News & Insights

Safety First! Preventing Arc Flash Hazards

Every year, electrical safety accidents rank in the top ten of workplace-related fatalities and cause 75,000 plus workers to miss time to due shock and burn injuries. The threat of inadvertent shock, electrocution, and fire from electrical equipment has long been a known hazard in the electrical industry. In the last 20 years, however, the … Read more

Meet Barton Associates’ 2023 Interns

We are pleased to introduce and welcome Barton Associates’ interns Emma Evans-Nolet, Elizabeth Duffy, Clayton Geisel, Jonathan Wyrick and Elizabeth Hargrove to the team! “We are thrilled to have this great group of students join our team” said Michael S. Rader, PE, CEM, President and CEO, “We look forward to providing real-world experience and industry … Read more

Choose Your Own Adventure: A Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding When Lighting Control Upgrades Will Be Required

When planning for new lighting in your building, you will need to assess whether the current energy code will require new lighting controls to be included.  But anyone who has picked up a code book knows it can feel a bit like fumbling your way through a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel.   So, to help … Read more

Barton’s Lighting Studio Wins Two IES Illumination Interior Lighting Awards!

Barton’s Lighting Studio is honored to have received two lighting awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Philadelphia Section. Penn State Health Children’s Lancaster Pediatric Center and UPMC Children’s Harrisburg New Pediatric Unit were recognized for their professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in lighting design and controls. IES Philadelphia Section: 2023 Section Award for Interior Lighting … Read more

Maple Engineering Joins Barton Associates, Inc.

Barton Associates, Inc. announces that Maple Engineering, PLLC., a 17-person engineering firm in Raleigh, NC, has joined Barton Associates, Inc.  The acquisition expands Barton Associates’ reach in the South Atlantic Region and strengthens design capabilities in the multi-family housing and mixed-use markets. Maple Engineering will operate as Maple Engineering, a Division of Barton Associates, Inc. … Read more

Jacob A. Rourke becomes an NABCEP Associate

We are excited to announce that Jacob A. Rourke has become a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners Associate (NABCEP)! The NABCEP Associate Program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation, and operation of Photovoltaic, Solar Heating or Small Wind energy systems. Through Hudson Valley Community … Read more

Combatting Low Occupancy in Office Facilities

Remote and hybrid work schedules appear to be here to stay in many office environments.  If you lease your office space, hopefully you can “right-size” your space requirements so that you can save cost the next time your lease is due for renegotiation.  However, what happens when you’re on the other side of that equation, … Read more

Zachary C. Harter Earns Professional Engineer (PE) License

We are pleased to announce that Zachary C. Harter has earned his Professional Engineer (PE) license from the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists. Zach first joined Barton as an intern in 2017 at our State College office and became a full-time Mechanical Designer in 2019.  He has worked on … Read more

New Healthcare Construction Codes Effective 2023: MEP Systems Impact

Every four years, the Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI) updates their Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities to stay up to date with current technologies and design concepts. From an MEP standpoint, the guidelines are updated to improve patient well-being, necessitate safer system operation, and to improve environmental quality in our health … Read more

Strategies for Achieving User-Friendly Lighting Controls

With energy codes pushing for more complex lighting controls in buildings, it’s no wonder Owners can feel overwhelmed when faced with questions about how they want their lighting to function. To make this subject feel less daunting, below are strategies to keep the systems simple and easy to use from an Owner’s perspective. Strategy #1: … Read more

David A. Taylor, PE hired as the New Director of Plumbing and Fire Protection

We are excited to announce and welcome David A. Taylor, PE as Barton’s new Director of Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineering! “We are extremely happy to have David join our Barton team. He is a great addition and a step forward to establishing our presence in the Raleigh/Durham North Carolina area.” said Michael S. Rader, … Read more

Medical Gas Design – Is Your Team Certified?

Medical gas systems rank high on the list of resources necessary for a hospital to function.  Oxygen, medical air, vacuum, and other systems support all manner of life-saving and life-sustaining procedures, from providing oxygen therapy for a COVID-19 patient to providing vacuum during a heart transplant. In 1987, the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) … Read more

Barton’s Lighting Studio Celebrates Two National IES Illumination Awards

Barton’s Lighting Studio is honored to have received two Awards of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society’s 49th Annual IES Illumination Awards. The Pennsylvania State University’s Willard Building Renovation was recognized for ‘Lighting Control Innovation’ while Allegheny College Bentley Hall Renovation was recognized for its ‘Energy and Environmental Lighting Design’.  The IES Illumination Awards acknowledge professionalism, … Read more

Meet Barton Associates, Inc. Talented 2022 Interns

We are pleased and happy to introduce and welcome Barton Associates’ interns Elizabeth Hargrove, Brendon Little, Adelaide Pearce, Sarah Kane, and Vincent Viola to the team! Our internship program is designed to give students the most real-world experience possible which may include project surveys, project specific design tasks, attending project meetings, building information modeling, and … Read more

IES Philadelphia Recognizes Barton’s Lighting Studio with Three Award-Winning Projects

Barton’s Lighting Studio is honored to have received three lighting awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Philadelphia Section. The Pennsylvania State University’s Willard Building Renovation/Addition, the new Kim S Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center at Messiah University and the new WellSpan Heart and Vascular Center were recognized for their professionalism, ingenuity, and originality in … Read more