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.

Veterans Day 2021: Recognizing Those Who Have Served

Ross & Baruzzini honors those who have served their country and while recognizing their patriotism. Veterans Day began as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

We consider it a privilege to work alongside our military veteran staff every day:

Greg Liles
Technology Division
Systems Specialist

Mike Maselli
Technology Division

Oliver Smith
Technology Division
BIM Technician

David Liles
Senior Systems Designer

Carolyn Hughes
Project Manager

Victor Gianelloni
Medical Equipment Planning
Project Manager

Dale Palmer
Medical Equipment Planning
Regional Director – Clinical Specialist

Mark Crosby
Principal Consultant

Terrance Lackey
Medical Equipment Planning
Director – Logistics

Walt Lawrence
Medical Equipment Planning
Regional Director

Kevin Johnson
Baggage Handling
Site Manager

Craig Toder
CEO & Chairman

Jeffrey Venter
Senior Principal

Brian Lowry
Project Services Group
Senior Electrical Engineer

Vince Aragon
Lead Security Consultant

Fred Viera
Baggage Handling
Technical Analyst

Kevin Fischer
Baggage Handling
Project Manager

Billie Brush
Medical Equipment Planning
Vice President – Business Development

Phil Zimmer
Project Services Group
Director – Plumbing Engineering

Ross & Baruzzini Senior Electrical Engineer, Warren Kohm, Inducted into S&T Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering

We are proud to recognize Warren Kohm, Senior Electrical Engineer – Government, for his recent induction into the Missouri S&T Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering during the academy’s induction ceremony earlier this month.

Founded in 1980, the academy is a departmental advisory group composed of alumni and other electrical and computer engineers who have made outstanding contributions to their profession. The new inductees were recognized for their service and leadership in electrical and computer engineering.

Warren Kohm earned a bachelor of science and a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1993 and 1997, respectively.

Kohm began his career in MEP plan review for the St. Louis County public works department. In 1998, he moved to A.P. O’Brien Engineering as a manager of electrical engineering, and a year later moved to Briner Electric, where he served as a design-build project director.

In 2004, Kohm moved to Ross & Baruzzini and now serves as a Senior Electrical Engineer for our Government team. He is a member of the Missouri and Illinois electrical board of directors and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, and Florida.

Congratulations to Warren for this outstanding achievement.

Congratulations! Celebrating This Month’s 5 Year Anniversaries.

October is a busy month for employee anniversaries! This month, we’re celebrating a trio of 5-year anniversaries for:

Mitch Spillman, Project Services Group | Plumbing Designer

Help us congratulate Mitch Spillman on his 5th anniversary with Ross & Baruzzini. Mitch has become a valuable member of our team. He is willing to help out when needed and he has taken on many project tasks to improve his design knowledge and we truly appreciate his dedication to the firm and our clients.

Mitch is also the St. Louis ASPE (American Society of Plumbing Engineers) Young Professionals (AYP) Liaison. We’re looking forward to seeing all the great things he will accomplish in the upcoming years.

Gary Fischer, Project Services Group | Director of Electrical Engineering

Congratulations to Gary Fischer, P.E., on his 5th year with Ross & Baruzzini. During these past 5 years, he became the Electrical Department Manager for the Government group and now serves as the Director of Electrical Engineering for the Process Services Group. 

His technical and organizational skills are outstanding and well respected by clients and coworkers. He never fails to get the job done, doing whatever is necessary to keep multiple projects moving forward.

David Clark, Project Services Group | Senior Electrical Designer

Congratulations to David Clark on his 5 year anniversary! Always dependable, David was the cornerstone designer on successful projects for clients such as Lambert Airport and Saint Louis University

This year he has been managing 3 to 4 designers to develop the electrical contractors Revit L300 BIM model. When it comes to fitting a square peg in a round hole without a hammer, David is your man. David exemplifies precise coordination, problem-solving, and collaboration. Way to go!

Visit our careers page to learn more about our award-winning company culture and career opportunities.

Ross & Baruzzini Secures Strong Rankings on the 2021 BD+C Giants 400 Annual Survey

Leading Industry Magazine Recognizes Ross & Baruzzini Across Multiple Markets:

Building Design + Construction (BD+C), a notable architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry magazine, recently recognized Ross & Baruzzini across several markets including their Top 40 Engineering/Architecture Firms for 2021 list. These lists are based on revenue earned during the previous calendar year. 

