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Articles by Joanna Turpin

Building Safety: The bas And Beyond

Renewed concern about a building's response to a potential biological threat hasn't led to any "quick fix." ASHRAE and the industry in general continue to look for ways to identify both problems and options for owners and engineers.
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A Roll of the Dice

The September 11 damage in Manhattan has created an unforeseen ripple effect, causing hesitation that has influenced the hvac industry in New Jersey's gaming capital. By Joanna Turpin
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Federal Complex Masters Complex Controls

A difficult project is one thing, but entering a project in medias res can prove even trickier. See how one consulting firm helped steer a major federal facility overhaul toward greater efficiency and a new degree of controls interoperability, all on a tight schedule. By Joanna Turpin
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Durrant, Alfalight, earn <i>ES</i> Team Award

Weekly meetings, a project-wide lack of ego, a creative consulting firm, and a hands-on owner's rep are some of the elements that added up to an Engineering Team Award. By Joanna Turpin
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Stargazing in Style

Hollywood and Highland is no longer just an intersection - it's 2 million square feet of multiuse commercial space where visitors can do everything from grab lunch to attend the Academy Awards. Designers faced the usual space challenges, but other special concerns ranged from adjusting to the facility's late classification as a high-rise building to supporting Wolfgang Puck's kitchen. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Contain Yourself

When it comes to making sure a lab ventilation and fume hood system is safe, there are many factors that an engineer must take into consideration. However, the final goal is always containment - if the fumes aren't contained, the system isn't safe.
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No By-The-Numbers Project

The U.S. Census Bureau expected a busy 2000, but a fast-track project to keep the department warm put the heat on the schedule even more. A dedicated project team mastered a project that really counts. By Joanna R. Turpin
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Want To Save Energy? Look At Your Cooling Tower

They're rarely in the spotlight, but cooling towers house multiple, often overlooked chances to reduce the bottom line. From initial design to renovation options, a little forethought can lift efficiency to new heights. By Joanna R. Turpin
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The Dilemma Over Demand Control Ventilation

Providing just enough ventilation for the amount of people using a space at a given time? The concept's logic is appealing, but when it comes to conforming to Standard 62.1, the details may prove more vexing. By Joanna Turpin
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Absorption Revisited

In today's energy climate, any existing strategy is worth a second look. The curious can start here by learning its strengths and weaknesses, examining possible applications, and sampling such units on today's market. By Joanna R. Turpin
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