- Aug 01, 2015
Industry experts discuss whether the Middle East is making progress towards wider use of design and build to deliver projects.
Commercial Property Executive - Aug 01, 2015
As information technology improves and building owners accept commissioning a standard practice, that would seem to mean smooth sailing for commissioning as an integral part of development and property management. Naturally, things aren’t that simple.
Building Design & Construction - Jul 01, 2015
Optimism is high among the giant engineering and engineering/architecture firms, as the economy continues to stabilize and promising new technologies, services, and programs provide opportunities to bolster profits and revenue.
The Zweig Letter - Jun 02, 2015
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Jun 01, 2015
Building control systems put plenty of power in the hands of mere mortals. Energy-saving capacity and reams of facility data, plus the ability to ensure occupant comfort, allow facility managers to tailor system operation in an increasingly user-friendly way. But control upgrades are a complex matter, with plenty of opportunities for oversights and missteps. Among the potential preliminary steps involved are assembling a survey team, doing baseline surveys, and considering some key questions about the project.
Engineered Systems - Jun 01, 2015
Chilled beams teamed with dehumidification and energy recovery, bringing comfort to Cornell's Bill and Melinda Gates Hall.
Mission Critical - May 01, 2015
A look back and forward at the data center industry.
- Apr 01, 2015
GSA realized with headquarters modernizations that spaces were very lightly used and underused: "in reality, people are on the go, not at their desks." says Schram.
Elevator World - Mar 01, 2015
GlobeSt.com - Jan 29, 2015
A high-quality, well-built asset will pay for itself, Syska Hennessy Group co-presidents Gary Brennen and Cyrus Izzo tell GlobeSt.com exclusively.
- Jan 01, 2015
Carlos Petty, Vice President of building automation at Syska Hennessy, gives his take on the controls and automation market in the Middle East
Engineered Systems - Jan 01, 2015
Recent technology advancements have resulted in high heat producing hardware pushing the envelope of traditional air cooling methodologies. In response, some vendors have introduced liquid cooled solutions as a viable alternative that can accommodate as much as 30 kW/rack or more.
Building Design & Construction - Dec 28, 2014
Without cookie cutter cubicle rows or coveted corner offices, today’s contemporary workspaces allow employees to collaborate in ways they could have never dreamed of just a decade ago.
GlobeSt.com - Nov 03, 2014
LOS ANGELES—The new commissioning requirements instated under the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards are arguably the most impactful for commercial owners and developers, and although they will save in the long term, what happens today? Find out in this EXCLUSIVE Q&A on the subject.
Today's Facility Manager - Oct 08, 2014
Jim Szel's article in Today's Facility Manager magazine describes optimal staffing, training and assessment practices for mission critical facility management.
Engineered Systems - Oct 01, 2014
ASHRAE 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings, has served as a benchmark for both new and retrofit commercial building design for the last 35 years and continues to lead today’s sustainably minded business culture.
Engineered Systems - Sep 24, 2014
Hot spots in the data center can be attributed to two main factors: A lack of cooling capacity and/or a lack of cooling delivery. When evaluating an existing facility with reported hot spots, two factors should be examined carefully; either the facility cannot generate enough cooling to compensate for the heat loads or the cooling cannot be effectively delivered to the target area of control. This problem is amplified with the growing power densities of computer equipment that generate large amounts of concentrated heat in the data center
Building Design & Construction - Sep 09, 2014
James Coe contributes to this article from Building Design and Construction on how the trends in the data center industry evolve over time and what the current best practices are.
American School and University - Sep 01, 2014
For decades, schools of all shapes and sizes – whether primary, secondary or higher education – have led the industry in designing daylight into their projects. In parallel, industry and academia have taught designers and builders techniques, technologies, and testing necessary to provide the appropriate quantity and quality of light for the built environment. However, there remains one caveat to the relative success of incorporating daylight in schools: the unchanging ...
- Aug 25, 2014
A significant amount of information is being generated in healthcare these days, as part of its transition to a technology-driven industry. All that material—electronic health records (EHRs), test results, emails, private communications, and research—needs to be stored safely and securely, and many organizations are turning to data centers to deliver. “Hospitals first started out with a few computers, and then they started centralizing that into a room somewhere in the basement of the hospital,” says James Coe, senior vice president and director of critical facilities at Syska Hennessy Group (New York). “That room started overheating or ran out of space or power, so they had to make the room bigger or dedicated to data.”
