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Engineering for Quality and Compliance in the Food and Beverage Industry

Posted by Salas O'Brien on May 24, 2018 11:30:00 AM

In any industry, the safety and efficiency of engineered production processes have a major impact on the bottom line. In the food and beverage industry, there’s a lot more than money at stake. Even the slightest production errors can radically affect consumer health and safety, and public trust, once lost, is difficult to regain. The Salas O’Brien team is passionate about community well-being, and we’re proud to promote product quality and compliance through our work for this vital industry.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, Sustainability, Energy savings, LEED, Varo

LEED: Achieve the Gold Standard in Sustainable Design With Salas O'Brien

Posted by Salas O'Brien on May 16, 2018 2:35:28 PM

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) began in 1993 with the singular mission of promoting sustainability in the building industry. This passion led to the creation of what has become the world’s most widely respected and utilized green building rating system: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Since the system’s inaugural year at the turn of the century, LEED has been part of more than 92,000 projects in over 165 countries and territories across the world—and its impact on the community, the environment, and building-owner costs is nothing short of revolutionary.

A LEED certification from the USGBC is more than just an environmental stamp of approval—it’s a recognition of exceptional design that will translate into energy and operational cost savings and improved quality of life for building occupants. Research also shows that these quality and cost benefits attract tenants and lead to higher property sale value.

Commissioning plays a big role in achieving the level of design sophistication LEED requires, and as top U.S. commissioning firm with extensive LEED experience, Salas O’Brien has both the training and the track record to guide clients through the complex process.

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Topics: Engineering, Design, Clean Energy, Sustainability, Energy savings, Commissioning, LEED

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

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

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