Facilities Design

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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Historic Aviation Complex at Dallas Love Field Getting Its Wings Back

by Pat Brown November 11, 2015

When it opened in 1958 at the beginning of the “Jet Age,” the Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base at Dallas Love Field was widely known as one of the nation’s best pieces of midcentury aviation architecture. The one-of-a-kind, modern facility embodied the spirit of flight in its architecture: Its central building was flanked by two […]

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From Design to Construction: Getting Started with Substation Perimeter Security

by Keegan Odle October 22, 2015

Two years ago, an attack on Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf Substation took multiple power transformers offline in a matter of minutes and exposed vulnerabilities in our nation’s power grid. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) responded by issuing the new CIP-014 Standards that requires substation owners and operators to take proactive measures to […]

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