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The System That Cried Wolf: When to Believe the Fire Alarm

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. One of Aesop’s famous fables is “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” If you recall, the story tells of a young shepherd boy who cried out that a wolf was chasing the village sheep, and the villagers came running to help him, only […]

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The Fire Protection Obstacle Course Part 2: Five More “Gotchas” That Can Make or Break Your Project

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. In a previous edition of this newsletter, I introduced five “gotchas” related to fire protection systems that could wreak havoc on your project. This list, of course, is far from comprehensive, so I thought I’d follow up with a few more “gotchas” […]

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WSP, VIA, Wood Harbinger Win Silver at 2018 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

WSP, VIA Architecture, and Wood Harbinger are honored to have received a Best in State Silver Award for “Complexity” from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for our work on the  Tacoma Amtrak Cascades Station.  Wood Harbinger provided mechanical and electrical engineering for the project. The 51st Annual ACEC Washington Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony […]

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In Theory and Practice: The Pursuit of Truly Sustainable Buildings

Notkin Wood Harbinger Alliance’s Shaun May and Brian Robinett presented at AIA Seattle’s 2017 CAP Collaboration Series Sustainability event, held Thursday, December 14th at the AIA Seattle office in Seattle, WA. Their presentation, “In Theory and Practice: The Pursuit of Truly Sustainable Buildings,” discussed ways that project teams can collaborate to find the balance that […]

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AHP: The Economics of Healthcare

Notkin Wood Harbinger Alliance’s Darren Schwend and Nick Baker presented at the Architecture for Health (AHP) Fall Meeting, held Friday, September 22nd at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. Their presentation, “The Economics of Healthcare,” discussed the complexity required by new codes and standards for healthcare buildings and how it affects MEP systems. They […]

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BCA: 2017 Wrap-up From Past President Bruce Pitts

Wood Harbinger Principal, Bruce Pitts, reflects on his tenure on the Building Commissioning Association Board of Directors, most recently as the 2016-2017 President. Read his letter below, or on the BCA’s website here.

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Seattle DJC: Wood Harbinger turns 50

The Seattle DJC published an article on December 27, 2017, featuring Wood Harbinger’s 50th Anniversary and some of our recent work. See the article below or on the DJC’s website here.

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Cradle to Grave Sustainability: Electric Vehicle Batteries

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM, and Mitchell Hughey This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. An oft-undiscussed element of sustainability in the built environment is the “cradle to grave,” concept—that is, the sustainability factor of not only a finished product, but the impact throughout the lifespan of all products and materials, from production, […]

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Electricity vs. Natural Gas: The Energy Showdown

by Paul Greenwalt, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Residential, commercial, and industrial users have choices about the energy sources they use for building systems and processes, such as HVAC and water systems, refrigeration systems, manufacturing/production processes, cooking, and clothes drying. Natural gas and electricity are the two main options for […]

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