refugees, the West Side offers diverse languages, food and aromas, social icons and civic energy.

By Michael Tunkey
Building Types August 4, 2020

The difference between design-build and design-bid-build projects

The terms are similar, but the meaning and how they are conducted are quite different and have different implications for construction projects.

By Carl Kaczmarek
Building Types July 27, 2020

Best practices for designing government buildings

Learn how to specify systems for government and military buildings

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types July 23, 2020

The future of venue design amid COVID-19

Design professionals are working hand-in-hand with sports leagues and owners to develop strategies to control any potential spread of infection to reduce COVID-19 concerns and fears.

By Kevin Lewis
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
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
Building Types June 5, 2020

Wellness is the new basis for building design

Because the COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we work, buildings have a unique opportunity to cause a profound effect on occupant wellness.

By Beth Keppler
Building Types June 4, 2020

How Clark Nexsen is approaching COVID-19 engineering challenges

Clark Nexsen’s Bill Stingl shares technical solutions to building engineering challenges.

By Bill Stingl
Building Types May 21, 2020

Warehouse, manufacturing facilities go high-tech

Warehouse, manufacturing and logistics buildings are more than simple boxy structures used to make products and store them before they move onto their next destination. Engineers working find these facilities can be as complex and advanced as any other building. What’s more, factors like increased interest in online shopping and demand to have desired products yesterday are boosting demand for these projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types May 14, 2020

Modular, walk-in booth design for COVID-19 testing

To address the need for testing in urban areas for those without vehicles, CannonDesign architect Albert Rhee created a walk-in testing booth that is slated for public use.

By CannonDesign
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
Building Types April 13, 2020

Learn from the experts on COVID-19: Ask the NV5 engineering experts

Jerry Bauers and Steven A. Lipson provided expert advice to engineers and others involved in various technical aspects of engineering and designing building systems

By Jerry Bauers and Steven A. Lipson
Building Types April 8, 2020

Designing Virginia Tech’s drone park

Virginia Tech's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone park to support testing of drones and conducting research safely on campus brought some unique challenges.

By Skip Notte
Building Types April 8, 2020

Converting alternative structures for COVID-19 patients

Converting structures such as hospitals, arenas, convention centers and other large-scale buildings in the wake of COVID-19 is a challenge, but perhaps a necessary one as the pandemic continues.

By Mark Chrisman
Building Types March 19, 2020

Have you designed grow facilities?

Yes, grow rooms, as in marijuana. Tell us your engineering success stories

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types March 18, 2020

Restorative care village project to help homeless in L.A.

The LAC+USC Restorative Care Village is a project designed as part of a comprehensive strategy to address the homelessness problem in Los Angeles

By CannonDesign
Building Types March 3, 2020

Dewberry project profile: David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center expansion

David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, Tulsa, Okla.

By Dewberry
Building Types March 2, 2020

Considerations for building in dense urban areas

While many issues involved in these types of designs are universal, there are some that are specific to the building type or location when it comes to dense urban areas, with some being specific to a particular city.

By Brent Felten and Bret Willett
Building Types February 28, 2020

Refrigeration design trends are changing

The rise of e-commerce has changed how the food chain handles refrigeration and companies need to adapt.

By Doug Sandridge
Building Types February 27, 2020

Fast-tracking design and construction to save more lives

Coordination and communication are key aspects when fast-tracking design and construction projects that need to be completed quickly.

By Tim Tench
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
Building Types February 21, 2020

How to host a major sporting event

Advice on how to build a successful sporting event and the benefits of working with the government to make it a success, which starts with a culture of listening.

By Nick Merridew
Building Types February 12, 2020

Room mockups and their utilization in the design process

The room mock-up process might seem like an extra step, but it often justifies the time and money to produce them.

By Kregg Elsass
Building Types February 7, 2020

Improving facility design and management with digital twins

Digital twin technology can provide facility managers with accurate and relevant infrastructure information to improve operational decisions.

By Judd Fuoto
Building Types September 4, 2019

What does an age-inclusive city look like?

As our lifespans extend it’s becoming clear we need to do a better job of designing cities that work for the old as well as the young.

By Arup
Building Types May 22, 2019

Planning multifamily dwellings

Engineers know these multifamily structures are more than just simply boxes to keep human beings in. They’re as complex and varied as the people inside.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types April 17, 2019

Comfort that contributes to the bottom line

Airports across the country are struggling to increase revenue and find funding for these projects.

By James Dietz
Building Types December 26, 2018

Project Showcase: Artis Senior Living

RTM was selected to provide engineering design of the MEP/FP systems as well as civil engineering for Artis Senior Living’s first community in an urban setting.

By RTM Associates
Building Types December 17, 2018

Ask an Engineering Expert: What trends do you see in the design of hotels and resorts?

In this installment of our Ask an Engineering Expert series, Cameron Collins, Principal at RTM Engineering Consultants, answers the question: What trends do you see in the design of hotels and resorts?

By RTM Associates
Building Types November 14, 2018

Technology and delivery methods are reshaping construction

Despite coming slow out of the gate, the construction industry is beginning to make major strides in becoming a technology leader.

By Neil Churman, 7 Mile Advisors, Houston
Building Types September 25, 2018

Engineering shortages

What will happen when the supply of materials and human resources runs out? How will the building and engineering community cope?

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Building Types September 20, 2018

Designing industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities: Electrical, power, and lighting

More than just places to make and store products, industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities are becoming more complex. Electrical and power systems require detailed engineering, and lighting systems are key for all work spaces.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types August 8, 2018

Developing a roadmap for net zero design

You can't design a building that doesn't consume energy, so the challenge is to create an incrementally more efficient building.

By Dominic J. Spadafore, Dewberry
Building Types August 7, 2018

The evolution of the energy efficiency market

Some key trends have emerged in the energy efficiency market that are changing the priorities and focus of energy efficiency for commercial and municipal entities.

By Art Thompson, Southland Industries
Building Types August 6, 2018

The future of the utilities sector

Utilities companies are facing some big challenges as customers seek to become more self-reliant through the installation of on-site generation solutions.

By Art Thompson, Southland Industries
Building Types August 3, 2018

Cloud adoption drives hyperscale data centers

This change in data center landscape ultimately is a result of the mass emergence of the cloud in 2016.

By Garth Martin, Associate at 7 Mile Advisors
Building Types July 24, 2018

Case study: Using BIM to design a LEED Silver ice arena

A maximized BIM was an integral in the design and construction team for the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University.

By Richard Gilson, IMEG Corp. Phoenix
Building Types July 23, 2018

Technology with a capital T

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering (MEP/FP) firms should consider adding a “T” for technology into the jumble of acronyms.

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types July 19, 2018

Examining government, state, municipal, federal, and military facilities: Sustainable buildings and energy efficiency

Government and military projects are among the toughest challenges an engineer can face. Demanding facility owners, tight budget limitations, safety concerns, and other factors all come into play. Here, engineers with experience in the field offer advice on how to succeed in regards to sustainable buildings and energy efficiency.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types July 17, 2018

Examining government, state, municipal, federal, and military facilities: Automation, controls, and technology

Government and military projects are among the toughest challenges an engineer can face. Demanding facility owners, tight budget limitations, safety concerns, and other factors all come into play. Here, engineers with experience in the field offer advice on how to succeed in regards to automation, controls, and technology.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types July 9, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, Jul. 2-8

Energy-performance goals, parallel generator design, chilled-water systems, exploring mixed-use, retail, and restaurant facilities, and lighting system integration were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jul. 2-8. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types July 6, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 6

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. involving companies from Pennsylvania, Missouri, and California.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types July 6, 2018

How to deal with a coincident storm surge and rainfall in a community

Having boots on the ground or developing a mathematical model to simulate the flood event can help communities deal with flooding from a surge storm and heavy rainfall that occur at the same time.

By Rahul Parab, Dewberry
Building Types July 2, 2018

Lifecycle after BIM

One area where BIM adoption has lagged is its use with facility owners and managers. However, that is changing as more owners are leveraging the benefits of BIM—the data—for lifecycle operation and maintenance.

By Judd Fuoto, Southland Industries
Building Types June 29, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 29

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. involving companies from Massachusetts, California, Illinois, New York, and New Hampshire.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types June 28, 2018

How to engineer the future and increase energy efficiency

Current methods and devices for mass production are outdated and need to adapt to more flexible, automated, and energy-efficient methods of engineering.

By Andrew Watts, CEO Newtecnic, London, UK
Building Types June 22, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 22

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from the U.K., Canada, and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types June 21, 2018

When and how to design parallel generators

When designing generator systems, electrical engineers must ensure that generators and the building electrical systems that they support are appropriate for the specific application. Whether providing standby power for health care facilities or prime power for processing plants, engineers must make decisions regarding generator sizing and whether generators should be paralleled.

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Ill.
Building Types June 21, 2018

Case study: Patient-bed tower addition

A hospital required paralleled generators to ensure adequate power distribution and prepare for future growth.

By Richard Vedvik, PE, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Ill.
Building Types June 15, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 15

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the U.S. and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Norway, and China.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types June 14, 2018

What you need to know about the local AHJ’s role in the design process

Ensure a code-compliant electrical design by involving the authority having jurisdiction early.

By John F. Hiester, PE, CRB, Raleigh, North Carolina
Building Types June 11, 2018

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, Jun. 4-10

Performance-based design, millennials in the workforce, complex hotels, resorts, and casinos, and the 2018 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jun. 4-10. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types June 8, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 8

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the U.S. and five international deals involving companies from France, Sweden, Finland, the U.K., and the Netherlands.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types June 1, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 1

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types May 25, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 25

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from Canada, the U.K., and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types May 22, 2018

Pairing performance-based design with IPD for the best value

Integrated project delivery (IPD) is on the upswing. Pairing this approach with performance-based design is challenging but capitalizing on the skills of all parties at the right time can provide results that are worth the effort.

