Employee Spotlight: Selin Yolladi

Meet Selin Yolladi! She is HEA's recruiter and was recently selected as an Employee of the Month! Here's a quick Q/A with her: Who would you like to swap places with for a day? Chrissy Teigen, lots of good pluses to her life. What did... Read More
 

Project Spotlight: Thaddeus Stevens Technology Manufacturing Center

Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) was contracted by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services to provide construction stage commissioning services for the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Manufacturing center project. HEA’s scope of work included pipe/duct testing and commissioning of the following systems: ventilation, cooling, heating hot water, and plumbing, building automation, electrical, fire alarm and fire protection.

Client: Pennsylvania Department of General Services  

Location: Lancaster, PA

SF: 44,000 sf

Q/A with Kyle Shepherd, Field Engineer II

When first contracted for this project, what did the client express as the main goal / most pressing need for our services to accomplish?

I was brought on to this job to help the Baltimore office from NYC in the middle of the construction phase of this project. When I arrived, the most pressing need from our client, PADGS, was to have the new facility fully commissioned and ready to go as soon as possible. Our main goal was to ensure this new educational center’s MEP systems were operating properly, and as energy-efficient as possible.

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Project Spotlight: Manhattan Supreme Court, Energy Conservation Measures (ECM) Implementation

The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) contracted HEA to provide existing building commissioning services for the Manhattan Supreme Court ECM Implementation project in New York, NY. Services being provided include the commissioning of the following systems: electrical, demand control ventilation, chillers, condenser water pumps, cooling tower, and HVAC sensors and controls.

Client: New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC)  

SF: 322,000 sf

Location: New York, NY

Q/A with JT Himelrick, Field Engineer

When first contracted for this project, what did the client express as the main goal/most pressing need for our services to accomplish?

Since my involvement in this project, the most pressing need for HEA has been in the air handling unit controls upgrade. Since each unit has numerous sensors and equipment that are being upgraded, keeping track of the issues that arose and their solutions has proven to be a challenge and the service most needed from HEA.

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Employee Spotlight: Nicolas Rios

Meet Nicolas Rios! He is a Project Coordinator at HEA and was recently selected as an Employee of the Month! Here's a quick Q/A with him: Who would you like to swap places with for a day? I would swap places with Warren Buffet. What did... Read More
 

Project Spotlight: Hudson Valley Hospital MRI Replacement

Horizon Engineering Associates, LLP (HEA) was contracted by Group PMX, LLC to provide design phase commissioning services for the Hudson Valley Hospital MRI Replacement project in Cortlandt Manor, New York. HEA’s scope of work includes commissioning of the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to ensure all that all systems and equipment are installed and operating according to design intent.

Client: Group PMX, LLC  

Location: Cortlandt Manor, NY

Q/A with Anthony Grgas, Senior Project Engineer

Have you ever commissioned a project involving an MRI replacement before? If so, what are the challenges with these types of projects that you have faced before and if not, what challenges are you expecting to possibly come across?

I have commissioned an MRI project before and there are many interesting aspects and challenges about them:

  • All building materials within the MRI room must be ferromagnetic (for example-only aluminum lighting fixtures and stainless steel duct)
  • The entire MRI is encased in a shell constructed out of copper sheets/plates to act as a faraday cage and block out radio noise that could interfere with the imaging process
  • The supermagnet within an MRI magnet is usually filled with helium at cryogenic temperatures, that must be provided with a cryogenic venting system as an instantaneous means of venting (in case anything goes wrong with the magnet or magnet cooling system)
  • The cooling is usually provided by a dedicated process chiller, with an emergency domestic water switchover for emergency cooling in case of chiller (or chilled water pump) failure
  • All mechanical equipment must be on critical emergency power circuits
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National Engineers Week: Phil Krizan

I became an engineer because the engineering profession is constantly tasked with solving the world’s problems, to both shape and create the future as we know it. Working for a commissioning firm, I am given the opportunity to face unique problems on a daily basis, while being provided with the tools and the expertise to solve them. Through HEA, I am able to see how the opportunities I have been given have an impact on the shape and the future of New York City.

In engineering, you never stop learning! You are exposed to new ideas, systems, equipment, techniques, and a whole variety of other items you would never encounter working in a different field. You’re a composite…You’re not a scientist, or an economist, or a writer; but you collaborate and use knowledge across all of these fields to solve engineering problems. My advice to aspiring engineers would be to branch out…take other classes, learn other subjects, but most of all, learn to love learning.

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National Engineers Week: Kari Rosteck

If someone were to tell you “you can’t do that” – what is your first instinct? To probably do it. It’s human nature to be curious and test your boundaries. So, when my physics teacher in grade 11 told me I wouldn’t be able to handle engineering, I simply heard the conversation as ‘challenge accepted’.

What started as a challenge to myself ended up being the start of an amazing career. I had no idea what an engineer did, let alone what industries I could get into. Reason being, engineers seriously do anything and everything, and they’re super modest about it too. Some people call it socially awkward but I think modest sounds best.

Choosing a career is definitely the hardest part of engineering and it really depends on your interests. You have to find what you’re most passionate about and align it with your daily grind. Personally speaking, I am most excited about saving energy and leading a minimal life. I take great pride in helping others achieve similar goals which in the grand scheme of business, helps save money. In my field of engineering I get to work in the areas of buildings that many people don’t ever see. I monitor the buildings “heart rate” per se and test all of its components to make sure they’re operating efficiently. This in turn gives the building occupants a healthy space to live and work and the owners get to save money too. Talk about a win – win!

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Project Spotlight: All Aboard Florida, Miami Central Station

   
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP hired HEA to provide building envelope consulting services for the Miami Central Station (a part of the 235-mile network of rail lines that will connect South Florida to Central Florida). This massive elevated station will sit on various blocks of parking lots between the Metrorail tracks and NW 1st Avenue, connecting to the Government Center station. This facility will serve as a place where trains, buses and shuttles will all meet under one gigantic roof. HEA is providing ongoing building enclosure consulting and peer review services for the exterior enclosure systems, which includes duties such as: Review of curtain wall, metal panels and extruded aluminum infill screen; review of soffit system design and shop drawings; review of any glazing impact testing; review of visual mock-up drawings and specimens including standalone glass sample reviews, factory inspections; site visits and attendance at project meetings as required in New York City and Florida.

Client: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

SF: 180,000 sf

Location: Miami, FL

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