Insights

Dive into insights from our talented team of designers and engineers, as they cover topics that matter most to our clients and industry.
October 14, 2020

Q&A With Project Manager, Jackie Chang

Jackie’s experience includes architectural engineering and project management for a variety of projects including new construction, additions, renovations, and system upgrades. Jackie’s technical knowledge and ability to meet project requirements in a timely manner ensure better results for our clients.

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October 12, 2020

Designing for Health: Materials – The WELL v2 Standard

Whether you’re looking at a small home or a large commercial project, the materials, and products selected for the construction and operation of that building play a significant role in the health impacts on the building occupants. Logically, this makes sense – Any toxic chemicals you bring into your building will then become part of the indoor environment, resulting in a diminished quality of air and water, which can then result in negative impacts on your health.

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September 24, 2020

Collaborative Quality Control Through Bluebeam Studio

MEPFT building systems design requires a substantial collaborative effort. Proactive communication is essential in meeting the demands of a constantly developing building design. As one of our primary core values, we at DBR pride ourselves on delivering high-quality designs, and an effective quality control procedure is instrumental in meeting that objective.

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September 21, 2020

Project Spotlight: The Westmore Condominiums

DBR is pleased to be working with Mirador Group on a new development by Pelican Builders located in Houston, Texas. The Westmore Condominiums are a 7-story, 33-unit luxury condominium located at 2323 W. Main St. in the heart of Upper Kirby.

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September 14, 2020

Q&A With Partner, Kevin Pfeiffer

Kevin Pfeiffer, PE, LEED AP serves as a Partner in the Houston office of DBR and joined the firm in 2000 immediately after his graduation from Kansas State University. A man who refuses to let his clients down, once Kevin starts working for a client, they never ask for anybody else. His Midwest work-ethic earns his team and the firm respect.

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September 1, 2020

Designing for Health: Sound – The WELL v2 Standard

Whether it is pleasant noises such as music or birds chirping, or less pleasant noises such as construction work or excessive sound from HVAC operation, sound has a powerful impact on our physiology, psychology, concentration, and behavior. By utilizing research-based design techniques in our built environment, we can maximize the acoustic comfort in our designed spaces and help improve the overall health and well-being of our building occupants.

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August 28, 2020

Exploring Retro-Cx: A Public High School Case Study

In the Spring of 2016, DBR was hired to perform retro-commissioning for a public school district in Texas. The project was a 396,000 sf high school that was constructed in 2001-2002. The scope was limited to the HVAC system and associated controls. The process lasted for five months and included functional testing over a six week period which identified 155 issues in 17 categories. The estimated energy savings that could be realized by implementing the identified energy conservation measures was 41%.

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August 17, 2020

Project Spotlight: Montgomery ISD – Lake Creek High School

DBR is pleased to have worked with Huckabee on a new 350,000 square foot, state-of-the-art campus to serve as Montgomery ISD’s second high school. Lake Creek High School is designed to initially serve 900 students in grades 9-11 with plans for expansion as the enrollment increases.

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August 10, 2020

Q&A With Project Manager, Hugo Avila

Hugo Avila, PE serves as a Project Manager based in the McAllen office of DBR and joined with over twenty-four years of industry experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio and has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 2002.

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July 30, 2020

Designing for Health: Thermal Comfort – The WELL v2 Standard

In the A/E/C industry we design and create buildings. One of the main functions of a building is to act as a controlled environment that is separate from the surrounding exterior conditions. As designers, we have the opportunity to create an environment that is both comfortable and health-promoting for our future building occupants.

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