By Daniel Fagan and Robert Ward, CannonDesign
Building Types May 18, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 18

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from Denmark, Austria, the U.S., and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Stet Sanborn, AIA, CPHC; 37

Associate Principal, Integral Group, Oakland, Calif. BS mechanical engineering, Kettering University, Flint, Mich.M.Arch, University of California, Berkeley As an associate principal with Integral Group in Oakland, Calif., Sanborn is primarily responsible for highly innovative mechanical system design. He also leads the firm’s efforts in integrating high-performance building enclosures and passive design strategies into a wide range of building types in pursuit of net zero and net positive energy. As a designer with a background in both engineering and architecture, he is able to bridge the communication gap that commonly occurs between disciplines.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Hilary Williams, CEng MIMechE, LEED AP BD+C; 39

Associate, Mechanical Engineer, Arup, Boston MEng mechanical engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England Williams is an associate and mechanical engineer in Arup’s Boston office, where she manages the mechanical team and is responsible for engineering design, project management, quality control, and business development on a wide range of building projects, focusing on science and education. Over the past 17 years, she has been involved in projects throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East, working in Arup’s London, New York, and Boston offices. Her international experience gives her a unique insight into a wide variety of design approaches and standards.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 11, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 11

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and five international deals involving companies from Sweden, Denmark, the U.K., and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types May 6, 2018

Your questions answered: To Switch or Not to Switch … Key approaches to meet NEC 240.87

The April 24, 2018, “To Switch or Not to Switch … Key approaches to meet NEC 240.87” webcast presenter addressed questions not covered during the live event.

By Roy Hicks IV, Siemens
Building Types May 4, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 4

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. and one deal in Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types April 27, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 27

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types April 25, 2018

Designing efficient data centers: Automation and controls

In today’s digital age, businesses rely on running an efficient, reliable, and secure operation, especially with mission critical facilities such as data centers. Here, engineers with experience on such structures share advice and tips on ensuring project success in regards to automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types April 20, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 20

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from Denmark, the U.K., and Columbia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types April 18, 2018

Intelligent building asset management

Wireless sensors and other tools can help optimize building management and use.

By Andrew Schneider, CMO, EnOcean
Building Types April 13, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 13

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types March 30, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 30

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving companies from Canada and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types March 28, 2018

Code of ethics

Learning about products and manufacturers is important, but how far should the relationship go?

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types March 23, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 23

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from Canada and Norway.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types March 20, 2018

Commissioning: Moving from Required to Desired

Building commissioning has become more and more valuable. There are financial, environmental, and operational benefits of commissioning.

By Travis Lynn, Commissioning Agent, EIT, Glumac
Building Types March 19, 2018

Adapt or be left behind: Technology and the future of engineering

Building design has been slow to adapt to changing technologies in the past, but they must now adapt and react quickly to a changing world.

By Ted Fowler, PE, LEED AP, Cannon Design
Building Types March 12, 2018

The sustainability case for timber structures in building design

Timber is a sustainable, and realistically attainable, material with which to build modern workspaces.

By James Woods, PE, WELL AP, Mechanical Engineer, Glumac
Building Types March 9, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 9

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., United Kingdom, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types March 7, 2018

Five considerations when coordinating BIM projects

Construction projects can benefit significantly by leveraging BIM, but there are a few areas to take into consideration that, when applied, can help your next project reach its full BIM potential.

By Amanda Comunale, Victaulic, Easton, PA
Building Types March 2, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., France, Sweden, and Germany.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types February 27, 2018

Three ways to improve patient experience through hospital design and planning

Hospital design and planning aspects that directly impact key elements supporting a positive patient experience include noise reduction and strategic layout and design.

By RTM Engineering Consultants
Building Types February 23, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 23

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. involving companies from Illinois, California, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types February 21, 2018

Three ways to improve the AEC industry

The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry can make advances and improve safety by ensuring the right people are on the project and making sure there is trust among the workers and the right tools are in place.

By Erin Miller, Southland
Building Types February 20, 2018

How a sustainability approach helped Washington, D.C., achieve LEED Platinum as a city

Washington, D.C., earned the distinction of becoming the world's first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum City through the LEED for Cities initiative was launched in 2016, which tasked the city with setting energy efficiency goals. Dewberry helped in that initiative with a variety of projects.

By Kevin McNiff and Brian Tanner, Dewberry
Building Types February 16, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 16

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from Canada, New Zealand, France, and Mexico.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types February 16, 2018

Recognizing an effective leader

An effective leader builds relationships on trust and mutual respect and a leader is responsible for the success of a business and helping a team achiever their professional goals.

By Joe Skinner, Dewberry
Building Types February 9, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 9

This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight deals in the U.S. involving companies from Pennsylvania, California, Idaho, North Carolina, and Kentucky. There was also one international deal involving companies from the U.S. and Hong Kong.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types February 2, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. and five international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types January 26, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 26

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Sweden, France, and Spain.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types January 19, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 19

This week Morrissey Goodale reported 11 deals in the U.S. and four international deals involving companies from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types January 12, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 12

This week Morrissey Goodale reported 13 deals in the U.S. and six international deals involving companies from Sweden, Denmark, Canada, and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types January 5, 2018

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: January 5

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving companies from Canada and Finland.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types December 29, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 29

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the U.S. and one international deal involving companies from France and the U.S.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types December 27, 2017

Data center design considerations

This article provides guidelines on distribution systems’ levels of redundancy, the correct generator rating to use, and whether solar power can be used in a data center.

By Debra Vieira, CH2M
Building Types December 22, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 22

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from France, Canada, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types December 15, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 15

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. involving companies from Texas, Ohio, Nebraska, Arkansas, New York, and Massachusetts.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types December 8, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 8

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the U.S. and five international deals involving companies from France, Australia, South Korea, Mexico, Japan, and Belgium.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types December 1, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: December 1

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the U.S. and five international deals involving companies from Singapore, France, the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Netherlands, Spain, Norway, and Sweden.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types November 20, 2017

Using IoT to measure and verify energy consumption in buildings

An Internet of Things (IoT) platform can revolutionize the traditional measurement and verification process approach.

By Soazig Kaam, BuildingIQ, San Mateo, Calif.
Building Types November 17, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 17

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving two companies from Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types November 14, 2017

MIT Media Lab unveils autonomous construction platform

An autonomous robot under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could provide the blueprint for construction projects of the future. The Digital Construction Platform (DCP) can effectively 3D print an entire building.

By Vinelake
Building Types November 13, 2017

Insight into solar tracker industry

With regards to the regional frame of reference and the contribution of leading behemoths toward business expansion.

By Global Market Insights
Building Types November 10, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 10

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and six international deals involving companies from Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, France, Denmark, Finland, and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types November 3, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: November 3

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types October 27, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 27

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from Canada, Hong Kong, China, the U.K., and Kenya.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types October 20, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 20

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and five international deals involving companies from the U.S., the U.K., Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, and India.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types October 18, 2017

Getting back to nature: Why does biophilic design seem so new?

Biophilic design is the practice of integrating nature into the built environment.

By Nicole Isle, Glumac
Building Types October 6, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: October 6

This week Morrissey Goodale reported eight deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Malaysia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types October 2, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, September 25-October 1: Harmonics and VFDs, arc flash mitigation, designing generator sets, and more.

Harmonics and VFDs, arc flash mitigation, designing generator sets, MEP Giants and boiler selection basics were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, September 18-24. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media
Building Types September 29, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 29

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States involving companies from Texas, New York, California, and Washington State.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types September 28, 2017

The complexities of industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities: automation and controls

Warehouses and factories are more than simply bare-bones buildings for companies to keep equipment. Here, professionals with experience on such facilities offer advice on how to meet and exceed expectations regarding automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types September 20, 2017

Best practices for building integration and interoperability

Many benefits to building integration include efficiency and reduced maintenance, when best practices are followed during the design process.

By Terry Flock, PE; Doug Showers, PE; and Jeremy Lang, CCNA-I; Affiliated Engineers
Building Types September 15, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 15

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types September 8, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 8

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types September 6, 2017

Four steps to getting started on your smart building approach

When it comes to creating a smart building, there is no right or wrong way, it all boils down to what your goals are and what the desired end-state is.

By Ronan O’Mahony, Envise
Building Types September 5, 2017

Incorporating personality and soul into stadium design

The main challenge for sports architects and designers is to find the perfect balance between keeping a new stadium authentic while planning for future trends and commercial opportunities.

By Andrew Edge, Arup
Building Types September 4, 2017

Super-track to improved patient outcomes

Huntington Hospital Emergency Department in New York was looking to significantly increase its emergency department (ED) treatment capacity while improving efficiency and patient outcomes.

By CannonDesign
Building Types September 1, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: September 1

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three international deals involving companies from Singapore, China, Scotland, Sweden, and Belgium.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types August 28, 2017

The art of designing sports, entertainment, and specialty structures: Electrical, power, and lighting

Entertainment venues are big businesses—and big on complexity, with a host of complex systems and requirements for engineers to tackle. Electrical engineers and lighting designers have many things to consider.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types August 28, 2017

The art of designing sports, entertainment, and specialty structures: Controls and automation

Entertainment venues are big businesses—and big on complexity, with a host of complex systems and requirements for engineers to tackle. Building automation systems must be carefully considered.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types August 25, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 25

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving companies from Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types August 25, 2017

The art of designing sports, entertainment, and specialty structures

Entertainment venues are big businesses—and big on complexity, with a host of complex systems and requirements for engineers to tackle.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types August 18, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 18

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the U.S. and one international deal involving companies from Canada, Malaysia, and New Zealand.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types August 11, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 11

This week Morrissey Goodale reported seven deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., the U.K., and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types August 10, 2017

The rise of the digital building

The concept of digital buildings combines architecture, engineering, and technology for increased building optimization.

