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Colocation Data Centers Can Have Both Traditional and Immersion Cooling Technologies in the SAME SPACE!

In early September, Forbes reported that AI and liquid cooling are the future of data center development. While at nearly the same time Fortune mentioned that AI fueled a 34% increase in Microsoft’s water consumption at their AI data center in Iowa and now citizens are concerned about the effect on the residential supply of water. Clearly, finding solutions for more efficient and effective cooling for data centers is quickly growing from an “inside industry” issue to one that is making its way… Read More
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Developers Can See End-of-Life Profits from Deconstruction by Considering Engineering Pre-Planning in New Structure Builds

Incorporating deconstruction into the lifecycle of a building has been around for decades, albeit on the fringes of construction practices because of the speed and lower cost of the wrecking ball and landfill placement. Now with sustainability requirements and lower carbon mandates, along with rising landfill prices, the time for serious consideration of building end-of-life and recycling has become imperative to consider early in the construction process. As the Urban Land Institute/PWC’s 2024… Read More
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Office to Multifamily Conversions Surge in Washington DC to Support Citywide Economic Development Initiatives

Declining office occupancy levels combined with a growing shortage of affordable residential housing has ignited renewed interest in converting office space to multifamily housing. This trend can be seen across the nation with CBRE reporting a 50% increase in conversions from 2022 compared to 2021. The Washington DC market has been no exception to this trend with Mayor Bowser unveiling an economic development strategy titled “DC’s Comeback Plan” with the hashtag #DistrictofComebacks on January… Read More
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Facilities Teams are the Key to Higher Education Implementation of Aggressive Sustainability Goals

Higher education facilities managers and their teams are being challenged to adopt sustainability initiatives on expedited timelines to meet university leadership Net Zero commitments to staff, students and alumni.  Sustainability initiatives are being seen today as a necessity to be competitive across academic institutions to attract the best candidates, which is paramount to the health and success of these organizations. Additionally, many college and university presidents and chancellors… Read More
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Medium Voltage Brings Cost Savings and Efficiencies for Powering Multi-Story Data Centers

As available real estate continues to diminish, and become more expensive, data center developers are embracing the reality that if you can’t build out, you must build up. Typically, building up is more expensive especially if you stay within the constraints of low voltage power distribution systems (480 Volts, typical). In an effort to help contain those costs, consideration should be made for shifting to a medium voltage power distribution system (i.e., 5kV to 69 kV, typical) solution that… Read More
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Decarbonizing Lab Design

Energy intense labs present owners, developers, and designers alike with a unique challenge to balance functional lab design with corporate sustainability goals, anticipated emissions reduction requirements, and energy codes. Now more than ever, converting offices to lab spaces requires new, more innovative, and future-focused design strategies. A creative and collaborative team is also imperative to meet unique lab needs during our industry’s ever-changing regulatory and construction cost… Read More
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Secant Pile Construction and Design

Secant piles are most effective for projects in urban environments with limited site space or dense surroundings. When the construction of a new building extends right up to the property line of the site, or there are difficult ground conditions, secant piles offer flexibility in shape and provide both foundation and excavation support. In areas where the excavation support is limited using secant piles eliminates the need for temporary excavation support (i.e. sheet piles, lagging, etc.).… Read More
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Office to Multifamily Conversions

Declining office occupancy levels combined with a growing shortage of affordable residential housing has ignited renewed interest in converting office space to multifamily housing. According to CBRE, in 2021 8 million SF of office space was converted, that number rose to 12 million SF in 2022 and is expected to continue rising in 2023.  While the majority of recent office space conversions have been to the laboratory and hospitality market, conversions to multifamily housing make up one-third… Read More
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Decarbonizing Laboratory Design

Energy intense labs present owners, developers, and designers alike with a unique challenge to balance functional lab design with new emission reduction requirements and energy codes. Decarbonization of the building sector is being accelerated in New England by Boston’s BERDO 2.0 and new DOER Massachusetts Energy Codes which pose stringent building emissions limits and highly efficient energy standards. Now more than ever, converting offices to lab spaces, requires new, more innovative, and… Read More
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Carbon - The New Sustainability Metric

‘Carbon’ is the new sustainability metric. At Bala, we see the building industry transitioning from measuring a building’s “sustainability” based on its energy efficiency and energy use to a more comprehensive model that includes both the operational and embodied carbon from the building. With this critical shift, it’s important we understand the fundamental relationship between carbon and climate change and the frameworks of carbon measurement, as it relates to the built environment.   Carbon… Read More