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Salas O’Brien is an employee-owned facility planning, design, construction management, and commissioning firm with offices across the United States. We use our experience at the intersection of energy, infrastructure, and sustainability to help high-profile clients meet their critical needs.

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Why Our Change Orders Are Three Times Lower Than Industry Average

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Dec 5, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Cumulative change orders on a large building will cause construction to run anywhere from 11-15% over budget and 10-20% over schedule. At Salas O’Brien, we’ve studied our change order rate and discovered that we consistently keep our change orders below 3% of construction costs. This means that on a typical $1 million construction project with 10% contingency, owners would save at least $70,000 in final construction cost alone, just by partnering with Salas O’Brien.

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How Growing Differently Puts Our Clients First

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 27, 2018 1:15:00 PM

At a recent ESOP shareholder meeting, CEO Darin Anderson spoke to Salas O’Brien’s employee-owners about how the company’s core values impact our growth, and what that means for the future.

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TRS Joins the Salas O'Brien Family

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 19, 2018 1:38:07 PM

Salas O’Brien is thrilled to welcome Concord, California-based Technical Roof Services (TRS) into the Salas O’Brien family.

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Topics: Expect a Difference, Growth, Opportunity, Roofing, Waterproofing, Building Envelope

When Commissioning Saved $900,000

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 10, 2018 11:15:00 AM

At Salas O'Brien, we believe in commissioning. And though code now requires commissioning in more places than ever, we've always believed that the energy savings and long-term value that commissioning provide make it the right thing to do.

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Interview: Partnering with the US Military

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Oct 22, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Salas O'Brien has for many years partnered with our government and military to improve infrastructure and serve our men and women in uniform. And it's no surprise that our office in San Diego has an especially deep and long-standing portfolio in engineering and commissioning for the military.

In this brief interview, Farzad Tadayon, Managing Principal in San Diego, shares why he loves working with our military and some of the unique challenges and opportunities these projects bring.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, Military, San Diego

Mel Kalmans Celebrates Nearly 60 Years in Industry, Announces Retirement for End of 2018

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Oct 17, 2018 12:45:00 PM

Mel Kalmans, co-founder of Salas O’Brien’s Houston office and an industry veteran of nearly 60 years, announced his retirement yesterday in a meeting with the Salas O'Brien teams in Texas and Louisiana. To ensure a smooth transition for clients, Mel’s retirement will take place at the end of 2018.

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Salas O'Brien Named a 2018 Commissioning Giant

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Oct 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Salas O'Brien has once again been named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer's list of Commissioning Giants. The award is based on annual billings and includes firms performing all types of commissioning around the world.

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Topics: Engineering, Commissioning, Success, Expect a Difference

Interview: Engineering for High-Speed Tolling

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Sep 25, 2018 12:54:39 PM

Salas O’Brien’s new Orlando office has unique capabilities in engineering for high-speed tolling. Here, Adam Levine, Principal, shares details on what exactly these projects entail and why he loves working on them.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, Orlando, Florida, High-Speed Tolling

Saving Energy & Advancing Careers at Alief ISD

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Sep 19, 2018 1:03:37 PM

At Salas O’Brien, our commitment to community-building means that we love contributing to education projects. That's why we were especially excited to attend last week's ribbon-cutting at the Center for Advanced Careers in Houston's Alief ISD.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, Texas, Technology, K12

Interview: Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Solutions in Automation and Controls Retrofit

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Sep 11, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Without extensive prior documentation, there’s no way to know what obstacles may arise in complex retrofit projects. Salas O’Brien’s automation and controls team knows this better than most, and our insight and experience can help you plan for the best and prepare for the worst in your upcoming retrofit projects.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, Ohio

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