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Other Building Types April 17, 2024

To magnify project success, focus on design-assist and collaboration

Overcome construction challenges by involving contractors from Day One using the design-assist model

By Tom Martin and Ross Mitchell
Other Building Types September 18, 2023

Communications market snapshot (Part two)

The communications category of construction is growing rapidly, especially as broadband internet service is brought to rural areas.

By Morrissey Goodale
Other Building Types September 12, 2023

Communications market snapshot (Part one)

The communication category of construction includes telephone, television and radio distribution and maintenance buildings. The vast majority of these structures are privately owned. 

By Morrissey Goodale
Other Building Types August 15, 2023

Construction technology market expected to reach $24 billion by 2033

The construction technology market is projected to grow to $24 billion in the next decade thanks to optimization and improved processes.

By Future Market Insights
Other Building Types August 14, 2023

Conservation and development snapshots, part 2

Data by Morrissey Goodale on important recent updates on the conservation and development market

By Morrissey Goodale
Other Building Types August 1, 2023

Automation and sustainability drive industrial, manufacturing building design

Automation, logistics and sustainability are pushing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineers to design industrial and manufacturing buildings differently

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types July 31, 2023

Lodging market snapshot and updates, part 2

Morrissey Goodale continues their reports on the lodging market focusing on trends and drivers in the industry.

By Morrissey Goodale
Other Building Types July 24, 2023

Lodging market snapshot and updates, part 1

Morrissey Goodale reports on market changes and updates for the hotel and lodging industry.

By Morrissey Goodale
Other Building Types November 2, 2022

Boosting occupant health through design

National Facilities Services strategy introduces new equipment, improves member experience and security, and decreases operating costs.

By April Vacca and Ellen Augst
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 24, 2022

Powering the future: optimizing facilities for lithium-ion battery research and development

The pace of Li-ion battery innovation has sparked new demands for laboratories, manufacturing, and testing.

By Dave Sereno
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 13, 2022

Title 24 update: what does it mean for retailers?

The California Building Energy Efficiency Standards update and the impacts these changes will have on retailers.

By Brent Felten and Brian Alessi
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 22, 2022

Three must-know strategies for developers in today’s Life Sciences industry

While the life sciences industry had been steadily growing, this growth exploded when the pandemic arrived—and there is no indication that this lightning-fast pace will slow down any time soon.

By Holly Lennihan and Alicia Pandimos-Maurer
Other Building Types January 3, 2022

The Expanding Lab: Considerations when repurposing space to bolster research capabilities

With an urgent need to increase lab space all over the country, the logical question is: can we convert non-lab space into lab space?

By Regal Leftwich
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 6, 2021

Education Session: How to Design Health Care Power Systems

Emergency power supply systems in hospitals and health care facilities are key aspects of the electrical and power system. Learn how to design and specify power systems in these mission critical facilities by attending this session.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 2, 2021

Building, renovating and engineering Labs: Six things developers and clients should know

Developing lab facilities is far more complicated than developing most other building types, especially when it comes to MEP engineering.

By George Hachem and Nick Caronna
Other Building Types September 1, 2021

Project profile: Harlem Irving Plaza (the HIP)

A three-story renovation took place at Harlem Irving Plaza while the mall stayed open to the public.

By RTM Engineering Consultants
Other Building Types August 20, 2021

SUNY Buffalo State College completes final phase of Science & Mathematics complex

20 years in the making—and it proves well worth the wait. The project was completed in October 2020 and includes the much-anticipated planetarium and greenhouse.

By Frank Sica
Other Building Types August 17, 2021

What hardened facilities can do for the continuity of critical services

Hardened facilities can continue critical services through natural disasters and man-made threats.

By Dewberry
Other Building Types June 11, 2021

The Big Shift: how laboratory design should respond to personalized medicine

Crucial to the success of personalized medicine is the “big shift” away from large-scale pharmaceutical manufacturing to small-scale lab manufacturing.

By Alicia Pandimos-Maurer
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 20, 2021

Seven factors for converting commercial office buildings into research labs

Empty office spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic are making some want to turn them into research labs, which brings its own unique set of challenges.

By Katie Courtney and Don Rosen
Other Building Types April 15, 2021

Public safety facilities and technology needs real-time information

Emergency operations centers, 911 communications facilities, law enforcement headquarters and hospital security offices rely on accurate and real-time information.

By Taw North
Other Building Types March 12, 2021

10 things developers need to know for the next lab opportunity

The demand for lab space is growing, which can leave designers feeling flummoxed. How can they meet their clients' expectations? Consider these 10 steps.

By Mark Paskanik and Michelle Gangel
Other Building Types January 6, 2021

The future of retail

Thoughtful technology integration and the creative reuse of space will be at the forefront as the retail industry evolves from COVID-19.

By Jason Wollum and John Passantino
Other Building Types November 13, 2020

The impact of science and technology facility design on COVID-19 research

Science and technology facilities designed for Medicago and FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies serve as case studies for how design helps researchers combat health crises like COVID-19 and what makes them effective.

By Don Kranbuehl
Other Building Types October 27, 2020

University starts lab operation for COVID-19 mitigation testing

Indiana University has started operating its own labs for COVID-19 testing and will be able to complete 35,000 tests per week.

By Chuck Carney
Other Building Types October 22, 2020

How operational understanding leads to resilient design

Designing a resilient building requires understanding of both the built environment and operations for critical facilities

By James D. Ferris
Other Building Types October 19, 2020

Design solutions for aging mid-century laboratories

Aging mid-century laboratories continue to be a pressing challenge for institutions across the country and building owners are at a crossroads with what to do with these buildings.

By Michael DeLuca, Jeff Murray, FAIA and Carl Schultz, PE, LEED AP
Other Building Types August 27, 2020

Engineering a safer dining experience for restaurants

Restaurants face a unique challenge because of COVID-19, but companies and consulting engineers can help by making the overall design safer and cleaner for workers and customers.

By Brian Sander
Other Building Types August 12, 2020

Advice on wet and dry labs from lab design experts

As technology and testing advance, wet labs and dry labs have become more interconnected, but these spaces still have fundamentally different purposes and design considerations.

By CRB
Other Building Types July 28, 2020

COVID-19 test developed to deliver results in under an hour

CU Boulder researchers have developed a rapid, portable, saliva-based COVID-19 test able to return results in 45 minutes, which could be deployable in community settings like manufacturing facilities and factories.

By Lisa Marshall
Other Building Types July 28, 2020

Your questions answered: Power event analysis in mission critical facilities

Ram Kaushik from Schneider Electric replied to questions from “Power event analysis in mission critical facilities,” originally broadcast on July 23, 2020.

By Ram Kaushik
Other Building Types July 20, 2020

Lab design techniques to accelerate COVID-19 test processing

Testing is a crucial component of our global response to COVID-19 and producing enough tests processing the results quickly to the public is a challenge we currently face.

By CRB
Other Building Types June 19, 2020

How is COVID-19 affecting retail, restaurants? Electrical, power and lighting are discussed

With consumers frequently enjoying delivered meals and shopping for goods online, brick-and-mortar restaurants and retail structures need to be more advanced in their power, electrical and lighting systems to compete

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types June 15, 2020

How is COVID-19 affecting retail, restaurants?

With consumers frequently enjoying delivered meals and shopping for goods online, brick-and-mortar restaurants and retail structures need to be more advanced than ever to compete

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types June 15, 2020

How is COVID-19 affecting retail, restaurants? Learn about energy conservation

With consumers frequently enjoying delivered meals and shopping for goods online, brick-and-mortar restaurants and retail structures need to be more advanced and energy-efficient than ever to compete

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types June 4, 2020

Six grocery and warehouse design trends because of COVID-19

COVID-19 is forcing grocery and warehouse companies to change their design to potentially stem the flow of the virus while keeping operations moving.

By Henderson Engineers
Other Building Types May 27, 2020

Faculty grants for COVID-19 research awarded

Rice University researchers have been awarded grants to research COVID-19's effects as well as develop technologies and protocols to mitigate its effects.

By Jade Boyd
Other Building Types May 27, 2020

The restaurant of the future is not a restaurant

The traditional idea of the restaurant is rapidly changing as consumers' tastes and priorities change due to COVID-19.

By Joanne Heyob
Other Building Types May 26, 2020

Designing public health laboratories to safeguard researchers during pandemics

In laboratories across the globe, researchers are working around the clock to develop better testing procedures and treatments to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

By Stephen Blair and Michael Vinkler
Other Building Types May 19, 2020

Five tips for retailers offering BOPIS to consumers

Buy online pick-up in store (BOPIS) is common because of the COVID-19 pandemic. See five tips on how to make the practice easier.

By Lee Peterson
Other Building Types April 17, 2020

Bayer Crop Science Plant Science Research and Development Facility

Renovation of this 164,300-sq-ft R&D facility combining Bayer Vegetable Seeds and Biologics

By Affiliated Engineers
Other Building Types April 10, 2020

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Life Sciences Lab

NASA’s Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) serves as a primary gateway for research payloads bound for the ISS and supports groundbreaking biological and life sciences flight and ground research

By Affiliated Engineers
Other Building Types February 26, 2020

The role of building systems in warehouse design

Warehouse design is evolving and changing the way retailers are building warehouses to meet the high delivery expectations consumers have.

By Justin Harvey and Tony Welter
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 23, 2019

Lab, research facility design

Learn tips on how to design labs and research facilities — some of the most high-tech buildings around

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 5, 2019

The University of Arizona: Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building

The University of Arizona’s Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building (BSPB) fosters collaboration among research scientists, healthcare providers, and private companies.

By Affiliated Engineers
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 16, 2019

The Marijuana Market: 3 Types of Facilities & Challenges

RTM Engineering Consultants is building expertise in this emerging market.

By RTM Associates
Other Building Types October 15, 2019

Aduro Biotech: 740 Heinz Tenant Improvement

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

By Affiliated Engineers
Other Building Types October 1, 2019

National Institutes of Health: Porter Neuroscience Research Center Phase II

World class biomedical neuroscience research facility.

By Affiliated Engineers
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 20, 2019

University of Southern California: The Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

Architecture/Engineering integration optimized with CFD.

By Affiliated Engineers
Other Building Types September 19, 2019

St. Louis Engineers Share Insights into John’s Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory on Engineering Tomorrow Podcast

Marc McManus, St. Louis office engineering leader, Alex Oliver, senior mechanical engineer, and Colin Hale, mechanical engineer/energy services, were recently featured on the podcast Engineering Tomorrow to discuss the state-of-the-art Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

By CannonDesign
Other Building Types September 11, 2019

How do you build a laboratory that combines high performance with energy efficiency?

Arup provided comprehensive strategies for Northeastern University’s new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC).

By Arup
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 13, 2019

Dewberry project profile: Marriott Headquarters

Marriott Headquarters, Bethesda, MD

By Dewberry
Other Building Types August 13, 2019

GHT Limited project profile: Madison Marquette @ The Wharf

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

By GHT Limited
Other Building Types August 13, 2019

H2M architects + engineers project profile: Fiorentino Plaza Housing Development

Fiorentino Plaza Housing Development, New York, NY

By H2M Architects + Engineers
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 12, 2019

Focus on specialty structures

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

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 25, 2019

Government facility design

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

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 25, 2019

Retail, restaurant and mixed-use facilities

What are the trickiest aspects of retail, restaurant and mixed-use projects and what trends lie ahead? Read on for solid advice from experienced professionals.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types June 19, 2019

World-class biomedical neuroscience research facility

The Porter Neuroscience Research Center co-locates researchers from nine NIH Institutes in an innovative setting, launching an initiative to increase the pace of discovery in all areas of neuroscience in a sustained effort to understand the human brain.

By Affiliated Engineers
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 7, 2019

Five Big Ideas from the 2019 Laboratory Design Conference

Here are the five big ideas from the conference that stood out.

By Danielle Larrabee
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 14, 2019

Five design concepts for teaching laboratory success

In a teaching laboratory, each new day can feel like its own unpredictable experiment, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

By Katelyn Deckert, M.A.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 22, 2019

The Scientific Method at Work: Designing Labs for Productivity

Not all labs are created equal. Why do some research facilities produce more patents?

By Dave Miller
Other Building Types March 12, 2019

John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 201 celebrates topping out

The team from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Building 201 recently celebrated the topping out ceremony – reaching a significant milestone in the design and construction process.

By Danielle Larrabee
Other Building Types March 8, 2019

Turning old buildings into community coffee shops

Building renovation is complicated, and often times more challenging than building ground up because you have to take into account existing conditions, and prepare yourself for a lot of unknowns.

Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 25, 2019

The future of retail: 5 takeaways from ICSC Centerbuild

Learn the top 5 trends to watch for when designing retail environments according to experts at Henderson Engineers.

By Jason Wollum
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 18, 2019

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 11-17

Designing safe laboratories and research facilities; designing power systems for co-location data centers; how to design fire alarm notification systems; tips for transformer design in industrial buildings; and emergency, standby, and backup generators questions answered were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, Jan. 11-17. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By McKenzie Burns
Other Building Types December 14, 2018

Designing safe laboratories and research facilities

Engineers working on laboratory and research projects are tasked with balancing state-of-the-art systems, budgetary concerns, occupant safety, sustainable performance, and other factors.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types November 2, 2018

Building Corporate Backbone

When the owners of ING Investment Products Group decided to build a new headquarters in West Chester, Pa., cabling infrastructure was a big concern. Recognizing the fast pace of technological developments and how difficult it is to avoid rapid obsolescence, they wanted a voice and data infrastructure that gave them not only reliable performance, but also longevity.

By Staff
Other Building Types November 2, 2018

World’s Smartest Building?

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) College of Engineering has announced a new research center boasting a sensor driven computing platform to manage people and equipment. University officials claim that the new Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science will host a number of "firsts," including the first commercial sensor-driven computing system using ultra-wideband (UWB) technology. Developed by location-based computing company Ubisense, the system will utilize UWB radar technology created by scientists in Cambridge, England.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 2, 2018

Dollars for Homeland Security

As this past Saturday marked the third anniversary of 9/11, anti-terrorism measures continue to be on the mind of the federal government. The U.S. Dept.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 4, 2018

How hospitality design makes spaces (of all types) better for users

Learn how hospitality design can help organizations push new boundaries, achieve competitive differentiation, and bolster recruitment and retention.

By Tina Manis, CannonDesign
Other Building Types August 31, 2018

Designing sports arenas, theaters, and other specialty structures: Automation, controls, and technology

Specialty facilities like sports stadiums and theaters have to do more than host the entertainment these days—they’re full of technological bells and whistles and high client expectations especially in regards to automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types August 31, 2018

Designing sports arenas, theaters, and other specialty structures: Sustainable buildings/energy efficiency

Specialty facilities like sports stadiums and theaters have to do more than host the entertainment these days—they’re full of technological bells and whistles and high client expectations in regards to making the building sustainable and energy efficient.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types August 30, 2018

Designing sports arenas, theaters,and other specialty structures: Codes and standards

Specialty facilities like sports stadiums and theaters have to do more than host the entertainment these days—they’re full of technological bells and whistles and high client expectations while also having to comply with codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types August 30, 2018

Designing sports arenas, theaters,and other specialty structures: Fire/life safety

Specialty facilities like sports stadiums and theaters have to do more than host the entertainment these days—they’re full of technological bells and whistles and high client expectations when it comes to fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types August 29, 2018

Designing sports arenas, theaters,and other specialty structures: Electrical, power, and lighting

Specialty facilities like sports stadiums and theaters have to do more than host the entertainment these days—they’re full of technological bells and whistles and high client expectations when it comes to electrical, power, and lighting.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 9, 2018

CDM Smith: Indianapolis Airport Electric Vehicle Charging

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

By CDM Smith
Other Building Types August 9, 2018

Jacobs: Department of Veteran Affairs Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System Replacement

Commissioning, retro-commissioning; survey work; government building; military facility; and new construction

By Jacobs
Other Building Types August 9, 2018

McKinstry: Denver International Airport Data Center

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

By McKinstry
Other Building Types August 2, 2018

Common pitfalls to avoid with building a lab

Designing labs can be complicated. Here are the top seven design pitfalls to avoid when building a lab.

By Chris Ertl, CRB
Other Building Types June 29, 2018

Exploring retail, restaurant, and mixed-use facilities

Consumers increasingly want a great experience and a good value when they’re dining out or shopping—and that desire is reflected in the demands of engineers assigned to design retail, restaurant, and mixed-use projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types June 29, 2018

Exploring retail, restaurant, and mixed-use facilities: Automation, controls, and technology

Consumers increasingly want a great experience and a good value when they’re dining out or shopping—and that desire is reflected in the demands of engineers assigned to design automation, controls and technology in retail, restaurant, and mixed-use projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types June 29, 2018

Exploring retail, restaurant, and mixed-use facilities: Codes and standards and electrical, power, and lighting

Consumers increasingly want a great experience and a good value when they’re dining out or shopping—and that desire is reflected in the demands of engineers assigned to design electrical, power, lighting and to comply with codes and standards in retail, restaurant, and mixed-use projects.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 31, 2018

Exploring complex hotels, resorts, and casinos: Fire/life safety

Casinos and resorts are designed for fun and relaxation, but with such projects becoming increasingly complex and high-tech, engineers charged with tackling these structures have challenging work ahead of them in regards to fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 30, 2018

Exploring complex hotels, resorts, and casinos: Sustainable buildings/energy efficiency

Casinos and resorts are designed for fun and relaxation, but with such projects becoming increasingly complex and high-tech, engineers charged with tackling these structures have challenging work ahead of them in regards to sustainable buildings and energy efficiency.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 29, 2018

Exploring complex hotels, resorts, and casinos: Electrical/lighting/power

Casinos and resorts are designed for fun and relaxation, but with such projects becoming increasingly complex and high-tech, engineers charged with tackling these structures have challenging work ahead of them in regards to electrical/lighting/power.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 18, 2018

Exploring complex hotels, resorts, and casinos: Codes and standards

Casinos and resorts are designed for fun and relaxation, but with such projects becoming increasingly complex and high-tech, engineers charged with tackling these structures have challenging work ahead of them in regards to complying with codes and standards.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 18, 2018

Exploring complex hotels, resorts, and casinos: Automation and controls

Casinos and resorts are designed for fun and relaxation, but with such projects becoming increasingly complex and high-tech, engineers charged with tackling these structures have challenging work ahead of them in regards to automation and controls.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 16, 2018

Exploring complex hotels, resorts, and casinos: HVAC

Casinos and resorts are designed for fun and relaxation, but with such projects becoming increasingly complex and high-tech, engineers charged with tackling these structures have challenging work ahead of them in regards to HVAC.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 16, 2018

Exploring complex hotels, resorts, and casinos

Casinos and resorts are designed for fun and relaxation, but with such projects becoming increasingly complex and high-tech, engineers charged with tackling these structures have challenging work ahead of them.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: James Dipping, PE, CPD, LEED AP BD+C, ARCSAA, AP; 39

Vice President, Environmental Systems Design Inc. (ESD), Chicago BS mechanical engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago Dipping joined ESD in 2009. Since joining the firm, his project role has grown from project engineer to project manager to technical authority, and today to a technical director and discipline leader.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types May 14, 2018

2018 40 Under 40: Blythe Vogt, PE, LEED AP; 40

Managing Director, Affiliated Engineers Inc. (AEI), Denver BS and MS architectural engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan Vogt is managing director of the AEI Denver office. She is a hands-on manager leading some of the office’s more challenging projects in higher education, research/teaching labs, and clinical applications.

By Jack Smith, Content Manager; Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 26, 2018

Three ways to build AEC firm value

In order to increase the value of architecture, engineering, and consulting (AEC) firms need to make actionable management decisions, focus on gross profit, and reduce the average collection period (ACP).

By Neil Churman, 7 Mile
Other Building Types December 28, 2017

The science behind laboratory and research facility projects

Engineers need to consider many factors for a lab or research facility so it can perform as needed. Engineers with experience on such facilities offer advice on how to pass the test.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types November 15, 2017

How to design medical buildings: Electrical, lighting, and power

Hospitals and health care buildings have become very sophisticated. Coordination among all parties, special attention to codes and standards, and a focus on patient comfort have each become highly important to engineers. Electrical and power system design are highly sophisticated.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types October 27, 2017

2017 Lighting and Lighting Control Study

Lighting in research facilities, laboratories.

By Amanda Pelliccione, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types September 11, 2017

Project Profile: Large-scale resort designed and consructed

M Resort is a full-service hotel, casino, and spa just south of Las Vegas Boulevard.

By Southland Industries
Other Building Types September 6, 2017

Project Profile: Ultra-modern CityCenter tower

Aria Tower sits on 68-acres and serves as a centerpiece of the city’s downtown development

By Southland Industries
Other Building Types July 27, 2017

Tips to design multifamily and mixed-use buildings: Controls and automation

Multifamily dwellings and mixed-use buildings are becoming more prevalent. Some best practices and tips are offered for engineering building automation systems and controls in these residential buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types July 26, 2017

Tips to design multifamily and mixed-use buildings

Multifamily dwellings and mixed-use buildings are becoming more prevalent. Some best practices and tips are offered for engineering systems in these residential buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types July 26, 2017

Tips to design multifamily and mixed-use buildings: Electrical, lighting

Multifamily dwellings and mixed-use buildings are becoming more prevalent. Some best practices and tips are offered for engineering electrical, power, and lighting systems in these residential buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 20, 2017

Your facility is mission critical: Resiliency, electrical commissioning

Efficient electrical design directly contributes to resiliency and sustainability. Without it, the consequences can be expensive or unsafe. Extra care and oversight at the start of a project is important to prevent future problems.

