Zoning a Single HVAC System and Zoning a Building

The primary function of an HVAC system is to generate and maintain comfort for occupants in a conditioned space. The best way to achieve comfort for everyone in an office, restaurant or home is through zoning. It is important to make the distinction between HVAC equipment zoning capabilities and building zoning requirements. (more…)

How Necessary is a Geotechnical Report When Designing A Building?

What Owners & Developers Should Know:

Notice that the title of this discussion doesn’t start with, “When is it Necessary”? I would also take it a step further and say that the title of this discussion should have an exclamation mark at the end of the title in lieu of a question mark.  Truly, a wise man will build his house upon a rock.

The stark reality of the matter is that no one knows what is underneath the ground until you drill down and analyze the soil condition.  For example, below the site, there could be an old mine shaft, large amounts of pyrite, global instabilities due to topography, etc.

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A common misconception shared by many is that structural engineers analyze and determine the soil properties on a given site for their foundation design.  A structural engineer’s scope of work encompasses the design of a structure down to the bottom of the foundation.  The soil conditions are to be determined by a licensed professional geotechnical engineer.  Therefore, in order to design a foundation for a structure, there must be soil recommendations for that particular site.  (more…)

What is the Backbone to HVAC Design?

Being four months removed from college, my daily routine and work environment have significantly changed. I am no longer running to class, so I don’t miss the beginning of a lecture, scratching notes down as fast as they come out of the professors’ mouths and pulling late nights cramming material in hopes of passing the big exam with flying colors.

Now a days, I am assisting in design ideas, attending design meetings and putting designs on paper to be built. The keyword is design. Although college didn’t always require developing a specific, real world design from start to finish, it did require a lot of formulas and crunching numbers.  These tedious tasks are the backbone behind HVAC design.

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Gracefully Flipping 50 Tons of Steel Like a Pancake

Building a structure made of steel takes a good bit of work. Design, construction planning and erection are all accounted for from conception to completion of a typical building project to withstand gravity loads, earthquakes, wind and snow. Now imagine that structure, still made out of steel, has to float in the water while carrying 1,500 tons or more. This is the daily business of Brownsville Marine Products, taking care of the assembly of these massive structures and almost literally “throwing” them into the river when completed (safely, of course).

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