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MNS, ECS July 19, 2001

Central Sprinkler to Replace Millions of Sprinklers

Concerned that older sprinkler heads with O-ring seals may not function properly, the Central Sprinkler Company, Landsdale, Pa., owned by Tyco International Ltd., has volunteered to replace 30 million fire sprinklers.

By Staff
MNS, ECS July 1, 2001

Combining Corporate-Wide Security

When Minneapolis-based Ceridian, the second largest payroll processor in the United States, implemented its move to a new, company-owned headquarters, company officials prioritized parking ramp security, life safety and corporate-wide access control. Life safety Ceridian's new five-story, 260,000-square-foot headquarters utilizes a security and life-safety system that integrates a broad range ...

By Staff
MNS, ECS July 1, 2001

Rescuing the Ozone

A recent survey conducted by the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) suggests that about half of the 80,000 chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) chillers that were in service in the early 1990s have been converted or replaced with non-CFC refrigerant units. In this month's M/E Roundtable, engineers discuss progress that has been made—and a prognosis for the future.

By Scott Siddens, Senior Editor
MNS, ECS July 1, 2001

Survey Says …Senior Facilities Will Grow

Despite some market saturation—particularly in the Sun Belt—development of health-care, residential and commercial facilities designed for seniors is still projected to increase. In fact, 71.7 percent of the design and construction firms recently surveyed by Consulting-Specifying Engineer anticipate that the senior housing market will grow next year.

By Staff
MNS, ECS 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
MNS, ECS May 1, 2001

Imperative Infrastructure

Voice-, data- and video-transmission systems have quickly become a necessary feature of school and office design

By Jeffrey Lupinacci, RCDD, Brinjac Engineering, Harrisburg, Pa.
MNS, ECS May 1, 2001

Securing Health

Consulting engineers have new reasons to revisit the security risks at health-care facilities. In addition to the increasing risks of theft, infant abductions and emergency-room violence, there are increasingly stringent standards. Most noteworthy is the issuance by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health-Care Organizations (JCAHO) of its "Environment of Care" standards, which represen...

By GERALD R. SCHULTZ, P.E., Principal, and DAVID POLENSKY, Senior Security Designer, Gage Babcock Assoc., Oak Brook, Ill.
MNS, ECS May 1, 2001

NFPA Exposition Products

New components straight from the floor of the 2001 show.

By Staff
MNS, ECS 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
MNS, ECS May 1, 2001

Up to Snuff

The Anaheim Convention Center—site of NFPA's 2001 meeting—serves as a demonstration project for performance-based design

By Daniel Gemeny, P.E., and Martin Reiss, P.E., The RJA Group