Engineered Systems - Aug 01, 2014
Syska Hennessy is continually challenged to increase our client’s availability and reduce installed cost (CAPEX) at the same time. Here’s one best practice that we are using to meet this challenge.
DatacenterDynamics Focus Magazine - Jun 03, 2014
Data processing centers consume a significant amount of energy, far surpassing the energy consumption of other similar sized commercial facilities.
Medical Construction & Design - Jun 01, 2014
If you are interested in Top 5 Tips for Contemporary Healthcare Lighting Design, read Anton Lama and Mary Ann Hay's article in Medical Construction & Design May/June issue! They share innovation and flexibility strategies in lighting design and share a case study from the great new Lankenau Medical Center, Main Line Health, in Wynnewood, PA.
Building Design & Construction - May 08, 2014
Leading AEC firms offer helpful advice for using BIM to pull off prefab for everything from MEP infrastructure to whole bathrooms.
Engineered Systems - May 05, 2014
Critical facilities such as data centers use a wide range of mechanical-electrical support systems that are essential to their day-to-day operations. These support systems are very sensitive resources which upon failure would cause loss of data and pose a possible threat to the environment.
Mission Critical - Apr 02, 2014
Read on to learn how to design a control and monitoring network with a long life.
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Mar 26, 2014
Built in 1954, the historic Capitol Records Building in Hollywood, Calif., is a 13-floor high-rise designed to resemble a stack of records topped with a stylus, reflecting the mission of its namesake. Known as the world's first circular office building, the 150,000-square-foot structure has to contend with Southern California's sun all day long and from every possible building exposure.
Engineered Systems - Mar 24, 2014
Improving electrical energy performance is an important consideration in the design, construction and operation of any data center. This paper proposes a holistic methodology in achieving energy performance and capital expenditure (Cap X) savings. While achieving these savings, the challenge is to maintain or increase reliability, in other words, decreasing risk. Most data center energy projects usually focus on a single goal, not considering the holistic effect of increased risk or decreased reliability. When these non-tangible omissions become apparent, the energy performance aspect frequently becomes marginalized or canceled.
GlobeSt.com - Mar 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES—The next big innovation in real estate design is the transformation of space in the office sector, Gary Brennen of Syska Hennessy Group tells GlobeSt.com’s Natalie Dolce in this EXCLUSIVE Q&A.
Engineered Systems - Feb 01, 2014
In the last few years, major cities throughout the country have passed new energy code requirements mandating that commercial buildings perform regular retro-commissioning audits.
Medical Construction & Design - Feb 01, 2014
Planning for the future when you design your outpatient healthcare facilities. Tim Krawetz shares 5 principles to keep in mind that can create long term benefits for your facility!
Today's Facility Manager - Nov 12, 2013
If you are going to retrofit security into your facility, understanding what your vulnerabilities are and taking into account operational changes that your new security program will require are important to your ultimate success.
7x24Newslink - Oct 01, 2013
Chris Johnston talks about the changes that current transformerless UPS products have made in critical facilities design; It's Not Your Father's Static UPS, featured in 7x24 Exchange Magazine, page 50
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - Oct 01, 2013
The most educated owners are looking to their MEP engineers to become active participants during the initial stages of the project." Rob Ioanna participated in a roundtable discussion about commissioning and retrocommissioning office buildings, October issue of Consulting Specifying Engineer. Read more page 10
Laboratory Equipment - Sep 05, 2013
Right-sizing electrical infrastructure requires early collaboration in a common language across the project team.
High Rise Facilities - Aug 01, 2013
Are you performing effective long-term elevator commissioning? John Moran shares his knowledge about the process and explains that it goes beyond safety and economics.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - Jun 21, 2013
Here are the top 5 myths about the building façade and its impact on operations.
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - May 17, 2013
The hurricane prompted some facility managers to rethink their data-center resiliency strategies...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - May 16, 2013
A data center's electrical system requires a robust, reliable infrastructure that far surpasses that of its commercial and industrial facility peers.
Mission Critical - Apr 09, 2013
Know the steps to take to prevent pipe damage.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - Apr 01, 2013
Sports arenas and entertainment facilities involve complex engineering solutions. Five consulting engineers offer advice to get results worth cheering about.
Engineering News-Record - Mar 20, 2013
Though the project is 12% over budget, the team has managed to avoid major disruption to regular UN activities, including 8,000 conferences and 1-million visitors annually since 2008.
