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Specialty Buildings August 30, 2022

Settling down to ramp up

The advancements in cell and gene therapy solutions and growth of biotech have given rise to hundreds of new startup companies. Companies scaling up and occupying their first facility are hit with a daunting task: how do I go about constructing a facility?

By Raymond Szuszkiewicz
Specialty Buildings August 15, 2022

Project Profile: Commissioning Services for Fort Meade East Campus Buildings

RMF provided Commissioning support to the East Campus Integrated Program Office (ECIPO), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Fort Meade

By RMF Engineering
Specialty Buildings August 15, 2022

Project Profile: RegenXBio

This RegenXBio project focused on adding on additional space to house utilities to service the building's heavy equipment.

By EwingCole
Specialty Buildings August 8, 2022

Manufacturing and industrial building trends

Several new and retrofit manufacturing building projects show trends in speed to market and energy efficiency

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Specialty Buildings April 20, 2022

Why specify variable-speed compression in commercial refrigeration?

Maximize energy efficiency, setpoint precision and equipment reliability with variable frequency drives and compressors

By Joe Summers
Specialty Buildings October 12, 2021

Changes in the manufacturing, industrial building market

Several changes to the design of manufacturing and industrial buildings are covered here by the experts

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Specialty Buildings September 28, 2021

Recovering from severe winter weather: Now what?

Understand what preventative design practice can be taken to ensure facilities safety.

By Jared Carlson and Drew Rimmer
Specialty Buildings June 9, 2021

Experiencing the healthy building

In the future, the value of a building will be measured by how well it supports the health of its occupants and how well it supports the health of its environment.

By Gideon D'Arcangelo
Specialty Buildings May 27, 2021

Specifying systems in manufacturing, warehouse buildings

Warehouse, manufacturing and logistics facilities need engineering experts to specify various systems

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Specialty Buildings February 5, 2020

2019 Grocery Design Trends

Last year at FMI’s Energy and Store Development Conference, Henderson Engineers' grocery and refrigeration design team spotted five trends making a big impact on the food retail industry.

By Tony Welter
Specialty Buildings January 2, 2020

Moving from Interdisciplinary Science to Interdisciplinary Learning

By embracing a truly interdisciplinary environment, we can spur collaborative learning and research across non-traditional disciplines and departments.

By Punit Jain
Specialty Buildings December 19, 2019

National Park Service: Benjamin Franklin Life & Legacy Museum

State-of-the-art systems for the father of American technology.

By Affiliated Engineers
Specialty Buildings November 20, 2019

City of Phoenix Terminal 3 Modernization: Keeping a desert airport terminal open during renovations

This $590 million modernization project included the complete renovation of a high-traffic 1979 terminal into light-filled public space with multiple atria and new great hall, visually integrating with the Sonoran Desert site.

By Affiliated Engineers
Specialty Buildings November 13, 2019

American Family Insurance: The Spark

American Family Insurance’s new social impact hub, the Spark, sets a prime example for corporate responsibility

By Affiliated Engineers
Specialty Buildings October 16, 2019

The Marijuana Market: 3 Types of Facilities & Challenges

RTM Engineering Consultants is building expertise in this emerging market.

By RTM Associates
Specialty Buildings October 15, 2019

Aduro Biotech: 740 Heinz Tenant Improvement

Life sciences core/shell engineering extends to phased anchor tenant improvements.

By Affiliated Engineers
Specialty Buildings September 26, 2019

Enhancing efficiency in industrial and manufacturing facilities

From high-tech automation to energy-saving lighting and HVAC systems, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to warehouses and factories

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Specialty Buildings August 14, 2019

Wilshire Grand Tower

The Wilshire Grand tower replaces the iconic Wilshire Grand Hotel as the revitalization of LA’s downtown continues.

By Glumac
Specialty Buildings August 13, 2019

Dewberry project profile: Marriott Headquarters

Marriott Headquarters, Bethesda, MD

By Dewberry
Specialty Buildings August 13, 2019

GHT Limited project profile: Madison Marquette @ The Wharf

Madison Marquette @ The Wharf, Washington, D.C.

By GHT Limited
Specialty Buildings August 13, 2019

H2M architects + engineers project profile: Fiorentino Plaza Housing Development

Fiorentino Plaza Housing Development, New York, NY

By H2M Architects + Engineers
Specialty Buildings August 13, 2019

KLH Engineers PSC project profile: Two Bit Circus — Engineering Entertainment

Two Bit Circus — Engineering Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA

By KLH Engineers PSC
Specialty Buildings August 12, 2019

Focus on specialty structures

Sports arenas, historical buildings, theaters and other specialty buildings require unique engineering design

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Specialty Buildings August 5, 2019

Ask an Engineering Expert: What Do You Need to Consider When Designing Senior Living Facilities?

In this installment of our Ask an Engineering Expert series, Sheetal Roy, P.E., Principal at RTM Engineering Consultants, answers the question: What do you need to consider when designing senior living facilities?

By RTM Associates
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2019

New Atlanta Braves training facility

The new complex has 11 batting cages, 63 pitching mounds and a centerpiece stadium, which has a 360-degree concourse, 6,200 seats and a capacity of 8,000!

By TLC Engineers
Specialty Buildings July 25, 2019

A shared city will include seniors

Due to rapid urbanization many of the world’s seniors will now live their entire lives in urban environments.

By Arup
Specialty Buildings July 25, 2019

Government facility design

Consulting engineers are working on government, state, municipal, federal, correctional and military buildings

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Specialty Buildings July 17, 2019

Questioning industry norms in correctional facility design

For centuries, correctional architecture in the U.S. has followed a pattern of structure, geometry, and configuration driven in part by the belief that isolation and hard work will remedy criminal behavior.

By Meg Bower
Specialty Buildings July 16, 2019

Bill Olen: How the University of Maryland is Planning for the Future of Cutting-Edge Research

We recently sat down to discuss the exciting happenings at the university including the Cole Field House project.

By Ben Siegel
Specialty Buildings July 10, 2019

Hudson Yards: A once in a lifetime development

When fully completed, more than 125,000 individuals are expected to visit the development area each day for work, shopping, dining, or to tour the iconic skylines and structures.

By Dave Revette
Specialty Buildings June 25, 2019

Designing a Mixed-use “Mobility Hub” in Downtown Buffalo

201 Ellicott is a mixed-use affordable housing and fresh food market project currently being planned for downtown Buffalo.

By CannonDesign
Specialty Buildings June 14, 2019

Three engineering trends shaping the hospitality market

When approaching projects within the hospitality industry, engineering consultants must weigh the wants and needs of many different stakeholders

By RTM Associates
Specialty Buildings May 15, 2019

Attention to detail: Employing nuanced design strategies for senior living facilities

With a rising senior population, there’s a vital need for more senior living facilities and improved senior living care capabilities.

By Kimberly Boone and Janice Cena
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2019

Rethinking timber buildings

New uses and hybrid materials are emerging that could transform how and where we choose to build, and the sustainability and resilience of our designs.

By Arup
Specialty Buildings February 27, 2019

Tomorrow’s terminal: designing for the digital passenger

While airports already use digital technology to power various aspects of their operation, most have yet to create a complete digital passenger experience – and reap the benefits.

By Ian Taylor
Specialty Buildings February 11, 2019

As tall timber takes shape, acousticians set standards for sound

There are many well-chronicled upsides to building with cross-laminated timber (CLT), an innovative and fire-resistant take on the classic framing material. And if done right, it’s cheaper than conventional building.

By Rachel Dovey, Denis Blout, and Peter Dodds
Specialty Buildings November 2, 2018

New products literature

Magnetic-drive pumps are specifically designed to handle difficult fluids such as corrosives, pollutants, ultrapure liquids and toxics. This seamless pump can handle flows up to 1,500 gpm at 2,900 rpm and 1,760 gpm at 3,500 rpm. (Model ICM by Goulds Pumps) Circle 1 Structured cabling system doubles the bandwidth of the proposed category-6 standard, tested to perform at up to 400 MHz.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings November 2, 2018

Speedway Club at the Texas Motor Speedway Features Latest Life Safety

The Speedway Club is a nine-story tower in a famous racing setting. It is located outside the first turn of the 1.5-mile main track at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Both the Speedway and The Speedway Club are recognized as among the most modern in the world, and both are busy almost every day of the year. The Speedway hosted its inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series races in April 1997 and its first Indy Racing League and NASCAR Craftsman Truck events that June.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings November 2, 2018

Radiation Safety for HVAC Engineers and Technicians

HVAC experts should know something about radiation and it’s control for a variety of reasons. First, planning and designing effluent systems for laboratories and other industrial facilities requires some knowledge of this hazard and how it is used. Secondly, maintenance and repair of these systems will require some near contact with potentially contaminated components such as fume hoods, blowers, flow dampers and ductwork.

By Mark L. Maiello, Ph.D., Wyeth Research, Radiation Safety Office, Pearl River, N.Y.
Specialty Buildings September 24, 2018

Designing industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities: Building automation and controls

More than just places to make and store products, industrial, manufacturing, and warehouse facilities are becoming more complex. The processes and automation within these buildings are important to the building owners, and the building automation and control systems keep the occupants comfortable.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Specialty Buildings August 24, 2018

The evolution of lighting systems in industrial applications

As lighting designers, it is key to stay current, to design systems using the latest technologies, and to educate industrial facility owners—all while striving to exceed the latest energy codes.

By Jeff Donaldson, PE, CDM Smith, Boston; Michael Stevens, CDM Smith, Bellevue, WA
Specialty Buildings August 9, 2018

CDM Smith: Indianapolis Airport Electric Vehicle Charging

Electrical, power; vehicle charging station; and existing building retrofit

By CDM Smith
Specialty Buildings August 9, 2018

McKinstry: Denver International Airport Data Center

New construction; commissioning, retro-commissioning; airport; and new construction

By McKinstry
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Kirstin Weeks, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, GRP, CEM; 39

Associate, Arup, San Francisco BA environmental studies, Dartmouth CollegeMS building science, University of California, Berkeley Weeks is an associate with a specialty in energy and building ecology in Arup’s San Francisco office. Her projects span from individual buildings to master plans and research, and her clients include many of the world’s most prominent tech companies and retailers, as well as some of the most progressive developers, cities, and universities. In addition to projects with impacts on a grand scale, she delights in community projects, such as EPACenter Arts, where her water strategy is currently helping ensure the viability of a much-needed youth art center in an economically disadvantaged community.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings June 27, 2017

Sustainability, luxury: Sharing a common goal

Luxury is being redefined by projects like The Allison Inn & Spa and Sokol Blosser to encompass sustainability and minimal negative environmental impacts.

By Mitch Dec, Glumac
Specialty Buildings June 26, 2017

Invisible resiliency

Architects create resiliency every day without even realizing it by accounting for future disasters big or small in all of their designs.

By Lawrence W. Speck, Page
Specialty Buildings June 27, 2016

Adaptive reuse: Much more than historic preservation

Repurposing old buildings for retail, restaurants, and housing is more than cost-effective. In many cases, it’s helping revitalize blighted neighborhoods and communities.

By Donna Miller, PE, PEng, LEED AP, WD Partners
Specialty Buildings June 9, 2016

Plume abatement technology

ClearSky plume abatement technology provides cooling tower efficiency, conserves water, and reduces unwanted water vapor plumes when integrated with Marley field-erected counterflow cooling towers.

By SPX Cooling Technologies
Specialty Buildings March 29, 2016

Arup Thoughts: Making sound decisions

Projects are normally required to do an environmental impact assessment (EIA) at an early stage. Noise will often form part of that EIA and is usually described in technical language that only a handful of specialists can easily understand.

By Nick Boulter, Arup
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2014

Advanced manufacturing lab models future production lines

GE Industrial Solutions has opened an advanced manufacturing lab to facilitate collaboration that will help develop manufacturing methods for its future circuit breaker production line.

By General Electric
Specialty Buildings August 14, 2014

Lizardos Engineering Assocs. PC: MEP Infrastructure Modernization for Four 44-Story Apartment Buildings in New York City

System overhaul at an engineered multi-dwelling/retail complex/restaurant.

Specialty Buildings May 19, 2014

2014 40 Under 40: Umit Sirt, PE, CEM, 39

Senior Energy Engineer, Principal, Taitem Engineering pc, Ithaca, N.Y.

By Silvia Chavez and Amara Rozgus
Specialty Buildings September 24, 2013

Incorporate lighting controls with BAS to save energy

Incorporating daylighting and lighting controls with a building automation system can result in energy savings.

By Michael Chow and Julia Noschang, Metro CD Engineering, Powell, Ohio
Specialty Buildings August 15, 2013

Qatar Airways Catering Facility, Hamad International Airport

New construction; Qatar Airways Catering Facility, Hamad International Airport; Ghafari Associates

By Ghafari Associates
Specialty Buildings June 18, 2013

Special report: How to leverage IBC and ICC

The 2012 International Building Code from the International Code Council provides details to help safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare in the built environment.

By Hamid Naderi, PE, CBO, International Code Council, Whittier, Calif.
Specialty Buildings April 24, 2013

Sports, entertainment venues: Automation and controls

Sports arenas and entertainment facilities involve complex engineering solutions. Five consulting engineers offer advice on building automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Specialty Buildings April 22, 2013

BIM and fire protection engineering

By including all life safety systems in the BIM rendering, engineers improve the building’s model as a whole.

By Gregory K. Shino, PE, JBA Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas
Specialty Buildings April 15, 2013

Energy codes and lighting design

Engineers have many resources when designing energy-efficient lighting in nonresidential buildings. Lighting designers do not have to sacrifice quality or reduce lighting levels just to meet energy codes.

By Mark A. Gelfo, PE, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Jacksonville, Fla.
Specialty Buildings March 22, 2013

Tips to maximize boiler efficiency

Eight keys to maximizing the efficiency of steam boiler systems.

By Michael E. Myers, PE, LEED AP, WD Partners, Dublin, Ohio
Specialty Buildings March 22, 2013

Boilers: Types, applications, and efficiencies

Engineers should understand which boiler is appropriate for the application, and then know how to maximize its use.

By Michael E. Myers, PE, LEED AP, WD Partners, Dublin, Ohio
Specialty Buildings March 20, 2013

Are wireless fire alarms right for your project?

Fire protection engineers should explore the costs, benefits, history, technology, and code compliance aspects of low-power radio wireless fire alarm systems and wireless smoke alarms.

By Lynn Nielson, PE, City of Henderson, Nev., and Jim Avanzino, Reno, Nev.
Specialty Buildings August 9, 2012

University of Texas Tower Air Handling Unit Replacement

System overhaul: University of Texas Tower Air Handling Unit Replacement; EEA Consulting Engineers

By Source: EEA Consulting Engineers
Specialty Buildings August 9, 2012

Natural History Museum of Utah at Rio Tinto Center, University of Utah

New construction: Natural History Museum of Utah at Rio Tinto Center, University of Utah; Spectrum Engineers

By Source: Spectrum Engineers
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Alban Bassuet, 37

Associate, Arup, New York

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Kevin D. Cahill, PE, CPD, LEED AP, 39

Director of Engineering, PositivEnergy Practice, Chicago

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Clark R. Denson, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, 33

Mechanical Engineer, SSRCx, Nashville

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Michael Eardley, PE, LEED AP, CCP, CBCP, 36

Associate Vice President, Cannon Design, Boston

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Kelly Eisenstein, PE, 33

Senior Fire Protection Engineer, City of San Diego

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Josh R. Greenfield, PE, LEED AP, BEMP, 32

Associate Vice President, Energy Services Manager, Primera, Chicago

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Lee Harrelson, PE, LEED AP, 31

Owner, Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer, TM/R Engineering, Arlington, Va.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Andrew Heitman, CxA, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, CEA, CBCP, 36

Founder, Building Energy Sciences LLC, Pensacola, Fla.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Pete Jefferson, PE, LEED AP, HBDP, 33

Principal, Mechanical Engineer, M.E. GROUP, Denver

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Julianne F. Laue, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, 39

Senior Associate, Sustainability Specialist, DLR Group, Minneapolis

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Frank Muscarella, PE, LEED AP, 39

Senior Vice President, WSP Flack + Kurtz, New York

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Scott Twele, PE, 32

Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates, San Diego

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Frances Yang, PE, LEED AP, 34

Senior Engineer, Arup, San Francisco

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Specialty Buildings September 13, 2011

Empire State Building achieves LEED Gold

Empire State Building Co., Jones Lang LaSalle, and U.S. Green Building Council announce milestone achievement.

Specialty Buildings August 19, 2011

Oakland County airport first to be LEED-certified

Michigan's Oakland County airport is the first LEED-certified aviation airport terminal in the United States.

Specialty Buildings August 19, 2011

DOE establishes standard for federal, commercial buildings

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has established ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 as the national reference standard for federal, commercial buildings.

Specialty Buildings July 21, 2011

HEA hires building enclosure engineer

Horizon Engineering Assocs. launches Building Enclosure Commissioning Group with the hire of Amy Gelsone.

By BY: Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP
Specialty Buildings July 6, 2011

PV reflectivity safe for airports

Glare analysis performed via simulated environment for proposed PV array near airport.

By Rob Roseman, PE, LEED AP, Parsons Brinckerhoff, St. Louis
Specialty Buildings May 17, 2011

Airport gets a plant upgrade

Graef was commissioned in 1999 to design a new parking structure for General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, but found the best location was on top of the existing chilled water and hot water power plant.

By Peter D. Zak, PE, Graef-USA Inc., Milwaukee
Specialty Buildings May 17, 2011

Choosing a chilled water cooling system

There are a variety of cooling systems that will meet the cooling requirements of a facility.

By Peter D. Zak, PE, Graef-USA Inc., Milwaukee
Specialty Buildings March 31, 2011

Engineering firm Buro Happold wins big at ACEC New York awards

ACEC New York recognizes achievements of consulting engineering industry with annual awards.

