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May 2006

Cooling Towers: Behind the Screens

The cooling tower is often the forgotten component of the cooling system when it comes to maintenance. During design a tremendous effort is made to ensure that the cooling tower is unseen and unheard. As with many mechanical components, the “out of sight, out of mind” concept compliments the architecture and environment of the facility but can be the beginning of serious operational problems. Health concerns and rising energy costs make a preventative maintenance program essential to keeping the cooling tower operation safe, efficient, and in good quality. Several simple procedures can increase safety and prevent loss of efficiency by... Read More

Views on VoIP

As happens with new undertakings, key “lessons learned” often result. Such is the case with our recent experience in designing our new State College office building. We would like to share with you some of this know-how regarding the selection of a new communications platform, specifically a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) platform. VoIP may not be the most suitable solution for everyone. In the instances where a VoIP platform is appropriate, several key factors are important when deciding exactly which product to choose. Can your existing network handle the additional VoIP traffic and is it optimized to operate with... Read More