Water Cannon Testing at Missouri State University’s New Field Hockey Stadium

This post was originally published on August 6, 2014 and updated on Dec 14, 2021.

Our fire protection team provided Missouri State University with their first automatic, large-scale, synthetic turf irrigation system, designed for the field hockey turf at the new Betty & Bobby Allison North Stadium.

Betty and Bobby Allison North Stadium
Photography courtesy of Missouri State University

The Missouri State University water cannon system was designed to provide the new field hockey turf with adequate coverage for safer field conditions and quicker gameplay. The water cannon system is timed for a set duration that can be actuated with remote control activation. The six main sprinklers can launch water over half the distance of the field for complete field coverage. The field is equipped with six Underhill M-160 sprinklers in which two sprinklers are activated at a time on either side of the field.

There are several safety features included to prevent a bystander from being washed away in the several-hundred gallons-per-minute streams of water powered by the activated sprinklers.  An alarm triggers to clear the field prior to discharge of the M-160 sprinklers and smaller sprinklers as a warning to persuade anyone standing too close to the cannon to evacuate.

The design allows the Missouri State University field hockey team to treat their field before a game, during half-time, or prior to practice to ensure consistent playability.

At Ross & Baruzzini, we have all the right expertise for a successful installation. See how we can design the right solution for your Education, Healthcare, Commercial, and Government projects by contacting our team today.

IES Illumination Awards Recognize Ross & Baruzzini Project for Sustainable Design

International Awards Program Honored Renovation Project

Our 4340 Duncan Renovation project team received the Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Award of Merit for Energy and Environmental Design earlier this fall.

As the top technical authority on lighting, this Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) award recognizes quality lighting installations in commercial and industrial buildings that incorporate advanced energy-saving strategies and environmentally responsible solutions into the overall design.

Ross & Baruzzini provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering services for the gut renovation of the historic Crescent Building (4340 Duncan Avenue) located in the Cortex Innovation Community (CIC).

The Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant, 200-acre hub of business, innovation, and technology integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast neighborhoods, surrounded by nationally-ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets.

Modern Space for Offices, Labs, and Innovation Centers

As the latest renovation project within the CIC, the renovated building provides 88,000 sq ft. of “loft-like” shell and core facilities to accommodate multiple Biotech startup companies graduating from incubator spaces at the Center for Emerging Technologies (CET) and other regional organizations.

Core building systems are flexible enough to support and adapt to changing occupancies and varying lab-to-office ratios over time. The building also accommodates several types of collaboration areas such as event spaces, meeting rooms, and shared research equipment facilities.

Visit IES Illumination Awards for more information.

Ross & Baruzzini Engineering Wins ENR Midwest Best Project Cultural Award

Recently featured on the Engineering News-Record Midwest Best Project Award List, Ross & Baruzzini provided MEP and Fire Protection engineering services for the St. Louis Zoo Primate Canopy Trails Expansion

Photo courtesy of Tarlton Corp.

Our services were used to renovate portions of the existing Primate House by adding a new vestibule that leads outside to a new primate exhibit. The exhibition will include multiple habitats for guest interaction and a new night quarters building for primates to travel through tubes from each exhibit. We provided Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection engineering for the facilities and habitats.

The new vestibule includes the latest in heating, lighting, and controls systems. The existing Primate House contained water, electric, and fiber optic utilities that served the existing Sea Lion Arena, demolished for the new Small Primate Exhibit. We re-used these utility connection points for the new Night Quarters Building.

The new Night Quarters Building has heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment located on the roof of the structure with ductwork in the building down the main corridor to serve the animal night quarters areas and the keeper’s area. The electrical systems connect service from the existing Primate House to a new 200-ampere panelboard which serves all receptacles, lighting, mechanical, and plumbing equipment. The plumbing systems feature a new water service from the existing Primate House, a tank-style water heater, a new stainless steel sink, hose bibbs, and trench drains in the animal areas for cleaning. The building also has fire suppression and fire alarm systems.

