Facilities Design

Looking Ahead to DBIA 2016

by Bill Quatman October 26, 2016

I’ve long been an advocate of design-build as a project delivery method. Who can argue with its many documented benefits, like single-point responsibility, time and cost savings, fewer disputes and top-notch design, to name a few? As it gains momentum in the AEC industry, owners who aren’t considering it as a project delivery method could […]

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Resilient and Energy Efficient National Guard Readiness Centers

by Pete Karnowski August 17, 2016

Creating resilient and energy-efficient facilities is vital for the future of the Department of Defense. For the Army National Guard (ARNG), that means creating places where soldiers can plan, train, perform missions and provide a community-centric location in case of emergencies. The average age of most readiness centers, or armories as they’re sometimes called, is […]

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Designing Food Processing Plants of the Future

by Wayne Young June 17, 2016

Few industries evolve quite as quickly as the food industry. Just think about it; the low-fat and carb-free fads from 10-20 years ago gave way to today’s “real food” movement, where consumers increasingly want locally sourced, fresh products with a focus on niche or specialty foods. These ever-changing trends can present some serious challenges for […]

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Bringing the Power of BIM to Facility Management

by Steve Cline February 18, 2016

When Building Information Modeling (BIM) first hit the marketplace, it was touted as the solution for many of our industry’s challenges. Until recently, however, that promise had not been realized. BIM technologies were too complex, cumbersome and cost prohibitive to be implemented across the entire project life cycle. Instead, the focus of BIM was on a […]

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Achieving Food Safety through Certification & Process Design

by Justin Hamilton December 14, 2015

Following the introduction of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011, food safety continues to grow as a top concern. The FSMA has shifted regulatory focus from responding to contamination to driving implementation of preventative measures to reduce foodborne illness and regulate food safety. With this proactive regulatory practice now in place, manufacturers are […]

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