By Reza Hosseini, Glumac
Other Building Types May 24, 2017

Check into hotel, motel, resort high-tech designs

Hotels, motels, and resorts accommodate thousands of people. Here, engineers explain just how challenging it is to deliver unique design concepts and ensure these structures are in compliance.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types May 24, 2017

Check into hotel, motel, resort high-tech designs: electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety

Hotels, motels, and resorts accommodate thousands of people. Here, engineers explain just how challenging it is to deliver unique design concepts and ensure these structures are in compliance specifically in regards to electrical/lighting/power and fire/life safety.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types February 3, 2017

Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: February 3

This week Morrissey Goodale reported five deals in the United States and four international deals involving companies from the U.S., Australia, and France.

By Morrissey Goodale
Other Building Types January 25, 2017

Five steps to success with ASHRAE 90.1

ASHRAE Standard 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is one of the main drivers used in any building design. Read the top five best practices for engineers to understand the key elements of this standard.

By Cory Duggin, PE, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Tenn.
Other Building Types January 23, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 16-January 22: the whole-system approach, NFPA 110-2016, batteries in mission critical facilities, more

Articles about the whole-system approach in design/construction, applying NFPA 110-2016, batteries in mission critical facilities, choosing a modular data center, and fire door inspections were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, January 16-January 22. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Other Building Types January 16, 2017

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, January 9-January 15: NFPA 110-2016, test batteries in mission critical facilities, electrical system replacement, more

Articles about NFPA 110-2016, test batteries in mission critical facilities, electrical system replacement, NFPA 70E compliance, and designing government facilities were Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, January 9-January 15. Were you out last week? You can catch up here.

By Brana Webb
Other Building Types December 12, 2016

LED retrofit kits

The LED retrofit kit connectability enhancements allow installers to electrically link more from one power source.

By Litetronics
Other Building Types September 26, 2016

Anti-bacterial line of plugs and connectors

SteriGuard plugs and connectors feature anti-bacterial line of plugs, connectors, and cord sets.

By Legrand
Other Building Types August 22, 2016

Research note: Latin American fire equipment market offers growing opportunities in automotive, hospitality, and transportation industries.

Many manufacturers are moving their production facilities out of the United States and across the border to Mexico and other Latin American countries, to take advantage of the lower cost of labor and an improving logistics network.

By Justin Siller, IHS Markit; and Tim Hewitt, IHS Markit
Other Building Types July 25, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, July 18-24: NFPA 99, medium-voltage electrical systems, 40 Under 40, more

Articles about NFPA 99, medium-voltage electrical systems, 40 Under 40, putting COPS into context, and designing generator fuel systems are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, July 18-24. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Other Building Types July 18, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, July 11-17: 40 Under 40, combined heat and power systems, backup power systems, more

Articles about 40 Under 40, combined heat and power systems, backup power systems, NFPA 99, and noise and vibration control in building design are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, July 11-17. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Other Building Types July 14, 2016

Programmable heating with digital wall heater

Programmable heating with the Artisan SmartSeries Architectural Digital Wall Heater automatically adjusts wattage output and blower speed resulting in energy efficiencies.

By Marley Engineered Products
Other Building Types July 11, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, July 4-10: 40 Under 40, noise and vibration control, combined heat and power systems, more

Articles about 40 Under 40, noise and vibration control, combined heat and power systems, NFPA 99, and regulation of commercial, industrial fan efficiency are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, July 4-10. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Other Building Types July 7, 2016

Rising demand for food and refrigeration systems in retail outlets, hotels, restaurants, and hospitality drives commercial refrigeration equipment market growth

The rising consumer base in developing economies, rise in disposable incomes, rapidly changing food-consumption trends, and growing demand for food and refrigeration systems in retail stores, hotels, and restaurants is fuelling the growth of the global industry.

By Global Market Insights
Other Building Types July 5, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, June 27 to July 3: NFPA 99, 40 Under 40, fire protection for IDF and MDF rooms, more

Articles about NFPA 99, 40 Under 40, fire protection for IDF, MDF rooms, noise and vibration control in building design, and stand-alone health care buildings are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, June 27 to July 3. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 27, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, June 20-26: 40 Under 40, Product of the Year, inverter duty, more

Articles about 40 Under 40, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, inverter duty, HVAC: cooling systems, and medium-voltage electrical systems are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, June 20-26. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Other Building Types June 20, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, June 13-19: Smoke control, Product of the Year, 40 Under 40, more

Articles about Smoke control, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, 40 Under 40, medium-voltage electrical systems, and applying 90.1 in lighting design are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, June 13-19. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Ksenia Avrakhova
Other Building Types June 13, 2016

Top 5 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Articles, June 6-12: Health care buildings, Product of the Year, smoke control design, more

Articles about stand-alone health care buildings, 2016 Product of the Year finalists, smoke control design, lighting for retail or restaurants, and applying 90.1 in lighting design are Consulting-Specifying Engineer's five most clicked articles from last week, June 6-12. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 6, 2016

Constant voltage LED driver

Hi-lume Premier 0.1% constant voltage driver is an LED driver with smooth, flicker-free 0.1% dimming and Soft-on, Fade-to-Black dimming.

By Lutron Electronics
Other Building Types June 6, 2016

Let there be light—but what kind?

When you’re trying to decide about the lighting for your retail or restaurant chain, there’s only one thing you should never do: blindly follow the conventional wisdom.

By Donna Miller, Wayfind
Other Building Types May 16, 2016

2016 40 Under 40: Jeff Yirak, PE, CPMP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, 37

Associate Principal, Commissioning; Wood Harbinger, Bellevue, Wash. BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types April 14, 2016

Inverter scroll compressor

VZH inverter scroll compressor is the second generation of scroll compressors offering variable-speed technology for commercial air conditioning applications.

By Danfoss
Other Building Types April 14, 2016

Surface LED downlight

The Halo SLD Surface LED Downlight Collection has expanded to include the SLD 6-in.

By Eaton
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 3, 2016

Specification-grade LED fixtures

Specification-grade LED fixtures that can be used in the residential, commercial, and retail/hospitality sectors.

By Specialty Lighting Industries
Other Building Types February 5, 2016

PBA promotes Allen, Mrak, and Peck to senior associate

Peter Basso Associates (PBA) is pleased to announce three promotions.

By Peter Basso Associates
Other Building Types September 30, 2015

Getting it right in mixed-use buildings: Electrical, power, and lighting

Mixed-use buildings—often a combination of retail and residential—are unique structures with varying needs. Electrical systems, power supplies, and lighting systems are a big part of the puzzle.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types September 30, 2015

Getting it right in mixed-use buildings: Fire and life safety

Mixed-use buildings—often a combination of retail and residential—are unique structures with varying needs. Fire and life systems should be considered for all tenants.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types August 25, 2015

Hospital-grade power-indicating receptacles

Legrand's hospital-grade power-indicating receptacles are suitable for healthcare locations and feature a green dual LED with power indication at all times.

By Legrand
Other Building Types August 17, 2015

JENSEN HUGHES: Venetian Macau

System overhaul of a resort

By Jensen Hughes
Other Building Types July 20, 2015

Restaurant fire-suppression systems

The increased nozzle heights for ANSUL PIRANHA restaurant fire-suppression systems feature a UL-300-certified design.

By ANSUL
Other Building Types May 14, 2015

2015 40 Under 40: Andy Luong, PE, 33

Project Manager, Finnegan Erickson Associates Consulting Engineers, Las Vegas BS Electrical Engineering, University of Nevada

By Jack Smith, Content Manager, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types April 28, 2015

Soft-on and fade-to-black LED fixtures

Lutron brings smooth and flicker-free dimming with soft-on and fade-to-black to LED fixtures with EcoSystem H-Series LED drivers.

By Lutron Electronics
Other Building Types February 3, 2015

Sealed unit line for commercial refrigeration

Embraco's Plug n' Cool (EPC) sealed unit line is a complete cooling solution designed for refrigeration compressor replacements or retrofits that uses R-290 refrigerant and is designed for commercial use.

By Embraco
Other Building Types January 26, 2015

LED downlight for commercial applications

The LRD3 is a Retrofit Downlight Luminaire (LRD) and is designed for recessed lighting upgrades in large auditoriums, malls, airports, and other public areas that feature high ceilings.

By LumenOptix
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 20, 2014

Preparing our companies for the future

While history does occasionally repeat itself, the next wave of engineering firms will set itself apart by staying on the leading edge. Share your ideas and future outlook with the Consulting-Specifying Engineer audience.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types October 13, 2014

Teaching the teachers: engineers lead academic panel at NYSETA

Mechanical and electrical engineers, Lauren Blas and Robert Garra, will present during the New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) conference on Thursday, October 16.

By CannonDesign
Other Building Types October 9, 2014

CannonDesign selected for Niagara Falls redevelopment project

CannonDesign, along with Uniland Development and Delaware North Companies, was selected to redevelop the vacant portion of the Rainbow Centre Mall in Niagara Falls, NY.

By CannonDesign
Other Building Types October 6, 2014

Fire alarm system

The Fire-Lite Connect unifies multiple fire alarm systems over fiber optic cable to reduce monitoring costs while improving reporting details.

By Honeywell
Other Building Types September 29, 2014

Best practices for mixed-use buildings: Automation and controls

Taking on a mixed-use structure—such as one that includes retail and residential portions—can be an engineering challenge. With all the different engineered systems involved, it can be like working on and integrating several different projects at once. Building automation systems (BAS) and controls must be carefully integrated.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types September 29, 2014

Best practices for mixed-use buildings: Fire and life safety

Taking on a mixed-use structure—such as one that includes retail and residential portions—can be an engineering challenge. With all the different engineered systems involved, it can be like working on and integrating several different projects at once. Fire and life safety systems must be carefully considered.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types September 2, 2014

LED lamp for outdoor signage

The 2.5 W Wet-Listed Marquee LED lamp is designed to replace inefficient incandescent and cold-cathode fluorescent (CCFL) lamps for outdoor signage applications at hotels, casinos, restaurants, resorts, and amusement parks.

Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types July 23, 2014

LED modules and recessed lights

The P-Series of LED modules and recessed lights are Energy Star rated and designed for light commercial applications.

Other Building Types July 15, 2014

Pedestrian walkway gets lighting upgrade

A pedestrian area uses primarily LEDs to light the way between two Chicago buildings.

By Shanna Olson, LC, MIES, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Other Building Types July 15, 2014

Car dealership illuminates lighting design

This car dealership’s lighting design improves the buying experience for the customer.

By Shanna Olson, LC, MIES, KJWW Engineering Consultants, Chicago
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 16, 2014

Arup Thoughts: Let’s design our acoustic world

Design briefs hardly ever include a description of the acoustic experience that should be achieved. Yet acoustics are a vital and defining characteristic that shapes the quality and character of environments and our responses to them.

By Tateo Nakajima , ARUP
Other Building Types April 8, 2014

The costs and risks of damper-based controls in kitchen ventilation

Engineers must think in terms of total safety and optimal energy efficiency when designing kitchen ventilation systems of the future.

By Stephen K. Melink, PE, Melink Corp., Milford, Ohio
Other Building Types February 25, 2014

Lodging, office buildings lead commercial building sector

Reed Construction Data’s U.S. chief economist Bernard Markstein answers one-on-one questions about the commercial building construction forecast.

By Amara Rozgus, Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types January 22, 2014

Regional specific technology to increase the adoption of Safe Cities

FirstNet is expected to increase collaboration between emergency responders, a new report from the IHS Security and Fire division has found.

By IHS Inc.
Other Building Types January 10, 2014

Jerry Bauers joins advisory board

Jerry Bauers has joined the Consulting-Specifying Engineer editorial advisory board.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types November 15, 2013

November 1 Southland Industries update: Roughing-in Levels 2 and 5; temporary air conditioning; parking garages

Roughing-in systems on Levels 2 and 5; North and West Clinics being prepared for temporary air conditioning; CUP stream plant being finalized; three parking garages underway.

By Gary Lovewell, LEED AP BD+C
Other Building Types September 30, 2013

September 30 Southland Industries update: Mechanical room equipment, cooling towers passivated, chilled water system insulation

Roughing in systems on Levels 1 to 4, connecting equipment in main mechanical rooms, North and West clinics near completion, cooling towers being passivated, chilled water system getting insulation.

By Gary Lovewell, LEED AP BD+C
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 16, 2013

Building automation, controls in mixed-use buildings

Engineering mixed-use buildings is a fine art—specifiers must combine multiple engineered systems for several business and residence types into one structure. Building automation and controls can be complex, and system integration is key.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types September 3, 2013

September 3 Southland Industries update: Rough testing began, major equipment placed, condenser water system flushed

Rough testing has begun in hospital basement, Level 1; all major equipment has been set in place; the condenser water system is being flushed and passivated in the CUP.

By Gary Lovewell, LEED AP BD+C
Other Building Types August 15, 2013

John W. Olver Transit Center

New Construction; John W. Olver Transit Center; Arup

By Arup
Other Building Types August 15, 2013

Qatar Airways Catering Facility, Hamad International Airport

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

By Ghafari Associates
Other Building Types August 15, 2013

Jekyll Island Convention Center

New construction; Jekyll Island Convention Center; TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc.

By TLC Engineering for Architecture Inc.
Other Building Types July 31, 2013

Integrated kitchen ventilation system

Greenheck’s Vari-Flow integrated kitchen ventilation systems reduce energy costs by modulating exhaust and supply airflows to match cooking operation demands and have temperature sensors that are exposed to quick changes in cooking activity.

Other Building Types July 29, 2013

July 29 Southland Industries update: Level 3 air handling units set, condenser water system testing

Hospital Level 3 air handling units have been set; Condenser water system in the CUP is being tested; Rough in testing begun in the west clinic.

By Gary Lovewell, LEED AP BD+C
Other Building Types July 26, 2013

NZEB examples to inspire

These three facilities are current examples of net-zero energy buildings (NZEB).

By Scotte Elliott, CEM, Metro CD Engineering, Powell, Ohio
Other Building Types July 12, 2013

Commercial, retail buildings to be the fastest adopters of remote monitoring services

Commercial and retail end-users will drive the growth of remote monitoring services in intelligent buildings, accounting for more than 80% of the $400 million market in 2016.

By IHS Inc.
Other Building Types July 8, 2013

July 8 Southland Industries update: rough in, testing of plumbing systems completed

Continuing rough in on interstitial levels of North and West clinics; completed rough in and testing of plumbing systems; CUP steam boilers arrived, being installed.

By Gary Lovewell, LEED AP BD+C
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types June 3, 2013

June 3 Southland Industries update: mechanical room open

Currently roughing in on interstitial levels of the North and West clinics; the Level 3 mechanical room has opened up; trade installations have begun.

By Gary Lovewell, LEED AP BD+C
Other Building Types May 1, 2013

May 1 Southland Industries update: CUP nearly complete

The central utility plant is currently 80% complete; the project team recently hung four Armstrong vertical inline 1,900 gpm chilled water pumps; the boiler flue gas economizers have been hung.

By Gary Lovewell, LEED AP BD+C
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 16, 2013

Integration case study: Small retail store

A remodel of a retail building was simulated using an energy modeling program to determine the impact on the HVAC cooling loads.

By Justin Schultz and Brian Johnson, Metro CD Engineering, Dublin, Ohio
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types April 10, 2013

Reliability considerations in simple paralleling applications

When a decision is made to use paralleled generator sets, many considerations need to be addressed to ensure a reliable system.

By Rich Scroggins, Cummins Power Generation, Shoreview, Minn.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types March 19, 2013

What good are enclosed elevator lobbies?

Can performance criteria be written in understandable and enforceable language to be integrated into building and fire codes?

By Douglas H. Evans, PE, FSFPE, Clark County (Nevada) Building Department
Other Building Types February 26, 2013

ESD names senior vice president

Addam Friedl was named senior vice president and mission critical facilities practice leader at Environmental Systems Design.

Other Building Types September 30, 2012

How to engineer systems in mixed-use buildings: HVAC and controls

When working on mixed-use buildings, engineers must address many needs in one building. This reviews aspects of HVAC, automation and controls, and energy efficiency.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types September 30, 2012

How to engineer systems in mixed-use buildings: Electrical and power systems

When working on mixed-use buildings, engineers must address many needs in one building. Electrical and power engineering are key aspects of these buildings.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types September 30, 2012

An overview: How to engineer systems in mixed-use buildings

When working on mixed-use buildings, engineers must address many needs in one building.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Other Building Types September 26, 2012

Atkins launches retro-commissioning group

Atkins has launched its retro-commissioning service, based out of Ft. Myers, Fla. The day-to-day operations will be run by Dave McFarlane.

Other Building Types September 10, 2012

Survival in the great indoors

When it comes to fire and life safety, large venues require big thinking.

By Todd Alford, System Sensor U.S., St. Charles, Ill.
Other Building Types August 13, 2012

Scheduling for commissioning, MCAA change order overview

Discussions on scheduling for commissioning provide attendees with the opportunity to efficiently schedule testing and balancing sequences and tie them to the contract.

By Presenters: Paul Stychcomb, FTI Consulting; and Tom Carcaterra, PE
Other Building Types August 9, 2012

Music City Center

New construction: Music City Center; I. C. Thomasson Associates Inc.

By Source: I. C. Thomasson
Other Building Types August 9, 2012

Potomac Yards Renaissance, Residence Inn Hotel

New construction: Potomac Yards Renaissance and Residence Inn Hotel; Jordan and Skala Engineers

By Source: Jordan and Skala Engineers
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 9, 2012

Agora Mall

New construction: Agora Mall; Triad Consulting

By Source: Triad Consulting
Other Building Types August 9, 2012

Flats East, LLC Mixed Use Development

New construction: Flats East, LLC Mixed Use Development; Thorson Baker and Associates Inc.

By Source: Thorson Baker and Associates Inc.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 16, 2012

Ongoing commissioning

With more and more owners becoming familiar with and utilizing commissioning and retro-commissioning for the repurposing of existing facilities, they are becoming aware of ongoing commissioning (OCx) in order to maintain and sustain their facilities at the highest levels.

By Presenter: Jim Bochat, Commissioning Concepts
Other Building Types June 22, 2012

Pollution control unit

The Grease Grabber Triple Play is offered by Greenheck.

Other Building Types May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Jarrod Alston, PE, 34

Fire Protection Engineer, Arup, Boston

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Other Building Types May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Alban Bassuet, 37

Associate, Arup, New York

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Other Building Types May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Mark Blackburn, PE, CFPS, 31

Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Hughes Assocs. Inc., Warwick, R.I.

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: A. Christopher Cerino, PE, 39

Senior Associate and Structural Discipline Leader, STV, New York

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Michael Pires, PE, LEED AP BD+C, 37

Project Principal, Green Buildings, Enermodal Engineering, Toronto

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Other Building Types May 14, 2012

2012 40 Under 40: Scott Twele, PE, 32

Operations Manager, Rolf Jensen & Associates, San Diego

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Other Building Types May 14, 2012

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

Senior Engineer, Arup, San Francisco

By Emma Renee Dutton, Content Specialist
Other Building Types January 11, 2012

CxA January 2012 Workshop in Chicago

The ACG workshop is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Other Building Types January 9, 2012

Kitchen pollution control unit

Greenheck has introduced the Grease Grabber Triple Play and Power Play pollution control units.

Other Building Types December 19, 2011

Shopping malls, retail store design

Shopping malls, retail stores, and strip malls pose many challenges to fire protection, lighting, mechanical, and electrical engineers.

By Jenni Spinner, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types November 15, 2011

ACG CxA workshop and exam

The AABC Commissioning Group CxA Workshop and Exam is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Other Building Types October 7, 2011

Quick connect tap box generators restores power after outage

In extreme situations, tap boxes can be used as a cost-effective, efficient solution to restore power to buildings and businesses without sacrificing security or anything that might hamper operations.

By Information provided by Steiner Power Systems
Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types August 22, 2011

Benchmarking: Understanding building performance

Conducting an energy performance comparison, known as benchmarking, can boost energy efficiency and lower building operating costs.

By Aliza Skolnik, LEED AP, GGP, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago
Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types July 22, 2011

TLC gains senior electrical engineer

Mark Murphy rejoins TLC Engineering for Architecture as senior electrical engineer.

By BY: TLC Engineering for Architecture
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 6, 2011

California data center achieves Green Globes certification

The Internap Network Servides data center has achieved Green Globes certification, which is the first of its kind for a public data center in the United States.

Other Building Types June 29, 2011

Office design: raising the standard

Office buildings present a range of challenges as diverse as the tenants that occupy the structures. To succeed, engineers need to stay on top of owners’ needs, environmental concerns, sustainability, and a range of other issues.