By Source: Buro Happold
Specialty Buildings March 10, 2011

Wealthy Americans invest in commercial property

High-net-worth individuals invested $2.1 billion in commercial real estate last year, more than three times as much as 2009.

By Margaret Collins and Oshrat Carmiel, Source: Bloomberg
Specialty Buildings February 17, 2011

Siemens eyeing $2.7 B in cost savings from ‘clean’ technology use

Siemens Economist Intelligence Unit site Asian Green City Index helps project potential cost savings from clean technology deployments, various projects

By Myrna M. Velasco, Manila Bulletin Newspaper
Specialty Buildings December 7, 2010

Leading Business and Environmental Groups Urge Action on Buildings and Cities at U.N. Climate Summit

During the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change conference, 40 environmental and business organizations joined forces to urge governments to prioritize reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment and increase investment in this sector.

Specialty Buildings November 1, 2010

Lights! Camera! Banjo!

Meet Mark Bauserman, Executive Director Engineering, Paramount Pictures Corp. Bauserman is a brilliant lighting engineer, a fascinating story teller, and a superior facility planner who knows exactly what he wants from buildings, systems, equipment, and personnel.

Specialty Buildings April 1, 2010

Take care of the money sensors

In 1997, I was working on a 17,000-ton central plant that served an industrial facility for the development of chip fabrication prototypes. The plant ran 24/7 and was never shut down—even for maintenance. We were working on a project to replace two of the chillers and optimize the control sequences.

By Mark Hydeman, PE, FASHRAE, Taylor Engineering LLC, Alameda, Calif.
Specialty Buildings March 17, 2010

Industrial-size fire protection

Fire protection engineers must become familiar with the idiosyncrasies of industrial fire safety design.

By Paul Sincaglia, PE, Hughes Assocs. Inc., Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Specialty Buildings February 15, 2010

Unlocking the code

This article will analyze the NEC for wired systmes, and examine related International Building Code (IBC), NFPA, and standards that may influence the design. The areas of interest will primarily concern the specialty wired systems of data, telephone, and fiber optics that rely on limited amounts of the general code requirements.

By Tim Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore.
Specialty Buildings February 15, 2010

A study in green science

St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., is one of the few educational institutions to receive a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum rating for one of its buildings.

Specialty Buildings January 20, 2010

Middle East fire and life safety

When working in the Middle East, fire and life safety engineers must learn the intricacies of their building and of the local codes.

By Jon M. Evenson, LEED AP; Aaron F. Vanney, PE, LEED AP; Shamim Rashid-Sumar, P
Specialty Buildings January 20, 2010

Green design: Risk or reward?

Engineers should wonder about the risks of helping their clients go green—and how to manage these risks.

By Kenneth M. Elovitz, PE, Esq., Energy Economics Inc., Foxboro, Mass.
Specialty Buildings December 16, 2009

Wireless (with strings attached)

Our roundtable discusses the definition of what's wireless in a wireless system; the options for providing power to a wireless system; the financial benefits of a wireless system; and the unique solutions wireless systems provide.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor and Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings December 8, 2009

EPA final rule: Greenhouse gases are dangerous

Following a 60-day comment period, the U.S. EPA's final rule states that greenhouse gases threaten the public health and welfare of the American people.

By Michael Ivanovich
Specialty Buildings December 7, 2009

Las Vegas CityCenter opens

CityCenter's 67 acres offers residences, casino, and other amenities in an environmentally friendly setting.

By Source: CityCenter Land LLC
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2009

Enhancing emergency power

Hospital emergency power systems must be reliable, scaleable, and cost-effective in order to work for extended periods.

By Michael Kirchner, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.
Specialty Buildings November 18, 2009

U.S., China make clean energy announcements

The United States and China have announced a variety of measures to strengthen the countries' clean energy efforts.

By Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
Specialty Buildings November 18, 2009

Controlling dew point

Modern problems with high humidity, poor comfort, condensation, and mold are avoided by using a new version of an old technique.

By Lew Harriman, Mason-Grant Consulting, Portsmouth, N.H.
Specialty Buildings November 18, 2009

Whole-building shutdown tests

Properly specifying how to conduct an intentional power outage and recovery reduces risks and increases the likelihood this critical test is performed.

By Karl Stum, PE, Summit Building Engineering, Vancouver, Wash.
Specialty Buildings October 13, 2009

Bentley announces major product releases, subscription refinements, and acquisitions/partnerships

Bentley Systems Inc. released a series of announcements at its invitation-only "Be Inspired: Infrastructure Best Practices Symposium and Awards event" in Charlotte, N.C.

By Michael Ivanovich, editor-in-chief
Specialty Buildings October 2, 2009

Energy simulation key to high-performance buildings

Bentley, DOE see robust energy simulation as key to creation of high-performance buildings.

By Source: Bentley Systems
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2009

Fenway fire protection

The upgraded fire protection system provides centralized control of the newly installed systems for Fenway Park, the executive offices, a restaurant, and the park’s Bleacher Bar located in center field. All photos: Honeywell Fire Systems View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Fire detection and fire control functions are major considerations for sports arenas and other places of public assembly. In a modern commercial building setting, it has become abundantly clear that voice evacuation systems need to do more than direct people to the nearest point of egress.

Specialty Buildings October 1, 2009

Louver design guidelines for non-traditional areas

Today's wind-driven rain, hurricane, and noise control louvers offer practical solutions for demanding building conditions.

By James Livingston, Ruskin Co., Kansas City, Mo.
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2009

Bearing protection for breakdown protection

The 48-story Time & Life Building in New York, located in the Manhattan business and entertainment complex known as Rockefeller Center, needed a preventive maintenance plan to protect against bearing damage in HVAC motors. All photos: Electro Static Technology A preventive maintenance plan at the prominent Time & Life Building in New York City serves as an example of the widespread problem of electrical bearing damage in HVAC motors. The 48-story building is one of 19 buildings in the Manhattan business and entertainment complex known as Rockefeller Center.

Specialty Buildings August 21, 2009

Report card for green schools

Institutions around the country continue to develop ways to rank and evaluate green colleges and universities.

By Source: New York Times, Princeton Review,,
Specialty Buildings August 11, 2009

Vegas bets on sustainability

A new casino, hotel, and shopping district in Las Vegas is using energy efficient materials and is hoping to become LEED certified.

By Source: Fast Company
Specialty Buildings July 31, 2009

New study predicts big benefits from energy savings

The U.S. Green Building Council has released a study that states with changes to building efficiency, Americans will see an increase in jobs and decrease in greenhouse gasses.

By Source: USGBC; Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Specialty Buildings July 29, 2009

Rainwater feeds fire sprinklers

It's rainwater to the rescue if fire sprinkler is needed at Missouri middle school.

By Source: Donald Bradley, The Kansas City Star
Specialty Buildings July 10, 2009

Electrical contractors see market decline

Analysts are watching spending on school, hospital, and transportation construction.

By Source: Associated Press
Specialty Buildings July 6, 2009

Smart lighting control saves stadium money

The Rogers Centre in Toronto was retrofitted with automated, intelligent, and Web-based lighting controls that will cut its lighting costs by $300,000.

By Source: Nestor Arellano,
Specialty Buildings July 6, 2009

Retrofitting high-rises to go green

Iconic skyscrapers find new luster by going green.

By Chris Kahn, Associated Press
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2009

Who’s in control of controls?

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition CSE: What real benefits are owners gaining from open standards such as BACnet and LONworks? Are we really better off than we were with proprietary controls? Nicos Peonides : Yes we are. Owners have more options in procuring direct digital controls (DDC) and BAS for both new and existing buildings, resulting in more competitive pricing for these systems. Open standards enable more straightforward integration of systems with the BAS, a higher degree of automation, more functional and consequently more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor, Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief,
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2009

Data center or telecom room?

Capital costs and operating costs are two of the biggest concerns for building owners and operators. For new and retrofitted buildings, the capital cost of construction can determine whether a project can proceed or not. Whether a facility contains a large or small amount of technology equipment, the proper interpretation and application of the code is imperative to avoid inflating capital construction costs through the design and construction process.

By Tim Kuhlman, PE, RCDD, CH2M Hill, Portland, Ore.
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2009

The 10 hardest jobs to fill in America

According to a story on, you're working in one of the toughest jobs to fill. For the second year in a row, engineers ranked No. 1 as the most sought-after workers in staffing firm Manpower's list. Why are engineers so hard to find? “We have whole generations of people loving liberal arts, not going into science and math,” said Larry Jacobson, executive director of the Na...

By Edited By Bettina Chang, Editorial Intern
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2009

Interns join editorial team

Consulting-Specifying Engineer welcomes two college students as editorial interns this summer. Both interns will work in print and online media, and assist with all aspects of the magazine and its content. Consulting-Specifying Engineer editors are dedicated to teaching students about engineering, and are closely mentoring them through this 12-week journalism program.

By Edited By Bettina Chang, Editorial Intern
Specialty Buildings June 10, 2009

Wireless sensors resolve industrial, economic, societal challenges, says Honeywell

Beth Wozniak, president of Honeywell Sensing and Control, says sensors and networking technologies are creating pervasive sensing, producing a world of interconnected sensors, along with many benefits. She made the comments June 10 at Sensors Expo.

By Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering
Specialty Buildings May 20, 2009

Climate Positive program developed

The Clinton Climate Initiative will demonstrate a model for sustainable urban growth with projects in 10 countries on six continents.

By Source: Clinton Climate Initiative
Specialty Buildings May 8, 2009

BICSI releases reference manual

New manual will become the foundation document for electronic safety and security credential applicants.

By Source: BICSI
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2009

Autodesk Developer Network supports 2010 software portfolio for design

More than 600 add-on applications now available for the Autodesk 2010 product family help provide increased efficiency and productivity to 2-D and 3-D software customers worldwide.

By Source: PR Newswire
Specialty Buildings April 22, 2009

Clean Cities gets a boost

Vice President Biden announces $300 million in recovery act funds for Clean Cities program.

By Source: Dept. of Energy
Specialty Buildings April 13, 2009

Ballpark statisticians follow a new count, the toilet ratio

If nothing else, $2 billion worth of baseball ballparks should buy shorter waits for the restrooms, at least for women.

By Source: The New York Times
Specialty Buildings April 9, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-04-09

Recent hires and promotions

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 3, 2009

BICSI releases ANSI-accredited standard for educational institutions

ANSI/BICSI-001-2009, Information Transport Systems Design Standard for K-12 Educational Institutions, has been released.

By Source: BICSI
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2009

Unraveling electrical integration

Building equipment systems—typically electrical and mechanical systems—and telecommunications systems are critical parts of a building's functionality. These systems need to coexist and are a primary concern for engineers. They have separate requirements and separate purposes, but are integrated within the overall facility.

By Brent Lehmkuhl, PE, RCDD, RTKL Associates Inc., Baltimore
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2009

Athletic center aims high

In Oskaloosa, Iowa, William Penn University recently underwent the largest and greenest expansion in the private university's 135-year history. The project featured geothermal heating and cooling, fabric ductwork, energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), and advanced BAS. The recent additions help make the 155,000-sq-ft Penn Athletic Center (PAC) the most efficient building on campus.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 25, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-03-25

Recent hires and promotions

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 19, 2009

BICSI announces new ITS credential

BICSI offers a new credential for information transport systems professionals.

By Source: BICSI
Specialty Buildings March 13, 2009

Economy straining engineer/agency relations

According to an AEC consultant, the economic downturn could be causing friction between public agencies, and the consultants working to meet the public’s needs.

By Source: Morrissey Goodale LLC
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2009

Fire and life safety in a high-rise

View the full story , including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition A typical building fire begins slowly, as combustible materials are gradually warmed by a heat source to their ignition temperature. The level of fire protection installed within a building and the response of the local fire department will determine whether a fire is controlled or grows into an inferno. This article will describe the extremely different outcomes of two similar fires in two similar high-rise buildings and will explain why one event became a catastrophe while the other garnered merely a brief mention on the nightly news. Recipe for disaster The first fire is the disastrous Feb. 1, 1974, high-rise fire at the 25-story Joelma Building in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

By Jim Arnold, Clark County (Nevada) Dept. of Development Services
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2009

Systems design and performance tips for packaged rooftop units (RTUs)

A currently fashionable adage is “Where you stand depends upon where you sit.” That certainly applies to attitudes about direct-expansion unitary rooftop HVAC units (RTUs or “packaged air conditioning units”). Not surprisingly, manufacturers' representatives speak of RTUs as the workhorses of the industry, as though they are proud Budweiser Clydesdale horses lined up on building roofs. One senior engineer of a manufacturer extolled the long, consistent improvement in the efficiency ratings of RTUs—and tipped us off that the newest version of ASHRAE 90.1, due in 2010, will raise the bar again. He pointed to the current system of three tiers that allows engineers to balance a unit's efficiency level with its price.

By Richard L. Kronick, Freelance writer and Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings February 28, 2009

HVAC engineers should consider climate change

A report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers urges HVAC designers and engineers to take ongoing climate changes into account when designing new HVAC/R, and revamping existing systems.

By Source: Daily Commercial News and Construction Record
Specialty Buildings February 21, 2009

Stimulus package clears the path for renewable energy

President Obama’s Stimulus Package gave a boost to the renewable-energy sector.

By Source: The Los Angeles Times
Specialty Buildings February 20, 2009

You clicked, we responded: CSE’s Top Five features and news items from 2008

You clicked and we responded. CSE's Top Five features and news items from 2008 are available right here. 

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 12, 2009

Autodesk launches new AEC software suite

The 2010 software suite is geared toward helping architects, engineers, and contractors integrate BIM.

By Source: Autodesk Inc.
Specialty Buildings February 12, 2009

Software keeps buildings on budget

A tool created by legendary architect Frank Gehry could help building designers keep tabs on design and construction costs.

By Source: New York Times
Specialty Buildings February 12, 2009

Ultracapacitors could smarten the power grid

By storing sudden surges of power, a new generation of ultracapacitors could deliver the technology and capacity necessary to handle integration of irregular renewable energy sources--such as wind and sola--while keeping up with demand.

By Source: Technology Review
Specialty Buildings February 9, 2009

Engineers Week celebrates the field’s future

With kid-friendly events like the Future City Competition and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, the 2009 Engineers Week festivities--Feb. 15-21--look to bring the bright young stars of tomorrow into the field today.

By Source: National Engineers Week Foundation
Specialty Buildings February 9, 2009

Forum offers energy-efficiency insight

EE Global 2009 will gather energy-efficiency professionals in the City of Lights to share technical, commercial, and policy knowledge.

By Source: Alliance to Save Energy
Specialty Buildings February 6, 2009

A green stimulus package

President Obama's $900 billion stimulus package contains more than $100 billion for energy efficient, green initiatives

By Source: Steve Hargreaves,
Specialty Buildings January 26, 2009

Renewable energy powers Antarctica

Technologies like wind and solar power catch on in Antarctica, reducing pollution fossil-fuel consumption.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 16, 2009

Where are we headed? At the moment, it’s the wrong way

If the United States wants to believe it is an example, then we must lead any effort to curb energy use and environmental impact.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 14, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-01-14

Recent hires and promotions

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2009

50 Ways to improve sustainability

By addressing certain items head-on, your engineering firm can have an impact on its carbon emissions and operate more environmentally friendly.

By Clark C. Bisel, PE, LEED AP, WSP Flack+Kurtz, San Francisco
Specialty Buildings December 15, 2008

Report: Private design saves millions

According to the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, using private-sector engineers on public projects could save state taxpayers millions of dollars each year.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2008

Statue of Liberty upgrades to plastic

In May 2008, renovation began on the Statue of Liberty Island to remove all galvanized metal HVAC equipment and other corrosive materials. John Culkin, president of C&S Building Services, Farmingdale, N.Y., led a team of five HVAC technicians to install two plastic cooling towers in place of the steel-clad towers, which had begun to rust and rot.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2008

The half-full glass

While contemplating this month’s column, I noticed that the glass on my desk was half-full of coffee—cold, cruddy, day-old coffee from the community pot—that I poured into the glass so I could give my cup its annual cleaning. Why I didn’t throw the coffee away, I can’t imagine.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2008

Back in black

According to reports from McGraw-Hill Construction and Reed Construction Data (a sister company of this magazine), the construction industry is set to contract in 2009. Even though new-construction volume is expected remain above $400 billion, negative growth tends to make people nervous. A question that has been popping up in the media is whether the emerging green market will keep its momentum. True or not, green projects still have a stigma of being more expensive, and additional costs are being heavily scrutinized. But the green market is more than green buildings.

By Amara Rozgus, Senior Editor
Specialty Buildings November 17, 2008

New lighting system makes Irish theater sing

Equipment from Electronic Theatre Controls lights up Wexford Opera House.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings November 10, 2008

Lighting design award closes soon

The 2009 IALD International Lighting Design Awards submission deadline is Nov. 17, 2008.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings November 3, 2008

BICSI offers deal on technical publications

BICSI combined its technical publications into a package deal with the BICSI Members-Only Resource Library. A value-priced offer through their BICSI membership, ITS professionals will have instant access to the information needed to perform the proper procedures in designing and installing infrastructure.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings October 30, 2008

Is there a beastly building in your neighborhood?

A recent poll of architects and critics from around the globe generated a list of the world’s ugliest buildings—many of which can be found in the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings October 15, 2008

Though New York construction down, RCD indicates commercial construction stable

New York City's building boom is coming to a close, and commercial building is declining, reports the New York Building Congress. But Reed Construction Data reports that commercial construction is stable.

By Amara Rozgus
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2008

Down the drain

Many cities in America are waking up to the fact that water supply for buildings is fast becoming an urgent issue.