GlobeSt.com - Mar 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES—Once enacted, the new California energy code will increase energy performance by 30% says Gary Brennen of Syska Hennessy Group in part two of this EXCLUSIVE Q&A.
EC&M - Feb 13, 2013
In a span of less than 24 hours last October, residents of metro New York City were rudely reminded of how very close they live to the water — maybe, it now seems, a little too close for comfort.
District Energy Magazine - Jan 22, 2013
College Planning & Management - Jan 18, 2013
Now comes commissioning, a process that maintains the efficiency of the various parts of an integrated building automation system (BAS) by monitoring each system and constantly scanning for problems. Automated building system controls, integrated into a single system and then properly commissioned have cut utility costs in some buildings by an astonishing 30 to 70 percent.
College Planning & Management - Jan 16, 2013
Buildings with integrated and automated building control systems do use less energy. With a commissioning protocol, you can save even more. You can cut energy use further, while using less labor.
Engineered Systems - Jan 02, 2013
The primary objective of a hospital’s HVAC system is to create an environment where patients are at a reduced risk for infection during their stay. Airborne transmission of life threatening particles including molds, bacteria, viruses, and fungi can be introduced into the environment not only by the hospital’s other sick patients, but also by the built environment itself.
Facilities Manager - Dec 11, 2012
Health Facilities Management - Nov 12, 2012
An East Coast hospital experienced one of its greatest challenges this summer when a state contractor struck a 30-inch water main, flooding parts of the city and cutting off water supply to others. The hospital was without water, requiring a 2,000 gallon pumping truck from the local fire department to help meet patients' basic needs, including drinking and bathing.
Commercial Property Executive - Oct 08, 2012
One of commercial real estate’s saving graces in the recent recession was the fact that even during the preceding boom time development remained fairly controlled. Throughout the past few years, construction growth has been kept in continued check, and this year’s volatile economy has further delayed any full-scale return of real estate’s official bird: the crane.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - Sep 29, 2012
Having standby and emergency power systems connected to a networked controls system can provide monitoring and alarm functions should potential problems arise. However, there are differing opinions about connecting any kind of backup system to a network. Here two industry experts discuss the pros and cons of connecting these power systems to a network.
Engineered Systems - Aug 27, 2012
To realize the benefits and avoid the pitfalls, hydronic radiant systems must be designed, modeled, and operated correctly. Perhaps more than any other conditioning approach, hydronic radiant systems depend on holistic, integrated building design.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - Jul 16, 2012
Because gray water codes and standards aren’t one-size-fits-all, it is crucial to research and consult with all state, county, and city AHJ before design begins to determine which codes apply to a potential project. Here are some tips for engineering a non-potable water system.
Medical Construction & Design - Jul 16, 2012
The healthcare Cx process is the Rx for better quality of care in that it focuses team efforts on the verification of systems performance to prevent failures that can compromise the patient environment. Read about best practices for the healthcare environment in this article. (Turn to page 46.)
Data Center Journal - May 25, 2012
The problem of true integration of data center, IT, and building systems is not technology, nor even technical. Rather, it is cultural. Read what steps need to be taken to get closer to the goal of a unified platform.
FacilitesNet - May 01, 2012
While Data Center Infrastructure Management is not without risk, the reward of enabling formally disparate systems, components devices and software processes to communicate with each other is worth any potential drawbacks. This article will help facility managers/owners review options for the best DCIM solutions available today.
Environmental Design + Construction - May 01, 2012
Hear the experiences of Rob Bolin, Syska Hennessy Group's Director of High Performance Solutions, on his journey to achieving the prestigious designation of LEED Fellow from the USGBC.
District Energy Magazine - Apr 18, 2012
Remote mounted sensors used in data logging have been installed at LAX to ascertain if there is any impact to the terminal space temperatures as heating water temperature is lowered. Read about the data findings in this article.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - Apr 16, 2012
Conducting business overseas can be a challenge of global proportions. Language barriers, culture clashes, lack of adequate infrastructure and climate differences are difficult enough in your own country. Engineers with worldly experience offer some advice on international projects.
Environmental Design + Construction - Apr 02, 2012
Just like any new technology, building information modeling — even with its plethora of design, efficiency and collaboration benefits — is steadily progressing through the timely process of fuller market penetration. However, experts see the 3D modeling software as having recently reached a key stage in its global implementation.
