BenchMark, 2011 No. 3
BenchMark, 2011 No. 3
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BenchMark, 2011 No. 3
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The Smart Grid remains an abstract and overly complicated concept for many. But for some Kansas City, Missouri, residents, it is coming to mean real energy and money savings through a unique initiative. This issue covers how the smart grid will change our energy future.

A New Taste of Regulation

The Food Safety Modernization Act introduces new compliance requirements for food processing facilities, aimed at improving the quality of food inspections. The act also introduces proactive measures to prevent foodborne illness.

Bringing Airspace Down to Earth

Airspace is a complex network of imaginary 3-D surfaces based on airport locations and restricted areas. Tall structures must take this space into account, requiring studies and preliminary analyses to determine that the space is available.

Extracting the Power of Biogas

The state of California has strict environmental regulations, requiring that utilities embrace renewable energy sources by 2020, taking on 33 percent of the state's energy sources. Biogas is becoming a viable source of this energy, prompting facilities to make the change.

Green to the Max

Iatan 2, Kansas City Power & Light's 850-megawatt (MW) generating station near Weston, Missouri, is one of the cleanest coal-fired power plants in the United States. It's also the first coal-fired unit in the world to achieve zero liquid discharge (ZLD).

How It Works: Revamping Aircraft Parking Layouts

Airline gates are more complicated than you may think, and revamping aircraft parking layouts requires planning and coordination among different project teams to achieve maximum flexibility at the gate.

In the Heart of America: Smart Grid Demonstration

The smart grid, although seemingly very complex and futuristic, is actually a realistic effort in many American cities. For residents of Ivanhoe and Manheim Park in Kansas City, Missouri, the smart grid means energy savings and money.

In-House News: New Website Is More Than Good Looks

This summer Burns & McDonnell launched a new website design with enhanced functionality for a better user experience.

In-House News: The Peanut Solution

To the people of Haiti, the 20,000-square-foot Medika Mamba processing plant represents a chance to provide food to a underserved country. The facility, a pre-engineered metal building, was designed and constructed by our team and takes into account seismic conditions.

Making It Real

Smart grid is becoming something of a buzzword, synonymous with nearly all things energy, becoming the new wave in efficiency in utilities. The environmental, security, reliability and efficiency advantages of a fully-realized smart grid will potentially change the way we consume electricity.

Smarter, Cheaper, Greener

Among the people working in the Burns & McDonnell Environmental Group, one engineer has logged more miles, solved more problems and remediated more groundwater in the past decade than almost anyone: John Hesemann.

Tech Q&A: Section 316(b)

The new Section 316(b) Phase II/III rule could require all existing facilities with cooling water intakes and once-through cooling to install cooling towers and convert to closed-cycle cooling. In many cases, this upgrade cost could exceed the benefits.

The Pearl of Innovation

The Qatar Foundation's Qatar Science and Technology Park houses the GE Advanced Technology and Learning Center's atrium, a prominent architectural piece to a 144,000-square-foot, high-tech, interactive learning center.

Treating to a Higher Standard

Erie, Colorado, is seeing sustained growth within the past 10 years, putting a strain on the town's existing 1.6 million gallor per day South Water Reclamation Facility. The problem of increased capacity meant that a second facility could provide the needed water.

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