By Jenni Spinner, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types June 27, 2011

USGBC launches LEED O+M

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED O+M process delivers green building guidelines for existing facilities.

Other Building Types June 15, 2011

Dewberry’s Joarder becomes department manager

Dewberry announces its new department manager for MEP services in its New York City office.

Other Building Types June 15, 2011

PI Solutions management changes

Primary Integration Solutions announces expansion of the executive team.

By BY: PI Solutions
Other Building Types June 1, 2011

Keeping genset fuel flowing during disasters

Developing a strategy to ensure the availability of fuel for your generator system is a key element of disaster planning.

By Robert M. Menuet, PE, GHT Limited, Arlington, Va.
Other Building Types May 27, 2011

ETC Building and Design grows

California-based AEC firm specializing in healthcare, biotech, and seismic retrofits hires five seasoned architects and construction experts to support its accelerating growth.

By SOURCE: ETC Building and Design
Other Building Types May 25, 2011

CxA workshop, commissioning training

ACG has announced six new opportunities to prepare for the Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) exam.

Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: Jon Evans, PE, LEED AP, 31

Senior Project Engineer, Sustainable Engineering Group LLC, Madison, Wis.

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types May 13, 2011

2011 40 Under 40: John Peterson, PE, LEED AP, 36

Senior Project Engineer, Hewlett Packard, Herndon, Va.

By Bettina Chang, Content Specialist, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types May 10, 2011

Clean agent fire suppression systems

The next edition of NFPA 2001, Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems, will be published later in 2011. Updates will capture advancements in technologies and the latest thinking on the subject.

By Milosh Puchovsky, PE, FSFPE, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass
Other Building Types May 6, 2011

ESD promotes VPs

Environmental Systems Design promoted Mike Kuppinger and Mehdi Jalayrian to new posts.

By Source: Environmental Systems Design
Other Building Types May 2, 2011

InfoWorld names Green 15 IT stars of 2011

This year's awards show that third-party green products/services have made their mark on sustainable information technology practices.

By Source: InfoWorld
Other Building Types May 2, 2011

Have bacon, will engineer

Bill Ammons, PE, LEED AP, has been involved in base building system retrofits, the design of cleanrooms, and believes bacon is the one food he could not live without.

Other Building Types April 16, 2011

RMF Engineering launches A/V-Telecomm Group

Paul Bruckman will head the group’s operations with the support of nine electrical staff.

By Source: RMF Engineering
Other Building Types April 6, 2011

Commercial lease language provides energy efficiency incentives

NYC takes the lead in creating groundbreaking language that allows owners and tenants to share the costs and benefits of energy upgrades.

By Source: Priya Lopes, VAdvert.co.uk
Other Building Types April 5, 2011

Congress repeals paperwork requirement for small businesses

AIA applauds the repeal of the provision that required small businesses to file paperwork every time they spent more than $600 with a single vendor.

By SOURCE: AIA
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 28, 2011

California group pushes for more green investment

The same group that fought to save California’s landmark global warming law last year has $1 million left to fund more clean energy efforts.

By Source: Todd Woody, New York Times
Other Building Types March 23, 2011

Seismic design tips for MEP engineers

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan, U.S. engineers need to refresh their knowledge on designing MEP systems in earthquake-prone areas.

By Ronald O. Hamburger, SE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., San Francisco
Other Building Types March 21, 2011

Federal program to award $12M for clean energy innovation

The i6 Green Challenge will fund six teams to move new green technologies from the lab to the marketplace.

By Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Other Building Types March 14, 2011

Centering on data

With the need to balance a number of complex, changing demands (such as scalability, sustainability, and shifts in codes), data center projects are among the most complex an engineer can face. Here, top experts in the data center field offer advice on getting projects to compute.

By Jenni Spinner, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types March 10, 2011

$4.7B savings for energy efficiency projects

Johnson Controls guaranteed that its more than 1,000 public-sector projects will save money on energy, water, and operational costs over the next 10 years.

By Source: Johnson Controls
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 8, 2011

Seismic codes for nonstructural engineering

Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components are not always taken into account when the thought of earthquakes comes up, but proper attachment to the structure can be just as important as proper attachment of a beam or column.

By Beau M. Sanders, PE, SE; and Uriah J. Wolfe, PE, SE, LEED AP; GRAEF, Milwaukee
Other Building Types March 4, 2011

U.S. construction spending falls on slump in commercial projects

Nonresidential construction dropped 6.9% in January, partly due to winter storms, tight credit and high vacancy rates.

By Bob Willis, Source: Bloomberg
Other Building Types February 25, 2011

LEED Volume Program celebrates 500th certified pilot project

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Volume Program enables large-scale organizational builders and operators to deliver a consistent end product, earning LEED certification faster and at a low cost.

Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 10, 2011

WSP Flack + Kurtz names managing director

Christian Agulles, PE, LEED AP has been selected as the Managing Director of WSP Flack + Kurtz’s Washington, D.C., office

Other Building Types February 9, 2011

President Obama’s Plan to win the future: Better Building Initiative

President Obama focuses on making American business more energy efficient through ‘Better Building Initiative’, features tax incentives, more financing for retrofits, and innovative clean energy technologies.

By Source: The White House, Office of Media Affairs
Other Building Types February 9, 2011

U.S. commercial property recovery spares economy

Commercial properties in 2010 sold for 20% more than they did a year prior - the second-largest gain on record, defying predictions of further economic collapse. Prices of commercial properties sold by institutional investors surged 19 percent in 2010, the second-biggest gain on record, according to an index developed by the MIT Center for Real Estate.

By Brian Louis and David M. Levitt
Other Building Types February 7, 2011

KlingStubbins selects new associates, senior associates

KlingStubbins promotes four new associates, two senior associates.

Other Building Types January 19, 2011

U.S. Green Building Council welcomes new board directors

20-member board responsible for articulating and upholding the vision, values, mission of organization

By Source: USGBC
Other Building Types January 19, 2011

A passport to international engineering

Some engineering firms are moving beyond North America, and expanding their engineering offerings to other countries.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types January 17, 2011

Mike Walters welcomed to advisory board

Consulting-Specifying Engineer has added Mike Walters, PE, LEED AP, to its editorial advisory board.

Other Building Types December 8, 2010

Secretary Chu and seven other Agencies launch Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu joined seven other U.S. Government agencies in launching the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative, a coordinated effort to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency exports. In partnership with the Dept. of Commerce, the Dept. of Energy co-chairs the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Working Group of the federal agencies participating in the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative.

By Source: Dept. of Energy
Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types December 7, 2010

Secretary Chu to Participate in New Millenium Nuclear Summit

On December 7th, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will participate in the New Millenium Nuclear Summit along with White House Advisor Carol Browner, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Greg Jaczko.

Other Building Types December 6, 2010

Passage of Diesel Emission Reduction Act applauded

More than 500 environmental, health, industry and government organization endorse re-authorization of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).

By Source: Diesel Technology Forum
Other Building Types December 1, 2010

Fuel flow equals data flow

Designing a standby power system for a data-intensive application requires not only the right generator for the load requirements but also the most reliable fuel available.

By Daniel Barbersek, Generac Power Systems Inc., Waukesha, Wis.
Other Building Types November 16, 2010

How to select a VFD

These guidelines dispel the confusion about matching variable frequency drives (VFD) and motors to fans and pumps that are typically encountered in commercial building applications. While the motivation to increase energy efficiency could be financial (reduced energy costs) or ethical (reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with power production), it is taken for granted that VFDs are an easy way to improve energy efficiency in a motor application. And with these noble intentions in mind, the engineer will specify a VFD for his client. Oftentimes, that isn't the end of the story for the engineer.

By John Yoon, PE, LEED AP, McGuire Engineers Inc., Chicago
Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types October 28, 2010

Supercomputer Title no longer owned by U.S. thanks to China

A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China bragging rights as a technology superpower. According to an article written by Ashley Vance in the New York Times, the computer, known as Tianhe-1A, has 1.4 times the horsepower of the current top computer, which is at a national laboratory in Tennessee, as measured by the standard test used to gauge how well the systems handle mathematical calculations, said Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the official supercomputer rankings. Modern supercomputers are built by combining thousands of small computer servers and using software to turn them into a single entity. In that sense, any organization with enough money and expertise can buy what amount to off-the-shelf components and create a fast machine. The Chinese system follows that model by linking thousands upon thousands of chips made by the American companies Intel and Nvidia. But the secret sauce behind the system — and the technological achievement — is the interconnect, or networking technology, developed by Chinese researchers that shuttles data back and forth across the smaller computers at breakneck rates, Mr.

By Ashlee Vance, New York Times
Other Building Types October 18, 2010

View from the top

The 2010 MEP Giants provide insight on the state of the engineering industry and what to look for in 2011.

By Patrick Lynch, Project Manager
Other Building Types October 12, 2010

Healing today’s hospitals

Building analysis, energy efficiency, and flexibility are the keys to successful hospital design. This challenge has led administrators to demand more of their healthcare facilities in the way of flexibility, energy efficiency, and codes and standards compliance.

By Craig Kos, PE, LEED AP, and Dennis Quadi, Environmental Systems Design Inc.
Other Building Types September 19, 2010

Transformers – 2010-09-19

Schneider Electric Introduces Premium 30 Energy Efficient Transformers with NEMA Approval.

Other Building Types September 13, 2010

Higher education, higher protection

In response to the shooting incident at Virginia Tech in 2007 and other similar events, the call for providing better forms of emergency communications on a university campus is growing at a rapid pace.

By Jon Kapis, ET, Rolf Jensen & Assocs., Bothell, Wash.
Other Building Types September 3, 2010

Tier 4i Emissions

Experts answer questions about EPA Tier 4i emissions regulations and generator operating procedures.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer webcast with MTU Onsite Energy
Other Building Types August 9, 2010

The death of HVAC

The death of HVAC can lead to the rise of thermal environmental engineering. Here are some thoughts on the effectiveness, efficiency, and installation and operating costs of modern air conditioning systems

By Grahame E. Maisey, PE, Building Services Consultants Inc., Wyncote, Pa.
Other Building Types July 21, 2010

2010 40 Under 40 winners

Consulting-Specifying Engineer announces the winners of its third annual 40 Under 40 awards program.

By Dawn Reiss, Contributing Writer, and Amara Rozgus, Senior Editor
Other Building Types April 1, 2010

Part 1: Basics of sustainable lighting

Within the newly established field of sustainable lighting design, lighting professionals are working with other building professionals to define a fundamentally different way to practice. Design team processes are more integrated than ever as the lines between the responsibilities of different disciplines blur.

By SIVA K. HARAN, PE, LC, LEED AP, Naperville, Ill.
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types April 1, 2010

Safety first

CSE: Whose responsibility is it to ensure that equipment such as control panels, lighting panels, or panelboards are properly labeled? Designer, contractor, or the building owner/operator? Lanny Floyd: NEC110.16 is specific that the equipment is “field marked” as opposed to the label being applied by the manufacturer.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 17, 2010

Earning LEED 2009 Water Efficiency credits

Meeting LEED's Water Efficiency Credit 3-Water Use Reduction is no longer a sure thing, even for commercial office buildings.

By Ben Biada, PE, LEED AP, Advanced Engineering Consultants, Columbus, Ohio
Other Building Types March 16, 2010

Tiers of a generator: Emissions regulations for diesel gensets

Manufacturers face the next phase of EPA emissions limits for diesel engines and gensets.

By Jack Smith, Managing Editor
Other Building Types March 1, 2010

Beyond Green awards recognize high-performance buildings

The program demonstrates the successful application of the whole building approach.

By Source: Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
Other Building Types February 26, 2010

Climate scientists hope independent reviews will reverse public’s loss of trust

An opinion poll this month found the number of people believing climate change is an established fact has fallen from 41% in November to 26%.

By Source: Times Newspapers Ltd.
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types February 15, 2010

Cost-effective boiler system retrofits

Retrofits that directly reduce operating costs are readily available, in most cases with well-documented savings and quick paybacks.

By Mary Sue Lobenstein and Martha J. Hewett, M.S., Center for Energy and Environment, Minneapolis, and John T. Katrakis, PE, LEED AP, J.T. Katrakis & Assocs. Inc., Barrington, Ill.
Other Building Types February 5, 2010

Report: BAS market poised for change

According to a report, the BAS market will change, based on an increased focus on energy efficiency.

By Source: ABI Research
Other Building Types January 22, 2010

IEEE launches Smart Grid Web Portal

IEEE's new content-rich web gateway provides intelligence, education, and news on the global Smart Grid network.

By SOURCE: IEEE
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types January 20, 2010

For 2010, it’s the economy, energy, and the environment

In July 2009, I wrote that building performance data is golden said that, consequently, there would be a greater call for retrocommissioning and ongoing commissioning services, a greater call for dashboard software for reporting status and trends to owners and occupants, and a continued shift in consulting engineering services toward improving the performance of existing buildings. Since then, enough has happened that I’m escalating my assessment that building performance data will be platinum in 2010. The new construction market continues to muddle through economic concerns such as high unemployment and tight financing restrictions.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 20, 2010

How to start a retrocommissioning business

In a recessive construction market and in increasingly regulated and incentivized energy and environmental markets, retrocommissioning services represent a new business opportunity for engineering firms.

By Peter D'Antonio, PCD Engineering Services, Longmont, Colo.
Other Building Types January 20, 2010

Green-lighting energy efficiency

At the intersection of energy codes, technology developments, cost constraints, and demands for higher efficiency and lower emissions, how should designers proceed?

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Other Building Types January 1, 2010

The U.S. EPA greenhouse gas reporting rule

There was heightened public attention on climate action in 2009 because President Obama shifted U.S. policy from being defensive to being proactive. Three strong federal measures for climate action were taken in advance of the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009, where a binding agreement on emissions levels was expected.

By Michael G. Ivanovich, Editor-in-chief
Other Building Types January 1, 2010

First integrated green construction code poised for debut

Drafters of the International Code Council's International Green Construction Code (IGCC) are nearing completion of the first-ever integrated green code for traditional and high-performance commercial buildings, set for a public release in March.

Other Building Types December 29, 2009

Renewable energy legislation passes in China

Chinese government officials announced the passage of legislation that requires grid owners to use electricity generated by renewable energy sources.

By SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
Other Building Types December 22, 2009

First integrated green construction code poised for 2010 debut

Drafters of the International Code Council's International Green Construction Code are nearing completion of the first-ever integrated green code for traditional and high-performance commercial buildings.

By Source: International Code Council
Other Building Types December 16, 2009

Energy policy: The view from Washington

Energy and environmental legislation will be slow and may stall. Engineers should work ahead of it to serve their clients.

By Robert Cavey, Global Strategy Initiative, Washington, D.C.
Other Building Types December 16, 2009

Get shovel-ready for the new economy

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition The term “shovel-ready” became popular after the Obama administration announced that billions of dollars would be injected into the construction market to help resuscitate a dying economy. Shovel-ready projects —those that municipalities had on their books and were ready to begin after the dollars were secured—were given priority. While some economists are pointing to data indicating the national economic recession might be over, the commercial construction industry is far from feeling the impacts of recovery.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 16, 2009

The light at the end of the tunnel

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition For many of us who design lighting and lighting control systems, the recession may have severely curtailed our efforts to continue designing state-of-the-art systems. The recession also may have thwarted our ability to stay abreast of changing user attitudes and technological innovations in real-world applications. As a result, many of us may have missed out on designing the lighting and lighting controls projects that people will likely want when construction begins to rebound in earnest.

By Joseph M. “Jody” Good, III, LC, FIES, IALD, LEED AP, Spectrum Engineers,
Other Building Types December 16, 2009

Redefining the role of electrical engineers

The successful engineer is on top of all of the emerging technologies and practices. System scalability, modularity, and system efficiency are terms that have been around for years, but as energy use in data centers has become a larger part of the bottom line, CEOs and CFOs are demanding more efficient critical environments.

By Keith Lane, PE, RCDD, LC, LEED AP, Lane Coburn & Assocs., Seattle
Other Building Types December 16, 2009

Large UPS Technology report: Balancing green and high reliability

Twenty five years ago, the large UPS market—500 kVA and above—was served by two distinctly different technologies: rotary and static. At that time, a rotary UPS for data center applications was a rather kluge-like combination of motors and generators, while a static UPS was a step-wave inverter-based technology (Figure 1). The slow switching statics of the day had many reliability and application issues, while the rotaries were very inefficient but, in many cases, more reliable.

By Dennis P. DeCoster Mission Critical West Inc., Redondo Beach, Calif.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 4, 2009

New Virginia Tech report reveals mass-notification lapses

New report on Virginia Tech massacre reveals new timeline, details of notifcation lapses

By Michael Ivanovich
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types December 1, 2009

Maximizing MCF standby power

Identify equipment, systems design, and maintenance procedures that contribute to dependable standby power systems for critical facilities.

By Michael Dauffenbach, MTU Onsite Energy, Mankato, Minn.
Other Building Types November 24, 2009

U.S. unemployment to peak by March: poll

National Assn. of Business Economics panelists believe the end of net employment losses is near.

By Source: AFP
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types November 3, 2009

NSA building $1.5 billion cyber security data center

The massive complex, comprising up to 1.5 million sq ft of building space, will provide intelligence and warnings related to cyber security threats across government bodies.

By Source: J. Nicholas Hoover, InformationWeek
Other Building Types November 2, 2009

Slump sinks visa program

The weak economy has eroded employment even among highly trained professionals.

By SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
Other Building Types October 30, 2009

The U.S. government’s plan to improve the nation’s smart grid

A $3.4-billion portion of the ARRA will help modernize the U.S. smart grid, while integrating renewable energy resources into the nation's power infrastructure.

By Source: Inside Science News Service
Other Building Types October 15, 2009

Retail, office buildings the best bet

Retail and office fare best in commercial construction decline through 2010.

By Source: Jim Haughey, Reed Construction Data
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 7, 2009

President Obama orders for a trim in greenhouse gases at federal agencies

Obama's Executive Order requires federal agencies meet new sustainability and energy efficiency guidelines.

By Source: Department of Energy
Other Building Types October 5, 2009

Stimulus funding boosts construction spending

Reed Construction Data's chief economist analyzes how the stimulus plan has benefitted the construction market through the first three quarters of 2009.

By Source: Jim Haughey, Reed Construction Data
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 1, 2009

As recovery begins, nonresidential construction will lag behind

The "delayed recession" in nonresidential construction means a slower recovery for the market as the economy begins to grow again.

By Bettina Chang, Editorial Intern
Other Building Types October 1, 2009

Government releases smart grid framework

A90-page document released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Sept. 24 proposes 77 standards for smart grid development. The report also detailed 14 areas that the government agency will prioritize in order to facilitate development. Utilities, regulators, and vendors have been waiting for this release from NIST.

Other Building Types October 1, 2009

Green design vs. green performance

The latest version of LEED 2009 (v3) requires high-performing buildings to perform up to even higher standards, but key issues remain unaddressed.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor, and Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types October 1, 2009

The future of HVAC design

As I retire at the end of a 54-year career in the HVAC industry, I can't help reflecting that my timing is a bit off. I find myself envious of the young mechanical engineers who are entering the design business. Why? Because for the first time, the emphasis is truly on good design for low energy use.

By David C.J. Peters, PE, Southland Industries, Dulles, Va.
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types September 30, 2009

High-performance buildings boosted by stimulus funds

Massachusetts seeks plans for "high-performance" buildings.

By Source: Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press Writer
Other Building Types September 1, 2009

Is the safety of U.S. electrical products in danger?

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition To sell many types of products in North America, manufacturers must have their products certified by an independent certification organization. That certification process verifies that products comply with relevant safety requirements prior to entering the marketplace. For many products in Europe, however, manufacturers can self-declare that their products comply with requirements.

By Eli Kaberon, editorial intern, and Michael Ivanovich, editor-in-chief
Other Building Types 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.

Other Building Types September 1, 2009

Unifying the smart grid

With the unprecedented unification of power, communications, and information technology (IT) planned for the emerging smart grid, companies across typically siloed industries are adapting product roadmaps to dovetail with this tremendous federal undertaking. The IEEE P2030 work group is facilitating cooperation and visibility among power, communications, and IT silos to produce the long-term unification that is necessary to make the smart grid a success. The term “smart grid” gives important identity to a gathering, broad-based drive to improve the United States' electrical utility infrastructure. The nation's electrical grid has been getting “smarter” for years.

By W. Charlton Adams Jr., PE, PhD, IEEE Standards Assn., Piscataway, N.J.; and D
Other Building Types 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, GreenReport.org, AASHE.org
Other Building Types August 20, 2009

Al Gore to keynote Greenbuild

Former Vice President and noted environmental advocate Al Gore will open as keynote speaker at the Greenbuild conference in Phoenix this November.

By Source: U.S. Green Building Council
Other Building Types August 12, 2009

Web-based tools track federal stimulus spending

Looking for a slice of stimulus funds? Online maps show where the money goes.

By Source: GreenBiz.com
Other Building Types August 11, 2009

Australia sponsors green air conditioner

Solar-power cooling unit said to be 12 times more efficient than traditional systems.

