Not exactly business as usual: a retrofit of a retrofit involving custom air handling boxes and the limitations of a historical building. The project team assessed the possible routes and mapped a course guided by VRF capabilities and precision work onsite.
Historically used in smaller-load residential settings, electronically commutated mo-tor (ECM) technology is making the leap thanks to recent improvements and in-creased awareness among engineers. Start with the basics, proceed to advantages and caveats, and consider the ways ECM designs can streamline the economics of air movement.
The people adapting and modifying new technology for fun yesterday will be shaping the building automation offerings of tomorrow. The differences in outlook and output will not be minor. Take a look at what the future might hold for facilities, consulting firms, and manufacturers.
Two towers of office space were overdue for an efficiency overhaul. A creative and responsive project team cleared some placement and design hurdles for its new central plant, all while remaining qualified for nearly $1 million in utility rebates.
Probably a year before 9/11, I was asked my thoughts along the lines of, “What else should we commission beyond the standard building systems?” My client was the project engineer at the Department of Defense in the Pentagon. I suggested “commission project record drawings.” I guess you could say I made up the task of commissioning record drawings, but I got my point across.
Hospitals in the U.S., already facing daunting challenges from evolving health care reimbursement models, now have another item on their to-do list: prepare for increased health care demands and weather disasters caused by climate change.
A few months ago, this column covered the basics of developing effective control system sequences. You might recall that it discussed the process of how a designer needs to select and describe sequences that provided safe, reliable, and efficient control.
Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is a collaborative process that has been applied more and more frequently to building design and construction projects. Although it is implemented in slightly different ways from project to project, it is always about involving all project team members in intense planning and coordination, starting very early in design and extending through construction and facility turnover.
This second look at the Museum Of The Bible project focuses on the integrated life safety design approach. The team arrived at a final design that not only provides functionality appropriately tailored to the space but also incorporates itself into architectural elements to preserve aesthetic value. The BAS plays a key role between the mechanical and electrical sides of smoke control as well.
The Museum of the Bible (MOTB) will be a non-sectarian museum focusing on the history and impact of the Bible with a core collection of more than 40,000 biblical antiquities and rare biblical texts and artifacts. The museum will contain a mix of uses, including exhibit space, library resources, meeting spaces and guest rooms for visiting scholars, space for certain affiliated museums and their exhibits, and sound ground floor accessory retail uses, such as a gift shop and café or food service establishment.
More specifically, has natural gas been overlooked? Let’s take a look at some previous habits and code language, current needs, and the advantages that a CHP system can provide for those exceedingly regulated of all environments: hospitals.
Emergency generators are required in many applications where facility operations are to continue to perform even upon a failure of the electric grid. The best resources for quantifying the emergency generation classifications, capacities, installation, maintenance, and operational testing requirements are the building codes and federal regulations.
From a missing pipe hanger three floors down to steam traps past their prime, these stories show how steam system problems can originate inside the boiler room or far beyond it. Read more in February issue.