Mission Critical - Apr 02, 2012
In this Q&A Cyrus Izzo, co-president of Syska Hennessy Group and vice president of the National 7x24 Exchange, discusses key trends driving the critical facilities industry. He specifically zooms in on the increased awareness of TCO (total cost of ownership) and its importance with owners and facilities managers.
- Mar 27, 2012
Today energy management systems (EMS) do more than turn boilers or chillers on and off. Such systems are computerized and in many cases, have become the brains of the building. Read about the protocols that permit electrical, lighting and other components to talk to one another in a building, sometimes across a portfolio of buildings.
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Mar 20, 2012
The data center is becoming essential to operations, and that means it needs to be up and running 24/7. Backup power systems are supposed to provide transfusions when something untimely happens to the utility grid. That's why it's essential for all facility managers to have a solid grasp of some basic points when planning for backup power. Get Chris Johnston's two cents on best practices.
Western Real Estate Business - Mar 20, 2012
Despite the challenges with data center design, those who are knowledgeable about it should find the market to be quite robust if they know where the action is. According to Ian Kucma, a senior associate in the Los Angeles office of Syska Hennessy Group, this action isn’t limited to the West’s major tech hubs.
Buildings.com - Feb 25, 2012
Chilled beam cooling technology is commonly perceived as a system fit for mild climates – hence its popularity in Europe, where weather conditions rarely approach that of the southern U.S. They can also be an efficient option even in hot, humid climates.
ConstructionWeekOnline - Feb 15, 2012
Data Center usage and growth in the GCC region is on the up as clients look to harness the power of internet technology. Syska Hennessy Group's Greg Jasmin and Bassem Hariri provide comments on the future outlook.
Mission Critical - Feb 13, 2012
Unite Parcel Service (UPS), updates a primary data center’s conditioned power systems distribution with the help of Syska Hennessy Group’s consulting/engineering design. Supported by two primary data centers, the iconic brand meets the IT and logistical demands of more than 15 million packages a day. The design, construction and migration to new Uninterruptable Power Supply Systems (UPSS) for the company’s Alpharetta, GA, data center sought to do the same.
Commercial Property Executive - Feb 10, 2012
Syska Hennessy Group co-presidents Gary Brennen and Cyrus Izzo are in the forefront of design and development progress, guiding an engineering firm known nationally for innovation and high-performance solutions for building design. Read their discussion with Suzan D. Silverman about these solutions, building design and development today, where shortcomings remain and what owners' and developers’' priorities should be for the best efficiencies in the future.
Engineering News-Record - Jan 30, 2012
The facilities push has crossed the border. Now under way in Long Beach, Calif., is the first non-transport P3 in the U.S., a $492-million courthouse that, totaling 540,000 sq ft, will be the state's largest when completed in 2013. Syska Hennessy Group co-president, Gary Brennen, comments on the groundbreaking concept of PPP.
District Energy Magazine - Jan 25, 2012
“Identifying the appropriate discount rate is a critical factor when conducting net present value (NPV) analysis. Minor changes in the discount rate can cause significant impacts in the results. See how and why?”
ConstructionWeekOnline - Dec 18, 2011
From the CMA Tower in Riyadh to the National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the newly-formed Syska Hennessy Group MENA is targeting mission-critical facilities.
Engineering News-Record - Dec 13, 2011
Delivery of the future-tallest building in the Republic of Korea is a family affair—or the closest thing to it. Lotte Group, the owner-developer of the planned 555-meter Lotte World Tower in Seoul, is bringing back the master-builder model for its first supertower by keeping project management, construction management and general contracting under its own roof. Syska Hennessy is part of this project that’s “all-in- the family."
Construction Weekly (now Contract Journal) - Dec 12, 2011
Syska Hennessy MENA co-managing directors, Greg Jasmin and Bassem Harriri are interviewed and discuss in depth branching out the firm's Engineering/Consulting/ and Commissioning practice out in the Middle East North Africa region.
Data Center Journal - Nov 15, 2011
Together with Syska Hennessy Group and the building team, SAS brought its newest high-performance data center to life in October 2010. Working in collaboration with BIM, operational efficiencies were championed by implementing a series of power, mechanical and water technologies and strategies. One year later, the data center reports smooth operations.
Crain's New York Business - Nov 11, 2011
Things may be looking up soon for the construction industry. Engineering firms, widely seen as the bellwethers of the building industry, are showing gains in employment and in the number of their projects.
