1st Army Headquarters Renovation
Existing building retrofit: 1st Army Headquarters Renovation; Pond and Co.
Location: Rock Island, Ill.
Firm name: Pond and Co.
Project type, building type: Existing building retrofit, office
Project duration: 2 years
Project completion date: May 30, 2007
Project budget for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineering only: $181,000
The project was challenging in that it involved a complete HVAC and electrical renovation of a 200,000-sq-ft historic building with the most modern and secure global communications systems. The project design also achieved LEED Silver certification. The project budget required that existing mechanical and electrical equipment be reutilized to the greatest extent possible while providing for redundant system requirements due to the nature of the building operations.
Pond MEP engineers designed a way to cross-connect existing systems to account for some of the system redundancies that were required, thereby saving approximately $1,000,000 in new equipment costs and the need for a building addition to house the additional equipment. The innovative design required a new direct digital control system to alter the HVAC equipment operations in the event a piece of equipment was down due to failure or for maintenance.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey