Rainwater feeds fire sprinklers
It's rainwater to the rescue if fire sprinkler is needed at Missouri middle school.
If the new Peculiar, Mo.-based Raymore-Peculiar East Middle School ever has a fire, rainwater will spray from the ceiling. That rainwater for the sprinkler system will be captured by a "butterfly roof." Some water will irrigate the grounds.
According to a Kansas City Star article , it's likely the first middle school in Missouri to be U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver certified. Recycled materials are being used in construction of the $33 million building-and coming from a regional boundary to cut down on transportation costs.
The plan also calls for geothermal heating and cooling, bioswales, some solar power, a windmill, and retention pond.
It is set to open in fall 2010.
Read a recent Consulting-Specifying Engineer article about gray water codes .
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.