Mission Critical at Chicago’s Art Institue

While many Americans harbor a belief that the centers of art and culture reside on our East or West Coasts, the truth of the matter lies somewhere in between. The city of Chicago has arguably contributed as much or more to the culture of America as has Los Angeles or New York City. The easiest […]

Advanced System Harbors Efficient Heat for Chicago Condominium Building

With a rapidly failing water heater, and an old, inefficient boiler, a 20-unit condominium building in Chicago required major upgrades to its heating system. High efficiency condensing boilers and indirect-fired water heaters from Weil-McLain provided the remedy needed. “Our water heater was deteriorating rapidly and our boiler very old and inefficient,” said Mike Nowak, president […]

Spot Heating Solutions: Keeping Cozy In Every Space

By Andrew Martin and Dennis Krob When you’re looking to heat one area of a building or home with cold spots, consider spot heating options. Cold spots that need heat include areas that may not have been included when the HVAC system was installed, such as new additions or spaces that were simply overlooked. In […]

Tilting, Sinking San Francisco High-Rise Raises Alarm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pamela Buttery noticed something peculiar six years ago while practicing golf putting in her 57th-floor apartment at the luxurious Millennium Tower. The ball kept veering to the same corner of her living room. Those were the first signs for residents of the sleek, mirrored high-rise that something was wrong. The 58-story […]

In the Wake of Disaster: Recovery

By John Fanning A catastrophic event in your facility is something that most engineers simply don’t want to think about.  But one thing for sure is that the worst time to start thinking about recovering from a catastrophe is the day after one happens. To be sure, disaster recovery is something that the average facility […]