Category Archives: All Engagements

Playing with Fire: Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Fire Protection

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Fire is a chemical reaction that can take on a life of its own, growing and spreading wherever it can. It symbolizes different things in our lives, with its ability to provide warmth and light as well as its power to destroy. […]

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To Insure or Not to Insure: A Question for Fire Protection Projects

by Mike Lehner, P.E. This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Fire sprinklers are in the insurance business. How? They are a tool that helps reduce the chance and severity of a fire in a building. Many property insurance companies are on the hook to repair or replace buildings that have been damaged […]

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Wood Harbinger Wins Gold and Silver at 2017 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards

Wood Harbinger is honored to have received Best in State Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) for our work on the WSDOT State Route 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and the Bellevue School District Enatai Elementary School. Our electrical and fire protection engineering as well as commissioning services for the SR-520 Bridge […]

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New Marysville-Pilchuck High School Cafeteria Opens

Students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School came back from winter break to their new Food Commons, a cafeteria and gathering space opened Wednesday, January 4, 2017. The school’s existing cafeteria had been closed since October 2014, after a deadly shooting occurred in the space. The new Food Commons creates a revitalized environment to help the school […]

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The Goldilocks Effect: Getting Sustainable Systems “Just Right”

by Matt Woo, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. A sustainable or green building designation means that the structure and the systems within it are designed to be environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout the building’s entire life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. […]

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An Active Approach to Passive House Design

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Back in October 2016, the AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) gathered for a “Sustainability Slam,” which I attended. The evening featured many informative presentations. Two of them, by NK Architects, caught my attention. They both focused on Passive House building […]

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Price v. Preparation: The Growing Importance of Qualifications-Based Selection

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Highly tuned building systems offer the promise of energy efficiency and conservation. This often results in cost savings to building owners through reduced energy consumption and capitalized utility company incentives as well as contributes to meeting building codes, benchmarking policies, and green […]

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Commissioning: On the Fast Track to the Future

by Nick Baker, EIT, CCP, GPCP, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Commissioning has evolved over the last 20 years from an engineering add-on to a thriving specialty, third-party service. It has grown in application from building HVAC systems to all energy-consuming systems (HVAC, lighting). We are seeing continued […]

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SR-520 Floating Bridge Wins DBIA 2016 National Award of Excellence

The SR-520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge and Landings project has won the National Award of Excellence for Engineering Design from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Wood Harbinger provided the electrical and fire protection engineering as well as commissioning services for this project. We are so very proud of our involvement in this iconic public […]

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