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Focus On Cost Reduction

By Karl J. Paloucek Focus on Cost Reduction Hayes Mechanical’s Ryan Smith discusses the full-service mechanical contracting business’s push to help property managers and owners to maximize cost-reductions from state-encouraged incentives.   The virtue and constant challenge for chief engineers to minimize operating costs got a boost in 2007 with the passage of an Illinois [...]

Coping With Nature’s Nuisances

Nature’s pests can affect any building and HVAC system. Some can be extremely tricky to detect and to deal with — and that’s when Susan Hagberg’s twin businesses, Canine Detection & Inspection Services and Wild Goose Chase, are at their best. By Karl J. Paloucek nefficiencies that impede optimal management of any building are nearly [...]

Benefiting from Smart Technology

By Karl J. Paloucek   In 2008, the newly built headquarters of the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) of Chicago became one of the first buildings in the Chicago area designed to meet LEED standards for energy efficiency. That was just the beginning. ack in 2008, when the new headquarters of the Mechanical Contractors Association of [...]

Behind the Scenes at The Field Museum

By Mary Stroka Stepping into The Field Museum is a breathtaking experience, as the Stanley Field Hall’s physical immensity greets the visitor through its high, vaulted ceiling covering exhibits scattered over its half-acre of floor space, including SUE, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found; two towering Northwest Coast Native American totem poles; and taxidermist [...]

The Multi-Faceted Advantages of a Fanwall Install

By Karl J. Paloucek When it came time to replace four 125-horsepower and two 40-horsepower vaneaxial fans at Career Education’s building in Schaumburg, Ill., a decision had to be made: Refurbish the old technology or bring in the new? The choice was a no-brainer. One of the delightful upsides to long-reliable equipment finally wearing out [...]