Category Archives: Speak Out Loud

Wood Harbinger to Present at 2015 CEFPI Washington Conference

Wood Harbinger was selected to present at the 2015 CEFPI Washington Conference on May 7th! Our presentation, “Are dedicated performance spaces required in tomorrow’s schools?” explores the pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses, and feasibility and value of dedicated performances spaces versus multipurpose spaces in the K-12 school setting. Associate Principal of Commissioning Jeff Yirak […]

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Good Times at the WSSHE Annual Conference

By Nancy Brown I recently attended WSSHE’s Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition, held October 14-17 in Yakima, and overall it was a great time! I enjoyed getting to know contacts that I typically only interact with via email and phone, or only see once or twice a year, typically at WSSHE conferences. Some I met face […]

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2014 CEFPI Annual Conference and Expo: Blazing Trails and Journey of Learning

By Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M I recently attended the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Annual Conference, held October 3-6 in Portland. This year’s theme focused on creating the healthy, safe, and sustainable learning environments of the 21st century, exploring ways to give students resilient places to experience real-world opportunities for […]

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Play Nice: “Dealing with” Your Commissioning Authority

By Keith Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, dowa-IBI; Paul Johnson, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, Wood Harbinger; and Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Wood Harbinger This article adapted from a panel discussion presented at CEFPI’s 2014 Annual Conference in Portland, OR. Imagine the scene of a typical project: from the A/E perspective, the design team […]

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2014 Mobile Future Forward Summit: The Golden Age of Mobile

By Tom Leonidas, Jr., P.E., MBA I recently attended the Mobile Future Forward Summit, held September 24th in Seattle. The annual event, in its fifth year, is a gathering of preeminent thought leaders in the mobile industry, envisioning the two to five year future of the industry and discussing the challenges and opportunities for shaping […]

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Existing Building Commissioning: “Surprise Management”

by Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M of Wood Harbinger. This article adapted from a presentation given at a WSSHE Puget Sound Chapter Energy Conservation seminar on September 17, 2014. View the PowerPoint version here. Change is inevitable, and this is true for something as seemingly inanimate as a building. Small modifications, improvement, or […]

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Seattle Sustainability Summit

By Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M I attended bisnow’s recent Seattle Sustainability Summit on August 27th. Having never been to one of these events before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I donned my taupe sport coat and met a great group of people at the Four Seasons Seattle. I arrived early […]

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Sensory Buildings (Smarter than Your Honor Student)

By Tom Leonidas, P.E., and John Bartelink of Wood Harbinger This article adapted from a presentation given at the WSSHE’s Semiannual Symposium, April 2014, in Chelan, WA. Imagine that your building can tell you how it’s feeling. That it can automatically figure out how to decrease its energy use, based on the real-time use of […]

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Specifications and Specifics: How to Write Good Commissioning Specifications

By Bruce Pitts CPMP, CSBA, LEED AP BD+C, and Jeff Yirak, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, O+M This article adapted from a presentation given at NCBC 2014 in Hartford, CT.  View the PowerPoint version here. Commissioning specifications execute the objectives described in the commissioning plan, which ultimately relate to the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR). As the […]

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