EBL Team Wins Silent Hero Award
Congratulations to EBL's team at NIH! They are part of the team that received the Silent Hero Award for their outstanding work during the COVID-19 quarantine period.
The internal awards program at NIH recognized those who went above and beyond their required duties to coordinate & support critical on-site activities throughout the COVID-19 quarantine period.
EBL is a Sponsor at the Empower4Life Annual Gala
EBL was a sponsor at the Empower4Life Little Kids, Big Dreams Annual Gala. Empower4Life is an organization with a mission to provide support to homeless youth through programs that teach them how to get and stay happy and healthy.
EBL is a Sponsor at the IFMA Chesapeake Chapter Golf Event
At the IFMA Chesapeake Chapter Golf event, EBL was honored to sponsor the Putting Contest named for the late Edward Fraczkowski - Past President of the Chapter and EBL Principal.
Congratulations to Greg Stapho for getting closest to the pin (2 feet 4 inches).
EBL is a Sponsor at the Catch A Lift Fund's 3rd Baltimore Golf Outing
Congratulations to Catch A Lift Fund for another successful event! It is great to see that The 3rd Baltimore Golf Outing far exceeded expectations. We were proud to be a part of the event. The Catch A Lift Fund enables post 9/11 combat wounded veterans all over the U.S. to recover and rehabilitate both physically and mentally through physical fitness, motivation and support.
EBL Principal is a Speaker at the National Guard Conference
EBL Principal COL (MD) Edward A. Hubner, PE was a speaker at the National Guard Conference in Irvine, CA last week. His presentation was on Engineering Missions in Aid to Civilian Authority. Hubner is the Commander of the Maryland Defense Force 121st Engineer Regiment.
EBL is a Sponsor at SFPE Chesapeake Chapter Annual Golf Event
Sean Przywieczerski and Jeff McBride of EBL Fire Engineering attended the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Chesapeake Chapter annual golf outing. EBL Fire Engineering was a sponsor. The outing raised money to support the UMD Department of Fire Protection Engineering.
Project wins USGBC's Innovative Project - New Construction Award
The Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library won the Innovative Project – New Construction category in the USGBC Maryland Community Leader Awards. The winners were announced at USGBC's A Midsummer Night's Green event on July 22.
Congratulations to the project team! EBL was part of the project team, providing fire protection engineering services.
The full Project Team is listed below:
EBL is a Sponsor at the CASHE Annual Golf Outing
Beautiful day for golf at Mountain Branch in Joppa, MD. EBL was the sponsor for the putting contest at the Chesapeake Area Association of Hospital Engineers (CASHE) Annual Golf Outing. Congrats to team Tremco for mastering the very fast greens to win the contest.
EBL is a Sponsor at ACEC/MD's 53rd Annual Day At the Club Golf Event
Yesterday, we were a sponsor of a hole at the ACEC/MD's 53rd Annual “Day At The Club” at the Greystone Golf Course in White Hall, MD. It was great to join others at the Club for some golf to benefit the ACEC/MD Scholarship Fund.
EBL Principal Appointed to the MD State Board for Professional Engineers
Congratulations to EBL Principal Edward Hubner on his appointment by Governor Hogan to the MD State Board for Professional Engineers. Part of the duties of the Board is to qualify and license individuals seeking licensure and issue permits to business entities through which engineering is practiced.
EBL Principals Lead Presentations at MDSPE Virtual Conference
EBL Principals Edward Hubner and Jeffery McBride were presenters at the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers Virtual Conference (MDSPE).
On November 13, EBL Principal Edward Hubner participated on a panel discussing the Certificate of Merit law and the changes to the law. The legislation is designed to protect engineers from unwarranted demands for documentation.
On November 20, Jeffery McBride gave a presentation on the best practices and common pitfalls in fire hydrant water flow tests.
In a Nov. 9 article by the MDSPE, McBride noted “There are very common factors that result in tests being performed incorrectly.”
Crews may employ incorrect equipment or pass off unexpected or problematic results without analyzing them to identify underlying issues. McBride points to one project where initial tests unexpectedly concluded that a site had inadequate water supply and the owner would need to install an exterior tank to supply a fire pump. Further tests convinced McBride that “it was very evident that you have a problem between these two points. You have a blocked line. But [the testing crew] said, no we have already scoped that line with a camera and there’s nothing wrong with it,” McBride said. “Finally, the owner dug the line up and found a valve that had been buried closed at that point… So one of my core messages is don’t take test results at face value.”
EBL Principal Edward Hubner: MDSPE Member Spotlight
EBL Principal (and Colonel) Edward Hubner was featured in the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers' Member Spotlight. In the article he talks about his command of the Maryland Defense Force 121st Engineer Regiment and how the regiment engineers enhance first responder capabilities in a disaster environment.
