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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 […]

Tulsa’s Remington Tower Shrinks its Carbon Footprint

The new owners of Remington Tower office building in Tulsa, OK, looked into an energy retrofit immediately after its purchase in July of last year. The 20-story, 96,000 square-foot building was constructed in 1983, and while its water-source heat pump system remains in good condition, the original controls were obsolete. “Our main concern was that […]