Category: Facilities

Vibration-Induced Damages and Complaints – Are You Managing the Risk?

June 30, 2020

As the saying goes, you have to crack a few eggs to make an omelet. On some construction projects, heavy equipment and machinery can crack more than just eggs. Complaints and lawsuits related to damages …

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Retro-Commissioning Leads to Building Performance Benefits

June 8, 2020

In recent years, most municipalities have adopted building codes for energy conservation for new construction and major renovations. This mandated building code known as commissioning is an intensive quality assurance process, with a goal of …

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Addressing Facilities Asset Management Challenges for School Districts

September 21, 2018

Basketball hoops, band towers, light poles, and bleachers are just some of the physical assets a typical independent school district facility manager might oversee. Add the countless other assets a school may own, multiply them …

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Creating a Safe Environment: Does Your Healthcare Facility Have Water Intrusion?

August 9, 2018

Water intrusion can cause a host of issues impacting buildings and the health of the people who use them. Hospitals and other medical facilities must be particularly aware of this sometimes-invisible threat to protect the …

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Restoring an Icon: Renovating the Historic Hearst Castle Neptune Pool

June 5, 2018

The Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., is a sprawling historic estate comprised of multiple structures featuring 165 rooms, situated on 250,000 acres. The estate was built over many years starting nearly 100 years ago, …

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What’s Under the Hood (Concrete)?

August 20, 2017

Using ultrasonic echo tomography is a very useful structural diagnostic technique for diagnosing surface and internal concrete defects. Cracks, spalls, and surface defects such as voids, honeycombing, exposed rebar, etc., are typical symptoms of distress …

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Air Barrier Testing Reveals Cost Reduction Solutions for School System

March 17, 2016

Ever notice a breeze in older buildings, even when it is not windy? Many buildings are leaking air, which means the owners are losing money. The Charlotte Mecklenburg School System (CMSS), one of the largest in the …

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Just Testing or Real Teaming

March 2, 2016

The article discusses how advances in construction materials engineering testing and using advanced collaboration methods, can help achieve better results.

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Securing the Facility: Historic Data Center Roof Reconfiguration

August 10, 2015

When you’re responsible for housing the data center operations for the Southeast’s largest concentration of telecommunications companies, the words “leaky roof” are likely to cause you more than just a little anxiety. So when a …

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ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit: A Tool for Success

June 7, 2015

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