“We are pleased to see that our organization is again listed as one of the foremost engineering and design firms across multiple disciplines,” said Craig Toder, President and Chairman. “Through transformational technology and engineering solutions, we transform buildings into living systems for our clients to enhance users’ experiences.”

BD+C is currently publishing their full rankings, with initial listings released in August 2021. As the publication announces additional results, we look forward to ranking in other key verticals such as educationgovernment, and technology. This consistent performance demonstrates our commitment to sustainable and equitable designs.

“We design innovative technology enabling buildings that support and contribute to a more environmentally neutral sustainable future,” said John Desch, Chief Commercial Officer. “Our designs prioritize comfort, safety, control, and confidence.”

Other Ross & Baruzzini rankings include: 

#6 – Top 50 Outpatient Facility Engineering and EA Firms
#12 – Top 95 Healthcare Sector Engineering and EA Firms
#13 – Top 40 Transit Facility Engineering and EA Firms for 2021
#15 – Top 85 Hospital Facility Engineering and EA Firms
#23 – Top 70 Airport Facility Engineering and EA Firms
#24 – Top 40 Engineering/Architecture Firms
#26 – Top 85 University Sector Engineering and EA Firms 
#29 – Top 55 Data Center Sector Engineering and EA Firms 
#34 – Top 85 Office Building/Core+Shell Engineering and EA
#45 – Top 95 Office Sector Engineering and EA Firms 

For a full list of rankings and more information, visit the Building Design + Construction Giants Report

Healthcare Vice President and Managing Principal Mike Swanson Earns WELL AP Certification

Congratulations to Healthcare Vice President and Managing Principal, Mike Swanson, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, for achieving WELL AP Certification! The WELL Accredited Professional credential demonstrates an advanced, holistic approach to health in the built environment addressing behavior, operations, and design.
What is WELL?
The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
WELL is managed and administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation whose mission is to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment.

The Importance of WELL Certification
Traditional sustainability certification programs focus heavily on energy, water, and waste. The WELL Building Standard emphasizes overall health and wellbeing of the building’s users. 

Studies show user-centric built environments can positively affect patient outcomes in hospitalsstudent learning, and worker satisfaction

Supporting Our Clients’ Health & Wellness
Our firm has long focused on energy-conscious designs and sustainability to support these environments, and the WELL Certification is an extension of this philosophy. We are pleased to work with a framework that provides comprehensive, science-based methodologies for designing spaces to enhance the occupant’s health and wellbeing.
“This accreditation builds on Ross & Baruzzini’s design philosophy of providing energy efficient and sustainable building design,” said Swanson. “This represents our commitment to forward thinking design while creating healthier spaces for people to heal, learn, work, and play.”
To learn more about projects and sustainability, visit our portfolio page. 

Acoustics in Healthcare: Achieving LEED Silver Certification for MUSC Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion

When we think of acoustics, many of us tend to imagine auditoriums, theaters, or places of worship. But how does sound affect healthcare environments? 

Imagine recovering from a major illness while highway traffic rattles the patient room or working as a neurosurgeon team performing complex surgery with a constant whirl of air ventilation and noisy pipes. Excessive noise affects both physical and mental well-being, causing a range of health issues including stress, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and disturbed sleep patterns – all counterproductive conditions for a hospital. 

Thoughtful acoustic design promotes patient healing and increases staff efficiency. At Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion in Charleston, South Carolina, we provided acoustic consulting services with architecture partner Perkins & Will and general contractor Robins & Morton.

The Healing Power of Quiet

The design of the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and the Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion advances healthcare for children and women in South Carolina and the Low Country region. With a ten-story patient tower, rooftop helipad, and adjacent four-story diagnostic and treatment podium, this facility provides specialized care for high-risk pregnancies, pediatric trauma, delivery care, and other services all within a sensory-friendly setting. 

This project is the first comprehensive inpatient hospital project in South Carolina with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification at any level. In addition, our firm’s recommendations as Acoustical Consultant earned two LEED points for Healthcare Acoustics, without which, this project would not have reached the point total required for overall LEED Silver Certification.

Working in Complex Environments

Ross & Baruzzini Associate Principal Richard Brink, MS, CTS-D, used his 30 years of acoustical consulting and technology design to help bring the $300 million, 650,000 sq-ft project to life. 

Designing for acceptable levels of sound creates unique challenges, however final testing for this project presented a one-of-a-kind experience for Brink. 

Under normal circumstances, sound testing is scheduled before opening doors to the public. Due to extenuating circumstances, post-project testing was completed after the hospital was open.

