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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 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

School Features Innovative Lighting Design

Posted by Bob Roop

May 27, 2016 10:30:51 AM

MEP Engineers Deliver On Time and Under Budget

PBA provided MEP engineering and architectural lighting design services for the construction of Plymouth-Canton Public School's new Liberty Middle School. The project was part of a $114 million bond that passed in 2013.

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Topics: K-12, Education, Energy, HVAC, MEP, Innovative Solutions, Electrical Engineering, Middle School Design, Architectural Lighting, MEP Engineering

MEP Design and Architectural Lighting Design for Dicastal North America Industrial Campus

Posted by Tom Saccaro

May 2, 2016 9:20:47 AM

Renovations and Additions Underway at Existing 98-Acre Energy-Efficient Site

PBA provided MEP engineering design services to aluminum wheel manufacturer, Dicastal North America, for its $140 million manufacturing investment in Greenville, MI. The project is located on the former 98-acre site of United Solar Ovonics campus which had shut its doors in 2012 after filing for bankruptcy. Dicastal North America expects to produce three million wheels annually.

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Topics: HVAC, MEP, Laboratory Design, Renovation, Industrial, Manufacturing, High Efficiency, Architectural Lighting

MEP Design and Architectural Lighting Design for Gage Products Lab Renovation

Posted by Camille Thompson

Apr 29, 2016 9:28:19 AM

Lab and Office Renovation Features Efficient HVAC and Lighting

Peter Basso Associates’ MEP design engineers provided MEP design services for the complete renovation of Gage Products’ Building 821 in Ferndale, Michigan. The renovation included approximately 3,150 sq.ft. of new solvent/fuel lab space and 2,700 sq.ft. of office space.

Gage specializes in what is called a “closed-loop” recycling process for paint solvents it sells that are used by Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and other automobile manufacturers around the world. The project consolidated all of Gage’s existing laboratory and testing facilities into a single building and nearly doubled the existing scientific labs they have. The renovated facility also expanded the capabilities of the company’s in-house research and development.

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Topics: HVAC, MEP, Laboratory Design, Renovation, High Efficiency, Architectural Lighting

4 ways MEP design makes buildings more sustainable

Posted by Peter Basso Associates, Inc.

Mar 9, 2016 11:39:27 AM

Sustainable MEP solutions for your building

Whether you are in the design phase, own an older building, or are looking to revamp operational procedures at your current building, the proper MEP engineering services can address your wants and needs for making your building more sustainable. The following are four examples that can significantly reduce your bottom line:

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Topics: Lighting, Electrical, Mechanical, Energy, Plumbing, HVAC, MEP

10 Reasons Why You Need an MEP Design Company for Your Project

Posted by Dan Englehart

Mar 4, 2016 9:40:28 AM

MEP engineering consulting services can help your bottom line

Whether you’re an architect, contractor, or building owner, working with MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) consulting engineers can assure that your construction or renovation project will optimize your building’s performance and minimize its operating costs.

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Topics: Energy, Plumbing, HVAC, LEED, MEP, BAS, MEP Design Company

7 ways MEP engineering can make your older building more efficient

Posted by Peter Basso Associates, Inc.

Mar 2, 2016 1:12:14 PM

MEP design engineering tips to live by

Below are seven strategies that you can use to make your older building more sustainable while also complementing and preserving the character and design of the structure.

  1. Perform an energy audit

Before installing new equipment or making upgrades to enhance an older building’ sustainability level, owners and facility managers should first perform an energy audit to determine if existing systems are operating at optimum levels.

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Topics: Lighting, Plumbing, HVAC, Historic, MEP

Why MEP Engineers / Building Owners Prefer Building Automation Systems

Posted by Jeff Czarniecki

Feb 5, 2016 2:38:02 PM

How your building can benefit from automation systems

Building automation systems (BAS) are centralized, interlinked networks of hardware and software that control and/or monitor a building’s HVAC systems, indoor and outdoor lighting, security, fire alarms, and any number of other mechanical, electrical, or plumbing (MEP) features in the building. These systems are used to control and monitor the environment in a number of facilities, ranging from commercial, to industrial, to municipal, to residential.

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Topics: HVAC, MEP, BAS

3 energy saving strategies to reduce impact of high occupancy spaces

Posted by Bob Roop

Nov 9, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Demand Control Ventilation and energy recovery methods can boost building efficiency

Some of the most challenging areas confronting the designers of HVAC systems for K-12 schools are the high occupant load areas such as Cafeterias, Gymnasiums and Auditoriums. Code dictates a very high occupant load which must then be accounted for in the heating/cooling calculations, but that occupant load also translates into a code-prescribed outside air ventilation rate.

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Topics: K-12, Energy, HVAC, MEP

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