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Educational August 15, 2022

Project Profile: Clemson University Wilbur O. and Ann Powers New College of Business

This 176,000 SF building is the new home for Clemson University's College of Business

By RMF Engineering
Educational August 15, 2022

Project Profile: UNC Charlotte University Recreation Center (UREC)

UNC Charlotte's University Recreation Center (UREC) is a 148,000-SF, $66-million state-of-the-art facility merging classroom space with fitness facilities and administrative offices.

By McKim & Creed
Educational August 15, 2022

Project Profile: PS182X

In the attempt to perform geotechnical, structural and plumbing surveys for this SCA school, as well as provide designs to repair and reinforce a collapsed structural tab, we discovered that our architectural team had both never worked on a ground up building/addition or used REVIT.

By Lilker Associates Consulting Engineers PC
Educational August 15, 2022

Project Profile: Banneker Academic High School

This project focused on adding renewable energy while making it affordable for a high school in an urban setting.

By CMTA, Inc.
Educational August 15, 2022

Project Profile: NC A&T State University Engineering Research and Innovation Complex

NC A&T State University's (NC A&T) new Harold L Martin, Sr. Engineering Research and Innovation Complex (ERIC) is the culmination of the University's effort to attract and retain the brightest minds in research, teaching and student body.

By RMF Engineering
Educational May 26, 2022

Consulting-Specifying Engineer most-viewed educational articles in 2022

Read the best articles about education including lighting controls, emerging technology and COVID's effect on sustainability.

By Chris Vavra
Educational April 1, 2022

Technology drives K-12 school changes

Updates, COVID and tech trends are shifting the way K-12 schools are designed

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 15, 2022

Is extended reality shaping the future of academic libraries? This Dean thinks so.

Mary Ann Mavrinac, vice provost and dean of the University of Rochester Libraries, shares insight into how the campus community directed the development of Studio X, the library’s new extended reality hub featuring advanced technology and expert training

By CannonDesign
Educational January 20, 2022

MEP designers engage students in immersive campus tour

East Carolina University provides an interactive tour of their latest building addition.

By Affiliated Engineers
Educational January 10, 2022

Design through the lenses of mental health & trauma: Reimagining the lecture hall experience

The first in a series of reimagining spaces through the experiences of those living with a mental health condition or diagnosis, traumatic experiences and other obstacles.

By CannonDesign
Educational December 15, 2021

Effective space utilization in 21st century learning facilities

Now, more than ever, schools are looking at their spaces differently

By Sheri Offenhauser
Educational November 3, 2021

COVID, sustainability drive college building design

Colleges and universities have been sustainability trendsetters over the past several years. COVID-19 has required designers to think differently

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational October 21, 2021

Where engineers, students cross paths

School buildings have changed quite a bit over the past several months, and engineers are tasked with designing for these fluxes

By Amara Rozgus
Educational October 18, 2021

Is your building back-to-school ready?

In this panel, experts discuss specific strategies relating to building systems that can promote health and wellness in learning environments.

By Julie Pierce, Doug Everhart, Julie LeClair, Jon Jensen, Simon Ubhi
Educational October 13, 2021

Designing ‘smart’ security for smart devices

University of Missouri researchers received a grant from the National Security Agency to explore the need for "smart" approaches to security.

By University of Missouri
Educational September 24, 2021

School transformation highlights creative solutions

CMAA Honors Pre-K Center Project on Staten Island

By Gannett Fleming
Educational September 8, 2021

Lighting: How codes and guidelines affect lighting design

Before starting any lighting design specifications, several resources must be considered, which will be presented at this session. Engineers also should seek third-party objective sources for information on and comparison of directionality, efficacy and other properties.

By CFE Media
Educational August 3, 2021

Building Readiness: Reopening educational institutions

There are many educational administrators who are committed to reopening but are uncertain about the best, most cost-effective path to welcoming staff and students back safely.

By Salas O'Brien
Educational March 19, 2021

Enhancing learning in K-12 schools

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

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational February 22, 2021

CFE Media and Technology to Host Spring Virtual Training Week for Engineers

The five-day learning experience will cover a variety of topics and feature presentations from the industry’s leading experts, all of which will allow registrants to earn continuing education credit.

By CFE Media
Educational February 15, 2021

How higher education stays ahead of the sustainability curve

Four Arup experts weigh in on the cultural, social, and commercial forces that help higher-ed institutions drive ambitious sustainability goals. 

By Arup
Educational February 8, 2021

The future of higher education

The world of higher education has been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and is forcing designers and administrators to change their approach.

By Arup
Educational December 29, 2020

Will COVID-19 affect future engineers?

The answer is maybe, unless experts and educators can help students catch up on STEM and other topics.

By Amara Rozgus
Educational November 24, 2020

Implement COVID-19 guidelines at K-12 schools without hurting the learning experience

COVID-19 has shifted the focus from how best to teach to feasibility and safety issues surrounding teachers and students meeting in person at all. Following CDC guidelines is key.

By Becky Brady, Aaron Brumo and Julie Leary
Educational November 18, 2020

How student unions are the next frontier for community colleges

Student unions are not that common for community colleges, but that is changing in the time of COVID. Creating a vibrant, but safe, environment for students is a challenge.

By Craig Hamilton and Carrie Parker
Educational November 6, 2020

Five reasons universities are renovating student housing

Universities are renovating student housing for many reasons including reducing overall costs, restoring historical buildings and more.

By Peter Aranyi
Educational October 27, 2020

Students, tech, COVID drive higher ed design

College and university building design is being driven by student needs, technology and new air quality demands

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational October 8, 2020

Design strategies to help K-12 schools reopen amid COVID-19

K-12 school systems are trying to providing safe, comfortable and effective learning experiences for students while also adhering to necessary safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Anne Weber
Educational September 25, 2020

Selfless engineering

Mentoring, education and training never get old

By Amara Rozgus
Educational August 28, 2020

Reshaping the student experience for Fall 2020

Colleges and universities are racing to answer a remarkable question in the weeks ahead: How do you safely and effectively educate students during a pandemic?

By CannonDesign
Educational August 21, 2020

College campuses will look different this fall

CannonDesign examines how colleges and universities will look different because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By CannonDesign
Educational August 13, 2020

Design guidelines for infection control in higher education facilities

To help ensure colleges and universities are safe to reopen their campuses this fall, Henderson Engineers' education design experts have put together a set of guidelines for infection control.

By Henderson Engineers
Educational July 31, 2020

Heroism, healthcare and the future of emergency medicine

Dr. Arthur Pancioli, MD, chair of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, talks about how medical education has shifted, what impact COVID-19 will have on emergency departments for the future and more.

By Juliet Rogers
Educational July 24, 2020

Designing socially distant K-12 schools

Schools have to adjust to the new normal because of COVID-19. This includes making them socially distant. See how one engineer is working on that for K-12 schools.

By CannonDesign
Educational July 23, 2020

What can higher ed STEM design learn from commercial research, development?

Institutions looking to enhance their STEM research and teaching facilities face a shared challenge: how to create a space that is functional, appealing, and flexible to nimbly adapt to changing research and workforce demands.

By Don Kranbuehl and Jason Jones
Educational July 16, 2020

How St. Louis schools can evolve this fall

CannonDesign offers advice on what will change for schools in the St. Louis area and how the education experience will change.

By CannonDesign
Educational July 15, 2020

Operating schools in 2020 and beyond

Many school districts across the country will face budget reductions and reduced state education funding due to COVID-19. Compensating for this is a multi-faceted challenge.

By Tom Barentson
Educational June 29, 2020

Designing tornado-safe schools that don’t feel like bunkers

Tornado-safe schools don't have to be designed with an imposing look to keep students and faculty safe.

By John Roach
Educational June 17, 2020

Universities turn to designers on how to reopen campus safely due to COVID-19 pandemic

Building designers are being recruited to help universities open their campuses safely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CannonDesign's efforts in Texas were highlighted.

By CannonDesign
Educational May 11, 2020

University rec center converted to COVID-19 care center

The California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo’s Recreation Center has been converted into a COVID-19 care center.

By CannonDesign
Educational March 25, 2020

How to design K-12 schools: Building automation and controls

With increasingly complex systems and technology coming into play, work on modern K-12 projects is anything but elementary

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 24, 2020

How to design K-12 schools

With increasingly complex systems and technology coming into play, work on modern K-12 projects is anything but elementary

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 20, 2020

High Point University: Congdon School of Health Sciences and the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy

The Congdon School of Health Science and the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy is a 220,000-square-foot health care education facility includes a musculoskeletal lab/classroom, a biomechanics lab, a wet lab, a 370-seat tiered auditorium and more.

By Affiliated Engineers
Educational January 13, 2020

Designing schools equipped for future adaptability

Instead of creating various rooms for specialty functions, schools are now incorporating educational spaces that can serve many needs.

By Doug Everhart
Educational January 9, 2020

How Master Planning Helps the Future of Science Learning

Colleges and universities across the United States are facing unprecedented challenges related to funding in both operations and capital. It is also becoming more difficult to recruit and retain the best students and faculty as competition increases.

By Trevor Calarco
Educational December 17, 2019

From Buffalo to Pittsburgh: A Look at 3 Exciting K12 School Projects

Here’s a look at three K12 projects and what makes each of them unique

By Michael Ohar
Educational December 7, 2019

Three-step retirement plan for engineers

Career Update: A three-step plan can help engineers begin engineering retirement planning with a checklist, looking at employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) details, anticipated spending, choosing a date and revisions over time.

By Bill Keen
Educational October 24, 2019

Learning how to engineer colleges, universities better

Read about emerging trends in college and university buildings, and learn about the emerging trends impacting their design

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational August 28, 2019

George Washington University: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Engineered for health.

By Affiliated Engineers
Educational July 31, 2019

Choosing and managing an engineering career: 7 things to know

A well-managed engineering career means a lifetime career outside the rut. Apply these seven tips to manage a successful engineering career.

By Bruce Slade
Educational July 24, 2019

Honoring history: Renovations for the historic Wiley Elementary School

For the first time since opening, the school and site were stripped down to the “bones” and built back to accommodate necessary modern functions while retaining much of the unique historical features.

By Jack Ritchie
Educational June 11, 2019

Integrated active learning: Transforming healthcare education

The OSU Allied Health Building and the Tandy Medical Academic Building showcase the latest programming in integrated active learning for science-based environments

By Jonathan Crump
Educational June 6, 2019

Learning environment trends: Key takeaways from A4LE regional conferences

A common theme among education conferences is an exploration into what we can do as design partners, facility managers, district leaders, educators, etc. to continuously improve the learning experience for students.

By Doug Everhart
Educational May 7, 2019

Ask an Engineering Expert: What trends do you see in designing K-12 schools?

In this installment of our Ask an Engineering Expert series, April L. Halling, P.E., Project Engineer at RTM Engineering Consultants, answers the question: What trends do you see in designing K-12 schools?

By RTM Associates
Educational April 23, 2019

Campus Energy 2019: Presentations

Learn about the presentations from Campus Energy 2019.

By Affiliated Engineers
Educational April 18, 2019

Future of Schools

Schools must prepare students with the knowledge, skills and adaptability for unknown jobs and technology that has not yet been invented.

By Arup
Educational April 2, 2019

Engaging Students in the Design Process for Seneca Valley Schools

There are numerous exciting aspects of our team’s current work with Seneca Valley School District, outside Pittsburgh, but one that stands out to me is our chance to engage students in the design process.

By Michael Corb
Educational March 22, 2019

Designing high-tech K-12 schools

The technology at play in today’s K-12 schools is evolving rapidly—inside the classrooms, and in the various systems behind the scenes. Engineers handling such projects, whether the work is on new facilities or retrofits, have their work cut out for them.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational January 2, 2019

Three important developments at DBIA Expo 2018

The DBIA conference is an event that unites AEC professionals, building owners, leaders in design-build delivery, and relative newcomers to share the latest trends, ideas and best practices that can fuel both progressive project delivery models for the future.

By Praful Kulkarni, AIA, MBA, Ph.D. (HC)
Educational November 2, 2018

Dehumidification Alternatives for Commercial Buildings

Controlling humidity in commercial buildings used to be a difficult undertaking that was best accomplished by overcooling the supply air to increase moisture removal, then reheating the overcooled air to the desired temperature. This was a huge waste of energy. While gas desiccant systems were a viable alternative, they were relatively costly and more often used for industrial applications where very low humidity levels were required.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 26, 2018

Examining higher education facilities

As technology advances in every field, the college and university students being prepped for future careers in those fields need the tech they’re learning with to keep up. That presents unique challenges for the engineers working on such structures—specifying advanced systems that satisfy the unique needs of each institution. Here, professionals with experience in the area offer advice on how to tackle such facilities and receive top marks.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational September 25, 2018

Case study: University of Wyoming energy plant upgrade

The normal and standby power system at the University of Wyoming’s central energy plant was upgraded.

By Joseph Thornam, PE;Stanley Worcester, PE, Stanley Consultants, Centennial, Colo.
Educational August 27, 2018

Three key tech takeaways from CNBC Talent@Work

Read about the key takeaways from HR leaders regarding trends such as data in decision making, robots, and artificial intelligence.

By Swapna Sathyan
Educational August 9, 2018

Leach Wallace Associates Inc.: University of Maryland Medical System,Capital Region Medical Center

Automation, controls; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping; health care facility; and new construction

By Leach Wallace Associates Inc.
Educational August 9, 2018

McKinstry: Washington State University Everett

Automation, controls; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping; educational facility; and new construction

By McKinstry
Educational August 9, 2018

Spectrum Engineers: University of Utah Campus Wide Electrical Infrastructure Upgrade

Utilities; public works; transportation; electrical, power; energy; and electrical infrastructure upgrade

By Spectrum Engineers
Educational June 22, 2018

Women in engineering profile: Paulina Olesinska

International Women in Engineering Day, celebrated on June 23, 2018, celebrates the achievements of females in various engineering industries. Here’s a Q&A with Paulina Olesinska.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational June 1, 2018

Challenges for Today’s Construction Owner

As the unemployment rate continues to shrink, the construction labor pool is becoming smaller leading to staffing shortages.

By Troy Hoggan, CannonDesign
Educational May 17, 2018

Case study: Using the design-build approach for increased value

The team pursued an integrated project delivery (IPD) approach for a Chicago college, incorporating trade subcontractors for assistance in the detailed design effort and using the request for proposal (RFP) submission’s preliminary design as the guideline for performance-based design.

By Daniel Fagan and Robert Ward, Cannon Design
Educational May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Ibrahim Odeh, 39

Founding Director, Global Leaders in Construction Management, Columbia University, N.Y. BS civil engineering, Jordan University of Science and TechnologyMBA, University of St. Thomas, Minn.PhD civil and environmental engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  Odeh is the founding director of Global Leaders in Construction Management (GLCM) at Columbia University. He is a unique combination of a strategist, academic, innovator, and entrepreneur.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Educational March 26, 2018

Designing efficient K-12 schools: Fire/life safety

In a digital age, children across the U.S. are more technologically advanced than ever—and they require educational facilities that can keep up. Here, engineers with experience working on K-12 schools share views on fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 22, 2018

Designing efficient K-12 schools: Electrical, lighting, power

In a digital age, children across the U.S. are more technologically advanced than ever—and they require educational facilities that can keep up. Here, engineers with experience working on K-12 schools share views on what’s trending with electrical/lighting/power in these facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 21, 2018

Designing efficient K-12 schools: Automation and controls

In a digital age, children across the U.S. are more technologically advanced than ever—and they require educational facilities that can keep up. Here, engineers with experience working on K-12 schools share views on automation and controls in these facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 20, 2018

Training program targets experiential learning for power engineering fields

Participating in training programs, such as Eaton’s program for consulting engineers,creates professional development and application training for emerging engineers.

By Mike Nowicki, PE
Educational January 10, 2018

Case study: Centralizing campus emergency power

Duke University studied emergency power aesthetics, noise, emissions, and maintenance costs. The result—a central generator plant.

By Mark Demana, PE, RMF Engineering, Raleigh, N.C.
Educational November 29, 2017

An engineer inside the classroom: How the built environment influences engineering education

Given the function of an engineering course to equip students with skills to design buildings in the future, there is no better place to leverage the built environment than in the engineering classroom.

By Gerry Williams, CRB
Educational November 16, 2017

Case study: Field house lobby

A project currently under construction provides an example of how lighting design does not have to sacrifice quality to meet energy codes.

By Michael Brinkman & Owen Dalton, CannonDesign
Educational November 9, 2017

Salary survey responses remain positive

Job satisfaction is up while company training programs are down. Read this year’s salary survey to find out where you and your company stand against others in your field.