7x24Newslink - Nov 10, 2011
Knowledgeable data center owners and operators have learned, to their regret, over many years that building too much or too little data center critical IT load capacity (simply called capacity in this article) at one time often causes major problems. This article examines the typical problems encountered, proposes a strategy for rational growth, and illustrates an example of how to implement the strategy.
DatacenterDynamics Focus Magazine - Nov 10, 2011
After 30 years of being active in the Middle East, Syska Hennessy Group opened a dedicated office for the region in Dubai. The firm discusses its plans to grow Syska Hennessy MENA.
Data Center Journal - Nov 08, 2011
What Drives the Data Center? A holistic approach to protecting the mission critical environment.
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Nov 08, 2011
The growing use of wireless devices has produced, along with gains in flexibility and energy savings, some surprises for facility managers. Learn what some of the pros and cons are with wireless controls.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - Oct 18, 2011
Gary Brennen, the Co-President of Syska Hennessy Group in Los Angeles, talks about his experiences with the company and his hopes for the future.
Engineered Systems - Sep 12, 2011
With a high prescription for occupant comfort and efficient MEP systems design, a number of state-of-the-art building technologies were specified at 41 Cooper Square. Through energy modeling and creative engineering, different HVAc scenarious were tried and tested until the righ formula for the building emerged.
District Energy Magazine - Sep 01, 2011
Whether you are looking into buying a new car or connecting to a district energy system, using an NPV analysis technique can effectively capture all of the parameters economically over the life of the study. As an industry, we have to start quantifying the qualitative advantages of district energy to help level the playing field.
Sustainable Facility - Aug 15, 2011
These days, it’s not easy to really be green. It seems that so many building systems manufacturers declare their product to be the newest and most sustainable on the market; claiming that its use will color your facility green. From renewable technologies to recycled materials and energy efficient claims, it can be challenging to sift through all the “Greenwashing” to find truly sustainable solutions for your data center.
National Real Estate Investor Magazine - Aug 08, 2011
Commercial property owners as well as building tenants are proving that it doesn’t take new construction to establish an energy-efficient building with a minimal impact on the environment.
Engineering News-Record - Jul 25, 2011
The new University Medical Center of Princeton is using BIM modeling and high performance strategies for its planned completion in March 2012. Keeping the lines of communications amongst all the players through frequent meetings has also helped this project progress seamlessly from the early planning stages to current construction. Collaborative efforts among the owner, architect, engineer and constructor are key.
Engineering News-Record - Jul 04, 2011
Ranked as the 6th largest and busiest airport in the world, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is continually updating, expanding or renovating its facilities and infrastructure in order to improve the quality of passenger service, as well as accommodate a new generation of larger aircraft. Currently, the airport is expanding and modernizing Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), also known as “Bradley West," as well constructing a new Central Utility Plant to support it.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - May 23, 2011
Super high-rise buildings pose unique challenges to engineers. The number of these buildings is increasing, which is creating more demand for specialized engineers with high-rise expertise.
Data Center Journal - May 16, 2011
The fast track scheduling, tight budgets and extensive coordination required of a data center project can be enhanced with the latest in BIM, whether it be on a greenfield site or part of an existing facility upgrade. This article discusses these benefits in detail and proposes utilization of BIM methodology for your next data center project.
NY Inc.com - Apr 21, 2011
Commercial real estate owners throughout New York City are actively seeking sustainable, high performance approaches to enhance their current assets, or to employ in new construction projects, for two main reasons: First, they understand high performance/sustainable building and operational practices guarantee a real return on investment, which will affect their bottom line. Secondly, and of equal importance, is the ability to positively impact the well-being of building occupants.
District Energy Magazine - Apr 18, 2011
Just like buying cars, in order to sell district energy you have to know all the facts and all the costs. Find out which costs and parameters are important to consider for any district energy service discussion.
Urban Land - Apr 15, 2011
More and more companies in various industries are beginning to look at their carbon footprint and how they can best measure, monitor, and mitigate carbon emissions related to their output. Understanding the market forces, trends and challenges involved with carbon emissions and their reduction as well as being able to identify and measure current emissions, are the first steps that must be taken. High-performance strategies can then be considered and implemented to achieve efficiencies, as well as reach goals for environmental stewardship.
Buildings.com - Apr 11, 2011
Popular in Europe since the 1970s, chilled beam cooling is fairly new on U.S. shores, but is making headway in the market thanks to the booming push for efficiency.