By Source: Manufacturers' Monthly
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2009

CSE adds two editorial board members

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is pleased to welcome two new members to our Editorial Advisory Board, Brian Rener (left) and Gerald Versluys. The two new members assist editors in reviewing magazine content for technical accuracy and consistency. Rener, PE and LEED AP, is the senior design manager for Chicago-based M+W Zander US Operations.

By Edited by Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Other Building Types August 1, 2009

Letters – 2009-08-01

Europeans versus Americans on energy Energy taxes are needed Europeans have placed large taxes on energy for decades recognizing the other impacts (costs) of energy use beyond the extraction, processing, and delivery costs. We need to get serious about gradually applying energy taxes here and efficiently direct their use toward energy-saving technologies. LARRY B Demographics and climate change I'm an American HVAC engineer who's been working in the U.K. for a while.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer staff
Other Building Types August 1, 2009

MEP Giants 2009

Editor's note: A pull-out poster tabulating the CSE MEP Giants firms is included with this issue. The poster has ranking for 2009 and 2008, revenue figures, and contact information for the MEP Giant. The poster is available at Giants 2009 Poster The construction market of 2008 closed dramatically different from how it opened.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor and Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 22, 2009

Reclaimed water chilling Microsoft data center

Treated wastewater is cooling a Microsoft data center in Washington state; Yahoo and Intuit data centers may be next.

By Source: Doug Flanagan, Quincy Valley Post-Register
Other Building Types July 10, 2009

Electrical contractors see market decline

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

By Source: Associated Press
Other Building Types 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, ITBusiness.ca
Other Building Types July 6, 2009

Retrofitting high-rises to go green

Iconic skyscrapers find new luster by going green.

By Chris Kahn, Associated Press
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2009

The 10 hardest jobs to fill in America

According to a story on Forbes.com, 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
Other Building Types 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,
Other Building Types July 1, 2009

Fire pumps in high-rise buildings

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition The NFPA 20 Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection committee has proposed and accepted a new chapter covering fire pumps in high-rise buildings. A final vote by the full NFPA body at the spring 2009 NPFA convention is necessary before the changes officially become part of next edition of NFPA 20. This proposed high-rise chapter has significant implications for high-rise fire protection and may also impact cost and some current design practices. The provisions in this chapter were developed in response to observed significant differences in the way fire pumps were used in high-rise buildings, and concern that some of the design practices would not provide the high level of reliability needed. After the destruction of the World Trade Center on Sept.

By Gayle Pennel, Schirmer Engineering, Glenview, Ill.
Other Building Types July 1, 2009

Ensuring emergency power performance

Several rivers in the Midwest swelled well beyond their banks in 2008, causing multiple levee failures and widespread flooding. Homes and businesses became islands surrounded by raging waters. When the flooding knocked out the municipal power supply, many relied on emergency generators to provide electricity. Businesses and industries commonly rely on emergency generators to provide power in the event of utility outages.

By Vernon McAllister, Stanley Consultants, Muscatine, Iowa
Other Building Types June 26, 2009

U.S. to spend $3.9 billion on smart grid

DOE Secretary Steven Chu has announced $3.9 billion in smart grid funding.

By Source: Reuters
Other Building Types June 18, 2009

LEED may be coming soon for data centers

The U.S. Green Building Council is considering adjusting LEED to incorporate the energy used by commercial data centers. 

By Source: Reuters
Other Building Types June 15, 2009

SMUD rolls out a smart electrical grid

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is set to roll out a smart grid.

By Jim Downing , Sacramento Bee
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2009

ASHRAE 90.1 book combines codes

The International Code Council and ASHRAE have teamed to publish the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, in one book. The new publication is a powerful document that the government can use to qualify for federal energy grants, and a guide for the construction industr...

By Edited by Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
Other Building Types June 1, 2009

BAS design issues

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition View "Systems design and performance tips for packaged rooftop units" in the first edition of the HVAC Technology Report We know it's tough out there for BAS designers who want to keep up with the latest in sensors and controls. You know that sensors and controls are “where the rubber meets the road” in HVAC. But the available hardware and software mutate faster than an H1N1 flu virus on steroids.

By Richard L. Kronick, Freelance Writer and Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types June 1, 2009

Integrating Electrical Systems

With many facilities relying on multiple power sources to ensure continuous operation, the value of integrating and coordinating these electrical systems becomes critical. Integrated power systems can include primary utility transformers, standby engine generators, UPSs (battery or rotary), fuel cells, and other types of power sources. The integration of these electrical systems requires careful planning, communication with other project team members, and support in the field during installation and startup. Numerous items need to be addressed during the planning phase.

By Brian Rener, PE, LEED AP, Chicago
Other Building Types May 29, 2009

Software theft ranks high

The Business Software Alliance states that manufacturing, sales, and service industries were the three leading victims of piracy in 2008.  

By Source: BSA
Other Building Types May 27, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-05-27

Recent hires and promotions

Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 15, 2009

U.S. GBC Federal Summit convened

U.S. Green Building Council 2009 Federal Summit convened May 14 in Washington, D.C.

By Source: U.S. Green Building Council
Other Building Types May 8, 2009

BICSI releases reference manual

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

By Source: BICSI
Other Building Types May 8, 2009

Congressional Coalition files report on high-performance federal buildings

A Congressional Coalition issued recommendations regarding the development of high-performance federal buildings.

By Source: ASHRAE
Other Building Types May 8, 2009

Legislation to support building safety re-introduced

New legislation to establish a competitive grant program in the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development to help local governments with enforcement of residential, building, fire, energy, plumbing, and related codes was introduced in the U.S. Senate.

By Source: International Code Council
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2009

U.S. power grid seen at risk

Members of Congress launched an effort Thursday to protect the nation's electricity grid from criminals, vandals, or U.S. enemies.

By Source: The Washington Times
Other Building Types May 1, 2009

2009 40 Under 40 Winners

The 2009 40 Under 40 winners are among some of the best and brightest minds in our industry. They've created innovative systems to solve difficult engineering problems, both in North America and abroad. These young geniuses have won awards and risen quickly to the top in their fields. They've worked hard to bring their projects—and their companies—into the spotlight.

By Dawn Reiss, Contributing Writer, and Amara Rozgus, Senior Editor
Other Building Types May 1, 2009

What’s notable about MNS

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Our panel discusses the importance, application, and necessary improvements needed for mass notification systems in hospitals, college campuses, and commercial buildings. CSE: What situations require the use of mass notification systems (MNS)? Ray Grill: Currently, the Department of Defense is the only entity that requires MNS to be installed in its facilities. MNS can be appropriate for a facility or area that is susceptible to hazards that may require the occupants to take some action (or stay in place) to prevent them from being impacted by the hazard. Mark Suski: Any facility that has multiple buildings—a college campus—or a building with an extensive footprint—a hospital or shopping mall—should have a MNS to notify occupants in the event of an emergency. The armed forces have been installing MNS on military bases for many years in the form of speakers and public address systems.

By Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Other Building Types April 29, 2009

New lead pipe requirements

California lead content requirements for plumbing products effective Jan. 1, 2010.

By Source: NSF International
Other Building Types April 22, 2009

Green commercial building code

The International Code Council will initiate a green code development project.

By Source: International Code Council
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 17, 2009

WTC office towers could be put off for decades

New World Trade Center office towers might not be built and occupied for nearly 30 years.

By Amy Westfeldt, Associated Press
Other Building Types April 17, 2009

Interview: Healthcare market holding steady even in down economy

Midwest Real Estate News interviewed Tag Birge about the healthcare construction market.

By Source: Dan Rafter, Midwest Real Estate News
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 9, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-04-09

Recent hires and promotions

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 1, 2009

Testing emergency lighting systems

View the full story, including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition   Unfortunately, emergency lighting equipment often is installed and forgotten. Despite numerous federal, state, and local codes requiring routine testing and documentation, mandated testing of emergency lighting units remains a “hit or miss” proposition. James Lathrop, vice president of Koffel Associcates , Elkridge, Md.-based independent fire protection engineering firm, said, “Excluding healthcare and most government buildings, based on my experience I would estimate that more than 75% of the building owners/mangers across the country are not testing their emergency lighting as mandated by the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code .” The Life Safety Code, which was established by NFPA nearly a century ago, sets very specific standards for the presence and routine testing of life safety equipment. Specifically, every emergency lighting fixture requires a monthly 30-sec test, as well as an annual 90-min test.

By Robin Martin, Lithonia Lighting, Conyers, Ga.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 25, 2009

Kuwait refinery construction screeches to a halt

Kuwait National Petroleum Co. has ordered Fluor Corp. to stop construction of a refinery.

By Source: Dallas Morning News
Other Building Types March 25, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-03-25

Recent hires and promotions

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types March 23, 2009

Smart Grid could be vulnerable to hackers

Several reports point to the vulnerability of the Smart Grid.

By Source: CNN, IDG News, and others
Other Building Types March 22, 2009

Corporate complex named Green Development of the Year

The National Assn. of Industrial Office Properties recognizes the LEED Gold-certified HSBC's North American headquarters.

By Source: Environmental Systems Design
Other Building Types March 19, 2009

BICSI announces new ITS credential

BICSI offers a new credential for information transport systems professionals.

By Source: BICSI
Other Building Types March 17, 2009

Fire kills seven at Bangladesh mall

A blaze tore through the country's largest shopping mall, killing seven people and injuring 50 others in the high-rise complex

By Source: Associated Press
Other Building Types March 17, 2009

Michigan proposal puts LEED power into local hands

A bill introduced in the Michigan legislature would permit local governments to mandate green-building standards.

By Source: Dan Meisler, Ann Arbor Business Review
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 9, 2009

Experts reject NAIOP study

Leaders from ASHRAE, ACEEE, New Buildings Institute, and Yudelson Associates voice strong opposition, say study's faults result in misleading conclusions.

By Source: CoStar Realty Information Inc.
Other Building Types March 1, 2009

Using gray water efficiently

View the full story , including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Most engineers focus on lighting, HVAC, windows, and building siting when designing an efficient building. Often secondary on the list is designing a water-efficient building, which can be accomplished with various methods like no-water urinals, dual-flush water closets, and water reclamation, i.e., harvested rainwater and gray water. It’s sometimes referred to as graywater or grey water.

By Amara Rozgus, Senior Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 1, 2009

Networked controls for a 21st century university

View the full story , including all images and figures, in our monthly digital edition Have you ever asked “What will the 21st century university look like?” The was the question posed to Cannon Design when Ave Maria University (AMU) began planning a completely new campus near Naples, Fla. An optimal system for building controls, telecom, audio/visual, and safety was the answer. For decades, the 16-division Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat has been the standard in building design and construction. However, as technology—particularly network technology—has evolved, it is clear the old standards do not address the integrated systems designed into today's buildings. The need for construction specifications to reflect current building practices prompted CSI to develop Division 17 for Technology and Communications Infrastructure .

By Theodore G. Fowler, PE, LEED AP, and Salvatore Bonetto, RCDD, EIT, Cannon Design, Grand Island, N.Y.
Other Building Types February 28, 2009

Are energy efficiency improvements unreachable?

A study released by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Assn., suggests that office building managers find it difficult--if not impossible--to effectively balance energy efficiency requirements while keeping their structures economically feasible.

By Source: NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Assn.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 23, 2009

Green-building partnership expanded

The Clinton Climate Initiative and U.S. Green Building Council agree to collaborate on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed buildings.

By Source: U.S. Green Building Council
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 20, 2009

L.A. enacts the largest LED lighting retrofit on record

Los Angeles will replace its 140,000 streetlight fixtures with LED units over the next five years. L.A. will receive help from the Clinton Climate initiative for taking part in the most extensive municipal green lighting retrofit on record.

By Source: GreenBiz.com
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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, CNN.money.com
Other Building Types February 1, 2009

Harmonics & VFDs: prevention, analysis, resolution

Our roundtable explores the harmonics issue from prevention to problem resolution.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Other Building Types February 1, 2009

Installing a genset

Generator set installation involves lots of details, but don't overlook the broad concepts.

By Todd Riemann and Steve Resner, MTU Onsite Energy, Mankato, Minn.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 14, 2009

MEP Insider – 2009-01-14

Recent hires and promotions

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types January 8, 2009

Advisory Board

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is proud to present its 2009 Editorial Advisory Board.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types January 5, 2009

Trash-burning plant damaged by fire

An Iowa waste-to-energy plant suffers an estimated $30,000 in damages, thanks to a fire most likely started in the facility's shredder.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 1, 2009

2009 Economic outlook

Access to credit has improved at the beginning of this year, so the projected further decline in nonresidential construction is primarily due to weaker space demand.

By Jim Haughey, Reed Construction Data, Waltham, Mass.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 3, 2008

Is BIM ready for prime time engineered systems?

Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers have justifiably lagged behind architects and structural engineers in their use of building information modeling (BIM) software. Is it the right time for them to upgrade?

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Lynch, Associate Editor
Other Building Types December 2, 2008

Danfoss event brings HVAC/R heads together

During November's Danfoss EnVisioneering Symposium, more than 40 professionals gathered to discuss climate change, energy efficiency, pending legislation, and other critical issues impacting the industry.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types December 1, 2008

Green-collar jobs

Renewable energy sector could restore economy, and Kankakee County, Ill., wants to be at the forefront.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 1, 2008

EPO: Emergency Power ON

Over the last several years, continuity of electrical power has become increasingly important not only to individual utility customers, but to the national and world economy. Meanwhile, confidence has eroded in our overstressed and aging utility grid given such events as the Chicago Loop outage of 2000, California’s rolling blackouts of 2001, the Northeast blackout of 2003, and the European outages of 2003 and 2006. To ensure that power is available when needed, many businesses are taking control by installing on-site generation.

By Paul Bearn, PE, KlingStubbins, Philadelphia
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 1, 2008

Installation Considerations for IBC-Compliant Generator Sets

The International Code Council's (ICC) International Building Code (IBC) has replaced regional codes in most jurisdictions, making it the primary code document for engineers who specify and supervise the installation of generating equipment. Currently, authorities may be using either the 2000, 2003, or 2006 edition of the IBC, with one of these editions now adopted at either the state or local level in all 50 states. Recently, the State of California adopted the 2006 edition, leading the way for that edition to become a preeminent standard across the United States. The IBC addresses both the design and installation of building systems, with an emphasis on how those systems will perform in emergency situations—and continue to perform after such events. One big change for engineers specifying seismic-related equipment is that the United States is no longer divided into broad seismic zones.

By Aniruddha Natekar, Cummins Power Generation Inc., Minneapolis
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 1, 2008

Picking the right fire extinguisher

When supplying a building with fire extinguishers and suppressants, ensuring the security of the entire structure is extremely important. As mentioned in NFPA 10 Chapter 1, portable fire extinguishers are intended to be the first line of defense for fires of a limited size and can be used in several areas including vehicle repair, aircraft and marine servicing, cooking areas, and storage and m...

By Joe Beranek, Tyco Fire Suppression & Building Products, Marinette, Wis.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 22, 2008

DOE and EPA release report on advancing energy efficiency in data centers

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the report, “Energy Efficiency in Data Centers: Recommendations for Government-Industry Coordination,” that details the discussions and recommendations covered during a national strategy workshop on July 8, 2008.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 6, 2008

Filipinos draw power from buried heat

The Philippine government has championed geothermal power, and the United States can only learn from their success.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types October 1, 2008

Government construction projects hit a wall

Under strain, cities are cutting back projects.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 23, 2008

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

Details about contracts awarded and other industry news.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 23, 2008

M/E Insider – 2008-09-23

New hires, promotions, and information at MEP firms.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 23, 2008

Credit woes worsen for commercial construction

While borrowing rates have fallen for prime-rate mortgages and public works, they've increased for commercial projects, and relief most likely won't come until 2009.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 19, 2008

Copper thief a real live wire

Man zapped with 11,000 V while trying to pilfer cable.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 12, 2008

GSA opposes new high-rise building provisions: STORY UPDATED

The dispute reflects a debate among safety officials and real estate executives nationwide as to how to respond adequately to the 2001 attacks.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types September 10, 2008

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

Details about contracts awarded and other industry news.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 1, 2008

Security management system

Secure facilities, such as government and military installations, manage intrusion detection, and access control and video surveillance from a single-user interface with the Pro-Watch security management system from Honeywell.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 1, 2008

Data centers for Uncle Sam

Growing computing needs have forced many government agencies into a corner they did not foresee.

By Colin Coyle, AIA, and Robert G. Arno, EYP Mission Critical Facilities
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 27, 2008

Natural gas could save us all this winter

More natural gas production could make winter heating costs drop.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 6, 2008

Energy misers take aim at PCs

A consortium is working to decrease energy use of PCs and laptops in a shift from the traditional digs at power-hungry data centers.

By Amara Rozgus
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2008

Washington, D.C., rules in favor of full disclosure of Energy Star scores

The DC Council unanimously passed the Clean and Affordable Energy Act of 2008, which includes the benchmarking mandate that building owners annually reveal Energy Star scores.

By Edited By Patrick Lynch, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types August 1, 2008

Critical look at power

This month's panel discusses what facilities need mission critical power and at what levels, successful design schemes, technological advancements, and commissioning for these facilities. CSE: The term “mission critical” applies to data centers, telecom centers, and healthcare facilities.

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 18, 2008

Teaching an old grid new tricks

Increased investor interest in the improvement of power grids drives success

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 10, 2008

Industry roundup: partnerships, mergers, etc. – 2008-07-10

News from S&C Electric, Lochinvar, Ferraz Shawmut, Leviton, Dual-Life, and CES Group.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2008

Chart data center energy use

The Data Center Energy Profiler, or DC Pro, an online software tool provided by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), is now available in release 1.1.1. The tool is designed to help industries quickly diagnose how data centers use energy. A company can use DC Pro as a first step to identify potential savings and to reduce environmental emissions.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types July 1, 2008

Technology is power

This month's panel discusses on-site power, with regard to power generation, new designs, and renewable technologies.

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Other Building Types June 20, 2008

Nineteenth annual energy efficiency forum held in Washington, D.C.

The event creates awareness of technical, economic and political solutions available to optimize energy-efficiency.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types June 16, 2008

Mission-critical 500-kVA PDU by PDI

Wavestar mission-critical 500-kVA PDU by PDI with two point locks, and bus connections for the transformer and circuit breakers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 12, 2008

Challenge: Slash air conditioners’ electricity use

University of California Davis energy-efficiency experts recently launched a novel program designed to slash electricity use by rooftop air conditioners in the western United States by more than 40%.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2008

Tenant sub-billing software

PowerLogic Tenant Metering Commercial Edition from Schneider Electric has been added to the company's existing range of tenant submetering software. The new billing software enables commercial property managers to allocate and recover the actual cost of their utilities while adhering to government cost allocation regulations.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types June 1, 2008

Be Prepared: Hospital Protection for Catastrophic Events

As healthcare engineers, it's one thing to know the Boy Scout motto—and another to design for it. It's almost impossible, not to mention cost-prohibitive, to plan for every unforeseen occurrence. But natural and manmade catastrophes occur all too often, and when they do, they drive home the importance of designing hospitals to withstand potential disasters.

By Michael Sheerin, PE, LEED AP; James Ferris, PE; James D. Worth, PE, LEED AP;
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 16, 2008

Tips for a successful ARC Awards entry

Adapted from Building Design + Constructions "How to Win" Tip Sheet

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer staff
Other Building Types May 16, 2008

ACG meeting breaks records

Nearly 200 commissioning providers, engineers, and building owners attended the AABC Commissioning Group annual meeting in Las Vegas, April 22-24.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2008

Illuminating students

Lighting is such a subjective thing.

By Amara Rozgus, Senior Editor
Other Building Types May 1, 2008

Detecting carbon monoxide

When building professionals discuss carbon monoxide, they're uncertain as to where and how detection should be installed.

By Kenneth Gentile, PE, Senior Consultant, Rolf Jensen & Assocs., Houston
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 23, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-04-23

News from EMCOR Group, Gotama Building Engineers, Smith Seckman Reid, BSA LifeStructures, Sebesta Blomberg, Syska Hennessy Group, KlingStubbins, Sys-tek, Peter Basso Assocs., Baxter & Woodman, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, and Spectrum Engineers.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 1, 2008

Power grid problems

This month’s panel discusses the national grid, its problem and innovations, and how to prepare for the digital future.

By Melissa Hillebrand, Associate Editor
Other Building Types March 28, 2008

ASHRAE, USGBC co-sponsor fellowship in Washington, D.C.

The one-year fellowship will allow the participant to work in the federal government in a technical advisory role. Applications are due May 1.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types March 24, 2008

Case study: children’s hospital designed for speedy recoveries and power reliability

The bright, playful façade of Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary looks like a random stack of colored building blocks—and that’s how the kids who had a hand in its design wanted it. And even though the kids didn't design the standby power system, it is every bit as innovative.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types March 24, 2008

HP acquires EYP MCF, offers new services

HP announced last week a set of products and services designed to help customers transform their data centers from a standalone collection of physical assets into a virtual and adaptive infrastructure designed—the logical result of the company’s acquisition of engineering firm EYP Mission Critical Facilities.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 19, 2008

IEEE and NFPA collaborate on arc flash initiative

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the National Fire Protection Assn. have undertaken a joint research project to expand the knowledge of electric arc phenomena. Schneider Electric announced a $500,000 contribution to the effort.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 1, 2008

Letters – 2008-03-01

Letters to the editor.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2008

When UPS and gensets have issues

Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) are an example of the profound impact electronics have had on the electrical distribution world. Not only do these devices provide instantaneous backup power in the event of a power outage, but they also provide clean power on a continuous basis.

