BenchMark, 2009 No. 2
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BenchMark, 2009 No. 2
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The healthcare industry is discovering that it's not immune to the economic downturn and is reforming itself to remain on top of the political agenda. This issue covers the way our firm is helping clients stay competitive in the face of changes to the industry.

Backup Power's Miracle Cure

The digital age is making hospitals more dependent on electricity, increasing concerns about the reliability of backup systems. Creating a sustainable power system requires the use of combined heat and power to generate enough constant power for a facility.

BenchMark 2009 No. 2: Feature Projects

WindSpeed Transmission Project delivers wind power to Oklahoma through a new 120-mile, 345-kV transmission line; Buckeye Readiness Center is a six-building center for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs; 1st Combat Aviation Brigade Facilities in Fort Riley, Kansas, provides needed space and LEED certification.

BenchMark 2009 No. 2: News in Brief

Burns & McDonnell world headquarters building earns Energy Star label for using 35 percent less energy than similar buildings; Burns & McDonnell wins contract for Naval shipyard at Portsmouth, Virginia; Biomass facilities for Oglethorpe Power Cooperative planned in Georgia to provide carbon-neutral power for a 100-MW generation facility.

Funds for Food-Processing Facilities

Energy systems for food processing facilities can provide renewable energy options, energy efficiency and fuel flexibility. Public and private partnerships are a means to obtaining sustainability and savings.

Healthcare's Vital Signs

The healthcare industry is experiencing some growing pains in the recessionary economy, but in the long run, healthcare is bound for great things. Building new and updating structures will benefit the future of the system.

Healthy Building in an Ill Economy

The healthcare industry is discovering that it's not immune to the economic downturn and is reforming itself to remain on top of the political agenda. Staying competitive and relevant means success, and these systems should consider changes and catalysts in the industry.

How It Works: Near Real-Time Tracking of Rainfall in Florida's Everglades

Software tool OneTouchPM tracks massive amounts of data for the South Florida Water Management District through an interface with Google Earth Enterprise. This will convert data to a visible format to enable better decision making.

Increasing Efficiency, Reliability While Improving the Environment

Electrical outages are a nuisance for most, but detrimental to hospitals and healthcare facilities. A new combined heat and power plant will allow a Florida hospital to focus on patient care with a system that produces 4.3 megawatts of power.

Just Passing Through

Open Road Tolling has worked to ease traffic congestion in Chicago. The conversion of 20 toll plazas in less than two years required intense coordination among team members to expedite the concept, design, big and construction processes.

Tech Q&A: Emissions Regulation

The newest ruling on the Clean Air Interstate Rule will require that entities continue to comply with the original CAIR, including new, upgraded or modified air pollution control equipment or buying and selling emissions credits.

Walking the Line

Needed repairs of a sidewalk in a Kansas City suburb prompted the use of geospatial and global positioning system technology to inventory and mark necessary areas of focus. This allowed the city to quickly identify roads without sidewalks, and plan the project appropriately.

Water, Water, Everywhere

Stormwater engineer's obsession with water helps him focus on project needs and developing a clear path for clients in tackling stormwater management.

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