By Patrick Lynch, Contributing editor
Specialty Buildings September 23, 2008

Industry Roundup – 2008-09-23 – 2008-09-23

Details about contracts awarded and other industry news.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings September 23, 2008

M/E Insider – 2008-09-23

New hires, promotions, and information at MEP firms.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings September 10, 2008

Industry Roundup – 2008-09-10 – 2008-09-10

Details about contracts awarded and other industry news.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings September 10, 2008

PBS&J taps new COO

National AEC firm chooses new chief operating officer from within its ranks.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2008

Data centers add energy savings

Data center energy use has become a target for both environmentalists and corporate accountants, with improved efficiency seen as critical to both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and financial returns.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2008

Casting call for Cx

Like the rest of the design-build team, the commissioning service provider, often termed the commissioning authority, commissioning agent, or CxA, is contracted to perform a service for the owner. Unlike the mature disciplines of architecture and engineering, the services of the CxA are new and often misunderstood.

By Ronald Wilkinson, PE, LEED AP, AKF Group LLC, New York
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2008

WSP Flack + Kurtz undergoes name change

WSP Flack + Kurtz is the new name of the engineering firm formerly known as Flack + Kurtz Inc. “WSP fully complements our core belief in designing for a sustainable future”, said David Cooper, president and CEO of WSP Flack + Kurtz.

By Edited By Patrick Lynch, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings August 22, 2008

Inquiry into deadly high-rise fire in NYC

Investigators suggest that a series of building code violations--and perhaps firefighting problems, as well--led to the tragedy.

By Amara Rozgus
Specialty Buildings August 21, 2008

Illuminating Engineering Society names award winners

The Society received 400 entries resulting in 8 International Awards and 151 Awards of Merit. The International Awards included one Award of Distinction, five Awards for Excellence, and two Special Citations.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 14, 2008

Industry roundup: partnerships, mergers, etc. – 2008-08-14 – 2008-08-14

News from Danfoss, Calmac Manufacturing, Schréder Lighting USA, Fire-Lite Alarms, Alabama Power, LDPI Lighting, Johnson Controls, and E-Switch.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 14, 2008

Lego group builds mini Olympic model

It may not set any world records, but this plastic village spares no detail. The Hong Kong Lego User Group paid homage to the Beijing Olympics with a series of models. View pictures of the Olympic Stadium (the “Bird’s nest”), Olympic Village, National Aquatics Center (water cube), and residence buildings. 

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 6, 2008

DOE pursues zero-net energy commercial buildings

The Dept. of Energy has launched the Zero-Net Energy Commercial Building Initiative.

By Amara Rozgus
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2008

Four-day school week will offer financial relief for several school districts

A four-day school week, born out of Utah’s mandated four-day work week, may prove to be the financially smart response to soaring fuel prices. Eliminating one day of school, in order to preserve educational programs and qualified staff members in parts of Kentucky, New Mexico, and Minnesota, has begun to outweigh some parents’ concerns about finding day care for their children.

By Edited By Patrick Lynch, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings July 24, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-07-24

News from RTKL, Leo A. Daly, National Council of Examiners of Engineering, Cannon Design, CSI, Peter Basso Assocs., KAI Design & Build, Newcomb & Boyd, BSA LifesStructures, Sebesta Blomberg, Mactec Engineering and Consulting Inc., and Syska Hennessy Group.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 24, 2008

Industry roundup: partnerships, mergers, etc. – 2008-07-24

News from WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Hubbell Lighting, Emerson Climate Technologies, Johnson Controls, Lenox, TAC, and ABB Ltd.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 18, 2008

Science in sustainability to be discussed at Greenbuild

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo’s closing plenary, Science in Sustainability, will take place on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 11, 2008

Princeton Review adds green grades to college ratings

The annual college guide will feature a "green rating" for the first time in its 2009 edition. More than 600 college profiles will be graded on envrironmental responsibility, sustainable buildings, and other criteria.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 10, 2008

Utah closes government buildings on Fridays, moves to four-day work week

Gov. Jon Huntsman says the change will help Utah reach its goal of reducing energy use 20% by 2015. In government offices, turning off the lights, heat, and air conditioning on Fridays in 1,000 of 3,000 government buildings will save about $3 million a year. The year-long experiment begins Aug. 4.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2008

Student CIRT-ACE competition fosters creative design and quality presentations

The ACE Mentor Program of Frederick, Md., took top honors as the winning entry in the second annual CIRT-ACE Design Competition, conducted with the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. The Frederick Team was one of 10 entrants vying for a first-place prize of $3,000 and bragging rights as the best student design presented by an affiliate.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2008

New fire system for Old West

Located northwest of downtown Tulsa, Okla., the Gilcrease Museum is one of the country's most comprehensive facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history. Drawing thousands of visitors from around the world for a glimpse into the past, the Gilcrease Museum houses the world's largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2008

2008 40 Under 40

The 2008 40 Under 40 winners highlighted here are among the elite. They are engineers and business owners, mothers and fathers, inventors and innovators, athletes and mentors. They were selected based on a variety of criteria, which started with a nomination from a colleague, supervisor, or mentor.

By Dawn Reiss, contributing writer, and Amara Rozgus, senior editor
Specialty Buildings June 13, 2008

Is my building certified green? Does it need to be?

The importance of understanding the difference between building green, building a certified building, and sustainability with respect to building construction.

By Matthew E. Lininger, PE, LEED AP, Mechanical Engineer, Graef Anhalt Schloemer & Associates Inc., Milwaukee
Specialty Buildings June 12, 2008

Jack of all industries, master of none

Is your engineering firm spread thin across several market sectors, or does it focus on a select few? Here are some tips on how to analyze your firm’s status.

By Brad Dawson, Managing Director of LTV Dynamics, Catharpin, Va.
Specialty Buildings June 12, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-06-12

News from Lilker Assocs., Syska Hennessy Group, Smith Seckman Reid, KAI Design & Build, BSA LifeStructures, and MACTEC.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 10, 2008

Nation’s tallest sustainable skyscraper rises 975 feet

Comcast Center—the newest, tallest, and greenest member of the Philadelphia skyline—officially opened at a reception on June 6.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 3, 2008

Univ. of Wyoming wins national BIM award

The University of Wyoming's College of Engineering and Applied Science architectural engineering program received a national award for its innovative design curriculum facilitated by Building Information Modeling.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2008

AIA bestows University of Wyoming with national BIM award

The University of Wyoming's College of Engineering and Applied Science architectural engineering program received a national award for its innovative design curriculum facilitated by building information modeling (BIM). AIA honored UW, Laramie, Wyo., for its work in the “Academic Program or Curriculum Development” category of the fourth annual BIM Awards.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2008

No gambling allowed on smoke control in Las Vegas

Clark County, Nev., has required smoke control systems since the disastrous 1980 MGM Grand fire, which killed 87 people, and the 1981 Hilton Hotel fire, which killed eight people. Three-quarters of the fatalities in these Las Vegas fires were due to smoke inhalation that occurred far from the fire areas.

By Jim Arnold, Associate Engineer, Clark County Dept. of Development Services – Building Division
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2008

Ready for retail

Industry has a way of setting trends, such as the design of a building or the ways in which that building will be used. Designing for retail structures is no different. Trends in today's marketplace have dictated the evolution of two primary forms of shopping mall designs. The first is the traditional, totally enclosed mall with common areas, atria, and anchor stores.

By Matthew E. Lininger, PE, LEED AP, Mechanical Engineer, Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer, & Assocs. Inc., Milwaukee
Specialty Buildings May 20, 2008

Portable generator sets

Portable generators are available in two new lines from Generac. The Generac XP line of portablegenerators consists of durable construction with oversized full wrap frame tubing and impact-resistantcorners to prevent damage from rough handling. Available in five models, XP 4000, 6500E, 8000E, 10000Eand 16000E, the line includes utility-quality power for sensitive electronics and covered, circuitbreaker-protected outlets.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings May 8, 2008

Beijing unveils the largest building in the world amid other building projects

Terminal 3 in Beijing’s airport is adorned with the colors of imperial China and a roof that evokes the scales of a dragon. The massive glass- and steel-sheathed structure cost $3.8 billion and handles more than 50 million passengers a year. Beijing hopes to remove the negative perceptions surrounding its country’s image as host of the Olympic Games by emphasizing its ability to upgrade and modernize, at least when it comes to buildings and infrastructure projects.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2008

Data center fire suppression

The average 14,000-sq.-ft data center pushes a 2,400 kW load and 700 tons of heat daily. Generated by small blade servers and overcrowded racks, loads of this size burden the data center’s electrical circuits—which may not be properly grounded—causing equipment to overheat in areas without proper cooling.

By Sam Salwan, PE, Senior Associate, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2008

Illuminating students

Lighting is such a subjective thing.

By Amara Rozgus, Senior Editor
Specialty Buildings April 25, 2008

UPDATE: Chicago, county, firms to pay $100 million to settle suits in 2003 Chicago high-rise fire

Environmental Systems Design, Chicago, and SimplexGrinnell, Boca Raton, Fla., among the defendants. City of Chicago to pay $50 million.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 23, 2008

Earthquake expert: older structures vulnerable in Midwest

An earthquake in the future of high magnitude would cause widespread damage, because unlike structures in California, bridges and buildings in the Midwest aren’t engineered to be earthquake resistant. The Midwest lies on the New Madrid fault.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 17, 2008

Mahogany Grille finds the cure for chilly customers

Customers were avoiding window seating because of cold air and drafts. New windows with heated glass changed all that.

By Contributed by Thermique Technologies, Chicago
Specialty Buildings April 16, 2008

World’s largest LED chandelier illuminated

The world’s Largest LED chandelier illuminated at Stanley Center for the Arts in Utica, N.Y.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 11, 2008

Architects go barefoot for Earth Day

Architectural design firm challenges its people, clients, and communities to reduce their carbon footprint on April 22.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 11, 2008

BICSI and TIA renew agreement to strenghten industry

BICSI announces the launch of a renewed collaboration agreement with the Telecommunications Industry Assn. in the ongoing effort to reach out and deploy new business systems that will benefit information transport systems  industry professionals. The groups have agreed to cross-promote one another’s services, including certification and market intelligence programs, standards, case studies, and white papers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 10, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-04-10

News from RTKL Assocs., Harley Ellis Devereaux, SSRCx, EMCOR Group, Vision Land Consultants, Milone & MacBroom, Newcomb & Boyd, HOK, The Albert Kahn Family of Companies, and Syska Hennessy Group.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2008

Lighting fixture

Illuminate large indoor or outdoor spaces, such as airports, sporting facilities, natatoriums, atriums, and other multi-story environments with the Ametrix XL Extra Large asymmetric fixture series from Cooper Lighting.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2008

Is radiant cooling an option?

Mention radiant cooling to most HVAC engineers and you get a funny look. The first thing they ask is “What about the condensation?”

By Geoff McDonell, PEng., LEED AP, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Omicron, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2008

Depending on market sector, mixed results for nonresidential construction starts

The value of construction starts declined again in February, according to analysts from Reed Construction Data (RCD), continuing a trend of ebbing construction start totals that began in October 2007—and likely to continue through much of 2008.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 21, 2008

Buildings inspector charged with filing false report before NYC crane collapse

Authorities say the inspector never visited the crane, whose collapse on March 15 killed 7 people. However, officials say it is highly unlikely the missed inspection had any relation to the March 15 incident.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 17, 2008

Crane collapse in Manhattan kills four

Many residents of the neighborhood around the site of the collapse — 51st Street between Second and First Avenues—said they had been worried for months about the possibility of a collapse.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 3, 2008

NFPA Standards Council contemplates changes to fireworks standard

Public hearing slated for June; public comments now being accepted.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2008

The psychology of decisions

Because this month’s issue features articles and columns on thinking differently, green schools, and semantics, I thought it would be fun to discuss some research on how the brain works and the psychology of decisions. For any designer who has had a client choose Option C instead of the much preferred Options A or B, these findings should interest you.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2008

Letters – 2008-03-01

Letters to the editor.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2008

Submetering for energy profiling

First introduced in the early 1980s, electric submeters continue to gain traction in the commercial, industrial, and institutional facility segments as front-line energy data gathering tools that can dramatically improve an owner's bottom line through greater visibility of the facility's total energy footprint.

By Don Millstein, President/CEO, E-Mon, LLC, Langhorne, Pa.
Specialty Buildings February 25, 2008

National Engineers Week “Future City” competition winners

A city of the future—“RA”—engineered by students from Heritage Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, won the 2008 National Engineers Week “Future City” competition

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 22, 2008

Portland, Ore.: America’s greenest city

Popular Science magazine ranks the top 50 greenest cities in America based on raw data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Geographic Society’s Green Guide. Portland barely edges out San Francisco as the greenest city in America.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 11, 2008

First LEED-certified museum in State of New York

The Wild Center/Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, a new museum complex in Tupper Lake, N.Y., has earned distinction as the first LEED-certified museum in the State of New York.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2008

Keep young electrical engineers grounded

James Cawley and Gerald Homce of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published key findings in a comprehensive analyses of workplace electrical injuries.

By H. Landis Floyd II, PE, Principal Consultant, Dupont, Wilmington, Del.
Specialty Buildings January 31, 2008

Construction to grow in 2008

FMI publishes its U.S. Construction Overview and predicts that green building, employee ownership, productivity improvement, and the Hispanic workforce will positively impact the 2008 construction industry.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 31, 2008

M/E Insider – 2008-01-31

News from Opus Architects & Engineers Inc., Peter Bass Assocs., Smith Seckman Reid, and more.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 10, 2008

Students, engineers prepare for Chicago Future City competition

The National Engineers Week event takes place Jan. 26 at the University of Illinois-Chicago. View a video of another Future City competition.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2008

CSE 2008 Editorial Advisory Board

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is proud to present its rejuvenated 2008 Editorial Advisory Board.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2008

Proactive energy bill approved

President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 into law Dec.19. The act has several sections: • It phases out the use of inefficient incandescent lights and imposes improved energy efficiency standards on a wide variety of products. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the new standards for light bulbs require them to use about 20% to ...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 17, 2007

A trip to a greener Windy City leads through the city’s alleyways

The city of Chicago and the Chicago Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) will attempt to green an area of the city longer than the distance from Chicago to Las Vegas.

By Patrick Lynch, Editorial Intern
Specialty Buildings December 12, 2007

Flack + Kurtz acquires SEi Companies

Together, the firms employ more than 600. Financial terms were not disclosed.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2007

A trip to a greener Windy City leads through the city’s alleyways

The city of Chicago and the Chicago Dept. of Transportation (CDOT) will attempt to green an area of the city longer than the distance from Chicago to Las Vegas. The development of the new Green Alley Project includes three main initiatives: the repaving of Chicago's 1,900 miles of alleyways with permeable pavement, the use of high albedo pavement in sidewalks, and the use of energy-efficient da...

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2007

Stocking stuffers for engineers

Every year around this time, I’m asked what I want for Christmas. And every year I say the same thing—nothing. I don’t need a thing, which translates to, “trust the Force.” I’m not one to hawk products, but in sympathy for people cursed with shopping for engineers, especially environmentally conscious ones, let me present a list of gifts for Christmas, Chanuk...

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings November 7, 2007

The Windy City green proposal

A civic task force convened by Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley proposed the “Chicago Climate Action Plan.”

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2007

Hazardous HVAC in industrial environments

Two criteria rise above others when designing for industrial environments: safety and functionality. In the industrial processes, materials being processed and applicable codes largely describe the design applications, but researching many variables related to hazardous materials and properly conceptualizing the project are fundamental for success.

By Tony Lott, PE, LEED AP, Project Manager, The RMH Group, Lakewood, Colo.
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2007

10 Things to remember about radiant cooling systems

Here is my list of the 10 most important points to remember when specifying ceiling radiant cooling systems. Editor’s note: Geoff McDonell wrote the three-part series, “Selecting radiant ceiling cooling and heating systems,” appearing online at in the “Green” community.

By Geoff McDonell, PENG, LEED AP, Omicron, Vancouver, British Columbia
Specialty Buildings October 23, 2007

Selecting radiant ceiling cooling and heating systems (part 1)

This three-part series provides an overview of the most commonly available and applied commercial building radiant cooling systems. There are also a wide variety of radiant “heating-only” devices that are available, such as low- and high-intensity fuel-fired infrared heaters and electric radiant heating panels and sheets, but the scope of this series is to examine active radiant cooling applications for commercial buildings.

By Geoff McDonell, PEng, LEED AP, senior mechanical engineer, OMICRON, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Specialty Buildings October 22, 2007

SBIC call for entries

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council announces a call for entries for the 2007 Beyond Green High Performance Building Awards.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2007

A Capital Job on Engineered Building Systems

Residents of Utah's Wasatch Front, where the State Capitol Building proudly stands, have been warned that it's not if, but when, a major earthquake will strike. Taking heed, the state undertook a structural analysis of the building during the 1990s, and the findings didn't look so good: a moderate earthquake could cause potentially catastrophic damage and deaths.

By Michael Raddon, Communications Coordinator, Sprectrum Engineers, Salt Lake City
Specialty Buildings September 4, 2007

HVAC products

Make-up air unit, data center cooling solution and pressure sensor.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2007

New Power Technologies— But Same Old Transmission Problems

Alternative energy has become a growth industry, with announcements for new wind, solar and geothermal projects an almost daily event. But getting the clean electricity these facilities produce to market poses the same challenge faced by traditional power plants: gaining approval for new transmission lines.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2007

Airborne Superbugs: Can Hospital-Acquired Infections Cause Community Epidemics?

Much attention has been focused recently on pathogenic microorganisms and the threat these microorganisms are to communities. Especially problematic are microorganisms that have developed resistance to antibiotic treatment and that have begun to spread beyond the bounds of hospital walls. The most dangerous are those that may spread by the airborne route, which include methicillin-resistant Stap...