By Michael Shields, PE, Senior Electrical Engineer, SEi Engineering Inc./A Flack
Other Building Types March 1, 2008

Sustainable semantics

Semantics, according to Merriam-Webster, is the study of meaning. Meaning is conveyed in words. The green movement needs to clarify its semantics—its words—if it is to lead us to sustainability. To start, the words “green” and “sustainability” mean different things, but often are used interchangeably.

By Michael Ivanovich, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types March 1, 2008

Ignite opportunities to mentor fire protection engineers

We often hear or talk about formal mentoring programs. These programs are touted as employee benefits and advertised in recruiting campaigns. What does mentoring mean in the context of fire protection engineering?

By Ray Grill, PE, FSFPE, Principal, Arup Fire, Washington, D.C.
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types February 29, 2008

Comment period open on Energy Star draft for computer servers

The EPA released its draft of the Energy Star standard for computer standards and invites feedback. The deadline to provide comments is March 14.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 14, 2008

ASHRAE bestows Technology Awards to outstanding building projects

Read about project winners in the Heath Care, Commercial Building, Institutional Building, Public Assembly, and Industrial Facilities or Processes categories.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types February 14, 2008

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2008-02-14

News from Dunham Assocs., JacobsCarter Burgess, Peter Basso Assocs., KlingStubbins, Smith Seckman Reid, MACTEC Engineering & Consulting, Tetra Tech Rizzo, EMCOR Group, Howard R. Green Co., IBA Consultants, TLC Engineering, and more.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 11, 2008

Consulting-Specifying Engineer selected to promote National Conference on Building Commissioning

Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine was selected by Portland Energy Conservation Inc. (PECI) as a media partner to promote the National Conference on Building Commissioning.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 1, 2008

Commercial buildings toreceive energy boost

Key organizations have formed the Commercial Buildings Initiative (CBI) to examine how to transform commercial building energy use. The CBI is an alliance of industrial, academic, and governmental representatives who develop ways to deliver Zero Net Energy Commercial Buildings in a cost-effective and widespread manner.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 27, 2007

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2007-12-27

News from Peter Basso, EwingCole, KJWW, and more.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types December 26, 2007

President Bush signs energy bill

On Dec. 19, President Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 after the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the bill by a large margin.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 21, 2007

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues final part of “Climate Change 2007” report

The UN Intergovermental Panel on Climate Change has issued its fourth and final assessment report as part of its "Climate Change 2007" survey.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types November 12, 2007

HP acquires EYP Mission Critical Facilities

HP today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire EYP Mission Critical Facilities Inc., a consulting company specializing in strategic technology planning, design, and operations support for large-scale data centers. 

Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 6, 2007

Fire products

New products in the fire, life-safety and security industries.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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 www.csemag.com in the “Green” community.

By Geoff McDonell, PENG, LEED AP, Omicron, Vancouver, British Columbia
Other Building Types October 29, 2007

Swap out that bulb, America

The National Energy Star Change a Light Bus Tour has ended with 1 million pledges to change to energy-efficient bulbs.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer staff
Other Building Types October 25, 2007

M/E insider: recent new hires and promotions – 2007-10-25

BSA LifeStructures names changes to its staff, UTC Power acquires Dome-Tech Group, Opus Architects & Engineers promotes three to principals, and more.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 18, 2007

Reduce data centers’ drain on energy–a history

While this information is still very fresh and many initiatives are still in the early stages of development, it is important to realize that the discussion on identifying and reducing energy use in data centers actually has roots dating back more than a decade.

By William J. Kosik, P.E., CEM, LEED AP
Other Building Types October 12, 2007

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By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types October 11, 2007

M/E Insider – 2007-10-11

Acquisitions, new hires, and other changes at the nation’s MEP engineering firms: Dewberry, RTKL, Newcomb & Boyd, and others.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 1, 2007

Going Green in Data Centers

The August release of a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on data center energy efficiency adds fuel to the fire in the research and development of new ways to reduce energy use. The findings on the energy use of data centers, summarized at www.energystar.gov/datacenters, are staggering: Several organizations are working to reduce energy consumption in data centers.

By William J. Kosik, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Managing Principal, EYP Mission Critical Facilities Inc., Chicago
Other Building Types September 19, 2007

Energy-efficient data centers are here to stay

The EPA’s July report to Congress on server and data center energy efficiency explains what it means to the data centers we’ve come to rely upon.

By Bruce Myatt, P.E., principal partner with EYP Mission Critical Facilities, San Francisco, and founder of the Critical Facilities Round Table.
Other Building Types September 18, 2007

U.S. DOE joins The Green Grid

The DOE and The Green Grid signed a memorandum of understanding to promote energy efficiency in IT.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 5, 2007

Latest edition of fire reference from U.S. Fire Administration

Gregory Cade, FEMA Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration, announced the latest edition of “Fire in the United States”. The 14th edition covers the 10-year period from 1995-2004 and focuses on the national fire problem and provides an overview of the fire problem in structures, vehicles and other mobile properties.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 4, 2007

HVAC products

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

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 21, 2007

The keys to marketing green building design

Jerry Yudelson, national faculty member for USGBC's LEED program, describes the seven keys to marketing sustainable design.

By Jerry Yudelson, P.E., MBA, LEED AP, Yudelson Assocs., Tucson, Ariz.
Other Building Types August 21, 2007

DOE launches initiative to decrease energy intensity by 30%

The TEAM Initiative aims to meet or exceed the goals already laid out by President Bush for increasing energy efficiency throughout the federal government. Experts predict that reducing energy intensity by 30% across the DOE complex will save approximately $90 million each year, after projects are paid for.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 20, 2007

Bush to create advanced energy research agency

President Bush signed the America COMPETES Act Aug. 9 that may advance the government on cutting-edge renewable energy research, but it's unclear whether such an agency will receive any funding. 

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 6, 2007

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Issues Its Final Report on Server and Data Center Efficiency

The EPA issued its final report to Congress last week on Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2007

Energy forum: wide range of views

This year's 18th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, in June at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by Johnson Controls, Milwaukee, and the U.S. Energy Assn., couldn't have been more timely. Major congressional hearings on energy convened the same day. And the forum followed immediately upon the G-8 Summit's discussions on climate change.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2007

Giants stand tall

In comparing last year's CSE Giants Report with our 2007 ranking, two things are striking: First, combined total revenue for all of these 100 firms is a sizable chunk of the economy. Second, growth in revenue compared to the prior year attests to the strength of the AEC industry and the good health of MEP engineering.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor, and Patrick Lynch, Editorial Intern
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2007

San Diego’s CleanTECH

Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego in June announced the official formation of CleanTECH San Diego, a non-profit trade association that is intended to foster and build an energy and environmental technology cluster in the greater San Diego region. The organization will be incubated at CONNECT, a public benefits organization that promotes entrepreneurship in the San Diego region by supporting the ...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2007

Data Center Technology Past, Present and Future

After 42 years, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore's prediction that the number and speed of transistors on a microchip would double every one to two years is still going strong. Named Moore's Law, this 1965 forecast was expected to endure just a decade its author says, but historical cycles lengthened the grip of Moore's Law on technological innovation (see Figure 1).

By Michael Kuppinger, P.E., RCDD/NTS, Senior Vice President, Mission Critical & Technology Group, Evironmental Systems Design, Inc., Chicago
Other Building Types June 25, 2007

New Products for Power Quality and Reliability – 2007-06-25

Testing tools, surge suppression devices and lightning protection equipment

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 5, 2007

A Tutorial on Low Profile Roof Exhaust Mixed-Flow Impeller Technology

Where limitations on building height influence the design of the ventilation system, HVAC system designers might consider mixed-flow impeller exhaust fans to meet height restrictions and enhance roofline aesthetics.

By Charlie Gans, P.E., Assistant General Manager, Strobic Air Corp., Harleysville, Pa.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2007

DNA of R&D Labs

Although the overall R&D facilities market is somewhat slowing down, a number of R&D markets remain hot and are driving a new generation of high-tech, energy-efficient, amenity-packed laboratories. Leading the R&D charge is biotech, nanotechnology, bio-fuels, bio-safety and alternative energy research.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types June 1, 2007

ICC Adopts ASHRAE 62.1

Approval of ASHRAE's Standard 62.1 ventilation rate calculation procedure for the International Mechanical Code (IMC) in May marks a milestone for the high-profile mandatory-language standard after years of development aimed at code adoption. The International Code Council approved an ASHRAE proposal to incorporate the prescriptive ventilation rate procedure from ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.

By Staff
Other Building Types June 1, 2007

Transfer of Power

The transfer switch allows multiple sources of power to supply a given load. While the transfer from one power source to another can be controlled manually or automatically, all transfer switches are built to certain code requirements for transferring loads. No matter what type of transfer switch is used, it is important that the electrical system designer understand the basics about these devi...

By Brian A. Rener, P.E. LEED AP, Vice President and Chief Electrical Engineer, A. Epstein and Sons, Chicago
Other Building Types May 23, 2007

Greening of Corporate America

Findings from the newMcGraw-Hill Construction Report "Greening of Corporate America," say that profitability in America’s corporations correlate to green building principles and sustainability practices.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 22, 2007

SECA Fuel Cell Development Program Completes First Phase

Six industry teams participating in a U.S. Dept. of  Energy program have successfully completed tests of the first solid oxide fuel cell prototypes that can be manufactured at costs approaching those of conventional stationary power-generation technology.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types May 17, 2007

Clinton Retrofit Program to Promote Energy Efficiency

Former President Bill Clinton announced yesterday the creation of a global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, a project of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). This program brings together four of the world’s largest energy service companies, five of the world’s largest banks and 16 of the world’s largest cities in a landmark program designed to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types May 15, 2007

New Products for Electrical Systems – 2007-05-15

Enhanced series relays from SEL, disconnect switches from Hubbell Wiring, cable solutions by Corning and wireless mesh photo sensor from Cooper Lighting.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types May 9, 2007

Boulder Passes a Tax for Climate Action Plan

The city of Boulder, Colo., passed a city-wide referendum last November that establishes a charge on electricity users based on how much energy they use. The money will go to support Boulder's Climate Action Plan to reduce global warming pollution. The passage marked the first time in the nation that a municipal government will impose an energy tax on its residents to directly combat climate change.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types May 1, 2007

Talkin’ NEC 708

One out of every six dollars spent on power system equipment is spent on alternate power systems that back up primary systems.¹ To what degree does spending on alternate systems take from the investment needed to increase the security of the primary power system? Conversely, to what degree can investment in the alternate systems increase the security of the primary system? Power security i...

By Michael A. Anthony, P.E. Senior Electrical Engineer, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Other Building Types May 1, 2007

New Products – 2007-05-01

Bypass packages are electronically controlled and feature automatic bypass, common start/stop in drive or bypass modes, and advanced override that performs in coordination with the drive and bypass for improved protection. All features are programmed through the drive keypad. The packages provide improved protection and operation through a bypass 24-volt DC switch-mode power supply.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 23, 2007

Metering Accuracy is Critical to the Success of Toronto’s Innovative Deep Lake Water Cooling

The city of Toronto has capitalized on a valuable asset lying 272 feet below the surface of Lake Ontario — icy cold water that remains at a constant 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.Since August 2004, this previously-untapped resource has been supplying economical and environmentally-friendly air conditioning to large buildings in the city’s downtown. The Deep Lake Water Cooling (DLWC) system in Toronto is the world’s largest.The city is an ideal location for this innovative technology, because a deep body of water is situated near the dense, urban center.The DLWC system is operated by Enwave Energy Corporation, a private corporation co-owned by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) that provides heating and/or cooling services to over 140 institutional and commercial buildings in downtown Toronto. The DLWC process is not complicated.A heat exchange system at the City's John Street Pumping Station transfers cold energy from the lake water to a separate, closed water loop that distributes cooling energy to Enwave’s customers.The closed water loop circulates in an underground piping distribution network, providing air conditioning to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and to skyscrapers and other major buildings.The DLWC system has enough capacity to air condition 100 office buildings or 34 million square feet of building space. After the lake water passes through the heat exchange process, it is fed into the city’s potable water system, avoiding the potential negative environmental impact of discharging the warmed water back into the lake.A single source of water provides cooling for Enwave's DLWC system and drinking water for the city. The environmental benefits of DLWC are dramatic.DLWC consumes only one-tenth the electricity compared to conventional chillers.The lake water system thereby eliminates 61 megawatts of electricity demand from Ontario’s electricity grid, during peak usage periods — equivalent to the electricity required to air condition 6,800 homes.The reduced electricity consumption annually removes 79,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the air, an amount equivalent to taking 15,800 cars off the road.The DLWC system not only reduces these greenhouse gases, but it also eliminates the use of large quantities of ozone-depleting refrigerants. Enwave’s customers benefit from the availability of smart energy that is sustainable, clean and renewable, without having to pay premium prices.Moreover, DLWC, like other green projects, involves high capital expenditures and low operating costs.Therefore, Enwave is able to offer price stability, an important advantage in an era of rising and unpredictable energy costs. Centralized production of cooling energy is more cost-effective, reliable and convenient, than distributed building-specific cooling, because it removes the need to acquire, service and maintain cooling equipment in each building. The noise, vibration and structure-born sounds of cooling equipment are eliminated. The space typically reserved for cooling equipment is freed for other purposes, and the coolers visible on roofs and walls are no longer needed. “We are changing the paradigm of how buildings provide air conditioning,” explains Steve Perkins, Enwave’s Vice President of Engineering.“Instead of buying electricity to power their own cooling system, our customers now outsource the process to our district cooling operation.They receive cooling energy in the form of cold water and they need only distribute that cooling energy within their building.” Enwave bills each customer by calculating energy consumed, based on the water flow and the temperature differential between the customer’s supply and return lines.“Our customers are used to the model of buying precisely-metered electricity, and it is critical that we provide excellent metering accuracy,” says Perkins.“Some of our cooling customers are buying hundreds of thousands, or millions, of dollars in cooling each year.” For metering systems, Enwave has turned to SRB Controls Inc., of Markham, Ontario, which recommended the IFS 4000 KC Enviromag electromagnetic flowmeter (EMF), ranging in diameter from 3 inches to 20 inches, from KROHNE, Inc.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types April 23, 2007

Transfer Switches Exceed Seismic Requirements

Independent tests show that transfer switches from ASCO , Florham Park, N.J., exceed the International Building Code requirement by operating during a simulated severe seismic event. The significance of this test is that the requirement only requires the transfer switch to operate before and after an event. IBC 2003 certification for severe seismic events is critical for states such as California, Washington, Nevada, Idaho and Colorado. ASCO had its transfer switches tested because IBC requirements now demand that transfer switches be subjected to simulated seismic events, rather than an engineering analysis.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 1, 2007

Reclaimed Water and the Codes

While it is recognized that potable water is an increasingly fragile resource in the United States, the issues of water-conservative fixtures, rainwater harvesting, water recycling and reclamation are only just starting to be addressed by codes and regulations. The recent surge in green building is bringing the issues into focus as plumbing engineers and building and code officials attempt to i...

By Alan Traugott, Principal, CJL Engineering, Moon Township, Pa.
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 8, 2007

Industry Roundup: News from Industry Suppliers

Bristol Compressors, Bristol, Va., is being acquired by New York-based KPS Capital Partners LP from Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls Inc. E-Mon , Langhorne, Pa., maker of electric submetering equipment, announced its sale by Hunt Power, L.P. to the E-Mon management team backed by private equity investor Branford Castle, Inc.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types March 8, 2007

Legislation to Repeal Withholding on Government Contracts Introduced

Legislation to repeal a tax withholding requirement for all government contracts and payments was introduced in the House this week by Congressmen Kendrick Meek (D-FL) and Wally Herger (R-CA). The Meek/Herger bill (H.R. 1023) would repeal Section 511 of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005, which is a sweeping new requirement mandating that federal, state and local governments that spend $100 million or more annually withhold 3% from payments for goods and services. The withholding mandate is scheduled to take effect in 2011 and covers all government contracts as well as any payment to any person for a service or product provided to a government entity. The legislation is supported by the American Council of Engineering Companies, Washington, D.C., among other associations. "This is one of the most inherently unfair pieces of legislation to come along and we will aggressively fight to see that it is killed," said ACEC President Dave Raymond. ACEC is working with a broad coalition and actively lobbying Congress to pass the bill. Passage of this legislation will also be a major goal for ACEC's "citizen lobbyists" during its annual convention, which takes place May 6-9 in Washington, D.C., To view ACEC's endorsement letter to Congressman Meek, click here .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2007

A Sprinkling of Expertise

This month's panel of fire protection experts hash out the advantages and disadvantages of steel, copper and CPVC sprinkler systems. CSE: What are the main advantages and disadvantages of copper, steel and chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) sprinkler piping materials? SCHULTZ: Steel is the oldest, most common pipe in use.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 20, 2007

Data Center Power Consumption Has Doubled in Five Years

In a keynote address at the LinuxWorld OpenSolutions Summit in New York on Feb. 15, Randy Allen, corporate vice president, server and workstation division, AMD, Sunnyvale, Calif., revealed findings from a study that comprehensively calculated, for the first time, the energy consumed by national and global data centers annually. Addressing the need for thorough, credible estimates on data center power use, the study found that in 2005, in the United States alone, data centers and their associated infrastructures consumed five million kW of energy, the equivalent of five 1,000 MW power plants. Instituting an annual report on energy efficiency in U.S. data centers to measure progress and determine new opportunities and challenges; Developing a mechanism to enable businesses, large and small, to measure their own data center efficiency; and Increasing alignment between government and vendor-neutral industry groups to foster the development of energy-efficient data centers for the future. "The Environmental Protection Agency applauds AMD and this latest benchmarking effort to better understand the global impact data centers have on energy consumption," said Andrew Fanara, team leader, U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 8, 2007

Executive Order Tasks Federal Agencies with Reducing Environmental Impact

President George W. Bush released an executive order last month calling on the head of each federal agency to reduce "energy intensity" (energy consumption per sq. ft.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types February 6, 2007

China, U.S. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Groups Sign MOU

A memorandum of understanding to strengthen intellectual property rights (IPR) protection was signed between the major U.S. and Chinese air conditioning and refrigeration industry organizations during the AHR Expo held in Dallas last week. The exhibition companies of the largest U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types February 6, 2007

Liquid Cooling Guidelines Discuss IT Heat Load Solutions

Heat loads generated by IT equipment can present significant problems for data centers by introducing effects such as decreased equipment availability, wasted floor space and inefficient cooling system operation. One solution, liquid cooling, is described in detail in ASHRAE’s new publication, “Liquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers.” The guide covers a broad range of liquid cooling topics such as facility cooling systems, facility piping design, liquid cooling implementation for datacom equipment, liquid cooling infrastructure requirements for chilled water systems, and liquid cooling infrastructure requirements for technology cooling systems. The book is the fourth in a series written by ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9, Mission Control Facilities, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment. “The book incorporates the experience of liquid cooling from the mainframe days,” said Roger Schmidt of IBM and chair of TC 9.9. “Liquid cooling is a proven technology, and the book provides a good central source of liquid cooling information from the datacom equipment to the facility level.” For more about “Liquid Cooling Guidelines for Datacom Equipment Centers,” visit the Bookstore at www.ashrae.org .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 18, 2007

Nonresidential Construction Growth Continues in 2007

Construction will experience healthful economic conditions in 2007, with nonresidential construction supporting its growth. Spending on nonresidential construction expanded at a 16% annual rate, during the year ended September. Since then, growth has slowed to 11% to 12% and will slow to 8% by the end of 2007, Reed Construction Data (RCD) reported. The slowdown is expected to occur because of the plunge in residential building last year and the decrease in overall economic growth from 3.5% to 4%, to 2.5% to 3%. Reed Construction Data also detailed growth in specific areas.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 19, 2006

New Products for Electrical Systems – 2006-12-19

Two-compartment recessed floor boxes provide power and communications services in open spaces or directly to a workstation as a furniture feed box. The floor box can be installed in either concrete or wood floors. A lightweight slab-on-grade version features a fusion-bonded epoxy finish that is applied to the standard steel box, which eliminates the need for a costlier cast iron box.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types December 13, 2006

M/E Engineering Group Works with ASHRAE to Further Advocacy, Education

The Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Council of American Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (CAMEE). The agreement formalizes a working relationship between ASHRAE, which is interested in the technical aspects of the building environment, and CAMEE, which is focused on the business aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering. CAMEE, a coalition within the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), was formed to provide up-to-date information to its M/E/P engineering member firms on new concepts such as green buildings techniques and the new building information modeling (BIM) system—innovations that advance design capability, but also carry potential liability. “The agreement serves to bridge a gap between ASHRAE and CAMEE and their common interests in government advocacy on behalf of our members and education for the operation of engineering businesses,” said Terry Townsend, P.E., ASHRAE president. “ASHRAE and CAMEE can now market our activities to the mutual benefit of our collective memberships.” “We look forward to our cooperation with ASHRAE and the benefits that will accrue to both organizations,” said David Raymond, president of ACEC.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 28, 2006

Australia Has Mega Solar Power Plant Project in the Works

Australian officials say that they intend to build the world's largest solar power plant. With warnings of blackouts within five years unless it can increase electricity generation, and extended severe drought eating into economic growth and water availability, the Australian government has begun very active support for alternative forms of energy. Demand for power in Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, is predicted to outstrip supply by 2010 or 2011. The smaller states of Victoria, South Australia and Queensland could experience power blackouts much earlier, starting from 2008, said the National Electricity Market Management Company. The new solar concentrator, with a capacity of 154 megawatts, would be built in Victoria state, and would reach full capacity by 2013, according to Peter Costello, "The project aims to build the biggest photovoltaic project in the world and this is by using mirrors which concentrate the sun's rays on a power plant," Costello said.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types November 20, 2006

Industry Roundup: M/E/P Vendors Garner Many Awards

Cleaver-Brooks announced that its Stratford, Ontario facility has won the 2005 GAMA Hydronics Institute Plant Safety Award at the institute’s recent HI Division Semi-Annual Meeting. Cummins Power Generation, Minneapolis, has received the 2006 North American Diesel Engine Technology Leadership of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan. Ferraz Shawmut, Newburyport, Mass., was honored by the IMARK Group at the 2006 IMARK Distinguished Performance Awards for top honors in “Sales Leadership.” Prolec-GE, a joint venture between Atlanta-based GE Energy and Xignux, Monterrey, Mexico, recently received a “Recognition for Environmental Excellence 2005” award from Mexico’s federal government and the Federal Ministry for Environmental Protection, Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (PROFEPA). Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, has announced that the American Diabetes Assn. recognized John M. Barth, JCI’s chairman and chief executive officer, as the Corporate Honoree of Diversity at its 2006 Live the Good Life Gala on Oct.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types November 15, 2006

Poor Cash Flow Can Affect an A/E Firm’s Value

Poor cash flow directly impacts the value of a firm, more so than profits. Understanding the difference between profits and cash flow is the first step to strong financial management, according to consultants at Natick, Mass.-based ZweigWhite. "Growing companies, even profitable ones, often experience financial pains. I've heard of successful companies growing themselves out of business because of liquidity issues," says David Rabinovitz, a ZweigWhite associate who specializes in financial advisory services.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types November 1, 2006

The Power of Independence

Several technical and economic advantages argue in favor of both distributed generation and alternative power—but there are also disadvantages that hinder development. CSE: Right off the bat, what are the biggest obstacles to implementing distributed generation (DG) and alternative power solutions? DAUFFENBACH: Justifying capital cost to install, operate and maintain the equipment, becaus...

