Posts in Category: Energy Efficiency

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Younis

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Employee of the Month: Ryan Younis, Field Engineer.

Aside from being an all-around amazing engineer, Ryan identified over 30 deficiencies that could have created major issues with system operation if not brought to anyone’s attention. Here's a quick Q/A with him:
• If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? I have always wanted to go explore the Philippines.
• What is something about you that would surprise people? I just adopted a puppy – a dachshund beagle mix named Ella!
• Describe your perfect Saturday? Boozy brunch and a day in the Prospect Park with the dog.
• What is something you would like to learn to do? I love home improvement, so I would love to learn more about do-it-yourself home improvement.  
• What do you like best about working at HEA? I like being involved in the energy audits and reducing the energy consumption of major NYC buildings.

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HEA is Providing Commissioning Services for the Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement Project

 Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) has been hired by Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (a consortium of some of the world’s best-known and most highly-regarded design, engineering and construction firms) to provide Independent Quality Assurance Commissioning Engineering services for the $3.98 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement project.

HEA will be providing commissioning services for all bridge and facility systems (maintenance and state policy facility). Building systems include bridge systems (power, lighting, intelligent traffic systems, structural health monitoring, security, network communication, radio and facilities systems), building automation systems, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. HEA’s services will provide documented confirmation that building systems function in accordance with criteria set forth in the project documents to satisfy the owner’s operational needs.

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Identifying and Fixing a $250,000 blunder

By: Scott Lance, EBCP, LEED AP O+M, Senior Project Engineer

Overview:

  • HEA was hired to provide commissioning services for a higher education dormitory.
  • During the test and balance (TAB) period of the project, it was discovered by the TAB contractor and HEA that the dual temperature system was unable to be balanced. It was also noted that the extremities of the two wings of all three floors could not provide any heat to the occupied dorm rooms. This resulted in parents pulling students out of school due to the dorms not being able to be heated and 85% redo of the building piping systems - a $250,000 error!

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Greenbuild 2014: Impressions and Lessons Learned

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So it’s that time of the year again….leaves are changing colors….pumpkin everything is abound….and time for Greenbuild 2014! This is my third Greenbuild, with Toronto -2012 & Flipadelphia – 2013 (go Mets!) being my predecessors, so we were going into New Orleans – 2014 with a good idea of what to expect and how to “attack” the conference.

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