Facilities Design

Finding Efficiency in the Growth of District Energy Systems

by Jeff Easton February 10, 2017

Operating budgets are steadily shrinking, while utility costs are progressively rising. District energy providers are feeling the squeeze — especially when a system is called upon to support continuing load growth and a major campus expansion. The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is tackling that challenge head on, with a strategic approach that not […]

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Powered to Succeed with Updated P&ID

by Bryan Durant February 8, 2017

Many power plants and steam generating facilities across the nation are past their intended 30-year lifespan. Some are even pushing more than 50 years old. During these decades, significant changes have been made to plant systems, components and layouts to improve performance and maintainability. Plant operations have also been modified to comply with new regulations […]

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Arresting Indoor Air Quality Criminals in Metal Finishing and Chemical Tanks

by Angela Vawter January 25, 2017

When you think of criminals, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t humidity or hazardous mists and vapors. But these so-called ‘criminals’ — indoor air quality criminals, that is — can escape from open surface tanks causing irritation or harm to operators, as well as corroding the surrounding building structure and supporting utility […]

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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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