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Commercial Building Energy Audit

An energy audit is performed on an existing building to help identify energy saving measures throughout the structure. During an audit, every aspect of energy consumption is examined, ranging from the lighting used, to heat generation, to possible leaks in the duct work. The goal of an energy-efficient building is to reduce operating costs while encouraging environmentally friendly actions from the building’s inhabitants and owners. Let's take a closer look at an energy audit for a typical commercial building.

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Building Sustainable Data Centers

As technology needs continue to grow, bigger and more powerful data centers are needed to keep up with the growing demand. Data centers were once a black hole of energy inefficiency, but new approaches to data center design are quickly making these buildings sustainable. Below, let's examine just a few ways improved design can help create sustainable data centers.

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Understanding Passive Building Design

Engineers and designers focused on sustainable design are constantly looking for ways to reduce energy usage and ultimately the carbon footprint of a building. Passive building design utilizes the building's natural environment to heat and cool the building, which provides an optimum living temperature. Let's explore some components of passive building design below.

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The importance of Forensic Studies

Accidents happen no matter how carefully a building is planned. Designs in practice don't work, mechanical systems fail, or materials do not hold up as predicted. When this happens, unfortunately, there can be heavy financial implications to sort out responsibility for repairs. Performing a forensic study by senior engineers can help determine the cause of the failure. Further, understanding why a material or system did not work can help create an improved design in the future.

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G&M Project Used for University of Minnesota Capstone

Throughout the Fergus Falls Library remodeling project Gausman & Moore worked frequently with The Weidt Group. The result was a more comfortable and energy efficient space for library patrons and staff. For the past few months this project has also helped educate young engineers.

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Adam Beherns – Employee of the Month for March 2019

Adam Beherns (Electrical Engineering, Roseville Office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s March 2019 Employee of the Month.

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Understanding Hydroelectric Power

Any opportunity to use renewable power sources is a chance to offer safe, clean, and cheap energy compared to alternative sources. Hydroelectricity is just one of many sustainable options to provide power to an entire city or just a single building. Hydroelectricity comes in many forms and has several benefits. Below, let's examine hydroelectricity in more depth.

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Sustainable Opportunities in Healthcare Buildings

Many large-scale buildings, such as healthcare facilities, consume enormous amounts of power every day. Within evert building, there are many ways to reduce energy expenditures and make the facility more sustainable.

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Finney’s Restaurant – Ventura, CA

The historic downtown area in Ventura, CA was in need of additional restaurant options. A long-vacant building was in need of a tenant. Gausman & Moore, working with AB Design Studio, worked together to meet both needs by designing and building Finney’s Crafthouse & Kitchen.

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Heartis Senior Living Facility – Yardley, PA

Gausman & Moore is providing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design engineering services for this new senior living facility. The $26.34 million project is a new ground-up, two-story licensed, limited care facility that includes a single-story memory care portion and two-story assisted living portion. Once complete, the facility will be 101,960 square feet.

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Thomas Bartczak – Employee of the Month for January 2019

Thomas Bartczak (Mechanical Engineering, Los Angeles Office) was recognized as Gausman & Moore’s January 2019 Employee of the Month.

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The Advantages of 3D Scanning

Modern technology has allowed designers and engineers to improve their building techniques by leaps and bounds. 3D scanning technology is a fast and efficient way to get real time, accurate pictures of existing buildings. By using several points of light, 3D scanners are able to piece together what is called a point cloud, or a digital blueprint of the area scanned.

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Optimist of the Year – Zola Burns

“I don’t know how she does it,” was a common statement about Zola Burns (Administration, Roseville Office) and her role as Treasurer of the Roseville Area Optimist Club. Zola’s efforts with the club resulted in her being named as the club’s 2018 Optimist of the Year.

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Licia Oligmueller is G&M’s 2018 Most Valuable Player

Gausman & Moore is pleased to recognize Licia Oligmueller, PE, LEED AP BD+C (Mechanical Engineering, Roseville Office) as our 2018 Most Valuable Player.

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The Role of Mechanical Engineers in Sustainable Design

Mechanical engineers can wear many hats and can have their talent and skills directed to several aspects of a building project. Looking at the bigger picture, there are many areas in sustainable design where mechanical engineers play a larger role. Below, let's take a look at three key areas where mechanical engineers are pivotal to creating a sustainable building design.

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