The full article is found here: MDSPE Member Spotlight: Special Edition
EBL was a Sponsor at the IFMA Chesapeake Chapter Golf Event
EBL was the sponsor of the putting contest at the IFMA Chesapeake Chapter Annual Golf Outing. Over a hundred players stopped by the putting green to see if they could sink the putt. Each player had one putt and whoever came closest to the hole won. While no one sank the putt, the winning putt hit the pin and ended 38" from the hole.
At the dinner following the event, the late EBL Principal Edward Fraczkowski was honored posthumously for his tremendous dedication and contributions to the chapter.
Formed in 1986, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Chesapeake Chapter strives to supply resources and information to facility managers for all stages of their careers.
EBL Principal Edward Fraczkowski Honored Posthumously at the Event
The late EBL Principal Edward Fraczkowski was honored at the dinner following the IFMA Chesapeake Chapter Golf Outing. He was honored posthumously for his dedication and contributions to the chapter. Fraczkowski had passed away in the previous month. The chapter presented EBL Principal Jeffery McBride with three awards designated to honor Ed and EBL Engineers for various contributions to the Chapter. The awards were:
Special Sponsor Recognition for contributions made by EBL Engineers July 2019 to June 2020
Awards of Excellence 2019 – Small Chapter of the Year Award - this was presented to each of those involved with the intricate submission on behalf of the Chapter. As Past President in 2019, Ed led the Chapter in the submission of the IFMA 2019 Award of Excellence. IFMA’s annual awards honor the stand-out achievements of association members, chapters, councils and communities and recognizes the chapter of 200 members or less that excels in membership marketing, professional development and communications. Chesapeake Chapter was awarded the Small Chapter of the Year at Work Workplace in 2019!
Presidents Special Service Recognition for Past President to Ed Fraczkowski – July 2019 to June -2020. With Ed's dedication as Past President, the Small Chapter of the Year award was achieved!
"Ed was a guiding light and steady presence for the Chapter and those who knew him. He will forever be in our hearts and his legacies to IFMA Chesapeake will not be forgotten."
EBL was a Sponsor at the Catch a Lift Fund Golf Event
EBL was a sponsor at the 2nd Annual Catch a Lift Baltimore Golf Outing. We were honored to be part of the event.
The Catch A Lift Fund enables post 9/11 combat wounded veterans all over the U.S. to recover and rehabilitate both physically and mentally through physical fitness, motivation and support. Visit their website at: Catch A Lift Fund
EBL Principal Promoted to Colonel in MDDF
On Saturday 12 September 2020 EBL Principal Edward Hubner was promoted to Full Colonel in the Maryland Defense Force (State Guard). COL(MD) Hubner was named Commander of the 121st Engineer Regiment in July 2020. Prior assignments include Executive Officer - 121st Engineers, Commander - Maryland Emergency Engineering Response Term, MEMA Liaison Officer and Staff Engineer.
The 121st Engineer Regiment provides a professional organized, trained, disciplined, uniformed rapid response volunteer force of engineers of all disciplines to assist the Maryland Military Department, state and local government agencies, and civil relief organizations in response to any impending or actual emergency.
EBL Principal Edward M. Fraczkowski
It is with a heavy heart that EBL Engineers, LLC announces the passing of Edward Fraczkowski. Ed passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family after a valiant year long fight with cancer.
Ed joined EBL in 1990, and served as a Fire Protection Project Manager, later becoming a partner in 1997 at which time he managed the Fire Protection and Code Consulting Groups, along with significant and meaningful professional society and national technical committee work where he was highly respected for his energy and contributions to the engineering profession. Ed cannot be replaced, but will be long remembered for his pleasant demeanor, genuineness, kindness to others and his devotion to family.
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EBL Principal featured in MDSPE article about new legislation related to Certificate of Merit
The Maryland Society of Professional Engineers featured EBL Principal Ed Hubner in an article about its journey to guide legislation through the Maryland General Assembly to protect engineers from unwarranted demands for documentation.
The full article is available at: https://www.mdspe.org/page/Newlawoffersengineersprotectionfromunwarranteddemandsfordocumentation
EBL Principal quoted in article "Aging Safely"
The pandemic has hit nursing homes and senior living facilities particularly hard. EBL Principal Ed Hubner was interviewed about design changes to HVAC systems in nursing homes and senior living facilities to protect their residents.
The article, posted by Building Congress & Exchange, features engineers discussing designs that would limit spread of the virus and keep residents safe.
The full articles is available at: https://www.bcebaltimore.org/news/latest-news/aging-safely/
EBL hosts student for "Day With an Engineer" event
EBL hosted a student from a local high school for the Society of American Military Engineers - Baltimore Post "Day with an Engineer" event. The student spent time with a few of our engineers to get insights into the various types of engineering.
This "Day with an Engineer" program is run by Blaine Linkous from WBCM for the Society of American Military Engineers- Baltimore Post. We were happy to participate in the event.
