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Principles of Sustainable Design: Optimizing Your Building Site

Optimizing your building site is a great way to save money and keep your property sustainable. By considering building orientation, landscaping, and rehabilitating existing structures, you could help maximize your building's sustainable potential. 

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An In-Depth Look at Mechanical Engineering

Easily one of the broadest and most diverse engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering explores the path a product takes from the conceptual design, to the manufacturing, and finally to the marketplace. This can be anything from the tiniest mechanism to a large aerospace system. The classes required in school are diverse, and the applications in the career field are endless. Luckily, this means the outlook for mechanical engineers is bright given their ability to adapt and the overall value they can add to several market segments.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Retro-Commissioning

Gausman and Moore routinely retro-commissions existing buildings to improve the performance of their systems.

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The Difference Between a Project Manager and a Construction Manager

All building construction projects require various forms of leadership and management, and deciding the type of leadership required for a project is an important task. The best decision can make a huge difference in the efficiency of a construction project, from inception to completion. Project managers (PM) handle all management responsibilities from a project’s inception to completion, whereas construction managers (CM) manage only the construction of a project. But what’s the difference between the two regarding each of their roles in a new project?

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Principles of Sustainable Design: California’s Title 24 Building Standards

Following the creation of the California Energy Commission (CEC) in 1974, the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards were created by the state legislature in 1978 to uphold safe and green building standards for both residential and non-residential (commercial) buildings. The purpose behind these standards is to improve the performance of facilities and to improve environmental, human, and economic outcomes through operational efficiencies.

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Principles of Sustainable Design: Indoor Thermal Comfort

Energy efficiency in buildings is almost always a top priority for building owners and contractors alike. However, it is not fully effective when occupants are uncomfortable with the indoor environment. If an occupant is too warm or too cold in a space, he or she will take alternative routes of heating or cooling their area, such as with space heaters, fans, or window-mounted air conditioners. And those could be substantially worse for the building’s efficiency than typical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

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Transitioning to BIM

When I started my position at Gausman & Moore (G&M) as a professional drafter, I immediately submerged into the deep storm of BIM (Building Information Modeling). Some Architects and owners still use 2D AutoCad, while most are adopting 3D software such as Revit, Microstation or Plant 3D. Some befuddlement exists on the product we deliver as an MEP firm. At the end of the day all we deliver is signed construction documents right? Wrong!

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G&M Unveils New Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Productivity Pack

Finding new and innovative methods for satisfying and exceeding the needs of our clients is a source of pride at Gausman & Moore. One example of this commitment to innovation is our use of Revit, which increases productivity and improves communication and coordination among architects and engineers. With Revit, our highly experienced team of design engineers efficiently produces documents quickly and accurately, saving our clients valuable time and expense.Anchor

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G & M Helps with Design Within Reach's Galleria Retail Showroom

Gausman & Moore provided MEP design engineering services for this new Design Within Reach store at the Galleria in Edina. Our team worked closely with New York-based architecture firm DFA on the 18,000 square-foot project.

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Two-Pipe Systems vs. Four-Pipe Systems

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems provide building heating and cooling, and more modern-day HVAC systems are starting to use hydronic piping to provide newly constructed buildings’ heating and cooling needs. For this type of work, two main system configurations are possible: two-pipe systems or four-pipe systems.

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G & M Provides MEP Design Engineering for Lake Vermilion State Park

Gausman & Moore provided MEP design engineering services for three new picnic shelters and two sanitation buildings at Lake Vermilion State Park.

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Lake Superior Design Retreat

A design conference scheduled in the middle of winter in Duluth, MN might seem unusual, but for 29 years 100-plus architects have attended the Lake Superior Design Retreat. On the shores of Lake Superior, the conference always attracts fascinating and fun presenters. This keeps the architects coming back annually, braving the typically very cold and very snowy climate. Gausman & Moore has proudly sponsored and attended the conference for most of its 29 years.

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Supporting Academic Excellence

On Wednesday, May 3rd Gausman & Moore will sponsor a table at the 23rd Annual Proctor-Hermantown “Excellence in Education” Banquet. Scott Haedtke, Senior Associate and Duluth Office Manager, who resides in the Proctor District, will host a table that will include a Proctor student, their parents, and a teacher selected by the student as having the most influence on their education. The banquet will recognize 28 students who are the academic top 10 percent of their graduating classes.

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G&M to Engineer New Proctor Schools Athletic Facilities

On February 7th, the Proctor School District passed a $12 million Athletic Facilities Bond Referendum. The firm 292 Design Group was selected as the architect for the new 44,000 square-foot ice arena and athletic fields upgrades project. Gausman & Moore was selected to provide MEP engineering services. Bidding documents will be issued at the end of June to have the arena ready for the 2018 hockey season.

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Dan Fox to Present at USGBC MN IMPACT 2017 – May 3, 2017

When: Wednesday, May 3 – 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Where: St. Paul RiverCentre – 175 West Kellogg Boulevard St. Paul, MN 55102

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