By Wladyslaw J. Kowalski, P.E., Ph.D, Executive Vice President, Immune Building Sys
Specialty Buildings August 20, 2007

Public comment period open for LEED for High Performance Operations

U.S. Green Building Council invites the public to comment on the draft LEED for High Performance Operations v2008 Rating System. LEED for High Performance Operations is the outcome of a LEED for Existing Buildings revisions process. The public comment period will be open for 31 days, starting August 2 and continuing through September 2.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 14, 2007

AEC CIOs Focus on Strategies to Improve Economic Productivity 

Farkas Berkowitz & Company and Bentley Systems reported in June on the conclusions reached during their Sixth Annual "Harnessing Information Technology Workshop" held in Washington, D.C. Participants included 60 chief information officers (CIOs) from top design firms.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 14, 2007

Firms Recruit Recent Grads in Effort to Overcome Staffing Challenge

Competition for talent in the AEC industry is fierce, prompting firms to aggressively recruit top grads, according to analysts at ZweigWhite. Today's students are fielding multiple offers, which include high salaries and large sign-on bonuses, before they even receive their degrees.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2007

It’s official: Burj Dubai tallest

It was always known that the Burj Dubai skyscraper being built in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, would be the world's tallest, but developers have been keeping the final figure under wraps. The figures are finally in. The Burg Dubai has reached 1,680 ft., surpassing Taiwan's Taipei 101, which stands at 1,671 ft.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2007

Washington inspires eWeek

National Engineers Week, scheduled for Feb. 17 to Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C., traces its roots back to 1951. It was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers and has grown to a coalition of more than 70 engineering societies and more than 50 major corporations and government agencies.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2007

Electrical Design for Tall Buildings:

There has been a sharp increase in the development of extra tall buildings, usually multi-purpose and often consisting of a retail and/or entertainment podium and towers of commercial offices, hotels and residential facilities. A good example is the iconic Emirates Towers complex in Dubai, comprised of a below grade parking area, a retail podium and one tower of commercial office space.

By Mark Bendix, P. ENG., Senior Director, Operations, Giffels Assocs. Ltd., Toronto
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2007

Giant firms, tall buildings, high hopes

Since humans learned to place one stone upon another and construct buildings, the direction eliciting reverence, ego and awe has been up, not out. The design and construction of tall buildings has taken an upswing, so to speak, with the incomplete Burj Dubai already being the world’s tallest building and projects started or on the boards for the 150-story Chicago Spire, the 1,776-ft.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings July 30, 2007

M/E Insider: Recent New Hires and Promotions – 2007-07-30

Shirin Mandegari and Laura L. Perisse have joined CDM’s Industrial Services Group, Cambridge, Mass. Mandegari, a 16-year veteran and former management consultant specialist based in Irvine, Calif., is responsible for the senior project management of CDM’s private-sector contracts.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 16, 2007

ASHRAE Reviews BACnet Elevator Protocol

The proposal to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135-2004, “BACnet—A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks,” was reviewed during ASHRAE’s 2007 Annual Meeting.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 12, 2007

Lutron Offers Interactive Customer Design and Education Center

Lutron Electronics announces the expansion of its fourth Customer Experience and Education Centers with the opening of a facility in Irvine, Calif. Similar facilities exist in Sao Paolo, Brazil; Plantation, Fla.; and at the company’s world headquarters in Coopersburg, Pa.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 12, 2007

RTKL Joins Arcadis

International consulting and engineering giant ARCADIS, Arnhem, The Netherlands, announced last week that it has acquired 100% of the shares of privately held, Baltimore-based RTKL Assocs. Inc.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2007

Cabling Innovations

A few years back, it seemed that whenever engineering professionals talked about innovations in cabling, the topic was focused on new offerings in fire-rated cable, and on the newest UL-certified cable product for fire and life-safety systems: ceramified circuit integrity (CI) cable. Certainly, there continues to be advances in this area.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Specialty Buildings June 19, 2007

VaporLok and Wal-Mart Team Up to Help Consumers

On June 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. VaporLok Products LLC joins Wal-Mart answering one of consumers' questions: What to do with the burned out fluorescent lamps?

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 18, 2007

The Drive for Simplicity: Trends in Motor Drives

Progress in AC drive technology is said to be making life easier for facility operating staffs.

By Ilpo Ruohonen, Mika Paakkonen and Mikko S. Koskinen, ABB Drives
Specialty Buildings June 13, 2007

Vt., Conn. and Calif. Top Nation in Energy-Efficient Policies

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released a ranking of state-level energy efficiency policies, “The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard for 2006” on June 5. Each state and Washington, D.C. was graded on actions they have taken to adopt energy-efficient policies, programs and technologies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 7, 2007

Anniversary of Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire

Early Saturday night on May 28, 1977, a fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky. left 165 dead and 70 injured. The Memorial Day weekend fire, which occurred 30 years ago, is still one of the deadliest fires in the history of the United States.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2007

Boiler recommendations, specifications

This month's panel discusses how manufacturers and designers can improve specifications on boilers, and how to increase boiler safety and efficiency. How can engineers right-size—not oversize—a boiler while also providing for flexibility for a client whose needs might grow in the future? Scruby: There are two ways.

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2007

U.S., China Collaborate on Clean Coal

Scientists from China met with their counterparts in the United States in April to advance the science needed to use coal—the No. 1 domestic energy resource for each country—cleanly and more economically. The U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, along with China's Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics and Institute of Coal Chemistry are establishing a new partnership called t...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings May 23, 2007

Optimizing Photovoltaic Design

Typical approaches to photovoltaic (PV) design often result in less-than-optimum energy production. This results in larger PV arrays than might be required—meaning greater cost to a building owner. Large arrays use greater amounts of material, which means increased fabrication efforts, higher transportation costs and more installation efforts. The challenge is to get by with fewer materials by designing a building and PV system in harmony with each other.

By Hernando Miranda, president of Soltierra
Specialty Buildings May 22, 2007

Chicago Exelon HQ Receives Platinum LEED Rating

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded Exelon’s Chicago headquarters with LEED Platinum Commercial Interiors (CI) Certification. Exelon’s new building is the largest office space in the world to be LEED-CI certified at the platinum level.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2007

The Keys to Marketing Green Building

Engineering firms are beginning to realize that the green building revolution is here to stay and that they should join in. In 2006, LEED-registered projects increased 50% over the previous year, and LEED-certified projects increased nearly 70%, which suggests that more firms are accumulating green building expertise with each passing year.

By Jerry Yudelson,, P.E., MBA, LEED AP, Yudelson Assocs., Tucson, Ariz.
Specialty Buildings April 25, 2007

AIA Announces Top 10 Green Projects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design that protect and enhance the environment. The projects will be honored May 3 at the AIA 2007 National Convention and Design Expo in San Antonio.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 18, 2007

Green Scene

CSE Green Scene Monthly Newsletter Launched on May 23, 2007! Click here to register CSE Green Scene offers updates on the latest in green building technology, applications, case studies, product releases, new literature announcements, commentary, and events. Welcome to the premiere issue of CSE Green Scene . As a subscriber to Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine or e-newsletter, we would like to provide you with a free monthly subscription. For customer support or to stop receiving this newsletter or future newsletter offers from CSE, please scroll to the bottom for instructions. HomeAbout CSEAdvertise with CSE May 2007 This Issue's News Stories 1.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 5, 2007

Fire, Security and Life Safety Products

IP communicator for fire alarm panels transmits information generated by a fire alarm panel to a central station via the Internet. The communication uses any Ethernet connection or is compatible with existing customer-provided networks to achieve faster central station connections. The communication does not require a public IP address and is programmed to use either static IP or DHCP client for automatic IP address configuration.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2007

New Products – 2007-04-01

Busway provides modular, overhead, build-as-you-go. It supplies more power to larger machine tools such as welders, soldering equipment, heaters and chillers. Installed above computer cabinets, the busway eliminates the need for costly raised floors. It also makes air handling for cooling systems more effective by eliminating under-floor cable whips.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2007

Commissioning and the Engineer

The commissioning process can be an important element in the success of a building program, especially one that involves complicated mechanical and electrical systems such as those found in laboratories, hospitals and pharmaceutical facilities. The movers, shakers and rainmakers of firms that provide commissioning services will spend a great deal of time and energy targeting the decision makers...

By Carl C. Schultz, P.E., CxA, Chief Mechanical Engineer, URS Corp., Columbus, Ohio
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2007

The Evolution of U.S. Fire Alarm Systems

Fire alarm systems have been an integral part of society since the late 1800s. The goal of fire alarm systems has remained consistent throughout history: Reduce the loss of life and limit property losses from fire. The fire alarm industry has evolved through time to ensure that these objectives are met.

By Rajeev K. Arora, P.E., Vice President, Arora Engineers, Inc., Woodbridge, N.J.
Specialty Buildings March 22, 2007

M/E Insider: Recent New Hires and Promotions – 2007-03-22

Kim Sousa was named marketing director at RDK , Andover, Mass. She will develop and execute strategic plans and oversee the firm’s marketing efforts in three offices—Andover, Boston and New Brunswick, N.J. Sousa is the chair of the Marketing/PR Committee of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts, and is a member and past preside of the Boston Chapter of the Society of Marketing Professional Services. BSA LifeStructures , Indianapolis, named Kalevi Huotilainen and John Sauer, LEED AP, senior vice presidents.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2007

Case Study: Salisbury House

The Salisbury House, an architectural gem in Des Moines, Iowa, is home to original manuscripts of some of history’s most enduring names including Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth I, as well as first edition prints of the King James Bible and works by Ernest Hemingway and D.H. Lawrence. The Salisbury House was built in 1923-1928 by financier Carl Weeks and modeled after King George V’s house in Salisbury, England. Over the course of five years, architects and engineers from all over the United Sates were hired to painstakingly recreate every feature of the Tudor-style mansion.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 14, 2007

Survey of New York Engineers Reports Future of Consulting Engineering

A survey of member firms conducted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York has revealed the direction, trends and challenges the state’s consulting engineering industry expects to face over the next several years. A total of 175 firms participated in the study, 97% of which are headquartered in the state of New York. “Our organization decided it was critical to conduct the survey in order to chart the course of the consulting engineering industry in the state for the next decade and beyond. The results will help us to focus our efforts and resources,” said Jay Simson, ACEC New York’s Executive Director. Management of 64% of these firms expected the industry to grow over the next decade, but was less optimistic—at 57%—for growth over the next 20 years.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2007

Middle East Mania

For now, the Persian Gulf states' coffers are overflowing with oil money. But some of these powerhouses—in particular, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain—are planning for a future not depended on oil revenue. There are unprecedented building and construction programs to improve and expand the region's infrastructure.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2007

Fire Protection in the Persian Gulf Region

Is developing business in the Middle East a long-term effort? And how exactly does a U.S. engineering firm succeed in breaking into this market? The answer to the first question is a simple yes. How a firm goes about establishing a foothold in the Mideast market requires a much longer answer. One must invest in this new market.

By Martin Kealy, CENG, FIFIREE, MSFPE, Director, International Practices. Schirmer Engineering, Atlanta
Specialty Buildings January 25, 2007

M/E Insider: Recent New Hires and Promotions – 2007-01-25

Syska Hennessy Group , Los Angeles, named Ann Banning-Wright, LEED AP , managing director of its Los Angeles office. In her new position, she will oversee more than 160 employees. Banning-Wright also serves as the firm’s chief strategy officer, and serves as a member of Syska Hennessy’s Management Advisory Council.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings January 18, 2007

ZweigWhite Report Details 2007 Industry Outlook for Design and Construction Firms

Health care, higher education and water/wastewater are expected to be the largest markets for design and construction firms this year, according to the The report also said that parks, recreation, government and financial markets are expected to struggle. In recent years, the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) business has outperformed the U.S. economy, and 55% of the firm leaders surveyed in conjunction with the report said they are optimistic about the industry’s performance heading into 2007 and expect AEC to outperform the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 21, 2006

The 2007 Industry Outlook for Design and Construction Firms

Health care, higher education and water/wastewater will be among the hottest markets for design and construction firms in 2007, while the parks and recreation, government and financial markets are expected to struggle, according to the 2007 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design & Construction Firms, a new report from Natick, Mass.-based A/E/C consultants ZweigWhite. The architecture, engineering and construction business has outperformed the U.S. economy as a whole in recent years, and the majority of firm leaders surveyed in conjunction with the report remain optimistic about the industry's performance heading into 2007. The survey found that 55% of respondents expect the A/E/C industry will outperform the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 21, 2006

A/E/C White Paper Surveys Industry Initiatives for Greater Efficiencies

Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey of leading architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) executives has found that 10 of 11 firms are pursuing software initiatives to raise process productivity without disruptive re-engineering of their work practices. The research is available in a new white paper, Improving AEC Project Execution: Lessons from 11 Industry Leaders. Newforma, Inc., a New Hampshire-based software developer, commissioned Spar Point Research of Danvers, Mass., to interview North American A/E/C executives in five market segments: architecture, building engineering, civil engineering, design-build and transportation infrastructure.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 5, 2006

Performance Contracting Pays Off for Kentucky with Big Energy Savings

In Feb. 2005, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s first comprehensive energy strategy. Fletcher said the plan reflects the state’s commitment to three primary principles: maintaining Kentucky’s low cost of energy; responsibly developing the state’s energy resources; and preserving Kentucky’s commitment to the environment. “As we implement our comprehensive energy plan, which includes greater use of clean-coal technology, bio-fuels and energy efficiency, Kentucky will be well-positioned to continue to lead the nation,” Fletcher said.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2006

Green News Aplenty

This year's recent Green Build Conference in Denver proved a major success with more than 13,500 attendees and over 700 exhibitors. Officials for the U.S. Green Building Council expect almost double the numbers for next year's conference in Los Angeles. “We're expecting next year to be the Green Build conference's biggest year yet and LA is the perfect place for it,” said Peter Temp...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2006

Is a Muddier Shade of Green OK? I Think So

Let’s plant a billion new trees... Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) ranks some sports cars greener than current hybrids... both headlines I ripped out of my local paper on the same day earlier this month, and I think they say something about efforts toward sustainability. The first was a quote from the latest Nobel peace prize winner Wangari Maathai who suggested the tree planting underta...

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2006

Advocating & Protecting Art and Science

Maybe the last decade's dot-com billionaires are now reaching their prime philanthropic years, or perhaps a number of lucky curators simply hit the lottery. Whatever the reason, cultural-facility construction in the U.S. is currently going through a boom of sorts. In planning this new generation of museums and science centers—including mammoth aquariums—designers are recognizing th...

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2006

Original Intent

Let's face it, we live in a throwaway culture, and buildings are no exception. Too often, historically and architecturally significant edifices are bulldozed to make way for brand new buildings with modern bells and whistles. And for many owners and developers, “historic building” means “leaky plumbing,” “too drafty” or “structurally unsound.” And in some cases, they're right. But some buildings are simply too precious not to keep around, and when it comes time to renovate, building teams are challenged not only with maintaining historical significance, but also with addressing the issues of occupant comfort, energy efficiency, modern communications and increased electrical needs.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Associate Editor
Specialty Buildings September 28, 2006

M/E Insider: Joint Ventures, Awards and More

• Global design firm HOK has entered into a strategic alliance with Advanced Environmental , a specialist environmental division of Australia-based Lincolne Scott Consulting Engineers , to advance sustainable design expertise and innovation in commercial building projects throughout the U.S. • SSRCx, LLC , a total-facility commissioning provider, has formed a joint venture with Chicago-based engineering firm Cotter Consulting, Inc. to establish a presence in Chicago and the Midwest. The two firms were recently awarded their first project together; they will provide commissioning services for the University Technology Park/Chemical Research Building, a $58 million research lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology. • Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2006

Classroom Environments

Although some local markets are hotter than others, nationwide, the K-12 market is going strong both for new construction and renovation. As one might expect, K-12 building activity is strongest in the Sun Belt and parts of the West, where the “parent population”—25- to 55-year-olds—is expanding the fastest. “We've been extremely active with education work in Florida with such a large influx of people,” says Matt Wiechart, P.E., principal with TLC Engineering for Architecture's Ft. Myers office. But demographics isn't the only force affecting this market.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2006

Crockett Clan a School Market Microcosm

A recent radio advertisement told me I'd be 58 when my youngest graduates college, and by gum, they're right (well, pretty close at least). They also told me I'd better be planning now for his collegiate career. These words ring true on many levels, not only for students and their parents, but also for the people who commission, design and operate school buildings.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2006

Superdome Ready for Some Football

A year after Hurricane Katrina devastated portions of the Gulf Coast, perhaps the most publicized building in the days following the storm—the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans—is back in business. Design firm Ellerbe Becket's Kansas City office played a key role in making this happen. The firm had been working with the Superdome's owner, the Louisiana Stadium Exhibition District, since 2001 to upgrade the building—home of the New Orleans Saints—to maintain it at a competitive level with other NFL facilities. Immediately following Katrina, Ellerbe Becket was contacted to perform a damage assessment, as the Superdome's management wanted the facility back in operation as soon as possible. The NFL indicated it would aid with the building's recovery on the condition that it be fully operational for the Saints' first home game of the 2006 season on Sept. 25.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Associate Editor
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2006

More Efficient Heat Recovery

With today’s ever-increasing energy costs, it is as important as ever to design HVAC systems that minimize energy use. Given the high ventilation requirements of many applications, engineers must design cost-effective heat-recovery systems. Air-to-air heat exchanger systems require the air distribution ductwork for the two airstreams to be in close proximity. However, many times it is impractical to configure ductwork to use this approach. Run-around hydronic loop systems allow for heat recovery from a system where the airstreams are not in close proximity.

