Optimize 3-D BIM Models Using a Unified Workflow

Article | Construction Executive (January 2015)
A properly executed 3-D BIM model adds value to every aspect of a construction project, including improving safety, accelerating the schedule and reducing budget. However, it is not something that can be performed by a consultant alone and then passed off to a contractor to re-model for shop drawing development and installation.


Southland Industries Awarded Kern County Justice Facility

Garden Grove, CA (2014)
Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, was recently awarded the Kern County Justice Facility in Bakersfield, California. In addition to Southland, the design-build project team includes HOK Architects, Balfour Beatty, CML RW Security, and Berg Electric.


Data Center Design-Build Upgrade is Easier with Process Controls

Article | Control Engineering (January 2015)
A project to replace an out-of-date data center began in 2012; M.C. Dean focused on building the new LEED Gold facility to support a 6 MW data floor, which would eventually to be expanded to 10 MW. The project included 6 control panels (2 PLC and 4 remote I/O), 2 redundant automation stations, 16 remote I/O racks with more than 1,800 hard I/O points, 5 operator workstations, 2 server racks, 10 network cabinets, and 45 network switches for collecting more than 35,000 soft I/O points. 


Southland Industries Awarded California Pacific Medical Center St. Luke’s Replacement Hospital

Union City, CA (2014)
Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing engineering, construction, service and energy service solutions, was recently awarded the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) St. Luke’s Replacement Hospital project in San Francisco, California. In addition to Southland, the design-build project team includes SmithGroup, HerreroBoldt, Rosendin Electric, Silverman & Light, Pankow, Harrison Drywall and RLH Fire Protection.


Mission Critical Fire Safety

Article | Mission Critical (2014)
The data collection and cloud computing industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and that growth has been a boon to the construction industry, which is being called upon to design and build these structures to accommodate complex mechanical needs. Chief among these needs is a reliable and effective fire protection system that will ensure mission-critical technology like servers are always operational.


Protecting Those Who Served: Ventilation At Walter Reed

Article | ES Magazine (December 2014)
At Walter Reed Military Medical Center, the mission was an air distribution overhaul of the surgical operating room suites without interrupting the ongoing delivery of care. The project team designed and delivered an upgraded environment in each new OR using a new desiccant-based system and custom air handlers. The result was increased environment flexibility and safety in the surgical suites, and more. 


Federal Versus State in the Energy Renaissance

Article | North American Builders (November 2014)
As Americans have long enjoyed cheap energy in this country, they have paid little regard to conservation measures over the years, buying energy-guzzling homes, cars and other luxury items. All that changed in the early years of the new millennium when the economic bubble in America finally burst. Along with the most serious economic downturn since the Great Depression came a new awareness of energy consumption; a Renaissance of sorts, led in part by a new focus on renewable energy. In the aftermath of the new Great Recession, the federal government responded with the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, also known as “the stimulus.” This new pot of federal money was intended to inject new life into the U.S. economy by creating jobs, in part through the creation of a cleaner, renewable energy infrastructure.


Closing School Budget Gaps

Article | AEE EFPN Newsletter (November 2014)
As schools across the region finalize their budgets, the outlook remains grim. Revenues continue to fall short of expenses creating budget gaps. Citing increased retirement, health-care, utility, and related operating costs, for many schools FY14-15 will require further cuts to core programs and curriculum.


States Raise The Bar On High-Performance Buildings

Article | FacilitiesNet (November 2014)
The U.S. Department of Energy projects that by the end of 2015, about 25 states, concentrated on the East and West coasts, will have adopted the 2012 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This latest version of the IECC heavily references ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010, a standard that includes several updates to requirements for mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems. The new standards for these systems will raise the bar, contributing significantly to energy savings, as compared to the 2007 90.1 standard.


Southland Engineering Awarded Cleveland Clinic Cancer Building

Dulles, VA (2014)
Southland Engineering, a division of Southland Industries, was recently awarded the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Building project located in Cleveland, Ohio. Leveraging its healthcare experience in an integrated project delivery (IPD) environment, practical engineering solutions, as well as building information modeling and modular construction expertise, Southland Engineering has formed a joint venture with local contractor, Relmec Mechanical, to execute the 377,000 square foot project. In addition to the Relmec/Southland joint venture, the design-assist project team includes Turner Construction, William Rawn Associates, and Stantec Architecture, Inc.