By James C. Waddell, RCDD, MAI; CannonDesign, Chicago
Building Types August 10, 2017

Next-generation lighting control unit

Douglas Lighting Controls introduces next-generation lighting control unit for centralized or multi-facility lighting applications.

Building Types August 10, 2017

MEP Giants revenue increases, along with staffing concerns

The 2017 MEP Giants gross revenue increased as compared with last year, likely due to company mergers and larger and more varied projects. MEP/FP design revenue also increased.

By Amara Rozgus and Amanda Pelliccione, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, CFE Media
Building Types August 10, 2017

Global M&A activity holds steady as domestic M&A falls

More mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection engineering firms are acquiring while other engineering sectors slow deal-making activities.

By Nick Belitz, Morrissey Goodale, Denver
Building Types August 4, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: August 4

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the United States involving companies from Texas, Maryland, Georgia, Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types July 28, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 28

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the U.S. and one international deal involving companies from the U.S. and the Netherlands.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types July 10, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 7

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types July 10, 2017

RTM sustainability studio services: Commissioning & retro-commissioning

By prioritizing sustainable builds, building owners can experience long-term benefits including lower energy usage, improved operations, and better occupant comfort.

By RTM Engineering Consultants
Building Types June 30, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 30

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving companies from Norway and Iceland.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types June 16, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 16

This week Morrissey Goodale reported two deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types June 9, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 9

This week Morrissey Goodale reported ten deals in the United States and two international deals involving companies from Canada, the U.S., and Sweden.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types June 2, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: June 2

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from the U.S., India, Sweden, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types May 31, 2017

Microhospitals: a win-win for patient access and financial viability

Microhospitals are seeking to address factors that are new: a mercurial set of financial, operational, and patient-loyalty constraints that will continue to evolve as a different presidential administration comes into play.

By Catherine Corbin, AIA, LEED AP, CannonDesign
Building Types May 26, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 26

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and three international deals involving companies from Singapore, France, and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types May 19, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 19

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. and one international deal involving two companies from Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types May 15, 2017

2017 40 Under 40: Joshua Schubert, PE, LEED AP, GBE, CEM; 36

Director of Energy Engineering, Goby

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 15, 2017

2017 40 Under 40: Cory Abramowicz, PE, HBDP, LEED AP, 31

Associate, Project Manager, Lead Mechanical Engineer at Environmental Systems Design Inc. (ESD)

Building Types May 12, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 12

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and five international deals involving companies from Canada, the U.K., China, and Japan.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types May 8, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, May 1-7: BIM, integration, data centers, 2017 Product of the Year, and wireless technologies

Articles about BIM, integration, data centers, 2017 Product of the Year, and wireless technologies were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, May 1 to 7. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Joy Chang, CFE Media
Building Types May 5, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: May 5

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and three international deals involving companies from Sweden, France, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types April 28, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 28

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from Canada and the U.K.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types April 21, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 21

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the U.S. involving companies from Florida, Ohio, Tennessee, Arizona, and Indiana.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types April 18, 2017

Designing for radiation protection at Texas Children’s Hospital

A key successful element for the design process was the ongoing conversation and collaboration between multiple hospital departments to make sure protocols and safety measures were considered before finalizing the design.

By Tom Brown, Dewberry
Building Types April 14, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 14

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States involving companies from Idaho, Pennsylvania, New York, California, North Carolina, and Michigan.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types April 10, 2017

Incubator spaces, innovation hubs: How to design workplaces for big ideas

Organizations seeking to thrive in today’s knowledge economy need to ensure their workplaces are setup to help employees innovate the key ideas that lead to differentiation and growth.

By Meg Osman, CannonDesign
Building Types April 7, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: April 7

This week Morrissey Goodale reported six deals in the U.S. and two international deals involving companies from the U.S. and Canada.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types April 4, 2017

Wireless building controls system

Trane's Air-Fi wireless technology replaces the wired communication link needed for the building controls system and integrates multiple building system devices.

By Trane
Building Types March 31, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 31

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and three international deals involving companies from Australia, Denmark, Sweden, and Spain.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types March 24, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 24

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States involving companies from Tennessee, California, New York, Colorado, Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types March 17, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 17

This week Morrissey Goodale reported four deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from France and Germany.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types March 10, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 10

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the United States, France, Australia, France, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types March 3, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: March 3

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France, India, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Australia.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types February 24, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 24

This week Morrissey Goodale reported one deal in the United States and one international deal involving companies from Australia and Italy.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types February 21, 2017

The importance of providing weekly updates to clients

Providing architects with weekly project updates allows for more efficiency onsite and saves time and stress so they can focus on their numerous additional priorities.

By RTM Engineering Consultants, Ill.
Building Types February 17, 2017

BIM design software solutions worth $3 billion across 57 countries: report

Architectural CAD dominates in developed countries, other BIM design tools and civil CAD are the next biggest categories, followed by structural CAD.

By Cambashi
Building Types February 17, 2017

Grumman/Butkus Associates 2016 hospital benchmarking survey released

This report about hospitals and health care facilities examines electricity, fossil fuel, water/sewer, and carbon footprint.

By Grumman/Butkus Associates
Building Types February 17, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 17

This week Morrissey Goodale reported three deals in the United States and one international deal involving companies from the United Kingdom and Italy.

By Morrissey Goodale
Building Types February 15, 2017

Engineering flexible office buildings: sustainable buildings/energy efficiency

Office buildings need to have the ability to accommodate myriad types of businesses and activities to meet the needs of tenants. Here, engineers with experience on such buildings share their knowledge, lessons learned over the years for sustainable buildings/energy efficiency.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types February 10, 2017

Working by daylight: How circadian lighting increases productivity

Low access to daylight can be detrimental to our health. Eye strain, exhaustion, and weakening mental health are all issues that share a root cause in poor access to light.

By Glumac
Building Types January 31, 2017

Project update: All Saints Cancer Care expansion and renovation

All Saints Hospital in Racine, Wis., recently unveiled a newly expanded and renovated cancer center for which RTM Engineering Consultants provided electrical engineering.

By RTM Engineering Consultants, Ill.
Building Types January 26, 2017

The future of health care delivery

At Glumac, a discussion was opened on how the AEC industry must adapt to deliver projects that work within the new model of health care business plans.

By Glumac
Building Types January 24, 2017

Arup Thoughts: Data manipulation means better design

Once data is seen as malleable and versatile, data sets can be combined to generate a more detailed picture of how an asset can be operated and maintained.

By Josh Symonds, Arup, Australia
Building Types January 18, 2017

No time to waste: construction-waste management

A construction-waste management plan is now a requirement of many municipalities and sustainable design standards. A thoughtful and well-prepared waste management plan will greatly assist a project in achieving its sustainable goals while reducing the burden on the nation's landfills.

By Kristi Duce, RA, CCS, CSI, AIA, NCARB, ARCOM
Building Types December 30, 2016

A day in the life of a mechanical engineer

Lauren Blas explains how incorporating personal passions in her work has become her recipe for career success at CannonDesign.

By CannonDesign
Building Types December 19, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, December 12-December 18: professional salaries of engineers, assessing electrical system replacement, more

Articles about professional salaries of engineers, assessing electrical system replacement, NEC 2017 changes, redefining the term consulting engineer, and 2016 Commissioning Giants were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, December 12-December 18. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Building Types December 19, 2016

Energy, infrastructure changes ahead

The next president promises vast changes to America’s energy and infrastructure plans. Details are sketchy, however.

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types December 8, 2016

Part 2: ILPD at UHS Henderson Hospital

An IFOA contract encourages team members to challenge each other on a continual basis to reduce risk and increase productivity.

By Jacob Lynch, PE, Southland Industries
Building Types December 2, 2016

Redefining the term consulting engineer

Engineers who play a more integrated role on a project team can add real value and find new inspiration in their jobs.

By Donna Miller, PE, P. Eng, LEED AP, WD Partners
Building Types November 29, 2016

Best apps to use in the field for BIM, inspections, and compliance

CRB has incorporated multiple technologies in the field to prevent and solve coordination and safety issues in a real-time environment.

By Matt Edwards, CRB, Raleigh, North Carolina
Building Types November 22, 2016

BIM drives new organization models and advanced technologies

The impact on the way buildings are designed is changed forever with the adoption for BIM platforms.

By Donna Miller, PE, PEng, LEED AP
Building Types November 22, 2016

Operating on medical and hospital projects: sustainable buildings/energy efficiency

Engineers tasked with working on hospital and medical campuses find themselves tackling unique challenges: evolving technology, increased specialization, and maintaining operations while under construction. Here, professionals with experience on such facilities share advice on how to finish projects that report a clean bill of health for sustainable buildings and energy efficiency.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types November 21, 2016

Sharing the risk in ILPD

The Integrated Lean Project Delivery method strives to eliminate waste in construction by breaking down barriers, increasing productivity, and reducing costs through integration and collaboration.

By Jacob Lynch, PE, Southland Industries
Building Types November 21, 2016

Operating on medical and hospital projects: automation and controls

Engineers tasked with working on hospital and medical campuses find themselves tackling unique challenges: evolving technology, increased specialization, and maintaining operations while under construction. Here, professionals with experience on such facilities share advice on how to finish projects that report a clean bill of health regarding automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types November 8, 2016

Bringing people to the forefront of workplace design

Zurich collected feedback before, during, and after, with early results showing that frequency of interaction within teams increased by 19% in the pilot while satisfaction increased 21%.

By Cannon Design
Building Types October 12, 2016

2016 Commissioning Giants

Building commissioning providers are closely tracking the business, market, and technical trends that are influencing—and, in some cases, reshaping—their profession. At the top of the list are priorities that affect practical business decisions, both near-term and in the future.

