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Featured Deficiency! July 2018 

July, 31, 2018 at 55:00

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 

June, 18, 2018 at 39:00

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

Questions? Contact us at info@horizon-engineering.com.

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Featured Deficiency! June 2018 

June, 18, 2018 at 06:00

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.

Questions? Contact us! info@horizon-engineering.com.

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Featured Deficiency! May 2018 

May, 22, 2018 at 42:00

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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The College of New Jersey - Brower Student Center 

March, 28, 2017 at 57:00

HEA was engaged by The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) to provide both MEP and Building Envelope Commissioning Services (BECx) for the Brower Student Center Project in Ewing, NJ. This project includes a major renovation that will provide a transformative change to the interior and exterior of the building, as well as a 25,000 sf addition. The program includes meeting and event spaces; student spaces; co‐curricular support; lounge / social spaces; and dining in addition to mechanical/circulation/building support.TCNJ was particularly vigilant about ensuring that the BECx is performed by qualified personnel with building envelope experience.

HEA was first engaged during the design phase and continued through the completion of construction and post occupancy. In regards to the BECx process, HEA played a role in ensuring that the systems were designed in accordance with the owner’s requirements. In addition, HEA confirmed that the systems were installed in a manner that met the high expectations of the University.

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Expansion, Mount Pleasant, NY 

February, 28, 2017 at 31:00

Description of the project: This project added two new buildings (connected via an enclosed walking bridge) with 300,000 sf of laboratory and office space to the Regeneron complex at the Landmark at Eastview in the Town of Mount Pleasant in Westchester County, New York. This project is officially certified LEED Gold.

What services we are providing: HEA provided building commissioning services for all Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection systems. Over 500 deficiencies were reported and addressed by the contractors during construction, start-up and functional testing. With HEA leading the commissioning team the building is operating per design.

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Vistana Signature Experiences, Kaanapali Ocean Resort Lot 3 (Kaanapali, HI) 

September, 08, 2016 at 19:00

Description of the project: This luxury resort project encompasses 780,000 sf with a construction cost of $73 million. HEA was hired to provide MEP commissioning services for their 390 luxury villas, 10,000 sf lagoon-style pool, beach bar, restaurants, retail and fitness spaces located on 16 acres of Maui’s Kā‘anapali Beach.

 

What services we are providing: HEA is providing MEP commissioning services, including: co-generation system, air handling units, VAVs, smoke control, variable and fixed speed exhaust fans, condenser water pumps, water source heat pumps, booster pumps, source and rejection well equipment, backup hot water boilers, heating water pumps, industrial water pumps, electrical main and distribution gear, emergency generator, electrical sub-station, domestic water booster pumps and piping, pool and spa equipment, fire protection, fire alarm, lighting control system and building management systems.

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