There are also “people tubes” that visitors can crawl through in the canopy of the exhibit to get a bird’s eye view of the animals. The clear acrylic tubes extend approximately 40 feet and utilize air conditioning.

Leverage our award-winning MEP and Fire Protection services for your next project: schedule an expert consultation here.

December 2021: Welcome Ross & Baruzzini New Hires

As we start the holiday season, we are grateful for our new employees joining the Ross & Baruzzini team this month. From Mobility Systems to Medical Equipment Planning, here is our newest talent:

Maroun Ghanem, MBA, PMP, PSM I 

Advanced Mobility Commercial Director
Mobility Systems

Maroun is a PMP and Scrum certified Director of Product Management professional with 20+ years of experience in leading complex domestic and international product development efforts within various fields including information technology, transportation, communications, cybersecurity, and other leading-edge technologies.

We look forward to Maroun using his skills to build our market position and strengthen our customer relations in the US and internationally.

Ryan High 

Medical Equipment Planner 
Medical Equipment Planning

Ryan will help manage planning and design for some of the most advanced healthcare projects in the U.S and around the world. He will use his strong analytic skills to collaborate with hospital leaders, engineers, and architects as he works to ensure all planning activities adhere to client scheduling and requirements. Ryan will also assist in the preparation of project design and attend planning sessions as a project representative, working to establish positive client relationships. 

Danielle Thomas 

Proposal Specialist 

As our newest member of Corporate Marketing, Danielle will play a critical role in proposal management and production. She will develop, manage, and edit proposals for potential clients while collaborating with our business development and technical teams across multiple disciplines to create engaging bid materials for new clients. She will also assist in organizing our content management systems and maintaining our marketing resource library. 

Connor Wesley

Electrical Engineer 
Kansas City

Our newest Electrical Engineer, Connor, will perform electrical evaluations, system calculations, and equipment layouts for lighting, power, and communications while reviewing codes to ensure designs meet all applicable codes and safety standards. Connor will coordinate with facility owners, clients, designers, and architects throughout various markets as well as conduct site surveys to determine existing facility conditions. 

Jerome Williams

Logistics Project Manager
Medical Equipment Planning

As Logistics Project Manager, Jerome will be responsible for providing procurement and installation project management as well as acting as a liaison between warehousing companies, logistic providers, and hospitals for new construction and renovation projects. 

He will manage installations from start through project sign-off. In addition, he will help oversee strategic planning while managing logistics relating to warehousing, transportation, and customer service. Jerome will also supervise and mentor warehouse employees. 

Brian Willis

Logistics Technician
Medical Equipment Planning

Brian will assist in maintaining warehousing activities and work closely with hospital staff, contractors, and outside vendors to accomplish our clients’ operational goals. He will train and supervise various warehouse crews and ensure his team receives specialized training as necessary. Brian will also manage, inspect, and assemble equipment for deployment into hospitals while also coordinating warehouse activity with office and hospital staff. 

Ross & Baruzzini Aviation Expert Mark Crosby Featured on FOX 5 New York News

“To get through this safely, we need collaboration amongst the airlines and aviation industry to set rules and a clear process.” Ross & Baruzzini Aviation Principal Consultant, Mark Crosby, recently interviewed with FOX 5 New York on how airports can provide a safe passenger experience during the ongoing stresses of the pandemic:

As air travel continues to evolve, Ross & Baruzzini is dedicated to advancing our clients’ safety risk management principles that address COVID-19 challenges and provide an optimal passenger experience.

Our leading aviation team is here to help:

  • Improve coordination and communication between airport staff, management, and stakeholders
  • Drive data-driven decision making with real-time information
  • Develop long-term airport planning strategies including safety and security implementations

Connect with our Aviation Consultant Mark Crosby to discuss how we can achieve your safety objectives or view our full Aviation portfolio.