By Diana Bjørnskov, Building Commissioning Association, Beaverton, Ore.
Building Types October 4, 2016

Smart building integrated digital lighting and HVAC controller

nLight ECLYPSE controller combines digital lighting and HVAC controls onto one platform.

By Acuity Brands
Building Types September 28, 2016

Analog sensor control box with built-in data logging

SmartBOX1 is a general purpose, PLC-based, dual analog input sensor instrumentation control box with built-in data logging/trending.

By Smart Systems Controls Inc.
Building Types September 14, 2016

The demands of mixed-use facilities: sustainable buildings/energy efficiency

Mixed-use facilities require engineers to handle several complex components. Here, engineers with experience on such facilities offer advice on bringing successful execution into the mix with sustainable buildings/ energy efficiency.

By CFE Media
Building Types September 13, 2016

BAS for energy savings and secure operations

Metasys 8.0 the building automation system (BAS) provides instrumentation and control to save energy and enable efficient and secure operations.

By Johnson Controls
Building Types September 13, 2016

The demands of mixed-use facilities: automation and controls

Mixed-use facilities require engineers to handle several complex components. Here, engineers with experience on such facilities offer advice on bringing successful execution into the mix with automation and controls.

By CFE Media
Building Types September 12, 2016

The demands of mixed-use facilities

Mixed-use facilities require engineers to handle several complex components. Here, engineers with experience on such facilities offer advice on bringing successful execution into the mix.

By CFE Media
Building Types August 23, 2016

Facing the challenges of mixed-use buildings: automation and controls

Fulfilling the demands of a mixed-use facility can be challenging, considering the structure’s diverse components. Here, professionals with experience on such projects share advice and explain how to end up with positive results concerning automation and controls.

By CFE Media
Building Types August 22, 2016

Arup Thoughts: How the digital world is shaping our cities

In developed nations, Internet-powered smartphone apps have already started to transform many daily tasks, changing the way we think about the provision of goods and services, from travel to food shopping.

By Ran Wang, Arup
Building Types August 19, 2016

Linear high-bay LEDs for harsh environments

Crouse-Hinds series Pauluhn Apex linear high-bay LED luminaires are designed to withstand high-pressure wash-down environments, and can be customized for application specific performance requirements.

By Eaton
Building Types August 11, 2016

The RMH Group Inc.: Breckenridge Brewery and Farm House Restaurant

Automation, controls; electrical, power; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; energy, sustainability; plumbing, piping

By The RMH Group Inc.
Building Types July 25, 2016

Digital service connecting data center to electric cloud

StruxureOn is a digital service that connects data center physical infrastructure assets to the electric cloud enabling the delivery of simplified and fast services.

By Schneider Electric
Building Types July 22, 2016

Passive harmonic filter line

FN3415 model is a passive harmonic filter for 60 Hz, 480 or 600 VAC applications.

By Schaffner
Building Types July 8, 2016

High-power LED for outdoor and industrial lighting

XLamp XT-E LED includes a high-efficacy option that delivers a minimum efficacy of 164 LPW at 185°F and 350 mA.

By Cree
Building Types July 5, 2016

Hospitals are at the center of the health care transition

The U.S. health care industry is undergoing significant change due to high cost of care and the industry wide efforts to reduce these costs. Hospitals are at the center of this unprecedented convergence of changes the affect how patients receive care, how doctors and hospitals are paid to provide care, and how sustainability and “going green” is a big part of the solution.

By Greg Murphy, Market Development Manager, Institutions
Building Types July 1, 2016

Richard Vedvik, PE, joins Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board

Richard Vedvik, a senior electrical engineer and acoustics engineer from KJWW Engineering Consultants, has joined the editorial advisory board.

By CFE Media
Building Types July 1, 2016

Tom Earp, PE, ATD, joins Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board

Tom Earp, principal/MEP engineering director at Page, has joined the editorial advisory board.

By CFE Media
Building Types June 24, 2016

How’s business?

While research and data provide a snapshot of the consulting industry, hearing directly from you helps Consulting-Specifying Engineer track business trends.

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types June 24, 2016

Case study: Mitigating noise in a warehouse

Many acoustical challenges were resolved in this distribution warehouse.

By Timothy Cape, CTS-D, JBA Consulting Engineers, Atlanta; and Michael Schwob, PE,
Building Types June 8, 2016

Facility management software

Quantum Vue 3.2 facility management software gives the power to deliver an individualized light experience for every occupant in the facility.

By Lutron Electronics
Building Types June 2, 2016

Lighting and control technology platform

SensAble Technology lighting and control technology platform integrates Doppler radar occupancy sensors, IR daylight sensors, power usage monitoring, and Zigbee wireless connectivity into a commercial Helen Lamp Linear T8, Helen Lamp PL, and Susan Lamp HID plug-and-play LED lamp families.

By Lunera Lighting
Building Types May 24, 2016

Stand-alone health care buildings: Automation and controls

Stand-alone medical buildings and specialized treatment facilities are engineering challenges, and more are being designed and built due to changes in health care requirements. Building automation keeps each of these buildings running efficiently and effectively.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Nate Boyd, PE, CPMP, LEED AP, 36

Mechanical Engineer, Energy Specialist, Hanson Professional Services Inc., Maitland, Fla. BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Richard Gerbe, EIT, 38

Co-founder, Highmark, New York City BS Mechanical Engineering, New York Institute of Technology

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types April 29, 2016

Data centers’ intricate design: Sustainability

Data centers are important structures that hold vital information for businesses, schools, public agencies, and private individuals. Energy-efficient designs frequently are requested by building owners.

By CFE Media
Building Types April 27, 2016

Data centers’ intricate design: Automation and controls

Data centers are important structures that hold vital information for businesses, schools, public agencies, and private individuals. Building automation systems are key to the design of these mission critical facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types April 27, 2016

Data centers’ intricate design

Data centers are important structures that hold vital information for businesses, schools, public agencies, and private individuals. If these mission critical facilities aren’t properly designed and equipped, the gear inside and the data the servers handle is at risk.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types April 14, 2016

LED area/site luminaire

Featuring a patent-pending architectural design, Eaton's Lumark Prevail LED Area/Site Luminaire combines easy installation features with multiple controls options, resulting in significant installation, energy, and maintenance savings for both retrofit and new applications.

By Eaton
Building Types March 29, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Human interaction in smart city design

Cities are our future. Urban populations are growing globally and cities are the logical answer to using land and resources in a sustainable manner.

By Hrvoje Cindric, Arup
Building Types March 11, 2016

Arup Thoughts: A giant leap forward for sustainability

For many years, sustainability in the built environment has been focused on incrementally doing less damage to the environment. However, increasingly science points to the fact that we need to do so much more than that, and urgently—not only to address planetary health, and climate change, but also to improve health, comfort and wellbeing.

By Martin Brown, Arup
Building Types February 24, 2016

Class A office building system design: Automation and controls

Class A office buildings are among the toughest projects an engineer can work on—complex structures, demanding clients, and advanced technology. Building automation and controls keep these buildings running smoothly.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types February 23, 2016

Nonresidential construction costs forecast to increase

The Mortenson Construction quarterly Construction Cost Index report shows robust activity and employment.

By Mortenson Construction
Building Types February 19, 2016

Ben Coe joins Syska Hennessy Group’s Atlanta office

Syska Hennessy Group brings in health care and mission critical engineering industry veteran for key Southeast location.

By Syska Hennessy Group
Building Types February 15, 2016

Dimming lighting control

The ZSD07 device can be used for stand-alone lighting control or attached to the Lumina RF ecosystem to dim/brighten lights at scheduled preset times or control remotely via an app.

By Leviton
Building Types February 15, 2016

CxEnergy 2016 technical program announced

The third annual CxEnergy Conference & Expo provides more topical, in-depth educational presentations than ever for commissioning and energy management professionals. The 30+ speakers represent top manufacturing, engineering, and technology companies delivering presentations on the hottest topics in the industry.

By CxEnergy
Building Types February 15, 2016

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s building sector announces several senior-level promotions

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization, recently announced the appointment of several employees to senior vice president and vice president positions in its U.S.buildings practice.

By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Building Types February 5, 2016

Dewberry welcomes Anthony Alduino and Alex Melgar

Dewberry has hired Anthony Alduino, PE, and Alex Melgar, PE, as senior project managers in the firm's New York City office.

By Dewberry
Building Types February 5, 2016

Arup Thoughts: We have a duty of care to the planet

As an engineer, I think I have a duty to address the challenge of climate change in my work. If I don’t, then how can I hope to shape a better world?

By Kristian Steele, Arup
Building Types February 3, 2016

Resolve to be successful

Set simple goals—one new thing each month—to re-energize your professional career.

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types January 25, 2016

BAS, controls are at a crossroads

An integrated engineering team should collaborate on all software programming and optimization during design and construction.

By Greg Shank, Principal, Altura Associates Inc., Irvine, Calif.
Building Types January 25, 2016

Modules for data acquisition

USB DAQ delivers connection and results for both portable-measurement and machine-automation applications while providing mainstream OS support, including Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems, for data acquisition.

By Adlink Technology Inc.
Building Types January 5, 2016

Evidence-based design and simulation modeling – a powerful future at RSNA

There are truly hundreds of powerful ideas I could share from my experience last week at the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) conference in Chicago, but I believe the key message is this: it's time for healthcare to stop designing patient environments with one arm tied behind its back.

By CannonDesign
Building Types January 5, 2016

LED linear lighting fixtures

Commercial Bespoke Fixture Series provides complete customization, commercial lumen performance, color rendition, low-energy consumption, and maintenance savings for commercial and institutional applications.

