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PBA Provides Commissioning Services for First Solar PGT-2 Manufacturing Plant in Ohio

Posted by Camille Thompson

Jul 3, 2019 3:57:00 PM

Full Production Expected Late 2019 for 1-Million SF Facility

First Solar is a 1-million-square-foot manufacturing plant being built for the production of its new Series 6 thin-film solar panels for use by large utility solar farms, on public buildings, and at off-grid industrial sites. This is the second First Solar manufacturing plant and it is located in Lake Township Ohio. Breaking ground in June 2018, the plant is expected to reach full production by late 2019.

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Topics: Electrical, Commissioning, Manufacturing, Solar, First Solar, TAB

Commissioning for the University of Michigan MSRB III

Posted by Camille Thompson

Jul 3, 2019 9:50:41 AM

University of Michigan MSRB III Commissioning  |  Ann Arbor, Michigan

Medical Sciences Research Building III (MSRB III) is a 10-story, 207,000 g.s.f. biomedical research facility on the campus of the University of Michigan. The third in a series of research facilities, MSRB III accommodates approximately 400 people and features laboratories, animal housing, office/conference space and support facilities. 

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Topics: Commissioning, Higher Ed, MSRB, Research, University of Michigan

PBA Provides MEP Design Solutions for MSU's IM Sports West Pool/Locker Room HVAC Replacement Project

Posted by Peter Basso Associates, Inc.

May 15, 2019 1:10:34 PM

HVAC Design Innovation Provides Unique Ventilation Solution

There are many air quality concerns and HVAC design challenges associated with indoor pools. Recently, PBA, was tasked with meeting those challenges, for the Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, IM Sports West Pool / Locker Room HVAC Replacement project. 

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Topics: Recent News, Sports, Mechanical, Energy, HVAC, Natatorium, Pool, Collegiate, Ventilation

PBA VP, S. Bilan Shares Lessons Learned in Health Care Engineering: Troubleshooting Outside Air Airflow Measurement Stations

Posted by Scott Bilan, PE

Apr 26, 2019 12:23:34 PM

A few years ago, a local hospital had post-occupancy challenges with a large project that PBA had designed. 

Several indoor AHUs were periodically tripping freeze stats and there appeared to be no rhyme or reason as to when or why the stats would trip. 

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Topics: MEP, MEP Engineering, Airflow, Health Care / Lab, Freeze Stats, Outside Air

The Fine Line of Humidity in Healthcare: 4 MEP Engineering Considerations

Posted by James C. Paul, PE, LEED AP

Jan 28, 2019 3:09:58 PM

Over the past several years, regulators have given more attention to humidity levels in operating rooms and central sterile processing departments. Facilities personnel are often challenged by fluctuations in humidity.

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Topics: MEP, Healthcare, Humidity

PBA Chairman, Peter J. Basso, PE, FASHRAE and Principal Randy M. Wisniewski share Experience/Thoughts on Peer Review- a Commissioning Fringe Benefit or More

Posted by Peter J. Basso, PE, FASHRAE, Chairman and Randy M. Wisniewski, Director of CA/CX Services, PBA

Jan 11, 2019 2:41:05 PM


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Topics: Commissioning, ASHRAE, Peer Review

PBA Vice President D. Conrad, PE, Looks at MEP Solutions for New University of Michigan Athletics and South Campus Performance Project (ASCP)

Posted by Dave Conrad, PE

Dec 17, 2018 4:20:56 PM

Sports Complex Features State-of-the-Art Heating System

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Topics: Recent News, Education, Sports, Energy, HVAC, University, ASHRAE, Higher Ed, High Efficiency, Cost-Effective Solutions, Athletic Facilities, MEP Engineering, Recreation

Vice President A. Luzenski, PE, CEM, LEED AP of PBA, Shares 'Top 5 Benefits of An Energy Assessment'

Posted by Andrew Luzenski PE, CEM, LEED AP

Oct 19, 2018 10:34:45 AM

Improve the Health and Performance of Your Facility with These Steps

The first step in cutting energy bills, operating costs, improving comfort and optimizing efficiency in your building may be to have qualified professional engineers perform an in-depth energy assessment of your building.

This assessment will help you in determining the overall health and performance of your building and where needed, provide suggestions for means of improvement.

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Topics: LEED, Energy Management System Design, Cost-Effective Solutions, Architectural Lighting, MEP Engineering, Energy Modeling, DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, Energy Assessment

In Recognition of National ESOP Month, PBA Shares its, 'Top 10 Fun Facts about ESOP'

Posted by Camille Thompson

Oct 11, 2018 10:41:20 AM

Wondering What the Buzz is About? Find Out Why ESOP Organizations Are on the Rise

October is National Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Month. As a longtime ESOP organization, PBA proudly reflects on the many benefits it’s incurred over these past few decades of service.

We’d like to encourage others that are interested in this employee-focused retirement program by providing beneficial information on just how an ESOP works and whether or not it’s the right choice for your company. 

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Topics: MEP Engineering, ESOP

Solid Case for "Before" and "After" Site Focus

Posted by Robert White, IALD, IES, IC

Jul 6, 2018 2:35:28 PM

Site Focus Phase is Vital to Project's Success and Client Satisfaction

The Construction Administration (CA) and Site Focus Phase of a project is an important part of our scope. In that much of what we do involves some form of accent/adjustable lighting, it is critical that lighting designers are responsible for aiming lights at the end of a project's construction phase.

The following are some before site focus and after site focus images to better convey the importance of aiming at the end of a project's construction.

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Topics: Architectural Lighting Design, LED Lighting

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