By James O. Edwards, P.E., Senior Engineer, Project Manager, URS Corporation, Denver
Specialty Buildings August 22, 2006

Power Upgrade for a Sports Park

What do the Rolling Stones, Edmonton Oilers, championship rodeo and thoroughbred racing have in common? They are just a few of the attractions that take place at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. And because Northlands Park is such an eventful place, upgrading the electrical power infrastructure required a complex orchestration of power scheme and backup design, simulation, installation and testing--all coordinated to accommodate a long-term development plan without interrupting a brisk schedule of events. “There were two major challenges involved with this project,” said Clive Collar, power systems specialist and project manager. “First of all, we’re using existing, old-technology [electro-mechanical] gear in the process of upgrading a system with state-of-the-art technologies, including relays and communications processors. Secondly, we have to plan installation so as to not interfere with the schedule of events at busy facilities such as Rexall Placeo--over a two- to five-year period.” The power system upgrades comprised the first two phases of a five-stage, ten-year development plan prepared by Collar.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 4, 2006

DuPont Launches New Clean Agent Fire Extinguishant Website

DuPont Fire Extinguishants recently announced the launch of a new website, designed to provide visitors with critical new product and technical information about DuPont’s portfolio of FE clean agent fire extinguishants. The new website is accessible at . In addition to state-of-the-art functionality and improved navigation, DuPont has added a “Uses and Applications” section, designed to help current and potential customers understand how the range of FE clean agent extinguishants addresses diverse fire protection needs across a number of industries, including: emergency response, motor sports, aerospace, semiconductor manufacturing, telecommunications, marine/boating, facility management, transportation and the arts, specifically museums and libraries. The new site also offers a look into the Science of Protection, which explains the DuPont commitment to protecting the things that matter most through the development of clean agent extinguishants that are safer for use around equipment, people and the environment. • Extensive clean agent fire extinguishant product information• An enhanced press room• Environmental and regulatory information;• Updated technical training materials.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2006

BIM: Contractural Risks are Changing with Technology

Owners are demanding that complex projects be completed more quickly and cheaply. These demands, plus a desire to avoid claims, have led designers to think beyond two-dimensional blueprints and to develop three-dimensional building information modeling (BIM). The concept is relatively simple, yet revolutionary. The theory is that if every piece of data required to design and construct a project were entered and developed within a single online system, you could construct the project in the virtual world first.

By Dean B. Thomson and Ryan G. Miner, Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson, Minneapolis
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2006

Intelligent Buildings: Why is it Taking So Long?

Realcomm, a San Diego-based organization dedicated to improving the management and use of commercial real estate, recently released the results of a study conducted in conjunction with i & i limited, a U.K.-based research firm, examining the state of building intelligence in North America. The study, dubbed “IT-Convergence in Buildings,” is based on the experience and opinions, collected through face-to-face interviews, of some of the largest building owners across the United States. According to i & i limited's James McHale, there are three main reasons why it is taking so long for intelligent buildings to come of age: First, building automation system suppliers have all too often failed to prove the business case to the satisfaction of the building owner. They have failed, he said, to benchmark against the value propositions set by the owner and in some cases have not even considered them. Second, McHale said, vendors have failed to convince their buyers that their solutions are based on proven technology and that they are low-risk, delivered by partnerships with all the relevant skills.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings July 19, 2006

Industry Roundup: APC Offers New Course; BAC, Daikin ABB, MTU Detroit Diesel and Others Announce Promotions

• American Power Conversion, West Kingston, R.I., has a new set of courses and educational partners for its online DataCenterUniversity by APC program. • Baltimore Air Coil, Baltimore, has named William O. (Bill) Rector as V.P of Engineering. Mr.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 13, 2006

M/E Insider: Stanley Consultants, SSOE Open New Offices

• Stanley Consultants has opened a new office in Baton Rouge, La., which provides engineering, environmental and construction management services to federal, state and municipal clients in the transportation, water resources and water/wastewater markets. Brant B. Richard, P.E.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2006

A Balanced Mix

Where can you put in a few hours at the office, meet some friends at the corner cafe, pop in to shop at a clothing boutique, pick up your dry cleaning, catch the latest movie and then retire for the night in your condo—all without leaving the neighborhood? The answer can be found in just about any major American city these days, where one finds plenty of mixed-use developments that combine residential, retail, office and hospitality venues for occupants to live, work and play—all in one place. After all, who wouldn't want to eliminate a long commute to work? "Employees are increasingly demanding places near their work where they can live, shop and relax. Seeking a better quality of life, they want to spend more time with their families and friends, and less time commuting," explains St. Petersburg, Fla.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2006

New Products – 2006-07-01

Stainless steel motors are available in 0.5-hp through 10-hp models. In addition to stainless steel housing, features include a conduit box welded to the motor, conduit box cover, shaft, base, fan cover and slinger. The motors are impervious to rust and deterioration caused by frequent high-pressure caustic sanitizing.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 15, 2006

Demystifying Marketing or What Makes it Work?

A company is lucky if there’s someone around who’s not afraid to poke holes in its “latest and greatest” ideas and initiatives. Of course, most organizations either sideline or dismiss these bothersome skeptics as lousy “team players” who don’t fit into the corporate culture. Bruce McLain was one of these people. At public relations planning meetings, everyone waited for Bruce to weigh in with his often clever and always incisive comments.

By John Graham, president of Graham Communications, Quincy, Mass.
Specialty Buildings June 15, 2006

AGC Chief Economist Advises Construction Industry to “Get Used To” Higher Material Costs

"Get used to higher materials cost inflation," Ken Simonson, chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), warned earlier this week, following the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ release of its report on the producer price index (PPI) for May. "Overall, producer prices are remaining well behaved, with only a 0.2% increase in May and a 1.5% increase in the last year, outside of food and energy," Simonson noted. "But the PPI for construction materials and components jumped 1.2% last month and 7.8% over 12 months. By project type, the 12-month increases range from 8% for new single-unit residential construction to 16% for highway construction. "Many materials are contributing to the increase," Simonson commented.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2006

Ivy, Money and Other Things Green

Perhaps on some primordial level it has to do with the migratory instincts of birds, but if there's one constant in my life, it's that I know I'll be doing a lot of flying every spring—and indeed I have over the past few weeks, traveling to a number of conferences, media events, etc. The theme of this issue is sports facilities, which has nothing to do with flying, but many of these venue...

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings May 25, 2006

M/E Insider: An Appointment, a Contract, a Certificate, an Award and Some New Hires

• Michael W. Coyne, P.E., vice president for Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. and managing principal of SSRCx, LLC, SSR’s commissioning subsidiary, has been appointed to the Associated Air Balance Council Commissioning Group’s National Board of Directors, which acts as the governing body for ACG.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings May 18, 2006

Keeping A Lid On Costly HVAC Claims

Hot enough? Too cold perhaps? If an office’s temperature seems too hot, too cold or too unpredictable, maybe the building’s HVAC isn’t working properly. Often situations like this lead to claims that the system was improperly designed. That is not good news for the individual or firm responsible for designing or installing the HVAC system. For mechanical engineers, architects and others in the design industry, HVAC claims are a big concern.

By Tom Bongi, Director of Industrial Relations for Design Professionals, XL Insurance
Specialty Buildings May 11, 2006

M/E Insider: Promotions and New Hires

• Chris Johnston, P.E. , and James Coe, P.E., RCDD , have been named vice presidents in the Atlanta office of Syska Hennessy Group . In his new position, Mr.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 18, 2006

New UL Safety Standards Mean Changes for Specifiers

White Paper by: Pass & Seymour/Legrand When the first ground fault circuit interrupter was invented in 1971, it revolutionized the electrical industry, reducing electrocutions by protecting building occupants from lethal ground faults. Today GFCIs have evolved from safety enhancements to necessities, required to be installed in every building, from homes and offices to health-care facilities and entertainment complexes. As GFCIs continue to develop, they are paving the way for greater safety standards—and 2006 will bring the most stringent requirements ever. A GFCI de-energizes a circuit when a current to ground could result in electric shock.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 15, 2006

More Plant Managers Move to Recycling Waste Oil for Heat

Plant managers are increasingly considering the possibility of recycling waste oil as a way to fight rising energy costs, according to a new survey by Abanaki Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, a company in the business of oil skimming products. In a recent survey, Abanaki found that 78% of respondents are struggling to find ways to reduce plant energy costs, and in the face of record-high fuel oil prices, 35% of respondents said they would consider burning waste oil to heat their plants. Now that President Bush has called for new ways for Americans to reduce their addition to oil, the findings suggest that companies could be doing more to reduce winter heating bills. Although three quarters of the respondents said that their companies skim oil from their wastewater, only eight percent said that their plants already burn waste oil for heat. Using an oil skimmer, companies can collect up to 40 gallons per hour of oil or grease from wastewater. When combined with an oil concentrator, the amount of water in the oil can be reduced to less than one percent in most cases, making the oil suitable for burning in a waste oil furnace or boiler. “Plant managers should not let the money hidden in their wastewater go to waste,” said Abanaki president Tom Hobson.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2006

Active Design in Active Seismic Zones

We are all familiar with scenes of catastrophic earthquake damage from reports in the newspaper and on the evening news. The release of energy during seismic events is enormous and can incur significant loss of human life. The physical damage resulting from these events can be staggering to buildings, utility and transportation infrastructure systems.

By Mark V. Belgarde, P.E., Executive Vice President, Flack + Kurtz, San Francisco
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2006

The Future is Now

With some manufacturers at this year's AHR Expo promoting new products with tactics right out of a bad sci-fi flick, those walking the show floor in Chicago last month got an eyeful of how the future is perceived—at least from a 1960s perspective. That said, tales of building innovations in the Far East right now could be an indicator that certain romantic visions of tomorrow aren't so far-fetched. Speaking at an all day seminar on building intelligence at the ASHRAE Winter Meeting, Jim Young of San Diego-based RealComm regaled attendees with strange but true images of things he saw on a tour of buildings in Asia, such as one man buying a Coca-Cola with his cell phone. With stories of rampant digital signage to control rooms that look like Vegas sports books, Young, whose consulting business is primarily oriented toward the real-estate development community, said he returned from Asia with a strange feeling in his belly. "Everyone who knows me knows I'm typically very enthusiastic, but I have to say that enthusiasm has been mixed with fear in that I think the U.S.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2006

Shopping Smarts

Retail developers and designers these days must deliver the gamut from big box stores to specialty boutiques. This is becoming increasingly difficult, as trends such as narrower target markets, the increasing popularity of "retail-tainment" and adding retail into mixed-use development demand more innovative thinking and additional resources. Perhaps the greatest task at hand is something somewhat foreign to the retail scene: achieving energy efficiency to meet the requirements of a new breed of codes. Title 24 in California is receiving the most notoriety of these new standards with its requirement that general lighting consumption now be only 1.2 watts per sq.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings January 3, 2006

Industry Roundup: Awards and Certifications for ClimateMaster, Dedicated Micros, Falcon Electric and Others

• ClimateMaster, Oklahoma City, announced that its president, Dan Ellis, receivedthe Richard C. Schulze Distinguished Service Award from the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) on Nov. 14 at ARI’s 52nd Annual Meeting held in Miami, Fla. • Dedicated Micros, Chantilly, Va., a DVR manufacturer, has partnership with International Electronics, Canton, Mass.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 12, 2005

PoE Plus: Enabling a New Generation of Powered Devices

Just two months ago, the IEEE approved the PoE Plus Study Group’s project authentication request, and thus promoted the body to an official Task Force. Recognized as IEEE P802.3at, the task force is currently building on the existing 803.3af specification to enable more power to be transmitted over standard Ethernet cables (at least 30 watts, as opposed to 13 watts). A recently published report, “PoE: Global Market Opportunity Analysis,” from Natick, Mass.-based Venture Development, examines the impact and effect a higher power standard will have on the marketplace. The report estimates that during a four-year period, powered device sales will exhibit a 38% compound annual growth rate, and in 2008 the market will exceed $5.2 billion in revenues. The later portion of sales will be derived primarily from new applications or powered devices that will utilize this new higher power standard. One portion of the report analyzes over 40 applications to identify and rate the likelihood of PoE penetration for each.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2005

ARC Honorable Mentions

Every year for this competition, CSE gets submissions for a number of outstanding projects. Indeed, each binder often reveals a very neat system, technology or application that's worthy of being called out. Unfortunately, we can only pick one overall ARC winner per category for project of the year and the individual systems—even when the judging is close, as it was this year.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2005

Keeping the Stage Lights On—And Audience Safe

Whether they go to Las Vegas to see Wayne Newton, Celine Dion or Cirque du Soleil, the last thing that the public wants is a theater that goes dark in the middle of the show. But this isn't just about losing money on an expensive ticket. More importantly, there's the matter of fire, life-safety and emergency egress lighting systems functioning correctly. The owners of these venues have a two-fold challenge.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings November 18, 2005

Major D-B Progress in Illinois

The Illinois Legislature just passed SB 766, The Design-Build Procurement Act, and Governor Rod Blagojevich is expected to sign the bill, according to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). The House adopted the bill on November 3 by a vote of 106-9, following the Senate’s vote of 51 to 2 to adopt it on April 14th. The Act will give the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) the ability to use the design-build project delivery method. Previously, only very limited design-build authority existed for public projects in Illinois.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings November 15, 2005

New NSPE Partnership to Provide Graduate Degree and Training Programs

Recognizing the need for professional engineers to continually enhance their professional competency, the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) has partnered with Stevens Institute of Technology’s WebCampus to provide its members with discounts on leading-edge graduate degree programs and training opportunities. Recognized as the “best online university” by the Sloan Foundation, WebCampus currently offers over 160 courses allowing individuals to earn an MBA, 12 master’s degrees and 31 graduate certificate programs. With NSPE already offering a wide range of continuing education opportunities to those needing to fulfill licensure requirements—on-demand seminars, web seminars and live programs at NSPE national meetings—the accessibility to WebCampus will provide yet another education vehicle for members. “Our partnership with Stevens will help address the needs of our members who want to earn additional degrees or certificates in specialty areas,” said NSPE Director of Education, Mary Maul. “For busy engineers with little spare time, Stevens WebCampus is the perfect alternative for NSPE members who don't have the time to sit in a classroom.” Available programs from WebCampus include Project Management graduate degree programs, accredited through a joint collaboration of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (GAC).

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings November 2, 2005

Ohio History Museum Protects the Past with 21st Century Fire Protection

There’s a tremendous admiration and respect for the way things used to be at the CrawfordAuto-AviationMuseum and its adjacent history museum and archival library in Ohio. Home to nearly 200 antique, vintage and classic cars and aircraft ranging from the first enclosed automobile to the first winner of the Cleveland 500, the Crawford collection is one of the top ten in the nation according to Car Collector magazine. Until recently, however, the museums shared a fire-safety system that was also an artifact. Forty years old, the antiquated system's principal drawback was that it treated the different museums that comprise the complete historical facility as entirely separate entities. Mark Corcoran, chief of protection services for the Western Reserve Historical Society, the organization that runs the museum, explains the practical and potentially dangerous problem which could result from such a limited system. "Because we had added on fire alarms subsequent to the initial installation, the various alarms did not link together," he says.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2005

New Products – 2005-11-01

Notification circuit calculator is web-based for easy access. Users can perform notification circuit design calculations by entering ceiling strobe candela values and inputting the longest wall and the ceiling height of the room. The tool uses the calculations described in Chapter 7 of the 2002 edition of NFPA 72, which permits the use of a performance-based alternatives.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2005

Office Max

In the commercial office arena, designers are scoring with a one-two space combination that promotes employee collaboration yet accommodates greater flexibility into the space itself. "There has been a reduction in private assignable office space toward an increase in collaborative spaces," says Bob Colletta, AIA, a senior vice president in the Phoenix office of SmithGroup. "This can take the form of flexible team/project rooms, casual meeting areas in the open office and even 'chance' meeting spaces throughout." "It's a key tool for increased performance and reinforcing corporate culture," concurs Francisco Laurier, vice president, corporate design, EwingCole, Philadelphia. In other words, by setting up informal meeting areas, employees are encouraged to engage in spontaneous work sessions, as opposed to boring and unproductive meetings in traditional conference rooms. "One client we work with even has its furniture on casters so teams can be configured and reconfigured quickly for maximum interplay and communication to support project requirements," says Roger Wozny, P.E., president, The Schemmer Assocs., Omaha, Neb. The evolution to more flexible furniture systems is mandating change on the M/E/P side.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2005

Video Over Internet Protocol the Buzz of ASIS

The American Society of Industrial Security seemed to have taken a cue from former NBC Sportscaster Marv Albert, who on David Letterman's program used to present the "wild, the wacky and the bizarre" moments of sports. At its annual conference and expo in Orlando this past month, oddities, ranging from appearances by the Hooters Girls to Jack Ruby's .38 Special filled the floor. The latter was on display at the booth of Video Protein, a company offering Internet-based video security monitoring for smaller businesses that might not have the capital to house or maintain a DVR system.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2005

Will We See Offices Again in the Big Easy?

New Orleans has always embraced visitors, including this editor. But Katrina is one traveler the city wishes it never laid eyes on. Overnight, she changed a place of joy and music to one of devastation and misery. What happens from here? This issue focuses on business and the offices where it's conducted.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings September 15, 2005

From the ASIS Show in Orlando…IP Video All the Rage

Greetings from Orlando, Fla., from the 51st annual ASIS International show for security professionals. Along with unusual and interesting novelties, this year’s trade exhibit has also offered serious state-of-the-art security systems. Sportscaster Marv Albert used to have a regular segment on the David Letterman Show where he highlighted the “wild, the wacky and the bizarre” moments of sports. The American Society of Industrial Security seems to have taken a cue and kicked off its annual conference and expo Monday in Orlando with its own share of oddities, ranging from appearances by the Hooters Girls to Jack Ruby's .38 Special. The latter was on display at the booth of Video Protein, a company offering Internet-based video security monitoring for smaller businesses, such as fast-food restaurants, that might not have the capital to house or maintain a DVR system.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 26, 2005

M/E Insider: An Award for USGBC, and New Offices for Two Engineering Firms

• The U.S. Green Building Council was recently awarded the fourth annual National Building Museum’s Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology for its promotion of sustainable design and building practices and its development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. • Pat Mullin, P.E.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 24, 2005

HVAC Industry Roundup: STB teams with Cybosoft; Sullair celebrates its 40th

• Siemens Building Technologies, Buffalo Grove, Ill., has signed an agreement with CyboSoft, Rancho Cordova, Calif. CyboSoft’s model-free adaptive control technology will be paired with SBT’s BAS to launch a new adaptive control system. • Sullair Corporation, Michigan City, Ind., celebrated its 40th anniversary this summer. The company began manufacturing its portable air compressors in 1965, before expanding to stationary rotary screw compressors. • Taco, Cranston, R.I., took home a Best in Category award at the Mecanex/Climatex trade show held earlier this year in Montreal.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2005

A Giant Looks at 50

In an ever-changing market, it's hard to stay on top. So when a Giant turns 50, it's time for a well-deserved celebration. But golden anniversaries are also the perfect opportunity to ask how the firm got so successful to begin with—in other words, what makes the Giant so jolly and its competitors green with envy? This year, it's TLC Engineering for Architecture's turn to hit the half-century mark.

