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SSOE recently appointed Kris Phillips Associate AIA, LEED AP BD+C, to the newly created position of Sustainable Design Coordinator. Phillips will oversee all of SSOE’s activities related to LEED® and the implementation of sustainable design practices into projects. He will also be responsible for coordinating LEED resources within the company. Continue reading →
SSOE Group recently acquired Orbital Technical Solutions (OTS). OTS is widely known for its work in the power industry, with expertise in biomass, landfill gas, and waste energy projects.Tony Damon, CEO of SSOE, describes the acquisition as further evidence of the company’s growth in the power industry. “OTS will help us expand our capabilities in the power market. We are confident that the synergy this acquisition brings to SSOE will reap great benefits for SSOE’s and OTS’s clients.”
SSOE is ranked second among Industrial Design firms (Building Design + Construction, 2009). The acquisition allows SSOE to provide more robust in-house expertise to current power industry clients such as American Municipal Power and its 129 municipal utility members, resulting in increased technical resources and services. “The OTS team brings depth of knowledge in the examination of the economics and life cycle costs of traditional and renewable energy options,” Damon noted. This analysis is applicable to power generation for utility clients, permitting for traditional and renewable fuel boilers, high voltage substation and transmission design systems, industrial and university-sized boilers, as well as chilled water and utility infrastructure systems. OTS is part of SSOE’s industrial group. Ron Lutwen, a 26-year veteran of OTS, is leading the daily operations of the group.
SSOE Group announced the opening of its Beijing office, its second in China. The new office launches the firm’s North China operations and is located in the Central Business District (CBD) of Beijing. The CBD Beijing has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade. Since the area is home to over 100 Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, and more than 60 percent of overseas-funded companies in Beijing are located there, this location is key to SSOE’s growth and client service. Andrew Kwok, General Manager of Asian Operations, for SSOE Group in China said “SSOE is committed to serving our clients in Northern China, including Goodyear and Coca Cola. By establishing our presence in Beijing we will be able to do this more effectively and efficiently.”
With the government driving development in North East China and the availability of tax breaks and incentives, many expect an increase in foreign investments in the region. Kwok said, “A Beijing office is the next step for SSOE in our goal of growing our business in China. Here, we can promote our engineering, procurement, and construction management services to prospective clients entering this region” Leading SSOE’s business development effort in Beijing is James Smith, Business Development Executive. “James brings to SSOE a great amount of enthusiasm and energy. He is an intelligent individual with China business knowledge and understanding of the construction industry which will be critical in generating new business for SSOE,” said Kwok.
Craig Pickerel recently became one of the first to receive an evidence based design accreditation and certification (EDAC) from The Center for Health Design (http://www.healthdesign.org/edac/). The accreditation has been offered for less than a year and has been awarded to only 250 professionals to date. Mounting scientific evidence supports the Evidence Based Design approach to healthcare facility design and its correlation to successful patient outcomes. The EDAC accreditation tests individual knowledge and understanding of how to base healthcare building design decisions on credible research evidence and project evaluation results.
According to Pickerel, the information he learned from The Center for Health Design can be applied to non-healthcare projects as well. “These tools can improve any type of project, new or existing,” he said. “However, the EDAC principles remain critical in the healthcare industry because every design decision can greatly influence the environment of care and healthcare outcomes.”
Recently, Pickerel successfully met the necessary requirements to become a registered Ohio architect. To obtain this status, Pickerel was required to pass seven state-mandated licensing exams, complete an Intern Development Program, and hold a degree from a university accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.
SSOE Group’s Mike Duffey, PE, M.SAME, Vince DiPofi, PE, and David Semproch, AIA, NCARB, discuss how 4D building information modeling (BIM) could pay dividends for federal projects managers involved in larger undertakings such as U.S. military’s current massive force relocations around the world. Continue reading →