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.
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.
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.
National Reading Month
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.
'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).
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.
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.
University of Michigan
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.
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.
Health Care / Lab,
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.