EBL is pleased to announce the recent licensure of Dan Lookenbill in the State of Maryland
Mr. Lookenbill’s duties include a wide range of activities within our fire protection engineering department. He provides consulting for engineers, architects and facility managers on life safety, fire alarm, plan review and fire pump installations. Dan has also provided extensive oversight of inspection, testing and maintenance (ITM) programs of fire protection systems for private and public sector clients.
EBL Sr. Fire Protection Engineer unveils coordinated Xmas light show display
EBL engineer, Peter Iwanczuk got into the Xmas spirit by building a light show driver to sync the house Christmas lights to music. He built the light show driver using a raspberry pi 3 project board, 8-channel solid-state relay, a puzzle box, a Tupperware and a bunch of wires that were cannibalized from old electronics.
He made a few shows with this driver. Links to the shows are listed below:
https://youtu.be/A7A8o0L9Bb0 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards in Winter
https://youtu.be/uu6AvChvhRQ - Lindsey Stirling - Carol of the Bells
https://youtu.be/gNSJQsPtf2s - Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Siberian Sled Ride
2018 CASHE Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots
EBL was a drop off location for the 2018 CASHE Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots.
CASHE members collected donated toys from October 15 to November 14. The collected toys were delivered to Toys for Tots in late November.
Thank you for helping CASHE make this another successful toy drive.
EBL Associate speaks at MDSPE Annual Conference
EBL Associate Brian Schlosser gave a presentation at the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers Annual Conference on November 15.
His presentation reviewed the applicable codes and standards associated with protecting data centers and similar critical facilities from the effects of smoke and fire. He focused on building construction, fire detection and alarms systems, fire sprinkler systems, and supplemental fire suppression systems.
EBL Sr. Consultant speaks at CRFSA session
EBL Sr. Consultant David Snyder was part of a distinguished list of presenters at the Maryland Inspector training program in Laurel, MD. This Nov. 7th event was held in cooperation with the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the membership of the Capital Region Fire Sprinkler Association (CRFSA).
EBL Associate speaks at the Critical Facilities Summit
EBL Associate Brian Schlosser gave a presentation at the Critical Facilities Summit on October 16 in Nashville, TN.
His presentation reviewed the applicable codes and standards associated with protecting data centers and similar critical facilities from the effects of smoke and fire. His focus was on building construction, fire detection and alarms systems, fire sprinkler systems, and supplemental fire suppression systems.
EBL Principal celebrates 40 years at EBL
Congratulations to Principal Robert Stratemeyer.
In September, Bob celebrated his 40th work anniversary with EBL. This picture shows a picture of him when he first started with EBL along side a picture of him now.
EBL at the 36th Annual CASHE Seminar/Exhibition
EBL was at the 36th Annual Cheseapeake Area Society of Healthcare Engineering Seminar/Exhibition at the Hershey Lodge in September.
EBL has been a sponsor of this event for over 10 years.
EBL Associate gives webcast on managing fire protection
EBL Associate Brian Schlosser conducted a webcast on managing fire protection system maintenance in July.
The presentation reviewed the fundamentals of maintaining fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems with a focus on owner responsibilities for the inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) of these essential systems. Brian also discussed various requirements associated with fire protection system impairments and outages.
EBL Sr. Fire Alarm Specialist honored by MD DC VA AFAA
Congratulations to Senior Fire Alarm Specialist Bob Baker.
Bob was honored for his 20 plus years of service with the MD DC VA Automatic Fire Alarm Association. He served many terms as President and Director from 1997 to 2018.
EBL Principal elected president of UMD Fire Protection Engineering Alumni Club
EBL Principal Jeff McBride was elected as University of Maryland – Fire Protection Engineering Alumni Club President at the club meeting held in conjunction with the NFPA Conference in Las Vegas.
The Alumni Club presented a check to the University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering for $15,000.
Left to Right:
Jeff McBride – incoming alumni club president
Jim Begley – outgoing alumni club co-chair
Jim Milke – U of MD fire protection engineering department chair
Dan Arnold - outgoing alumni club co-chair
EBL Principal honored with Extraordinary Service Award
Congratulations to EBL Principal Ed Fraczkowski!
