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Commissioning Backwards: Optimizing Existing Buildings

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jul 26, 2018 12:52:00 PM

In recent articles, we’ve talked a lot about the ins and outs of commissioning. This systematic process has clear benefits, and not just for new projects—the owners of older structures may have even more to gain from commissioning than property developers that build new.

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Topics: Expect a Difference, Commissioning, Energy savings, California

Highland Sam J. Racadio Library + Environmental Learning Center: Practicing and Teaching Sustainability

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jun 21, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The Highland Sam J. Racadio Library and Environmental Learning Center unites the best in academic and hands-on educational experiences, and our engineers’ mechanical, electrical, and plumbing expertise helped bring it all together.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, T-Squared, California, Sustainability

Purposeful, Precise Design at SFSU’s New Global Museum

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jun 6, 2018 9:49:16 AM

Salas O’Brien’s engineers have experience designing for projects from entire master-planned communities to expansive critical environments. But oftentimes, complex projects fit into a small space.

One of our recent projects exemplifies a small space with precise design needs. Housed in the university’s Fine Arts building, San Francisco State University’s new Global Museum serves as a teaching lab for the school’s Museum Studies program, a research resource for scholars, and a Bay Area destination for history lovers.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, California, Higher Education

Clients That Span Markets: Engineering for the U.S. Military

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Mar 29, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Salas O'Brien's merger with T-Squared Professional Engineers has brought us a team experienced with military projects—yet the word "military" includes a wider variety of projects than you might think. For example, a child development center owned by the U.S. Navy received engineering and LEED consulting services and achieved Silver Certification. In another case, we provided mechanical and plumbing design and LEED consulting for the U.S. Navy Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center. Monitoring weather or sea conditions and children require vastly different equipment and facilities, but our team proficiently accommodated both.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, Commissioning, California, Growth

Emergency Generator Design for Maximum-Security Facility

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jan 16, 2018 12:13:00 PM

Salas O’Brien is committed to producing designs that are reliable, efficient, and cost-effective. When our clients come to the table with unique challenges and obstacles, we rise to the occasion and deliver excellent results. Our work with the County of San Bernardino is no exception.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, California

Project Report: Acoustically Sensitive Project at Steve Wozniak’s Alma Mater

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 15, 2017 3:59:00 PM

Salas O’Brien maintains a staunch commitment to client service and to adapting to the unique needs of each project. In the case of the De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC), this meant making special provisions in planning to ensure minimal impact to the beauty and acoustics of a facility that sits on an influential Silicon Valley campus.

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Topics: Engineering, Sustainability, LEED, Higher Education, Community College, California

Project Report: Modernizing Vital Facilities for a Thriving Community College

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Sep 26, 2017 12:36:00 PM

Covering more than 1.4 million square feet of building space total, San Jose-Evergreen Community College District has buildings that are among the oldest in the California community college system. With our wide variety of higher education campus experience and a focus on sustainability, Salas O’Brien was the perfect choice to provide services for renovations.

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Topics: Engineering, Community College, Higher Education, California, Central Plant, Energy savings

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