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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 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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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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How to Design a More Comfortable and Efficient Building Ventilation System

The purpose of ventilation is to exhaust pollutants from a building as well as provide clean, fresh air from the outside. Whether the air is entering or exiting the building, it has to pass through a filtering system to minimize or eliminate pollutants and harmful airborne substance.

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From Brand-New to Breakthrough, Rob Pushes Innovation

Rob Lowe joined LKPB Engineers, Inc. as an associate and mechanical project manager back in May 2018 with more than 32 years of experience in the design of plumbing, fire protection, and HVAC systems.

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How Building Commissioning Could Save Your Property

If you’re getting ready to launch a new construction project in Minneapolis, building commissioning may ensure that you have met all systems and structural requirement. LKPB Engineers can help you with our building commissioning service.

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