During the IFMA Chesapeake Chapter annual awards gathering at the Valley Mansion by Martin's last evening, Ed was honored with the “Extraordinary Service Award” for his role as president of the Chapter for the past three years. He will remain on the Executive Board of the Chapter serving as Past President.
EBL Principals at ASBO Conference
EBL Principals, Bob Stratemeyer and Tony Kleponis were manning the EBL booth at the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) MD & DC Spring Conference.
The conference was held from May 21-22 in Ocean City, MD. It was our 16th year exhibiting at the conference.
EBL announces the passing of Timothy M. Dougherty
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Tim Dougherty. Tim was our CFO for 20 years and had been working with EBL for over 30 years. We lost a dear friend and colleague.
We extend our condolences to his family and friends. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
EBL is pleased to announce the recent licensure of Peter Iwanczuk in the State of Maryland
Mr. Iwanczuk’s duties include a wide range of activities within our fire protection engineering department. He provides consulting for engineers, architects and facility managers on life safety, fire alarm, smoke control, plan review and fire pump installations. Peter also specializes in Healthcare related projects assisting facility managers with Joint Commission compliance.
EBL Principal featured in Engineering Inc. magazine
EBL Principal Jeff McBride was featured in an article in the November/December issue of ACEC's Engineering, Inc. magazine. The article interviews each of the chairs of the ACEC coalitions, asking them about the top challenges their members face. McBride, who is the chair of the Council of American Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (CAMEE) coalition, addressed the issues business face with the rapid evolution of business technology.
The full article is titled "Navigating the Evolving Marketplace" by Stacy Collett. Click here to read the full article.
EBL Principal gives presentation at the SGAUS annual meeting
EBL Principal and Maryland SDF Lieutenant Colonel Edward A. Hubner PE, CxA, F.MDSPE, addressed the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) annual meeting in SC, on the topic of the National Guard’s metric for annual inspections, assessment, and prioritization of infrastructure investments across 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Mr Hubner’s unit has been executing this metric, called the Installation Status Report Program at all National Guard assets in the State of Maryland over 10 years. The State Guard Association of the United States is a non-profit organization advocating for the advancement and support of regulated state military forces, as established by state governments under the authority of federal law. Currently, 23 States and Territories have State Defense Forces.
EBL Associate gives presentation at the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers Annual Conference
EBL Associate, Jamie Raithel teamed with Stephen Weber, Director at Flo-Tron, Inc, to give a presentation at the 2017 MD Society of Professional Engineers annual conference.
The presentation, titled "Co-Generation Combined Heat and Power: Principals and Alternate Financing Methods", discussed combined heat and power systems and the benefits these systems have in energy security, utility cost avoidance, and energy savings. Raithel and Weber also covered government and utility incentives that make combined heat and power systems financially viable and appealing and ways to leverage the energy savings to other capital improvements.
EBL Engineers, LLC was a major sponsor, exhibitor and organizer of the 35th Annual CASHE Seminar and Exhibition
EBL Engineers, LLC was a major sponsor, exhibitor and organizer of the 35th Annual CASHE Seminar and Exhibition held in at the Clarion Conference Center in Ocean City Maryland. The Chesapeake Area Society of Healthcare Engineering (CASHE) is a Region 2 Affiliate of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). This year’s conference had over 180 attendees at this week long conference. Nineteen hours of Continuing Education Hours were offered over 3 days of educational sessions. The conference will be held in Hershey, PA next year.
EBL receives award from ACEC/MD
EBL received the 2017 Honor Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies, Maryland chapter. The award recognized EBL Engineers' innovative excellence on the Dundalk Marine Terminal Fumigation Facility. The fumigation facility is an important component in Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics' (WWL) efforts to curb the infestation of stink bugs to other nations. WWL received the Australian Biosecurity Award as a result of this project.
Click here to read more about this award-winning project.
EBL Principal named Commandant of the Engineering Academy of the State Guard Association of the United States
EBL Principal and MDDF Lieutenant Colonel Edward Hubner has been named Commandant of the Engineering Academy of the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS).
