Yearly Archives: 2018

Access is Key: Emergency Plumbing Fixtures

There seems to be a misunderstanding among facility owners and operators these days about requirements for emergency fixtures (eyewashes and drench showers). Plumbing codes generally do not prescribe when or where to locate eyewash fixtures. Rather, they address the installation of these emergency fixtures if or when they are required. The Owner is responsible for

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We’re Speaking at the Fall 2018 KAPPA Conference!

Please join Jennifer Harrington, PE, LC, LEED AP, Barton’s Director of Lighting Design/Electrical Engineer at the Fall 2018 KAPPA conference hosted by Slippery Rock University. Presentation: The Light of  Your Life: The Potential Effects of Light on Our Mental and Physical Health When: October 23rd @ 8AM Where: Pittsburgh Marriott North at Cranberry Woods Objective:  This presentation will explore how the shift

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Understanding Legionella – Designing to Reduce Risk

Pontiac Fever. It’s got nothing to do with cars, and everything to do with Legionellosis, the disease caused by a pathogenic bacterium called Legionella pneumophila. Legionellosis or Legionnaire’s Disease preys on the elderly, the young and anyone with weakened immune systems. The subsequent fallout can also be catastrophic to a facility and owner because the

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Cover Your Assets: Why You Need Surge Protection

Electronic devices are everywhere – in our pockets, on our desks, in our homes, in our cars, and in our facilities. Technological advances that make our lives simpler and more productive are made possible by countless electronic devices. The water, gas, electricity, air, and even the information that flows in and out of our buildings

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Barton’s Russell Gray, PE Received Honorable Mention from ASHRAE

We are pleased to announce Russell Gray, PE, received an honorable mention from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Technology 2018 Awards Competition for his work at the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory at Hershey Gardens. An overview of the facility can be found here. Russell led Barton’s mechanical staff and

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Forget the Clorox™, turn on the lights!

Healthcare Acquired Infections, or HAIs, can result in up to $147 Billion worth of medical expenses per year, with surgical site infections accounting for approximately 33% of these HAI’s. To combat this statistic, Hospitals are doing everything they can to eliminate the causes of these infections by not only performing a “terminal” cleaning at the

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Barton Associates Named in Top 100 MEP Giants List!

Barton Associates is honored to be among the nation’s top mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design firms with our recent ranking on the Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2018 MEP Giants List. We apply focus, dedication, practicality, precision and longevity to each project we deliver and live by these principles to help us achieve our mission-We Make

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Building Better Schools

Importance of Proper Ventilation Is your building properly ventilated? What is proper ventilation? How do you know if you have it? These may not be the burning questions you ask yourself when evaluating student performance, but if your key business is education, perhaps they should be at the top of your list. Some facilities personnel

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Barton Associates’ Hires Oskin as Director of Mechanical Engineering

We are pleased to announce and welcome Stephen E. Oskin, PE, LEED AP as Director of Mechanical Engineering for the firm. Stephen has over 16 years of experience in the industry and has extensive project experience in education, commercial, healthcare, telecommunications, data center, and technology markets. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University

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Barton Associates’ Promotes Rader to President

We are pleased to announce that Michael S. Rader, PE, CEM was recently promoted to President of the firm. Michael joined Barton Associates in 1997 as a mechanical engineer and for the past three years has served as the Chief Operating Officer for the firm. He will also continue to serve as the Principal-in-Charge of

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