Building a Partnership in St. Charles, MO

Building a Partnership in St. Charles, MO

The City of St. Charles, Missouri is located just 25 miles outside of St. Louis and is situated along the banks of the Missouri River. One of the nation’s fastest growing areas, St. Charles has doubled in size to nearly 70,000 people in the last 20 years. To keep up with residential and commercial development, [...]

Choosing an Owner’s Project Manager: Four Qualities that Determine Success

Choosing an Owner’s Project Manager: Four Qualities that Determine Success

  The intricacies that make up any large design and construction project are countless. From planning, design, permitting, and construction, any one of a thousand details can delay a project, and delays can be costly. Important project approvals related to contracts, design documents, payments, change orders, etc. fall on the owner, who may not have [...]

August 6, 2014
Safe Lab Ventilation and Fume Hood Energy Savings

Safe Lab Ventilation and Fume Hood Energy Savings

University labs are where some of the most advanced and important research in the world is performed. Because of the presence of numerous chemicals and other potential airborne hazards, labs present unique safety concerns. Having adequate ventilation to ensure proper and safe working conditions are maintained is one of the key factors that contribute to [...]

August 4, 2014
New Definition Expands Regulated Waters under the CWA

New Definition Expands Regulated Waters under the CWA

Just what are “Waters of the United States?” At first glance, it might seem intuitive, but since passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA), this definition has become more and more difficult to pin down. Why does this matter? Because it determines what water bodies are and are not regulated under the CWA, which has [...]

July 31, 2014
12 Key Steps to Planning a Severe Weather Response at Treatment Facilities

12 Key Steps to Planning a Severe Weather Response at Treatment Facilities

Before, during, and after a natural disaster strikes, facilities should have a plan in place to execute a comprehensive and flexible response to protect staff and critical assets. The need for such a plan may be increasing. The recently published National Climate Assessment noted that the growing consensus in the scientific community points to an [...]

July 29, 2014
Deadline Alert: Major Source Boiler MACT Energy Assessments

Deadline Alert: Major Source Boiler MACT Energy Assessments

If you are (or could be) a major source of Hazardous Air Pollutant emissions and have one or more boilers that can burn natural gas, oil, or solid fuel, and have a rated input of greater than 10 MMBtu, you may need to conduct a one-time energy assessment. Boilers subject to EPA’s Major Source Boiler [...]

Posted in: Energy
July 7, 2014
A Water Shortage Solution: Reclaimed Wastewater

A Water Shortage Solution: Reclaimed Wastewater

Recent fires in Southern California are a vivid reminder that half of the United States is experiencing some level of drought, and 15 percent of the country is currently dealing with extreme to exceptional drought—“a pattern that has been persistent for much of the past several years,” according to NASA. As a result, many communities [...]

Posted in: Water
June 30, 2014
Managing Energy Costs: Have a Procurement Plan in Place

Managing Energy Costs: Have a Procurement Plan in Place

As an engineering firm, we look at energy consuming systems for costs savings, but often significant savings can be realized by developing a basic energy procurement strategy. In many areas, energy prices are rising, driven largely by a sharp spike in the demand for natural gas. And as the price for natural gas rises, so [...]

Posted in: Energy
June 23, 2014
Smart Meters for Water Utilities: Greater Accuracy Yields Savings and Benefits

Smart Meters for Water Utilities: Greater Accuracy Yields Savings and Benefits

Imagine a scenario where a homeowner’s heating system is leaking water. If the problem goes unnoticed in the basement, the homeowner is on the hook for thousands of gallons of wasted water. Now imagine the water utility has the ability to detect that the water has been running at this home for twenty-four hours. The [...]

Posted in: Energy, Water
June 19, 2014
Is a Microgrid Your Organization’s Energy Resiliency Solution?

Is a Microgrid Your Organization’s Energy Resiliency Solution?

Microgrids are a hot topic in the energy industry. Governments and organizations are interested as well. The Department of energy is offering grants to back microgrid deployment, and several states are offering funding to support microgrid pilot projects, including California, Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. What exactly is a microgrid? Is it a good way [...]

Posted in: Energy
June 4, 2014