By Amara Rozgus
Educational October 31, 2017

Building efficient colleges and universities: electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety

Colleges and universities face a long list of challenges, as do the engineers tasked to help construct and modify the facilities at these institutions. Here, experienced professionals share their knowledge regarding electrical/power/lighting and fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational October 30, 2017

Building efficient colleges and universities

Colleges and universities face a long list of challenges, as do the engineers tasked to help construct and modify the facilities at these institutions. Here, experienced professionals share their knowledge.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational April 26, 2017

Why work with Generation Y?

Millennials are often misrepresented as unwilling to communicate. I disagree, especially after a terrific conversation with eight young professionals.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 31, 2017

Making the grade with K-12 projects

With state-of-the-art learning facilities, sustainability concerns, and modern design, K-12 schools can be just as advanced as colleges and universities and—for consulting-specifying engineers—just as demanding.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 31, 2017

Making the grade with K-12 projects: electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety

With state-of-the-art learning facilities, sustainability concerns, and modern design, K-12 schools can be just as advanced as colleges and universities and—for consulting-specifying engineers—just as demanding. The following focuses on electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety in K-12 schools.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 31, 2017

Making the grade with K-12 projects: automation and controls

With state-of-the-art learning facilities, sustainability concerns, and modern design, K-12 schools can be just as advanced as colleges and universities and—for consulting-specifying engineers—just as demanding. The following focuses on automation and controls in K-12 schools.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational February 2, 2017

Electrical, power systems in educational facilities

Respondents to the 2016 Electrical and Power study share details about these systems in educational facilities.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Educational January 27, 2017

Storage battery requirements

The International Fire Code (IFC) and NFPA 1: Fire Code need to be considered when specifying stationary storage battery systems to ensure public safety.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP ID+C, McGuire Engineers Inc., Chicago
Educational January 9, 2017

CityLab profiles Malcolm X College teaching hospital

Malcolm X College has invested in new architecture and high-tech simulation space to prepare its students to take future jobs in health care.

By CityLab, CannonDesign
Educational December 28, 2016

Dual technology wall switch occupancy sensor

The DW-311 is an occupancy sensor designed to provide building and energy code compliant occupancy and 0 to 10 V dimming control for LED lighting applications.

By Legrand
Educational December 26, 2016

Effective design approaches for academic teaching laboratories

Communication strategies help everyone involved understand the goals of the project while creating a design that meets the owner’s needs.

By Dan Dozer, RA, CRB, Raleigh, North Carolina
Educational December 15, 2016

Fire, life safety in educational facilities

Respondents to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2016 Fire and Life Safety Study identified 5 findings as they relate to K-12/college/university projects.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Educational October 21, 2016

Exploring the high demands for higher education facilities: electrical/lighting/power

The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding electrical/lighting/power.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational October 19, 2016

Exploring the high demands for higher education facilities: fire/life safety

The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational October 19, 2016

Exploring the high demands for higher education facilities: automation and controls

The design process for higher education facilities has its own set of challenges and requirements. Engineers discuss the current trends, challenges, and experiences with college and university facility projects regarding automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational September 26, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, September 19-25: 2016 Product of the Year winners, MEP Giants, central utility plant design, more

Articles about the 2016 Product of the Year, MEP Giants, central utility plant design, applying NFPA 75 in data centers, and hospital electrical systems were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, September 19-25. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Emily Guenther
Educational September 15, 2016

Louvered commercial lighting bollard

TLED-ELB LED louvered commercial lighting bollard utilizes LED technology to deliver uniform illumination and low glare due to its optical design.

By Barron
Educational August 11, 2016

Wood Harbinger Inc.: Green River Community College Mel Lindbloom Student Union

Electrical, power; lighting; communication systems; audio/visual.

By Wood Harbinger Inc.
Educational July 27, 2016

Three types of innovation centers influencing higher education

The challenges we face are becoming more complex, and academic institutions are recognizing the power of crossing traditional academic lines to best respond. This recognition is fueling the creation of innovation centers that drive cross-pollination and fuse creative fields like computer science, math, design, engineering, and others to expand potential for developing new products and real-world applications.

By Brad Lukanic, CannonDesign
Educational July 11, 2016

Universities need to recruit and retain STEM students with design

STEM experts say universities must address current rates of STEM learning-program attrition. Reports indicate that only 40% who enroll in STEM programs graduate with STEM degrees.

By Stephen Blair, CannonDesign
Educational June 30, 2016

High-performance medical and educational building design: Sustainable buildings/energy efficiency

The design of high-performance medical and educational projects are challenging and need to meet specific standards, codes, and trends. A major trend is designing buildings that are energy-efficient and sustainable.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational June 22, 2016

High-performance medical and educational building design

The design of high-performance medical and educational projects are challenging and need to meet specific standards, codes, and trends.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational May 25, 2016

Three key trends in student housing for Boston’s higher education community

Student housing remains a leading focus for the city of Boston and its higher education institutions.

By Lynne Deninger, CannonDesign
Educational May 17, 2016

BIM for universities: Three reasons to use it

Using building information modeling for effective and efficient project delivery is not a new idea. At the same time, the integration of BIM into the day-to-day activities of a building owner is more of a new concept.

By Brian Skripac, CannonDesign
Educational May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Kevin Chow, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 31

Associate, Mechanical Engineer, WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dallas BS Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

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

2016 40 Under 40: Louis DeAlba, 31

Electrical Designer and Revit Administrator, Primera Engineers, Chicago BS Interior Design, Westwood College

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

2016 40 Under 40: Paul Erickson, LEED AP BD+C, 38

Principal, Sustainable Practice Leader, Mechanical Engineer, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, Wis. BS Environmental Geosciences, Michigan State University MS Civil Engineering and Building Sciences, University of Colorado

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

2016 40 Under 40: Scott Foster, PE, LEED AP, 39

Principal, Mechanical Engineer, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Chicago BS Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

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

2016 40 Under 40: George Fragulis, PE, LEED AP BD+C, PMP, MP, CEM, BEMP, 36

Principal, Program Manager, Mechanical Engineer, Pond & Co., Norcross, Ga. BS Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

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

2016 40 Under 40: Michael Heinsdorf, PE, LEED AP, CDT, 36

Assistant Director of MasterSpec, Architectural Computer Services Inc., Alexandria, Va. BS Electrical Engineering, Drexel University

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

2016 40 Under 40: Sara Lappano, PE, LC, LEED AP BD+C, 36

Principal, Electrical Engineer, SmithGroupJJR, Washington, D.C. BS and MS Architectural Engineering, Penn State University

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

2016 40 Under 40: Alex Mathers, PE, LEED GA, 35

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, exp, San Diego BS Engineering, Environmental Science, James Madison University MS Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University

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

2016 40 Under 40: Colin Rees, LEED AP, LCC, LCEA, 34

Consultancy Manager, IES Ltd., Glasgow, U.K. BEng Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde

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

2016 40 Under 40: Dareen Salama, 28

Assistant Project Controls Manager/BIM Manager, STV, New York City BS Construction Engineering, American University, Cairo, Egypt MS Civil Engineering/Construction Management, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

2016 40 Under 40: Suraj Soudagar, LEED AP, 36

Project Executive, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Naperville, Ill. BE Instrumentation Engineering, University of Mumbai MS Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago MBA, St. Ambrose University

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

2016 40 Under 40: Elie Touma, PE, PMP, CEM, LEED AP, CC, 35

Senior Project Development Engineer, Pepco Energy Services, Arlington, Va. BE and ME Mechanical Engineering, Lebanese University/Faculty of Engineering, Roumieh, Lebanon MS Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of NYU

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

2016 40 Under 40: Saahil Tumber, PE, LEED AP, HBDP, 31

Senior Associate, Environmental Systems Design Inc. (ESD), Chicago BS Mechanical Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, India MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

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

2016 40 Under 40: Elizabeth Valmont, PhD, LEED AP, 35

Senior Acoustic Consultant, Arup, Los Angeles BA Architecture, MBS, and PhD Architecture, University of Southern California

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Educational April 14, 2016

Decentralized lighting controller

The Dialog Room Controller manages classrooms, offices, conference rooms, or small rooms to meet local and national lighting requirements.

By Douglas Lighting Controls
Educational April 14, 2016

Wireless receptacle controls

The WattStopper Wireless Receptacle Controls (WRC) series is an easy, low-cost retrofit solution for plug load controls, as it uses radio frequency technology and works with existing line-voltage wiring.

By WattStopper; Legrand, North America
Educational April 6, 2016

Designing places with purpose

Creating successful schools and hospitals is not simply about designing modern facilities with cutting-edge technology.

By CannonDesign
Educational March 30, 2016

Enhancing the learning experience in K-12 schools: Fire and life safety

K-12 schools are among the most important projects engineers can tackle. Fire and life safety—including mass notification systems, fire suppression, and emergency communication systems—are discussed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 30, 2016

Enhancing the learning experience in K-12 schools: Electrical and power systems

K-12 schools are among the most important projects engineers can tackle. Professionals with expertise in electrical, power, and lighting, offer design advice for educational facilities.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 29, 2016

Enhancing the learning experience in K-12 schools: Automation and controls

K-12 schools are among the most important projects engineers can tackle. Automation and controls help keep these educational facilities running smoothly.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 1, 2016

Nicholas Rich to head electrical department in Seattle for WSP | Parsons Brickerhoff

Nicholas Rich has been named a vice president in the Seattle buildings sector office of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global engineering and professional services organization.

By WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
Educational December 29, 2015

Constructing college, university buildings wisely: Sustainability and energy efficiency

Engineering mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems in colleges and universities requires designers to look toward the future of postsecondary education, and consider all aspects of a building and its occupants, including sustainable design.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 29, 2015

Constructing college, university buildings wisely: Fire and life safety

Engineering mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems in colleges and universities requires designers to look toward the future of postsecondary education, and consider all aspects of a building and its occupants.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 29, 2015

Constructing college, university buildings wisely: Electrical, power, and lighting

Engineering mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems in colleges and universities requires designers to look toward the future of postsecondary education, and consider all aspects of a building and its occupants. Electrical and lighting systems are of key importance.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 28, 2015

Lighting in educational facilities

The Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2015 Lighting and Lighting Controls Study indicated that 58% of engineers specify, design, or make product selections for educational facilities—and eight in 10 of these engineers are responsible for determining requirements/writing specifications, researching and evaluating options, and/or recommending the product brands for these projects.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Educational December 23, 2015

Constructing college, university buildings wisely: Automation and controls

Engineering mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and fire protection systems in colleges and universities requires designers to look toward the future of postsecondary education, and consider all aspects of a building and its occupants. Building automation systems and controls are frequently specified.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 3, 2015

Intelligent lighting controls achieve energy performance

An advanced lighting control system is implemented at Ohlone Community College District's Academic Core Building to help the campus achieve its aggressive energy conservation goals, while creating state-of-the-art learning spaces.

By Lisa Adams, CannonDesign
Educational October 30, 2015

Elevating the engineer’s role

Fire and life safety engineers have never been more important as they design today’s schools. The ability to communicate also ranks highly among consultants. Here’s a look at how to enhance both of these skills.

By Amara Rozgus, Editor in Chief
Educational October 21, 2015

Fire protection changes in schools

Changes in codes and in society’s expectations for school safety have driven increased fire protection and security requirements for colleges, universities, and K-12 schools.

By Carl F. Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Northbroo
Educational October 19, 2015

Protecting our schools

Schools require fire detection and suppression, mass notification systems (MNS), and emergency communication systems (ECS) to protect occupants. Because many schools are becoming multi-use buildings with theaters, computer rooms, and flexible classroom spaces, the fire protection engineer's job has become more complex.

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates Inc., Columbia, Md.
Educational August 17, 2015

Burns Engineering Inc.: Temple University Microgrid: Campus Electrical Infrastructure Modernization

System overhaul of an educational facility

By Burns Engineering Inc.
Educational July 29, 2015

A free way to help young engineers

It won’t cost you a cent to encourage young engineers to become involved in the engineering community.

By Amara Rozgus, editor in chief, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational June 22, 2015

High-bay light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires

Eaton helped improve the lighting performance and energy efficiency in a campus recreation facility at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

By Eaton
Educational June 10, 2015

Case study: university campus CHP

Cogeneration systems—also known as combined heat and power (CHP) systems—generate both electricity and usable thermal energy. These systems typically are used on campuses that have high heat load requirements.

By Jerry Schuett, PE, and David Cunningham, Affiliated Engineers Inc.
Educational June 8, 2015

Implementing microgrids: Controlling campus, community power generation

Microgrids can lower cost and raise reliability for the owner, and for surrounding communities.

By Paul Barter, PE, ESD; and Edward T. Borer, PE, Princeton University
Educational June 8, 2015

Case study: Microgrid at Princeton University

Microgrids can lower cost and raise reliability for the owner, and for surrounding communities.

By Paul Barter, PE, ESD; and Edward T. Borer, PE, Princeton University
Educational May 18, 2015

Amity Dubai rising from the sand

In January 2014, a ceremonial ground-breaking was held for the Amity Dubai campus. It was exciting to see the campus coming out of the ground and taking shape in a big way. Here is some additional information about the campus design and delivery.

By Stephen Johnson, CannonDesign
Educational May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Jenny Ziegler Baker, PE, LC, LEEP AP, 37

Senior Lecturer, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa BS and MS Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Amanda C. Beck, PE, CET, CFPS, 30

Fire Protection Engineer, Primera Engineers, Chicago BS Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Keith S. Butler, LEED AP, 29

Practice and Office Leader, Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corp., Houston BS Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, Oklahoma State University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Jonathan A. Carter, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 36

Senior Associate, Lead Electrical Engineer, ccrd Partners, Dallas BS Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Thomas L. Earp, PE, ATD, 34

Principal, Senior Electrical Engineer, Page, Austin, Texas BS Electrical Engineering, Duke University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Monte K. Engelkemier, PE, 36

Project Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stanley Consultants, Muscatine, Iowa BS Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University; MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas

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

2015 40 Under 40: Calina Ferraro, PE, CxA, CPD, LEED AP, 30

Mechanical Associate Principal, Randall Lamb Associates, San Diego BS Mechanical Engineering (minor Environmental Engineering), McGill University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Katie McGimpsey, PE, LEED AP, 33

Katie McGimpsey, PE, LEED AP, 33 Principal, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Rockville, Md. B.A.E and M.A.E. Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Stephen Niez, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 30

Associate, Mechanical Engineer, AECOM, Arlington, Va. BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Jordan O’Brien, LEED AP, MBA, BSc, 36

Senior Manager, Arup, San Francisco BS Biochemistry, University of California; MBA, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School

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

2015 40 Under 40: Michael Pollock, MEng, LEED AP, LCC, 32

Project Leader, Special Projects, Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland MEng Building Design Engineering, University of Strathclyde

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

2015 40 Under 40: Eric Rubottom, PE, RCDD, CTS, LEED AP, 34

Senior Associate, Lead Technology Systems Specialist, Beaudin Ganze Consulting Engineers Inc., Fort Collins, Colo. BS Architectural Engineering, Kansas State University

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

2015 40 Under 40: Talya Santillan, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 38

Senior Associate, Kohler Ronan LLC, New York City BE Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology

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

2015 40 Under 40: Nathan Wesselius, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 39

Vice President, WSP Group, Seattle BS Mechanical Engineering, Montana State University

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Educational March 26, 2015

Learning objective: Designing K-12 schools: Automation and controls

In K-12 schools, technological advancements, code requirements, and other demands placed on engineers are consistently increasing, while limitations like budget restraints remain a challenge. Building automation systems and controls are key to occupancy comfort.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 26, 2015

Learning objective: Designing K-12 schools

In K-12 schools, technological advancements, code requirements, and other demands placed on engineers are consistently increasing, while limitations like budget restraints remain a challenge.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 19, 2015

Early planning simplifies BIM design

BIM models have helped simplify the design and engineering process at an educational facility.

By Ed Paul, Arup, Los Angeles
Educational February 16, 2015

Case studies: Lighting controls for educational facitilies

ASHRAE Standard 90.1 requires lighting professionals to include power allowances, daylighting controls, functional testing, and submittals in their lighting designs. This discussion includes an overview of lighting control options along with best practices for lighting designers and electrical engineers in working with their clients.

By Eric Kamin, PE, DLR Group, Omaha, Neb.
Educational February 11, 2015

Six strategies give university a ‘lighting’ edge

At Coppin State University, a sophisticated lighting control system helped the Science and Technology Center achieve energy efficiency.

By Robert J. Garra Jr., PE, CDT, CannonDesign, Grand Island, N.Y.
Educational February 11, 2015

Advanced lighting controls on California campus

Ohlone College selected an advanced lighting control system to help the campus achieve its aggressive energy conservation goals.

By Robert J. Garra Jr., PE, CDT, CannonDesign, Grand Island, N.Y.
Educational January 13, 2015

Ductless systems for diversely occupied buildings

Water-Source VRF Ductless Systems are energy-efficient climate solutions designed to use water as the energy exchange medium to heat and cool.