By JESCO
Building Types December 29, 2015

Operating system of the Internet of Things

QA Graphics has completed certification training for Tridium's Niagara 4 Framework, which includes fast problem solving, charting tools, standardized data models, security features, and more.

By QA Graphics
Building Types December 17, 2015

Lighting system design

Lighting designers must consider eight key factors when specifying lighting systems for nonresidential buildings. In addition to considering the type of lighting fixture (LED, fluorescent, etc.), they must also take into account daylighting, lighting controls, codes and standards, and other factors.

By Michael Chow, PE, CEM, CxA, LEED AP BD+C, Metro CD Engineering, Columbus, Ohio
Building Types December 9, 2015

Smart building technology

Honeywell's Command and Control Suite turns complex facility data into recommendations and easy-to-implement changes while linking building automation and the enterprise by combining automation, analytics, and visualization.

By Honeywell
Building Types November 23, 2015

Healthy hospital success: Automation and controls

With hospital projects, it is imperative that engineers get everything exactly right—after all, the lives of patients treated in the health care building may depend on it. Building automation systems and controls are key to a building’s success.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types November 12, 2015

Webcast: How to thrive in the ‘nontraditional’ engineering work world

Telecommuting, growing numbers of contract employees, stressed corporate profits reducing the number of core employees, people working reduced amount of time past "normal" retirement age, a desire for part-time work, parenting, and elder care—all are contributing to a rapidly changing picture of how engineering work is and will be done.

By CFE Media
Building Types November 12, 2015

NCBC call for papers

The Building Commissioning Association's NCBC 2016 has opened its call for presenters.

By Building Commissioning Association
Building Types October 22, 2015

Designing, enhancing office buildings: Automation and controls

Office buildings might seem like relatively simple structures, but engineers with experience in the field know differently. Building automation and control systems must be carefully designed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 22, 2015

Designing, enhancing office buildings

Office buildings might seem like relatively simple structures, but engineers with experience in the field know differently. Words of advice from several professionals show how to make such deceptively complex projects work.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 14, 2015

2015 Commissioning Giants

Commissioning professionals (CxPs) can be defined as technical analysts, bloodhounds, and diagnosticians working to connect ideas and project teams to future buildings and systems. The Building Commissioning Association (BCA) surveyed commissioning professionals who are “giants” in their field due to their advocacy in educational and industry support on behalf their profession.

By Diana Bjornskov, Building Commissioning Association, Beaverton, Ore.
Building Types October 7, 2015

KJWW and TTG agree to merger

KJWW Engineering and TTG Engineers have aligned in a merger that creates a 900-employee workforce and spread across 25 national and five international locations.

By KJWW Engineering and TTG Engineers
Building Types September 28, 2015

Correctional facility boasts secure network

A medium-security correctional facility required a secure wireless network that could be designed quickly and transmit through precast construction.

By Don Horkey, PE, LEED AP, DLR Group
Building Types August 27, 2015

Commissioning commercial buildings: Automation and controls

Ideally, all nonresidential buildings would be commissioned, and the team would start at the onset of the project. Because that’s not always the case, commissioning authorities and experts offer advice on building projects in various stages of commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning. Automation and controls are important to this process.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types August 24, 2015

The engineering market merry-go-round

The mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection engineering firms are constantly expanding and contracting. Watch the market to stay abreast of these changes.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Building Types August 21, 2015

QBS: qualifications- versus cost-based selection

Qualifications-based selection (QBS) avoids the pitfalls of low-bid and other cost-based selection methods by focusing on the owner’s vision and scope, and negotiating price based on a comprehensive understanding of project scope and deliverables. QBS makes it easier to bring in projects on time, within budget, with a minimum of changes and discordance during design and construction. Commissioning professionals are getting on board, learning the process, and educating clients.

By Diana Bjornskov, Building Commissioning Association, Beaverton, Ore.
Building Types August 17, 2015

2014 biggest year yet for mergers, acquisitions

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection engineering firms accelerate dealmaking as industry continues to consolidate at unprecedented pace.

By Neil Churman, Morrissey Goodale LLC, Houston
Building Types August 14, 2015

It’s time to recommission the construction industry

The commissioning team protects the owner by establishing and enforcing expectations.

By David Allen, McKinstry, Seattle
Building Types July 29, 2015

Engineering on an international scale: Automation and controls

Working on projects clear across the globe may introduce more obstacles to overcome than mere distance and language barriers—each locale comes with its own codes, climate conditions, and unique characteristics. This includes a discussion of building automation and control systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types July 22, 2015

The Internet of Things and the consulting-specifying engineer, part II: IoT issues and the standard process

IoT services, IoT communications and networking infrastructure, and IoT architectures are collectively trying to analyze technology gap in order to pinpoint where additional technology is needed to provide end-to-end IoT standardization solutions.

By Robert S. Fish, PhD, IEEE
Building Types July 21, 2015

Clinical best practices, collaboration inform better design

Collaboration on clinical best practices improves emergency department design.

By CannonDesign
Building Types July 1, 2015

The Internet of Things and the consulting-specifying engineer

What considerations should a consulting specifying engineer make for the demands of scale? And should a smart building be its own Intranet of Things, or should it be connected to the larger Internet of Things?

By Robert S. Fish, PhD, IEEE
Building Types June 30, 2015

Can you make a new office building as cool as a warehouse?

We need to start looking at our traditional office space differently. Just as we looked at that boarded up warehouse and thought it could be something other, office towers can be reborn.

By CannonDesign
Building Types June 29, 2015

Industrial-strength design

Manufacturing and industrial facilities tackle heavy-duty projects during their day-to-day operations—so it makes sense that engineers working on such structures face a number of tough challenges. Engineers offer advice on how to achieve strong results.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types June 29, 2015

Industrial-strength design: Automation and controls

Manufacturing and industrial facilities tackle heavy-duty projects during their day-to-day operations—so it makes sense that engineers working on such structures face a number of tough challenges. Engineers offer advice on how to achieve strong results in building automation and control systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types June 19, 2015

IPD: What’s in it for the engineer?

Integrated project delivery (IPD) requires a team approach and buy-in from all players, including the architect, engineer, and contractor.

By Raj Daswani, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CPMP; Jack Poindexter, LEED AP; Dean Reed,LEED AP
Building Types June 19, 2015

Hospital achieves success through IPD

By employing integrated project delivery (IPD) and Lean construction methods, Sutter Health Eden Medical Center was completed on time and within budget.

By Raj Daswani, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CPMP; Jack Poindexter, LEED AP; Dean Reed,LEED AP
Building Types June 19, 2015

Three key characteristics of IPD

There are three key elements to integrated project delivery (IPD) success.

By Raj Daswani, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CPMP; Jack Poindexter, LEED AP; Dean Reed,LEED AP
Building Types June 17, 2015

Go big or go home

There are myriad opportunities to change the face of engineering.

By Mike Walters, PE, LEED AP, Confluenc, Madison, Wis.
Building Types June 8, 2015

Arup Thoughts: Can BIM show the value of engineering?

Building information modelling (BIM) puts the focus on quality and value, not cost.

By Christopher Pynn, Arup
Building Types May 26, 2015

First impressions at UnityPoint Health – Trinity’s new ED and Heart Center

UnityPoint Health-Trinity’s new ED and Heart Center paired Health Advisory Services with Architecture and Interior Design services. Upon its opening three years later, the new facility is being recognized by both UnityPoint Health-Trinity’s leadership and the press for the use of this process in the final design and the positive impact it will have on the community for years to come.

By CannonDesign
Building Types May 22, 2015

How climate science affects building design

New York City’s Urban Green Council concluded that NYC could reduce its carbon footprint 90% by 2050 by focusing primarily on the building sector.

By Umit Sirt, PE, CEM, BEMP, HBDP, Taitem Engineering PC, Ithaca, N.Y.
Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Christopher F. Benson, PE, LEED AP, CEM, CxA, 33

Commissioning Authority, Total Building Commissioning, Salt Lake City BS Electrical Engineering, University of Utah

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Arvinder Dang, BEMP, HBDP, LEED AP BD+C, 39

Director, Americas East, dbHMS Bachelor of Architecture, TVB School of Habitat Studies, New Delhi, India; MS Building Design, Energy Performance, and Climate Responsive Architecture; Arizona State University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Julie L. DeNardis, LEED AP, Estidama PQP, 36

Director, Vice President, Mechanical Engineer, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Abu Dhabi BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Jared A. Higgins, PE, CEM, CPMP, GGP, 32

Corporate Associate, Mechanical Engineering and Energy Services Discipline Leader, Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper Inc., Lubbock, Texas BS Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Benjamin Skelton, PE, LEED AP BD+C O+M, BEMP, CxA, 36

President and CEO, Cyclone Energy Group, Chicago BS Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Rick Szcodronski, 29

Senior Associate, Technology Systems, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago BS Electrical and Computer Engineering and BS Environmental Science, Duke University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Cassie Waddell, PE, LEED AP, 32

Principal, Mechanical Engineer, AlfaTech, San Francisco BS Architectural Engineering, BA Architecture, University of Kansas

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Marc Zuluaga, PE, 36

Senior Vice President; Director, Multifamily Energy Services, Steven Winter Associates Inc., New York BS Mechanical Engineering, Brown University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 13, 2015

Case study: Designing an intelligent building system

This case study highlights lessons learned on the challenges and overall successes of this campus’s intelligent building design and construction, and how this global financial institution ultimately achieved its goals.

By Steve Brown, CAP, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago
Building Types May 11, 2015

Arup Thoughts: Making sustainability meaningful

Designers and sustainability professionals need to translate sustainability into the language that businesses really value, for example reducing operating costs, attracting and retaining staff and reputation.

