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Wiegmann Associates Completes GameWorks Denver HVAC Project

Gameworks BldgSt. Charles-based Wiegmann Associates has completed a design-assist HVAC project for the new GameWorks Denver, a family entertainment center. Wiegmann’s HVAC solution reduced equipment and installation costs, and will result in annual energy savings. The general contractor was Catamount Constructors, Inc.

The primary project challenge was to adapt the building’s existing HVAC equipment, designed for an electronics store, to serve the needs of a 33,800-square-foot multi-purpose facility including a restaurant and bar, arcade room, Laser Tag arena, eSports center, and small and large private event rooms.

Wiegmann performed heating and cooling load calculations, which allowed for a 25 percent reduction in equipment capacity. They installed 10 new rooftop units instead of refurbishing older equipment, simplified the ductwork and air distribution system, and replaced several ductless split systems with more economical solutions, all while reducing mechanical construction costs by 28% over the original design.

Wiegmann also programmed the building’s HVAC controls for an estimated 12 percent reduction in annual energy costs.

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

Bluegrass Lawn Offers Free Trees to Businesses

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Landscaping firm gives back by celebrating Arbor Day

The annual Arbor Day encourages groups to plant and care for trees in their communities. Bluegrass Lawncare LLC has taken this to heart by offering to plant a free tree at commercial businesses. The St. Louis-based full-service landscape company has teamed up with the Arbor Day Foundation to celebrate this annual event, which falls on April 29, the last Friday in April, throughout much of the country.

Over the next several weeks, Bluegrass will plant a Colorado blue spruce for businesses and commercial property owners that contact the company. Besides planting these hearty trees, Bluegrass will spread mulch to help retain moisture for the sapling and place a protective barrier so the sapling can grow. Once mature, a Colorado blue spruce grows to a height of 50 feet to 70 feet, with a spread of 10 feet to 20 feet.

“We understand the value of trees to our environment,” said Chris Darnell, head of marketing and business development for Bluegrass Lawn. “Trees are an enormous resource in combatting climate change, cleaning our air, conserving energy, preserving water, beautifying our community and so much more. It’s our way of giving back to the businesses that we serve and to the community in which we live.”

Any business or commercial property owner in the St. Louis region only needs to call Darnell at Bluegrass Lawn for a free tree. He can be reached at (314) 383-7099.

About Bluegrass Lawn

Founded in 1982, Bluegrass Lawn is a full-service landscape and maintenance company. Based in Bridgeton, MO, the company’s commercial services include design and installation of landscaping, hardscapes and stone walls; maintenance with irrigation, shrub and tree care, aeration, lawn care, irrigation, and soil and mulch; and snow and ice removal. It also offers residential lawn care service.

 

Northern Power Systems Announces Fully Integrated Energy Storage System

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Submitted by CK Power

Northern Power Systems Corp., a next generation renewable energy technology company, today announced the release of a new product that enables developers and end-users to acquire a fully integrated energy storage system tailored to their needs in terms of power and energy.

The Northern Power ESS (Energy Storage Solution) features the advanced FP2000 FlexPhase power conversion system that has been featured in multiple technologies and applications. The system has a wide range of DC voltage optimization, able to be effective with Flow, Lithium, lead Acid or any other chemical battery, as well as mechanical storage options such as flywheels. Northern Power leverages its abilities and experience in grid integration and renewable optimization in order to deliver the best solution for the customer’s needs.

Diego M. Tebaldi, VP of Global Business Development for Northern Power Systems, commented “This is a great step forward—responding to market demand where customers are requiring a fully integrated solution.” He continued, “We are proud to partner with key providers across the spectrum of the main components, using our multi-year experience to select components that provide the better technical solution for the application required, and offer the market an easier to deploy standard and pre-configured solution.”

Northern Power Systems offers integrated Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) configurable for a range of applications. NPS ESS can be packaged into containers, shelters, trailers, or buildings with an output power range of 125 kVA – 2,000 kVA. The duration of rated power can be configured from 15 minutes to 4 hours.

Key Applications of this solution include:

  • Utility Grid Support – frequency regulation, VAR support/power quality, peak shaving/load shifting, sub-station resiliency, renewable integration
  • Behind-the-Meter – demand management, time-of-use, back-up power, critical load support
  • Hybrid Microgrids – remote/islanded operation, black start, renewables utilization/reduced fuel consumption

Northern Power is featuring this announcement at the Energy Storage Association industry conference in Charlotte, NC from 25th April 2016 – 27th April 2016 and will have a presence in booth #327.