The Academy was founded to provide consistency in training and credentialing of engineers in the various State Guard units around the country for service in pre and post disaster events. LTC(MD) Hubner replaces retiring BG(MD) Brian Kelm at this post. Ed continues to serve as the Commanding Officer of the Maryland Engineering Emergency Response Team, 121 Engineer Regiment, Maryland Defense Force as well as Principal Engineer at EBL Engineers, LLC.
EBL Principal installed as Member of the College of Fellows, MDSPE
EBL Principal, Edward A Hubner, PE, CxA, was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers.
“In recognition of his outstanding and distinguished career in the practice of Engineering; his demonstration of exemplary personal and professional qualities as a role model for all Engineers; and for having strengthened and advanced the Engineering Profession”.
EBL is pleased to announce the recent licensure of Daniel A. Bentzen in the State of Maryland
Mr. Bentzen is accomplished in the analysis and design of fire alarm and detection systems as well as sprinkler systems. He has provided code review and consulting for engineers and architects on life safety, fire alarm, smoke control, plan review and fire pump installations. He is also skilled in computer fire modeling.
EBL is proud to have had a key role in the design and implementation of the dedicated fumigation facility at the Port of Baltimore
If we were to ask you what a Halyomorpha halys was, would you know? If you were asked what a stink bug was, would you know? Of course you would, those little stinkers have been a huge nuisance to the entire area. EBL is extremely proud to be part of the solution to keep this pest, and many others, away from other nations.
Our client for this project, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL), constructed a dedicated facility at the Port of Baltimore Dundalk Marine Terminal for the purposes of fumigation and EBL is proud to have played a key role in the design and implementation of this system.
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics is a global shipping corporation, with a significant presence at the Port of Baltimore. Their primary shipping cargo is heavy agricultural equipment, construction equipment and vehicles shipped from the Dundalk Marine Terminal, many of which are shipped to New Zealand and Australia. Due to fear of insect infestation, New Zealand and Australia developed, implemented and and began strictly enforcing inbound cargo inspections, which resulted in significant delays in shipping to the region. WWL made the decision to invest in and operate their own fumigation facility at the port of Baltimore, allowing them to better serve their clientele and eliminate port inspection delays.
In order to efficiently stage, fumigate, and load cargo onto docked ships, a 75' x 350', fabric covered light truss arch structure was selected and constructed to house the fumigation facility. Within 96 hours of ship loading, the facility is filled with equipment, heated to the target temperature and then fumigated. After the requisite fumigation period and prior to moving equipment to the ship, the fumigant (sulfurly fluoride) must be evacuated from the facility. Local environmental and occupational codes require that the fumigant be discharged at a controlled rate to prevent exposure to port workers and the surrounding community. EBL Engineers provided engineering support services for the design of the exhaust system, controls for managing the rate of fumigant extraction, heating systems for maintaining target temperatures, electrical power for the system, foundations for the equipment pad and a fumigant exhaust stack.
The project presented a unique set of challenges and a short timeline in which to engineer and construct the facility and systems. Due to a lack of clear guidance for sulfuryl fluoride fumigation facilities, the design process for this project required a collaborative and iterative approach to ensure a best fit solution. Working in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE), EA Engineering Science and Technology and the Maryland Port Administration, EBL was able to engineer a solution that met the environmental, physical, financial and time constraints of all entities involved. The premise of the system design was to provide a custom solution utilizing readily available commercial components to insure the facility could be made operational on schedule.
The new state-of-the-art fumigation facility has played a key role in Gov. Larry Hogan announcing a new 30-year contract between the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s top roll on/roll off customer, global shipping and logistics giant Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL). The recent announcement was made inside the fumigation structure… “Our entire administration is committed to making Maryland more business friendly, and today we add WWL to our state’s growing list of business success stories,” said Governor Hogan. “This new contract, tying WWL’s success to that of the Port of Baltimore for the next three decades, will support nearly 1,000 jobs here in Maryland and is a ringing endorsement of the strength and importance of this partnership.”
EBL is pleased to have been part of MCFA's team on the new installation of two natural gas fired cogeneration units at a senior living facility in New Jersey.
Cogeneration is a thermodynamically efficient use of fuel. In separate production of electricity, some energy must be discarded as waste heat, but in cogeneration this thermal energy is put to good use in a process that is generally much more energy-efficient than the separate generation of electricity and useful heat.
