Insights

Dive into insights from our talented team of designers and engineers, as they cover topics that matter most to our clients and industry.
November 24, 2020

Designing for Health: Mind – The WELL v2 Standard

We spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, so it comes as no surprise that the built environment can play a powerful role in promoting our mental health and well-being. By utilizing appropriate design, programmatic, and policy strategies as outlined in the WELL v2 Standard, we can positively influence not only the lives of employees in the workplace but also the greater community as well.

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November 17, 2020

Increasing Project Efficiencies and Real-Time Collaboration with Autodesk BIM 360 Design

DBR began using BIM 360 Teams in 2016 and since then, the firm has transitioned to BIM 360 Design allowing us to not only have one source of truth for our documents but also allowing us to collaborate live and in real-time with other consultants. BIM 360 Design removes our dependency on local servers and the stress of replicating documents from one server to the other with minimal or no IT assistance.

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November 10, 2020

Q&A With Director of Quality Control, Justin Vollmer

Justin Vollmer serves as the Director of Quality Control for DBR and has over 10 years of experience in the A/E/C industry.

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October 21, 2020

Project Spotlight: Medina Community Library Meeting Hall

DBR is pleased to be working with Lake | Flato Architects on a new 4,000 square-foot all-purpose community gathering/meeting space addition to the Medina Community Library.

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October 14, 2020

Q&A With Project Manager, Jackie Chang

Jackie Chang, PE serves as a Project Manager in the San Antonio office of DBR and has been with the firm since 2011.

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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 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 has been with the firm since 2000.

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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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