By Trane
Educational January 12, 2015

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles, January 5-11: 2015 business trends, dirty LED secrets, designing higher education facilities, more

Articles about top business trends in 2015, dirty LED secrets, designing higher education facilities, commissioning lighting systems, and the 2014 NEC were Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s five most clicked articles from last week, January 5-11. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Educational January 8, 2015

Education practice expands expertise with George Kacan, PreK-12 education leader

CannonDesign’s national PreK-12 practice has built its legacy in partnering with our clients who are focused on transforming learning environments for tomorrow's leaders. George Kacan, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined the firm as Chicago’s PreK-12 Education Practice Leader.

By CannonDesign
Educational December 23, 2014

Designing higher education facilities: Sustainability

The world is getting more high-tech, and the colleges and universities preparing students to work in an increasingly advanced environment must keep pace. Energy-efficient and high-performance buildings often are requested by clients.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 23, 2014

Designing higher education facilities: HVAC

The world is getting more high-tech, and the colleges and universities preparing students to work in an increasingly advanced environment must keep pace. HVAC systems, indoor air quality, and other related issues are discussed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 23, 2014

Designing higher education facilities

The world is getting more high-tech, and the colleges and universities preparing students to work in an increasingly advanced environment must keep pace. Engineers with expertise on college and university buildings share advice on how to complete such complex projects, with honors.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 23, 2014

Designing higher education facilities: Fire and life safety

The world is getting more high-tech, and the colleges and universities preparing students to work in an increasingly advanced environment must keep pace. Emergency communication and mass notification systems are key elements of the fire and life safety systems.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 23, 2014

Designing higher education facilities: Electrical and power systems

The world is getting more high-tech, and the colleges and universities preparing students to work in an increasingly advanced environment must keep pace. Electrical, power, and lighting systems are discussed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 23, 2014

Designing higher education facilities: Automation and controls

The world is getting more high-tech, and the colleges and universities preparing students to work in an increasingly advanced environment must keep pace. Building automation systems and controls help these buildings run efficiently.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 12, 2014

Fire and smoke modeling

Fire design scenarios were tested in a new building at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, scheduled to be occupied in fall 2015.

By Tiffney A. Cates-Chen, PE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Educational May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Stephanie Ellis, 30

Director, Corrosion College, Gilmer, Texas

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Educational March 24, 2014

University updates fire pump

This case study describes redesigning the electrical system in one of the existing buildings at a university.

By Eduard Pacuku, PE, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Educational March 17, 2014

Engineering in K-12 schools: Controls and automation

Engineers offer practical advice and best practices on how to design controls and automation systems in K-12 schools.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 17, 2014

Engineering in K-12 schools: Electrical, power systems

Engineers offer practical advice and best practices on how to design electrical, power, and renewable energy systems in K-12 schools.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 17, 2014

Engineering in K-12 schools: Fire and life safety

Engineers offer practical advice and best practices on how to design fire and life safety systems in K-12 schools.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 17, 2014

Engineering in K-12 schools

Engineers offer practical advice and best practices on how to design HVAC, electrical, lighting, and fire protection systems in K-12 schools.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 19, 2013

Smart college, university building design

College and university campus buildings have a lot going on—classes, research, dining, and sleeping. Added to the challenge: life safety, air quality needs of research facilities, sustainability goals, and other issues. A group of engineers offer advice on how to tackle college and university projects and achieve a degree of success.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 19, 2013

College, university building automation and controls

College and university campus buildings have a lot going on—classes, research, dining, and sleeping. Building automation systems must be carefully specified to control the systems within these buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 19, 2013

College, university building electrical and power system design

College and university campus buildings have a lot going on—classes, research, dining, and sleeping. Electrical and power systems—including standby, emergency, and backup power—are key components.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 19, 2013

College, university building fire/life safety design

College and university campus buildings have a lot going on—classes, research, dining, and sleeping. Fire, life safety, mass notification, and emergency communication systems are key components of these campuses.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational November 19, 2013

Wanted: Female engineers

The number of female engineers is low. As engineering professionals, we need to ensure we’re engaging more young women—and mentoring recent engineering graduates—to help bolster these numbers.

Educational November 8, 2013

Know your audience

Engineers are competent technical professionals, but when it comes to adding notes to a drawing or writing a design report, language may not always come naturally to some.

By Michael Heinsdorf
Educational September 23, 2013

Emergency notification systems: Best practices for specifying in schools

The installation of fire alarm and ECS can have a significant impact in preserving life safety within schools and campuses. Here are the portions of NFPA 72 to watch.

By Andrew Woodward, PE, Arup, Robert F. Accosta Jr., Arup
Educational September 4, 2013

High-profile shootings spur rapid growth of market for US school security system integration

IHS reports that the market for school security system integration to rise by more than 80% from 2012 to 2017 to $4.9 billion.

By IHS Inc.
Educational August 19, 2013

The next generation of science standards

The Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) are designed to progress science education and integrate engineering.

By Daniel Niewoehner, Cannon Design
Educational August 15, 2013

Grand Valley State University Science Lab, Classroom, and Office Building

New construction; Grand Valley State University Science Lab, Classroom, and Office Building; Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber Inc.

By Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.
Educational August 15, 2013

Thomas Jefferson University – Jefferson Tower Construction and Edison Building

New construction, existing building renovation; Thomas Jefferson University - Jefferson Tower Construction and Edison Building; Stantec

By Stantec
Educational August 15, 2013

University of Oregon: Central Heat and Power Plant

Existing building retrofit, new construction; University of Oregon: Central Heat and Power Plant; Wood Harbinger

By Wood Harbinger
Educational August 15, 2013

University of Florida – East Campus Data Center

New construction; University of Florida - East Campus Data Center; Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

By Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Educational August 15, 2013

James B. Hunt Jr. Library

New construction; James B. Hunt Jr. Library; Affiliated Engineers Inc.

By Affiliated Engineers Inc.
Educational June 10, 2013

Designing electrical systems for higher education

By accommodating diverse functional requirements while following safety codes and standards, engineers can design reliable and durable electrical systems for colleges and universities and their high-performing buildings.

By Alberto G. Cordero, PE, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Madison, Wis.
Educational May 28, 2013

Designing labs, research buildings: Electrical, power systems

Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. Electrical and power systems are of key importance.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational May 28, 2013

Designing labs, research buildings: Building automation and controls

Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. In this discussion, the engineers will discuss building automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational May 28, 2013

Designing labs, research buildings: HVAC systems

Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. Ventilation, air quality, and HVAC systems are discussed here.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational May 28, 2013

Manufacturer focus: Designing labs, research buildings

Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. Two manufacturers provide insights.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational May 28, 2013

Designing labs, research buildings

Labs and research facilities house sensitive equipment and must maintain very rigid standards. Key areas include air quality, security, and flexibility. This provides a general overview.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational April 15, 2013

When projects change lives

There is nothing better than reading an article about how our projects are changing lives—it's why we do what we do.

By Randy Guillot, Cannon Design
Educational April 9, 2013

Window shades offer energy savings

Calvert high school’s skylight shades make use of daylighting while reducing HVAC costs.

By Information provided by Joseph Parks, Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, Pa.
Educational March 28, 2013

How to specify an arc flash relay

Engineers must consider arc flash prevention in the electrical systems that supply power for HVAC, elevators, plant machinery, and other high-power equipment.

By Justin Mahaffey, Littelfuse, Chicago
Educational March 27, 2013

Educational experience: Designing automation systems in K-12 schools

Engineering work on K-12 schools is complex—and not just because of dwindling school budgets. The facilities must meet a broad range of exacting standards coming from officials and state regulatory bodies, in addition to meeting energy efficiency standards. This discussion covers building automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 27, 2013

Educational experience: Designing electrical/power systems in K-12 schools

Engineering work on K-12 schools is complex—and not just because of dwindling school budgets. The facilities must meet a broad range of exacting standards coming from officials and state regulatory bodies, in addition to meeting energy efficiency standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 27, 2013

Educational experience: HVAC systems and energy efficiency in K-12 schools

Engineering work on K-12 schools is complex—and not just because of dwindling school budgets. The facilities must meet a broad range of exacting standards coming from officials and state regulatory bodies, in addition to meeting energy efficiency standards. HVAC, energy efficiency, and sustainability are discussed in this Q+A.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 26, 2013

Manufacturers’ focus: Designing K-12 schools

Engineering work on K-12 schools is complex. Here are insights from manufacturers who provide products, equipment, and solutions.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational March 26, 2013

Educational experience: Designing K-12 schools

Engineering work on K-12 schools is complex—and not just because of dwindling school budgets. The facilities must meet a broad range of exacting standards coming from officials and state regulatory bodies, in addition to meeting energy efficiency standards. Here’s a general overview.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational February 20, 2013

University of Michigan North Quad

Integrated project delivery profile

By Franklin D. Lancaster, PE, RA, LEED AP BD+C, FASCE, Principal, EYP Architectu
Educational February 19, 2013

Coffman Engineers wins two IES awards

Coffman Engineers won two awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society chapter in Puget Sound, Wash., for its work in interior lighting for a Montessori school and upgrading a technical college.

Educational February 19, 2013

Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Integrated project delivery profile

By Peter Strupp, Director of Communications, AEI/Affiliated Engineers Inc., Mad
Educational December 13, 2012

College campus engineering: Challenges, retrofitting, renewable energy systems

Colleges and universities bear the important responsibility of molding the minds of future generations. To tackle the formidable task, such institutions require the expertise of engineers to ensure the complex buildings on campuses (laboratories, classrooms, computer centers) meet their needs.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational December 13, 2012

College campus engineering: Codes and standards, HVAC, fire and life safety

Colleges and universities bear the important responsibility of molding the minds of future generations. To tackle the formidable task, such institutions require the expertise of engineers to ensure the complex buildings on campuses (laboratories, classrooms, computer centers) meet their needs.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Educational October 1, 2012

LEDs advance learning environment: Web exclusive

A college’s switch to state-of-the-art LEDs allows it to efficiently tailor lighting to classroom needs.

By Dave Ranieri, Acuity Brands Lighting
Educational October 1, 2012

Holistic approach to energy management: Web exclusive

In 2011, Lakeland Community College developed a plan to help reduce energy use on campus. The building of the Holden University Center has helped the college be recognized as a leader for energy conservation among higher learning facilities.

By Dave Ranieri, Acuity Brands Lighting
Educational August 9, 2012

Stinson-Remick Hall Multidisciplinary Engineering Building

New construction: Stinson-Remick Hall Multidisciplinary Engineering Building; BSA LifeStructures

By Source: BSA LifeStructures
Educational August 9, 2012

Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Research Center

New construction: Michigan Technological University Great Lakes Research Center; Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber Inc. (FTC+H)

By Source: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber Inc. (FTC+H)
Educational August 9, 2012

BJC Institute of Health

New construction: BJC Institute of Health; McClure Engineering

By Source: McClure Engineering
Educational May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Erin Lowery, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 34

Senior Associate, Facilities Engineering Group, Primera, Chicago

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Educational May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Jonathan Mesik, PE, CPD, LEED AP, 34

Associate, Director of MEP Engineering, Holabird & Root, Chicago

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Educational May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: John P. O’Brien, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 38

Principal, Indiana Operations Manager, Heapy Engineering, Indianapolis

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Educational May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Robert P. Schaffer, PE, 32

Senior Structural Engineer, Assistant Project Manager, Bala Consulting Engineers, King of Prussia, Pa.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Educational April 11, 2012

Building automation institutional market sees growth

Building automation equipment in institutional buildings like schools and hospitals is expected to grow as owners look to cut down on energy costs and make operations more efficient in buildings that require a lot of energy for a variety of uses.

By IMS Research (IHS Inc.)
Educational March 20, 2012

School uses DV in underground athletic facility

For the subgrade athletic center at Sidwell Friends School, a K-12 school on 15 acres in Washington, D.C., displacement ventilation (DV) was ideal for the 23,000-sq-ft, four-court gymnasium, which is equipped with retractable bleacher seating for 600. In this enclosed, high-ceilinged space, airborne contaminants consist mainly of carbon dioxide and odor from athletes and spectators.

By Raymond W. Schultz, PE, Cannon Design
Educational March 20, 2012

When, where to use displacement ventilation

Displacement ventilation can be used instead of mixed-flow ventilation in HVAC systems. To evaluate its suitability, consider IAQ, comfort, energy consumption, and cost.

By Raymond W. Schultz, PE, Cannon Design
Educational March 7, 2012

Zero energy buildings on the rise across the U.S.: report

Report finds projects expanding in number, geography, and building type of zero energy commercial buildings as well as zero energy-capable buildings.

Educational January 18, 2012

SOC, Siemens collaborate on fire, safety seminars

Security on Campus and Siemens will offer Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminars.

Educational September 21, 2011

Back to school

I have been thinking about going back to school, and what it means to be a student again.

Educational September 20, 2011

Engineering a university

Colleges and universities remain a hot market for engineers, whether it’s a new facility or an update of an existing building.

By Mike Broge, PE, LEED AP, Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Madison, Wis.
Educational September 19, 2011

Classroom acoustics affect student achievement

Classroom mechanical systems should be designed with lower noise levels to optimize student reading comprehension.

By Lauren M. Ronsse, PhD, and Lily M. Wang, PhD, PE, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Educational September 6, 2011

High expectations in higher educational facilities

Colleges and universities must keep up with a demand for high-tech facilities, sustainability requirements, competition for students, and decreasing public funding. Engineers are charged with meeting the complex needs of such buildings.

By Jenni Spinner, Contributing Editor
Educational June 29, 2011

School’s BAS controls lights, HVAC

An elementary school’s new BAS combined HVAC and lighting controls provide wireless capabilities and lower costs.

By Louis-Nicolas Hamer, PE, LEED AP, SCL Elements Inc./CAN2GO, Montreal
Educational June 29, 2011

Merging HVAC and lighting controls

Manage both HVAC and lighting from a single controller for a more cost-effective and scalable BAS.

By Louis-Nicolas Hamer, PE, LEED AP, SCL Elements Inc./CAN2GO, Montreal
Educational May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Marcus Sanchez, PE, LEED AP, 37

Vice President and Director of Operations, Henderson Engineers Inc. (HEI), Phoenix

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Educational March 3, 2011

Private engineering firms cut costs for public projects

Polytechnic Institute of New York University finds private engineers save public works projects at least 15%.

By SOURCE: ACEC New York
Educational February 8, 2011

Video: Building Envelope Commissioning

Discover how the commissioning process is applied to building envelopes using the exterior enclosure technical requirements of NIBS Guideline 3-2006 in conjunction with ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005. This introduction will review fundamentals of building enclosure design and offer insight into commissioning the envelope from the pre-design though occupancy.

Educational June 30, 2010

How to avoid building enclosure problems

Led by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) Senior Principal Peter E. Nelson, PE.

Educational March 1, 2010

Uptime Institute announces its designer program schedule

Uptime Institute announced its Accredited Tier Designer program schedule. The Accredited Tier Designer program limits the attendance at each session due to the intensive nature of the course material and the emphasis on topical discussions. The course provides instruction to design professionals, in the context of real-life designs, on practical application of the Tiers, including common issues...

Educational February 15, 2010

A real energy star

Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch in the Climate Protection Partnerships Division at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Educational January 7, 2010

MEP Insider – 2010-01-07 – 2010-01-07

Recent promotions and hires

Educational December 21, 2009

Capital’s buildings get greener

Washington, D.C., building owners will start measuring the energy use of commercial properties under a new law aimed at reducing energy use and costs for building owners and tenants.

By Amara Rozgus
Educational December 16, 2009

Engineering for the unknown

Predicting the future is hard, but by preparing for it, your engineering firm can excel down the road.

By Rob Barrick, PE, LEED AP, Smith Seckman Reid Inc., Nashville, Tenn.
Educational December 9, 2009

Industry Roundup – 2009-12-09

Contracts awarded and other industry news

Educational December 7, 2009

Bell & Gossett announces Little Red Schoolhouse training course schedule for beginning of 2010

Bell & Gossett announced the 2010 schedule for its free training seminars at the Little Red Schoolhouse Education Center.

By Source: Bell & Gossett
Educational November 23, 2009

Engineering gets a boost from the president

President Obama will encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math.

By Source: New York Times
Educational November 1, 2009

MTU Onsite Energy named official testing center

EGSA and Ferris State University now officially recognize the training center at MTU Onsite Energy's North American headquarters in Mankato, Minn., and the Caterpillar Inc. facility in Peoria, Ill., as official testing centers for the EGSA Generator Technician Certification Program. “Our designation as an official Testing Center helps us provide even more value for technicians who come to...

Educational October 7, 2009

PLTW creates innovators

A report finds that Project Lead the Way is succeeding in creating a new generation of innovators.