EBL’s design work included modifications to the existing boiler plant required for hot water generation, cogeneration heat recovery system integration, sequences of operation, pumping systems, natural gas system piping modifications, hydronic heating supply and return and domestic hot and recirculating piping between the plant and various existing delivery points, modification of delivery points to accept hot water, centralized domestic hot water generation system, domestic hot and hot water recirculation system design control system modifications and requisite electrical design to support hot water generation and delivery equipment.
Electrical design services included resizing switchgear, transformers, interconnecting circuit conductors, coordination of disconnects with utility requirements and calculations required for the 500 kW cogeneration equipment.
American Council of Engineering Companies - Maryland (ACEC / MD) Meet with Larry Hogan
March 10, 2015, on behalf of American Council of Engineering Companies - Maryland (ACEC / MD) Jeff McBride, PE, Principal, EBL Engineers, LLC, met with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in his office to discuss issues on behalf of engineering businesses in the State of Maryland. A wide array of important issues were discussed including infrastructure funding, certificate of merit, contracting language concerns and MBE contracting goals.
Attending the meeting were (L-R) Charles Phillips ACEC MD Legislative Chair, Dan Knight ACEC MD President, Governor Larry Hogan, Jeff McBride ACEC MD Past President and Fellow, Jim Otradovec ACEC MD Executive Director and Sean McCone ACEC MD Director
EBL Engineers, LLC is proud to announce Raithel and Schlosser Named as Associates
EBL Engineers, LLC, a Baltimore-based multi-discipline engineering firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jamie S. Raithel, PE, LEED AP and Brian T. Schlosser, PE to the position of Associate. Associate status is provided to those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional project management and leadership skills and have been identified as persons designated for future advancement within the firm.
Mr. Raithel, a registered mechanical engineer, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and has been with EBL for fourteen years. He has distinguished himself in the fields of energy engineering/analysis, central plant design and campus distribution systems. He has established a close working relationship with clients and projects in all sectors of our business, including; commercial, industrial, institutional, and ultra-luxury residential customers. He regularly works to mentor younger staff in the principles and practices of mechanical engineering.
Mr. Schlosser, a registered fire protection engineer, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2004 and has been with EBL Engineers for over ten years. He is accomplished in analysis and design, inspections, and commissioning of a wide array of fire suppression, fire alarm evacuation/detection, and mass notification systems. He serves a diverse client base in the commercial, industrial, institutional, and government markets. In particular, he has distinguished himself as a leader in consulting, design, and commissioning of specialized fire protection systems for mission critical data center facilities.
EBL Principal Ed Hubner, PE Invited to Teach a Course on Infrastructure and Society in the College Park Scholars Program
This past semester, EBL Principal and MDDF Lieutenant Colonel Ed Hubner was invited to teach a course on Infrastructure and Society in the College Park Scholars Program. The class focused on the need to continually inspect and evaluate infrastructure to determine is condition, suitability and to prioritize capital reinvestment. The class included basic instruction on buildings mechanical, electrical and structural systems as well as condition assessment. The class was modeled on the Army’s Installation Status Report (ISR) system. The final project included a full assessment of the BG John R. Kenly Armory in Greenbelt Maryland.
College Park Scholars is an academic residential community within the University of Maryland, College Park campus. College Park Scholars provides intellectual challenges and collegial support for selected engaged and academically talented freshmen and sophomores. Maryland Defense Force is a branch of the Maryland Military Department whose primary mission is providing competent and supplemental professional, technical, and military support to the Maryland Army National Guard, the Maryland Air National Guard, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. EBL Engineers is a professional engineering firm specializing in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, as well as fire protection engineering and code consulting.
EBL Engineers, LLC has one of its projects awarded by AIA Maryland
EBL Engineers, LLC (EBL) is proud to announce that the Chalon Residence was presented with an AIA Maryland Design Excellence Award. The project was designed by Dynerman Architects PC with EBL Engineers serving as The Engineer of Record and Horizon Builders serving as the General Contractor.
