Harmonics: Understanding a Goblin in Your Electrical System

Many of the potential readers of this blog may have heard the term “harmonics” frequently enough to know it relates to VFDs, but that is possibly where their understanding may end. If you are experiencing mysterious issues (motors experiencing unusually high wear and tear, medical imaging scans with unusually low resolution, a very low power … read more

The End of the VFD Revolution: What’s Next in Outpatient Healthcare Energy Efficiency

When first introduced, Variable Frequency Drives (VFD’s) were truly revolutionary as the first practical way to take advantage of the energy savings available from variable speed motor operation. For the past 10-20 years, retrofitting constant-speed or two-speed electric induction motors with VFD’s or replacing constant-speed motors with VFD-equipped motors has been a “go-to” energy savings … read more

Extending the use of BIM beyond the construction phase

Building information modeling, or BIM is the digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. It is a sophisticated technology that enables teams to design and manage projects, as well as operate across disciplines. BIM BIM dominates the way owners, architects, engineers, and contractor teams work together, but few institutions take advantage of … read more

Taking an Integrated Approach to Utilities Cost Management and Facilities Modernization

Building managers constantly struggle with the age-old conundrum of controlling rising energy costs with limited capital funding and shrinking maintenance budgets and resources, while corporate level mandates to reduce facility energy intensity adds to the challenge.  And for the conscientious facilities manager that has already taken actions over the years to actively reduce their utilities … read more

Healthcare Integrated MEP Solutions

McLean Hospital Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Relocation McLean Hospital’s Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) suite provides for a dedicated clinical location with state-of-the-art equipment and updated facilities that support patient treatment. The relocation of operations is also part of a larger patient care area expansion and improvement plan. SCOPE OF WORK: Fitzemeyer & Tocci provided … read more