By Source: Project Lead the Way Inc.
Educational September 8, 2009

Youths’ image of engineering needs a boost

Pre-college engineering programs and camps work on changing youth attitudes and encouraging the innovative minds of the future.

By Bettina Chang
Educational September 4, 2009

Summit on high-performance educational buildings coming soon to New York City

Summit on high performance educational facilities announced for Sept. 16th in New York City.

By Source: Reuters
Educational September 2, 2009

Former power plant to save power as LEED school

The 104-year-old Chicago power plant-turned-public school will earn LEED gold.

By Source: Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune
Educational September 1, 2009

Houston school cuts costs, increases efficiency

Parents and students have high expectations when they select a school, whether it is public or private. They want a quality education that prepares students for the future. State-of-the-art facilities, safety, and security are of primary concern.

Educational September 1, 2009

DOE tightens efficiency standards for distribution transformers

New standards mean that distribution transformers are probably getting pricier, but are they getting more efficient?

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor, Plant Engineering Magazine
Educational August 28, 2009

University smart grid uses Facebook and Twitter

The University of Mississippi plans on real-time reporting of campus energy usage via RSS and social networking tools.

By Source: Smart Grid News
Educational August 19, 2009

Dept. of Energy hosting energy efficiency jobs webinar

On Aug. 27, the DOE will host a free webinar about retrofit jobs in the buildings industry.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Educational August 14, 2009

LEED-platinum data center uses geothermal cooling

A geothermal system cools the ACT data center in Iowa.

By Source: Rich Miller, Data Center Knowledge
Educational August 12, 2009

Harvard to install solar panels on office complex

The prestigious university will place 500 kW panels on buildings in Cambridge, Mass.

By Source: Erin Ailworth, Boston Globe
Educational August 5, 2009

Major stimulus for solar energy integration

The U.S. Dept. of Energy and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act announce the investment of nearly $12 million for solar energy grid integration systems.

By Source: Energy Efficiency News
Educational August 1, 2009

Unemployment up for engineers

Electrical engineers have been hit hard by the struggling economy and increased overseas competition, as a report from the U.S. Labor Dept.'s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the unemployment rate for that field hit a record high in the second quarter of 2009. According to USA Today, the BLS study stated that 8.

By Edited by Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Educational August 1, 2009

Education center seeks first Living Building certification

The 6,200 sq ft Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) on the Omega Institute campus in Rhinebeck, N.Y., is not only on track to achieve U.S. Green Building Council LEED platinum, it may be the first building in America to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), according to an article on JetsonGreen.

By Edited by Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Educational July 23, 2009

Antimicrobial copper could improve HVAC

Research into copper HVAC units may improve indoor air quality and efficiency.

By Source: Copper Development Association
Educational July 10, 2009

First LEED for retail platinum awarded

Chipotle Mexican Grill earns first platinum in LEED for retail pilot program.

By Source: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chain Leader
Educational July 7, 2009

Engineering school’s building green in theory and practice

The University at Buffalo's new engineering building will earn LEED gold and educate the engineers of the future.

By Source: Brian Hayden, The Buffalo News
Educational July 1, 2009

Letters – 2009-07-01

Transformer costs I am writing you with concern about significant errors in the Pure Power article “Calculating the 'Real' Cost of Ownership for Transformers” (Spring 2009, page 20) by Thomas Patzner and Wendell Leisinger. The article is a disservice to readers seeking to reduce electricity waste. It overstates cost and underestimates savings of higher efficiency transformers, thereby making the wrong lifecycle cost conclusion. This is all the more troubling given the article's title.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 26, 2009

LEED requires performance data

In the latest version of LEED, buildings seeking certification must submit data periodically.

By Source: U.S. Green Building Council
Educational June 10, 2009

RJA Group Inc. hires new exec with goal of growth

Fire protection engineering firm RJA Group Inc. has hired Carl Baldassarra as its new executive vice president, and also has announced plans of creating an academy for its employees.

By Eli Kaberon
Educational June 8, 2009

Energy-efficient data center breaks ground

IBM, Syracuse University, New York State to build one of the world's most energy-efficient data centers. New facility will feature green technologies to reduce energy use by more than 50%.

By Source: IBM
Educational June 4, 2009

NSF backs professor studying power grid

Wayne State University in Detroit will look at energy and how it can be improved, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.

By Source: Wayne State University
Educational May 22, 2009

Students design low-cost electric generator

Marquette University students create an electric generator made from auto salvage parts. The generator runs off a water wheel or windmill.

By Source: BizTimes
Educational May 18, 2009

ASHRAE appoints first DOE Building Energy Codes fellow

The new fellow will assist the DOE in assessing the impact of updating state energy codes to meet the 2010 version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1.

By Source: ASHRAE
Educational May 11, 2009

DOE to fund wind power initiatives

Energy Secretary Steven Chu promises attendees at AWEA Windpower Conference that the government is serious about backing developments and deployment.

By Source: Peter Welander, Control Engineering
Educational April 21, 2009

The voice of youth is everywhere at Hannover Fair

TecToYou includes a series of guided tours of the fairgrounds and a robotics competition.

By Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
Educational April 9, 2009

Industry Roundup – 2009-04-09

Details about contracts awarded, and other industry news

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational April 3, 2009

What’s the premium for a green building?

A systemic study on the financial performance of green buildings reveals that green office buildings have higher market value than uncertified buildings.

By Source and Photo: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Educational March 30, 2009

Webcast highlights Advanced Energy Design Guide

Free webcast will help you implement recommendations from the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings.

By Source: EERE
Educational March 25, 2009

The Battle of Little Bighorn

Custer's last battle proved to be a power-problem.

By Dirk Christensen
Educational March 16, 2009

ASHRAE educational programs help raise awareness    

To help students gain a better understanding of how being plugged in impacts building energy use, ASHRAE is funding a teaching project for students at the University of Oregon called Plugged In!

By Source: ASHRAE
Educational March 13, 2009

Universities teach about green building

Oregon State and Portland State universities to partner on green building research programs.

By Source: Portland Business Journal
Educational March 3, 2009

Solid-state lighting designers honored

At its annual Solid-state Lighting R&D Workshop, the DOE honored lighting designers, manufacturers, researchers, and others for fostering solid-state lighting technology.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Educational March 1, 2009

Calculating the “Real” Cost of Ownership for Transformers

View the full story , including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Specifying a transformer is often a balancing act—you want it to be both energy-efficient and cost-effective to operate, but you also have to take the client’s budget into account, as well as the total costs of ownership over the building’s lifetime. In recent years there has been some confusion in the marketplace due to mixed messages about energy-efficient transformers and their viability for commercial building projects. The National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA) chose a 24-hr average loading of 35% for its TP1 transformer standard in 1996, an energy-efficiency level that was subsequently adopted by the U.S. Dept.

By Thomas Patzner and Wendell Leisinger Schneider Electric, Nashville, Tenn.
Educational March 1, 2009

Engineering a BIMStorm

View the full story , including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition High-impact decisions that affect a building's performance can be made at early design stages when engineering input has the highest potential impact. Web-enabled building information modeling (BIM) tools allow specifiers to position themselves as profitable information managers and can yield great value for clients. A traditional engineering process is very linear—waiting for the architect to complete his or her task before the engineer becomes involved. This is the limitation of current processes.

By Kimon Onuma, FAIA, Onuma Inc., Pasadena, Calif.
Educational February 25, 2009

Resources for the Resourceful –Arc flash

Blog contributor David Sellers discusses the hazards of working with live electrical equipment. Video clips, vivid images, and personal injury stories drive Sellers' point home about electrical safety in the workplace.

By David Sellers, Senior Engineer, Facility Dynamics Engineering
Educational January 22, 2009

Kansas universities lag on maintenance

The state’s Board of Regents reports that its six state university campuses face a backlog of deferred maintenance with a price tax exceeding three-quarters of a billion dollars.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational January 9, 2009

Companies team to provide fire protection to power management company

IFP-2000 fire alarm control panel meets building’s requirements for reliable fire protection solution.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational January 1, 2009

Minimize lifecycle cost of desiccant dehumidifiers

Energy is the most costly item to consider when looking at the lifecycle of HVAC equipment.

By Mike Hayes, PE, Munters Corp., Atlanta
Educational December 2, 2008

St. Olaf College science hall goes green

The Minnesota school's Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Science is on track to be the first university building of its size to earn LEED Platinum certification.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 1, 2008

Beloit School District powers up with UPS protection

The School District of Beloit, Wis., is responsible for more than 7,000 students in 17 schools and administrative buildings. Ranging from kindergarten to high school to alternative education, the school district emphasizes the implementation of new technology to further student achievement. Due to its growing size, the school district began to face problems connected to loss of data, interrupt...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational November 14, 2008

ASPE inducts fellows

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers inducted new fellows as its annual meeting.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational November 1, 2008

EGSA: The Voice of the On-Site Power Generating Industry

In 1965, at a time when on-site electrical power generation was still in its infancy, a handful of U.S. generator-set manufacturers saw the need for a more focused identity for their industry. Banding together, they formed what is known today as the Electrical Generating Systems Assn. (EGSA). After 43 years of service to the industry, the association has come a long way from its modest beginni...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 24, 2008

California efficiency laws save the state big bucks

Energy Efficiency, Innovation, and Job Creation in California" a study from the University of California Berkeley, confirmed the research done by California Air Resources Board that energy efficiency practices help states cut energy independence, create jobs, and increase the gross state product.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 21, 2008

U.S. mayors work for greener schools

Pooling national sustainability knowledge and resources, the Mayors Alliance for Green Schools seeks to push environmentally friendly practices at American educational facilities.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 3, 2008

Turbines ‘no risk to farm birds’

Wind turbines pose less of a risk to farmland birds than previously thought, a study has concluded.

By Amara Rozgus
Educational September 26, 2008

LEED 2009, USGBC’s new strategic plan

The strategic plan is available online, carrying members into 2013.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational September 19, 2008

2009 Construction Outlook Series

The Construction Forecast Webcast Series is a unique online event delivering the most up-to-date information on current construction activity and a clear forecast of the construction industry in 2009 and beyond.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational September 10, 2008

USGBC launches ‘green’ school campaign

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Fifty for Fifty initiative seeks to partner with state lawmaker to promote eco-friendly construction of learning facilities.

By Jenni Spinner
Educational September 8, 2008

ASHRAE withdraws Air Barrier Addendum z

ASHRAE has withdrawn BSR/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard Addendum z, which would have added requirements for a continuous air barrier to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 29, 2008

Can’t you just fax it to me?

Essential communications in engineering often are broken because of mismatches of various kinds. CAD system formats don't match, the occasional Mac shows up in a world of PCs, someone sends a Word 2007 file to someone who uses Word 2003. It's natural that everyone uses what they own. It is considered unnecessary to change software just for the sake of change.

By Joel Orr, PhD, Chief Visionary, Cyon Research Corp., Bethesda, Md.
Educational August 22, 2008

MIT discovery unleashes solar revolution

First, MIT scientists recharged batteries wirelessly. Now they can mimic essence of plants' energy storage system.

By Amara Rozgus
Educational August 21, 2008

IEEE chair on NBC’s Today Show

Karen Panetta, IEEE Women in Engineering Committee chair, appeared on NBC's The Today Show on July 18. Panetta discussed the nationally acclaimed Nerd Girls program, which she created and founded.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 1, 2008

Decentralized boiler system schools campus in efficiency

In September 2006, Concordia University, a 187-acre campus nestled on the banks of the Huron River in Ann Arbor, Mich., began a project to reduce energy use.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 1, 2008

Get a life (cycle)

Green building rating systems, such as U.S. Green Building Council's LEED, Green Globes, and BREEAM, encourage designers to select products and materials that minimize the negative environmental impacts of building products over the lifetime of a building. Such considerations are embodied in what is known as a lifecycle analysis (LCA).

By William J. Kosik, Chicago Managing Principal, EYP Mission Critical Facilities Inc.
Educational July 1, 2008

Grounding and bonding practices for hazardous areas

Within certain industrial facilities, there are areas of atmospheric conditions that may be inherently harmful to humans. If an ignition source is present within those areas, an explosion or fire can take place, causing damage to equipment, and injury or death to personnel.

By Jeff Heinemann, EIT, Electrical Engineer, and Jaron Vande Hoef, PE, Senior Project Engineer, Interstates Engineering, Sioux Center, Iowa
Educational July 1, 2008

Using demand-based reset strategies

Thanks to the growing application of energy management and control systems (EMCS), it has become possible to monitor equipment much more closely than what was possible with pneumatic and electric control systems.

By Reinhard Seidl, PE, Principal, Taylor Engineering, Alameda, Calif.
Educational July 1, 2008

Letters – 2008-07-01

Letters to the editor

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational May 8, 2008

U.S. Army gives $3.5 million to pre-college engineering camps for minorities

The U.S. Army Research Office supports a series of pre-college engineering summer camps held at nine universities across the country to foster an interest in engineering among high school students. The program, UNITE, serves minority populations by helping students prepare for engineering careers at 4- to 8-week summer camps that are structured around academic courses and hands-on activities.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational May 1, 2008

Technical training high priority

A/E firm leaders say design and technical training is the most important type of training to provide to employees, according to ZweigWhite's newly released “2008 Training & Development Survey of Architecture, Engineering, Planning & Environmental Consulting Firms.”

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational May 1, 2008

Mentoring HVAC engineers

Mentoring is the process of transferring knowledge and experience between individuals and groups of people.

By Timothy M. Scruby, PE, Senior Project Manager, Facility Dynamics Engineering, Afton, Va.
Educational April 23, 2008

Report data shows strong labor market for engineers

According to NSF data from three separate surveys, individuals working in science and engineering occupations grew by 4.3%, and their unemployment rate dropped to 2.5% in 2006, the lowest unemployment rate since the early 1990s. Read on for other engineering employment trends.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational April 23, 2008

Industry roundup: partnerships, mergers, etc. – 2008-04-23

News from, Fluke, Schreder Lighting, Yaskawa Electric America, Johnson Controls, LENOX, Q-Tran, Emerson Network Power, UTC Canada Corp., Trane, S&C Electric, and Dover Corp.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational April 1, 2008

Commissioning on campus

When practitioners in the buildings industry think of campuses—college universities, resorts, industrial complexes, etc., they envision large, expansive systems that perform exotic HVAC processes.

By David Sellers, PE, Senior Engineer, Facility Dynamics Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Educational March 27, 2008

Engineers Without Borders-USA holds annual conference this weekend

Co-hosted by the University of Washington and Seattle University student chapters, and the Puget Sound professional chapter, the three-day conference will focus on the theme “Sustainable Engineering, Global Health."

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational March 19, 2008

U.S. DOE announces solar cell investment

The U.S. DOE announced that it will invest up to $13.7 million over the next three years in 11 projects run by nine universities that will develop advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing processes and products.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational March 13, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-03-13

News from BSA LifeStructures, Environmental Systems Design, EMCOR Group, KlingStubbins, Jacobs Carter Burgess, CMTA, SmithGroup, RTKL Assocs., and Maregatti Interiors.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational January 22, 2008

On-site power generation school

School offers two-tiered approach, with basic and advanced levels designed to meet the needs and diverse backgrounds of those who attend the schools. The basic school is a general, but still technical, overview of on-site power generation equipment. The advanced school is more highly technical with in-depth coverage of the equipment.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational January 18, 2008

Energy efficiency building guide available online

ASHRAE and several organizations, in an effort to encourage energy efficient design in a range of building types, have made the Advanced Energy Design Guide series available free online.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 1, 2007

Benefits of green office buildings

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego and CoStar Group, Bethesda, Md., have produced a comprehensive nationwide analysis on the financial benefits of green office buildings. The study focuses on green buildings that carry the Energy Star rating, provided by the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 1, 2007

Fault current limiter project for Southern California Edison

American Superconductor Corp., Westborough, Mass., and Southern California Edison (SCE), Rosemead, Calif., in October announced a cooperative agreement award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) on a project to develop and perform in-grid testing of a transmission-voltage fault current limiter (FCL) solution.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 1, 2007

2007 ARC Awards: Winning through quality and communications

In judging Consulting-Specifying Engineer's sixth annual Advancing, Reinvigorating, and Cultivating excellence in engineering (ARC Awards), we decided to keep it simple, awarding three projects for new construction and two for renovation/reconstruction. In doing so, the achievements demonstrated by the winning projects stand out in the engineering community.

By Scott Siddens and Melissa Hillebrand
Educational November 2, 2007

Survey says: This is my fave building

The Livable Buildings Awards have been bestowed on three commercial buildings. In a twist, occupants ranked their buildings, thus selecting the awards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 23, 2007

The climate has changed for energy efficiency

The U.S. EPA has lead the charge on energy efficiency and the environment, and is encouraging engineers to take on the challenge.