By Maggie Koerth, Contributing Writer
Specialty Buildings July 18, 2005

Industry Roundup: Spectronics is 50; Fluke Acquires LEM

• Spectronics Corporation is celebrating its 50thAnniversary this year. The company invented fluorescent leak detection in 1955 and is a manufacturer of UV inspection lamps and fluorescent dyes used to locate leaks in all size air conditioning and refrigeration systems. • Fluke Corporation , Everett Washington, announced that it has acquired LEM Instruments , a division of LEM Group . Fluke manufactures, distributes and services handheld test and measurement tools.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings June 14, 2005

Fire Protection Technology Manages Data Transmission to Inform Firefighters in Advance

In the past year several beta sites have been operating in the Virginia region for one particular fire-protection systems. Now, a recent installation of this same system at LouisianaStateUniversity’s Fire and Emergency Training Institute in Baton Rouge, La. has demonstrated its efficacy in action to the fire community. The system reports alarm conditions to all authorized monitoring stations within two seconds of a sensor or smoke detector going into alarm.

By Jim Byrne, Chief Technology Officer, NetTalon, Fredericksburg, Va., David Kimmel, Director of Engineering, NetTalon,and Chris Spurlock, Coordinator for Municipal Fire Training, Louisiana State University Fire & Emergency Training Institute,Baton Rouge,La
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2005

Presidential LEEDership

Although he currently resides in Manhattan, former President Bill Clinton hasn't forgotten his Arkansas roots. When it came time to be part of a larger effort to revitalize Little Rock's downtown and riverfront, the city became an easy choice for the location of the library and museum that would preserve and reflect the eight-year history of Clinton's service as 42nd president of the United States. Nestled along the south bank of the Arkansas River inside a new 27-acre city park, the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Center opened its doors this past fall and houses not only a replica of the Oval Office, but more than 77 million documents, 75,000 artifacts, 1.8 million photographs and 40 million e-mail messages. All presidential libraries have to meet environmental, operational and redundancy standards of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

By Gary Pomerantz, P.E., Senior Vice President, Flack + Kurtz, Inc., New York
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2005

Employment Contracts: More Than Just a Handshake

Coach Mike Ditka once said, "Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal." I often think about this quote when considering employment agreements, but in the context of employment, I would add one important point: It sure helps to have a contract. With the increasing rate of turnover in employees and executives, the prudent firm—and its executives and professional staff—will seriously consider entering into an employment contract to protect the interests of all concerned. Like parties to a marriage who sign a prenuptial agreement, by using employment agreements, A/E firms and their employees are not anticipating an imminent divorce. They do, however, desire clear expectations of, and reasonableness in, the terms for their parting of the ways, if that should turn out to be the case. In recent years, we have seen a marked increase in the number of top-level executives and key employees who are demanding employment contracts before taking positions with new firms—or deciding whether to stay with their existing employers.

By G.A. Finch, Michael, Best & Friedlich, Chicago
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2005


Advanced Environmental Concepts in Sydney, Australia, a division of Lincolne Scott, is Australia's only professional practice dedicated to the design of passive and integrated environmental systems. Che Wall, group director of both companies, made a presentation at USGBC's GreenBuild Conference last November about sustainable efforts in the Land Down Under, including some neat technologies in a project called Council House 2 or CH2. Su-Fern Tan, an environmental design consultant with AEC, was also involved with the project.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in Chief
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2005

The News Media is All Over DALI

Barbara Cianci Horton and Lee Brandt know more about DALI than that it stands for Digital Addressable Lighting Interface. The designers from Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design (HLB), New York, incorporated the fairly novel technology for a newsworthy project they were involved with—a new home for the Associated Press in west Manhattan. The news agency recently moved from its prestigious home in Rockefeller Center to a space formerly occupied by a now-defunct In refitting the facility, lighting and control were big concerns.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2005

Medium Voltage for Maximum Effect

Medium-voltage power distribution systems are common in industrial settings and are becoming common in other types of facilities. However, each type of facility has its own special requirements. CSE: Besides industrial plants, what other types of facilities rely on medium-voltage systems? How does specification of these systems differ in non-industrial settings? GUSTIN: Actually, many building types require medium-voltage systems: health-care, office high-rises, sports complexes, data centers and waste and water treatment facilities. Installations can range from simple radial systems to loop systems to multiple-source primary systems.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings May 23, 2005

M/E Insider: HGA Gets New Business Developer; RTKL Becomes CBE Partner

• Susan Katz has joined the San Francisco office of HGA Architects & Engineers as business developer, and will specialize in the arts, community and education markets for northern California. • RTKL Assocs., Inc. , Baltimore, Md., has joined University of California, Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment as an industry partner. CBE and its partners are dedicated to advancing building materials and technologies through research and development. • Ryan Chapman, P.E.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings May 9, 2005

U.S. Smart Network Device Expenditures to Grow to $2.53 Billion by 2009

Despite perennial predictions heralding the era of the fully automated “smart building” as the next big thing, for practical purposes, the prospect of intelligently networked devices, until very recently, has remained a fantasy. Intriguing as the notion remains, for decades reality has lagged behind promise, as manufacturers and vendors struggle (often at cross-purposes) to put enabling, foundational technologies into place. According to a soon-to-be-released report RGB-299 Intelligent Building Networks from Business Communications Company, Inc. ( ), the total U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings May 6, 2005

Industry Roundup: Fire and Life-Safety News

Mija , Rockland, Mass., makers of EN-Gauge electronic monitoring capability for fire extinguishers and extinguishing systems, announced that its technology has been adopted for use by several industry sectors, including correctional, educational and retail facilities. ACG Identification Technologies , Walluf, Germany, is partnering with Linz, Germany-based Omnikey , a manufacturer of innovative smart card readers, to develop an e-passport RFID reader. The new readers are designed to support federal governments and the security industry in deploying interoperable border control solutions based on contactless electronic passports. BlazeMaster , Cleveland, Ohio, has been awarded a new approval by Factory Mutual (FM) , allowing designers and contractors to expand their use of the company’s CPVC pipe and fittings. Smith Seckman Reid Senior Consultant David Stymiest, P.E., CHFM, has been appointed as the chairman of the National Fire Protection Assn. (NFPA) Technical Committee on Emergency Power Supplies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2005

Sprinkler Compliance in the Windy City

Editor's note: Many eyes are on Chicago now that it has adopted one of the nation's first mandatory sprinkler ordinances for non-residential high-rises. Following is a breakdown of the city's initial requirements for other municipalities considering Chicago as a would-be model. On Dec. 15, 2004, the city of Chicago adopted a high-rise fire-safety ordinance estimated to affect approximately 1,30...

By Rick Glenn, P.E., Project Manager, Schirmer Engineering Corporation, Deerfield, Ill.
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2005

Lighting: Return of the Engineer

Energy consumption, as defined by Title 24, California's building energy-consumption standard, and the adoption of the 1999 edition of ASHRAE 90.1 as the default energy code for most other states, was a subject almost universally noted in conversations with exhibitors at the most recent Lightfair International in New York.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings April 28, 2005

Commissioning Engineered Building Systems: Scope Enhancement

Last month we looked at some of the benefits of commissioning for building owners and for contractors and subcontractor members of the project team. This month, let’s take a look at the breadth of scope. Commissioning has been a formally recognized practice in project delivery for about a decade, and based on successful results, the breadth of scope in application of the commissioning process continues to increase. ASHRAE’s published definition of commissioning is: “A quality-focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project. The process focuses on verifying and documenting that the facility and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained to meet the Owner’s Project Requirements.” It is appropriate that ASHRAE has helped define commissioning, because the practice really started with a focus on HVAC systems.

By George Bourassa, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Vice President and National Director of Commissioning, Facilities Division, Carter & Burgess, Inc., Chicago
Specialty Buildings April 8, 2005

GeoPraxis Gets Grant for Green Growth

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given A/E/C software-development company GeoPraxis, Inc., Petaluma, Calif., a $70,000 grant to help increase the number of new buildings in the West that use sustainable or “green” components. The EPA chose GeoPraxis from a pool of 363 U.S. applicants to receive the funding under the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research contracts program.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2005

You Have the Power! (over Ethernet)

Power over Ethernet continues to grow more popular, and many companies have already implemented PoE solutions. So what exactly should consultants know about this new technology? PoE allows the transmission of electrical power over the same Ethernet infrastructure used for data transmission. It extends the capability of the Ethernet infrastructure and delivers power over high-quality category 5e...

By James Donovan, Director of Global Solutions Management, SYSTIMAX Solutions
Specialty Buildings March 28, 2005

M/E Insider: oBIX Gets a  New Co-chair; BCA Gets a New President

• Michael C. English , a founder and senior partner with Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP , New York, has been named president of the board of directors for the Building Commissioning Assn. English was previously BCA’s vice president and spearheaded the organization’s Certified Commissioning Providers program. • Paul Ehrlich, P.E.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 3, 2005

ASTM International Subcommittee on Evacuation Devices Forms Task Groups

The American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Subcommittee E06.77 on High Rise Building External Evacuation Devices initiated activity at the October 2004 meeting of Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, by establishing the following three task groups: %%POINT%% Platform Devices: Development of specifications for high-rise external platform devices for evacuation of persons when the primary evacuation routes to a safe zone are unavailable and for transport of emergency responders. %%POINT%% Chute Devices: Development of specifications for high-rise external chute devices for evacuation of persons when primary evacuation routes to a safe zone are unavailable and may transport emergency responders to scene. %%POINT%% Controlled Descent Devices: This standard defines the specifications, requirements, performance, design, practices, markings, construction and test methods for external high-rise building controlled descent devices for evacuation of persons when primary evacuation routes to a safe zone are unavailable and may have the capability of transporting emergency response personnel to the scene. The subcommittee and task groups are seeking additional knowledgeable participants and device manufacturers to be involved in the development of these standards, and have established the following scope: “Development and maintenance of standards for terminology, specification, performance, practices and test methods for devices for high-rise building external evacuation of persons when the primary evacuation routes to a safe zone are unavailable. Such devices may also have the capability of transporting emergency responders. Devices do not include rope or chain ladders, helicopters with platforms, parachutes, balloons, or evacuation chairs.” Task groups have initiated activity to develop draft standards ready for subcommittee ballot by the next meeting to be held during ASTM Committee Week, April 17-20. For further technical information go to .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2005

New Home for the Home Office

The Home Office is a principal government department servicing United Kingdom residents in a number of ways, including crime and drug prevention, immigration and nationality issues, counter-terrorism and community activism. Up until now, assorted Home Office departments were scattered in buildings all around Westminster in London, but thanks to a dedicated team of designers and developers, acti...

By David Stillman, Managing Director, Flack + Kurtz (UK) Ltd., London
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2005

Meet the New Boss

Airport managers face a conundrum today. With passenger numbers approaching, and sometimes exceeding, those of pre-Sept. 11, 2001, facility growth is back on the radar. However, the continuing problems of their biggest financial resources—the major airlines—are raising new questions as to who, exactly, will pay for these much-needed expansions.

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2005

A Backbone for Security

Airports are among the most complex and dynamic environments for telecommunications and security systems. Continuously changing user needs and ever-evolving technology demand systems with open architectures and standards that accommodate change and future additions. But just as important is that these new technologies don't adversely affect existing infrastructure that will remain in use.

By Pat Cusick, P.E., CCS and Kevin Richmond, AMC Engineers, Anchorage
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2005

Moscone Center Employs World’s Largest Lighting Control System

Project Profile: Moscone West, San Francisco Developed Space: Gross building area of 775,000 square feet. Primary exhibit space is 96,660 square feet at street level, with “swing space” of 199,432 square feet on levels two and three for use either as exhibit or meeting/banquet space in flexible combinations. Each “swing space” can be configured into as many as 38 rooms. Project Challenge Moscone West’s flexible space configurations demanded an exceptional degree of flexibility in lighting control.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2005

Future of Digital Unveiled at MIT

Movement toward more wireless and digital systems continues to gain momentum, says a recent e-newsletter from San Diego-based Realcomm, the organizer of a real estate conference dedicated to hot commercial office and real estate trends and the latest technologies. According to the newsletter, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently held its New Century Symposium, and the following di...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2005

Hidden Treasure

There was a time in this country when many people thought drop ceilings were a modern architectural marvel. It meant a then-rare, but highly desired technology—air conditioning—could be added to an old building. Such was the case with the Federal Courthouse in Cleveland, a turn-of-the-century Beaux Arts structure that saw the addition of AC in the late 1960s.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2005

A “Cable” to Smart Building Designers

In these pages, and online in CSE NewsWatch and our BAS at a Crossroads webcast, we've frequently reported on the confluence of building automation and business enterprise systems. For those energized about the potential of this development, obviously, it means rethinking a lot of things, and perhaps toward the top of that list—at least in terms of the technologies most ready for change...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings December 22, 2004

Lighting Provider Hits Home Run for Shea Stadium

From baseball to the Beatles to Pope John Paul II, Shea Stadium has hosted some of the most memorable icons in American pop culture history. Since its opening day, April 17, 1964, the $25 million home of the New York Mets, has hosted more than 73 million sports, music and cultural fans. Many things have changed over the decades, including the lighting leading patrons to and from their seats. The original incandescent lighting in place for the first pitch was later converted to a high-pressure sodium and metal halide lighting system.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 21, 2004

Fire Safety for a Downtown Kansas City Development

Conceived some five years ago, Cathedral Square is a handsome development on the west side of Kansas City, Mo.’s downtown. It brings together a premier office/commercial facility and a five-level, 1,400-car underground garage topped with a public plaza complete with extensive landscaping and five fountains—a place where people can work, conduct their personal business, shop and eat, keeping employees happy and employers loyal to the area. Cathedral Square Block 105 houses the headquarters of Kansas City Southern (KCS), a transportation company that encompasses one of the last important independent railways in the nation. KCS wanted its new headquarters to be modern, but to reflect its distinguished 19th century railway heritage. Cathedral Square’s fire protection was a negotiated design/build project with Siemens Building Technologies, Fire Safety Division, Florham Park, N.J. The alarm scenario In the nearly two years that Cathedral Square has been occupied, no false alarm has occurred.

By Thomas J. Corso, Vice President of Operations, MC Lioness Realty Group, LLC, Kansas City, Mo.
Specialty Buildings December 21, 2004

Attack of the Metal-Munching Microbes

Like creatures in a horror movie, tiny acid-producing microorganisms are eating away at some of our most important infrastructures, including power and petrochemical plants, pipelines, pulp and paper mills and transportation systems. Commonly known as microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC), this little-understood phenomenon also is a cause of pipe failures (blockage and leakage) in automatic fire sprinkler systems throughout the world. In a study of 155 cases of failed sprinkler components collected between 1994 and 2000, the FM Global metallurgical laboratory found evidence of MIC in about 40% of the cases. According to FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheet 2-1, Prevention and Control of Internal Corrosion in Automatic Sprinkler Systems, corrosion, including MIC, was the fifth largest cause of sprinkler leakage losses, preceded by mechanical injury (e.g., forklift impact), freezing, defective equipment and accidental discharge. Until recently, MIC has been implicated in sprinkler pipe failures primarily through empirical evidence such as pinhole leaks, particularly those that appear in relatively new sprinkler systems; sulfur odor; pitting; biofilm (black slime); flow restrictions or blockage; and the formation of characteristic nodules known as tubercles.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2004

Terminal Power

As New England's largest transportation center, Boston's Logan International Airport keeps five terminals busy. But in August 2001, Delta Air Lines reached an agreement with the Massachusetts Port Authority (MPA) to develop a replacement terminal, for the original Terminal A, to be owned and operated by MPA.

By John Mac Donald, P.E., Partner, TMP Consulting Engineers, Boston
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2004

Making the Switch to VoIP

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is the transport of voice-coded information embedded in an IP packet, typically using Ethernet as the data network physical transport medium. This is opposed to transmission over copper analog circuits using private branch exchange (PBX) switching technology. This technology has many benefits for the user to consider: reduction of long-term maintenance and st...

By James L. Seibert, P.E., RCDD, Telecommunications Team Leader, Brinjac Engineering, Inc., Harrisburg, Pa.
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2004

A Quality Northwest Brew

Connoisseurs of hand-crafted beers are well aware that the American Northwest has produced many fine brews in recent decades. So, when one hears about the Brewery Blocks in Portland, Ore., it's only logical to think beer. But this story isn't about brewing lagers and Pilseners. It's about an ambitious five-block, speculative mixed- use project in downtown Portland's Pearl District, which like m...

