Industry survivors must embrace shifting paradigms in order to remain competitive in the private sector.
Suzan Huff, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Master Architect at SSOE, recently authored an article in Lab Manager Magazine highlighting three concepts trending in commercial laboratory design: flexibility, transparency, and positive branding. With traditional lab practices changing, the spaces themselves are being modified to accommodate. In addition to creating open, adaptable spaces, Suzan also recommends incorporating movable / convertible items, such as furniture, to create an easily transformable, dynamic group environment and interior and exterior image branding to better appeal to the public. Continue reading →
Featured as the cover story in a recent issue of Informed Infrastructure Magazine, Josh Zimmerman, VDC Steel Section Manager, explores the workflow and key considerations necessary to optimize the benefits of VDC Steel in this article. Coordination, collaboration, and clarity of scope are of upmost importance when using this delivery system. Within, Zimmerman provides a short case study on a project for Starwood Capital Group where a concurrent approach to design and steel detailing was used to meet an aggressive project schedule. Continue reading →
Because small changes in the model can result in large changes to the calculated capacity of an antenna mount, it’s important to use site-specific geometry and loading information. The safety of workers and achieving adequate strength for the mount depend on it.
Michelle Kang, PE, Telecommunications Section Manager at SSOE Group, and Ismaias “Lemmy” Recinos, PE, Structural Engineer, co-authored this article featured in Above Ground Level Magazine. A follow-up to last year’s article “How to Analyze Antenna Mounts to Avoid Costly Consequences”, Michelle and Lemmy discuss the results of a case study, the criteria of which were discovered through their own practice and investigation. The case study analyzes modeling antenna loading on tower structures in six different cases. Results showed the rating on a mount can fluctuate greatly between passing and failing capacities based on a few small changes made to the model. Continue reading →
New Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for steel technology seamlessly integrates steel design, fabrication, and erection with reduced cost and a faster schedule.
Josh Zimmerman, VDC Steel Section Manager at SSOE, is featured in the November issue of Area Development Magazine. Within, Josh describes how Virtual Design and Construction methodology can be applied to the steel detailing process and result in significant schedule reduction. This is accomplished by creating fabrication-ready models quicker and earlier in the construction workflow—moving the timing of steel detailing to occur congruently with structural design on the project. Two examples are explored in the article, one saving 2.5 months on the construction schedule through early coordination of design and detailing associated with VDC Steel. Continue reading →
Act fast to solve complicated issues in semiconductor cleanrooms.
Gavin Kaleta, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Gavin Kaleta, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Mechanical Department Manager at SSOE, recently authored an article in Controlled Environments Magazine on how to resolve the ever-present issues that go hand-in-hand with semiconductor cleanrooms. Whether dealing with the demands that go along with initially constructing and certifying a cleanroom or maintaining it, Gavin recommends working with an experienced project team to help determine quick solutions to avoid any hitches in productivity. Continue reading →
Jim Lewis, Electrical Controls Department Manager and Principal at SSOE, recently authored this informative article in Area Development Magazine advising readers to take a business-driven approach to utility projects. Whether your project is driven by production capacity, energy efficiency, regulatory requirements, or environmental sustainability, the ultimate objective is to add value to the business. Jim shares examples showing how a utility challenge can be turned into a business advantage. Continue reading →