By Jean Lupinacci, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch.
Educational October 16, 2007

German university wins architecture contest in Solar Decathlon

The German Technische Universität Darmstadt took an early lead on Monday, Oct. 15, in the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon by winning the architecture contest—the first of 10 contests—receiving 193.25 points out of a possible 200 points.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 5, 2007

High-Tech, Solar-Powered Homes Come to the National Mall

The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s third Solar Decathlon has brought students from 20 of the world’s leading universities to Washington, D.C., to transform the National Mall into a solar village.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 3, 2007

Escape plan hidden in Deutsche Bank fatal fire

Firefighters who responded to the Aug. 18 former Deutsche Bank building fire did not know of the special plan to allow emergency use of the building's sealed stairs, according to official documents and interviews. The stairwells were sealed with heavy plywood and plastic to prevent toxic materials from escaping, but hinged trapdoors were put in the plywood slabs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 3, 2007

Q&A with mass-notification Web cast speaker available now

A question-and-answer with William Sako, executive vice president, RJA, Chicago, has been posted on Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Web site. Sako presented a CSE Web cast "How to Address Integration and Interoperability for Campus Mass-Notification Systems."

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 2, 2007

New Findings Contradict Common Perception of Parallel Fan Efficiency

A new study finds that despite common perception, parallel fan-powered air-terminal units, which are used to distribute cooled or heated air in commercial building cooling systems, may not be more efficient than series fans.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 1, 2007

Site highlights

• A question-and-answer with William Sako, executive vice president, RJA, Chicago, has been posted at www.csemag.com. Sako presented a CSE webcast “How to Address Integration and Interoperability for Campus Mass-Notification Systems.” • “The art of weighing sustainable lighting solutions,” by Insiya Divan, lighting designer with Syska Hennessy’s Los Ang...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational September 18, 2007

Safeway store becomes solar-powered

A broad renewable energy initiative pushes a California grocer into adding solar panels on its roof, among other things.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 10, 2007

SmithGroup merges with AREA Design, Ltd.

SmithGroup, a leading architecture, engineering, interiors and planning firm, announced that it has merged with Chicago-based AREA Design, Ltd, a commercial interiors firm headed by architect Angie Lee, FAIA, IIDA.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 9, 2007

NASA’s science building breaks eco-friendly ground

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is LEED Registered and actively pursuing LEED for New Construction Silver Certification. It has integrated sustainable design initiatives on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 9, 2007

M/E Insider: Recent New Hires and Promotions – 2007-08-09

ASHRAE appoints new officers, KTA and RJA open new offices, and more.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational July 5, 2007

CSE Webcast Addresses Integration of Campus Security

CSEis proud to present security-system expert William Sako, executive vice president, RJA, as the instructor for this how-to webcast. The 60-minute webcast, How to Address Integration and Interoperability for Campus Mass-Notification Systems, originally aired June 21 and includes a 15-minute live Q&A session with the audience.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational July 5, 2007

NFPA Gives Awards at World Safety Conference

Each year the National Fire Protection Assn.’s (NFPA) Standards Council recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the organization in the development of codes and standards. Awards were presented to 35 individuals at the World Safety Conference & Exposition, which took place in Boston June 3 to June 7.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational July 5, 2007

Marriott International Approves Viking Electronic as Vendor

In one of its latest moves to improve the safety and comfort of its guests, Marriott International, Inc. has certified Viking Electronic Services as an approved vendor for life and property protection.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational July 1, 2007

Site Highlights…

“How to Address Integration and Interoperability for Campus Mass-Notification Systems,” a CSE live webcast on www.csemag.com. Security-system expert William Sako, executive vice president, RJA, is the instructor for this how-to webcast that is archived on the website and available free-of-charge to all interested users.

By Staff
Educational July 1, 2007

EWeek 2008 At-a-Glance

Engineers Week 2008 aims to offer a broad program of outreach and education efforts to encourage more women and other diverse groups to consider engineering careers. EWeek 2008, scheduled for Feb. 17 to Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C., is co-chaired by IBM and the Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA. Throughout the next months, CSE will bring its readers information on Engineers Week 2008 through p...

By Staff
Educational July 1, 2007

Letters: Reader Feedback – 2007-07-01

More on “Engineering Shortage: Employers to Blame?” I was shaking my head up and down saying yes to myself as I was reading your article. Unfortunately, many companies are public and have to work on a quarter-to-quarter basis for “shareholder wealth.” That's no way to run a company properly, but it's the way most businesses are run—even if they're private.

By Staff
Educational June 13, 2007

Studies Confirm Public Health, Economic Risks of Dampness and Mold

The journal Indoor Air will publish a pair of studies, from Berkeley Lab and the EPA, that quantify the public health risks and economic consequences from building dampness and mold.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 7, 2007

Face Recognition Vendor Test Available from NIST

The Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 2006, latest in a series of large scale independent evaluations for face recognition systems, is available. The FRVT 2006 was sponsored by multiple U.S. government agencies and was conducted and managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 1, 2007

DOE to Invest up to $8.2 Million for Hydrogen Storage Research

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced earlier this year DOE plans to provide up to $8.2 million over four years—FY07 to FY10—for six hydrogen storage research projects, directly supporting President Bush's Advanced Energy Initiative (AEI). The aim is to increase U.

By Staff
Educational May 24, 2007

ASHRAE Publishes New Standard 62.1

ASHRAE has published the latest version of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, which sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational May 2, 2007

Case study: Crestwood Condominiums

This grande dame of Kansas City, Mo.’s historic Country Club District has a long, storied and varied history. Originally built in 1917, the Crestwood was originally known as the Brookside Hotel and Apartments. It has served as temporary housing for military personnel in World War II, as a dorm for the St. Paul School of Theology, and as a home away from home for flight attendants. Most recently, it sat vacant and in a state of disrepair.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational May 1, 2007

Engineer Shortage: Employers to Blame?

At least once a week, my phone rings or I get an e-mail message from someone looking to hire an engineer. And whenever two or more engineering managers are in a room together, one of the most passionate discussions they have is about the shortage of engineers—not just experienced engineers who can lead projects, but engineers fresh out of school, too.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Educational April 30, 2007

Case Study: Rural Texas School District Upgrades Facilities

The Nueces Canyon Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) in Barksdale, Texas, completed more than $1 million in facility upgrades to improve building operations and comfort, while enabling the district to better control utility costs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational March 1, 2007

AASHE Requires LEED Silver

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has established a policy requiring all campus construction be built to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard as part of AASHE's support of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment.

By Staff
Educational December 19, 2006

New Products for Power Quality and Reliability – 2006-12-19

On-site power generation school schedule for 2007 has been released. The schools provide a complete overview of the components of an on-site power generation system. The three-day program provides students with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the technical aspects of the on-site power generation industry.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 1, 2006

Health Code

The whole is the sum of its parts. And nothing demonstrates this old maxim better than the seamless integration of engineered building systems at the recently completed Center for Health & Healing at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. “The building has so many different kinds of systems.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Educational December 1, 2006

Electrifying Integ Ration

With CSE's emphasis on integrated engineering, it's no surprise we'd take note of a building as integrated as Cleveland's recently renovated Idea Center at Playhouse Square. Constructed as a furniture showroom in 1912, the structure brings together both radio and television broadcast capabilities, along with live performance space and the ability to capture video from performances in the surrou...

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Educational November 1, 2006

ASPE Highlights: Touch-Based Faucets; Better Toilets; Piping

The most unusual sight on the floor of the biennial American Society of Plumbing Engineers convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition, held in Tampa last month, were the oversized beriatric toilets which were available in both traditional ceramic and stainless steel. The neatest product on the floor was a set of prototype touch-based faucets also capable of automatic shut-off.

By Staff
Educational October 1, 2006

Parents Weigh in on School IAQ

While industry organizations and the HVAC engineering community are certainly concerned with classroom indoor air quality, it's not surprising that parents have an opinion on the issue as well. Increased absenteeism, decreased concentration levels and declining academic performance—all resulting from poor school IAQ—were revealed as areas of concern for parents of school-aged children. A national survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Filtration Products found that half of 476 parents polled were concerned with air quality at their children's schools. And an even higher number, 80%, said they believe that poor school IAQ can have a direct negative effect on a child's performance and health.

By Staff
Educational September 22, 2006

New Business Tools: September 2006

Online continuing education program provides unlimited on-demand e-learning or a fixed annual fee. It covers the use and administration of MicroStation, ProjectWise, and the company’s comprehensive portfolio of building, civil, geospatial and plant solutions. For more information on Bentley LEARN, click here . Intern-management tool provides businesses with step-by-step guidance and reveals the best practices to effectively recruit, train and manage student interns.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational September 1, 2006

Katrina Impacting K-12 Design

The Gulf Coast has been battered by hurricanes and tropical storms for years, yet local school officials haven't always taken building design guidelines for natural disaster mitigation to heart. But a year after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, one K-12 school designer says things are improving. “Initially, many K-12 districts we worked with were slow to embrace the EHPA [Enhanced Hurricane Protection Area] requirements, viewing these 'added' building requirements as an unfunded mandate to increase their facility's initial cost while providing no source of revenue to pay for it,” said Jim Keohane, P.E., a principal and senior mechanical engineer with the Ft. Myers, Fla.

By Staff
Educational August 24, 2006

ASHRAE Student Design Competition Winners Announced

Night pre-cooling, naturally daylit areas and low-emission HVAC systems are some of the sustainable measures selected by students as part of ASHRAE’s 2006 Student Design Competition. This year’s competition focused on the mixed-use renovation of the Dallas Power & Light building in a historic area of Dallas. The renovation includes converting the majority of the former office building into residential apartments, with retail space occupying the first floor of the building. Awards were announced in three categories: HVAC system selection, HVAC system design and architectural design. The winning entries in the HVAC system selection and HVAC system design categories were awarded to the same team from The Pennsylvania State University: Justin Bem, Kevin Kaufman, David Melfi, Jon Gridley, Jessica Lucas and Yulien Wong.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 24, 2006

Clarkson University Partners with College Prep Engineering Program

Project Lead the Way, Inc. (PLTW), a national program forming partnerships among public schools, higher education and the private sector, has developed a four-year sequence of courses for high school students and a preparatory program for middle school students that Clarkson University says is a great match with its interdisciplinary Engineering and Management (iE&M) program. PLTW combines college preparatory mathematics and science courses and introduces students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology prior to entering college. The PLTW courses include: Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Principles of Engineering, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Engineering Design and Development; on the horizon are Biotechnical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. "Students participating in PLTW courses are better prepared and tend to be more successful in college engineering programs, especially those like that of Clarkson University's engineering and iE&M programs," stated Michael H.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 23, 2006

ASIS Announces Winner of School Security Funding Competition

ASIS International announced MiraMesaHigh School, San Diego, Calif., as the winner of its “School Security Funding Competition.” For its winning entry, ASIS will award the school $20,000 to begin implementing security improvements. The competition was launched in conjunction with ASIS International’s 52nd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, being held in San Diego, September 25-28, 2006. The competition was open to all 216 elementary, middle and high schools in the San DiegoUnifiedSchool District. In an essay format, school administrators were asked to assess the level of security on their campuses, discuss how particular security concerns impacted their educational goals for students and suggest how they would use the prize money to address those concerns and improve their school’s overall security. A committee of security experts from the San Diego Chapter of ASIS evaluated the entries and selected the winning school. MiraMesaHigh School will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on September 28that the San DiegoConvention Center.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 22, 2006

Buildy Award Winners Announced

A gathering of building integration and IT experts selected five Buildy Award winners at the Industry Gala at BuilConn 2006 last month in Palm Springs, Calif. This marks the third year for the Buildy Awards program, which honors North American organizations and individuals who best support the vision of networked building systems and was designed to increase awareness of the benefits of whole-building integration and honor successful implementation and product development strategies. Here are the winners: John J. “Jack” McGowan, President, Energy Control, Inc., was presented the Vision award for his vision of whole-building integration and interoperability through advocacy, promotion, education and training endeavors.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 1, 2006

Fuel Cell Market Powering Up

The fuel cell market is expected to reach more than $18.6 billion by 2013, and could hit almost $35 billion by that time, according to a new report. Residential and small stationary applications are the latest target for manufacturers, researchers say. The report, "Fuel Cell Technology and Market Potential 2006," was developed by Dublin, Ireland-based Research and Markets. Automotive, stationary and portable applications will provide the majority of sales. Proton exchange membrane products remain dominant in the overall market, the study reports, with molten carbonate cells taking the lead in larger installations.

By Staff
Educational May 3, 2006

Call for Paper Abstracts: International Congress “Fire Safety in Tall Buildings”

There’s less than a month left to enter paper abstracts for the “Fire Safety in Tall Buildings” International Congress to be hosted by the University of Cantabria (Spain) on October 19, 2006. The deadline for sending abstracts is May 20, 2006 . For information regarding the abstract guidelines and registration, please visit https://grupos.unican.es/gidai Should you need additional information, please contact Pablo Espina, espinap@unican.es.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational April 4, 2006

Energy Benchmarking: Does Your School Get a Passing Grade?

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By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational April 1, 2006

The Good (Google) Earth

Many readers have probably heard of Google Earth. But besides being a cool web program to play with, does it offer any professional application for consulting engineers? Yes, says Bentley Systems. The Exton, Pa.-based CAD software company has debuted a new, and free, visual tool for subscribers of its Microstation Select program. Users can import real images of places from Google Earth into their 2-D or 3-D building models. The idea, according to Joe Croser, global marketing director, is that you can make more exciting, or at least more realistic, renderings for non-CAD users of how buildings, bridges or power plants will actually look in a placed environment. Users can create hyperlinks that will take them to more details about a building, such as the CAD drawings of a cladding system.

By Staff
Educational April 1, 2006

Judicious Design

Home to the University of Oregon, the city of Eugene offers breathtaking scenic views and sprawling bike trails. But natural beauty isn't all the city has to offer. Eugene also has its fair share of art and culture.

By David Summers, P.E, Mechanical Engineer, Glumac, Portland, Ore.
Educational April 1, 2006

Direction on Directional Sound

Directional sound technology is a quantum leap for fire-emergency egress systems. Along with standard audible-visible devices, directional sounders allow designers to specify "audible exit signs" or map egress routes to the nearest exit. Using broadband, multi-frequency sound, directional sound is adaptable for two different applications. In a Type 1 installation, the intent is to place a sounder near each exit, stairwell or area of refuge as an audible cue for locating an egress during an emergency. Type 2 uses directional sounders to guide occupants along an escape route.