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Specialty Buildings November 19, 2004

M/E Insider: 40 New LEED APs at Two Firms; Kling Names Scholarship Recipient

• Syska Hennessy Group has upped its LEED Accredited Professional total to 53, as 32 Syska engineers have received LEED accreditation to date in 2004. LEED APs are certified under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. • ThermalTech , Cincinnati, announced that eight more of its staff has achieved LEED AP status.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2004

Going Abroad

For many U.S. M/E/P engineering firms designing industrial facilities, the world is getting both bigger and smaller. What's growing is the number of international industrial projects that U.S. firms are involved in. What's shrinking are the borders and barriers to designing factories abroad—both real and psychological.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2004

An Inside Track for Winning Green Designs

Greening a building the size and complexity of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh was not easy. It's a sophisticated urban building that celebrates its relationship with the riverfront, adjacent historic and cultural districts, the natural environment and transportation options. Perhaps the keys to its success were identifying green goals from the get-go and establishing a we...

By Rebecca L. Flora, AICP, LEED AP, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2004

All Fired Up

When it comes to specifying clean-agent fire suppression systems in sensitive environments such as computer rooms or museums, engineers today face a smorgasbord of chemical options. It's no secret that FM-200 and Inergen dominate the clean-agent market, but several alternatives are also now available that may be even better depending on the application.

By Kathyrn Rospond, Contributing Writer
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2004

River of Life

These words are part of a presentation visitors hear upon touring the Sandstone Visitor Center, a launching point for travelers wishing to take in awe-inspiring, panoramic views of the tree-covered Appalachian Mountains, the New River Gorge Corridor and the New River itself in southern West Virginia.

By Paul E. Petrilli, P.E., Leed AP, Principal, H.F. Lenz Company, Johnstown, PA.
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2004

All Wet

There is no life without water. And like life, water is something that many people take for granted. While some parts of the United States, particularly the Southwest, face very real shortages, it doesn't look as though we'll be reduced to wearing the water-capturing suits of Frank Herbert's desert-world Dune novels any time soon.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Production/Web Editor
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2004

The Dangers of Neglect

Emergency power must be more reliable than the electric utility. While in some areas of the country this is not a tough assignment, an increasing number of emergency systems are failing because of neglect, bad placement or insufficient monitoring. But let's assume all components of the emergency power supply system (EPSS) have been designed and installed properly, and acceptance tests have been...

By Dan Chisholm, Consultant, Winter Park, Fla.
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2004

Halting Hooligans

In the wake of the Athens Olympic games, where the U.S. women's team took gold in soccer, and the exciting European Cup, in which Greece upset the competition, CSE thought it would be appropriate to take a look at the philosophy behind securing these very visible stadiums that are the would-be targets of both terrorists and another European plague—soccer hooligans.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2004

Value Engineering Can Work

As design team on potentially the first LEED-certified convention center in the country, none of us were quite sure what the results of our "green" bid packages would be. But when the 45 bid packages began to roll in, it quickly became apparent that we were going to have to deal with a budget problem before the project could continue.

By John L. Patten II, C.I.P.E., Burt Hill Kosar Rittlemann Assocs., Philadelphia
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2004

Killing Kilowatt Hours

If you've taken a trip to the gas station lately, you've no doubt paid more money to fill your tank than you did a year ago—maybe even just a few months ago. That is, unless you've recently traded your vehicle in for a smaller one. While many people tend to groan about higher prices at the pump, cursing the oil companies as they fill their tanks, most of us forget how good we've got it.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Production/Web Editor
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2004

Man on an Integration Mission

Dr. Heinrich Hiesinger believes in integration. Not only of building systems, but also in terms of the ability to bring together groups of talented, specialized people who can deliver a single product. In fact, as Group President of the Building Technologies Group of Zurich-based corporate giant Siemens, you might say his job depends on it.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2004

Air-Handling System Details in a Nutshell

When it came to mechanically ventilating the convention center, it was the team's goal to reduce as much energy-consuming equipment as possible. The load characteristics to consider were as follows: System considerations Considerations for system applicability were as follows: As spelled out in previous installments of Project Journal, a natural ventilation scheme was implemented for part-time ...

By David Linamen, P.E., Principal of Engineering, Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann, Butler, Pa.
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2004

BD&C Presents Building Team Project Awards

Building Design and Construction , a sister publication to CSE, recently presented its annual Building Team Project Awards. Four projects were Grand Award winners: Emerson College's Tufte Performance and Production Center, Boston. An 80,000-sq.-ft. structure sitting on a 7,000-sq.-ft. footprint, the Tufte Center abuts existing buildings on three sides and is separated from buildings on its fou...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2004

Letters – 2004-06-01

Getting Youth Interested In the May Editor's Viewpoint "Ah, Ute!" you state, "Frankly, most kids don't have a clue about engineering and are more than a little scared of the profession." Amen! And here's why: 1. Our educational system has become enamored with moral relativism, "self-esteem," dumbing down core courses and standards of learning.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2004

BAS at the Crossroads

Depending on one's affinity for technology, an ideal habitat might be described as follows: Its processes and the needs of its occupants are monitored, assessed and evaluated continuously. Decisions for maintaining the most desirable environment for this habitat are made with a holistic and global approach where numerous possible actions and responses are quickly factored before the best choic...

By Shariar Makarechi, Ph.D. Candidate, with Godfried Augenbroe, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2004

Natural Ventilation Options and Performance Simulation

In its concept of a truly sustainable convention center for the city of Pittsburgh, M/E/P engineer Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann, envisioned that natural air currents off the Allegheny River would cool the main exhibition halls—at least during favorable times of the year when the halls were not densely occupied.

By Brian Ford, Nottingham University, Nottingham, UK, Camilo Diaz, WSP Environmental Ltd. and Geoff Whittle, Simulation Technology Ltd.
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2004

Letters – 2004-04-01

Savings Not Quite There In the Specifier's Notebook "Sensing Savings," (CSE 02/04 p. 66) on automatic sensor controls for lighting, author Al Borden gives concise advice on selection and specification of occupancy sensors for automatic lighting control but leaves the reader with a misunderstanding of the way in which infrared sensors function.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2004

Notes From the Log of a LEED Navigator: Pt. 2

The pursuit of a gold or platinum LEED-certified building often requires the implementation of cutting-edge systems. This certainly was the case with Pittsburgh's David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Again, in our role as the project's LEED navigator—the agent on a LEED project responsible for continually protecting green elements in the midst of budget shortfalls, value engineering and c...

By Gary Goodson, Deputy Director, Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2004

UPS Keeps Marathon on Its Feet

Keeping a world-class marathon up and running in today's digital age requires more than a good supply of bottled water and sports drinks. Take the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, for example. This event hosts more than 40,000 runners a year, and spectators can track their favorite competitors via the web, thanks to microchips located in each runner's shoe.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2004

Notes From the Log of a LEED Navigator

One of the most important lessons learned from our experience on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center was the need for what we've dubbed the "LEED navigator"—at least in cases where the implementation of LEED is new to a majority of participants, as it was on this project. Our team consisted of the Sports and Exhibition Authority (SEA), the owner; Rafael Viñoly Architects (RVA),...

By Gary Goodson, Deputy Director, Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2004

IEEE 10GBASE-T Task Force Approved

The demand for higher data rates and faster applications over cost-effective unshielded twisted-pair cabling continues. And solutions being formatted by the IEEE 802.3 committee will have a major impact on the way customers think about and plan networks. At the IEEE 802 Plenary Meeting last November in Albuquerque, N.

By Masood Shariff, Consulting Systems Engineer, SYSTIMAX Labs, Richardson, Texas
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2004

Marketing Sustainable Design Services

What can be done to more effectively promote sustainable design? This was among the questions Interface Engineering, on behalf of the U.S. Green Building Council, sought to answer in surveying a sampling of building practitioners who attended the initial Greenbuild conference in Austin, Texas in 2002.

By Jerry Yudelson, P.E., Sustainability Director, Interface Engineering, Portland, Ore.
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2004

Cloud Control: Complying with Codes for Smoking Areas

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency classified environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) as a Group A carcinogen, many state and local codes began requiring restaurants and entertainment facilities to provide designated smoking areas that prevent smoke from being recirculated to nonsmoking areas. For consulting engineers, these smoking areas open up whole new concerns—and special commis...

By Steven F. Hayne, Associate, Commissioning and Operations Engineer, Newcomb & Boyd, Atlanta
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2004

Convening With Authority

The effects of Sept. 11 on tourism and the slowdown in the economy certainly have taken their toll on the convention industry. However, industry personnel are starting to see some turnaround. "Over the last decade, there was a tremendous amount of convention center activity, with 20 or more centers in the pipeline at one time," says Michael Ezell, principal at Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback and...

By Kathryn M. Rospond, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2003

Honeywell and DOE Team Up on Industrial Technology

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), earlier this month, selected Honeywell to negotiate a $10 million project to develop wireless and sensor technologies to meet plant floor operational control challenges and help reduce U.S. industry operating costs by up to $1 billion annually. The move comes in response to the need for manufacturers nationwide to remove the physical and technology barriers that ...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2003

New Products – 2003-12-01

Smoke detectors offer various combinations: photoelectric alone, or with heat or CO detection. All models automatically compensate for contamination in the chamber, extending time between cleanings and reducing false alarms. Units are available in two- and four-wire bases. (F220 by Bosch) RS#1 Luminaire for office and commercial building stairwells features an occupancy sensor and electro...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2003

Control Variables

CONSULTING-SPECIFYING ENGINEER: Oftentimes, only a small percentage of a project's cost is allocated for building system controls. Does this pose challenges for controls design? STANKE: A low budget for controls may or may not make it difficult to do what the design requires. One has to consider the type of project.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings November 1, 2003

Researching…the Opportunities

Few industries can draw a direct correlation between success and their facilities. But in pharmaceutical, biotech and medical research operations, there is a close connection between the capabilities of one's laboratory and the quality of work. Consistent, reliable system operation is crucial to the integrity of research—and to the corporate profits that discoveries can create.

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2003

Rewarding Patriotism

New England Patriots fans are known for their loyalty. For years they braved the elements in Foxboro Stadium, where aluminum bleacher seating was the norm and "conveniences" were defined as rows of portable toilets in the concourses. That loyalty was finally rewarded last fall, when team owner Robert Kraft opened the doors of Gillette Stadium.

By Glenn M. Bernard, Associate Engineer, Vanderweil Engineers, Boston
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2003

Green: A State of Mind

Just about every building project these days is looking at green building products and systems. But it can be difficult to evaluate and determine just how "green" a product really is, or what is a green product for that matter. While the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system has, in general, helped familiarize many engineers with the co...

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

Fields of Dreams?

Football is one of the most obvious signs of the coming of fall. Starting the day after the Super Bowl, diehard fans eagerly count the weeks until such milestones as the draft, training camp and the first Monday Night Football game. But recently, some fans have had something else to look forward to—the opening of brand new, high-tech stadiums.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Production/Web Editor
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2003

All in 1 Package?

While engineers and contractors have traditionally pieced together a facility's electrical system utilizing equipment from different manufacturers, in some cases, the option of choosing pre-integrated systems has become a possibility—for example, gensets, switchgear and controls all in one package.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2003

Industrial Strength Backup for a “Factory” Casino

With the look of a 1940s factory, the Cannery Hotel and Casino, North Las Vegas, Nev., which opened in January of this year, is small by Las Vegas Strip standards. But the $105 million, 50,000-sq.-ft. complex still features 1,278 slot machines, 20 game tables, an indoor/outdoor entertainment venue and 201 guest rooms.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2003

Clear Skies?

Engineers hoping for work in the previously bustling airport market now face a classic bad news/good news scenario. The bad news: Airports are still primarily focused on security issues raised by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The good news: Addressing those security issues is forcing airport authorities and airlines to rethink virtually every other system in their facilities.

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2003

Staying Power

Staying in business as an M/E engineering firm, especially in today's economic climate, is no small feat. Staying in business for 70-plus years, however, must mean you've really got a formula for success. In compiling our annual Giants ranking of top engineering firms by M/E revenue, four particular firms merit extra attention: the SmithGroup and HarleyEllis, both of Detroit; Syska Hennessy Gro...

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2003

Are You Experienced?

Two issues ago, we covered the museum market, and between then and now, I actually got out to visit a few institutions, including the Experience Music Project (EXP) in Seattle. The building, for those unaware, is another of Frank Gehry's undulating, metal-clad creations. This one's even multi-colored! Now I've never been a big Gehry fan—I was basically of the opinion that he came up with ...

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2003

Rising to the Occasion

Since the late 19th century, when the first skyscrapers sprouted up in Chicago and New York, those two metropolises have been competing with each other for bragging rights to the world's tallest buildings. Both cities, with their familiar skylines, truly set the tone for what we think of as the epitome of the American central business district.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Production/Web Editor
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2003

A Warmer Type of Art Museum

The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM), located right on Lake Michigan, boasts a collection of nearly 20,000 works—no small holdings. The facility became even more impressive recently with the opening of a 140,000 sq. ft. expansion. Designed by Spanish-born A/E and sculptor Santiago Calatrava, the expansion includes the Quadracci Pavilion, a 90-ft.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2003

Science Museum Stats

From the ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) Sourcebook of Science Center Statistics 2002: For more information, visit

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2003

Admission: Possible

Tourism is one of the industries still suffering from the economic downturn resulting from the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Museums, particularly, are feeling that trickle-down effect. In fact, a front-page article in the Art Newspaper this past January declared an end to the art museum building boom, citing a series of projects in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and San Francisco t...

By Kathryn M. Rospond, Contributing Writer
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2003

Performance-Based Design: An International Perspective

Internationally speaking, the world community's perspective on performance-based design is, well, on fire. In a conference session on protecting iconic structures, topics ranged from how to design buildings that suffer minimal damage from explosions to the importance of professional associations in developing and maintaining a safe built environment.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2003

The Power of Entertainment

Themed entertainment provides electrical engineers with the unique opportunity to think outside the electrical design "box." These projects challenge designers and contractors to confront and solve problems that they previously had never encountered. And it is accomplished within a highly themed environment and with very stringent budgets.

By Dan Christman, P.E. and Brandon Lemonier, E.I.T., GRG Consulting Engineers, Inc., Maitland, Fla.
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2003

Life Safety Upgrades for a Classic Colorado Hotel

The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs is one of the state's historic jewels and an enduring classic among luxury accommodations. Opened in 1918, the Broadmoor has provided respite to presidents, statesmen, celebrities and sports figures. Last year, the hotel underwent a $75 million renovation, including major upgrades to the life-safety systems.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2003

Fire in the Jailhouse

On April 21, 1930, the deadliest correctional facility fire in U.S. history ravaged the Ohio State Penitentiary in Columbus, killing more than 300 men. Ever since that time, the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) and other model codes have required new and existing correctional facilities to be constructed of limited- or non-combustible materials, and to be provi...

By Michael Abrams, Construction Manager, Fire Protection Management, Inc., Las Vegas
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2003

Lighting the Way for G.I. Joe’s

No one really notices if the ambient lighting in a "big box" retail store is successful. And that's just how Dave Fouts likes it. Fouts is the vice president of planning and logistics for G.I. Joe's, a popular Northwest retailer of sports and auto accessories. "Customers only notice lighting when it's too dark, too bright or lamps are burned out," says Fouts.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2003

BAS’ Future: Enterprise Software?

Fans of NCAA Basketball's March Madness are likely familiar with Microsoft's series of television commercials espousing the virtues of business enterprise software. For example, in one spot, a middle-aged salesman is showing a new employee the inside of one of the company's warehouses: "When I was first hired, we didn't have all these fancy integrated systems.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2003

Codes and the Real World

It is strange and unfortunate how reality has a tendency to make its way into the best—and worst—of plans. In assembling this university-themed issue, one of our offerings addresses trends in dormitory design, including sprinklers, but also the notion of voice evacuation as an egress tool for people unfamiliar with a particular building or facility (see "Graduate Degree Dorms," p.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2003

Midterm Exam: C-

Although it's not uncommon for engineering students to spend more time hitting the books than their peers in liberal arts or the college of business, a surprising number of professional M/E/P engineers feel many engineering programs might be better off borrowing some of the curricula of their academic brethren.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings February 18, 2003

Jersey City a Gem for Industrial Clients

A state plan to encourage urban redevelopment has sparked an interest in northern N.J., and companies are taking a second look at Jersey City. Developer and builder Thomas Barrett takes a look at that area's industrial market, in anticipation of our February issue's industrial-market focus.

By Thomas Barrett, Barrett Builders
Specialty Buildings February 12, 2003

Bush Administration Pushes for Hydrogen

During his State of the Union Address last month, President Bush announced the Fuel Cell Initiative, with $1.2 billion in new funding for fuel cell research.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2003

Warming Up with the Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns Stadium plays host to more than 73,000 football fans during home games. Down on the playing field, winning may be more of a challenge at this point for the fledgling franchise than it was when Jim Brown, Otto Graham and Lou Groza were running, passing and kicking their way to victory.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2003

HVAC: The Next Generation

Variable-air-volume systems came into favor primarily as a result of the energy concerns of the early 1970s. While they did wonders for that period, the 21st Century needs a new technology that overcomes the limitations of the old. That new technology may already be in place. As an HVAC strategy incorporating a dedicated outside-air source, radiant cooling and heat recovery promises to not on...

By Stanley A. Mumma, Ph.D., P.E., ASHRAE Fellow, Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University, University Park, Pa.
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2003

Boom Time

Progress report: Has shown significant growth, and despite temporary setbacks, continues to move forward. Has some trouble with general math but showing great signs of improvement. Demonstrating great use of innovative design and technology but sometimes needs to work better with others. Increased population, record school bond referendums, improvements to bidding processes and greater accept...

