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

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

More about Commissioning, and Why You Need to Know

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Apr 19, 2018 5:37:42 PM

To Salas O’Brien clients, the word “commissioning” means energy savings, lowered operating costs, and optimal environments—but a lot goes on behind the scenes to achieve these amazing results.  The field is constantly evolving, so having a trustworthy, communicative expert by your side through the process will make all the difference.

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Topics: Commissioning, Sustainability, Engineering, Design

Commissioning: A Must-Have for Sophisticated Facility Owners

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Apr 12, 2018 4:25:32 PM

Sophisticated property owners aim to construct a building as economically as possible, and for good reason. Financial pressure is intense.

But yet, over a 30-year span, a building’s utility, maintenance, service, and system replacement costs can run between 50 to 80% of the facility’s total cost (including construction costs). The more complex the building and the more energy it uses, the higher that percentage will move within this range—especially in regions with high or increasing utility costs.

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Topics: Commissioning, Sustainability, Engineering, Design

Project Report: Radical Waste Reduction in Iowa Processing Plant

Posted by Salas O'Brien on Nov 28, 2017 1:02:00 PM

From its earliest days as an energy consulting firm, sustainability has been at the heart of Salas O'Brien. That’s why we were excited to partner with Plumrose USA to create a design that would dramatically increase efficiency at their new Iowa processing plant.

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Topics: Energy savings, Sustainability

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

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

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