By Christa F. Poss, Product Manager, Directional-Sound Technology, System Sensor
Educational March 23, 2006

Industry Roundup: Acquisitions, Changes and Accreditations

• Berk-Tek, New Holland, Pa., manufacturer of copper and fiber-optic cabling products, was awarded a TL 9000 Code of Practice for Quality Systems certificate from Underwriter Laboratories for its New Holland factory. • Invensys Building Systems, Loves Park, Ill., has announced that its subsidiary, Precision Control Systems, Griffith, Ind., has moved back to local ownership and management, but will continue to represent Invensys regionally. • Mission Critical Power Systems, a supplier of power protection equipment and systems, is moving its corporate headquarters from Chino, Calif. to Las Vegas, Nev. • Phihong, Fremont, Calif., has joined with other PoE technology developers to form the Power-over-Ethernet Technology consortium, which will work to implement IEEE 802.3 Power-over-Ethernet equipment by defining a new set of standard specifications. • Siemens Energy & Automation, Alpharetta, Ga., has selected Datalliance, Cincinnati, Ohio, to enhance existing relationships with key customers. Datalliance is a complete electronic commerce service that utilizes comprehensive VMI functionality to allow collaboration between suppliers and their distributors across the Internet. • SimplexGrinnell, Boca Raton, Fla., a business unit of Tyco Fire & Security, has earned certified status in Microsoft's Partner Program by demonstrating its expertise with Microsoft technologies and ability to meet customer needs. • Stanley Security Solutions, Noblesville, Ind., a provider of access control and security solutions, has acquired West Chester, Pa.-based Pinnacle Electronic Systems.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational March 20, 2006

Results Announced for 2005 Lighting Certification Exam

Some 220 lighting practitioners sat for the 2005 Lighting Certification Examination, according to Robert Cilic, LC, with OSRAM Sylvania and president of the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions , Austin, Texas. NCQLP is a non-profit association, founded in 1991 to promote effective and efficient lighting practice. Through a peer review process, the NCQLP establishes the education, experience and examination requirements for certification in the lighting industry. In July 2005 , we reported that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has recognized the LC certification credential and included in its Facilities Standards for Public Buildings Service: “Lighting design shall be performed or supervised by a practitioner credentialed as Lighting Certified (LC)…” While we were unable to confirm this requirement with GSA (the agency did not respond to our attempts to contact them), we did solicit and receive opinions from the engineering community ( GSA Mandate Gets Mixed Reviews ). As a result of the 2005 LC exam, with a pass rate of 77.5%, the roster of LCs has been increased by 171.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational March 10, 2006

“Governator” Launches “Green California” Website

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration recently unveiled a sweeping new "Green California" website, based on his vision of an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly California. The new site, www.green.ca.gov , is filled with ideas, guidelines, reference materials, engineering data and environmentally friendly purchasing information to assist state and local government agencies and California businesses with the shift toward environmental sustainability, energy conservation and the reduction of landfill waste. It also provides government and business purchasing officials with detailed information on environmentally friendly products and services, and shows officials how to write environmental specifications into their bid solicitations. In a December 2004 executive order, Governor Schwarzenegger launched an aggressive action plan to reduce California's energy purchases for the thousands of state-owned buildings by 20% by 2015, while conserving other scarce natural resources. The executive order also urged local governments, K-12 schools, universities, community colleges and businesses to adopt the same goals.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational February 15, 2006

Univ. of Maryland Engineers Offer Long-Term Relief for Heating and Cooling Costs

New software developed at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering, with support from industry sponsors, may provide some solutions for spiraling heating and cooling costs. Called CoilDesigner, the software helps manufacturers design customized HVAC systems that cost less to build and use less energy.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational February 9, 2006

M/E Insider: Mergers, Promotions and New Hires

SEi Companies, Boston, and PKP Engineers, Washington, D.C., have announced a merger combining the staff and resources of their respective consulting engineering firms. The combined annual billings of the privately-held SEi Companies are expected to approach $20 Million in 2006. RTKL Assocs. has added two new health-care principals to its Los Angeles office.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational February 9, 2006

EWeek: Introduce a Girl to Engineering

With a sharpened focus on diversifying the ranks of engineering, Engineers Week 2006, February 19-25, will spearhead an all-out effort to reach young women and girls, especially during the sixth annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Feb. 23. “Girl Day,” as it’s known among engineers, is one of the most crucial components of the EWeek outreach. Women engineers, with help from their male counterparts, are planning to reach as many as one million girls through workshops, tours, speaking engagements, on-line discussions and a host of other activities aimed at showing that engineering is an important career option for everyone. Engineers have long promoted diversity outreach, but Girl Day 2006 takes on added urgency on the heels of startling findings from a survey of attitudes among high school girls, teachers and counselors, engineering students, and engineers. According to the Extraordinary Women Engineers Project (EWEP) study, led by a coalition of engineering associations and the WGBH Educational Foundation and released in April 2005, more than 90% of high school girls do not even consider engineering as a career option. More troubling is the fact that there is no lack of ability or preparation on the part of girls and young women.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational February 1, 2006

Arc Flash Labeling Setback

Going into hearings last month for proposed revisions to the 2008 edition of the National Electrical Code, our correspondent discovered much anticipation about new requirements for arc flash hazards, particularly mandatory labeling on electrical equipment regarding incident energy. A number of manufacturers, notably Square D, have already taken steps toward this end. But in preliminary committee balloting of the 2008 NEC, in Hiltonhead, S.C., these more rigorous requirements for labeling flash hazard suffered a significant loss of support. According to Mike Anthony, P.E., a senior electrical engineer with Architectural and Engineering Services at the University of Michigan, and a member of the panel considering the code change, the proposal was defeated seven to one and incident energy labeling will remain as spelled out in the 2005 code cycle.

By Staff
Educational February 1, 2006

Briefly … – 2006-02-01

The Thermostat Recycling Corp. recently announced it has recovered close to 88,000 thermostats containing more than 819 lbs. of mercury in 2005—up 10% and 12% respectively from the devices collected in 2004. Engineers searching for government project opportunities can now take advantage of an enhanced version of the U.S.

By Staff
Educational January 31, 2006

Cogen Plant, Under Construction, Already Saving NJ University $1 Million

The New Jersey Clean Energy Program--managed by South Jersey Gas and sponsored by the NJ Board of Public Utilities--will refund $1 million to RowanUniversity, Glassboro, for its cogeneration plant, an $11 million combined heat and power project that’s expected to be completed in September. Rowan is being rewarded because the plant will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dramatically improve efficiency. Once online, the plant will generate 80% of Rowan's electricity. Steam, created as a by-product, will be extracted and utilized for heating, hot water and air conditioning.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational January 1, 2006

Key to the Future: Franklin’s Kite?

I would be remiss if I didn't point out an important anniversary that takes place this month: The 300th birthday of Benjamin Franklin. One of my favorite American historical figures, Dr. Franklin is owed a debt of gratitude by all of us, not only for helping to launch this nation, but also for his pioneering work in electrical power.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational January 1, 2006

Carolina Connectivity

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the nation's first state university, founded in 1789. So perhaps it's appropriate that the home of the Tar Heels will be the first school of its size to integrate all of its individual building automation systems (BAS) into an enterprise building management system (EBMS) using web services. This new system, designed by Affiliated Engineers, Inc. will be fully implemented over the next 12 to 16 months. Due to the massive size of the current building automation infrastructure—more than 140 buildings with approximately 33,000 BAS points throughout the school's 729-acre campus—UNC felt that it was time to integrate all of the disparate systems and system points into one graphical user interface.

By Sanjyot Bhusari, LEED AP, Systems Integration Engineer, David Brooks, P.E., Technology Group Project Manager, Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Gainesville, Fla., and Jay Evans, EMCS Facilities Group Operations Manager, University of North Carolina, Chapel H
Educational December 13, 2005

A $1.5 Million Pledge for an Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory

Carrier Corporation, Syracuse, N.Y., has pledged $1.5 million to the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems to create a world-class laboratory to study the effects of indoor air quality in buildings. Dr. Greg Powers, Carrier's vice president of engineering, was joined by Congressman James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.) and Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor in making the announcement before 200 attendees at the annual symposium sponsored by the Center of Excellence.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 13, 2005

More on the Upcoming 2006 AHR Expo

AHR Expo 2006, which billed itself as the world's largest trade show for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, will take place from Jan. 23 through 25 at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center. With more than 1,800 exhibitors, both national and international, in more than 375,000 net sq. ft.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 5, 2005

SBIC Announces Annual Award Winners

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) has announced the winners of its Best Sustainable Practice Awards and Exemplary Sustainable Building Awards at the 2005 SBIC Awards ceremony on Dec. 15 at the WashingtonConvention Center in Washington, D.C. The Exemplary Sustainable Award recognizes institutional, residential and government buildings that demonstrate the successful application of the whole building design approach. The Best Sustainable Practice Award recognizes the contributions SBIC members make sustainability across the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 1, 2005

A+ for IAQ IQ

Many engineers are predisposed to the notion that a high-performance building simply can't deliver ideal indoor air quality because of the costs associated with conditioning lots of outside air. To that, the engineers from Lentz Engineering Assocs., Avon, Conn., say, "Nuts." WWII buffs know that's the famed response of General Tony McAuliffe to a request by the advancing German Army for him to surrender at Bastogne. That bit of American vernacular confused the German officers.

By Jim Crockett Editor-in-Chief
Educational December 1, 2005

Tech-Development Efforts Hope To See Green From Clean Energy

Recently announced ventures in New York, Michigan and California are proof that regional development authorities are starting to see clean-energy technology development as a possible jobs booster. Managers of the programs, which include two recently opened technology centers and a proposed venture-capital competition, hope to spur the same kind of economic growth from these alternative-energy efforts as was seen by high-tech incubators in the 1980s. At the Troy, N.Y. , campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this summer, New York state officials opened a $20 million Center for Future Energy Systems , developed in partnership with Cornell University and the Brookhaven National Laboratory .

By Staff
Educational December 1, 2005

Latest in Lab Design: Sweaters

The vision of college professors in tweed jackets is a common stereotype. Perhaps that preconception subconsciously affected the M/E/P designers of Clark University's new Lasry Center for Bioscience in Worcester, Mass., as the team cast aside traditional schemes for one that's left school officials telling its researchers to "put on a sweater." The odd mandate stemmed from the desire of school officials to make its new 50,000-sq.-ft. Cathy '83 and Marc '81 Lasry Center for Bioscience a project that was not only sustainable, but also stuck to the roughly $250 per-sq.-ft.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Staff Editor
Educational October 20, 2005

Studies in Power Management: Two Cases

Large facilities, whether spread out over a campus setting or housed under a single roof, face unique challenges in keeping energy costs and usage under control. With utility costs rising, the ability to allocate expenses to various budget units is becoming an important factor in understanding where efficiency measures make sense. And getting better control of electrical operations can mean substantial savings when utility peak-demand pricing programs are involved. Facility managers for the University of Chicago's main campus in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood are responsible for buildings serving a range of needs, from typical classroom structures to specialized medical, biological and physical science facilities.

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Educational October 10, 2005

Green Georgia on My Mind

The state of Georgia leads the U.S. in the number of LEED-certified public buildings, according to the Sept. issue of Energy Ace Newsletter .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 1, 2005

Internship: Testing Ground for New Recruits

Hiring new engineers can be a lot like getting married. This is a relationship you want to get right the first time. In fact, the number of hours your new employee spends at work will probably be greater than the waking hours he or she spends with a partner.

By Dan ryan, Director of Human Resources, and Beth Harvell, Human Resources Coordinator, Smith Seckman Reid, Nashville
Educational September 26, 2005

M/E Insider: New Hires

• A/E firm Kling has hired Scott Waters, AIA, as director of projects. Waters has worked extensively with the federal government during his more than 24 years in architecture, and will help grow Kling’s federal government business, as well as enhance the overall capabilities of the company’s Washington, D.C. office. • Gene Heyer, P.E., PMP, has joined DL Engineering & Controls, Inc.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational September 14, 2005

Controlling Energy Use at Argonne National Laboratory

One of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s largest science and engineering research laboratories is equipping its facilities with intelligent energy management technology to help control energy-related costs and improve reliability. Based near Chicago and operated by the University of Chicago, Argonne National Lab conducts a range of scientific research in the physical, life and environmental sciences.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational September 14, 2005

U.S. Dept. of Energy Selects Developer for Hybrid Fuel Cell-Gas Turbine System

Atlanta-based GE Energy has been selected by the U.S. Dept. of Energy to develop a highly efficient, multi-megawatt solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)-based power system operating on coal. Under a 10-year, three-phase agreement with DOE valued at $83 million, GE Energy's Hybrid Power Generation Systems (HPGS) business will design and demonstrate an integrated gasification fuel cell (IGFC) system that incorporates a hybrid SOFC/gas turbine as the primary power generation unit.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational September 8, 2005

Internship Programs Can Be a Testing Ground for New Recruits

Editor’s Note: The following is a very brief digest of a much longer article on the same topic that will appear in an upcoming issue of CSE. Hiring new engineers for your firm can be a lot like getting married. The number of hours your new employees will spend at work is probably greater than the time they will spend with a spouse, friend or anyone else.

By Dan Ryan, Director of Human Resources and Beth Harvell, Human Resources Coordinator Smith Seckman Reid Nashville
Educational September 1, 2005

Sizing Neutrals for Transformers

K-rated transformers are typically used where anticipated loads include nonlinear power supplies. They don't remove harmonic distortion from the system. Rather, they handle the added current and heating effects resulting from nonlinear loads without damage. Underwriters Laboratories has established ratings of 1, 4, 9, 13, 20, 30, 40 and 50 as standard K-factor ratings.

By Keith Lane, P.E., Vice President - Engineering, SASCO, Seattle
Educational August 24, 2005

National Standard on Classroom Acoustics Now Available

Thanks to a unique partnership of industry supporters—including Armstrong Ceiling Systems, ANSI S12.60-2002 American National Standard Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools , provides guidance to design professionals, educational facilities planners and the general public.l districts, architects and building planners in designing classrooms to optimize the ability of children to learn and prosper.  ASA relies upon sales of standards to help fund its standards development activities, so it cannot give them away for free. Armstrong manufacturers acoustical ceilings and wall panels, metal and wood ceilings, as well as ceiling sound systems. illbruck Architectural Products manufactures ceiling and wall panels, plus a variety of other architectural products for acoustics and noise control. Trane is a global provider of HVAC systems. “These businesses, all innovators in their fields, are demonstrating their great leadership by partnering with us to make this important classroom acoustics standard freely available to all. The standard is available through the ASA Standards Store at https://asastore.aip.org/ .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 15, 2005

Energy Management 101: Controlling Costs Campus-wide with EEM

It’s becoming more challenging for educational institutions to find the funds for facility upgrades and expansion, but in many cases, an untapped source of revenue exists in improved energy-management practices. Across North America, innovative colleges and universities are deploying energy management technology to help reduce electricity bills and avoid costly power-quality related interruptions. By their very nature, large educational institutions have a lot to gain from managing their energy wisely. Characterized by a sprawling campus, multiple buildings, thousands of residents and a diverse range of power requirements, a typical university campus is like any progressive community—a large energy consumer.

By Anthony Tisot, Power Measurement
Educational August 12, 2005

New Products: Trends in IT

• Bentley Systems, Exton, Pa., says that thus far this year, more than 30,000 students representing the future of engineering have become empowered by MicroStation PowerDraft CAD software. The software is being offered by the BE Careers Network to all students and instructors through a free download at www.becareers.org . • Corecon Technologies, Huntington Beach, Calif., unveiled its Corecon 4.0 software earlier this year. The application uses web-based solutions for estimating and project management for the A/E/C industry with a built-in interface to most popular accounting software.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 4, 2005

Feds Turns to Classrooms to Fight Fires

Each year in the United States, there are enormous economic losses as a result of fire. According to federal statistics, almost 1.6 million fires were reported in the U.S. in 2003.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational August 1, 2005

Fifty Years of Promoting Security

This year the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) International turned 50, and as is fitting for a major anniversary celebration, the organization anticipates a large crowd of some 19,000 security industry professionals at its 2005 meeting in Orlando, Fla., from Sept. 12 through 15. Special sessions, presented by former Secretary of State Colin L.

By Staff
Educational August 1, 2005

Ventilation That Makes Labs Safe and Energy-Efficient

Commissioning is great business for consulting engineers. One problem, however, is selling clients on why they should pay extra for commissioning. But if the building is a laboratory, then the sales job becomes much easier. This is because safety is paramount in a lab and depends on properly operating ventilation systems to protect occupants and—in the case of bio-containment labs—the environment. The modern laboratory is composed of many systems and subsystems bound together in complex ways.

By Carl C. Schultz, P.E., CxA, Chief Mechanical Engineer, URS Corporation, Columbus, Ohio
Educational July 1, 2005

Audio Big at WSCE

Much of the buzz at the expo portion of NFPA's World Safety Conference and Expo in Las Vegas this past month had to do with sound itself, notably directional sound and mass notification. "The floor of a casino would be perfect," said Warde Comeaux of Global Fire Protection Consulting, Inc., Concord, Calif., speaking of the directional sounding device exhibited by System Sensor. "It really is a good piece of equipment that I'd like to see in a lot of buildings." In a nutshell, the product, branded as "ExitPoint" and selling under the Notifier label, sends out a different type audible signal vs. traditional horn alarms that helps direct people in smoke-filled areas to exit points. Even bigger news was talk that the technology may be included in the 2006 revision to NFPA 72.

By Staff
Educational June 30, 2005

HVAC News and Solutions: June 24, 2005

CSE Magazine is pleased to present you with CSE HVAC Solutions. For customer support or to stop receiving e-mail promotions from CSE Magazine please scroll to the bottom for instructions. HomeAbout CSE Advertise with CSE Electrical Fire HVAC Lighting Plumbing Power June 24, 2005 This special edition of CSE NewsWatch focusing on the HVAC market is brought to you by the editors of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. This Issue's Stories 1.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 28, 2005

Communications/ Security  FINALISTS

316L by Cablofil Stainless-steel cable tray for corrosive environments installs faster than traditional cable management methods, according to the manufacturer, because it can be configured on site to any installation. The tray utilizes a passivation and etching process to prevent rust and scales on the stainless steel surface. www.cablofil.com 4000 Series Raceway by Wiremold/Legrand Pre-wired raceway designed for schools, institutions and commercial facilities installs in as little as one-third the time required for field-assembled perimeter raceways, according to the manufacturer.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 24, 2005

Two New Algorithms for Data Center Cooling Design

Consulting Engineers who are involved in the design of data centers know the effects of packing greater and greater computing power into smaller and smaller spaces. With the advent of blade servers in computer rooms, a data center’s annual cooling bill can run literally into the millions of dollars. Several manufacturers of data center cooling and power applications have developed integrated solutions to the problem, but now a research team from Duke University and Hewlett-Packard Labs have developed new algorithms for addressing the problem of high temperatures at data centers. Justin Moore and his colleagues have developed algorithms to avoid the hot spots that are created when temperatures in a data center are kept at a uniform level. One algorithm gives a server less work as its environment heats up.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 20, 2005

California, Florida to Lead K-12 Construction through 2008

Several states will experience growth in the K-12 school construction market through 2008, according to 2005-2008 K-12 School Market for Design and Construction Firms from Natick, Mass.-based construction management consulting firm ZweigWhite. Leading the way is California, which boasts the largest K-12 school market in the U.S. and where K-12 enrollment is projected to grow by more than 10% between 2005 and 2013. And since November 2002, voters have approved two school bond measures of $10 billion or more to repair, modernize and build schools. Florida is also projected to see a large amount of school construction by 2008, largely in response to a public school enrollment increase of nearly 12% between 1997 and 2005.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational June 1, 2005

Green Power

In this era of green architecture, there is one sustainability tool at our disposal that has been most underutilized—the technology of power-factor correction. In fact, the U.S. Green Building Council would do well to include power-factor correction as one of its credits for its Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design certification program. We engineers know power factor (PF) mainly as a mathematical expression of the efficiency with which electrical energy is used.