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 4, 2006

Kentucky Adopts Latest Uniform Fire Code and Life Safety Code

The state of Kentucky has adopted the most recent editions of NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code and NFPA 101, Life Safety Code . The adoptions became effective in September. “The adoption of NFPA 1 , NFPA 101 and other key NFPA codes and standards provides the most comprehensive set of safety tools that the enforcement community and building owners can have,” said Rodney Raby, Kentucky’s state fire marshal. “This adoption is just one more example of Kentucky’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of protection for those living in and visiting the Commonwealth.” Recognized worldwide and adopted statewide in 19 states, NFPA 1 provides requirements necessary to establish a reasonable level of fire safety and property protection from hazards created by fire and explosion.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 1, 2006

Mechanics of Water Conservation

Water today has become a hot topic among those trying to reduce their impact on our precious environment. And as water and sewer rates climb rapidly, water consumption has also become an important subject when considering how to reduce costs and impact to the bottom line. Most commercial buildings are typically large consumers of water, and frankly, the largest percentage of their indoor water use passes through their toilets.

By Gunnar I. Baldwin, Toto USA, Inc., New York
Other Building Types October 1, 2006

Using Water Wisely

The “green” revolution has gradually evolved from niche to mainstream and continually surfaces in our everyday lives. Whether it's eco-friendly cars or products/building materials for a more sustainable home, consumers increasingly understand that being green not only benefits the environment, but also benefits them and their children in the long run. For instance, water conservation is a resonating issue today and not just in areas typically affected, such as Arizona or California. Everyone must conserve water, and this message is clear to consumers.

By Ken Martin, Senior Director of commercial product development and R&D, Delta Faucet Company
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 28, 2006

California Adopts IAPMO Codes; IAPMO Releases 2006 Version of Two Codes

The state of California plans to adopt the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials’ (IAPMO) 2006 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and 2006 Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC). Government subcommittees are currently drafting state-specific amendments to the codes and preparing to present the recommended changes at forthcoming public hearings. The proposed codes will be identified as the 2007 California Plumbing Code (CPC) and 2007 California Mechanical Code (CMC) and are expected to go into effect January 1, 2008. Dwight Perkins, IAPMO’s western regional manager, was enthusiastic about the imminent code adoptions.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 22, 2006

Federal Government’s Official Business Site Re-Launches in October

For the first time, small business owners can go to one website to find federal compliance information. Business.gov , the official business link to the U.S. government, is re-launching on October 2 to focus on compliance information, federal forms and agency compliance contacts across multiple federal agencies.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 5, 2006

Heat Pump Reduces Hospital’s Steam Bill By $8,000 Per Day

Like medical centers everywhere, St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, is under budget constraints and constantly seeking ways to pare down operating expenses. The facility’s managers have discovered that energy efficiency can make a tremendous difference in their bottom line. This 550-bed acute-care, teaching and research hospital, which has served the residents of Toronto since 1892, found a way to save Can$1.4 million annually through a major heating and cooling system retrofit.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 1, 2006

Which UPS?

It’s no surprise that reliability, energy efficiency and high density are dominating discussions about data centers. High-density server facilities have quickly become a widespread reality. Not only are they adding nearly 1 GW of power demand to the U.S.

By Kfir L. Godrich, Dir. of Technology Development, EYP MCF, New York
Other Building Types August 30, 2006

Webcast Archive

Click Here to View Upcoming Webcasts Critical Power University On-Demand Webcasts: Standby Power Systems for Hospitals: The Debate: Is Paralleling Generators a Good Idea? Original Air Date: May 14, 2009 The primary goal of an emergency power system for a hospital is the reliability of the power source of adequate capacity to serve the Priority 1, 2, and 3 loads. In the event of a failure of one of the generators, the priority 1 and 2 loads should be powered (as a minimum). There are two ways to achieve this reliability and capacity: A) Provide a paralleling, emergency system with N+1 generators such that the N generators will serve the entire load without exceeding 80% of their individual unit rating. Or, B) Provide a system of generators and transfer switches so that the each generator serves a dedicated load (that does not exceed 80% of any unit rating) and the load of any generator can be transferred to another generator or generators to maintain power reliability. For the paralleling system the pros are:Traditional system configuration, true N+1 configuration, and the cons are: higher cost, large space requirements, and single-point-failure mode in the paralleling cabinet. For the multiple generator system the pros are:Smaller footprint, reduced cost, no single point failure modes, and the cons are: the configuration requires that two transfer switches be placed in series at some point in the system. Which is the better approach? View the Webcast and judge for yourself. Arguing for paralleling generators is Tom Divine, PE, Project Manager and Electrical Engineer, Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR), Houston. Arguing against paralleling generators is Kenneth Lovorn, PE, President and Chief Engineer, Lovorn Engineering Associates, Pittsburgh. All CPU Webcasts are FREE and continuing education credits are available.

By Consulting-Specifying Engineer staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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 www.cleanagents.dupont.com . 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
Other Building Types August 4, 2006

ThamesValley Police Custody Suites Select Zandar MultiViewers

Zandar Technologies has provided its 1RU FusionPro MultiViewers to Thames Valley Police, to create what are accepted to be the most technically sophisticated custody suites in the United Kingdom. This large partnership project was carried out for the Custody Refurbishment Programme worth approximately “The recognized increase in incidents of near misses and death in custody were a driving force behind this project. Other critical factors included an increase in accountability, rising staffing costs as well as the operational aspects of clutter in an operator’s space (alarms, cell calls, intercoms and CCTV systems). The police wanted a system that utilized space and to visually alleviate these challenges,” explained Stephen Smith, sales and marketing director at Integrated Security Manufacturing (ISM). Five out of 12 custody suites have so far been completed at Thames Valley Police and a Zandar 1RU FusionPro MultiViewer is allocated to each suite.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2006

Security Tech Innovations are Radical

Just a month ago a fairly significant anniversary passed without much ado. The specific date was July 7—the one-year anniversary of the London subway bombings. At the time, the event, just after London was named host of the 2012 summer Olympic Games, brought back many of the same insecurities people experienced after 9/11. But while the anniversary passed under the radar of the average American, it didn't mean those in the security industry weren't paying attention.

By Lindsay Saran, Editorial Intern
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2006

Data Center Market Sustainable

For those involved with the design and construction of data centers, it's good news all around. Leading experts report no foreseeable end to the need to build and upgrade these critical facilities. Speaking at a supply chain event in Nashville, sponsored by Turner Logistics, key executives from EYP Mission Critical Facilities, one of the nation's top data center design firms, addressed key trends in this market sector. According to Rick Einhorn, the firm's chief marketing officer, advances in distributed computing and a potential lack of proper facilities to house this increasingly sophisticated—and power-consuming/heat-generating—equipment will continue to drive the market for at least the next three years. "At least 18 of the top 20 financial institutions are in some kind of build-out right now," said Einhorn. And it's not just banks: Hospitals, big box retailers, the government, universities, Internet companies, telecom, pharma, oil services and even broadcast companies are all building data centers.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 8, 2006

M/E Insider: Promotions and More

• Lilker Assocs. , New York, announced that Michael Levine, P.E. , has joined the firm as Director of Institutional Projects.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2006

Rising Fuel Costs Sparking Nuclear Reaction

Nuclear power, a technology long thought dead in this country, is gaining renewed interest from electric utilities and regulators as a way to address both rising fuel costs and plant emissions concerns. Utilities have announced plans to build 17 new nuclear reactors, and government officials are promoting such plants as one way to counter concerns regarding emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants. However, waste concerns continue to plague developers. Fifteen of the 17 proposed new plants would be sited in the southeastern United States, including three in South Carolina.

By Staff
Other Building Types June 1, 2006

Supply Chain Blues

Two big issues in the construction of any project are costs and schedule. In an ideal world, there would be a way to meet the demands of both in a manner that satisfies all parties. Of course, that's easier said than done.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 2, 2006

A Dip in the Lake: Using LakeWater to Cool HVAC

Increasing energy efficiency and lowering costs while satisfying comfort-demanding consumers and protecting the environment is no small task. A recently completed project in Toronto, Canada, is an example of what can happen when all the right components are in place. The key was drawing icy water from the lake, and using it to chill the water used to air condition downtown buildings. Water at 4 The project was initiated by Enwave District Energy Ltd., an organization owned 43% by the city of Toronto, and 57% by the OMERS pension fund (the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System).

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types April 19, 2006

Best Practices in Operation: Do Nothing is No Option

In the good old days, it seemed as though profit margins were high and demand was upward and predictable. While business inefficiency was always a topic of some concern, it was overpowered by the need to never stop the production juggernaut. Where inefficiency was recognized and addressed, the attention was clearly on improving the means of production, not on the business as a whole.

By Fred Fishman, Manager, Strategic Procurement Programs TechSolve, Inc.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 18, 2006

NEMA Launches Electroindustry Economic Outlook Service

NEMA Business Information Services (NEMA/BIS), the consulting arm of the National Electrical Manufacturers Assn., has announced the availability of its newest product, the Electroindustry Economic Outlook Service, an up-to-date, forward-looking analysis of the electroindustry and the economic fundamentals that drive it. The Electroindustry Economic Outlook Service is described by the association as a subscription-based, regularly updated compendium of the information that industry professionals and executives most often request. Content is drawn from a wealth of data sources, including numerous U.S. government and international data agencies, the Global Insight model of the U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types April 1, 2006

Building a Better Prison

Louis Sullivan most likely wasn't thinking about correctional facilities when he argued that the form of a building should follow its function, but few other building types point out the wisdom of this school of thought quite as well. Each facility is designed to meet a specific population's needs, and every element must be designed to perform—and survive—in a highly demanding environment. Experts say the market for these buildings shows no signs of slowing, and new design strategies and technologies are evolving. Your tax dollars at work Though correctional facilities rarely top taxpayers' agendas, tougher sentencing laws have resulted in more prisoners—and the need for space to house them—across the U.S. Those specializing in correctional-facility design say today's market is primarily centered at the county and state level, with federal projects being fewer and farther between.

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Other Building Types March 10, 2006

CH2M HILL Secures General Contractor License in China

CH2M HILL announced in February that it has been issued a general contractor's license by the Shanghai Ministry of Construction in China. This enables CH2M HILL to provide consulting, engineering, project management, construction management and fully integrated engineering, procurement and construction services. The license also positions the firm for future general building and public works facilities in China. “This will position CH2M HILL to serve its many multi-national clients’ expansion plans in the industrial marketplace to fulfill Chinese demand,” said David Rosamond, vice president.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2006

Solar Industry Reps Promise Growth Following California Rebate Plan

Photovoltaics makers are planning for expansion in the wake of an announcement by California regulators in January that the state will offer $3.2 billion in rebates for solar. The plan, which puts California second only to Germany in terms of governmental spending on solar power, will span the next 11 years and could enable the installation of up to 3,000 MW of solar-based generating capacity. The program includes $2.8 billion in incentives for solar-equipment installation on existing residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural buildings. An additional $400 million will provide incentives for residential builders to incorporate PV into new-home designs. Solar manufacturers indicated the move could lead to expansions of existing manufacturing facilities, according to interviews reported on the Renewable Energy Access website.

By Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2006

Wyoming Seeks To Make Power an Export Crop

A recently announced study is intended to help Wyoming planners determine the transmission facilities needed to make the state a larger power exporter to the western United States . The Wyoming-West study will build on previous efforts to determine future energy needs in the region. Several major transmission projects have been either proposed or initiated in the last year to create new interconnections between Wyoming and other states in the area, including California , Nevada , Utah , Wyoming and Arizona . This new study will identify infrastructure requirements to meet the needs of these new interconnections. The study is being sponsored by the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority , a quasi-governmental group formed in 2004 to plan and fund new transmission capacity, and National Grid , a British-based power company whose U.S.

By Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2006

Eminent-Domain Debate Could Affect Georgia Power Lines

The populist movement against municipal eminent-domain actions could add fire to a Georgia group's efforts to rein in the right of power companies to site new transmission lines on private property. Homeowners Opposing Powerline Encroachment (HOPE) is hoping to gain new support as the Georgia legislature begins debate on several bills seeking to curb the ability of towns and cities to seize pri...

By Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2006

DOE Boosts FSU’s Grid Research Efforts

The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) awarded Florida State University (FSU) a $4.7 million grant in late 2005 to aid the research efforts of the school's Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS). CAPS is already a leading power-system research center, focusing on both land- and ship-based equipment and systems.

By Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2006

A New Lab Formula

Dr. Frankenstein might have some trouble adapting to the modern laboratory environment. His cluttered, poorly lit, cave-like workspace—complete with crackling dynamos and vial upon vial of mysterious fluid—is a far cry from the spacious, daylit and well-ventilated facilities that researchers desire today. But one trait of scientists that transcends generations—and the boundary between fiction and reality—is a passion for the work.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Staff Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 1, 2006

Student Centric

For a generation of students used to having their own bedrooms, TVs, computers and, in many cases, cars, the expectation—demand, even—for certain lifestyle amenities at colleges and universities is quickly becoming the norm. This is a lesson savvy school designers have learned and are communicating to their university clients so that these institutions can deliver the kinds of buildings that best allow them to be in a position to land these highly desired, if somewhat pampered, prospects. "You have to have the best facilities if you want to compete for the best students," says Don Rerko, AIA, director of college and university facilities, URS, Cleveland. And, according to Mike Brennan, AIA, senior vice president, HSMM, Roanoke, Va., the competition among institutions is very strong. "Most [schools] are looking for ways to differentiate themselves with expanded programs, modernized facilities, diverse residential opportunities and a host of amenities," he says. It's this last category, says Gary Pateau, a senior vice president of development with Altanta-based Carter, that's really influencing a lot of campus construction.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types January 1, 2006

In Hot Water

Industry experts discuss strategies for reducing Legionella outbreaks while, at the same time, maintaining water temperature at levels safe enough to prevent scalding. CSE: How common is it for facility owners and designers to proactively address the issues of Legionella and scalding? FITZGERALD: Unfortunately, not as common as it should be. I attribute this to the lack of understanding by infection control practitioners and facilities management about sources of bacteria and effective treatment protocols. SHEERIN: But in general, media coverage, facility maintenance education and sometimes local and state regulatory enforcement have created a greater awareness of the Legionella hazard. And most health-care facilities we work with proactively monitor and maintain their domestic hot water systems. HOOVER: While that's generally true, one obstacle I foresee to a more proactive approach is the rising cost of natural gas.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types January 1, 2006

Security Awareness and Rating Group Created

While the effort to secure federal buildings against terrorism is well underway, more than 85% of non-residential U.S. buildings are neither owned nor leased by the federal government. In an effort to fill the security gap, a new group has been formed to promote security awareness and measures. Led by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Architectural Engineering Institute—and supported by numerous building, design, management and ownership organizations—the Building Security Council (BSC) is dedicated to enhancing public safety by promoting building security.

By Staff
Other Building Types January 1, 2006

News from Power-Gen: EPA Regs, IBC and CHP

Codes and regulations for standby and emergency generators were among the hottest topics of discussion at the Power-Gen International conference and expo, held in Las Vegas in early December. And one of the most widely discussed issues was the recent announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concerning its New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for stationary generator sets.

By Staff
Other Building Types December 19, 2005

M/E Insider – 2005-12-19

• Dennis Cronin has joined Gilbane Building Company , Lawrenceville, N.J., as principal for the Mission Critical Center of Excellence. Cronin has 25 years experience in the data center/mission-critical market segment. • Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. has added four new employees to its Memphis office: Francois van Eck, P.E.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 11, 2005

The Light Brigade Wins GSA Contract for Fiber-optic Training

The Light Brigade, Tukwila, Wash., has been awarded a contract from the U.S. General Services Administration to provide fiber-optic training and training materials to the federal government. This contract, #GS-02F-001R, details special discounts on Light Brigade training courses as well as on educational DVDs, videos and CD-ROMs. Fiber Optics 1-2-3 focuses on the design, installation, testing and maintenance of fiber-optic communication systems for voice, video and data applications.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types November 7, 2005

AGC Voices Displeasure to Congress on Proposed Spending Cuts

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has expressed concern about proposed discretionary spending cuts being reviewed by Congress. The cuts include reductions in federal investment in infrastructure programs. AGC Senior Executive Director, Government and Public Affairs Jeff Shoaf, in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, said, “while we recognize the need to provide disaster relief funding, and support accomplishing this goal in a fiscally responsible way, AGC is concerned that spending reductions to federal construction accounts will diminish our ability to meet the nation’s critical infrastructure needs, including those resulting from the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.” The letter noted that deferring critical infrastructure investment today will only put off additional federal spending until later, when it will be necessary to respond to higher construction costs and address compounding capital and maintenance needs. “Now is not the time to propose spending cuts to programs that protect against the impacts of natural disasters,” Shoaf said, adding, “A two percent reduction in federal construction programs would result in more than a $1 billion cut to critical infrastructure spending.”.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 1, 2005

The Right Kind of Lighting Can Save You Money in Energy Costs—and Taxes

On August 8, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). Estimated to cost the federal government about $14.5 billion over 10 years, EPAct 2005 is the biggest overhaul of national energy policy since 1992. One of the act's provisions includes a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per sq. ft.

By Craig DiLouie, Lighting Controls Assn.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 1, 2005

Enlightened on EPAct

The National Electrical Manufacturers Assn. (NEMA) recently convened a coalition of organizations to educate its members, government officials and the community on the commercial buildings tax deduction provision and proper implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). EPAct 2005 provides a new deduction for investing in energy-efficient systems for commercial building property. The deduction is equal to the energy-efficient expenditures made on the property, subject to a cap, and applies to both new construction and retrofits that are installed between Dec.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 1, 2005

A Push for Security Standards

A subject consistently billed in numerous sessions at the American Society of Industrial Security's recent conference in Orlando was Homeland Security. Besides generating a lot of work, the federal government is having another significant impact on the security industry in the form of a cordial, but firm push for security standards for both products and design. According to Jon Kinsey, business development manager for the government services group of Simplex, Dublin, Ohio, it starts with the Safety Act. "When you register with the government to get your product approved for use in Homeland Security projects, you must meet these standards," he said. Kinsey's company is currently a pre-qualified vendor with the U.S.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 8, 2005

Restoring the Nation’s Infrastructure

A new publication, entitled Revitalization, is scheduled to debut in Jan. 2006 and will provide “an integrated voice for redevelopment, restoration, reclamation, renewal and revitalization throughout the country,” according to its publisher, Natick, Mass.-based ZweigWhite. “This is an estimated $1 trillion industry.” The publication is designed to be a comprehensive resource for developers, owners, builders, contractors, planners, designers, landscape architects, environmental professionals, community leaders and government officials.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types September 1, 2005

Half Full or Half Empty?