For more information please reach out to Info@NorthernPower.com 

About Northern Power Systems

Northern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells wind turbines and power technology products, and provides engineering development services and technology licenses for energy applications, into the global marketplace from its US headquarters and European offices.

Bill Hellmuth, AIA Promoted to HOK Chief Executive Officer

Bill Hellmuth, AIA, officially took over as HOK’s chief executive officer on April 19, with longtime CEO Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, moving to chairman as part of a planned succession process that the firm first announced Jan. 25.

Hellmuth, who is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., studio, has been HOK’s president since 2005. His promotion to CEO signals a renewed emphasis on design thinking and innovation across HOK. For the first time since 1990, when Gyo Obata stepped down to assume the role of chairman, the firm is being led by a design principal. Hellmuth brings special insight on managing the creative process—balancing the art and the business to generate the best design solutions and most value for clients. He will continue in his role as HOK’s firm-wide president and design principal for projects in the Washington, D.C., area and worldwide.

“Design excellence will define our future,” said Hellmuth. “I joined HOK in 1991 for the opportunity to be part of a practice that had the opportunity to do the best design work of its time. We’re now creating design solutions that address some of the world’s greatest challenges. We’ll continue broadening the scope of our creativity and problem solving and using design thinking to strengthen our design culture. This will continue to attract the best people and clients to HOK.”

With current projects in 75 countries, HOK has designed some of the world’s most important urban plans, buildings and interior environments. Current and recent projects include the 80-story Capital Market Authority Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; the Porsche Cars North America Experience Center and Headquarters in Atlanta; the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) in Anaheim, California; Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta; the Francis Crick Institute in London; and the 74-story Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 24 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology innovation.

Ensuring Generator Longevity

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Submitted by CK Power

Light loading responsibly

While it’s not advisable to run generators below their optimal workload-to-fuel- consumption level, the reality on job sites and in emergency situations sometimes demands it. If this happens to be the case, regularly scheduled and preventative maintenance regimens become even more crucial for maintaining the health of the power system. Generators regularly expected to run on light loads should be subject to more rigorous maintenance regimens to ensure there’s no excessive wear or deposit buildup.

If generators must be run at light load for a period of time, then in general they should afterwards be run under an increased load. This raises the temperature and pressure within the generator’s cylinders, which helps to clean off deposits in the combustion chamber.

Light loading should be even more limited for natural gas generator sets. It’s recommended that they be run at a 0 to 30 percent load level only for half and hour, and from 31 to 50 percent load level for only two hours. All light loading should be followed by at least two hours of running at no less than a 70 percent load level.

Scheduled and preventative maintenance

Scheduled and preventative generator maintenance plans are a must for users looking to prolong the life of their generator equipment. For generators in critical applications, such as standby generators at hospitals, data centers and laboratories, generator maintenance plans are an absolute must.

Some components of a scheduled maintenance plan may be as simple as the user making sure generator exercisers are in place and working properly. These kick on the generator at set intervals to verify that everything is working properly.

Load bank testing is another critical element in a preventative generator maintenance plan. This test artificially boosts the load placed on the generator, usually to about the height of the generator’s output capacity. This helps to erase any effects of wet stacking or other buildup, and to verify that a generator is actually capable of performing at its peak output rate. It is generally recommended that load bank testing be conducted at least once per year.

The ambient conditions in which a generator operates will also have an effect on how often it should be serviced. Dust, moisture, salinity, altitude and extreme temperatures will all have a bearing on how often routine generator maintenance should be conducted.

In general, regularly scheduled “lifecycle” maintenance can save time and money by preventing downtime, allowing for small issues to be addressed before they become large ones and by prolonging the service life of the generator.

DIESEL GENERATOR EFFICIENCY AND TIER 4

As is the case in many sectors of the power generation industry, the EPA’s final Tier 4 regulations are shaking up the way we buy and maintain diesel generators. Many of the diesel generators designed to meet Tier 4’s new emission standards are even less tolerant to light loading than previous models were. This is largely due to the fact that the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) components, which were introduced to reduce NOx emissions, must operate within a very narrow temperature range.