By Gerard Healey, Arup
Building Types April 2, 2015

Building Commissioning Association announces NCBC keynote presentation

The Building Commissioning Association (BCA) has announced its keynote presenter for the 2015 National Conference on Building Commissioning.

By Building Commissioning Association, Beaverton, Ore.
Building Types March 19, 2015

Integration: BIM design

Building information modeling (BIM) is used frequently when working across multiple disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering, and also with other stakeholders such as architects and contractors.

By Ed Paul, Arup, Los Angeles
Building Types March 10, 2015

Software for BIM, modular construction

PROficient is designed to help consulting engineers address challenges including evolving codes and standards, continual pushes in BIM advancement, prefab/modular construction, and the increasing speed and complexity of projects.

By Schneider Electric
Building Types February 20, 2015

Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania honors AHN Health + Wellness Pavilion

CannonDesign has been elected to receive the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP’s) 2014 “Project of the Year” award in the Commercial category for the design of Allegheny Health Network’s Health + Wellness Pavilion.

By CannonDesign
Building Types February 11, 2015

The consumer reigns in 2014 ambulatory openings

Retail. Options. Convenience. Accessibility. These were key themes in the health industry in 2014, as a consumer-driven healthcare landscape emerged.

By CannonDesign
Building Types February 11, 2015

Intelligent lighting control and energy performance

By designing intelligent lighting systems, lighting designers and engineers can achieve energy performance in a variety of building types.

By Robert J. Garra Jr., PE, CDT, CannonDesign, Grand Island, N.Y.
Building Types January 30, 2015

Driving data center design: Automation and controls

In the information age, data centers can be the beating heart of not just a building, but an entire global corporation. Building automation systems and controls are key to ensuring constant uptime.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types January 28, 2015

Rapid positioning system

The Trimble Rapid Positioning System is a simplified layout solution for building construction professionals that enables them to record and find positions for layout points on the construction job site.

By Trimble
Building Types January 27, 2015

Connecting buildings via the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things offers engineers ripe opportunities to take the lead with clients.

By Bhavesh Patel, ASCO Power Technologies, Florham Park, N.J.
Building Types January 5, 2015

Remote commissioning device

The remote commissioning device unifies specification for energy harvesting in building automation systems and has an interoperable interface that product manufacturers can integrate in their devices.

By EnOcean Alliance
Building Types December 30, 2014

Arup Thoughts: New robots will revolutionize the built environment

Robotics has shifted from being the domain of the mechanical engineer to the realm of network experts.

By Alvise Simondetti, Arup
Building Types November 20, 2014

Health care is on the brink of change

Laws are pushing unprecedented changes in the hospital and health care market. Engineers need to stay on top of the building needs for flexible, efficient space.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Building Types November 14, 2014

Are you prepared for the digital revolution in facility management?

There is a digital revolution in facility management; it is gaining steam as you read this.

By Bhavesh Patel, ASCO Power Technologies, Florham Park, N.J.
Building Types November 6, 2014

WSP acquires ccrd

Merger expands WSP's national footprint and health care, science, and technology capabilities.

By WSP
Building Types October 23, 2014

Engineering workable, successful office space: Automation and controls

Whether new or retrofit, office buildings can be a challenge for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), or fire protection engineer. Building automation systems and controls must be carefully planned.

By Consulting_Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 23, 2014

Engineering workable, successful office space: Electric, power systems

Whether new or retrofit, office buildings can be a challenge for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), or fire protection engineer. Electrical and power systems are key to these facilities, which includes lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 22, 2014

Engineering workable, successful office space: Sustainability and energy efficiency

Whether new or retrofit, office buildings can be a challenge for the mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), or fire protection engineer. A team of experienced professionals discuss energy-efficient buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 20, 2014

Cx Giants make their mark

The 2014 Commissioning Giants had several new entries this year. The 15 firms reported a total of more than $351 million in revenue dedicated to commissioning new buildings or retro-commissioning existing buildings.

By Amara Rozgus and Amanda McLeman, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 17, 2014

Want to be your own boss?

Ask four key questions to determine whether to become a private consultant.

By John Suzukida, PE, Lanex Consulting, Minneapolis
Building Types October 16, 2014

Energy modeling and climate change

Weather data and climatic shifts affect building energy modeling results.

By Paul Erickson, LEED AP; and Bill Talbert, PE, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers Inc.
Building Types October 15, 2014

Arup Thoughts: Should the world plan for fewer, not more, people?

Demographic transitions could lead to the world’s population stabilizing and eventually decreasing. Cities must plan for scenarios where populations shrink in the long term.

By Hrvoje Cindric, Arup
Building Types September 26, 2014

International Design Awards recognize UCSD Headwall design

The International Design Awards (IDA) have recognized an original headwall design for theUniversity of California, San Diego Jacobs Medical Center by the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign in collaboration with the firm's LA Healthcare team as the First Prize in its Industrial and Life Science Design competition.

By Cannon Design
Building Types September 22, 2014

Voluntourism will boost your career

Four reasons becoming a global citizen will help you at work.

By Rebecca Delaney, PE, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
Building Types September 17, 2014

Designing data center electrical distribution systems

Designing efficient and reliable data center electrical systems requires looking through the eyes of the electrical engineer—and the owner.

By Eduard Pacuku, PE, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Building Types September 1, 2014

Arup Thoughts: Making darkness visible

Rather than looking to turn night into day, we should embrace the darkness.

By Siegrid Siderius
Building Types August 31, 2014

Building commissioning challenges, solutions: Automation and controls

Commissioning, recommissioning, or retro-commissioning, can be a challenge—and the more complex a facility is, the more boxes an engineer has to check to get the job done right. Building automation systems, sequence of operations, and controls are of key importance.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types August 18, 2014

Arup thoughts: Can we use structural materials more efficiently?

We need to design building structures to make more efficient use of materials – fast!

By Andrea Charlson, Arup
Building Types July 28, 2014

The challenge: Tall and super-tall buildings: Automation and controls

High-rise buildings aren’t just big—for engineers, they present big challenges. Building automation systems and integration are top-of-mind in these projects

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types July 21, 2014

Arup Thoughts: Making the most of daylight

Daylight is vital to our health and well-being and making more use of daylight in place of artificial lighting can help reduce energy consumption.

By Florence Lam, Arup
Building Types July 9, 2014

Lighting control sensors

The LightHAWK2 series of wall switch and occupancy lighting sensors are designed for building operators and features a built-in photocell as well as passive infrared and dual technology.

Building Types June 30, 2014

How to engineer manufacturing, industrial buildings

Manufacturing and industrial facilities can be particularly complex projects, involving large facilities containing behemoth machinery, hazardous chemicals, and a range of other concerns.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types June 30, 2014

How to engineer manufacturing, industrial buildings: Automation and controls

Manufacturing and industrial facilities can be particularly complex projects, involving large facilities containing behemoth machinery, hazardous chemicals, and a range of other concerns. Building automation systems and system integration are discussed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types June 19, 2014

A glimpse in the Consulting-Specifying Engineer mirror

What does the average Consulting-Specifying Engineer reader look like? Here’s a look in the mirror.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types May 28, 2014

Arup Thoughts: The world’s railways need more capacity

How advanced signaling technology will play an essential role if the world increases its railway capacity.

By Tony Vidago
Building Types May 27, 2014

Toledo courthouse receives 2014 GSA Design Award

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the U.S. Courthouse in Toledo, Ohio, with a 2014 GSA Design Award. This award recognizes excellence in design engineering.

By CannonDesign
Building Types May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Mark Knipfer, PE, LEED AP, 36

Vice President, Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd., Atlanta

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Building Types May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Christopher Reeves, PE, LEED AP, CEM, 35

Principal, Mechanical Engineer, CMTA Consulting Engineers, Lexington, Ky.

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Building Types May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Amarpreet Sethi, CEM, BEMP, HBDP, LEED AP, 38

Associate, Senior Sustainability Analyst, DLR Group, Seattle

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Building Types May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Eric A. Sheffer, LEED AP, 37

Principal, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Building Types May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: John Williams, PE, 35

Associate, Arup, San Francisco

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Building Types May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Abdel K. Darwich, PE, CEng, HFDP, LEED AP, 40

Associate Principal, Mechanical Engineer, Guttmann & Blaevoet, Sacramento, Calif.

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Building Types May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Patrick Dempsey, LEED AP, 32

Mechanical Engineer, CannonDesign, Chicago

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Building Types May 13, 2014

The project manager’s role in marketing

Learn to manage your project and your client.

By Jerry Bauers, PE, Sebesta, Kansas City, Mo.
Building Types May 9, 2014

Westlake Reed Leskosky announces promotions

Several engineers—plus other professionals—have been promoted at Westlake Reed Leskosky.

By Westlake Reed Leskosky
Building Types April 28, 2014

Designing a winning sports venue: Building automation

Sports and entertainment arenas are more than just seats and a playing field; they are highly complex structures bringing in thousands of fans—and millions of dollars—every year. Building automation systems and controls play a role in ensuring a smooth-running building.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types April 22, 2014

BIM turns back the clock

BIM has turned back the clock on the design process by putting the design professional into a virtual construction site.

By Paul J. Orzewicz, PE, RMF Engineering, Baltimore
Building Types April 17, 2014

CannonDesign: Facility Optimization Solutions launches proprietary facility condition assessment software

CannonDesign Facility Optimization Solutions has released proprietary Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) software that allows organizations to manage existing facility assets and operations more efficiently and effectively.

By CannonDesign
Building Types April 16, 2014

Arup Thoughts: Build stadiums to last

In the end, all buildings are temporary. A poorly conceived or badly constructed building will quickly need to be replaced, with all the financial and environmental costs that brings. So designing our buildings to last as long as possible benefits both the people who use them and the environment.

