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Bradford White Training Facility Raises the Bar

Hi-tech training facilities have almost become the industry standard for manufacturers and large rep firms. At Bradford White’s manufacturing facility in Middleville, Michigan, a cutting edge facility has been in the works since mid-2010. Bradford White’s intent for the LEED Gold- certified ITEC (International Technical Excellence Center) wasn’t simply to raise the bar as a [...]

The Future of Energy: Policy, Technology & Cost

Last month President Obama visited Argonne National Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois to talk about his plans for an energy policy. The President has spoken often about energy during his first term in office, but no actual policy was ever established. Now, as the President gets serious in his final four years in office, it is [...]

Chicago’s Lighthouse

With a nighttime skyline so bright it is observable from space, more than a few visitors and many residents of Chicago have asked when it was that the lighthouse at the city’s downtown Chicago River was actually needed to guide vessels to the city? The answer is of course, years and years ago. While Chicago [...]

Tribune Tower Saves With Equipment Upgrade

When Mike Riley, the Facility Manager at Chicago’s Tribune Tower invited Kroeschell Engineering, Inc. to bid on replacing the landmark facilities, steam boilers, it was pretty clear from the beginning that this would be anything but a normal project. To begin with, the existing boilers, installed in 1966, would have to come from an equipment [...]

Able Engineering Services

With more facilities opting to contract with professional property operations companies, we at the Chief Engineer thought it was time to report on just what makes such a decision a smart one for building owners and just what facility managers can expect from contracting with one of these O&M companies. We begin our report of [...]