Yearly Archives: 2015

Defining NFPA 37

Wesley Stiles, PE, Director of Electrical Engineering for the York office, is featured in the December issue of Consulting-Specifying Magazine for the article below. NFPA 37: Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines, 2015 edition, is an important yet often overlooked player in NFPA’s extensive lineup of codes and

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Understanding Laboratory Plumbing Systems

When designing plumbing systems for science laboratories certain requirements such as space planning, code compliance and user’s needs must be considered. Acid waste, natural gas, reverse osmosis/deionized water, compressed air and vacuum are the most common plumbing systems utilized in science laboratories. The most important part of science laboratory system design is coordination between the

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Fire Protection Antifreeze Systems

The coming of winter requires the Building Owners and Managers to review their buildings and systems for protection against freezing. However, there is one building system that may already be freeze protected and should be reviewed due to recent developments – sprinkler antifreeze systems. Based upon reports of a fire incident involving a sprinkler system

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Optimizing Your Chiller Water Plant

Many existing chilled water plants are designed using primary-secondary pumping where one set of pumps circulates water at the chilled water plant and then another set of pumps circulates water to the building or buildings.  This is common in larger buildings or campuses where the many spaces or buildings are served by one system, and

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Retro-Commissioning – A Brief Case Study

Barton Associates recently retro-commissioned an air handler for a hospital client. The retro-commissioning process typically starts with a review of the Building Automation System (BAS). A graphic screen shot from the subject air handler is shown above. There is a lot of information on this screen, but focus on the basic information circled in red

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Barton Associates’ Welcomes Two New Hires

We recently hired Brandon J. Gianella as a Mechanical Designer and John M. Mastropietro as a Senior Electrical Designer to bring added strength in growing our Pittsburgh office. Brandon has over seven years of experience and has worked on various types of buildings including Military, Government facilities, High Rise Residential and various commercial and retail

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Increase HVAC Efficiency by Directing Air to the Source of Heat Generation

Traditional air conditioning typically conditions an entire room or space, such as in an office space or classroom. Air is supplied from the ceiling and distributed throughout the space. This is a cost effective method but is not well suited for some applications due to the limitations in efficiency in cooling the entire space including

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Barton Associates’ Promotes McLain

We recently promoted Ken McLain to CADD/BIM Manager of State College office to further strengthen and grow the business. Ken McLain has been with Barton Associates for 5 years and in this time he has helped develop the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology within the State College office. He is highly proficient in

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Barton Associates’ Welcomes Ginder as Senior Electrical Engineer

We are pleased to welcome Michael H. Ginder, PE, LEED AP as a Senior Electrical Engineer to work in our York Office. Michael has over 11 years of expertise in electrical systems design and analysis for healthcare, education, corporate, athletic, entertainment and other design projects.  He  is a graduate of Drexel University with a Bachelor of

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Our Ever-Changing Energy Landscape

Across the country, people are starting to recognize the vulnerability of our electrical infrastructure – whether it be from capacity issues, natural disasters, or other events. Because of this, government regulations are increasingly pressuring utility companies to decrease demand on their systems. By pushing individual consumers to curtail demand and increase efficiency, utility companies are

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