AlfaTech has been named to the 2019 MEP Giants List as one of the Top 100 MEP firms in North America . Check it out in the August issue of Consulting-Specifying Engineer.
FTW3 Project Completion AlfaTech recently celebrated the completion of FTW3, the third building on the Facebook Fort Worth campus and one that began in March of 2016! AT was the Prime Consultant for this $340M, 30MW data center that was just awarded a LEEDv4 Gold certification by the USGBC. This is Facebooks first LEEDv4 Gold building. Members of the AT design team (Pam Brandon, Paula Venegas, Sarabelen Gonzalez, Mercedeh Aienehchian and Jose Gonzalez) travelled to Texas for a fun celebration party on June 6th hosted by the GC, DPR Construction, and held at Pegasus Brewing in Dallas and our 100% Record Documents were submitted the next day. Our happy FB client said, “This was a great closeout and I hope we can take this shining example and apply it going forward to all projects.” Go, FTW3 team!
AlfaTech was also recognized in the San Francisco Business Times 2019 Book of Lists as one of the Top 50 Engineering Firms in the Bay Area.
FYI Life Sciences
You may notice that in our marketing materials Life Sciences was formerly known as Biotech . The market sector name change is more in line with our industry partners and will broaden our appeal to potential clients. Terry Stelter, Senior Principal, joined the AlfaTech team in May and will be leading the development of the Life Sciences business unit.
The Google Nimble account continues to grow with work scheduled into 2020.
ATPD was added as a preferred vendor with LinkedIn this month and a meeting is scheduled to discuss various projects in the Bay Area. ATPD successfully completed Project Libre for Flex managing the construction of the manufacturing floor. The product monitors blood sugar levels and eliminates the need for daily testing.
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Sustainability Design Studio Did you Know ? AlfaTech has an in-house sustainability design studio which consists of experienced and passionate architectural and engineering professionals with expertise towards delivering resilient and sustainable solutions for our clients. System studies range from but are not excluded to: • building envelope and massing analysis • glazing and solar controlled interior shading • lighting, lighting control, and daylighting • renewable energy systems (geothermal, solar thermal and PV) • diurnal cooling, energy storage, and load shifting (thermal and electrical storage, ice storage, fuel cell) • combined heating/cooling (CHP), co-gen plants • gray/black water treatment systems • innovative design solutions sharply focused on emerging technologies like smart buildings & cloud-based occupant environmental control The studio collaborates extensively with our energy solution group to benefit from an advanced array of analysis tools. Capabilities include energy and CFD modeling, wind studies, building massing and shading studies, daylighting and other specialty studies. Our joint efforts are driven by the desire to deliver the most resilient, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient buildings possible.
Molex Fremont, CA
Electronics manufacturer Molex acquired a 108,600 SF building consisting of office, lab, and warehouse space at 46360 Fremont Blvd. The building was built in 1983 and was in need of updates to the interior as well as exterior façade. AlfaTech provided MEP design, and fire protection services for this extensive tenant improvement project. ArcTec was the architect, and AlfaTech’s team members were Tim Chadwick, Mark Fisher, Ida Galperin, Rohini Pendyala, and Kyle Dutra. The space clearly represents this progressive and innovative high-tech company through the design of its open collaborative environment, including conference and training rooms, a lunch room, fitness center, patio and sport court, clean rooms, pilot line, dry lab and warehouse areas.
SF Team Visits Uber Mission Bay
AlfaTech’s San Francisco office had the opportunity to visit the Uber Mission Bay Headquarters project site with a tour lead by Principal, Saied Nazeri. AlfaTech is the engineer-of-record for the four high- rise office buildings. On the tour, Saied showed off some of the features included in this smart, eco-friendly campus; such as the interconnected atria system connecting two of the towers, the shaded facade with automated natural ventilation, chilled sails and occupant- controlled displacement ventilation systems, graywater reuse and rainwater catchment systems.
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PAULA’S GREEN TIPS
Reducing Phantom Power
Phantom usage is a huge culprit in reducing energy use and costs for your building or home. What is Phantom Usage? Phantom usage occurs when you leave a device (like your pesky cell phone charger) plugged into the wall socket. The device is constantly drawing small amounts of energy as it is left plugged in. Some of these devices draw very little power (1 to 5 watts), which might not seem like much since it would take 1,000 to 200 hours for one device to use a single kilowatt-hour. Think about all the appliances in your home or office; we constantly leave devices plugged and it is drawing wasted energy, resulting in higher electric bills. Two to three dollars, every single month for long periods of time, may not seem like a huge cost. Why not save money (and energy!) by actively making the decision to unplug devices you aren’t using? Ways to Reduce Phantom Usage Unplug as many items in your home/office you deem reasonable – you can unplug appliances like toasters, chargers, blenders, etc. that you don’t use regularly. Make it a habit to peruse through a room to unplug anything you’re not using. I unplug most of the devices in my apartment (power strips, TV, etc.) when I’m going to be out of town to prevent this. Purchase a SmartStrip that has the ability to kill phantom drain from all devices plugged in. These power strips contain a switch that allows the ability to kill the phantom drain as well as have kill the phantom drain as well as have the functionality to turn of all devices. These types of power strips are especially useful if you need to leave devices plugged in.
