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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

Nov 9, 2020 11:55:03 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, 'Top 10 Fun Facts about ESOP'

Posted by Camille Thompson

Oct 1, 2020 1:21:56 PM

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

Meet PBA at These Upcoming Virtual Career Fairs: MSOE & MSU School of Engineering (10/1/20, 10/2/20)

Posted by Camille Thompson

Sep 28, 2020 10:58:48 AM

As we embark on this new era of virtual learning and in many instances across the State of Michigan, working remotely, PBA has continued to pursue top talent in the MEP engineering field from local and regional universities.

This is the second week of virtual career fair participation for Peter Basso Associates following last Thursday's (9/24) successful virtual career fair at Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science.

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Topics: Co-Op, Virtual, Career Fair

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.' ( 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

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