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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Featured Deficiency! May 2018

Both of these deficiencies were recently found in an educational facility in Birmingham, MI.


Rooftop Unit installed without connecting the Return Air Damper to the Outside Air Damper.


Rooftop Unit installed with enclosure framing blocking the burner maintenance access.

Found and Investigated by Chad Patterson, Field Engineer
 

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Dakota Knutson

Q/A with Dakota Knutson, Asst. Proposal Coordinator Employee of the Month: March 2018 If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? This is tough because I want to go everywhere, but right now I would say... Read More
 

James Almodoval

Q/A with James Almodoval, Field Engineer Employee of the Month: January 2018 If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? If I were able to go anywhere on the planet, it would have to be Mykonos, Greece. The... Read More
 

The Potential Future of Building Envelope Systems

While the construction industry tends be slow moving to change, demands for improvement in energy efficiency for our buildings continue to push the industry to develop and improve new materials and systems. The development and innovation of materials being utilized within building envelope systems is where this push is most evident. With increasingly savvy designers and building owners, and codes continuing to become more stringent from an energy standpoint, the future of the envelope industry is already starting to become a reality as shown in products that are coming to market across the world.

The future of building envelopes, at least in regard to materiality (and in the opinion of me, Robert Golda), is twofold. First, the use and development of highly insulating materials/systems and materials with lower thermal conductivity than standard products is key for the industry to stay in line with future code demands. Secondly, the use of materials and/or systems which are reactive to environmental or user demands inside of a building that improve energy performance and user comfort.

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Eric Turcotte

Q/A with Eric Turcotte, Field Engineer Employee of the Month: December 2017 If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? I would go on a backpacking trip in Glacier National Park in Montana. What is something about you ... Read More
 

CJ Peter

Q/A with CJ Peter, Project Engineer Employee of the Month: December 2017 If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? Maldives. It’s on my list for 2019. What is something about you that would surprise people? I... Read More
 

Tom Conn

Q/A with Tom Conn, Project Engineer Employee of the Month: November 2017 If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. The best mountain biking in the world! What is something about ... Read More
 

Joe Levandoski

Q/A with Joe Levandoski, Project Engineer Employee of the Month: November 2017 If you could vacation anywhere on the planet, where would you go? For me a perfect vacation would be a hunting trip in the Rocky Mountains. What is something... Read More