Leach Wallace Associates (www.leachwallace.com; Elkridge, MD) has named Robert A. Banas, P.E., LEED APas President and Christopher T. McCarthy, P.E., HFDP, LEED AP, Executive Vice President, effective as of January 1 of this year. Banas is succeeding Bob Leach, P.E., LEED AP, who has served as President of Leach Wallace since the company’s founding in 1990. Leach will continue his involvement at Leach Wallace as Chairman of the Board and will continue to support clients.

Banas and McCarthy have both been officers of Leach Wallace since its inception in 1990, and each has more than 30 years of consulting engineering experience. Along with Nick Nucci, the three Penn State Architectural Engineering graduates have served as Senior Vice Presidents for the last decade.


Kibart (Towson, MD) posted entries on boiler codes and workplace complaints related to noise and vibration issues toward the end of last year on their blog at http://kibart.com/blog/.


AHA (www.aha-engineers.com) was a part of the design team for the two Vertex Fan Pier towers constructed in Boston’s Seaport district. The two build-to-suit laboratory and office buildings total 1.1 million sq ft, and construction costs total $800 million. Both buildings are seeking LEED Certification.

AHA provided MEP design for both the core and shell and fit outs for both buildings in the project described by the firm as the largest private construction project in the U.S.

All of the design work was completed in Revit. Each building includes 16 stories of lab and office space, with three levels of parking under both. Specialized design was done for this high-level project that includes vivariums, BSL-2 labs, chemistry labs, MRI spaces, radiology labs, wet labs, and more.


A Glumac-led (www.glumac.com) design team master-planned a UCF Phase 2 space for Oracle, providing 30,000 sq ft of Tier III space. Sam Graves, P.E.writes about the project at their site; go to http://bit.ly/216kLJR.


PAE Engineers (www.pae-engineers.com) coordinated five key additions and promotions over the last year. Michael Kim, P.E.joined the firm as a Senior Associate and Electrical Project Manager. Hired in July, Michael has extensive management experience and will lead the Seattle office’s electrical team. Tom O’Donnell, P.E., LEED APis a mechanical engineer with 20 years of experience designing HVAC systems. Tom joined PAE in August as a Senior Associate. Tom’s resume includes a wide variety of projects, including designs for Amazon, UCSF, Microsoft, Stanford, and Kaiser Permanente.

Justin Stenkamp, P.E., LEED AP BD+Chas been with PAE and was promoted to Associate, while Daniella Moreano, P.E., LEED APwas promoted to Project Manager. David Mead, AIA, LEED AP BD+Cjoined PAE in July as a Building Performance Specialist. He brings to the firm experience with a variety of building modeling including energy, bulk airflow, CFD, lighting, and envelope.


ASHRAE Technology Awards winners

Benjamin A. Skelton, P.E., BEMP, president of Cyclone Energy Groupin Chicago, received first place in the new commercial buildings category for the Walgreens Net Zero Store in Evanston, IL. The building is owned by Walgreen Co. The global retail pharmacy brand set out with a vision to create a scalable retail building design that would serve as a showcase for innovative, sustainable, and high-performance design to sustainability, architecture, engineering, and retail communities. Among its innovative features are geoexchange energy obtained by drilling 550 ft into the ground below the store, LED lighting and daylight harvesting, and carbon dioxide refrigerant for heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment.

Dylan T. Connelly, associate at Integral Groupin Oakland, CA, received first place in the existing commercial buildings category for DPR Construction’s San Francisco Net Positive Energy Office. DPR Construction occupies the building and has a 10-year lease with an option for 10 more years.

A net positive energy office building was achieved by reducing energy loads through use of efficient HVAC and electrical systems, and by installing photovoltaic and solar thermal systems on the roof to produce more energy than the building consumes.

A dedicated outdoor air system delivers 30% more ventilation than required by ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Heat recovery ventilators use MERV 8 pre-filters and MERV 13 final filters to filter out contaminants, increasing the efficiency of filtration and continuing to improve indoor air quality.

Nicolas Lemire, Ing., HFDP, president/principal of Pageau Morel and Associatesin Montreal, received first place in the new educational facilities category for the Anne-Marie Edward Science Building at John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-De-Bellevue, Quebec. The building is owned by the college.

Energy diversification is accomplished with the use of geothermal wells, electrical heating and cooling, natural gas hot water heating, and solar preheating. Efficiency measures include:

  • Reuse of return air as compensation air in laboratories
  • Reuse of coil condensation water to humidify exhaust air
  • Recuperation on both general and laboratory exhausts
  • Recuperation through heat pump extraction and storage in stratified tanks
  • Recuperation of rainwater and fan-coil condensation water.

Despite lab ventilation requirements, the building’s actual energy use is 45% lower than the baseline case and 10% lower than the proposed simulation.ES


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