Mission Critical

Mission Critical May 1, 2001

M/E Roundtable: Energy to Spare

Volatile energy costs are making efficiency the watchword in HVAC systems design

By Staff
Mission Critical March 1, 2001

Utility Ends Dereg Deal

More than two years ago, municipal utility Seattle City Light signed a two-year deal to supply electricity to all 38 Nordstrom stores in the state of California. However, the utility has refused to renew the deal, which expires in March 2001, "largely because we don't see a prospect of having surplus energy beyond our system requirements," a city official told The Seattle Times.

By Staff
Mission Critical March 1, 2001

Visit the New C-SE Online—a Growing Resource

Consulting-Specifying Engineer's (C-SE) home page on the Web, www.csemag.com, has been redesigned and improved to offer more engineering tools and content. Visit the site to find these improvements: Full-length feature articles. C-SE has added all of its coverage from the magazine to its site, giving our readers the chance to read our content from anywhere.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Mission Critical March 1, 2001

Zero Waste and Green Buildings

Leading engineers discuss strategies for minimizing industrial and commercial sources of pollution

By C.C. Sullivan, Editorial Director
Mission Critical March 1, 2001

High-Speed Cabling for Engineers

The new headquarters of engineering firm Brown & Caldwell in Walnut Creek, Calif., is a design-build project that boasts a sophisticated, high-speed structured cabling system.The enhanced Category 5 system includes a one-gigabyte backbone and provides a high-speed 100-megabyte throughput to each desktop in a local area network comprised of 300 stations.

By Staff
Mission Critical February 10, 2001

Major Trends in the Security Industry

January: Security A major security-component developer offers a look at recent movements in the market.

By Staff
Mission Critical February 7, 2001

Deep Links

O ur Deep Links' section offers Web-only articles and collections of links. Visit here every month to find supplementary technical, manufacturer and product information related to specific stories. Deep Links' ArticlesImportant Links Deep Links: Interoperable Controls Our June issue featured some 'field reports' on the progress of interoperable controls, and this group of web links offers some follow-up information. 2D or 3D: Do You Really Have to Choose? Following up on our May M/E Roundtable on CAD development, this Deep Link from Autodesk offers thoughts on 'model-based design.' Visionary System Lights the Way In CSE's May issue, consulting editor Al Borden wrote about the advent of modern lighting-control systems, and this Deep Link offers a high-tech example: the new Vulcan, Inc. headquarters in Seattle. Fast Schedules for Laboratory Projects Participants in our April M/E Roundtable discussed the design challenges of modern laboratories.

By Staff
Mission Critical February 6, 2001

EPA Forms Chiller Partnership

With one eye on the environment and the other on energy-efficiency, 18 government agencies, corporations and professional and environmental organizations from around the world have teamed up under the leadership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to form the Building Air Conditioner Climate Partnership.

By Staff
Mission Critical January 25, 2001

Overestimating Design-Build

Even though design-build activity continues to grow, a recent Zweig White & Associates (ZWA) survey concludes that there is little evidence suggesting design-build will ever become the project delivery method of choice in the industry.

By Staff
Mission Critical January 1, 2001

Cooling Data and Dot-Coms

As data centers, clean manufacturing and telecommunications come to dominate many an engineer's design work, unique issues are impacting heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. From air purity and cable management to thermal decay and fire suppression, mechanical designers must smooth technical snags and hold down installed costs.

By C.C. SULLIVAN, Editorial Director