Touring Union Station

By John Fanning There are few landmarks in Chicago better known that Chicago’s Union Station, but there is probably none that have been featured as often in movies and television shows. The reason for this can be summed up in a single word — majestic. Envisioned by the man whose visionary architecture dominates Chicago’s Lakefront, […]

Cogen at Ronald McDonald House New York City

What began in 1974 as a Shamrock Shake-driven fundraiser to help families with sick children is today a network of 322 Ronald McDonald Houses in 57 countries. The first Ronald McDonald House® (RMH), in Philadelphia, was meant to serve as a “home away from home” for families spending time in the city for cancer treatment. […]

Advances in Boiler Construction and Design

By John Kopf Contractors, architects, engineers and others who specify commercial and industrial boilers continually seek systems that are more cost-effective, energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The boiler industry has responded by making significant advances in both construction and design, with new systems offering greater efficiencies, cutting-edge technologies, advanced controls and the ability to integrate […]

The Threat of Paint to Fire Protection

By Karl J. Paloucek Winter brings with it abundant challenges and hazards. Some of them, like freezing outdoor temperatures and black ice, we have little or no control over. But when it comes to keeping our buildings’ fire safety devices in proper working order and uncompromised by their surroundings, we not only have the control, […]

Legionella, Standard 188 and You

On June 27, 2015, at the annual ASHRAE Conference, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188 was finally approved after numerous drafts and five rounds of public review, and now a new level of responsibility has shifted onto the shoulders of building and systems managers. The approved Standard 188 contains a basic strategy for reducing the risk of Legionellosis […]