Spot the Deficiency! December 2018

Q: What needs to be fixed?

A: Questionable temporary shoring used to support an unstable shelf angle at a brick veneer parapet.

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Thank you to Eric Turcotte, Field Engineer, for catching this.

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Employee Spotlight: Tracy Kiernan

Meet Kieran Tracy! He is a Field Engineer at HEA and he recently earned his LEED Green Associate credential. HEA is committed to our tagline, “Demand a Higher Standard” and encourages our staff to always be learning and being ahead of the curve. ... Read More

Antonio Delise

Q/A with Antonio Delise, Field Engineer II Employee of the Month: September 2018 Who would you like to swap places with for a day? I would swap places with Captain Sully. What did you want to grow up to be when you were a kid? I always... Read More

Featured Deficiency September 2018

Featured deficiency: Control Panel

A wall was built around the control panel (on the left) where the conduits go in. Will be unable to access the controls or do any service on this unit.

Submitted by: Philip McCrory, Field Engineer II

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John Stocker

Q/A with John Stocker, Senior Project Engineer Employee of the Month: July 2018 If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? There’s many places I’d love to vacation, but if I could choose anywhere, might as well be... Read More

Featured Deficiency! July 2018

Featured deficiency: Dirty Pipes

Having dirty drain pipes would lead to clogging which is the sole purpose of having drain pipes in the first place! Timely flushing and cleaning water treatment would prevent this. In this case, the facility was having issues because of the age of the building and that it was not properly maintained. We were able to snap a picture of the samples they took after pipes were cut out.

Written by: Gopal Lalwani, Project Engineer

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Behind the Scenes: Support Columns

Photo is in the basement of a prominent museum in Philadelphia, PA. As part of the Core Phase project, the museum is performing a lot of excavating to make way for increased usable space for galleries, classrooms and support areas. In some areas, they have found that the footings below some of the 90 year old support columns need to be deeper and/or repaired. The shoring is in place on either side of the support column so that they can install new footings. The scale of this is pretty impressive when you consider the bottle of water on the right hand side of the photo.

By: Michael Palumbo, CCP, Senior Project Engineer

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Featured Deficiency! June 2018

This deficiency was recently spotted by Phil McCrory, Field Engineer II

What is wrong in this photo?

Answer: A thermostat should never be placed directly above a heat source. We find this in offices, as we do commissioning, when a thermostat is near a coffee maker, copy machine, etc. that generates heat, it throws off the thermostat readings. An accurate space temperature reading will never happen with this set-up.

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Michael Palumbo

Q/A with Michael Palumbo, Senior Project Engineer Employee of the Month: May 2018 If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? Italy (Amalfi Coast). What is something about you that would surprise people? I... Read More

How To Avoid Ambiguity During the Construction Process

Mission Critical Commissioning: The Commissioning Plan

Often times the process of commissioning can be an ambiguous event that can have a different meaning for the variety of players involved on the project (e.g., owner, design engineer, contractor, etc.) Developing a commissioning program and documenting it in a commissioning plan helps clear up a lot of that ambiguity in order for all contractors, the commissioning team, the design team and the owner to understand the requirements and determine the expectation level for the project. The commissioning plan ensures that everyone agrees that the project will operate in accordance with contract documents and approved scope of work. The commissioning plan will highlight important general project information (location, building type and the construction period), critical abbreviations and definitions, identifies which systems or components are being commissioned and also identifies the project team members involved (including their contact information). The commissioning plan intends to focus on the commissioning process throughout the various phases of a project: design phase, construction phase, acceptance phase and post acceptance.

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