Grand Valley State University Science Lab, Classroom, and Office Building
New construction; Grand Valley State University Science Lab, Classroom, and Office Building; Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr and Huber Inc.
Engineering firm: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber Inc.
2013 MEP Giants rank: 99
Project: Grand Valley State University Science Lab, Classroom, and Office Building
Address: Allendale, Mich., United States
Building type: School (college, university)
Project type: New construction
Engineering services: Automation & Controls, Electrical/Power, HVAC, Lighting
Project timeline: September 2011 to May 2015
Engineering services budget: N/A
MEP budget: $964,304
Challenges and solutions
Understanding that lab buildings are typically large energy consumers, FTC&H tailored the mechanical design to utilize energy efficient systems and equipment. Some of the strategies included ventilation control through an active contaminant monitoring system, heat recovery/exchange between exhaust and fresh airstreams, occupancy control of terminal unit zone controls, and use of an auxiliary heat recovery chiller to efficiently handle simultaneous heating and cooling loads within the building.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.