Category Archives: Cooling Tower Construction

Are There Hidden Business Risks in Your HVAC Systems?

Earlier this month, we learned how even the most customer- and public-image-focused businesses – Disney – can be negatively impacted by something as pedestrian as their HVAC systems.  In this case, Disneyland came under scrutiny after Orange County, California health officials said nine people who visited the theme park contracted Legionnaire’s disease.  The outbreak was traced to a pair of cooling towers at the park, and resulted in a system shut-down until the equipment could be tested, treated and re-tested – at least a two week process. Continue reading

Alternatives to Traditional Central Plants for Critical Applications

An article in The Next Platform this month highlights a major IT project in Japan undertaken by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. The project will build an Artificial Intelligence Bridging Cloud Infrastructure.  It’s a huge endeavor that will include 1,088 server nodes –requiring up to 3.25 megawatts of cooling capacity. Continue reading

Who Takes the Risk on Your Construction Project?

Any facilities director or CFO who has been involved in a construction project has concerns about cost overruns and budget pressures.  When performed independently, the disconnect between design and construction can often lead to schedule delays and change-orders.  Fortunately, we have seen an increasing trend of owners, facilities professionals and public agencies getting specialized expertise involved early in the scope and RFP (Request for Proposal) development process, which helps define the scope appropriately, and in doing so, reduce the potential for cost overruns. Continue reading

The Perils of Invitation For Bid

For many organizations contemplating a central utility plant, boiler upgrade or similar infrastructure project, an invitation to bid appears to be the best option to find the right price/value.  Unfortunately, the invitation to bid process often leaves building owners with a poor construction experience. Continue reading