Insights

Dive into insights from our talented team of designers and engineers, as they cover topics that matter most to our clients and industry.
May 13, 2020

Q&A With Partner, Zac Morton

Zac Morton, PE, LEED AP serves as a Partner at DBR, overseeing MEP Engineering services for the San Antonio office. Since starting with DBR in 2002, Zac has developed a wide range of project experience including new construction, additions, renovations, and system upgrades.

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May 11, 2020

COVID-19 Proposed HVAC Design Measures

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, below are DBR’s proposed HVAC design measures that will help prevent the spread of viruses and other harmful bacteria. DBR recommends the use of any of the options indicated below based on the owner’s requirement, the facility type, maintenance impact, and cost. Please note that none of these options are proven yet to eliminate the COVID-19 virus.

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April 29, 2020

Designing for Health: Nourishment – The WELL v2 Standard

How can we utilize design techniques in our built environment to encourage us to make food selections that will promote our personal health and well-being? By designing spaces with these IFIC drivers of behavior in mind, the buildings we frequently occupy can play a significant role in promoting healthy quantities and quality of food consumption in our day-to-day lives.

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April 14, 2020

Q&A With Low Voltage Design Director, Weifang Wang

Weifang is the Low Voltage Design Director at DBR and supports a variety of projects firm-wide with his expertise in information technology, communications, and audio-visual systems.

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April 9, 2020

Project Spotlight: Zadok Jewelers Mixed-Use Development

DBR is pleased to be working with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture on a five-story mixed-use development in the Houston’s Uptown area, near the Galleria. The 112,000 square foot building will be located on a 1.65 acre parcel at 1801 Post Oak Blvd. and is expected to be completed by fourth quarter 2020.

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March 25, 2020

Designing for Health: Water – The WELL v2 Standard

Are you currently aware of what is in the water you drink? Do you know how much water you are drinking, or should be drinking, on a typical day? Whether you are aware or not, the buildings we frequently occupy can play a significant role in promoting healthy quantities and quality of water consumption in our day-to-day lives.

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March 19, 2020

Q&A With Dallas Branch Manager, Kenny Roland

Kenneth “Kenny” Roland, PE serves as Branch Manager for the Dallas office of DBR and has been with the firm since 2009. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and a Masters in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. Kenny obtained his engineering license in 2013 and is registered in over 11 states.

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March 2, 2020

Designing for Health: Air – The WELL v2 Standard

On average we spend 90% of our day indoors, and we typically breathe more than 15,000 liters of air every day. How many of us are currently aware of what is in the air we breathe? How about the impacts of these air contaminants on our health?

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February 25, 2020

Why You Should Benchmark Your New & Existing Buildings Using ENERGY STAR

Many building owners and facility managers apply for ENERGY STAR certification annually. The effort is not only to obtain the certification, but also to provide building owners and facility managers with a valuable tool for tracking operation cost and benchmarking of their building’s performance against similar building types.

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February 24, 2020

Project Spotlight: First Presbyterian Church

DBR contracted with Gensler on the design for the new 4-story school building for First Presbyterian Church, located in Houston’s Museum District.

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