On the face of it, engineers pursuing business in the industrial market today should be seeing plenty of half-full glasses. According to a July National Assn. of Manufacturers (NAM)/ Fortune Magazine survey, 86% of large manufacturers and 82% of smaller ones describe their outlook as positive.

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Other Building Types September 1, 2005

Sprinkler Retrofits Can Be Fast and Cost-Effective

If you haven't finished a fire sprinkler retrofit recently, chances are you'll be starting one soon. College dorms, in particular, are a hotbed of activity, as are downtown high-rises. Why all the interest? Basically, there are three reasons driving the increase in fire sprinkler retrofits: First, more people are safety-conscious and see fire sprinklers as a means to save lives.

By Gary Johnson, Steering Committee Member for Operation Life Safety, Member of the Board of Governors for the Int'l. Fire Sprinkler Assn., National Sales Manager for BlazeMaster, Cleveland
Other Building Types September 1, 2005

GSA LC Mandate Gets Mixed Reviews

The U.S. General Services Administration mandated the participation of certified lighting designers on its projects a few months ago, but this has created questions among those involved in lighting design. Already hazy on what exactly it means to bear the "LC" (Lighting Certified) credential after one's name, some electrical engineers are expressing further confusion in attempting to understand the ramifications of GSA's mandate. In response to a web story CSE ran last month, one reader queried: "Does one infer correctly that in addition to being a licensed professional engineer, one must now obtain certification from NCQLP in order to sign, seal and deliver GSA documents?" According to the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), the makers of the LC exam, "The LC credential demonstrates to clients/customers and your peers that you have acquired the necessary knowledge, understanding and ability to apply lighting principles and techniques successfully." In other words, it verifies that one is a capable lighting designer.

By Alex Schultz, Editorial Intern
Other Building Types September 1, 2005

Power System Checkup

During the 2003 summer blackout, which left large parts of the Midwest and East Coast in the dark, hundreds of health-care facilities were affected. Like many of its neighbors, one Midwest hospital lost both primary and alternate power. To add insult to injury, the local utility soon after informed the hospital that due to local growth, it would have to start charging a hefty fee for alternate power service. The hospital decided it was time to back up its entire campus with emergency gensets. Power events are often the catalyst that finally motivates a health-care facility to address neglected maintenance and needed upgrades.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 24, 2005

ASHRAE Tells Engineers: When it Comes to Smoke, Follow Local Codes

What do engineers need to know to balance the health impacts of smoking with the desires of building owners and with local laws and regulations? According to a new position document from ASHRAE, engineers should abide by local regulations and codes addressing environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). The organization also takes the position that designers should educate their clients about the substantial limitations and available benefits of engineering controls. ASHRAE’s Environmental Tobacco Smoke Position Document provides information on the health consequences of exposure of nonsmokers to tobacco smoke in indoor environments, and on the implications of this knowledge for the design, installation and operation of HVAC systems. While ASHRAE realizes that elimination of indoor smoking is the best way to minimize ETS exposure, it also recognizes that much of the population is exposed to ETS in workplaces, homes and public places. As such, the Society recommends that engineers work with clients to address ETS exposure. Engineers should take into account all laws and regulations in regard to indoor smoking and develop a strategy that will result in the lowest ETS exposure to building occupants within the context of building use. The document outlines four design and operation approaches to addressing ETS exposure in buildings: • Banning smoking indoors • Only allowing smoking in isolated rooms • Allowing smoking in separate but not isolated spaces • Allowing a mixed occupancy of smokers and nonsmokers The document also contains information on characteristics and concentrations of ETS in indoor spaces, health effects of involuntary smoking and considerations related to HVAC system design and operation.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 12, 2005

Year-End Bonuses Vary Significantly Among Design Firms

Most employees who receive cash bonus payments usually compute them as a percentage of their own individual salary (e.g., “I received a 14% cash bonus!”), according to the 2005 PSMJ A/E Bonus & Benefits Survey , which reports the lowest, average and highest cash bonus—as percentage of employee salary—paid to eligible individuals. The survey yields some surprising results: • For the overall survey, the bonus percentages ranged from a low of 2% to a high of 15% with firms providing an average of 8% bonuses. • With respect to firm size, the large firms (staff size over 500) award the largest average (12%) as well as the largest highest (40%) bonus percentages. • By type of service, the engineering (prime), A/E and full-service (A/E/P/I) firms report the widest variation in bonus awards from the 25th percentile to the 75th percentile. Bonus awards vary from 2% to well over 20% in these engineering firms. Even though individuals compute their bonus as a percentage of their own individual salary, the firm should benchmark their total bonus awards compared to the other design firms competing for this same pool of employees.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 13, 2005

Is Long-Term Care Insurance the Right Choice?

In a June e-newsletter from SullivanKreiss Financial , financial consultantSiobhan Kelleher has some good benefit planning advice concerning long-term care insurance. Both the planners of benefit programs and the potential recipients of these benefits would do well to consider these issues. “A significant consideration in retirement planning is how to pay for long-term nursing care, should your health require it,” writes Kelleher. “According to research by the MetLife Mature Market Institute, once you reach age 65, you have a 50% chance of spending time in a nursing home and a 60% chance of needing some type of care at home or in a facility.” This issue is the biggest element of risk in many people's post-retirement financial strategy, Kelleher points out, but unfortunately, the high cost of skilled care can wreak havoc with a financial plan. She goes on to explain that long-term care insurance is a possible solution, but that it might not be the right answer for everyone. “Long-term care insurance, offered by private companies, covers all, or a portion of, the cost of skilled nursing care facilities and in-home assistance,” writes Kelleher.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types July 5, 2005

ASHRAE Forum Examines Gray Water Use

Gray water, defined by some as recycled water for non-potable use, is gaining more and more attention in the building systems community, as illustrated in a forum that took place at the ASHRAE 2005 Annual Meeting last week in Denver, Colo. One unified call from the ASHRAE members present at the forum, entitled "What You Need to Know About Grey Water Before it Can Be Used in HVAC Cooling," was for the industry to settle on a clear definition of the term gray water. While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines it as tertiary treated municipal effluent, many members felt this definition was open to interpretation.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Staff Editor
Other Building Types July 1, 2005

Technology Transfusion

Whether it's allocating space for new technology, contending for U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification or weighing in on a project budget, today's engineers are being asked to get more involved in facility design—and involved from the beginning. For years architects were the ones who estimated the amount of space for mechanical and electrical equipment. Mechanical and electrical infrastructure were viewed almost as if they were necessary evils. Today, however, owners, designers and building managers have a much different view; they're putting more emphasis on the function of M/E/P systems within their facilities—and rightfully so. Communicating early with other team members allows the engineer to design systems that work for all parties, from the facility's administration, care-giving staff and operating engineers to its patients.

By Raj Gupta, P.E., LEED AP, President, and David Marshall, P.E., ASHE, Senior Vice President, Environmental Systems Design, Inc., Chicago
Other Building Types June 16, 2005

Energy Roundup: New Sources ofPower and Energy Efficiency

• Northern Power Systems , Waitsfield, Vt., a subsidiary of Distributed Energy Systems Corp, has entered into an agreement to design, engineer and construct a 400-kW solar power system at a 429,000-sq.-ft. distribution center in southern California owned by footwear maker Timberland. The 401.8-kW PV system will be installed on a new "TruckPort" steel mounting structure next to the warehouse, leveraging an unused area of the facility's truck yard by providing storage space for the facility as well as shaded parking for employees. • New Energy Capital Corp ., Waltham, Mass., has teamed with Energy and Power Solutions, Inc ., to finance three cogeneration facilities at large food processing plants—one in Southern California and two in Massachusetts.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2005

Hydromancy?

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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2005

A Win-Wind Solution

An innovative new wind energy system, expected to be available later this summer, offers buildings and businesses a viable system for generating wind power on-site and provides a hedge against future utility price increases. The product of more than 20 years of research, the new turbine is safe and aesthetically pleasing, say its developers. Compact and quiet, the turbine can be installed beside buildings or on urban rooftops and is designed to produce energy with winds of six to 60 miles per hr. "It can reduce costs and provide a natural hedge against rising fuel costs for commercial and industrial users consuming at least 600,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually. Businesses, manufacturers, retailers, high-rise office and apartment buildings, local governments, hospitals, schools and universities can all benefit," says Gary Westerholm, CEO and president of McKenzie Bay International, Ltd. To aid in eliminating operating and capital risks for customers, McKenzie Bay will install, own and maintain the equipment.

By Ann Tappan, Contributing Writer
Other Building Types 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 dot.com. In refitting the facility, lighting and control were big concerns.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 12, 2005

More A/E Firms are Turning to Market Research

On average, firms in the architecture and engineering industry are expected to double in size every ten years. The question many of these firms need to answer is where all of this growth is going to come from. “One of the first steps firm leaders take toward identifying opportunities is conducting market research,” says Mark Goodale, vice president with Natick, Mass.-based ZweigWhite. “We're getting more and more requests to scan the business environment for new trends and developments.” Goodale shares a few market research tips for firm leaders looking for growth opportunities: Join professional associations.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types May 10, 2005

HI Members Launch “Pump Systems Matter” Program

Thirty-three pump manufacturing and leading supplier companies, all members of the Hydraulic Institute (HI), will lead a National Pump Systems Educational and Market Transformation Initiative called Pump Systems Matter (PSM).The program will place a primary focus on pump systems education and outreach, addressing significant energy savings opportunities, and total cost of pump ownership.The initiative is seeking the active support and involvement of non-government organizations focused on market transformation and energy-efficiency, utilities, user companies, consulting engineering firms, other associations and state and federal agencies among others.The first PSM Organization Meeting will be held in conjunction with the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) Summer Study Program in West Point, N.Y. Announced today at the National Market Transformation Symposium in Washington, D.C.,Pump Systems Matter is the first industry-led market transformation initiative in the United States.The following HI member companies have agreed to become Charter Partners of the initiative and will serve on the PSM Steering Committee: • Applied Flow Technology • EagleBurgmann Industries LP • Emerson Motor Company • Flowserve Corporation • Grundfos Pumps • Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation • Inpro/Seal Company • Intelliquip, LLC • ITT Industries - Fluid Technology • Iwaki America Incorporated • John Crane, Inc. • KSB, Inc. • Moyno, Inc. • Peerless Pump Company • Pentair Pump Division • Rockwell Automation • S.A. Armstrong Limited • Sulzer Pumps (US), Inc. • TACO, Inc. • WILO-EMU USA LLC Optimization of pumping systems represents a significant opportunity for U.S. companies and municipalities to save money and energy while reducing maintenance costs and increasing productivity.

By From the Hydraulic Institute
Other Building Types May 9, 2005

The State of Green

With spring coming into full bloom, and of course, the recent observance of Earth Day, it’s an appropriate time to consider the state of sustainable design and LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. In a meeting last week with CSE advisor Anil Ahuja of CCJM Engineers, Chicago, we spoke of his company’s work in this area, which is significant, including a trio of schools in the far northern suburbs and the new Ford Calumet Center on Chicago’s Southeast side—a former heavy industrial area in a wetland environs. In fact, CCJM is currently working on a total of 10 LEED-hopeful projects. But despite the seeming cornucopia, Ahuja, a LEED-Accredited Professional, thinks firms aspiring to enter the green market need to go into the process with their eyes open and be prepared to get their hands dirty with a lot of hard work. “Developers, for the most part, just don’t care about LEED,” he said. “They just don’t see how they’re going to get more rent money by doing so.” For the most part, he’s found that green backers are generally owners who are committed to the environment.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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. ( www.bccresearch.com ), the total U.S.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 25, 2005

Economist Forecasts a Bright Year for Nonresidential Construction

Nonresidential building construction has begun to expand, and the next three years should be good, said Jim Haughey, Ph.D., director of economics for Reed Business Information. Haughey delivered his forecast last week at Reed Construction Data’s 10th annual CEO Breakfast, held in conjunction with the Construction Specifications Institute’s national show in Chicago. Haughey pointed to a number of economic indicators that bode well for the U.S. economy in general and for the construction industry in particular.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 1, 2005

King of the Hill

In fashion with the nationwide goal of getting a better handle on health-care costs, one of the country's largest health-care insurance companies, Pittsburgh-based Highmark, decided it would do all it could to achieve economies of scale in developing its new data center. The process began with a decision to remain on the site of an existing facility near Harrisburg, Pa.

By Doug McCoach, AIA, Vice President, RTKL, Baltimore
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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 www.astm.org .

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2005

Pennsylvania Joins States Pushing Greener Power

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be generating 18% of its energy from cleaner sources by 2020, according to legislation signed in December by Gov. Edward G. Rendell. With this move, Pennsylvania joins a growing list of states backing the development of more environmentally friendly energy resources.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 1, 2005

Around the World

American A/Es venturing beyond the Atlantic and Pacific shores are finding plenty to do these days, with an overseas market that is generally up, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. "The big news, which isn't necessarily new news, is that China is very hot," says Gene Schnair, AIA, a managing partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's San Francisco office.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types February 11, 2005

Would You Like to Super-Size That?

Editor’s note: State-of-the-art baggage-handling systems are having a major impact on the design and renovation of today’s airport construction, as described in the February edition of CSE. These systems, in turn, are being impacted by the size of today’s aircraft. A major change facing airport designers today is simply the size of aircraft.

By Chuck Ross
Other Building Types February 10, 2005

Industry Roundup: Alliances, Awards and Anniversaries

• Advance Transformer, Rosemont, Ill., will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2005. From its beginning as a producer of transformers for government contracts from a 4th floor storefront operation in Chicago, Advance has grown to employ more than 5,000, offer over 1,000 ballast and LED driver products and occupy more than 1 million sq. ft.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 1, 2005

Industry Events – 2005-02-01 – 2005-02-01

For a complete listing of events go to www.csemag.com and click Events.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 1, 2005

Attention FAA: Turn Off the Lights!

Electrical savings are significant wherever efficiencies are practiced, and airports are no exception. I recently wrote to Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on this subject, after the results of her Government Accountability Office (GAO) commissioned study, published last fall, on the inability of many Americans to consume less electricity in off-peak hours.

By Charles Fehner, P.E., Fehner Assocs., Winter Park, Fla.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 1, 2005

The Long View of Energy

A detailed consensus strategy was recently released with recommendations for major long-term challenges to the formulation of a national energy policy. Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America's Energy Challenges is the result of efforts by a commission comprised of energy experts from industry, government, labor, academia and environmental and consumer organizations a...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 16, 2004

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By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types December 16, 2004

Webcast: Fire and Life-Safety in the Wake of High-Profile Tragedies

Webcast originally aired LIVE This Webcast is only available on CD-rom: Purchase a CD-Rom of this Webcast Consulting-Specifying Engineer makes it easy to earn learning units right at your desk-- learn how ! Earn learning units for this Webcast: Take the CEU Exam now. High-rise fires in major cities, club tragedies with major casualties. These and other recent high-profile incidents have shifted the attention of building owners, and the attention of the nation, to fire and life-safety protection issues in today’s buildings. How can the Professional Engineer best respond to these heightened demands from the building community and state and local governments? Find out in an exclusive webcast event from Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Earn valuable learning unit's for your participation. Interact and ask questions from leading experts on the subject.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types December 6, 2004

Health Care and Education Should Be Hot Design Markets in 2005

Consulting-Specifying Engineer -- 12/6/2004 Health care, K-12 and higher education will be among the hottest markets for design and construction firms in 2005, say analysts from Natick, Mass.-based A/E consultant ZweigWhite. Power, air pollution and ports markets, however, will struggle. According to ZweigWhite's latest report, 2005 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design & Construction Firms, the architecture, engineering and construction business has outperformed the U.S. economy as a whole in recent years, including in 2004.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 1, 2004

Home-Sized Cogen Could Be Hot Product

A team of government engineers and appliance manufacturers is hoping to develop combined heat-and-power units sized for U.S. homes and designed to be compatible with forced hot-air heating systems. The U.S. Dept. of Energy is leading the group, which also includes the product and technology-development firm TIAX, HVAC supplier Rheem Manufacturing company, and GAMA, an appliance-manufacturer tra...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 16, 2004

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Other Building Types November 3, 2004

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By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types November 2, 2004

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By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 1, 2004

Ready for Takeoff

How does one get from a "green" building that merely looks environmentally friendly to an intelligent, high-performance building? The answer is already before us—traditional building automation. BAS may not be the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating green products, but its importance has clearly been recognized by one of the leading agencies on sustainable design, the U.

By Donald G. Posson, P.E., CIPE, LEED AP, Engineering Design Principal, Kling, Washington, D.C., Alberto Rios, P.E., LEED AP, Automation & Controls Chief Engineer, Kling, Philadelphia
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 25, 2004

IT Report: CAD News

Any DWG Software, Inc. has come out with an Any DWG to PDF Converter for use with the Windows operating system. The application provides AutoCAD users with the tools to convert CAD drawings to PDF files.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types October 12, 2004

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By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types September 1, 2004

A New Law Affects Standards Writing

Way back in the Sept. 1990 issue of CSE, I discussed potential liability for organizations involved in codes and standards development. However, Congress passed a new law this year that will directly affect how the earlier court rulings are applied. In my article of 14 years ago, I highlighted the case of Hydrolevel v.

By Kenneth M. Elovitz, Esq., P.E., Energy Economics, Inc., Foxboro, Mass.
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2004

Briefly … – 2004-08-01

The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC), Washington, D.C., has issued a call for entries for its 2004 Awards. Winners in three categories—institutional, residential and government—will be honored on Oct. 13 for contributions to sustainable design.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2004

Power Coalition Formed

On the anniversary of last year's East Coast blackout, representatives of the critical power industry announced the formation of the Critical Power Coalition (CPC), an organization dedicated to developing public policy and establishing a unified voice to ensure the quality, reliability and continuity of power within critical industries, businesses and public services.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2004

A Standard of Care for Energy

The minimum acceptable criteria for energy efficient design should be defined because there are many conflicting publications and codes available. Since 1975, the generally accepted standard of care for designing commercial buildings for energy efficiency has been ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

By Lawrence G. Spielvogel, P.E., L. G. Spielvogel, Inc., King of Prussia, Pa.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types June 1, 2004

Asia Where It’s At

Earlier this month, real estate technology/automation conference Realcomm brought its message of intelligent buildings to high-tech San Francisco. While the intelligent building phenomenon is seeing progress in this city and neighboring Silicon Valley, it's generally "somewhere between myth and reality" here in the United States, according to the show's co-founder and Producer Jim Young, the Ja...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2004

What’s the Alternative?

CONSULTING-SPECIFYING ENGINEER: What advantages do non-metallic piping systems offer over traditional plumbing? DeANGELIS: CPVC and PEX are growing in popularity as acceptance levels increase for these non-metallic piping systems. CPVC delivers long-term performance benefits, such as not being susceptible to corrosion, pitting or scaling.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types April 1, 2004

NYC Courthouse Gets a Lift

An involved criminal or civil court case can take a toll on the individuals involved. Similarly, the thousands of people involved annually in such court cases, be they jurists, lawyers or bailiffs, can equally cause wear and tear on a building and its systems. Such was the case with the 40-year-old Manhattan Civil Court Building at 111 Centre Street.

By Keith Fitzpatrick, P.E., Vice President and Mike Giunta, Associate, Syska Hennessy Group, New York
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 1, 2004

Below the Surface

Geothermal experts share system specification tips for this ever-emerging, energy-efficient, sustainable technology. CONSULTING-SPECIFYING ENGINEER: It's been said that geothermal technology has been gaining popularity over the past few years at a rate of roughly 20% per year among building owners and design professionals alike.

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types February 1, 2004

Dollars and Sense

When it comes to the design of many commercial buildings, a number of owners believe that future capital generated by their buildings will offset increasing operating and maintenance costs. Future anticipated O&M costs are therefore of little concern and are often not included in initial capital cost evaluations.

By Carlos Petty, P.E., Associate Partner, Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., New York
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 1, 2004

Reliability: A Critical Mission

The actual cause of last August's unprecedented power outage remains unknown. A hapless squirrel, a fallen tree branch or a worn-out insulator—all of these have been suggested as possible initiators in an event that cascaded to include much of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Even if an exact cause can't be pinpointed, there are some obvious lessons to be learned from th...

By Chuck Ross, Contributing Writer
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 1, 2003

Tech Train Rolls Stateside

The Technology Train is coming to town. In an effort to showcase its products and services to technology decision makers through out the country, Siemens Energy and Automation, Atlanta, will take a 1,000-ft. exhibit-on-rails to 10 U.S. cities between February and May next year. The firm's goal is to board more than 15,000 selected guests including construction managers, contractors, consulting ...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 1, 2003

Transmission-System Upgrades Can Often Face Powerful Opposition

Months after this summer's massive North American blackout, the nation's electric transmission system remains the focus of attention. Most involved agree on the need for more—and newer—lines. But there is considerable disagreement among leading industry groups on just how much needed upgrades will cost.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 1, 2003

A World Without Wires?