“The hospital was already open when I completed testing,” said Brink. “This was a unique kind of testing environment since the hospital already began seeing patients. In addition to the hospital opening, I also had to work with COVID-19 restrictions at the time. I completed my normal testing around a steady cadence of people since the ER served as the sole point of entry at the time.” 

Brink completed acoustic testing in late 2020. Because of COVID-19 protocols, the hospital limited access to the main ER entryway to better manage visitor flow. 

Despite unusual testing circumstances, the hospital successfully achieved LEED silver status. 

Engineering Holistic Acoustics Design

Ross & Baruzzini collaborates with designers, builders, architects, and owners to improve sound environments for hospitals as well as higher education, research, corporate, and commercial venues. Our full acoustical consulting services include:

•   Mechanical Systems Noise Impact 
•   Architectural Finishes
•   Acoustical Privacy and Intelligibility
•   Partition Selection
•   Vibration Analysis
•   Certification Analysis and Verification including LEED and WELL Building

How can we help your next project? Contact our Acoustics team to learn more and view related healthcare projects here

Photography via Perkins & Will. 

Ross & Baruzzini: Kansas City’s First Choice for Healthcare Engineering, Technology & Consulting

Whether your next healthcare project is in Kansas City or Kanpur, we are dedicated to finding the best solutions built to improve your patient and staff experience.

Why Choose Ross & Baruzzini for Your Next Healthcare Project? 

Ross & Baruzzini offers engineering, consulting, and technology solutions. Our project expertise in the healthcare market runs the full gamut, including renovations, new construction, energy studies, and code consultation for all building types on hospital campuses.

Our advanced knowledge and global experience combine to provide fully integrated engineeringplanningdesign, and commissioning.

MEP/FP: Innovative Engineering for Your #KC Project

Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital

From greenfield hospitals to renovations of existing facilities, Ross & Baruzzini provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering services to solve our clients’ most challenging needs.

We create environments that are energy efficient and sustainable without compromising comfort, indoor air quality and required temperature and humidity conditions to ensure the best patient experience.

Technology: A Focus on Next-Gen Healthcare 

Our technology team leads healthcare facilities through the “clinical transformation” process by providing a holistic, collaborative, and visionary approach on every project.

Using a proven approach that includes planning appropriately, gaining consensus on project direction and funding, and taking ownership of managing the implementation, our clients are able to be actively involved in the project without taking too much time from their day-to-day responsibilities.

Security: Providing a Safe Enviroment with Physical Security and Cybersecurity Tools

Healthcare professionals must be ready for anything that can disrupt the ability to provide quality care or jeopardize the safety and security of patients, visitors and staff. Ross & Baruzzini is committed to developing security solutions to minimize the impact to our clients’ operations, through an approach firmly grounded in innovation, pragmatism, and creative collaboration. Our services span physical and cybersecurity design, consulting, and engineering.

Ross & Baruzzini is Your Trusted Kansas City Partner: Contact Us Today to Get Started.

“Innovation made personal” is more than our tagline. Our national footprint with local roots means we’re big enough to get the work done right without sacrificing personal touch.

Clients choose Ross & Baruzzini because we provide a high level of multi-discipline integration and an individualized understanding of our clients’ business processes. Whether at home or abroad, we believe all business is personal. And that’s the way we like it.

Contact Our Kansas City Office for Your Next Project:

Kansas City Office

5350 W. 94th Terrace, Suite 102

Prairie Village, KS, 66207

John Sommers

Mechanical Department Manager – Kansas City Region

O: 913.308.2503


Business Resilience & Airport Innovation: Join Ross & Baruzzini at the 2021 SMART Airports Conference & Exhibition

Ross & Baruzzini is a proud silver sponsor for the 2021 SMART Airports Conference & Exhibition. This premier event covers how SMART airports and their adjacent regions are leveraging connectivity to stimulate innovation and opportunity.

2021 SMART Airports Conference & Exhibition leads the way with its innovative, interactive agenda:

  • The most comprehensive community of SMART airports and the regions they serve, focusing on the opportunities and innovations that technology is bringing to environments, communities and cities
  • Up to 500 senior level attendees and decision makers
  • Opportunity to learn from visionary speakers and thinkers
  • Extensive and intimate opportunities to network with this progressive audience across 3 days.

Don’t Miss the Essential Session on Smart Connected Airports

Join the Smart Connected Airports Session on Wednesday, August 18 at 12:00pm CDT with Vice President & Managing Principal Michael Zoia as he discusses technology-driven innovations and airport resiliency. 

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