By Shane Day, ARUP
Building Types March 28, 2014

Everyone’s a critic

It’s report card time—please provide your feedback on Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s print and online performance.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types March 3, 2014

Specifying for sustainability: performance specifying

One of the cores of LEED v4 or any sustainable design standard is specifying performance. Here's how to do it properly.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, ARCOM
Building Types February 18, 2014

Nonresidential construction index reaches record high, reports FMI

According to FMI, the nonresidential construction index reaches 64.9 in first quarter of 2014.

By FMI
Building Types January 10, 2014

Warranty and guarantee: What’s the difference?

Who will decide whether a building performs to the standard to which it was designed? LEED v4 changes the way an engineer must think during design.

By Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT
Building Types January 8, 2014

Abrupt impacts of climate change: Anticipating surprises

The study from the National Academy of Sciences, "Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises," has some useful advice for how building engineers should advise their clients.

By Rand Ekman, Cannon Design
Building Types January 7, 2014

Report: Supplier revenues for smart building applications to grow 150%

Annual expenditures of integrated smart building applications, as measured by equipment supplier revenues, will grow globally by 150% by 2017, according to a new report released by IHS.

By IHS Inc.
Building Types January 2, 2014

How the Internet of Things will affect consulting engineers

Echelon’s Varun Nagaraj answers one-on-one questions, explaining how the Internet of Things can and should be used by engineers.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types December 20, 2013

Engineering in a global environment

Four keys to delivering successful projects.

By Allyn Vaughn, jba consulting engineers, Las Vegas
Building Types December 4, 2013

RMF names two new partners

RMF Engineering has named Beth Crutchfield and Craig Buck as partners in its Charleston, S.C., office.

By RMF Engineering
Building Types December 3, 2013

FMI: nonresidential construction index dropped

FMI's Fourth Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) dropped 2.9 points to finish 2013 at 57.4 due to declining productivity and partisan politics.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types November 26, 2013

Prescription for building automation and controls in hospital, health care facilities

Hospital and health care facility projects are especially important due to their sensitive nature. Engineers chime in on building automation systems (BAS), building management systems (BMS), and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types November 21, 2013

Burns & McDonnell names director of commissioning services

Burns & McDonnell has hired Brian Lindstrom as its director of commissioning services.

By Burns & McDonnell names director of commissioning services
Building Types November 8, 2013

FMI predicts U.S. construction will increase in 2014

FMI predicts that put in place construction will increase to $977 billion in 2014 in spite of economic and fiscal concerns.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types November 6, 2013

Commissioning for high performance buildings at MABFM 2013.

The Mid-Atlantic Buildings and Facilities Management show has case studies that show commissioning's potential for energy and financial savings.

By Mike Eardley, Cannon Design
Building Types October 31, 2013

Specifying building automation, control systems for new, existing office buildings

Office buildings might seem like simple structures from the outside, but engineers engaged in such projects know they can be highly complex. This Q&A covers building automation systems (BAS) and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 31, 2013

Specifying electrical and power systems for new, existing office buildings

Office buildings might seem like simple structures from the outside, but engineers engaged in such projects know they can be highly complex, with specialized fire/life safety requirements, laboratory spaces, and other unique needs. This looks at the building electrical and power systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 31, 2013

Specifying energy efficiency systems for new, existing office buildings

Office buildings might seem like simple structures from the outside, but engineers engaged in such projects know they can be highly complex, and building owners are requesting more sustainable buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types October 24, 2013

Robert Linder named NEBB president

The National Envrionmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) has elected Robert Linder, a senior project manager for Karges-Faulconbridge, as the organization's president for 2014.

By National Environmental Balancing Bureau
Building Types October 15, 2013

Topping Out At UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center

The UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, as shown in the rendering, is designed to be three hospitals in one.

By Cannon Design
Building Types September 19, 2013

FMI releases Q3-2013 construction outlook

FMI's Q3-2013 outlook was down slightly from estimates, while the 2014 construction outlook forecast projects moderate growth of 7% to $977 billion.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types September 13, 2013

Chicago requiring building owners to disclose energy usage

Chicago is now requiring building owners to disclose energy usage in an effort cut energy use of Chicago buildings by 30% in 2020.

By Mike Eardley, Cannon Design
Building Types September 3, 2013

FMI: Nonresidential construction index remains constant

FMI's 2013 Third Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index showed a 0.2-point increase to 60.3, showing continuing sustainability and consistency in the industry.

Building Types August 15, 2013

USGBC’s ‘LEED in motion’ report reveals more than 4.3 million people live and Work in LEED-Certified Buildings

The U.S. Green Building Council's report 'LEED in Motion' revealed that 4.3 million live and work in LEED-certified buildings and 6.2 million experience a LEED project every day.

By Danielle Forsyth, Cannon Design
Building Types August 13, 2013

WSP promotes 12 employees

WSP promoted two to vice president as well as 10 others in four different offices.

Building Types July 31, 2013

Case Study: Achieving high-performance operation with energy alarms

More than 400 validated corrections to energy operations have been reported translating to $600,000 in savings for Partners Healthcare Systems.

By Mike Eardley, Cannon Design
Building Types July 24, 2013

Send in the engineering troops: Building automation and controls

Military facilities present an army of challenges—exacting codes and regulations, stepped-up security issues, and budgetary concerns. Building automation and controls must be compatible across multiple platforms.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types June 6, 2013

ccrd promotes senior associate

Carl A. Crow, PE, ASHRAE HEDP, has been promoted to senior associate by ccrd partners. Crow has 34 years of experience in engineering and construction and is licensed as a mechanical engineer in 19 states.

Building Types May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Alexis D. Kurtz, 37

Project Manager/Acoustic Consultant, The Sextant Group, Falls Church, Va.

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Building Types May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Jason Krolicki, 38

Associate Structural Engineer, 
Arup, San Francisco

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Building Types May 14, 2013

2013 40 Under 40: Ruairí Barnwell, 37

Energy Services Leader, DLR Group, Chicago

By Jessia DuBois-Maahs, Contributing Writer
Building Types February 26, 2013

WRL names Roger Chang mechanical engineering director

Roger Chang, a specialist in sustainability and integrated design, has been named as Westlake Reed Leskosky's (WRL's) mechanical engineering director.

Building Types January 22, 2013

ESD promotes two to senior VP

Environmental Systems Design has promoted James Vallort and James Sauvageau to senior VP.

Building Types January 18, 2013

Special report: New rules for 2013

As a new year begins in a post fiscal-cliff world, we lay out what we see as four new rules for the industry that have major implications for every firm principal and manager.

By Mick Morrissey, Morrissey Goodale LLC, Newton, Mass.
Building Types November 9, 2012

Dewberry promotes two to senior associate

Dewberry has promoted Mark Heinrich, PE, LEED AP BD+C, and Brian M. Tanner, PE, CEM, CxA, LEED AP BD+C to senior associate in its Fairfax, Va., office.

Building Types September 25, 2012

Vote with an engineer’s heart

What are the political topics of key importance to professionals in the building industry in the 2012 presidential elections?

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types September 13, 2012

Building efficiency system

Panoptix is a combination of software and services designed by Johnson Controls to monitor and improve building performance for any size facility.

Building Types September 3, 2012

NEBB’s Building Envelope Testing

Review the new NEBB BET guideline, how BET should be specified, and how it is performed.

By Presenter: Jim Bochat, President, Commissioning Concepts
Building Types August 22, 2012

TLC Engineering names five associates

TLC Engineering for Architecture's board of directors has announced five new associates.

Building Types June 29, 2012

MEP TEST Stuff

MEP Giants 2012 Rankings: Click on linked names to view project profiles Ranking Firm Name Ranking Firm Name Ranking Firm Name Ranking Firm Name 1 Black & Veatch 26 ESD (Environmental Systems Design Inc.) 51 Joseph R. Loring & Assocs. Inc. 76 Spectrum Engineers Inc. 2 AECOM Technology 27 TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc. 52 Michaud Cooley Erickson 77 Bala Consulting Engineers 3 URS Corp. 28 Glumac 53 TME Inc.  78 PEDCO E&A Services 4 Southland Industries 29 RMF Engineering Inc. 54 CMTA 79 Dynamix Engineering Ltd. 5 Burns & McDonnell 30 M-E Engineers Inc. 55 Jordan & Skala Engineers Inc.  80 Wick Fisher White 6 exp 31 RDK Engineers 56 Gannett Fleming Inc. 81 Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor LLC 7 Parsons Brinckerhoff 32 EYP Architecture & Engineering 57 James Posey Assocs.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types June 7, 2012

Building design software integrated

Bentley Systems and Trelligence have integrated their AECOsim Building Designer and Affinity program, respectively.

Building Types May 31, 2012

Sebesta Blomberg hires director of building envelope commissioning

George Houk has been hired as Director of Building Envelope Commissioning Services by Sebesta Blomberg. He will be responsible for developing the company's capabilities to improve commissioning.

Building Types April 26, 2012

Commissioning subsidiary announced

The new commissioning firm, Brooks + Wright, will be led by William A. Wright. The group's purpose is to ensure and verify that building systems function properly.

Building Types April 4, 2012

Total Building Commissioning conference discounted

ACG is offering a discount to building owners, architects, and owner's reps on its Total Building Commissioning conference.

Building Types March 15, 2012

Mobile energy dashboard

Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard by QA Graphics

Building Types December 28, 2011

Cheers to the end of a rocky year

This year has been tough—and terrific—on many levels.

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types November 28, 2011

Fine-tuning a career

No matter what point we’re at in our personal lives or professional careers, we never stop learning.

By Amara Rozgus
Building Types November 22, 2011

David Miller named Cx manager at TLC office

TLC Engineering for Architecture has promoted David Miller to be the corporate commissioning manager for the company's Cocoa, Fla., office.