EBL Principal testifies before MD House Judiciary Committee
EBL Principal and MDSPE Board member Ed Hubner and MDSPE Lobbyist Chris Costello testify before the MD House Judiciary Committee in support of HB 858 (cross filed with SB 249) Documentary Evidence – Protective Order.
Below are links to the bills and summaries from MDSPE and ACEC/MD.
House Bill: HB 858
Senate Bill: SB 249
MDSPE: Support for HB 858
*Update: HB 858 was passed on 3/17/2020.
EBL at ASBO 67th Annual Spring Conference
EBL Principals Tony Kleponis and Edward Hubner were at the Association of School Business Officials of Maryland and District of Columbia annual spring conference. EBL had a booth in the exhibit hall to showcase our expertise and experience in the education environment. This was EBL's 17th year at this event.
EBL Principals visit Capitol Hill
EBL Principals Jeff McBride and Edward Hubner were part of a group of ACEC representatives who met with Congressman Andy Harris and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland.
The ACEC representatives visited their congressional representatives to raise awareness of the issues affecting the engineering profession across the nation.
EBL is a sponsor at the BCE Expo
EBL Principal Tony Kleponis at the Construction Industry Expo presented by the Building Congress & Exchange. The event is where construction industry professions meet with peers. EBL was a sponsor of this event.
EBL Principal speaks to Baltimore POWER Group
EBL Principal Jeff McBride spoke to the Baltimore POWER Group at a Friday night meeting in April.
He spoke about the responsibilities of facility owners regarding maintaining fire protection systems.
The Baltimore POWER Group is a women's consortium of experts in the property and operations functions within the commercial, industrial and residential real estate markets, serving Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding communities.
EBL Principal on MDCID panel discussing The State of the Industry: Design Disciplines
EBL Principal Edward Hubner was on a panel at the The State of The Industry: Design Disciplines Forum. The Maryland Coalition of Interior Designers sponsored this event which brought in a panel of industry experts to discuss the variety of design disciplines in Maryland and how they function at the state level. Hubner discussed the issues facing the engineering designers.
EBL Principal earns ASHRAE certification
EBL Principal Edward Hubner earned the Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) certification from ASHRAE.
This ASHRAE certification validates competency to lead, plan, coordinate, and manage a commissioning team in implementing commissioning processes in new and existing buildings.
EBL Principal at HFMADV conference
EBL principal Jeff McBride has the EBL booth set up at the Healthcare Facility Managers Association of the Delaware Valley Spring Conference & Technical Exhibition. The one-day program provided valuable information for individuals who are responsible for managing the compliance of codes, standards and regulations of their facility.
Jeff McBride was there to showcase EBL's Life Safety and Code Consulting specialties.
EBL Principal at ACEC event
EBL Principal Tony Kleponis at the ACEC Metropolitan Washington luncheon at Maggiano's Little Italy. The luncheon brought together members from the metropolitan Washington DC area for networking and updates on the industry. EBL was a sponsor at the event.
EBL staff honored by ASPE - Baltimore
EBL staff members Patrick Plourde and Philip Holthaus were presented with milestone membership awards from Jason Eagles of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers- Baltimore Chapter.
Day with an Engineer
We welcomed two students from Baltimore County schools to spend the day with us as part of the Society of American Military Engineers' - Baltimore Post "Day with an Engineer" event.
These two students spent the day with our engineers to learn more about the engineering profession. This event usually takes place during Engineers Week, however, this day was postponed for a week due to inclement weather.
EBL engineer licensed at MD Society of Professional Engineers Awards night
Congratulations to EBL's Dan Lookenbill and the other newly licensed engineers recognized at the MD Society of Professional Engineers Awards night. The night also included presenting James Soltesz, PE of Soltesz Engineering with the inaugural Icon of the Industry award and Steven Long for the Meritorious Service award.
After the new engineers received their certificate, they took part in the Order of the Ring ceremony. It is a ceremony where these engineers vow to uphold the obligations of the engineering profession.
EBL is pleased to announce the recent licensure of Keith Wilcox in the State of Maryland
Mr. Wilcox’s duties include a wide range of activities within our electrical engineering department. He provides consulting for engineers, architects and facility managers on power and lighting investigations and design.
Catch A Lift Fund Golf Outing
EBL's Matt Spencer, Ed Hubner and Paul Delaney participated in the Catch A Lift Golf Outing at the Country Club of Maryland. EBL sponsored a hole at the event to benefit the Catch A Lift Fund - Fitness for Wounded Veterans.
IFMA Chesapeake Annual Golf Outing at Mountain Branch
EBL's Paul Delaney, Matt Spencer and Jeff McBride partnered with Karl Rickert of Rickert Engineering to play at the IFMA Chesapeake Chapter Annual Golf Outing at the Mountain Branch Golf Course. EBL sponsored the putting contest.
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 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 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 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.
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