A highlight of the Chalon Residence design is the HVAC systems which consist of closed loop, vertical bore ground source heat pumps connected to ducted forced air distribution systems. A closed loop, vertical bore heat exchanger field array with approximately 44 tons of capacity serves as the heat sink/source for all HVAC heat pumps. Energy recovery to the domestic water heating system via heat pump unit on board de-superheaters has been incorporated to improve energy efficiency. High efficiency, modulating, condensing gas boilers and a low temperature heating water system provide the thermal source for domestic hot water generation, pool heating, floor warming and driveway snow melt systems. All pumping systems were equipped with variable frequency drives or electrically commutated motors (ECM), allowing the hydronic systems to reduce energy consumption as building loads decrease. A centralized, digital plant controller provides sequencing and optimization of the hydronic systems insuring maximum energy efficiency is being obtained. Some notable design components include the 24,000 sq. ft. main house, a small guest house, pool & pergola, a dining room that will seat 40, an in-house squash/basketball court, and a home office perched on the third floor high among the branches.
Dynerman Architects is a small, versatile, design-oriented firm. Led by Alan Dynerman, FAIA, the firm has earned a reputation for listening to and embracing their clients’ goals, professional service and design excellence. Their office works from a point of view that is based on a few simple ideas: that the nobility of architecture is rooted in its reality and utility; that the two mediums of architecture are materiality and construction; that the integration of architecture and site is the first measure of good work.
Photos of the Chalon Residence can be viewed on Dynerman Architects’ website.
AIA Maryland Celebrates Excellence in Design at Annual Awards Celebration
Members and their clients, architectural students and professors, along with their colleagues gathered on September 10th at the Silver Spring Civic Building in Silver Spring to recognize the outstanding architectural achievements of AIA members and architectural students. The 22 award-winning projects were selected from a field of 122 professional entries submitted by 46 firms representing AIA members across Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.
Award given: MERIT Residential Architecture
Project: Chalon Road House
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Architect: Dynerman Architects PC
Engineer of Record: EBL Engineers, LLC
Contractor: Horizon Builders Inc. / George Fritz
EBL is pleased to announce the election of Robert W. Baker, Jr., CET to the Board of Directors for the National Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) for a two-year term
EBL Engineers, LLC, a Baltimore-based multi-discipline engineering firm, is pleased to announce the election of Robert W. Baker, Jr., CET to the Board of Directors for the National Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) for a two-year term. Mr. Baker has over 30 years of experience in the design, review, and acceptance testing of electrical and fire detection systems. He has consulted with architects, and engineers on fire alarm evacuation, and detection systems, as well as, power and lighting installations. In addition, he has more than a decade of experience as a construction cost estimator. Along with being the past two-time President of the MD-DC-VA Automatic Fire Alarm Association, Mr. Baker is also a member of the Electric League of Maryland and the National Fire Protection Association.
The national Automatic Fire Alarm (AFAA) was formed in 1953, and is the only national trade association exclusively dedicated to representing the automatic fire detection, and fire alarm systems industry. The Association is committed to influencing codes and standards at all levels to make buildings safer through the proper application of automatic fire detection and fire alarm systems. It actively participates in the code change process of the model building code organizations (IBC and NFPA), and the associated code hearings. The MD-DC-VA AFAA was formed in the 1990's and its founding association President was Bob Harding. The MD-DC-VA AFAA Association has grown to nearly 100 members, and was chosen as "Association of the Year" at the Annual AFAA Codes Conference, and Annual Meeting in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, and again in 2013.
EBL is proud to have been awarded the following awards from the ACEC/MW and ACED/MD
EBL Engineers, LLC was recently awarded the “Engineering Excellence Honor Award” from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington ACEC/MW, “Outstanding Project Award” from ACEC/MD and “National Recognition Award” from ACEC National for its role in the Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF).
The honor award is presented to recognize those engineering achievements demonstrating the highest degree of skill and ingenuity while providing a significant benefit to the public welfare and practice of consulting engineering.
As engineer of record, EBL has been proud to play a key role in the NZERTF initiative. The structure was designed to demonstrate that a residential structure, similar in size and aesthetics to the surrounding homes in the Gaithersburg area, will generate as much energy on an annual basis as it consumes. The test facility had been designed to simulate conditions that mimic a residence occupied by a family of four.
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