Office Buildings

High-rise commercial buildings in Chicago, along the Chicago River. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Building Types January 18, 2021

Hardened and resilient facilities considerations

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

By Gary C. Krueger, PE
Business of Engineering December 23, 2020

Circular economy ideas are leading to better real estate investments

Circular real estate is about adopting new business models to capitalize on changing spaces and delivering more flexible, adaptable and deconstructable buildings that can be better investments over time.

By Carol Lemmens
Courtesy: CDM Smith
Events and Awards December 21, 2020

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer articles: December 11-17, 2020

Read the best articles from the past week. Product of the Year winners, electrical grounding and bonding, 2019 NFPA 110, science and technology office design and designing a VRF.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: Stanley Consultants
Office Buildings December 15, 2020

Case study: Designing VRF for an office

Using an office building as an example, a variable refrigerant flow system is designed to meet the owner’s needs and current standards

By Gayle Davis
Courtesy: Mark Herboth, Clark Nexsen
Office Buildings December 3, 2020

Best practices in science, technology office design

Within the constraints of the typical COVID-19 office protocols, lab users face additional challenges, which requires designers to adjust.

By Anne Bradley, Julia Janaro and Megan Chorley
Left to right: Steve Copenhagen, LEED AP; Alissa McFarland, AIA, LEED AP; Erik Terry, LEED AP. Courtesy: CannonDesign
Building Types November 3, 2020

Five answers on the current state of science research, learning

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

By CannonDesign
Electrical October 26, 2020

Back to basics: Commercial building wiring methods

Electrical engineers and designers should have a practical understanding for the application of raceways, wiring, cabling and busways

By Clinton R. Gordon and Matthew Steinmetz
Courtesy: Glumac
Business of Engineering October 1, 2020

The role MEP design plays in designing equitable spaces

Staci Atwater from Glumac explains how MEP engineers and architects can work together to create more equitable spaces for occupants.

By Glumac
Courtesy: CannonDesign
Automation, Controls September 30, 2020

Smart building consulting: integrating people and systems

Examine the role of a smart building consultant and uncover the tools and processes used to communicate and work with stakeholders to deliver valuable smart building solutions

By Owen Dalton and Sal Bonetto
Figure 5: Visioning sessions with the owner and design team helped identify the client’s goals and helped the smart building consultant identify opportunities for enabling better use cases and smart applications on the project. Courtesy: CannonDesign
Office Buildings September 30, 2020

Case study: Office building’s smart potential

An office building renovation project included a host of considerations to retrofit the space into a smart building

By Owen Dalton and Sal Bonetto