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

Posted by James C. Paul, PE, LEED AP

Feb 13, 2017 10:27:06 AM

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: Humidity, Healthcare, MEP

Top 3 Ways MEP Helps Reach High Performance Building Status Without the Price Tag

Posted by Andrew Luzenski

Dec 20, 2016 10:30:57 AM

Tips for Increasing Performance and Cutting Operating Costs

According to the National Institute of Building Sciences (“About the Council,” 2016) a high performance building is qualified as a building that integrates energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity. High performance buildings (HPB’s) can be anything from a 1-story elementary school to a high-tech college laboratory to a commercial office complex. So how does an owner achieve high performance building status and reduce operating cost?

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Topics: MEP, High Performance Building, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Energy Modeling, Building Management System Analytics

MEP Tips for Converting an Office Building to an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC)

Posted by Scott Bilan

Jul 19, 2016 10:53:35 AM

MEP Infrastructure Considerations

With the continuing changes in healthcare insurance and billing requirements, more health care providers are looking into how to satisfy insurance criteria and gain the most reimbursement for their services. Both hospital networks and independent physicians have gained interest into standalone Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) buildings.

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Topics: MEP, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Infrastructure, Health Care, Healthcare

Renovated Hillel Day School Shines with Unique Architectural Lighting

Posted by Bob Roop

May 27, 2016 11:22:18 AM

MEP and Architectural Lighting Design Creates Enhanced Learning Environment

PBA provided MEP engineering design and architectural lighting design for the first, second and third phase of the Hillel Day School renovation project, which included a new classroom wing and renovations to the heart of the school on the first floor.

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Topics: K-12, MEP, Renovation, Architectural Lighting, Technology

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

PBA Mechanical Engineer, Laginess Discusses Stand-Alone Health Care Facilities in May Issue of CSE

Posted by Camille Thompson

May 25, 2016 11:36:12 AM

Article Looks at MEP Design Challenges

The current issue of Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine features not only its annual "40 Under 40" winners, but also a detailed roundtable discussion on the challenges engineers face when design engineering stand-alone medical facilities and specialized treatment facilities.

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Topics: Health Care, Mechanical, MEP, Stand-Alone Medical Facilities, Medical Office Buildings

MEP Design Engineers Make a Case for Perimeter Radiant Heating for an Historic Renovation Project

Posted by George Hopkins

May 11, 2016 12:33:42 PM

Occupant Comfort in an Office Setting

One of the biggest headaches building owners experience is occupant complaints about thermal comfort. In new construction, there is a high level of control over the building envelope and perimeter issues are more easily dealt with.  In the renovation of existing and historic structures, there are often additional challenges, particularly where the space is used for either enclosed or open offices at the perimeter. One way to ward off the office grumbles associated with being too cold is by including perimeter radiant heat. 

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Topics: Office, MEP, Renovation, Perimeter Radiant Heating, Historic Renovation

Top Four Considerations When Replacing a Hospital's EPSS

Posted by Sam Awabdeh

May 2, 2016 10:31:00 AM

Tips for Emergency Power Preparation

Emergency power supply systems (EPSS) in hospitals are an important component of healthcare facility operations. Replacement of these systems, while keeping the hospital fully operational is one of the biggest challenges a healthcare design engineering team will face.

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Topics: Health Care, Emergency Power, EPSS, Electrical 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

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