Salas O'Brien News

Project Report: Bermuda Hospital Requires Global Team for Critical Systems

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Aug 1, 2017 4:12:00 PM

As Bermuda’s second largest employer and its only hospital, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) provides state of the art healthcare facilities for the 65,000 residents of the island nation as well as its many annual visitors. Its isolated location in the Atlantic Ocean demands self-sufficiency: KEMH provides a remarkably comprehensive range of services, and its facilities must grow to meet any increase in demand.

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Topics: Commissioning, Engineering, Technology

Dramatic Energy Savings at Stanford University

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jul 11, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Improving the efficiency of large institutional buildings has been a core part of Salas O'Brien's work and history since its founding in 1975. While others worked for the good of the environment in a variety of ways, we knew that we could have a dramatic impact through the quiet, behind-the-scenes work of making buildings operate more efficiently and reliably.

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Topics: Commissioning, Engineering, Technology, Clean Energy

Latest LEED: MARTA's Brady Mobility Facility

Posted by Salas O'Brien on May 11, 2017 12:13:11 PM

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is the main public transport system in the city of Atlanta and includes both rail lines and buses. Demand for MARTA buses is at an all time high—making it time to update the bus “mobility stations” throughout the city.

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Topics: Commissioning, Engineering, Atlanta

How commissioning saved $900,000

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Apr 25, 2017 10:39:00 AM

The Century Plaza Towers are one of the most well-known office and residential buildings in the Los Angeles area. Completed in 1975 by architect Minoru Yamasaki, the towers resemble Yamasaki’s other “twin towers,” which fell in New York on September 11, 2001.

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Topics: Commissioning, Commercial, Central Plant

Commissioning Is Now Required in Texas: What You Need to Know

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Apr 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In late 2016, a major but little-noticed shift in commercial building code happened in Texas: the state adopted the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

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Topics: Commissioning, Texas, IECC

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

What is commissioning? Is it really a must-have?

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Jan 20, 2017 10:58:08 AM

Buildings operating at less than peak efficiency cost building owners money—lots of money in many cases. The EPA estimates that commercial buildings waste 30% or more in energy. And this doesn't even begin to include costs associated with lost employee productivity.

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Topics: Commissioning, Energy savings, LEED

State of Georgia Judicial Complex

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 9, 2016 5:36:03 PM

Salas O'Brien is excited to be working on yet another project with the State of Georgia—this time as the commissioning agent for a seven-story, six-acre judicial complex with more than 200,000 square feet.

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Topics: Commissioning

Salas O’Brien Named a Top 10 Commissioning Firm in the United States

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Oct 31, 2016 10:58:00 AM

Salas O’Brien is thrilled to announce that it has been named number 10 on the list of 2016 Commissioning Giants published by Consulting-Specifying Engineer.

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Topics: Commissioning