It’s also important to realize that final Tier 4 diesel generators cannot be operated without the additive diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). DEF is a non-hazardous solution that’s sprayed into the exhaust stream of diesel engines to help to reduce NOx emissions. In addition to verifying a Tier 4 diesel generator is running with the proper levels of DEF, it’s also key to verify beforehand that a particular type of DEF is approved for use with the specific generator model.

Final Tier 4 engine standards are tweaking best practices for running diesel generators efficiently. While some of the effects are new to all of us, it’s always best to consult experienced engineers who know how this type of machinery will function with new components and additives. Consulting a professional before any adverse effects of inefficient operation have time to add up will help to prolong the life of final Tier 4 generator equipment.

Roeslein Alternative Energy Wins 2016 ‘Groundbreaker of the Year’ Award

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Chris Roach, Director of Roeslein Alternative Energy, accepting the 2016 Groundbreaker of the Year Award during the general session of the International Biomass Conference and Expo in Charlotte, NC on April 12, 2016.
Chris Roach, Director of Roeslein Alternative Energy, accepting the 2016 Groundbreaker of the Year Award during the general session of the International Biomass Conference and Expo in Charlotte, NC on April 12, 2016.

Roeslein Alternative Energy was named the 2016 Groundbreaker of the Year by BBI International, at the annual International Biomass Conference and Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 12, 2016.

Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) has recently launched a significant project, which warrants the nomination for this award. RAE has partnered with Smithfield Hog Production (SHP) of Missouri. RAE is utilizing SHP’s hog manure lagoons by placing impermeable covers over them in order to anaerobically digest the manure to create methane gas. The captured methane will then be refined and used as a renewable natural gas. Once refined the gas will then be injected into main grid pipelines, and accessible to millions. Along with manure conversion, RAE looks to utilize marginal and highly erodible land and restore them back to the native prairies that they once were. It is the goal of RAE to restore ultimately 200,000 acres of land to native prairies which will boast natural rehabilitation of habitats for plants and wildlife.

“Being a relatively young company, many in the industry are not aware of our advances on this project. Attending this conference and expo, was a way to spread the word,” said Chris Roach, Director for Roeslein Alternative Energy. “However, by receiving this award, not only was it a true justification of all the hard work and dedication we have been pouring into our projects, it helps accelerate this process and get others on board with what we are doing.”

The Groundbreaker of the Award is given to one company who is nominated and voted on by BBI International, a globally recognized bioenergy events and trade magazine company, and a committee for the International Biomass Conference and Expo. This award is in recognition that significant quantities of money and energy must be invested into a bioenergy project before construction can begin. Companies and organizations that reach the groundbreaking stage represent the minority of potential bioenergy projects. The dedication and perseverance needed to navigate design, funding, permitting, purchase agreements and community acceptance indicates extreme aptitude worthy of acknowledgment. The Groundbreaker of the Year Award recognizes the company or organization that has significantly advanced the bioenergy industry by breaking ground and making meaningful headway on a commercial scale biomass-to-energy project.

Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) was founded in 2012 as an operator and developer of renewable energy production facilities that converts agricultural and industrial wastes, along with renewable biomass feedstocks to renewable natural gas and sustainable co-products. RAE engages in these business operations with a focus on incorporating native prairie restoration. RAE is a limited liability corporation with its principal offices located in St. Louis, Missouri. To find out more, please visit www.roesleinae.com

Chris Roach, Director of Roeslein Alternative Energy, accepting the 2016 Groundbreaker of the Year Award during the general session of the International Biomass Conference and Expo in Charlotte, NC on April 12, 2016.

Wiegmann Associates Completes HVAC at Aviator Business Park

Wiegmann Associates has completed construction of an $800,000 HVAC project for a multi-tenant build-out at Aviator Business Park in Hazelwood, MO. The business park was developed by Panattoni Development.

Wiegmann installed the mechanical system infrastructure for a 535,000-square-foot space in Aviator 7, which includes a Silgan Plastics’ production facility, Weekends Only’s main distribution center serving stores in St. Louis and Indianapolis, and a shell warehouse. Wiegmann also installed the HVAC system for a 75,000 square-foot shell warehouse in Aviator 3. 

The general contractor for Aviator buildings 3, 4 and 7 was St. Louis-based Kadean Construction, a Design Build, construction management and general contracting firm.