By Kathryn M. Rospond, Contributing Writer
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2003

New Products – 2003-01-01

Security lighting is available in an 8-in. housing for metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps and in 12-in. housings for MH, HPS, PSMH and fluorescents. The reflector projects the beam out and away from the fixture, for illuminating small parking lots and areas close to a building. (SE4 series by Ruud) Reader Service RS #1 Wireless alarm panel facilitates fire detection where wiring is ...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings December 20, 2002

LonMark Reaches for Europe

The LonMark Interoperability Association has formed a European Marketing Task Group to represent the interests of its European members to the LonMark board of directors.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2002

Fuel Cells Revisited

The Connecticut Juvenile Training School in Middletown, Conn., for a while this year, boasted the world's large single-site fuel-cell power plant, with six 200-kW fuel cells powering a central plant for 227,000 sq. ft. of space on the campus. Completed in 2001 at a total cost of $49 million, the school hosts approximately 240 boys, sentenced to the facility as a result of convictions in juvenil...

By Scott Siddens, Managing Editor
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2002

A New Northwest Passage

Despite its being a major hub of the nation's fourth-largest airline, Northwest Airlines, Detroit's Metropolitan Airport had long lagged on services and support compared to other such flagship facilities. Cramped spaces and limited concessions made travel both inconvenient and unpleasant. But the McNamara Terminal/Northwest WorldGateway, which opened last February, goes a long way toward addre...

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2002

The Power of Mardi Gras

The world famous Rio Carnival is a four-night event that requires more than 8 megawatts of rental power. As big as the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras combined, the centerpiece of the event is a nightly parade through the Sambodrome—an entertainment venue the size of eight football fields—in downtown Rio de Janeiro.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2002

Where Design-Build Dominates

Health-care facilities, commercial buildings, hotels and stadiums appear to be the hottest markets for design-build delivery, according to a recent survey conducted by the Natick, Mass.-based market research firm ZweigWhite. Compared to the results of a 1997 survey, the amount of design-build projects for the medical facilities market jumped from 15% to 46% this year, hotel design-build project...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2002

Rising from the Depths

Arguably one of the most visually dramatic and prestigious locations for an office building—literally several hundred feet out into San Francisco's east bay—Pier 1, a turn-of-the-century warehouse, formerly relegated to duty as a parking garage, is now one of the city's newest and most unusual office developments.

By Allan J. Montpellier, Associate, Flack +Kurtz Inc., a WSP Group Company, San Francisco
Specialty Buildings September 5, 2002

Missouri and Kansas Scrimmage Over HOK Sport Headquarters

Economic-development officials in Kansas are teaming up against Missouri rivals to lure Kansas City, Mo.-based HOK Sport + Venue + Entertainment (HOK-SVE) across the state line to nearby Overland Park, Kan.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2002

Hat Trick

In the not so distant past, the design of sports arenas was not so complicated. Primarily, they housed events during winter months, so there was little need for air conditioning. Few provisions were made for TV broadcasting, and flexible power distribution systems or event lighting systems were limited considerations.

By Blake Ellis, P.E., Principal, and Wayne Maxwell, P.E., Electrical Engineering Director, Ellerbe Becket, Kansas City, Mo.
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2002

The Many Advantages of Fabric Duct

Delivering a wide range of installation and operating benefits, fabric duct has slowly been finding its way into a number of projects involving open spaces, such as food processing plants, supermarkets, indoor swimming pool facilities, gymnasiums and convention centers. As an alternative to traditional metal ductwork—which often requires dozens of grills and diffusers for air distribution...

By Barbara Horwitz, Associate Editor
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2002

BAS Flies Standby

Most discussions of building automation systems (BAS) and power are usually about energy efficiency—how to use BAS to monitor and control overall power consumption in a facility, making more efficient use of power, and thereby cutting costs. But often overlooked is the role that BAS plays in centralized control of backup-power systems, which is more of a security issue than energy-efficie...

By Scott Siddens, Managing Editor
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2002

Industry Loses Fire-Protection Pioneer Rolf Jensen

The M/E engineering community experienced a big loss last month with the passing of fire-protection pioneer Rolf W. Jensen, P.E. Throughout his professional career of over 50 years, Jensen achieved many notable accomplishments including: founding his own fire-protection and code consulting firm, Rolf Jensen & Associates; chairing Chicago Mayor Richard J.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2002

Run the Ball

Alan Greenspan denied it. George Bush denied it: America was not in a recession in 2001. Those in the construction industry surely suspected otherwise, and recently revised figures from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce confirm that suspicion. Instead of the solid 3.3% gain originally reported by the federal agency, overall nonresidential construction spending is now estimated to have increased by a s...

By the CSE Staff
Specialty Buildings July 17, 2002

DOE Awards Energy Efficiency Grants

A total of $44.5 million will be awarded this year nationwide to fund energy-efficiency and renewable energy programs in every state, compliments of the U.S. Department of Energy.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2002

New Products – 2002-07-01

Lightning arrestor with TVSS component combines category-C and -B protection in one unit, reducing the number of downstream TVSS devices required. The unit protects against both lightning strikes and switching-type transients. (Combotrab by Phoenix Contact) Reader Service (RS) # 1 Capacitor banks for power factor correction are available for 240 volts to 115 kV, and for kVAR ratings from 1 ...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2002

Energy Solutions for Uncertain Times

Energy concerns, particularly in the form of price spikes over the past few years, have fueled discussion about finding new or alternative sources of energy. On the design side, it has also helped spur the implementation of cutting-edge sustainable technologies like fuels cells or solar panels into new buildings.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2002

Briefly … – 2002-07-01

The nation's electric power grid, telecommunications and computer network infrastructure are the most vulnerable to terrorist attack and therefore require increased security, concludes a recent report released by the National Research Council. The council, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences, also reported on security for nuclear and biological threats; information technology; ene...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2002

People In the News – 2002-06-01

A new leadership team has been introduced for The Durrant Group, Phoenix. Gordon Mills, FAIA, will serve as chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Joining Mills on the management team will be Charles Marsden, P.E., as president and chief operating officer, and Joseph Trannel as secretary, treasurer and vice president, director of finance …Syska Hennessy Group, New York, has...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2002

Staying Energized

The latest projections by the U.S. Energy Information Administration show United States energy consumption rising more quickly than previously thought over the next two years, primarily due to higher commercial and transportation demands. The 2002 Annual Energy Outlook forecasts that energy demand in 2020 will be some 4 quadrillion BTUs higher than last year's report anticipated.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2002

Halon Replacements Still a Hot Topic

The "right" replacement agent for Halon remains a source of competition among fire-protection manufacturers, particularly now that Europe is switching over and the U.S. is right behind. At the NFPA Conference in Minneapolis in May, 3M, based in nearby St. Paul, Minn., unveiled a product they believe to be the closest clean agent to Halon yet.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings May 10, 2002

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.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2002

Control Issues

Lighting controls and protocols enable end users to maximize the use of lighting, while minimizing energy bills

By Alfred R. Borden IV, IALD, The Lighting Practice, Philadelphia
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2002

Model Glue

Computational fluid dynamic modeling cements life safety and constructability, setting the table for another Smithsonian smash hit

By Mike Rzeznik, P.E., New York Principal, and Andrew Bowman, P.E., Chicago Principal, Gage Babcock Associates, Chantilly, Va.
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2002

JFK International Airport Project Nets Award

The redesign and construction of the JFK International Terminal 4 earned the Grand Conceptor Award in the 36th annual Engineering Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the American Council of Engineering Companies.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings March 15, 2002

Roundtable Redux: BAS Retrofits

The M/E Roundtable in CSE's March 2002 issue focused on the past, present and future of BAS technology. These projects, offered by some of our panelists, display some of the potential of BAS in retrofit projects.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2002

Multi-Purpose Comfort for Multi-Use Stadium

As the home of four professional sports teams, the Staples Center in Los Angeles can experience up to 10 days each season where multiple events occur on a single day. Therefore, its 35-person crew needs to be able to change the venue from hockey to basketball in less than two hours, including installation or removal of extra seating.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings January 1, 2002

Specifier’s Notebook: Don’t Roll the Dice on Casino Lighting

Modern day casinos are really multipurpose developments that must fulfill a variety of customer needs and desires. Casinos typically deliver the goods through multifaceted entertainment "experiences" that might include rides or shopping in addition to traditional shows, dining and gambling.

By Mark Raissen, Lighting Designer, Access Lighting, Irvine, Calif.
Specialty Buildings December 12, 2001

Lessons From Ground Zero

The remaining structures in the vicinity of Ground Zero are turning out to be an "engineering clinic of sorts," potentially providing valuable information to engineers and architects about ways to improve the design of skyscrapers, reports the New York Times.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings December 5, 2001

Design-Build Makes Headway in Private Sector

The percentage of nonresidential projects that utilize design-build delivery continues to increase, concludes a recent ZweigWhite survey, most notably medical, commercial and sports/recreation facilities.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2001

The Right to Maneuver

At the crossroads where building codes meet civil rights, it's not too difficult for specifying engineers to lose their sense of direction. The panelists of this month's M/E Roundtable testify to the fact that each building system relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in different ways.

By Mindi Zissman, Assistant Editor
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2001

M/E Roundtable: The Right to Maneuver

A look at today's ADA issues as they relate to building systems

By Mindi Zissman, Assistant Editor
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2001

Birds Doing What They Do

Birds of prey are "the chief perpetrators" of power failure for 7 million customers of Florida Power & Light, according to a report from Knight-Ridder News Service. Among the culprits are red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, eagles and ospreys that perch on electric utility towers. "The big birds have big droppings.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2001

The Remote Possibilities of Fiber-Optics

While fiber optics are revolutionizing the communications industry, their adoption into general lighting applications have been slow at best, especially in the U.S. The reasons behind this lack of exploration are varied, with the most common factors being a high initial cost, a general lack of standardized data and difficulty of simply finding quality components.

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Specialty Buildings September 27, 2001

NYC Arts Developers Worry about Funding

With the city of New York dedicating tremendous manpower and financial resources to World Trade Center recovery efforts, the city's arts leaders and developers have expressed concern about current a future cultural projects.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings September 1, 2001

Fuel Cells: Standby Power’s Future?

Today's integrated transmission system, sometimes called the "infinite busbar system," allows numerous utility power plants to be paralleled on line. Providing an enormous reservoir of power, this system has, historically, resulted in reasonably stable supplies that operate within set tolerances.

By Alan Marshall, P.E., Senior M/E/P Engineer, Buro Happold, New York
Specialty Buildings August 8, 2001

Optical Fiber in Search of Users

Even though close to 100 million miles of optical fiber has been laid around the word in the last two years, only 5% of the fiber in the ground is currently being utilized, reported the New York Times in a recent issue.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings August 1, 2001

Maximizing Your Role in the Call Center Growth Market

Call centers continue to proliferate as corporate America continues to make the customer the central focus of its business strategy. In fact, many call centers are becoming the physical manifestation of a corporate philosophy know as customer relationship management (CRM).But does the physical structure of such a facility affect how all employees deal with customers? Are there ways buildi...

By Michael K. Kuppinger, P.E., R.C.D.D., Senior Vice President, Environmental Systems Design, Chicago
Specialty Buildings July 20, 2001


Back to "Build it Green" Numerous organizations, including non-profits, governmental, special interest, and professional, represent the interests of those involved in the 'green building' industry. Some of the better-known organizations include: Association for Environment Conscious Building (United Kingdom) The AECB publishes information on environmental choice products and services in its directory entitled Greener Building. First published in 1992, it is produced in a loose-leaf format, which can be easily updated as new editions are published.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2001

Computer design & project management products

With an abundance of computer-aided design (CAD) and Web-based project management tools, M/E firms are increasingly finding it difficult to choose from an ever-growing selection of software packages. These trends are not only uncovering thorny management and business issues (see "Professional Practices," page 21), but also changing the way that software businesses operate and distribute their ...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings July 1, 2001

Seeing Hoover Dam in a Whole New Light

One of the nation's most impressive national landmarks just became even more energy-efficient and aesthetically appealing, thanks to a recent lighting retrofit. For the past 30 years, Hoover Dam, a massive man-made structure saddling Nevada and Arizona across the Colorado River, has sported a yellowish glow—a result of high-pressure sodium fixtures.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2001

Passing the Power Baton: Distributed Generation is in the Race

With rolling blackouts in California, rising electricity and natural gas prices, soaring demand for power and concerns about the viability of electric restructuring, one technological development promises to change the very underpinning of the electric industry: distributed generation (DG).A computer-based culture requires that electricity be delivered constantly and within very tight ran...

By Sarah McKinley, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings June 1, 2001

Art Preservation Through Better IAQ

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston finds a better way of solving its IAQ problems.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings May 16, 2001

Going Beyond “Potty Parity” in Chicago

Along with a host of changes now being adopted by the city of Chicago's plumbing code, the number of toilets in newly constructed or substantially retrofitted large venues has essentially doubled.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2001

Mass Protection

Performance-based fire-safety design, still in its infancy in the United States, has created an environment in which more architects, engineers and building owners are asking, "Is it safe?" rather than, "Does it comply with code?" This was the original intent of performance-based design and it appears to be successful in its initial stages.

By ANDREW B. BOWMAN, P.E., Senior Fire-Protection Engineer, Gage-Babcock Associates Inc., Fairfax, Va., and JOHN A. BARRETT, Senior CB Protection Engineer, Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2001

Dynamic Lighting for a Kinetic Environment

When Sega GameWorks, a chain of dining and entertainment facilities, opened its first site in Seattle, the concept for the lighting design was to create an atmosphere of arcade entertainment combined with dining and music experiences. Plans were also made to use the same at facilities to be opened in Las Vegas and Ontario, Calif.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings May 1, 2001

NFPA Exposition

The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) World Fire Safety Congress and Exposition comes to Anaheim, Calif., this year, commencing Friday, May 11, with pre-Congress seminars. Educational seminars on a variety of topics, including an update on NFPA 5000, begin on Sunday. Throughout the week, sessions focus on performance-based design, designing for health-care environments, the NFPA ...

By Staff
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2001

New Products & Literature – 2001-04-01

The latest in building-system componentry from the pages of our April issue.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2001

Humidity Counts—In the Right Amounts

Planning ahead for humidity control can save facilities from a number of IAQ problems

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2001

Living machine

Sustainability: From the pages of Building Design and Construction magazine, this article outlines the design of a university building that is aiming to produce more energy than it consumes.

By Dave Barista, Associate Editor, Building Design and Construction magazine
Specialty Buildings April 1, 2001

Lighting for the Masses

Effective lighting design for airports and stadiums emphasizes strategic lamp choices and fixture locations

By Walter Krupinski, P.E., Senior Project Engineer, A. Epstein Sons International, Chicago
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2001

Life-Cycle Cost Is Key to Zero Waste

The nature and impact of "pollution" is dependent upon the type of project; listing the sources and methods to reduce them is less important than knowing how to develop an approach that will be truly successful.When a client charges a design firm with maximizing environmental sustainability, the first step the designer should take is to clearly and quantitatively define the client's objectives.

By MICHAEL J. CURATO, P.E. Woodard Curran, Portland, Me.
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2001

New Products & Literature – 2001-03-01

The latest in building-system componentry from our March issue.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings March 1, 2001

Green Lights for Greenbelt

Designed to complement its natural setting and provide flexible, functional space, the Greenbelt Cultural Center is a 7,300-square-foot multipurpose facility for the Lake County Forest Preserve District in Waukegan, Ill.

By SIVA K. HARAN, P.E., Senior Electrical Engineer and Project Manager WMA Consulting Engineers, Ltd., Chicago
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

New Products & Literature – 2001-02-01

New building-system components from the pages of our February issue

By Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

A Mechanical Room of Its Own

Before the start-up of a 20,000-square-foot mechanical room, the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., received its heating and air-conditioning supply from an outside power-generation provider. Now, the 29-year-old convention center finally has a physical plant of its own.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

Keeping Up With the Protocols

Much has been said recently about control-system interoperability by the guardians of the interoperable control languages and the manufacturers that have staked some portion of their future profits on one technology or another. Much as parents might protect an only child, these protocol architects dote on their progeny, vehemently defending them from any critical mention.

By EARL GRAY, M.C.S.E., Chief Technical Officer, Control Contractors Inc., Seattle, Wash.
Specialty Buildings February 1, 2001

M/E Roundtable: Optimal Illumination

A greater recognition of building lighting and its widespread effect on a building's energy efficiency has led to a closer analysis of where-and when-light is shining...

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Specialty Buildings January 25, 2001

Targeting High-Voltage Transmission

While electric supply and reliability continue to grab news headlines, a new study shows that the high-voltage transmission grid has become "gridlocked in a tangle of infrastructure problems and regulatory uncertainty," according to Cambridge Research Associates, Cambridge, Mass.

By Staff
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2000

Blending In

One of the best compliments one can give to the team members who designed the new Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility in Detroit is that most people don't know it is there. Even though the facility is located in the downtown "criminal justice area," it is also across the street from a residential neighborhood.

By KATHRYN ROSPOND, Contributing Editor
Specialty Buildings December 1, 2000

Taking Exterior Illumination to Task

Finding quality design in outdoor lighting has often been a challenge, but a growing recognition of exterior environments is bringing a change in this trend. The standard lighting fixtures around buildings rate-for the most part-poorly when it comes to light pollution, trespass and illlumination quality.

Specialty Buildings October 1, 2000

Plumbing the Depths—of ADA and Low-Flow

A panel of noted plumbing engineers and designers discuss major issues in commercial plumbing: code revisions, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), toilet parity and low-flush technology. Finally, they define what they feel are the major issues in commercial plumbing today in this month's M/E Roundtable.

By SCOTT SIDDENS, Senior Editor
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2000

The ADA Final Rule: Neither Final Nor a Rule

In 1998, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) issued an amendment to the 1991 Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) entitled "Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities: Building Elements Designed for Children's Use: Final Rule.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Specialty Buildings October 1, 2000

A Smattering of Sprinklers

Fire-suppression systems, like most building systems, components and construction materials, continue to take advantage of technological advancements—innovations that improve system performance, expand applications and result in cost savings or additional flexibility for building owners and users.

By MICHAEL J. MADDEN, P.E., Principal, Gage Babcock Associates, La Palma, Calif.