Category: Sustainability

Fuel cells can save energy costs under right conditions

Producing energy can take a lot of, well, energy. A conventional internal combustion engine generator must first convert chemical energy to thermal energy via combustion, thermal energy to mechanical energy via a turbine, and finally mechanical energy to electricity through an alternator. Fuel cells save energy by cutting out the middle steps. Natural gas can […]

Mechanical Energy Savings Lead to Big Boosts on the Bottom Line

In today’s global economy, we rely on instant communication to keep businesses running smoothly and keep families connected. Data centers, mobile switch offices (MSO) and distributed antenna systems (DAS) work silently in the background so we can stay in touch with the people who matter. And tech companies pay a fortune to keep those facilities […]

Supporting Great Corporate Culture with MEP Engineering at McCoy’s

At Salas O’Brien, we love supporting companies that are locally grown but have a big regional impact and share our ethos for hard work and integrity. McCoy’s Building Supply is just such a company, and we were thrilled to partner with McCoy’s in designing its corporate headquarters. McCoy’s has a rich history in Texas—one that […]

Engineering for Quality and Compliance in the Food and Beverage Industry

In any industry, the safety and efficiency of engineered production processes have a major impact on the bottom line. In the food and beverage industry, there’s a lot more than money at stake. Even the slightest production errors can radically affect consumer health and safety, and public trust, once lost, is difficult to regain. The […]

LEED: Achieve the Gold Standard in Sustainable Design with Salas O’Brien

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) began in 1993 with the singular mission of promoting sustainability in the building industry. This passion led to the creation of what has become the world’s most widely respected and utilized green building rating system: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Since the system’s inaugural year at the […]

More about Commissioning, and Why You Need to Know

To Salas O’Brien clients, the word “commissioning” means energy savings, lowered operating costs, and optimal environments—but a lot goes on behind the scenes to achieve these amazing results.  The field is constantly evolving, so having a trustworthy, communicative expert by your side through the process will make all the difference. What’s Involved? Commissioning can be […]

Commissioning: A Must-Have for Sophisticated Facility Owners

Sophisticated property owners aim to construct a building as economically as possible, and for good reason. Financial pressure is intense. But yet, over a 30-year span, a building’s utility, maintenance, service, and system replacement costs can run between 50 to 80% of the facility’s total cost (including construction costs). The more complex the building and […]

Project Report: Radical Waste Reduction in Iowa Processing Plant

From its earliest days as an energy consulting firm, sustainability has been at the heart of Salas O’Brien. That’s why we were excited to partner with Plumrose USA to create a design that would dramatically increase efficiency at their new Iowa processing plant. Founded over 85 years ago as a sliced ham company, Plumrose USA […]

Project Report: Acoustically Sensitive Project at Steve Wozniak’s Alma Mater

Salas O’Brien maintains a staunch commitment to client service and to adapting to the unique needs of each project. In the case of the De Anza Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC), this meant making special provisions in planning to ensure minimal impact to the beauty and acoustics of a facility that sits on an […]

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