News & Insights

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

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; Kiley Johns, EIT, LC; and Yancy Unger, PE were recently honored with a 2019 Certificate of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Philadelphia Section for the lighting design of Penn State University’s New Recital Hall and Music 1 Building … Read more

Changes to PA UCC Code: Electrical Code Changes to the IBC and NEC

As has been discussed in previous editions of “Insights”, Pennsylvania has recently updated their baseline building codes from the 2009 International Codes to the 2015 International Codes. Along with that change comes not only revisions contained in the International Codes themselves, but also updated references to other standards including the 2014 National Electrical Code (previously … Read more

Changes to PA UCC Code: Plumbing Code Changes 2009 vs 2015 IECC/IPC

Change. Whether good, bad, or somewhere in between, we must accept change and constantly adapt in order to move forward, grow and even improve. Changes in the International Plumbing and Energy Conservation Codes are no exception. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, except for the City of Philadelphia, adopted the 2015 International Codes the past October, superseding … Read more

Changes to PA UCC Code: Mechanical Code Changes 2009 vs 2015 IECC/IMC

The change from the 2009 International Codes to the 2015 International codes in Pennsylvania, except for the City of Philadelphia, ushered in many substantial changes when it comes to mechanical system design, construction and operation. Similar to other code updates, the hike toward sustainable design and operation continues in these common areas: increased equipment efficiency … Read more

Changes to Pennsylvania UCC Code: The Overview

The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC) first began being enforced in April 2004. Fourteen years later, Act 35 of 2017 updated the code requirements to the 2015 International Codes. Application of this new standard began for all projects without a signed construction contract on October 1, 2018. The grace period for permit application for projects … Read more

Robert J. Allen Promoted to Regional Technical Director of Plumbing/Fire Protection

We are proud to announce the promotion of Robert J. Allen, PE, CPD to Regional Technical Director of Plumbing/Fire Protection Engineering! Robert has been with Barton Associates for over 21 years. In his new role, he is responsible for providing technical leadership to the plumbing/fire protection engineering staff within the York office. He will directly … Read more