Details about contracts awarded, and other industry news.
Mark Greenawalt, PE, chief electrical engineer of SmithGroup , Phoenix,
was elected 2009 president of the Arizona Section of the Illuminating
Engineering Society . SmithGroup graduate electrical Brett Lorenzen, EIT, LEED
AP , has been elected treasurer of the same section.
La Crosse, Wis.-based Michaels Engineering announced the election of Wane A. Baker , IAQ division
manager, as the first vice president of the Indoor Air Quality Assn .
Gary C. Patrick, AIA, was certified by the Roof Consultants
Institute (RCI) as a Registered Roof Consultant (RRC). The RCI requires that
all RRC applications satisfy education, ethics, and experience requirements,
along with completing a final exam.
Pittsburg, Calif.-based Performance Mechanical Inc . has received the President's Safety Award and the Excellence in Safety Award by the Construction Employers' Assn. The President's
Safety Award and the Excellence in Safety award recognizes firms whose safety
program exceeds industry standards by 50% or more.
a strategic alliance to provide Aircoil Evaporators to the industrial
Parsippany, N.J.-based New Jersey Board of Public Utilities recognized EarthColor with the 2008 N.J. Clean Energy Leadership Award-Clean
Power Purchaser of the Year . The project that earned EarthColor the award
centered on the conversion of the company's four N.J. locations to 100%
renewable wind power, which resulted in an annual reduction of 5,634,00 KWh of
electricity per year.
Santa Fe, N.M.-based Uptime Institute Professional Services announced two enhancements to the Tier Program-the Owners Advisory Committee
(OAC) and the Accredited Tier Designer (ATD). The OAC will be responsible for
arbitrating future changes to both the Tier Standard Topology and the
Operational Sustainability Criteria. The ATD will be a comprehensive training
course for design professionals to enhance understanding of the practical
applications of the Tiers.
Orland, Fla.-based Mechanical
Services Inc . completed the installation of mechanical systems at the new Osceola County
Center in Kissimmee, Fla.
Aurora, Colo.-based Merrick
& Co's completed project, the Fire Crash Rescue Station 1 , located at
Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., received a Citation Award from the A ir Combat
Command in Langley, Va. The project was recognized for its
overall design that incorporates innovation, anti-terrorism, force-protection,
and sustainable design.
Alpharetta, Ga.-based MACTEC
Engineering announced that the recently completed environmental services
projects done for the U.S. Air Force base in Shemya Island, Alaska
helped reprioritize infrastructure needs and reduce capital cost needs by more
than $1 million.
Ma.-based Extech Instruments announced another year of sustained growth with
sales of $48 million in 2008. Demand for handheld test and measurement
equipment helped the company during the rough economic times.
Austin-based Active Power Inc . has become an endorser
of the European Union Code of Conduct for Data Centers . The initiative is
designed to inform and stimulate data center operators and owners to reduce
energy consumption in a cost effective manger without hampering mission
critical facilities. Active Power will provide information about the Code to
data center operators and encourage them to join and comply with the Code.
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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.