Category: Expect a Difference

What Can You Expect From Working with Salas O’Brien

At Salas O’Brien, we like to say that you can “expect a difference” while working with us. We approach each new project with them as the start of a long-lasting relationship. Each project that follows builds on that relationship, allowing us to better understand and better serve the client each time we work together. But […]

Augmented Reality: Visualizing End Results for Clients

Salas O’Brien is bringing designs to life using the latest augmented reality technology so that clients, the design team, the construction team, and all stakeholders can get a more realistic view of the finished project before construction even begins.  Augmented reality (AR) superimposes computer-generated 3D images over existing structures and provides an interactive experience of real-world environments. This technology […]

Ebola Containment and Nuclear Medicine: Engineering for Rush University Medical Center

Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) is a key member of the larger Illinois-based Rush Health Systems that include hospitals, clinics, and a medical university. Today’s massive Rush network all began with Rush Medical College, which received its charter two days before the incorporation of Chicago. Today, RUMC and its connected medical university are pillars of […]

Zero Claims: How Salas O’Brien Does It

In the AEC industry, E&O (error and omissions) claims are an accepted cost of doing business. One professional liability insurer found that “firms with annual billings greater than $5 million on average experience one claim for every $10 million in revenues. Meanwhile, smaller firms tend to have greater claims frequency: those with revenues of $500,000-$5 […]

How Salas O’Brien Saved This City $50,000 Per Year

Salas O’Brien’s landfill client in Akron, Ohio, installed a landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) system that, combined with the anaerobic digester at a nearby composting plant, provides 95% of the two plants’ energy needs and saves the city $50,000 in utility costs each year. Here’s some background on this important technology. The US EPA’s latest report on […]

WMA Consulting Engineers Joins Salas O’Brien

Salas O’Brien is expanding again! We have merged with WMA Consulting Engineers, adding locations in Chicago and Denver and creating a combined firm with 21 offices and more than 600 employee-owners. The addition of WMA expands Salas O’Brien’s portfolio in the design of large high-rise, commercial, higher education, healthcare and institutional building projects. WMA will […]

Recognizing Key Leaders at Salas O’Brien

Salas O’Brien is blessed with an amazing team of dedicated and talented professionals who model excellence and embody the Salas O’Brien difference. Each year, we recognize several of these team members for their demonstrated growth in leadership, technical skills, client or team development, and project management. The following employee-owners were nominated for an executive-level position […]

Salas O’Brien Named a 2018 Commissioning Giant

Salas O’Brien has once again been named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer‘s list of Commissioning Giants. The award is based on annual billings and includes firms performing all types of commissioning around the world.

Welcome, Orlando!

Salas O’Brien is thrilled to welcome Orlando-based Sims Wilkerson Cartier Engineering (SWC) into the Salas O’Brien family. SWC’s talent and portfolio dramatically increase Salas O’Brien’s ability to partner with clients in Florida and throughout the Southeast. As SWC continues growing in Florida, the team will also bring its expertise in site development, infrastructure improvement, and […]

Quality and Efficiency through Reality-Capture Technology

It’s one of the most rewarding aspects of being a Salas O’Brien team member: discovering and implementing technology that brings immediate value to our clients. It can be a game-changer for an entire project team. The latest design tool added to Salas O’Brien’s repertoire is the Leica BLK 360, a revolutionary 3D laser scanning tool. […]

Commissioning Backwards: Optimizing Existing Buildings

In recent articles, we’ve talked a lot about the ins and outs of commissioning. This systematic process has clear benefits, and not just for new projects—the owners of older structures may have even more to gain from commissioning than property developers that build new. While demolishing and starting from scratch might seem like the best […]

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