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When is Commissioning Required?

With construction costs rising across the board, every dollar counts when planning for a project. Lately, many owners are getting surprised by a substantial cost that presents itself late in the project. Commissioning. Did you know that your project may require commissioning even though it is not a LEED or other green initiative project?  Starting … Read more

New Construction Codes Effective 2022: Plumbing Code Changes

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will adopt the 2018 International Plumbing Code for construction projects, except for two municipalities (the City of Philadelphia and Allegheny County), on February 14, 2022.  There will be a six-month grace period during which some may be reviewed under the 2015 IPC.  Construction projects, regardless of circumstances, will be designed in … Read more

New Construction Codes Effective 2022: Mechanical Code Changes

As Pennsylvania begins enforcement of 2018 International Mechanical Code, it’s important to understand what, if any changes could affect your project.  This is particularly important if you’ve had a project shelved due to the pandemic and are planning to dust it off this year.  Whether it was a funding issue, price of materials, or just … Read more

New Construction Codes Effective 2022: Electrical Code Changes

The building code in Pennsylvania is known as the Uniform Construction Code (UCC). Enforcement of this code is handled either locally (by municipalities, townships, or contracted third-party reviewers) or by the state’s Department of Labor and Industry. Prior to 2018, the Pennsylvania UCC referenced the 2009 International Codes (I-Codes). In 2018, the UCC was updated … Read more

New Construction Codes Effective 2022: The Overview

The current pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives.  In the case of the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Codes (UCC), it has significantly delayed the legally required update to the 2018 edition of the International Construction Codes.  Among the many requirements and procedures outlined in the Pennsylvania Construction Code Act Omnibus Amendments (Act … Read more

Electrical Design Challenges in High-Rise Buildings

There are many unique challenges in the design and construction of high-rise buildings. The electrical design in these facilities is no exception, particularly regarding the emergency systems required to allow people to safely exit the building during a fire or emergency event. A ‘high-rise building” is defined in the International Building Code (IBC) as “a … Read more

Frank Campisino Added to Mechanical Team

We are pleased to announce Frank Campisino, PE, joined our team recently as a Mechanical Engineer. Frank resides in southeastern Pennsylvania where he will continue to serve clients in the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey regions. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Frank join our team,” said Jonathan Slagel, PE, Vice President, “We’re confident … Read more

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Germicidal Lighting: Less Hype, More Facts

Armed with the knowledge that germicidal lighting, such as Germicidal Ultraviolet-C (GUV-C) Light, possesses the proven ‘superpower’ of eradicating harmful viruses including COVID-19, many people have begun searching for ways to safely incorporate it into their everyday lives. But, with new products hitting the market daily, consumers can easily become overwhelmed and confused given the … Read more

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Anthony Ludwar Earns LEED Green Associate Accreditation

We would like to congratulate Anthony Ludwar, EIT on his LEED Green Associate accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The additional knowledge and expertise show his commitment to a sustainable future. Anthony joined Barton Associates early this year as a Mechanical Designer in our State College office. He graduated from the University of … Read more

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Medical Gas Systems for COVID-19 Ventilated Patients — Planning & Response, Part Two

The scope and influence of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow. Cases are on the rise again. The number of hospitalizations and ventilated patients is growing. Hospitals located in critical, high population centers overrun with COVID-19 patients used medical gases and mechanical ventilators in record numbers this past spring. In fact, some facilities did not … Read more

Brian Fayman Earns Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) Credential

We are pleased to announce that Brian Fayman, CPDT passed the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) exam with American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). Brian joined Barton Associates in 2017 and has worked on several healthcare and education projects for clients such as the Penn State University, Penn Highlands Healthcare, and Mount Nittany Medical Center. … Read more

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Medical Gas Systems for Ventilated Patients — Planning & Response, Part One

When the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) became a reality for this country and the quarantine began, we did not know what to expect. Pandemic updates from Washington, DC by the President of the United States and his lead physicians became a daily routine. Just a few hours away, COVID-19 cases in New York City were overwhelming … Read more

Barton Lighting Studio Recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

We are pleased to announce that Barton Lighting Studio’s Jennifer Harrington, PE, LC, LEED AP along with WTW Architects, Amy Maceyko, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP and Jacqueline Link, NCIDQ were recently honored with a 2020 Certificate of Merit as well as a 2020 Section Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Philadelphia Section for the … Read more

2020 MEP Giants Includes Barton Associates

Barton Associates is honored to be named among Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 2020 MEP Giants. The award program distinguishing the top 100 mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering firms across North America. Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE), a CFE Media and Technology publication reports “The 2020 MEP Giants have earned this title by proving that they find opportunity … Read more