Maston is a mechanical / commissioning engineer for Richard D. Kimball Co., Inc. (RDK), a consulting engineering firm with offices in Andover, MA, Boston, and New Brunswick, NJ. She has nearly 10 years of experience in providing design and commissioning services for a variety of project types, including museums, cleanrooms, and chiller plant renovations. She is a registered P.E. in MA and a LEED® Accredited Professional. She is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a member of ASHRAE, as well as a reviser for the 2008 ASHRAE HVAC Handbook - Systems and Equipment.
Do the job well - within budget, on time, and for a profit. Sounds simple enough, but where do things get out of sync? Is the staged distribution of the fee in proportion to the amount of work in those stages? What can be done to minimize redundancy, maximize owner satisfaction, and keep you in business? Read on in part one of this article, expanding on a Howard McKew column that generated a record amount of reader mail.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.