Employing sustainable technologies to fu
American School and University - Apr 04, 2011
Today’s modern academic facilities face two unique design and construction challenges. Their designs must embrace sustainability and collaboration, while their structures must be built to last a century. Employing sustainable strategies, in either new or renovation projects, will achieve efficient facilities with healthy environments, leading to the next generation to higher performance, both inside and outside the classroom.
Mission Critical - Apr 04, 2011
The need for high-performance computing is forcing today’s academic laboratories into the 21st century. Once the home of notepads, pencils, calculators, and ruled paper, these laboratories can no longer function without a data center to support today’s high-powered computer needs. How are today’s successful academic laboratories meeting their ever-expanding computing needs with limited academic budgets? Balance and focus on flexibility to accommodate future growth are keys to success.
Today's Facility Manager - Mar 28, 2011
How do you know if the commissioning is being done correctly? What guidelines can be built into the process to maintain the right checks and balances? The answers lie in a greater understanding of the commissioning process itself. More than just testing systems and securing energy efficiencies, commissioning is the holistic process of assuring full reliability and functionality throughout building systems and equipment and beyond baseline LEED commissioning.
Mann Report - Mar 01, 2011
The Mann Report interviewed Cyrus Izzo in their "Commercial Corner". Covering his motivations and business insight, this interview takes a snapshot of one of our Co-Presidents.
Today's Facility Manager - Feb 28, 2011
Current business financial pressures and uptime demands have created an environment where owners can no longer afford for a building to go through its classic phases of design and construction and then progress through a “teething” stage to become fully functional. Instead, owners must be sure that their complex systems and infrastructure are performing as designed on day one.
Environmental Design + Construction - Feb 23, 2011
In setting the stage for a building to be operationally net zero or carbon neutral in performance, engineers are responsible for conceiving and designing the energy- and water-consuming systems for the building — crucial components from day one. Subsequently, it’s very important to consult with engineers in the initial design phases.
ASHRAE Transactions - Jan 28, 2011
This ASHRAE transaction paper is a follow-up analysis of the previous work, Thermal Mass Availability for Cooling Data Centers during Power Shutdown. With the help of a mathematical model this paper describes that the rate of heating of a data center during the power outage situation starts at a certain maximum level, and then, gradually reduces to a certain minimum level. It introduces a few indices that can help in evaluating vulnerability of a data center for rapid heating during the power outage and the extent of protection that rack thermal mass can provide in controlling this rate.
District Energy Magazine - Jan 24, 2011
Vice President of Energy Services, Steve Tredinnick, discusses what he learned on his recent trip to Denmark, where he was asked to present on the current state of the art district energy in the U.S.
Power Engineering - Jan 18, 2011
Onsite power generation has been much discussed as a sustainable technology to reduce energy consumption. Does this technology have merit for highly efficient data centers? Actually, three technologies are normally considered: photovoltaic (PV), wind (WE) and onsite combined heat and power (CHP).
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Jan 14, 2011
Renovate or build new? Answering this question is rarely easy, particularly when the facility in question is a data center. A range of considerations — from risks and costs, to power and cooling sources, to the structure's load-bearing capacity — must be analyzed and weighed.
Real Estate Bisnow - Jan 13, 2011
Construction today is driven by energy performance, and clients have tighter budgets than in the past. However, there are creative ways to do more with less, without cutting quality, says Syska Hennessy Group managing director Mark Yakren, whom we visited in the consulting/MEP/engineering firm’s Broadway office. Remind clients the recession is short, but their space will be long-term.
High Performing Buildings - Jan 04, 2011
The EPA Region 8 Headquarters, in Denver Colorado, is a mixed use building that well-represents the EPA’s mission of securing working space that shows the feasibility of sustainable design and features. High performance strategies that were incorporated yielded benefits in terms of reduced pollution and resource conservation, enabling the building to achieve LEED® Gold certification.
Airport Business - Dec 01, 2010
Energy is the second largest airport operating expense, exceeded only by personnel, according to FAA’s Airport Cooperative Research Program report, published in December 2007. For this reason, airport facility managers and owners are looking for new and innovative ways to reduce their energy expenditure. Considering solar power via Photovoltaic technology may be a viable option for airports.
Sustainable Facility - Nov 03, 2010
The first step toward reducing the total carbon footprint of a data center is to attack its largest consumer: operations. Through BIM and innovative design, the MEP engineer can optimize the these systems to increase energy efficiency, decrease GHG emissions and ultimately reduce the total carbon life of a data center from cradle to grave.