Aviator Business Park is a 155-acre development one mile north of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Located on the site of the former Ford Motor Co. Hazelwood Assembly Plant and within a State of Missouri Enhanced Enterprise Zone, the business park houses commercial, industrial and warehousing tenants. 

Wiegmann Associates is a St. Louis-based mechanical contractor serving the commercial, industrial and institutional markets, and a national leader in design/build HVAC projects.

Brinkmann Constructors Receives Safety Award From Associated General Contractors Of Missouri

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E.C.L Wagner Safety Award recognizes exemplary safety record for the past five years.

Brinkmann Constructors received the inaugural Building Division E.C.L. Wagner Safety Award from The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO). This award is presented for maintaining an exemplary safety record for the past five years. The AGC of Missouri Safety Committee selected Brinkmann Constructors based on a comparison of Brinkmann Constructors’ total hours worked in Missouri, total injuries and total lost day cases over the past five years. The award was presented on April 6, 2016 at the Awards Breakfast held in conjunction with the AGC of Missouri Annual Convention at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor that has completed approximately $3 billion in construction since 1984.

KWAME/HR Green Joint Venture Team Begins Airfield Improvement Project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

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A joint venture team of Kwame Building Group, Inc. and HR Green (KWAME/HR Green) has begun work on a $7 million taxiway reconstruction project at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The reconstruction of the taxiways known as Foxtrot and Juliet began this month and is scheduled for completion in July 2016. KWAME/HR Green is providing construction management services. The general contractor is Millstone Weber. The consulting engineer is Crawford, Murphy & Tilly.

The project includes the removal of 26,000 square yards of existing PCC pavement and replacement with new concrete pavement. The concrete removed from the old taxiway, originally constructed in 1979, will be recycled and reused as the base course cap and sub-base layer.

Also included in the project are new drainage systems, 6,700 tons of asphalt shoulders, asphalt service road, security fencing, airfield lighting, airfield directional signage and pavement markings. To avoid disruption of normal operations at the airport, portions of the work will be performed at night and on weekends.

KWAME/HR Green completed work on the $9 million reconstruction of the taxiways known as Delta, Echo and November in Fall 2014; and the $9.2 million reconstruction of the taxiway known as Echo and the north apron in Fall 2015.

KWAME also was the project manager for Lambert’s $62 million Airport Experience renovation project as well as the restoration of Concourse C and other areas following the EF4 tornado that hit the airport in 2011. The Airport Experience project won the 2015 “ENR Midwest Best Project of the Year Award: Airports/Transit.”

Kwame Building Group, Inc. (KWAME) is one of the nation’s top 15 pure construction management firms, dedicating 100 percent of its resources to project management services.

Korte Company Begins Construction On UNLV Student Housing Project


The Korte Company was selected as the General Contractor for a 377,000 square foot student housing apartment complex on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The 758-bed property, to be known as The Degree is the first phase of a three-phase $76 million redevelopment project called U District, headed by local developer, The Midby Companies.

Phase I includes the demolition of existing structures with new construction beginning in May. The Degree is scheduled to be ready for a fall 2017 move-in. The apartments come fully furnished with in-unit washers and dryers, balconies and air conditioning. There is also free Wi-Fi, as well as onsite maintenance and management staff. Students will be able to choose from several floor plans, including two-bedroom double occupancy, two-bedroom single occupancy and four-bedroom single occupancy, with each bedroom available with a private bathroom.

The Degree will include a fitness center, study rooms, as well as media and social lounges. A significant feature will be a 2,000-square-foot pool with lounge areas, cabanas and grill stations. Also included is a parking garage with 456 spaces.

According to Greg Korte, President of The Korte Company’s Las Vegas Division, “Working with The Midby Companies in creating a community environment for the students is an exciting opportunity for the entire team as well as the university and its students. We are very proud to be a part of a project that helps make UNLV more competitive with other universities across the country.”

The Korte Company, founded in 1958, is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with offices in Highland, Illinois; Norman, Oklahoma; and, Las Vegas, Nevada. The company manages, on average, an excess of $200 million in annual construction volume.

The Korte Company’s project expertise includes building for federal, state and local government agencies as well as the design and construction of healthcare facilities, medical office buildings, warehouse/distribution centers, religious facilities, commercial buildings, schools, recreation centers and office complexes.