Salas O'Brien News

Largest US Supermarket Chain Turns to Salas O'Brien

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Mar 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

With a headquarters in Cincinnati and stores in 34 U.S. states, Kroger is the largest supermarket chain in the United States and the third-largest retailer in the world.

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Topics: Retail

Project Report: Salas O'Brien Partners with Houston Food Bank

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Mar 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The Houston Food Bank provides a variety of services to Houston and its surrounding cities. With help from volunteers, the professional staff work to end hunger by packaging one meal at a time.

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Topics: Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing

National Retailer Turns to Salas O'Brien to Train Its Managers

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Mar 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Aaron’s is a popular lease-to-own retailing company with over 2,000 stores nationwide. With an Atlanta headquarters and a goal of increasing the company’s footprint even further, Aaron’s needed a partner to create a training center for the growing number of management staff.

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Topics: Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Retail

How BIM Helps Salas O'Brien Work Smarter

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Mar 1, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In a previous article we gave a quick overview of how Salas O'Brien uses virtual reality to serve its clients better. But how do you get a virtual reality model?

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Topics: Revit, Virtual Reality, 3D

Project Report: How Do You Make an Office Park Sustainable?

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Feb 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Sunset Development is a leading suburban developer in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing cutting edge commercial tenant spaces. Bishop Ranch is one of the company’s premier properties, and with planned expansion to the development, Sunset needed a partner to bring its 2600 Bishop Ranch building up to the company’s high standards for sustainability and efficiency.

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Topics: Energy savings, Sustainability

How 3D and Virtual Reality Help Salas O'Brien Design Better

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Feb 22, 2017 9:23:36 PM

One of Salas O’Brien’s designers was recently meeting with a major Fortune 100 company in the telecommunications field. As they discussed options for a project we’re working on, an executive leaned back in his chair and said, “It would be really great if we could see this in virtual reality, before we start construction.” As if that were possible.

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Topics: Revit, Virtual Reality, 3D

Pick Any Three: Save Money, Build Better, and Do Good

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Feb 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM


It's a maxim of project management that you have any two of quality, speed, and cost. If you need a project done as soon as possible (preferably yesterday), then it's either going to cost you a fortune or will have sub-par quality.

When it comes to building projects, commissioning can prove the maxim wrong. With commissioning, you can save money, build better, and do good in the process.

Is that a bold claim? Sure. But there's a reason that more and more states and local jurisdictions are requiring commissioning on every building project.

In a prior article we defined commissioning and went over the basics of what it accomplishes. We also overviewed where it's required by law, and why you might consider it even it's when not required by law.

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Topics: Commissioning, Energy savings

Arc Flash Is a Real Danger. Here's How to Minimize Your Risk.

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Feb 8, 2017 9:18:47 AM

Arc flashes are a well-known risk factor, especially in the large, mission-critical facilities that Salas O'Brien's clients often build and manage. These indoor explosions take a serious toll on human life and on the buildings our clients manage.

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Topics: Arc flash

Project Update: Fortune 500 Corporate HQ

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Feb 3, 2017 11:58:00 AM

Newell Brands is a Fortune 500 company and manufacturer of a variety of “classic” American products from the Sharpie and Elmer’s Glue to the Crock Pot and Rawlings baseball gloves.

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Topics: Commercial, Corporate

Salas O’Brien principal Mark Minick retires after more than 35 years

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jan 30, 2017 3:30:03 PM

Salas O’Brien principal Mark Minick recently announced his retirement after more than 40 years practicing engineering, and over 35 years with his own firm. Mark began Minick Engineering in 1981 and served clients in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, health care, critical environments, commercial/retail, housing, and education. Minick Engineering was acquired by Salas O’Brien in early 2016.

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