Case Studies

Courtesy: HKS Architects
Building Types February 3, 2021

Case study: Using a hotel as an alternate care site

According to this study, there are both challenges and solutions when converting hotel rooms to hospitals

By William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, Koffel Associates, Columbia, Md.
Courtesy: Joseph Technology Corp.
Energy Efficiency February 1, 2021

Case study: District heating supply from a combined heat and power plant

Development and operation of the combined heat and power district heating system in Jamestown, N.Y., provides energy efficiency, environmental and economic development benefits to customers

By Ishai Oliker
Figure 4: Smart sensors located above and next to lighting provide data for motion, lighting levels, temperature and power with Bluetooth technology. Courtesy: CDM Smith
Labs, Research January 21, 2021

Case study: laboratory design

A lab expansion used IoT sensor technology to gather building data

By Tim King and Ray Mans
Figure 5: The final graphical user interface was reviewed by the team before completion. Courtesy: Central Michigan University/Stantec
Building Types January 13, 2021

Case study: University science building control systems

The Central Michigan University biosciences building included a detailed controls approach

By Casimir Zalewski and Derek Crowe
Courtesy: Stanley Consultants
Office Buildings December 15, 2020

Case study: Designing VRF for an office

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

By Gayle Davis
Courtesy: WSP USA
Automation, Controls December 11, 2020

Case study: Manufacturing plant BAS update

A manufacturing facility restructured its building automation system, which created several returns on the investment

By Jaco Cronje
Courtesy: CDM Smith
Electrical, Power November 20, 2020

Case study: EPSS retrofit at water treatment plant

A water treatment plant required an electrical distribution system upgrade

By Mario Vecchiarello, Jeff Donaldson and Tyler Roschen
Figure 5: Three options are presented for replacing an existing transfer switch while minimizing outage durations. These options assume a new location will be needed and illustrate how wiring connections would be made. Courtesy: IMEG Corp.
Hospitals November 10, 2020

Case study: Upgrading a hospital’s EPSS

Engineers corrected for NFPA 110 section 7.2.3 for an existing hospital campus

By Richard A. Vedvik, PE
Figure 7: This graph compares modeled whole building energy consumption data with actual utility data, depicting an overall energy performance within tolerances of modeled data. Courtesy: CannonDesign
Lighting November 9, 2020

Case study: Integrating medical building lighting

A health care campus took an integrated approach to its lighting systems in its first building, a medical office building

By Kate St. Laurent
Figure 5: Virtual reality allows clients to become fully immersed in the design. Courtesy: Stantec
Virtualization, Cloud Analytics October 30, 2020

Case study: How clients benefit from VR

Virtual reality can aid in the client’s experience and overall acceptance of the project’s design

By Joel Martineau, Jim Marchese and James Mazza