Mission Critical
Mission Critical December 14, 2018

Data center co-location electrical system design

Co-location data centers lease space for IT equipment, power, cooling, and bandwidth. In addition to being cost-efficient, one of the most important obligations of the co-location owner is to provide continuous high-quality electrical power.

By Kenneth Kutsmeda, PE, LEED AP, Jacobs, Philadelphia
Mission Critical December 11, 2018

Video: Demand Response. Best Practices for Multi-Division, Multi-site Program Implementation

This presentation cites the demand response program administered by New York City which provided up to 75MW of grid relief annually and earned revenue over $22 Million.

By Cx Energy
Mission Critical November 30, 2018

A practical understanding of NFPA 110-2016

Consulting engineers who specify emergency power equipment understand that installations for mission critical facilities, such as hospitals and data centers, are required to comply with NFPA 110: Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems in conjunction with codes such as NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC). This article will review the most recent version (2016) of NFPA 110 and offer tips for compliance.

By Richard I. Gilson
Mission Critical November 26, 2018

NFPA 110-2016: Design considerations

This article discusses design requirements of NFPA 110 (2016) and how it applies to emergency and standby power systems in mission critical facilities. It also reviews other relevant codes, such as NEC (2017), NFPA 99 (2018), and IBC (2015), and discusses how they complement NFPA 110.

By Firas (Ross) Alkhayri, PE, CEM; AECOM, Columbus, Ohio
Mission Critical November 20, 2018

Designing health care facilities and medical campuses: Electrical, power and lighting

Hospitals, clinics, and similar facilities are among the most demanding an engineer can tackle—technology is evolving rapidly, hospital managers are increasingly budget-conscious, and assist in saving lives. Here, electrical, power, and lighting challenges are addressed.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Mission Critical October 22, 2018

Case study: Collaborative delivery serves U.S. Coast Guard well

A U.S. Coast Guard multimission building and vessel-support facility project required a revised site plan, ultimately benefitting the project’s overall outcome.

By Matthew Goss, Mario Vecchiarello, Kurt Van Heiningen
Mission Critical October 18, 2018

Case study: IPD at work in health care

Collaboration between engineers and contractors leads to waste elimination and cost savings.

By Mike Zorich, PE, LEED AP; and Dave Pflipsen, PE, LEED AP
Mission Critical October 17, 2018

Case study: Harnessing IPD to fast-track a replacement hospital

Bayhealth is central and southern Delaware’s largest health care system. The new health care campus anchors its services by hosting an inpatient acute care hospital as well as an adjoining ambulatory care center to create a community-focused health village (see Figure 3). At the onset of the project, Bayhealth made its goal clear: deliver the hospital at least 3 months earlier than comparable health care projects. Integrated project delivery (IPD) helped the team deliver a high-quality hospital below cost and ahead of traditional schedules.

By Robert J. Garra Jr., PE
Mission Critical October 16, 2018

Closing the loop—how commissioning can come full circle

Just about every building project, from a skyscraper to a small hospital renovation, must be commissioned to ensure its safety and functionality. By focusing on proper systems operation, problem solving, and teamwork, commissioning can ensure systems function as intended.

By Mike Haemmerle, PE; and Eric Stephens, PE, CXA
Mission Critical October 8, 2018

University of Florida health: designing the nation’s first 4 Green Globes-certified hospital

Learn how the University of Florida's hear vascular and neuromedicine hospital achieved their 4 Green Globes.

By John Chyz, PE, LEED AP, WELL AP