By J. Michael Pearson, P.E., Senior Electrical Engineer, DLR Group, Phoenix
Educational May 26, 2005

Nuns’ Green Building Yields Crop Of Savings

Sustainability pays. And not just earthly dividends. After adding up a year’s worth of utility bills, the IHM Sisters The savings come from installing features like a geothermal heating and cooling system, a constructed wetland, water-conserving fixtures and energy-efficient lighting and power management. The geothermal heating and cooling system takes advantage of the earth’s constant 55 Cutting their water consumption in half came as a result of two factors: putting in a constructed wetland that supports a gray-water flushing system and installing a boatload of water-conserving fixtures. The constructed wetland purifies water just like a natural wetland.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational March 8, 2005

News from the Education Front: HVAC Playground for Penn State Undergrads, Risk Training for A/Es

Here are but a few of the many educational activities going on in the engineering world these days. Another successful National Engineers Week just passed in late February, but engineering education continues year-round. ASHRAE, hoping to provide students with a place where they can gain hands-on experience, has provided a grant for construction of an HVAC&R playground at Pennsylvania State University. In fact, 26 grants, totaling some $110,000, have been awarded by ASHRAE to colleges and universities worldwide to promote the study and teaching of HVAC&R, encouraging undergraduate students to pursue related careers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational February 11, 2005

SBIC Publishes Second Edition of High-Performance Schools Guide

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) this month announced the publication and release of the second edition of its High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide . Geared primarily toward the design and construction of K-12 schools, the 86-page guide is comprised of three core sections: Section 1 defines what a high-performance school building is and explains its value; Section 2 acts as a Process Guide, focusing on issue-specific questions for each stage of the design process; and Section 3 describes each of the 17 key “Building Blocks” that result in a high-performance building when integrated together in a “whole-building” design. This new edition includes a new Building Block on durability and updated Blocks on acoustics and safety/security, as well as new case studies, photos, resources and web links. SBIC originally offered the book in 2000 as part of its High-Performance School Buildings Education Campaign, with support from the U.S. Dept.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational February 10, 2005

M/E Insider: A New Department for RTKL, a New Project Director for Carter & Burgess and More

• RTKL Associates, Inc. recently announced the formation of an audio-visual design department. The new department is based in the firm’s Baltimore office as part of its Special Systems Design Group.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational February 1, 2005

Can Airports Improve One’s Sanity?

Over the past few weeks I've been doing a lot of personal and professional reflection: we've been preparing to launch a redesigned website; it's the annual staff and self-evaluation process; at home my eight-year-old is preparing for his first communion and confession; and my oldest, after bombing his first semester, is back from college much to my chagrin.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational January 1, 2005

Oregon Schools Produce Work-Ready Grads

Jill Pinkstaff is a 23-year-old mechanical engineer who has worked for Eugene, Ore.-based Hynix Semiconductor and Intel Corp, Hillsboro, Ore. Although Pinkstaff has cultivated a great career, she's missing one thing: her degree. Sound like a real-life Doogie Hauser? Try MECOP participant. MECOP—The Multiple Engineering Cooperation Program—launched at Oregon State University (OSU) in...

By Mindi Zissman, Contributing Writer
Educational December 1, 2004

Nevada Developing Burning Interest in Biomass

Nevada, like many Western states, is facing a growing forest-fire threat as its population expands into wilderness areas and drought conditions continue. The U.S. Forest Service is accelerating forest-thinning efforts to provide potential fires with less fuel, and both state and U.S. officials see the piles of nonmarketable brush as a potential biomass fuel source.

By Staff
Educational November 1, 2004

Briefly … – 2004-11-01

New Hampshire has recently adopted two National Fire Protection Assn. safety codes: the 2003 edition of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code , and the 2000 edition of NFPA 101, Life Safety Code . BetterBricks, an initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, recently honored six commercial building professionals for their commitment to sustainable, high-performance building in Oregon and southwest Washington. More information, including the winners, is available at www.betterbricks.com . Automated technologies company ABB will officially open a corporate research center at its industrial control system facility in Wickliffe, Ohio, near Cleveland.

By Staff
Educational October 25, 2004

Guest Opinion: The Multi-Discipline Myth—Do Clients Benefit?

By John D. Gaskell, P.E.PresidentGaskell AssociatesWarwick, R.I. When selecting design professionals for any construction project, there are several important choices: Should an architectural or engineering firm be hired to head the project? Is the project best served by in-house engineers or outside consulting engineers? How about the issue of single-discipline vs.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 22, 2004

National Qualifications-Based Selection Awards

Each year, the American Council of Engineering Companies partners with the National Society of Professional Engineers to sponsor the Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) Awards. The purpose of these awards is to recognize public and private entities that make exemplary use of the QBS selection process at the state and local levels. QBS is a procedure designed to help owners find the most qualified engineer or architect for their projects In turn, the QBS Award winners provide examples of how well the process works and help ACEC and NSPE promote the practice in states that are not currently using QBS for the selection of engineering services. ACEC and NSPE present a grand QBS award each year in each of two categories: non-governmental and governmental sectors. Non-government entities include private corporations, privately-funded research labs, private utility companies, design professionals, construction contractors, developers and any non-government entity that uses design professional services on a regular basis. Government entities include states, municipalities, local governments, departments or agencies of government, school districts, university systems, public utility systems, research laboratories (if publicly funded), special purpose districts and the like. Of course, these lists are not exhaustive. In addition to the two QBS Awards, the QBS Awards program will designate up to four Merit Award winners, who will be presented a plaque locally at an event coordinated by the PEPP State Chair and the ACEC Member Organization President. The deadline for nominations for the 2004-2005 QBS Awards is Friday, December 17, 2004 .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 21, 2004

Industry Roundup: 10/21/04

Liebert, Columbus, Ohio, has rolled out a number of new products for mission-critical applications. The DS is a new design of its precision air-conditioning system. MP is a family of products for managing the distribution of power for mission-critical facilities and systems.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 19, 2004

Product Showcase 10/19/04

Visit www.csemag.com for industry news and featuresOctober 19, 2004 Special Advertising SectionDear Reader,Here is the next edition of Consulting-Specifying Engineer's product and system solutions showcase. Browse Products: Triatek Lighting | System Sensor | Greenheck | Steril-Aire Lighting Control Solutions TRIATEK Lighting offers ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001 Energy Code compliant lighting control solutions that integrate into a Building Automation System or integrate into Microsoft Internet Explorer. Products include Programmable Circuit Breaker and Relay panels, Addressable Digital Switches, Retrofit Kits, Dimming and Light Level sensors.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational October 10, 2004

UPS and Gensets: Better, but Still a Potential Problem

Over the years as UPS and generator equipment manufacturers have worked together to solve the problems that arise from operating uninterruptible power supply (UPS) equipment with gensets. Solutions to common problems have been uncovered and designers are increasingly aware of these issues: %%POINT%% Since UPS equipment is a non-linear load to a generator set, the harmonic currents drawn by the UPS were recognized to cause incremental alternator heating. Designers, recognizing this, can specify oversized alternators to serve this type of load.

By Gary L. Olson, Technical Counsel, Cummins Power Generation, Minneapolis
Educational October 1, 2004

Briefly … – 2004-10-01

Osram Sylvania has awarded the University of Colorado at Boulder a $50,000-per-year Lighting Education Grant geared toward providing more extensive coursework and integrating lighting engineering and technology with design and architecture. A Pennsylvania State University engineering scholarship has reached its endowment goal of $100,000. The scholarship was created in memory of Dean Meyers, a civil engineer and Penn State graduate who was killed in the Washington, D.C. sniper attacks of 2002. ZING Communications has announced the publication of its 2004—2005 Dimming Study.

By Staff
Educational October 1, 2004

Taking a Look at LEED

CSE: EwingCole has done or is doing a number of LEED projects, including jobs for NASA and a new lab facility for pharmaceutical manufacturer Aventis. How does the whole LEED process start? Do you approach the client or vice versa? Kowalski: With Aventis, we actually brought up the idea. In this case, they found it appealing from a PR standpoint.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational September 1, 2004

Business 101: Everyday Reality

Everyone who has ever owned a radio at some point has heard Mick Jagger tell the tale of "Satisfaction," or lack thereof. The singer croons about driving around in his car hearing soap and cigarette sales pitches telling him why he can't achieve the objective of the song's title. Of late, I've been driving a lot, too, notably to deposit my eldest to his chosen institution of higher education.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational September 1, 2004

A Super Job of Cooling at Virginia Tech

When Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University de-cided to build a supercomputer, it was an ambitious goal—creating one of the five fastest supercomputers in the world. But coming up with a solution for cooling such high power density required equal innovation and determination. School officials at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, planned to create their supercomputer by clustering...

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Educational June 1, 2004

Utility Pulls Plug on Boston Fuel Cell Effort

Organizations looking to save electricity costs by incorporating fuel cells and other distributed generation resources should study the experience of Boston University (BU), which recently cancelled plans to install a 4-MW fuel cell. The decision illustrates a major challenge to facility managers—just how far off the grid do they want to go? The unit was anticipated to be the primary powe...

By Staff
Educational June 1, 2004

Get Wired

Get more on this month's news stories with the following web links: American Superconductor Corp. www.amsuper.com Clean Edge www.cleanedge.com Clear Green Biotechnologies www.clear-green.com Florida Hydro Power and Light www.floridahydro.com Frost & Sullivan www.frostandsullivan.com Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Energy www.

By Staff
Educational May 1, 2004

Ah, Ute!

Utah, University of Illinois, urbanism. Besides as an alliterative hook, why am I touting the letter "U"? Perhaps it's a subconscious remnant of working with my five-year-old on his ABCs (we just finished "T"). On a conscious level, it has to do with my travel itinerary—and with sharing a glimpse into the mind of an 18-year-old would-be engineer.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational May 1, 2004

R&D Announces Labs of the Year

Labs of the year have been announced by our sister publication, R&D Magazine. The big winner is Stanford University's James H. Clark Center. The $146 million, 76,000-sq.-ft. lab is described by R&D editors as "the culmination of innovative solutions and reworked definitions that lead to a living design experiment.

By Staff
Educational April 1, 2004

On Campus: Education and Recruitment

Engineering Expo Day at the University of Kansas (KU) is really, really loud. The hallways of the school's engineering building seem to be specifically designed to amplify the voices of the hundreds of junior high and high school students who roam like packs of Vandals just dying to sack Rome. Engineering classes are cancelled.

By Maggie Koerth, Contributing Writer
Educational April 1, 2004

Energy Wheel Puts College on Efficiency Roll

When Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., decided to build its new Integrated Science Center, school administrators wanted the facility to fit the campus' classical look. But nostalgia for architectural style didn't carry over to the HVAC. In fact, school officials made it clear to designers from Princeton, N.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Educational March 1, 2004

Is Online Learning Here to Stay?

More than 2/3 of all U.S. states require engineers to accrue professional development hours. But in the face of ever-compressed schedules, where and how are engineers doing so? An increasingly popular option is online learning. "It's more and more in vogue," said David Courtemanche, P.E., chief electrical engineer, Vanderweil Engineers.

By Staff
Educational January 1, 2004

Letters – 2004-01-01

Get involved In reference to December's Editor's Viewpoint and your call for more engineers in the profession regardless of their place of birth, you can keep calling, but if the engineering community at large does not get involved, nobody will be coming. I keep reading all these articles about the alarming lack of students entering the engineering fields, the alarming rate of engineering jobs ...

By Staff
Educational December 1, 2003

Researchers Exploring New, Smaller Cogen Applications

Researchers at three California universities are exploring new ways of applying existing combined heat and power (CHP) technologies to encourage their adoption by small businesses and even residential homeowners. The $300,000 effort is one of five such regional projects being funded by grants from the U.

By Staff
Educational December 1, 2003

Air in Motion: Fans, Blowers and AHUs

Systems for moving and controlling air include many more types of equipment than those featured here. In addition to fans, blowers and air-handling units, there are diffusers, louvers, dampers and many more types of components. Presented below is a selection of some of the most recent product offerings from major suppliers in this general category.

By Staff
Educational December 1, 2003

’04 Economic Outlook

Held up by stalwart consumers of cars, new homes and their associated accoutrements, the U.S. economy fared better than expected in 2003, helped by a welcome, yet surprising surge from retail construction. Unfortunately, as 2004 approaches, economists remain cautious as the fear of continued job loss may kill the golden goose.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational November 1, 2003

The Greening of the FDA

Until now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's laboratories and offices have been far-flung and fragmented, to say the least. The FDA currently occupies space in more than 40 different buildings in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. To make matters worse, many of these facilities are in leased spaces that are not ideally suited for their occupancy and use.

By Donald G. Posson, P.E., CIPE, LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional, Engineering Design Principal, Kling, Philadelphia
Educational July 1, 2003

Cabinets, Cabling and Cooling

CSE: Is it safe to say that many of the notions the engineering community has about cooling data centers and similar mission-critical facilities are already outdated? SPINAZZOLA: Without question. The focus must be on kilowatts per cabinet, not watts per sq. ft. STACK: The reality is that newer rack-based servers generate much more heat than older systems, creating hot spots within the control...

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Educational July 1, 2003

Briefly … – 2003-07-01

The International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials' (IAPMO) Mechanical and Plumbing Technical Committees are currently searching for members to fill positions in the labor, insurance and consumer categories. Applications are at www.iapmo.org. More than half of the U.S. science and engineering workforce will retire in the next 20 years, according to a study conducted by the sta...

By Staff
Educational June 1, 2003

Letters – 2003-06-01 – 2003-06-01 – 2003-06-01

For NFPA 5000 Your article about NFPA 5000 and the "Comprehensive Consensus Codes (C3)" series published by NFPA, IAPMO and ASHRAE (05/26 CSE p. 27) correctly identifies an important reason why all consulting engineers should be supporting this new family of building codes—they are ANSI-approved.

By Staff
Educational June 1, 2003

Research Energizes Fuel-Cell Potential

Research into new energy sources and component materials may expand potential fuel-cell applications, in some cases by shrinking them to sizes appropriate for laptop computers and small appliances. Investigators at St. Louis University are studying the use of alcohol to power fuel cells of postage-stamp proportions.

By Staff
Educational June 1, 2003

BACnet’s BIBBs Up Close

It was two year ago this June that ASHRAE's board of directors approved final publication of three new addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135—the BACnet communications protocol. One goal of these changes to the protocol was to make the specifying of BACnet easier. To this purpose, Addendum d to the standard introduced the concept of BACnet Interoperability Building Blocks (BIBBs).

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Educational May 1, 2003

Cal Lutheran Does a Wireless Act

California Lutheran University (CLU)—in an effort to guard against rogue wireless networks, authenticate student and faculty users, control network access and maintain connectivity across subnets—installed a wireless communication system at its Thousand Oaks, Calif., campus in February. The system can be managed remotely and scaled to support future additions.

By Staff
Educational May 1, 2003

Clear Connection

Facility managers of campus environments—universities, school districts, military bases and large office complexes—have had to face unique challenges over the past 30 years in acquiring building automation systems. In cases where the campus owner has procurement freedom, inevitably, that individual ends up dealing with a single proprietary vendor on a negotiated basis, and then incr...

By Carl E. Lundstrom, P.E., Vice President, Facility Services, EMC Engineers, Atlanta
Educational March 1, 2003

University Gets an Energy Education

Knowledge is power, so the old adage goes. And for Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., knowledge about power is even more, well, powerful. As part of a continuing effort to cut both its energy use and costs, the school has begun a power-metering program to give it more information about actual energy use and greater control over costs.