Building Types October 18, 2011

Syska Hennessy Group opens office in Dubai

Syska's latest opening in Dubai, UAE, is a reflection of the company's continued expansion in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region.

Building Types September 14, 2011

A passion for results

Stephen R. Wiggins, an associate partner for Newcomb + Boyd, talks about his experiences in the commissioning industry

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Building Types September 12, 2011

Shinn named to first class of LEED fellows by GBCI

Kim Shinn, a principal and sustainability consultant with TLC Engineering for Architecture, was named to the inaugural group by the GBCI and will be formally introduced in October.

By Chris Vavra
Building Types August 2, 2011

Top Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, July 2011

Most visited articles at www.csemag.com during July 2011 included technical articles looking at circuit protection in healthcare facilities, adding value to specifying fire sprinkler systems, properly sizing transformers for commercial projects, integrated HVAC and lighting controls to optimize BAS, and incorporating a detailed test and balance plan to overcome project pitfalls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types June 6, 2011

Mold growth test method released

ASTM has developed a new method called WK32079 for checking mold growth for buildings that have exterior applications.

Building Types May 15, 2010

2017 40 Under 40: Nolan Lenahan, PE, LEED AP BD+C; 32

Associate, DLR Group

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types May 15, 2010

2017 40 Under 40: Anthony Sannazzaro, LEED AP; 33

Co-founder, HIGHMARK

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types October 15, 2009

New component to green building design: green walls

The practice of incorporating green walls into commercial building design continues to gain in popularity.

By Source: Dan Nephin, Associated Press
Building Types August 26, 2009

Green (re)building in New Orleans

A new report from the Sierra Club examines the green rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

By Source: Melissa Hincha-Ownby, Mother Nature Network
Building Types March 22, 2009

Expert: Green building needs to push further

A construction expert with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is urging built-environmental professionals need to embrace "transformative" structures in order to further the green-building cause.

By Source: Christy van der Merwe, Engineering News Online
Building Types March 11, 2009

Americans pick building security as top priority

A survey by the Society for Fire Protection Engineers reveals that security beats out comfort, environmental friendliness, and other factors in the list of most important building features.

By Source: Society for Fire Protection Engineers
Building Types February 11, 2009

Non-residential construction losing ground

Although non-residential construction continues to grow, the dollars invested are showing signs of decline.

By Source: Reed Construction Data
Building Types January 9, 2009

Economy’s green lining

Economy may get a boost from green technology, though venture-capital investment saw a recent decline.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types May 23, 2008

NYC to hire 63 more building inspectors

Due to the unique nature of building in New York—where undeveloped space is scare—most properties feature extensions. Extensions can be unsecured and affect neighboring properties. The decision to hire more buildings inspectors—in the wake of Patricia Lancaster's resignation as buildings commissioner—brings the city's total to 461 inspectors.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types May 1, 2008

Siemens mass notification

Integrate communications technology with Sygnal from Siemens Buildings Technologies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types February 12, 2008

CCMC report issued for CertainTeed MemBrain Smart Vapor Retarder

The Canadian Construction Materials Centre report provides impartial and technical comment on the product. CCMC reports broaden the resources available to Canadian building professionals tasked with creating environmentally sound and sustainable buildings.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types February 1, 2008

CSI manufacturers alliance

The Construction Specifications Institute, Alexandria, Va., announced the formation of the Building Product Manufacturers Alliance (BPMA), a new group that will bring together leading manufacturers to share knowledge that can reshape and enhance the future of the building industry. “Today's construction market increasingly calls for high-performance buildings, environmentally friendly ma...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types May 2, 2007

University of Florida Launches a Survey on the Effects of Building Information Modeling

The University of Florida's M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, in conjunction with the Facility Information Council (FIC) of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), launched a survey today welcoming all members of the building industry to voice their opinions regarding the effect of building information modeling (BIM) on construction. The survey can be completed quickly (it has only 16 questions).

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types March 1, 2007

Remember the Walter Reed

Walter Reed Army Medical Center has become the new poster child for sick buildings—an Edmund Fitzgerald of sorts, where the best of the fleet sank in a storm with no one watching. Like many of you, I've been following the news, and find the matter disheartening. When I saw a report on television that showed water-stained ceiling tiles and peeling wallpaper revealing what looked like mold ...

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Building Types November 9, 2006

Green Building Alliance Receives $1.25 Million for New Development Initiative

Armed with $1.25 million in seed money, the Green Building Alliance (GBA) announced that it will launch the Green Building Products Initiative, a new economic-development program created to leverage Western Pennsylvania’s internationally recognized leadership in green building and maximize its potential for economic growth. According to Rebecca Flora, executive director of GBA, the initiative is designed to encourage interaction among regional businesses and organizations involved in the development and manufacture of green building products. “We believe there is an extraordinary opportunity for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania to position itself as a worldwide center for green building,” Ms. Flora said. The funding for the new initiative comes from two sources: a $1 million state grant from the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority and a $250,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments. • Position Western Pennsylvania as the national center for green building innovation, production and utilization. • Support and grow the green building products industry in Western Pennsylvania with direct assistance as well as applied research grants. • Create a competitive advantage for green building product manufacturers in Western Pennsylvania, as well as companies that want to relocate there. • Encourage innovation, integration and collaboration between building product manufacturers and building professionals to improve building performance throughout the world. • Facilitate networking to assist with education, labor training and product innovation to reduce the incubation time of marketable innovations. For more information or to join the Green Building Products Initiative, call (412) 431-0709 or visit www.gbapgh.org .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types March 2, 2006

Security Tops the List of a Building’s Most Important Feature

A nationwide survey by the Bethesda, Md.-based Society for Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) reveals that from a list of characteristics that included comfort, fire safety, environmental friendliness and other amenities, security was chosen by more Americans as the most important feature of a building. Twenty-eight percent of Americans feel general security is the most important feature, while 15% of respondents indicated that fire safety is the most important aspect of a building’s design. “The findings are not a huge surprise, given the threat from terrorism that we face today,” says Chris Jelenewicz, SFPE’s engineering program manager. “But one thing people don’t often think about is how security and fire protection have common goals in building design—protecting life and property.” As part of National Engineering Week, which took place from Feb. 19 through 25, the organization published on its website (at www.sfpe.org ) an article from Fire Protection Engineering Magazine that features how fire protection engineers design ways to balance fire protection and security in a building.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types July 18, 2005

SBIC Offers Schools Guide at Half-Price to School Decision-Makers

In an effort to disseminate High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide, Second Edition to the K-12 school decision-makers for whom it was written, the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) is reducing the price of the Guide from $50 to $25 for this group only, which includes school board members, superintendents and facility managers. The book is organized into three core sections. Section 1 provides an overview and two interrelated discussions: “What Is a High-PerformanceSchoolBuilding?” and “Why Is a High-Performance School Building Valuable?” Section 2 is the Process Guide, which provides issue-specific questions for each stage of the design process. And Section 3 contains briefs that describe each of the 17 key “Building Blocks” that, when integrated as elements of a “whole building” design, result in a high-performance building. The second edition of the High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide contains a new Building Block on durability, updated Building Blocks on acoustics and safety/security, and new case studies, photographs, resources and web links. The guide is available here .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types March 3, 2005

Security: Vulnerability Assessment Service for Commercial Buildings

Immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, terrorism was excluded from most insurance policies. In response, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 was passed, which ensures that terrorism risk insurance is available to building owners. Unfortunately, current terrorist experience is limited in the United States, and so there is no credible process for insurance carriers to rely on when setting premiums. One engineering consulting firm, Houston-based BAQ, Inc., has responded by launching a “building vulnerability assessment program” that is designed to guide and inform commercial building owners, insurance writers and commercial lenders about the new issues that terrorist attacks have brought to the forefront.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types November 15, 2004

Architecture Organization Says P.E.s Not Fit For Building Design

Reopening Age-old Design Debate The National Society of Professional Engineers has alerted its state societies to the release of an updated guidance document published by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards that attempts to cut engineers out of the building design process. “Architecture as it Differs from Engineering” asserts that architects are the only licensed professionals qualified to design buildings intended for human occupancy. NSPE objects to this statement, which follows NCARB’s longstanding tradition of trying to prohibit qualified professional engineers from performing building and other facility design services or from serving as the coordinating design professional on facilities design and construction projects. NCARB, the national organization for state architectural boards, says the paper was reissued to assist its member boards in their “continuing effort to prevent the unlawful practice of architecture by unlicensed persons.” NCARB published the document in 1982 and reissued it in 1995 and again this past August. NSPE is most concerned about statements in the paper that contend that architects are the only licensed professionals qualified to coordinate design and construction of buildings intended for human habitation. “We’ve been watching this issue for the past several years and architects need to realize that engineers are also competent to oversee the design of buildings and structures,” says NSPE President Bobby Price.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types November 1, 2003

Sustainable Surfing

Green Building Websites

By Staff
Building Types February 3, 2003

Construction Market Report

Total nationwide construction spending (seasonally adjusted) rose by 0.3% between October and November of 2002, according to a report by Daryl Delano, Reed Business Information’s Director of Economics. This marked the third straight month of increase following four months of decline.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Building Types May 2, 2002

WTC Performance Study Presented to Congress

A 25-member professional task force—organized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Society of Civil Engineers—has presented to Congress the findings of a building performance study evaluating the collapse and damage of the World Trade Center (WTC) and surrounding buildings on Sept. 11, 2001.

By Staff
Building Types December 3, 2001

Collapse of 7 World Trade Center Concerns Engineers

Although the fate of 7 World Trade Center was overshadowed by the destruction caused by the twin towers, building professionals are now suggesting that the specific circumstances behind the collapse of the 2 million-square-foot office building may be a matter of concern.

By Staff
Building Types November 1, 2001

Web Threads – 2001-11-01

A monthly compendium of facts and figures

By Staff