Mission Critical
Mission Critical April 3, 2019

The Fine Line of Humidity and Healthcare: 4 MEP Engineering Considerations

Over the past several years, regulators have given more attention to humidity levels in operating rooms and central sterile processing departments.

Mission Critical March 18, 2019

Designing data center air handling and conditioning systems

Strategies for implementing new air handling systems, including specific performance criteria, energy use targets, climate and heat recovery are among the many topics to be addressed during the conceptual engineering and design process.

By Bill Kosik, PE, CEM, BEMP; DNV GL, Oak Brook, Ill.
Mission Critical February 21, 2019

Up and running: The speedy recovery of Houston’s City Hall

Engineers Tom Smith, Hussein Moussa, and Steve Done from Arup’s Houston office responded to a request for help from officials at the City of Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

By Kelsey Eichhorn
Mission Critical December 27, 2018

Designing power systems for co-location data centers

Engineers must consider many factors when designing power and electrical systems for data centers.

By Brian P. Martin, PE, Jacobs, Portland, Ore.
Mission Critical December 27, 2018

Case study: Specialize co-location data center

A co-location facility is explained, piece by piece.

By Brian P. Martin, PE, Jacobs, Portland, Ore.
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