Cause and origin: Heating season is here!

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The weather is getting colder, and we can no longer squeeze out a few more nights without turning on the heat. As winter approaches, cause and origin experts tend to see an increase in winter-related property damage claims. Let’s take a look at some common heating season issues and some preventative maintenance tips. Puffbacks The […]

Electricity is magic!

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Getting home after a long day of work, you might turn on the lights, get some food out of the fridge, and put on the TV to watch an episode of your favorite TV show to help you unwind. Many people never take the time to realize that all of these ordinary scenarios involve electricity. […]

Taking ceilings into the clouds safely

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Cloud ceilings are a type of suspended ceiling system consisting of decorative panels separated by gaps. The panels come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles and give ceilings a more architectural look, compared to a traditional flat acoustical ceiling tile system. We’ve recently used cloud ceiling installations in several projects with great success, […]

The Swiss Army Knife of Engineering

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I am often asked what educational background and skills are required to become a successful water supply engineer. Does one need to be a civil, environmental, mechanical or chemical engineer? Well, if you look at what is required to provide high-quality, safe drinking water to the public, you can see that an engineer in this […]

Landscaped roadway medians: Boom or bust?

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An enhanced visual experience for drivers and passengers; Reduced nighttime headlight glare and distraction from oncoming vehicles; Depending on the type and density of the plant materials, they can provide additional safety by helping to prevent vehicles from crossing the median into oncoming traffic; Absorbing carbon dioxide and adding oxygen to the atmosphere; Reduction of […]

What is LEED?

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In my last post, I discussed the meaning of sustainability and all of its components. Now that you’re thinking a little greener, let’s take a look at one of the foremost rating systems for sustainable building practices: the LEED system. What is LEED? LEED is a rating system used to determine how sustainably buildings are […]

Inspiration is all around us

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As architects, we are responsible for our built environment. We merge our visions with the ideas and needs of our fellow community members to define and sculpt the world around us. We look for inspiration everywhere. It could come from something as simple as a word or phrase, a color, the movement of a fabric, […]

Time to call an environmental consultant? These 5 situations will help you decide

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The iceberg You’ve just been handed a new spill claim. You contact the insured and the facts are unclear. What was spilled, and what did it impact? Many policies have pollution endorsements and disclaimers, some excluding all types of spills, others with exclusions for certain chemicals. Contents and property damage are just the tip of […]

A day in the life of an H2M intern: Mechanical Engineering

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As this year’s interns wrap up their work at H2M and prepare to head back to school for the fall, we asked several of them to write a brief blog describing some of their favorite experiences with us during the last few months. Today we’ll be sharing a post from Emily Farella, a student at […]

A day in the life of an H2M intern: Water Resources

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As this year’s interns wrap up their work at H2M and prepare to head back to school for the fall, we asked several of them to write a brief blog describing some of their favorite experiences with us during the last few months. Today we’ll be sharing a post from Jessica Caccioppoli, a student at […]

Celebrating our Project Management Class of 2013

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H2M architects + engineers proudly announces the commencement of its 2013 Project Management Training Program participants. This year’s class, consisting of 17 architects, water and wastewater engineers, civil engineers, and environmental scientists, joins the ranks of over 100 program graduates in the last five years. In a business climate that is increasingly dominated by outsourcing […]