Archive of: Consulting

  • Designing Modern Park Facilities Part 2 of 3: Urban vs Rural Park Planning – A/E and Landscape Architect Perspectives
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    Designing Modern Park Facilities Part 2 of 3: Urban vs Rural Park Planning – A/E and Landscape Architect Perspectives

    Engineers and Landscape Architects possess different skill sets, have different roles in project design and may have fundamentally different approaches to problem solving. A recent discussion with local landscape architect, SWT Design, revealed that both parties were in agreement when it comes to the social and environmental considerations for modern urban and rural park facility designs.
  • Designing Modern Park Facilities: Part 1 of 3 Internal and External Building Components – The Unsung Heroes of Park Facilities
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    Designing Modern Park Facilities: Part 1 of 3 Internal and External Building Components – The Unsung Heroes of Park Facilities

    The National Recreation and Park Association (NPRA) estimate that Americans visit their local parks and recreation facilities an average of 29 times per year. Forest Park alone attracts 13 million visitors annually, and one-day events such as the Great Forest Park Balloon Race attracts thousands of visitors in a single day. With this type of high usage by the general public, it’s no wonder that park facilities, such as pavilions and comfort stations, can take a real beating and be the unfortunate targets of graffiti and other types of vandalism.
  • The Pantograph Barrier: Part 2 of 4 Effects & Consequences
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    The Pantograph Barrier: Part 2 of 4 Effects & Consequences

    Part two of this four part series examines the reasons why the Pantograph Barrier exists and its effects and consequences.
  • The Pantograph Barrier: Part 1 of 4  Of Pantographs & Wires
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    The Pantograph Barrier: Part 1 of 4 Of Pantographs & Wires

    The marriage of the pantograph and the catenary has been wonderfully stable and productive for 120 years, but the insurgence of high speed trains has started to reveal a “Pantograph Barrier”. This four-part series will examine the technical issues that have caused this 120-year-old technology’s inherent limitations and how advances can lead to the operation and initiation of new, truly high speed intercity services. Part one will begin with the history of overhead electrification technology and where the technology is today.
  • The Importance of Facility Operator Involvement in Design Projects
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    The Importance of Facility Operator Involvement in Design Projects

    Facility Operator involvement during the early conceptual development stage of the design process can have the greatest impact on the project’s ultimate success. The Operators understand their facility better than anyone else and the results of the project will directly affect them. Therefore, their input can be very valuable to the Design Team.
  • CPTED: An Architect's Viewpoint
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    CPTED: An Architect's Viewpoint

    When Principal Consultant Matthew R. Dimmick attended the National Institute of Crime Prevention’s (NICP’s) courses on CPTED with his colleague Jason Mayfield, AIA, CPD, he watched their classmates gravitate to Jason for his viewpoint as the design expert in the group. Jason’s insights helped Matthew further recognize the value in CPTED principles and their application and how architects can provide value to physical security teams. He was so impressed with Jason’s insights that he sat down with him again to pick his brain.
  • Ross & Baruzzini: 65 Years in the Making
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    Ross & Baruzzini: 65 Years in the Making

    This July will mark Ross & Baruzzini’s 65th anniversary and to celebrate we are taking time during the months leading up to the special day to talk about the firm’s past, present and future. As I kick off our 6-month-long celebration I want to remember our founders and share some of my own memories about Dr. Donald K. Ross, Sc. D., P.E. and Joseph Baruzzini, P.E.
  • Improving Airport Emergency Management: What Airport Executives Need to Know
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    Improving Airport Emergency Management: What Airport Executives Need to Know

    As customer expectations increase and hazards and threats evolve, airports and other public venues need to re-examine emergency preparedness efforts to support mitigation, response, and operational recovery.
  • Security Programs Win Big in the New Tax Plan
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    Security Programs Win Big in the New Tax Plan

    The newly approved tax plan has the potential of benefiting security programs. 2018 may be an ideal time to conduct gap analyses or broader threat and risk assessments to determine areas and assets that may have not been afforded sufficient protections, in the past, due to budgetary restrictions.  This will allow for the development of a very strong business case for your security department budget for the 2019 fiscal year. 
  • Detroit's New Little Caesars Arena Officially Opens
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    Detroit's New Little Caesars Arena Officially Opens

    Little Caesars Arena is the anchor project for a new 50-block redevelopment in downtown Detroit simply known as, “The District Detroit,” a world-class sports and entertainment development that spans five neighborhoods and includes six theaters/performing art centers and four professional sports teams.

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