Clockwise left to right: Project rendering. Mellody Hobson & George Lucas at the groundbreaking ceremony. A construction progress photo by Aaron Poplar.
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
It’s been two years since AlfaTech started working on the futuristic looking Lucas Museum at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA. The 1,127,000 SF project is currently under construction. The parking garage, which was dug two stories below grade, is underway. Over 15 miles of underground HDPE pipe has been installed for the geothermal system, which comprises of 715 vertical boreholes, each drilled 360 feet deep. The formwork for the ground level is being installed, and they’re on schedule to finish pouring the main floor deck this summer. Completion is slated for 2021. Project Feature The entire project is built on an isolation platform which allows for 4-foot movement in any 2-dimensional direction to help protect the structure from earthquake damage. All water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, electrical, and fiber has been designed to cross this 4- foot isolation gap without breaking during a seismic event. Project Highlight This is the first project in the City of Los Angeles to receive permit approval for the use of onsite bio reaction system that treats greywater, rainwater, and recycled water. The innovative system captures water from lavatories, showers, condensate, and rooftop rainwater and is treated onsite to be used for toilet and urinal flushing. This type of design had never been seen before in the city of LA and was reviewed by a total of seven jurisdictions with a 6-month approval process.
Our dedicated AlfaTech project team is based in our Los Angeles and San Jose offices: Diarmuid Hartley, Aaron Poplar, Kyu Lee, Junli Zhang, Mark Seegel, and Rich Garrison.
Note: The details of this project, including the images above, must remain entirely confidential and must not be shared outside AlfaTech due to our NDA contract with our client.
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People in the News & Welcome New 2019 Employees JANUARY Löwen Gruseck (Electrical Design Engineer) and Chris Cacha (Help Desk Technician) joined our San Francisco office. FEBRUARY Marjorie Bui (Marketing Coordinator) officially joined our San Jose office and Cory Frederickson (Design Engineer) joined our San Jose office. John Fithian (AT-PD Consultant) relocated to Los Angeles. MARCH James Teeter (Mechanical Design Engineer) and Donna Zhao (Mechanical Design Engineer) joined our Los Angeles office. Sherise Henderson (Project Manager) joined the AT-PD Google Nimble Team. APRIL Terry Stelter (Principal, Life Sciences Manager) and Tyler Lewis (Mechanical Design Engineer) joined our San Jose office. Howard Ho (Associate Principal) and Linda Gedemer (Principal in Technology) joined our Los Angeles office. MAY Aleksandar Donevic and Koosha Kiamehr passed their PE exams. Bebe Dang graduated from CCSF with a certificate in Engineered Plumbing Systems. Carolyn Keith (Director of Business Development, Southern California) joined our Los Angeles office. Mary Jo Lee (Consultant) joined the AT-PD Google Nimble Team. JUNE Harv Vij (Principal Process Engineer) and Waymond Ho (Process Design Engineer) joined our San Francisco office. Erik Elmtoft was recommended by the Chair of ASHRAE Standard Committee “Standard Method of Evaluating Zero Energy Building Performance” and will become a member of the committee.
New Relic San Francisco, CA
New Relic is an established, yet rapidly growing, San Francisco- based digital intelligence company. The company sought to capture its innovative culture with a unique office design while exploring new ways of working in anticipation of future density requirements. Moser Architects teamed with AlfaTech to provide this inspirational workspace for this new client. AlfaTech provided MEP design services for this tenant improvement project for floors 9 – 12 floors at 188 Spear, a premium corporate office building in the heart of SOMA in downtown San Francisco. The project includes: the remodel of open office areas; addition and modification of conference rooms; workstation densification; coffee bar modification with ventless equipment and outside vendor catering services; and review of potential expansion of 10th floor.
The AlfaTech team included TG Davallou, Erik Elmtoft, Jay Chokshi, Lori Lee, Robert Nixdorf, Cesar Rivera and Jaime Carrion.
Annual Company Gathering at Hotel Nia
Friday, July 19, 2019 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM Hotel Nia 200 Independence Dr. Menlo Park
Summer is here and so is our annual corporate gathering!
Come join us at the beautiful Hotel Nia for delicious food, great company and an update on all things AlfaTech and AT-PD. Did we mention there’s an open bar for beer and wine? This event is a great chance to meet all of the wonderful people from our LA, SF, and SJ offices, as well as our AT-PD family. Socialize over drinks and challenge your peers to a game of Giant Jenga or bean bag toss. See you there!