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PBA Provides Peer Review, MEP Engineering and Commissioning Services for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Alternate Care Site (ACS)

Posted by Camille Thompson

May 7, 2020 11:40:24 AM

Peter Basso Associates, a leading mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) design engineering consulting service, was hired by HKS, Inc. to provide peer review services as well as mechanical and electrical engineering design assistance for the temporary field hospital located in Novi, Michigan. The project led by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), temporarily converted the existing Novi Suburban Showplace Collection into an Alternate Care Site (ACS). In addition, Gilbane Construction hired PBA to provide commissioning services, which included the commissioning of mechanical HVAC, plumbing equipment and electrical distribution.

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Topics: Commissioning, MEP, Covid-19

PBA Electrical Engineer, C. DiCicco and Illuminart Lighting Designer, E. Williams, LC, Weigh-In on Considerations When Facing High Lighting Costs

Posted by Carmen DiCicco and Elizabeth Williams, LC

Apr 23, 2020 2:00:30 PM

Your project is designed and out for bids. Pricing comes back and you discover that the lighting package is considerably more expensive than you had anticipated. You’re left contemplating, “how did this happen? Where did this pricing come from?”

Here are several possible culprits for the unexpected spike in lighting costs for your project, along with some suggestions for how to avoid, when possible, paying for more than you’re getting.

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Topics: LED Lighting

Top MEP Engineering Firm, PBA Celebrates 'National Reading Month' with PBA Staff's Most-Loved Books

Posted by Camille Thompson

Mar 6, 2020 2:29:52 PM

This week marks the beginning of National Reading Month, a month-long celebration dedicated to 'motivating Americans of all ages to read every day.' (www.charities.org) The Peter Basso Associates technical library is extensive and changing everyday much like the building, design and construction industry, however, we wanted to know what PBA staff were reading at home and outside of the workplace. 

Much like the diverse personalities that make up this award-winning engineering design firm, responses were unique and across-the-board, intriguing. Here's what some of our staff members had to say.

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Topics: National Reading Month

Fighting Stack Effect: Winter Tips from Mechanical Engineer A. Frantz, PE, Peter Basso Associates

Posted by Aaron Frantz, PE

Jan 31, 2020 11:07:11 AM

Solutions for Maintaining Occupant Comfort this Winter

In the depths of winter, there’s nothing nicer than escaping from the wind and cold into a warm building. Unfortunately, sometimes winter creeps from the outdoors into lobbies, causing discomfort for occupants and sometimes freezing pipes. However, don’t be fooled. Your heating system is not always to blame. Consider Stack Effect.

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Topics: Stack Effect

PBA Mechanical Engineer and Project Leader, K. Fitzgerald, PE Offers Insight into Automation for Calculations and Design

Posted by Kenneth Fitzgerald, PE

Dec 23, 2019 11:48:09 AM

'Calculation Software, BIM and Spreadsheets Offer a Wealth of Information'...

Engineers have many tools at their disposal that streamline calculations, equipment selections, drafting and modeling. Calculation software, BIM files, and spreadsheets all offer a wealth of information that could be useful in other engineering applications. It is not uncommon for these tools to be dependent on one another too (i.e. data from load calculation software can be used in a ventilation calculation spreadsheet which then needs to populate data in a building model).

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Topics: Automation

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

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