Environmental Design + Construction - Nov 01, 2010
IT and communications equipment and their systems can meet a variety of already-established sustainable criteria. Hypothetically speaking, if these systems were to meet LEED rating system criteria, they would follow the same pattern as a building’s MEP systems with similar categories, including Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources Selection, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation and Design Process. This article examines how it can be accomplished.
Healthcare Building Ideas - Nov 01, 2010
The evolution of codes and safety systems has been constant, requiring architects, engineers, facility owners and maintenance personnel to stay current with requirement and involved in best practice implementation. These key players discuss how they're meeting this crucial challenge in healthcare project delivery.
- Nov 01, 2010
The evolution of codes and safety systems has been constant, requiring architects, engineers, facility owners and maintenance personnel to stay current with requirement and involved in best practice implementation. These key players discuss how they're meeting this crucial challenge in healthcare project delivery. Syska's William Caretsky gives his insights.
Consulting-Specifying Engineer - Oct 18, 2010
Syska Hennessy Co-CEO, Gary Brennen and other industry leaders give insight on the state of the MEP industry.
Environmental Design + Construction - Oct 14, 2010
The building industry has taken giant leaps toward sustainability in most areas but has neglected to recognize the role information technology (IT) and communications systems play in a building’s energy expenditure.Even buildings that can’t alter their legacy IT and communications infrastructure can still take steps toward sustainability and efficiency.
A Call for IT and Communications Systems
Sustainable Facility - Sep 16, 2010
Today's design community already has a certification rating system in place covering everything but IT and communications design. Until every building component is considered for its efficiency, we can’t consciously say we’re giving a green building to society. From owners and technology designers to rating systems like LEED®, it’s high time for IT and communications systems to go green.
American School and University - Sep 01, 2010
Weaving security into any school or university requires involvement from the security consultant prior to facility design. Thinking outside the camera will allow today’s administrators to prevent crime through environmental design by incorporating real, effective defense into every aspect of their facility, taking security to the next level: 2.0.
Buildings.com - Aug 16, 2010
Ensure the integrity of your data center with correctly specified backup power. As facilities professionals, we know that "off" is seldom, if ever, an option. Business continuity is key, which means the only guarantee to ensure uptime all the time is correctly planned and implemented power redundancy.
Data Center Journal - Aug 16, 2010
The nature of the mission critical environment and its uptime demands require holistic security design to be holistic. The two part process laid out here considers all potential impacts on the facility, allowing security to be woven into the data center's design from day one, creating a more reliable mission critical environment.
NFPA Journal - Aug 01, 2010
Designing smoke control for a pair of new AeroTrain stations at Washington Dulles International Airport meant using different approaches to achieve the same end: allowing passengers to evacuate as quickly and as safely as possible.
ASHRAE Transactions - Jun 28, 2010
With the help of a heat transfer model this paper systematically analyzes the effect of various parameters and the impact of rack thermal mass on the time that air requires to reach the thermal shutoff threshold temperature in a data center.
Data Center Knowledge - Jun 23, 2010
Designers have long assumed that data center projects should not use outside air economizers (a.k.a. airside economizers) in warm climates. The reasons are usually obvious – when it’s 90°F or higher outdoors for much of the year, there couldn’t possibly be any benefit in bringing in that warm outside air. However, when specifically considering data center applications, there are several reasons why this logic is faulty.
7x24Newslink - Jun 06, 2010
This piece discusses simple design strategies (low hanging fruit) for data centers that have a high ROI, with minimal costs and risks.
Healthcare Design Magazine - May 01, 2010
How technological advances can support iconic healthcare design
An unusual façade, nonrectilinear footprint, and complex floor plan-all these elements of iconic designs are challenging from an engineering perspective. Given that healthcare architecture is increasingly moving in that direction, it is important for engineers to realize that they are no longer just engineering the mechanical systems, they are engineering the architecture as well. A close collaborative creative partnership between architect and engineer-and of course, the client-will create the best possible patient experience and ensure a speedier way towards recovery.
Real Estate Finance & Investment - Apr 26, 2010
As the importance of energy performance and efficiency continues to increase, today’s design and construction professionals have the challenging task of making buildings more efficient and sustainable. Not only have these high-performance goals become typical requirements for business owners and developers, but they have also become environmentally conscious initiatives, as articulated through the 2030 Challenge.