Communications and networking experts offer a glimpse into the current state of wireless technology—common applications, relevant codes and standards and obstacles to more widespread use. CSE: Compared with more conventional cabling, what are some of the advantages—and disadvantages—of wireless? CALOZ: When designing a voice or data network, the considerations are application,...

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 1, 2003

Protecting the National Power Grid

Energy department investigators will require some time in pinpointing exact causes for the largest blackout in U.S. history on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 14. After all, an investigation of a 1996 outage in the western United States that knocked out power to four million customers took two months to complete.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2003

Contractor Control

Members of Congress and several construction industry organizations are pushing for tighter restrictions on the behavior of federal contractors. The Project on Government Oversight (POGO), an independent, non-profit watchdog, recently found 70 instances of misconduct and alleged misconduct perpetrated by some of the top 10 federal contractors.

By Staff
Other Building Types August 1, 2003

Working with the Authority Having Jurisdiction

Wouldn't it be great if we could just practice our profession without interruption—just do the engineering, supervise the work and turn the system over to the owner? But the law complicates things—and with good reason, of course. We apply for construction permits, inspections and certificates of occupancy for new construction and alterations.

By Robert C. Sheldon, P.E., Director of Building Systems Integration, The Austin Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2003

There’s Something in the Water

When it comes to potable water for commercial facilities, for the most part, no additional treatment is required or provided between the local water utility and the facility. Unless you've got a filtered water cooler, what you get from the spigot is what you drink. One exception to this is in healthcare facilities.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Production/Web Editor
Other Building Types July 1, 2003

Water Woes a Barrier to Overcome

Although difficult to believe after a winter of snows and a spring of record rains in the Northeast, water shortages had a significant impact on development in many regions of the country in the summer of 2001. The concern over dwindling water reserves and continuing drought-like conditions spurred the city of Frederick, Md.

By Michael Sheerin, P.E., Healthcare Division Director, TLC Engineering for Architecture, Orlando, and Brian Harrington, Senior Plumbing Designer
Other Building Types July 1, 2003

Get the Idea . . .

On many projects, lighting responsibilities fall to the electrical engineer. Depending on the talent and experience of the engineer, that can be a good thing, or it can be an extra and sometimes onerous duty. "There's just so much product out there that it's hard for an electrical engineer to keep on top of," says Shawn Good, P.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2003

Minnesota ‘Re-hires’ Consulting Engineers

The clock ran out on Minnesota's moratorium on government consulting contracts June 30, and after much debate, state legislators chose not to extend the ban. In our November, 2002 issue, CSE reported that Minnesota had suspended consulting contracts, a move which reduced work for M/E engineers in that state.

By Staff
Other Building Types July 1, 2003

Shedding Light on Efficiency

In the quest to achieve the ever-efficient office lighting environment, both ASHRAE and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) are pushing the envelope to encourage lighting designers and building owners to continually improve lighting efficiency levels. For example, ASHRAE 90.1 2001—which in 2004 will become the default guideline for states that do not adopt their own energy co...

By Ken Lovorn, P.E., President, Lovorn Engineering Associates, Pittsburgh
Other Building Types June 1, 2003

NERC Acts on Electronic Security Concerns

The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) has unveiled a proposed standard that is designed to address security concerns raised by sometimes-aging transmission and distribution computer systems. Member organizations would have through the first quarter of 2004 to follow through on the standard's requirements.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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 www.astc.org.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2003

Avoid the Dot-Com Disaster: Manage Risk Properly

Much has been written about the demise of the "new economy" and the return to the old. The fact is that while the new economy—exemplified by the dot-com bubble of the '90s—enjoyed the spotlight for a few years, the old economy never really died. It was only pushed to the footlights, while business pundits and young executives exercised new options for operating their businesses.

By Donald L'Abbate, Senior Partner, L'Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P., Garden City, N.Y.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2003

NFPA 5000 Is Making Headway, Slowly

The need for a unified building code has long been desired, but until recently, had not been met. Fortunately, the advent of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 5000, Building Construction and Safety Code, as well as the International Building Code (IBC), filled this void (see "NYC Considers IBC on the Eve of 2003 Revision," CSE 02/03 p.

By Geoff Weisenberger, Production/Web Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2003

Doin’ Time

Monolithic. Blocky. Cold. These are all words that jump to mind when one thinks of prisons and jails. And most people are probably guilty of categorizing these facilities as relatively simple structures—concrete or stone boxes. But in reality, prisons and jails are much more than guard towers and razor wire.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 1, 2003

Healthcare Costs: Hold the Line

Healthcare is a two-edged sword for engineering firms these days. As our cover story (p. 34) attests, the sector, without question, is a red-hot, seemingly recession-proof economic engine for those in the AEC community. At the same time, according to design industry analyst ZweigWhite Assocs., providing healthcare coverage for their employees is one of the biggest challenges facing many AEC firms.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types April 1, 2003

Hospitable Climate

Last year the American Hospital Assn. (AHA) reported that there are currently 900 fewer hospitals in the United States than there were in 1980, so it's no surprise that demand for new or improved facilities is hot. "I've been involved in the healthcare market for 40 years, and I've never seen such a strong market in my life," says Robert Levine, a vice president with Turner Health Care, Nashvil...

By Barbara Horwitz-Bennett, Contributing Editor
Other Building Types March 14, 2003

Manufacturing Survey: Crisis May be Coming Soon

Representatives from the National Association of Manufacturers, at the recent National Manufacturing Week show in Chicago, announced the results of a survey of their membership. The responses were not encouraging.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 3, 2003

Canadian Roadmap for Building Automation

The Continental Automated Building Association (CABA), Ottawa, Canada, and the Canadian government has announced the completion of the Technology Roadmap (TRM) for Intelligent Buildings.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types February 1, 2003

Feds Get Tough on California Water Use

After years of excessive water use in California and a lack of a conservation plan, the federal government has responded sternly by officially reducing the flow of surplus water to the state from the Colorado River. If California can agree upon a formal plan to reduce its water consumption by 2015, as it pledged to the Clinton administration, the Dept.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 1, 2003

PowerGen Hints at Industrial Trends

The comments of exhibitors and attendees at the recent PowerGen International show in Orlando revealed quite a bit about the industrial big picture. Distributed generation (DG) and cogeneration remained hot topics but are still obstructed by a number of barriers, particularly the IEEE 547 interconnection standard.

By Staff
Other Building Types January 1, 2003

Briefly … – 2003-01-01

U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% in November to a $843.2 billion rate, according to the Commerce Dept. The surprise gain follows an upwardly revised figure for October, and may result in more optimistic estimates for the fourth quarter of 2002. Wireless Internet access may pose a threat to the functioning of military radar, say U.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types January 1, 2003

A Bigger Box?

For those of you living in regions where it's cold this time of year, I'm sure you've experienced a snowfall at some point this winter. And true to my sometimes curmudgeonly manner, I loathe snow. But so far this season, this has not been the case. In fact, I must confess that the few snowfalls we've had have been very refreshing.

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 1, 2002

Keep the Faith

An unfortunate engineer and an economist travelling in South America on business were captured for ransom by a group of rebels. After two weeks and no response, the rebel leader informed the pair that they would be executed. As was tradition, a last request was proffered. The economist noted he was on his way to present a five-year forecast to executives at a locally based corporation when he w...

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 9, 2002

Fortune 5000 Execs on the Kyoto Protocol

Although opinions about the Kyoto Protocol—the international treaty addressing global warming—are split among Fortune 5000 executives, the majority of these business leaders support many of the provisions within the protocol, according to American Viewpoint, a Washington, D.C.-based Republican polling firm.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 1, 2002

Briefly … – 2002-10-01

ASHRAE's BACnet building controls protocol is now being considered for adoption as a standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the European Committee for Standardization. In December, both organizations will vote on whether to adopt BACnet. Fortune 5000 business executives espoused their views on the Kyoto Protocol in a recent market survey, with 34% supporting i...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 25, 2002

Motor Decisions Do Matter

With significant opportunities for energy and cost savings, not to mention environmental benefits, the Boston-based Consortium for Energy Efficiency’s Motor Decisions Matter campaign has continued to promote the benefits of premium-efficiency motors.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 1, 2002

Court Decision Threatens Code Developers’ Copyrights

Building codes enter the public domain once they've been adopted by a local jurisdiction, according to a recent decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Veeck v. Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI), the court ruled in favor of Texan Peter Veeck, who posted SBCCI's building codes on his web site after the code had been adopted by his local municipality.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 1, 2002

Powered Up for Non-Stop Info

The LexisNexis data center in Miamisburg, Ohio, operates 24 hours a day to supply 2.6 million subscribers with legal, corporate, government and academic information. The 45,000-sq.-ft. facility has hundreds of mainframes, servers, workstations and storage devices. Jerry Zahora, consulting systems engineer at LexisNexis, faced a huge task: The only exception to the center's round-the-clock servi...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types August 1, 2002

Choosing Cogen

Cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power, is the simultaneous production and utilization of power and heat, typically in the form of electricity and either steam or hot water. Because the heat generated by the production of electricity is captured and utilized—and not expelled as waste heat—successful cogeneration results in a much higher fuel efficiency and lower energy ...

By Charles Braunstein, P.E., C.E.M. President, Dome Tech Engineering, Edison, N.J.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2002

Forum Extols the Virtues of Energy Efficiency

Energy conservation, environmental concerns and economic growth were the main agenda when more than 350 industry, government and environmental leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., at a recent energy efficiency forum. Among the speakers at the event, "Evolution of the Energy Economy: Ensuring Security and Stability," U.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2002

California’s Wise Use

California businesses and facility owners have responded to the energy crisis in productive ways: They are conserving energy and creating efficiencies that have greatly reduced power consumption in California during this last year. Rather than just calling for greater generating capacity—no matter how "dirty" the power—in many cases, they are figuring out ways to become efficient, a...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 13, 2002

Canada Expands Energy-Efficiency Programs

In support of greater energy efficiency for facilities and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the Canadian government has established a new Industrial Building Incentive program and an expanded Commercial Building Incentive program offering subsidies to facilities demonstrating efficiencies of at least 25% greater than Model National Energy Code for Buildings standards.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2002

Professional Practices: Insurance Carriers Put Less of a Premium on Fire Protection Engineering

Insurance carriers have traditionally had a major influence on fire protection design, but recently, the amount and quality of their fire protection services are diminishing.

By Dominique Dieken, P.E., CFPS, HSB Professional Loss Control, Kingston, Tenn.
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types May 1, 2002

Fight the Good (Green) Fight

As you read this, Earth Day will have already passed, but its spirit, I would hope, carries on through the rest of the year. Depending on what camp you side with, Earth Day is celebrated March 22, in conjunction with the Vernal Equinox—or April 22—somehow expanding the role of Arbor Day. Either way, the concept remains the same—reflect on the state of our planet and what we mi...

By Jim Crockett, Editor-in-Chief
Other Building Types May 1, 2002

Insurance Carriers Put Less of a Premium on Fire Protection Engineering

Regardless of whether owners or designers welcomed it, insurance carriers have traditionally had a major influence on fire protection design. Based on knowledge accumulated for more than a century, the insurance industry built a stable of fire protection experts, including engineers, who could offer solutions to complex design problems.

By Dominique Dieken, P.E., CFPS, HSB Professional Loss Control, Kingston, Tenn.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 5, 2002

ASHRAE Promotes the Use of Ammonia

Promoting the use of ammonia as a refrigerant in air conditioning and refrigeration applications, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has released a refrigeration position document.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 21, 2002

Water Infrastructure Funding May Be Insufficient

Funding slated for U.S. drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, as dictated by the Bush administration's fiscal year 2003 budget, may fall short of what's really needed, according to a recent statement released by the Water Infrastructure Network.

By Staff
Other Building Types March 18, 2002

NFPA and ASHRAE to Develop Energy Code

The National Fire Protection Agency and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have announced an agreement to collaborate on the development of an energy code, which will include ASHRAE Energy Standards 90.1 and 90.2.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types March 1, 2002

Is DG for Everybody?

Everyone seems to want everyone else to get involved in distributed generation (DG). And many organizations, agencies and public officials have been on the bandwagon lately, the following being but a few examples:Owners, consulting engineers and installation contractors can build a power plant on a company's site, but all must ask whether it is the wise choice.

By Joe Salimando, Project Editor
Other Building Types March 1, 2002

Front-End Help Against Power Shortages

In waste management, there have been two major ways to reduce the volume of waste flowing to a landfill: recycling some of it, or designing products that have less material to dispose of. Now, the same thing appears to be happening in the electrical industry. Consider these recent developments:Arthur D.

By Staff
Other Building Types February 25, 2002

Energize America Connects Energy Users with Energy-Efficient Providers

In order to help promote energy efficiency in buildings, the Energize America Educational Institute (EAEI) has launched a new Internet portal to help connect energy users with energy service companies, manufacturers of energy-efficient products, environmental government agencies and sources of project financing.

By Staff
Other Building Types February 1, 2002

Web Threads – 2002-02-01

A monthly compendium of facts and figures

By Staff
Other Building Types February 1, 2002

Specifying Ends and Means

The term performance-based is commonly used to describe codes and standards that seek to define the purpose and scope of a building system, without specifically prescribing its details. Performance-based specifying pushes the concept a step further, using it to describe the nature of the actual specification that an engineer writes.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 1, 2001

Caution: Turbulent Waters Ahead

It had to end sometime, but we'd all rather it had gone out with a whimper than a bang. The nation's decade-long run of good economic luck—historians will record it as America's longest period of economic prosperity—has come to an abrupt halt. And now the best that can be reasonably hoped for is that the nation is in the middle of—not just beginning—the current p...

By Daryl Delano, Cahners Economics
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types December 1, 2001

Value Engineering: Mistaken Identity?

Our December "Specifier's Notebook" continues the discussion on the value of value engineering.

By Harold Tufty, CVS, FSAVE, Editor, Value Engineering & Management Digest, Washington, D.C.
Other Building Types December 1, 2001

Bank on it

Global banker Mellon Financial Corporation is no stranger to the shores of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. In fact, its primary operations were housed for years in a cluster of facilities in downtown Pittsburgh, the heart of this "Golden Triangle." The separate high-rise structures, however, did not mesh well with a key functional requirement of Mellon's modern banking operati...

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Other Building Types November 1, 2001

Rising Sun

The sun, of course, lies literally at the center of our solar system. Figuratively, one could also say it lies at the center of our universe. And although the sun is approximately 93 million miles away from Earth, it bestows upon us more energy—in the form of light and heat—than we could ever possibly need.

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 17, 2001

Bill Challenges Low-Flow Toilets

In another attempt to amend federal water conservation that limit end-users to 1.6 gallon-per-flush toilets, a bill has been reintroduced proposing to legalize traditional 3.5 gallon-per-flush toilets.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types September 1, 2001

Making the Most of Fuels

In light of recent energy shortages in various areas of the country, end users are searching for new ways to not only save on energy costs, but to recycle waste energy. In this month's M/E Roundtable, engineers discuss the trends and issues end users must understand when considering cogeneration or trigeneration systems.

By Mindi Altman Zissman, Assistant Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 23, 2001

New York Prioritizes Energy Efficiency

In an effort to prioritize energy efficiency, the governor of New York recently issued an executive order which mandates that state agencies purchase at least 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2005, and 20 percent by 2010.

By Staff
Other Building Types July 20, 2001

Organizations

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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types July 1, 2001

Before the Doors Open

Designing attractions for theme parks presents a fun and interesting set of challenges

By Peter McDonnell, P.E., Principal and Senior Mechanical Engineer, Tilden Lobnitz Cooper, Orlando, Fla.
Other Building Types July 1, 2001

A Call for More Water and Wastewater Funding

The federal government has been called upon to help address a $23 billion shortage of funds every year that is needed to maintain the nation's water and wastewater infrastructure. The Water Infrastructure Network (WIN)—a coalition of elected officials, manufacturers and construction and engineering professionals—has asked for $57 billion in federal investments over the next five y...

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2001

New Mexico DG Project Networks Standby Units

When completed, a project in New Mexico that links distributed-generation assets—including standby generators—will provide 25 MW of "dispatchable" peaking power to Public Service Company of New Mexico.Industrial and commercial concerns with standby generators will join a network, put together by Portland, Ore.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types June 1, 2001

When the Power Goes Out

Exactly what happens when utility power supply becomes unreliable? It's a question that those in the power-reliability business have dealt with on a one-at-a-time basis. In the late 1990s, many of the answers were based on suppositions.Suddenly, however, a mega-case study has appeared: California.

By Joe Salimando, Project Editor
Other Building Types June 1, 2001

Fresh Approaches to New Needs

Continuous change in needs and technology are a constant part of building design and engineered systems. As new demands are dictated by building occupants, owners and government institutions, different approaches step in to fill the need. Simultaneously, developments in technology bring expectations of building-system performance to continuously higher levels.

By David Niemann, P.E., and Scott Clark, P.E., CEM, Carter & Burgess, Dallas, Texas
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2001

M/E Roundtable: Energy to Spare

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

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types May 1, 2001

Energy to Spare

Energy efficiency was the focus of opening remarks at this year's American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Meeting. ASHRAE officials discussed the effectiveness of the current ASHRAE Standard 90.1-1999, "Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings," and the need to both simplify requirements and push for greater energy co...

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types April 1, 2001

New Products & Literature – 2001-04-01

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

By Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2001

Utility Ends Dereg Deal

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

By Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2001

High-Speed Cabling for Engineers

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

By Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2001

Zero Waste and Green Buildings

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

By C.C. Sullivan, Editorial Director
Other Building Types March 1, 2001

New Products & Literature – 2001-03-01

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

By Staff
Other Building Types March 1, 2001

Visit the New C-SE Online—a Growing Resource

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

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types February 10, 2001

Major Trends in the Security Industry

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

By Staff
Other Building Types February 7, 2001

Deep Links

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

By Staff
Other Building Types February 6, 2001

EPA Forms Chiller Partnership

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

By Staff
Other Building Types 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.
Other Building Types February 1, 2001

New Products & Literature – 2001-02-01

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

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 25, 2001

Overestimating Design-Build

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

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types January 1, 2001

Promoting Performance-Based Design-at Home

As the leader among industrialized countries in fire death rates, the United States is lagging significantly behind other nations in the adoption of performance-based fire-safety practices, according to a recent report released by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Center for Firesafety Studies, Worcester, Mass.

By Staff
Other Building Types January 1, 2001

Cooling Data and Dot-Coms

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

By C.C. Sullivan, Editorial Director
Other Building Types January 1, 2001

Feeling Secure

Security has become a part of every organization-large or small-and security systems have become an integral part of security programs. Such programs consist of people, policy and hardware. Technologically, the ability to cost-effectively monitor and document activity complements a security program. A typica...

By Patrick Markham, Kroll Schiff & Associates, Chicago
Other Building Types January 1, 2001

M/E Roundtable: Cooling Data and Dot-Coms

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

By C.C. Sullivan
Other Building Types 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.

By Jeromie Winsor, Web Editor
Other Building Types December 1, 2000

Questioning Project Web Sites

Design professionals know the fees that they earn for construction administration rarely compensate them for the time spent and headaches incurred. An exciting, but controversial tool for construction administration is the project Web site.

By MARK C. FRIEDLANDER, Partner, and JAMES D. WEIER, Associate, Construction Group, Schiff Hardin and Waite, Chicago
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types November 1, 2000

Answering the Central Question

Examples of centralized and distributed strategies permeate our environment. Even our own bodies are arranged with a central cardiopulmonary apparatus, widely distributed sweat glands and regional lymph nodes.

By George P. Karidis, P.E. and John D. Richards, P.E. SmithGroup Detroit
Other Building Types November 1, 2000

Putting a Face on Engineering

While the building and construction industry is well aware of engineers' invaluable work, unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the general public, according to recent polls."Clearly, engineers don't get credit for the magnificent things they do," explains Lee Herring, director of public affairs for the American Consulting Engineers Council, Washington, D.C.

By Staff
Other Building Types November 1, 2000

New products & literature – 2000-11-01

Combined plumbing/fire-sprinkler system is based on a stainless-steel four-port fitting attached to the sprinkler head. Cold-water manifolds feed the 1/2-in. tubing directly to the fitting, while remaining outlets on the fittings are used to feed other sprinkler heads or cold-water plumbing fixtures.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types 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
Other Building Types October 1, 2000

Mandating Dorm Sprinkler Protection

In response to a number of tragic campus fires that occurred this past year, the state of New Jersey has become the latest to adopt legislation mandating and supporting the installation of sprinkler systems in college housing facilities.Similar to recent initiatives in Chapel Hill, N.C., Durham, N.C., Boulder, Colo. and Lawrence, Kan.

By Staff
Other Building Types 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.

A Letter From The Editor

Consulting-Specifying Engineer is written and peer reviewed by engineers and industry professionals. These engineers design, specify and commission mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), fire/life safety, lighting and controls systems for nonresidential buildings. Consulting-Specifying Engineer covers codes and standards, smart and high-performance buildings and design specifications in a variety of commercial buildings.

Amara Rozgus - Consulting-Specifying Engineer