By Staff
Educational March 1, 2003

Web-Based Communication Suits Rowan U. Well

Rowan University in southern N.J., hopes to soon realize a long-term goal: better inter-building communication, and with it, greater energy savings. The institution, with an enrollment of over 10,000, is about six months from completing its five-year, $270-million project to install an open energy management and control system.

By Staff
Educational March 1, 2003

New Test Facility To Aid Alternative-Energy Developers

Plans were announced in January for a $20 million "test farm" in Albany, N.Y., that is designed to promote development of alter-native-energy technologies. The facility will be sited at Albany Nanotech, a nanotechnology research center on the State University of New York's Albany campus. The 10,000-sq.

By Staff
Educational February 12, 2003

Fourth Annual CSI Student Design Competition

Planning is underway for the 4th Annual Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Student Design Competition, to be held at CSI University, June 26-28, in Philadelphia.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational February 1, 2003

Briefly … – 2003-02-01

During his State of the Union Address last month, President Bush announced the launch of a $1.2 billion fuel cell initiative. The FreedomCAR and Fuel Initiative is intended to develop technology to produce hydrogen-powered fuel cells for use in cars, trucks, homes and businesses. Planning is currently under way for the 4th Annual CSI Student Design Competition to be held at the upcoming CSI Un...

By Staff
Educational January 1, 2003

A Guide to Shop Drawings: Who Should Review?

Editor's Note: This is the second installment in a two-part series on reviewing and approving shop drawings. References to AIA Form A201, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, are to the 1997 edition unless otherwise noted. For purposes of processing shop drawings, when a consulting engineer is the architect's agent, references in A201 to the architect apply to the consultin...

By Kenneth M. Elovitz, P.E., Esq., Energy Economics, Inc., Foxboro, Mass.
Educational January 1, 2003

A Real Cool Sound

After years of study, thermo-acoustics—using sound as a cooling agent—may finally move out of the research lab and into actual use. Although not yet commercially viable, test projects have shown that the technology can work. In the recently completed "Triton" project, conducted for the Office of Naval Research, researchers, including those from Penn State University, were able to ap...

By Staff
Educational January 1, 2003

Sky’s the Limit

Poor air quality and high energy use are problems especially severe in educational facilities. This, of course, is due to consistently high occupant densities and high required rates of ventilation. But these twin dragons have also come home to roost because of the way school HVAC systems have historically been designed.

By Mark S. Lentz, P.E., President, Lentz Engineering Associates, Inc., Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Educational December 1, 2002

Improving Insulation at Old Dominion University

With insufficient insulation, chilled-water pipes at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., were suffering from high temperatures and high relative humidity. Water from condensation was dripping from the pipes, forming rust, staining the floors and ceilings and causing mold and mildew growth. To resolve the situation, a retrofit was in order.

By Staff
Educational December 1, 2002

ARC Awards

Engineers are sometimes accused of practicing “cookie cutter” design, and that they’re afraid to move beyond the minimum accepted standards and practices. This, of course, is a gross generalization. And in an effort to laud those designers not afraid to deviate from the straight line, so to speak, CSE is proud to present its inaugural “ARC” Awards to engineers we feel are Advancing, Reinvigorating and Cultivating excellence in engineering. We chose the concept of an arc for a couple of reasons: 1) its very definition, “deviating from a straight line,” as defined by the American Heritage Dictionary; and 2) its visual symbolization of taking something from point A to point B by literally reaching over given obstacles. As with many awards and competitions, maintaining that the projects selected are indeed the “best” by far is clearly a stretch without the participation of the majority of the engineering community.

By Staff
Educational November 1, 2002

Creating a Cutting-Edge Learning Environment

One of the nation's most technologically advanced schools—East Lyme Middle School in Connecticut offers access to the Internet, multimedia presentation/communications technology, mobile computer workstations and an internal video-on-demand and information network. The school opened its doors to approximately 1,200 students this fall with a layout that complements this cutting-edge techno...

By Staff
Educational October 1, 2002

A Reader’s Recap of ASIS

Some 17,000 people recently converged on the City of Brotherly Love to discuss measures not so fraternal in nature—most notably, how to keep unwanted brethren out of their respective businesses. Indeed, attendance at the American Society of Industrial Security International's Annual Seminar and Exhibits in Philadelphia, Sept.

By Staff
Educational October 1, 2002

Vernal Convergence

Sharp readers will note the cover has a very Louis Sullivan flavor. Indeed, we purposefully chose one of the wonderful frieze panels from the master of Organic architecture as the basis of an illustration to represent another inspired design phenomenon: green building and the LEED movement. As demonstrated in the re-created panel from the since-demolished Garrick Theater in Chicago, Sullivan ...

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational September 17, 2002

Why More Women Drop Out of Engineering

Analyzing the reasons why the dropout rate among female engineering students is high when compared to males, a recent study conducted by the University of California-San Diego provides some insights.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational September 1, 2002

Briefly … – 2002-09-01

Providing energy design guidelines for schools, the U.S. Dept. of Energy has released a series of publications designed to help schools save significant sums of money in utility bills. The main thrust of the initiative is to instruct schools how to utilize energy-efficient designs compatible with their regional climates, with the ultimate goal of cost savings and creating comfortable environmen...

By Staff
Educational September 1, 2002

Relay Race

For a fast-track industrial generator protection project, engineers specified a relay and supporting software that allowed the firm to meet a short design cycle while offering the client high performance protection. Relay features allowed engineers to apply a single design for three machines, while appropriately accounting for each generator's individual requirements, saving time—and cos...

By John J. Kumm, P.E., Principal Engineer, System Protection Services, Lewiston, Idaho
Educational July 1, 2002

Continuing Ed: Defining Professional Development

Regardless of whether they're dubbed continuing education units (CEUs), learning units (LUs), professional development hours (PDHs) or mandatory continuing education units (MCEs), they're all ultimately the same thing—a measure for documenting continuing education among design professionals. But what's more important than the nomenclature is figuring what continuing education should mean ...

By Thom Lowther, Director, AIA/CES and William F. Dexter, Risk Management Consultant, Construction Risk Management, San Luis Opisbo, Calif.
Educational July 1, 2002

Bridging the Future

In the engineering arena today, no one would be shocked to hear that electrical system designers regularly face access and space challenges. But the gauntlet is significantly more daunting for initiates of the engineering and construction world's newest kid on the block—telecommunication. In this particular arena, the major challenges involve supporting customers' present and future need...

By Steven C. Brohammer, RCDD and Timothy D. Ruiz, Electrical Project Engineer, Telecommunications Department, William Tao & Associates, Inc., St Louis
Educational June 1, 2002

Engineering Firms: A LEED Influence

The U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program for "green" buildings has established itself as an important certification in the industry, as evidenced by the growing number of engineering firms hiring LEED-certified experts. "As engineers, we have always been concerned with energy efficiency," says John Hess, vice president and head of the...

By Staff
Educational June 1, 2002

Breaking the Code

Now that the 2002 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) is on the street, the code's developers at the National Fire Protection Association are offering several opportunities for users to become more familiar with changes and updates. The necforum, to be held Sept. 25-27 in Schaumburg, Ill., presents important information on new code specifications, along with interpretations from code-writing e...

By Staff
Educational May 16, 2002

Lighting the Way for LEDs

When it comes to energy efficiency and long life, lighting experts consider light-emitting diodes—better known as LEDs—to be a very promising technology. However, these solid-state lighting systems that convert electrical energy directly into light must first overcome a number of technological and market hurdles before breaking into general lighting applications.

By Staff
Educational March 27, 2002

Americans Get Low Marks For Tech Literacy

Americans are not technologically savvy, concludes a report released by the Committee on Technological Literacy, under the auspices of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.

By Staff
Educational March 1, 2002

San Francisco Voters Go for Wind, Solar

Last November, 73% of San Francisco voters approved a $100 million revenue bond issue to fund the installation of 40 megawatts of renewable power—including 10 to 12 MW of solar power—on city-owned facilities and schools.San Francisco's city government consumes 160 MW of power. The balance of the renewables would come from wind turbines.

By Staff
Educational March 1, 2002

National Engineers Week Expands Its Reach

Even though it is difficult to measure the tangible effects that National Engineers Week—which took place February 17-23—has on improving the public's awareness of engineering, program organizers have reported some indications that the program is working.One of the program's new offerings, "Zoom into Engineering," provided engineers with toolkits to visit grade schools and spa...

By Staff
Educational February 1, 2002

Shedding Light on UFAD

Modern corporations restructure and reorganize at an increasing rate, and their offices must keep pace. Furthermore, such office areas demand more—and cleaner—power than ever before. Under these circumstances, many engineers are faced with the challenge of designing a power system that meets the ever changing electrical demands of technology, while still being flexible enough ...

By Shawn D. Good, EIT, LC, Lighting Department Manager, and James Seibert, P.E., RCDD, Telecommunications Team Leader, Brinjac Engineering, Harrisburg, Pa.
Educational February 1, 2002

The Quest for a National Energy Policy

Although many are skeptical that Congress will be able to pass energy legislation this year, representatives of the engineering community are cautiously optimistic that some sort of energy policy will emerge, especially with a national concern about energy security and infrastructure.At press time, the Senate was still developing its energy bill, which currently matches up with 80% of the...

By Staff
Educational February 1, 2002

Tech College Opts for High-Tech Controls

The College of Technology at Montana State University-Billings offers degrees and programs that train students to excel in a technologically advancing business world.In keeping with the spirit of the college's mission—and as a way to more efficiently control energy costs—school administrators decided to fully automate the campus' building-control systems.

By Staff
Educational February 1, 2002

Calif. Schools to Receive Much Needed Funding

Although available funding is likely to fall short of California's school construction needs, Los Angeles voters recently approved a $2.4-billion bond for school improvements and San Francisco voters passed close to $1 billion in funding.According to A/E firms active in the K-12 market, this trend reflects what's been going on nationwide.

By Staff
Educational January 1, 2002

Adieu to friends who will be missed

In the wake of the turbulence of 2001, I wished everyone, in my last column, an uneventful New Year in the hope that we might see a return to life and business as usual. I still hope this may be the case, but sadly, in the near-term, I must report otherwise.Frank Valvoda, a long-time contributor and consulting editor for CSE, passed away Dec.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational December 1, 2001

Energy Park In New York

New York state will establish the Saratoga Technology Energy Park to promote the development of clean energy technologies. Funding the project will be the state, the University of Albany and the Saratoga area economic development organization. A 280-acre site in Malta, N.Y., has been selected. From Pure Power, Winter 2001.

By Staff
Educational November 1, 2001

Letters to the Editor – 2001-11-01

School HVAC debate revisited and questionedI would like to compliment CSE for publishing the exchange of letters between Mark Lentz and Fred Schultz (CSE, September 2001). Mr Lentz' letter raised numerous valid issues, and this type of exchange is good for our industry—and badly needed.

By Staff
Educational November 1, 2001

A move and other changes

As I write this column, I'm fighting a cold, trying to dig out of a week's worth of mail and e-mail (that's what you get for going to a trade show), plan an industry roundtable in New York, close this issue and pack for a company move—a typical day at the office.What's not typical is our address.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational October 1, 2001

Web Resources for Engineering Ethics

Ethics, like all other areas of philosophy, can be perplexing. It requires much research and discussion. Fortunately, the Internet is proving to be a valuable tool that enables design professionals to join the engineering community's discourse on professional ethics.There are seldom easy answers to ethical questions.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Educational September 17, 2001

School IAQ Solution Debate

In a continuation from our September "Letters to the Editor," ASHRAE TC 9.8 Chairman Mark Lentz addresses some more of the issues surrounding poor IAQ in schools and HVAC design engineers...

By Staff
Educational September 1, 2001

No Debate—Engineers Care

As I write this month's column, I'm shipping the last of my kids off to school—thank heaven for Labor Day! As I do so, I admit that the last thing I worry about, as a crazed parent rushing about in the morning, is the air quality in their respective schools (which ranges from kindergarten to high school).

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Educational August 1, 2001

Navigating a Stormy Economy

Industrial and pharmaceutical opportunities are helping engineers to steer through rough waters left by slumps in the telecom and industrial markets

By Barbara Horwitz, Associate Editor
Educational July 1, 2001

Engineered for Seniors

A visit to a senior-living facility today presents a much different picture from the traditional retirement home of a decade or two ago. Particularly with the development of more continuing-care retirement communities (CCRCs), the trend has been for designers to extend the "residential nature" of each phase of the community for as long as possible—allowing residents to feel as if they ar...

By Kathryn M. Rospond, Contributing Editor
Educational April 24, 2001

Deep Links: Humidity Control and IAQ

This supplement to April's M/E Roundtable on humidity control and IAQ features some of the best Web resources on the topic.

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Educational April 7, 2001

The Elements of Green Development

March Deep Links—Sustainable Design: Common threads run through many green development projects. These can be grouped into three broad categories: environmental responsiveness, resource efficiency and community and cultural sensitivity, according to Green Development: Integrating Ecology & Real Estate, written by researchers at the Rocky Mountain Institute, Snowmass, Colo.

By Staff
Educational March 1, 2001

New California Law to Send Government Projects to Private Sector

Consulting engineers in California are expecting to see more government work now that Proposition 35 on November's ballot has been voted into law. By a vote of 60 percent to 40 percent, California citizens approved a measure that will allow state agencies to freely contract with the private sector for public works projects.

By Staff
Educational March 1, 2001

Web Threads – 2001-03-01

A monthly compendium of facts and figureswww.boston.com/globe/search/ ("State Pushes Engineering" 12/21/00)www.onlineathens.com/stories/061999/new_0619990007.shtmlwww.nces.ed.gov/timss/timss-r/highlights.asp

By Staff
Educational March 1, 2001

Discovering Internet Resources

Engineers, as a professional group, have generally been quick to adapt to the benefits of the Internet; but how well has the Internet adapted to their needs?It is safe to say that nearly every engineer working at a mechanical/electrical design firm has access to-and regularly uses-the Internet in the office.

By JEROMIE WINSOR, Web Editor
Educational March 1, 2001

Insure Network PERFORMANCE with Proper Grounding

When designing a network system, it is important to include proper power and grounding specifications in the design. Far too often, the network designer gives little concern to the power and grounding infrastructure of the facility and focuses only on the network requirements.

By MARTIN D. CONROY, President Computer Power Consulting Corp., Omaha, Neb.
Educational February 1, 2001

Managing Microbial Contaminants

Molds, fungi and bacteria are grabbing the attention these days when it comes to indoor-air quality (IAQ). Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are still of concern-with over 300 VOCs identified and more being created all the time through the development of new building materials-but the public, and much litigation, has focused of late on microbial contaminants.

By SCOTT SIDDENS, Senior Editor
Educational February 1, 2001

Electric Utility Conspiracy?

Last night I heard a radio program featuring a professor from a prominent California university proclaiming that the recent electricity shortage in California is the result of a conspiracy.

By C.C. Sullivan, Editorial Director
Educational January 1, 2001

Protecting Power Quality

Power-quality issues have been around for many years, but in today's power-distribution systems, sensitive electronic equipment makes the subject more critical than ever before. The traditional sources of voltage dips, sags, surges, spikes and other longer-term interruptions are still around, but today...

By Kenneth L. Lovorn, P.E., Eichleay Engineers, Pittsburgh
Educational December 1, 2000

Engineered Living Spaces—for Mice

Inside the Baylor College of Medicine's Center for Comparative Medicine, the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system serves a series of rooms filled with cages that house valuable transgenic mice used for research. Due to extensive cost and control engineering, the engineers at Affiliated Engineers, Inc., Madison, Wis.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational December 1, 2000

Opening Up the Office

In modernizing the general offices at the Rosemead, Calif., campus of Southern California Edison (SCE), the decision to move to an open office environment was driven by the desire to improve utilization rates, bolster interaction among workers and deal with a high "churn rate"-a measure of how often employee office locations change over a period of time.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Educational November 1, 2000

Geothermal HVAC in for the Long Haul

When the new 264,000-square-foot Barberton High School opened in the fall of 2000, it had something to boast about: one of the largest geothermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems in the state of Ohio.Installing an HVAC system that would outlive a traditional system of boilers, chillers and rooftop units was the idea of Fred Fries, the school's business manager.

By Staff
Educational November 1, 2000

How Much Are Engineers Worth?

What is this year's average salary for New England electrical engineers with a post-college degree and 10 years of experience? According to Buildingteam.com's updated salary tool, the answer is $70,000.

By Staff
Educational October 1, 2000

HVAC Strategy: Go with the Flow

Energy consumption and overall building efficiency have always been high priorities for building owners, but with rising energy costs and utility deregulation, these concerns have a renewed importance. These developments are creating a plethora of opportunities, as well as pitfalls, with respect to purchasing power.

By PETER D. ZAK, P.E., Principal, Zak Engineering Group, LLC., Mequon, Wis.