News & Insights

Creating Dialysis Units in Senior Living Facilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced assisted living, skilled care and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) to redefine their daily operations and facilities alike to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread throughout their facilities both from internal and external risks. Residents living in these facilities who require renal dialysis can be a significant risk to themselves, … Read more

Barton Associates Welcomes Three New Interns

We are pleased to announce and welcome three new interns to Barton Associates — Hannah Starolis, Sarah Paschl and Samuel George. Hannah Starolis Hannah is joining our York office this summer as a mechanical intern. She is a third-year student at York College majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Prior to college … Read more

Mitchell Lauer and Luke Feczko Join Barton Associates

We are pleased to announce and welcome Mitchell Lauer as a Mechanical Designer to work in our York Office and Luke Feczko as a Mechanical Designer to work in our Pittsburgh Office. About Mitchell Lauer & Luke Feczko Mitchell and Luke both recently graduated from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. … Read more

Anthony Ludwar Hired as New Mechanical Designer in State College

We are pleased to announce and welcome Anthony Ludwar, EIT as a Mechanical Designer in our State College office. Anthony recently graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and received his Engineer-in-Training Certification. He previously interned with Powder River Heating and Air Conditioning, a design build HVAC and … Read more

Ultraviolet HVAC Components

A search for “ultraviolet light” on Google will yield no less than 91 million search results. UV light sanitizers, industrial UV sanitizers, and thousands of other products show up. These results are an impressive show of our society’s ability to provide millions of pieces of information, all in our living room or office, in just … Read more

Enhanced Filtration

Our next installment in this series on reducing airborne contaminants is focused on increasing the effectiveness of new and existing filtration systems. Some of the concepts in this article are long-proven items, and some are on the forefront of innovation. This article is to provide information for available products, not to recommend a specific approach, … Read more

Airborne Contaminant Mitigation

Since early 2020, it seems just about everyone has an opinion on viruses, disease transmission and what should be done as a society, as a business owner, and as a private citizen. We here at Barton Associates are not healthcare workers, epidemiologists, or even medical students. We are a group of engineers who believe in … Read more

Operation and Maintenance Considerations Before Re-Occupancy

A large portion of commercial, educational, and healthcare facilities have been either partially occupied or unoccupied for several weeks, even months. With extended periods of unoccupancy, building systems can become stagnant, potentially resulting in adverse effects on air systems, domestic water systems and building materials. Most of us know the smell of dust burning off … Read more

Preparing for the New Normal?

Everyone is probably tired of hearing how unprecedented these times are and how the picture of what the “new normal” will look like seems to change on a daily basis. Beyond all of that, we will get back to some sense of normalcy and, when we do, we need to be ready. So what does … Read more

Optimizing Effectiveness of COVID-19 Temporary Isolation Rooms

The recent COVID-19 pandemic events have forced healthcare providers around the globe to find creative ways to isolate infected patients from other patients and healthcare providers, often relying on temporary modifications to their facilities heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to create negative pressure spaces. Often facility managers are forced to work within the confines … Read more

Christopher Carroll Hired as Senior Mechanical Designer in Pittsburgh Office

We are pleased to announce and welcome Christopher Carroll as a Senior Mechanical Designer in our Pittsburgh office. Christopher comes to Barton with over 29 years of experience in HVAC design and construction service support for numerous educational and healthcare projects as well as performing arts facilities, high rise hotels and office buildings. He graduated … Read more

Ryan Morgan Hired as New Mechanical Engineer in State College

We are pleased to announce and welcome Ryan Morgan, PE as a Mechanical Engineer in our State College office. Ryan graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Engineering Mechanics. He also earned his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of … Read more

Ryan Beard Returns to Barton Associates

We are pleased to announce and welcome back Ryan Beard, CPD, as a Mechanical Designer to the firm. Ryan will be primarily supporting the plumbing design efforts in our York and Pittsburgh offices. He will be responsible for design and preparation of studies, reports, specifications and probable construction costs for projects. Ryan has nine years … Read more

Madison Stine Earns Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) Accreditation

We are pleased to announce that Madison Stine, EIT, CPDT passed the Certified Plumbing Design Technician (CPDT) exam with American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). Madison joined Barton in 2018 and has worked on several healthcare and education projects for clients such as WellSpan, RWJBarnabas Health, UPMC Pinnacle and Dickinson College. She graduated from Penn … Read more

Michael Lucas Returns to Barton Associates

We are pleased to announce and welcome back Michael Lucas, PE as Project Manager/Electrical Engineer to work in our State College office. Michael was previously employed with the firm from 2011-2017 and worked on several educational projects for clients such as Penn State University, Lock Haven University and Bucknell University. Michael is a graduate of … Read more

Ashley Crouse Hired as New CAD/BIM Technician

We are pleased to welcome Ashley Crouse to our team as a full-time CAD/BIM Technician in the State College office. She recently served an externship with us during her last semester of school. Ashley recently graduated with high honors from South Hills School of Business & Technology with an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in … Read more

Power Quality in Healthcare Facilities

Power quality can have a significant impact on a building’s electrical distribution system and the associated loads. The results of poor power quality can range from operational issues and premature failure of equipment to additional charges on your utility bill that can negatively affect an organization’s bottom line. One of the load types proven to … Read more

Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems

In an emergency, firefighters rely on good communication to coordinate their efforts and keep each other safe. They may approach a fire area deep within a building and realize they need additional personnel or equipment. If your building is especially large, has thick concrete walls, or has a lot of equipment that creates interference, the … Read more

Changes to PA UCC Code: Lighting Code Changes 2009 vs 2015 IECC

“Hearing can be deceiving, seeing is believing, but feeling – that’s the naked truth” is a phrase which can be applied to many highly anticipated events in life. For the building industry, Pennsylvania’s long-awaited jump to the 2015 (2018 in Philadelphia) ICC International Codes last October was one of these greatly anticipated events. Historically, anticipation … Read more