Environmental

As PFAS Concerns Grow, What Can Your Airport Do?

By |2019-09-11T16:30:17-04:00August 21st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

The PFAS probe has officially begun. Since the start of this year, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), and California Water Boards – among others – have put plans in place to try to gain a better understanding of how PFAS are affecting Americans. [...]

In the Media: Designing a More Resilient Landmark

By |2019-08-12T11:00:25-04:00August 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

The Jacksonville Beach Pier was closed after high surf churned up by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 knocked several sections off the end of it. But it will reopen in two years as a much stronger, resilient structure. RS&H Senior Engineer Steven Starnes told Weather.com the pier is being shored up with stronger and [...]

Sustainability: Technical Solutions Empowering Human Systems

By |2019-05-14T11:33:30-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Tags: , , |

Why is sustainability important? The answer is simple. Sustainable organizations outperform their competitors by balancing economic returns with social and environmental success. Sustainable organizations’ employees are more productive and produce higher quality work, resulting in four times the sales growth and eight times the employment growth of unsustainable organizations. They are also more resilient [...]

Novel Concept: Designing Resilient Buildings

By |2019-05-14T11:31:59-04:00January 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Resiliency needs to be introduced as an integral part of the commissioning process to ensure facilities can quickly bounce back from disaster, either natural or manmade. It is time to not only focus on bulk power integrity but also to apply energy resiliency to the facility level. The need for energy resilience [...]

9 Tips to Keep Your Facility Operating Efficiently

By |2019-05-14T11:32:22-04:00January 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Eight years ago, I met a facility manager taking an all-too-common action in our industry, albeit for a very uncommon reason. Like many in the industry, this seasoned facility manager wasn’t using his Building Management System (BMS), also known as Building Automated Controls, as designed and programmed. Unlike most, that decision resulted [...]

USACE Releases New Guidance on Dam Removal and Mitigation Banking

By |2018-12-14T10:26:44-04:00December 13th, 2018|Tags: , , |

As the mitigation banking industry continues to expand and diversify, additional avenues to create wetland and stream mitigation credits are needed. The removal of dams that impound reservoirs to restore the natural hydrologic regime and geochemical processes of a watercourse is often a desirable option for the overall public good. To address [...]

Construction within FEMA Floodways and Floodplains – Things to Keep in Mind

By |2018-11-02T08:18:50-04:00October 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

During the planning phase of any construction project, it is imperative to verify if a project is located within an area identified as a regulated floodway or floodplain as defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Most construction activities within a regulated floodway or floodplain require coordination with FEMA and the local Floodplain [...]

Celebrating 25 Years with DeCA

By |2018-12-20T11:30:40-04:00May 31st, 2018|Tags: , , , |

RS&H is celebrating a 25-year partnership with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. The agency operates almost 250 commissaries worldwide, providing food and other products to servicemen and women, military retirees and their families. “Our relationship with DeCA is unique in the fact that we [...]