Mann Report - Apr 25, 2010
Syska Hennessy Group’s high performance design approach, commitment to technical quality and strong client collaboration completes their formula for success in today's challenging economy.
The Commercial Observer - Apr 20, 2010
It once would take 10 years-plus to see payoff in building "green." However, certain building design practices and technologies can speed that process up, yielding immediate payback and over time, to developers and owners of commercial and multi-purpose properties.
District Energy Magazine - Apr 05, 2010
Learn how adding an adjustable-speed drive (ASD) to a pump or fan can reduce electrical consumption or partial load in a facility.
Marine Corps News - Apr 01, 2010
A new solar array with nearly 200 panels began generating renewable energy on top of a building here March 12, 2010, helping to reduce the air station’s energy consumption and meet goals set forth by the federal government.
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Apr 01, 2010
Part 2 of of Fighting Fire with Forethought: The best fire emergency plan in the world won't do much good unless people know about it. Both building occupants and facility staff should have copies of the plan, learn the plan and practice the plan.
American School and University - Mar 29, 2010
Solar Power can reduce an educational institution's dependence on the utility grid by harvesting energy naturally, and lower pollutant emissions by decreasing demand. Using a photovoltaic (PV) system can divert about 139,000 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, as well as stabilize a school's energy costs.
Medical Construction & Design - Mar 18, 2010
Syska Hennessy's design for the University Medical Center Princeton will promote patient healing and comfort while reducing energy expenditures and operational costs when it officially opens in late 2011. Read about the innovative technologies including energy modeling and performance modeling that were used to implement daylighting and state-of-the-art MEP.
Building Design & Construction - Mar 01, 2010
While BIM can unlock process efficiencies on any project, its benefits are most pronounced in large projects. The $339-million, 695,000 sq Maricopa County Court Tower in Phoenix is a perfect example.
EC&M - Feb 25, 2010
Why a network of solid grounding points can provide a broadcast environment with better noise protection than isolated grounds.
DatacenterDynamics Focus Magazine - Feb 25, 2010
Cyrus Izzo discusses what were key developments in 2009;what will be the challenges for 2010?; how will the industry accomodate change over the next 12 months?
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Feb 05, 2010
In the last decade, a series of shootings on college campuses has forced facility managers to rethink the way that they respond to emergencies. Wide room for debate exists when it comes to speculating about why such incidents are increasing. But what has become apparent is the pressing need to inform large numbers of people about an emergency in a facility or on campus.
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Feb 01, 2010
As the popularity of PDAs and iPhones continues to soar, people are becoming more and more accustomed to having information at their fingertips wirelessly. Couple that with the growing number of homes equipped with wireless controls for everything from window blinds to surround sound, and people start expecting that level of wireless control everywhere. Top executives are starting to ask, if I can have it at home, why can't I have wireless control in my facility? Dawn MacFadyen answers their questions.
District Energy Magazine - Jan 15, 2010
Most people don't have a spare heat exchanger - or spare car - sitting around, so you must have a back-up plan. Periodic leaning does the system good and keeps system efficiency and controllability up. Key strategies for upkeep are reviewed.
Building Operating Management/FacilitiesNet - Jan 01, 2010
Advances in a range of building IT systems can help building owners get the full value out of intelligent buildings, thus improving performance for the building while lowering energy use, costs and harmful emissions. Lates systems for Power Monitoring Equipment and Subsystems, Critical Facilities, Multimedia Audio Visual, Access Controls, Security, Lighting, and Fire Protection are reviewed.
- New office in Raleigh
- Dallas Office Continues to Grow
- 7x24 Atlanta Regional Event Sponsor
- AIG project receives Brill Award
- Syska Hennessy Group Forms Strategic Partnership with KaTO
- Michael Terrigno, PE, Appointed Site Leader for Washington, D.C. Office
- Harish Chopra, PE, Joins as Healthcare Practice Leader
- Danbury Hospital Patient Tower Awarded
- California Projects See Multiple Awards
- Bill and Melinda Gates Hall Receives Awards
- Timothy Campbell Appointed Site Leader to Atlanta Office
- Michelle Baratta Joins the LA Office
- Thomas Grimard Joins the New York Office
- Engineering Design for the College Football Hall Of Fame
- Daniel H. Nall Joins Syska Hennessy Group’s New York Office
- John Passanante Relocates to Lead San Diego Office
- Syska Hennessy Group Continues Expansion of Dallas Office
- Syska Hennessy Group Chicago Continues to Grow