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Stair Pressurization: An Important Safety Feature for Your Building

Minneapolis is lined with high-rise buildings and large structures throughout the city. Whether a condo complex, hotel, or multi-floor commercial space, all buildings with stairwells are required to meet U.S. Commercial Building Code standards for stairwell pressurization. Stairwells — the primary means of escape during a fire — must be designed so the stairwell pressure is higher than that of the rest of the building.

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Has Your Storage Facility Undergone a High Piled Storage Analysis?

The storage of combustible materials in a building in closely packed piles, racks, or on shelves can create a dangerous and unstable environment for workers, visitors, and all parties involved in a facility. Depending on the quantity of stored material, the height of the storage, and how it is stored - the fire code has rules for how to properly configure and protect the building from fire.

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Energy Solutions for Commercial Building Design

Because there is long-term value in creating more sustainable buildings. You lower operating costs and add value to the property. Not only do sustainable building practices help the environment and operating costs, but green offices also boost productivity and performance, enhance worker satisfaction, and reduce sick leave and absenteeism.

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The Role of Computer Modeling in Lighting Design

While a room’s components set the tone for the design, light determines how we present the design. It is the finishing touch that puts the entire room on display. Creating a lighting design for your office used to involve a drawn-out process for trial and error, which result in the process of elimination. However, this process could be costly and time-consuming while producing less than favorable results.

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The Importance of HVAC Design in Critical Mission Systems

An example of a mission critical system is an HVAC system. If the heating or cooling system goes out, most commercial properties or agencies such as retail centers, hospitals, or educational facilities would no longer operate.

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The Benefits of Chiller Plants in Facilities

The chiller plant is at the core of a building’s operations and overall performance. In more extensive facilities, optimizing is critical for maintaining cool air when it’s hot, maintaining power requirements, and meeting the facility's energy needs.

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LKPB Engineers joins IMEG Corp.

For nearly 50 years, LKPB has been providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection services for new and existing facilities across many markets including commercial/retail, corporate, education, healthcare, government, and recreation. With offices in Minneapolis and Rochester, LKPB is now operating as LKPB Engineers - an IMEG company and will integrate operations with IMEG over the next year.

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Why Solar Energy Makes Sense for Your Commercial Building

It’s a good time to consider solar energy. The demand is rising, costs are lowering, and federal and state incentives allow businesses to start saving money as soon as they implement solar panels. Owning a solar energy system allows your company to achieve energy independence, reduce your carbon footprint, and save on utility bills.

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How Building Engineers Are Embracing Green Solutions

Design sustainable buildings using green solutions increases their value as environmental awareness grow throughout the engineer and construction industry. Reducing operating costs and creating safer environments for staff and clients elevates the standards for building design, structural materials, system layouts, retrofits, and ongoing building analysis.

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5 Challenges in Building Commissioning

A healthy business relationship between building design engineers, construction crews, and building engineers is achieved when all three work together to verify and document that all of the commissioned systems and assemblies have been planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner’s project requirements.

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LKPB joins IMEG! See details here.