Spot the Deficiency! January 2019

Q: What needs to be fixed?

A: This is a deficiency because the duct is going to run into the pipe. Either the pipe or the duct has to be moved. If this was not caught by the commissioning process, the project would not be able to continue; the ductwork could not be finished until the pipe moved.

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Thank you to Phil McCrory, QCxP, Field Engineer, for capturing this.

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Employee Spotlight: Michael McDonnell

Meet Michael McDonnell! He is HEA's Senior Accountant and he recently was 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? My 18 month old son, would love to see his... Read More

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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