WEBBER/SMITH Associates, Inc. is seeking a Senior Project Manager. We are a multi-discipline EA firm located in Lititz, PA specializing in the design of food processing facilities and low temperature food storage and distribution facilities for 40 years. The corporation is a national leader in this field with projects throughout the US and our clients include some of the largest food companies and contractors in the USA. The firm consists of licensed architects and licensed PEs in structural, plumbing, HVAC, industrial refrigeration, and electrical disciplines.  For more information, please visit our Careers page

 

WEBBER/SMITH Hires New Electrical Engineering Manager

LITITZ, PA, September 5, 2017 – WEBBER/SMITH Associates, Inc. (www.webbersmith.com), a full service multi-discipline engineering and building design firm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Laslo, P.E. as Electrical Engineering Manager, reporting to Vice President of Engineering, Jim Depew, P.E.  Steve is responsible for technical leadership and supervision of the Electrical Engineering Department.  Laslo will oversee the department’s electrical design and construction administration of site substation, facility medium and low voltage power distribution systems, building and site lighting, and equipment primarily for food and beverage processing facilities and distribution center projects. Steve specializes in substation design and switch gear assessment.  He also has extensive expertise with emergency generator integration and UPS systems.

“Stephen joins our team with nearly 30 years of experience in the electrical engineering and construction field” said WEBBER/SMITH Vice President, Jim Depew.  “His depth of experience designing and constructing electrical power systems for industrial facilities will be an asset to the WEBBER/SMITH team.”

Prior to joining WEBBER/SMITH, Laslo was the lead electrical engineer for a consulting firm in York, PA serving a wide range of clientele in the municipal, healthcare and industrial manufacturing industries.  Steve brings experience in leading teams in the design, construction and maintenance of electrical power systems.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland and Pennsylvania with multiple other State registrations pending.

The WEBBER/SMITH Group® branded companies are independent full-service Design Professional firms providing engineering and building design solutions to the Food & Beverage industry.  We offer Food-Safe and Sustainable Facility Planning, Building Design, Structural Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Refrigeration Engineering, Process and Packaging Systems Design, and Material Handling Design Optimization services.

Rodger will enhance WEBBER/SMITH’s Structural Department with over 20 years of professional experience in building design and analysis.  After graduating from the University of Miami with Bachelors of Science in both Civil and Architectural Engineering, Rodger practiced engineering for 13 years in the Washington, DC metro area.  He enjoys the design challenges of structural engineering and employs an emphasis on constructability and cost-effectiveness throughout his designs.

Rodger recently moved to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and resides in the Millersville area.  He spends his spare time swimming or playing golf with his wife and children.

Ram Structural Model of Dry Warehouse Area

The WEBBER/SMITH Group is pleased to welcome Chris Purdue to the company as Project Manager, reporting to Vice President of Project Management, Drew Blank, P.E. Chris will oversee projects related to food and beverage processing facilities, distribution centers, and warehousing on behalf of the company.

“Chris joins our team with more than 17 years of construction management experience.” said WEBBER/SMITH Vice President, Drew Blank.  “His reputation for inspiring solutions for clients will be instrumental in helping us continue providing our clients with outstanding design services.” Prior to joining The WEBBER/SMITH Group, Purdue was a Design Team Manager where he led a department of food service designers and engineers. Purdue is a graduate of Penn State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering.

 

WEBBER/SMITH Associates is hiring: Project Architect
Project Architect who specializes in food processing, cold storage and/or industrial building design and project management. Eight – ten years of design production experience preferably in these building types and capable of producing complete construction documents while coordinating with in-house architectural and engineering staff. AutoCad and Revit proficiency experience preferred. Architectural degree and license required. Travel both project related and marketing is required. Please visit http://www.webbersmith.com/careers/ for contact information.

Are you attending the International Production & Processing Expo? It is the world’s largest annual display of technology, equipment, supplies, and services used in the production and processing of eggs, meat, and poultry and those involved in feed manufacturing.

The dates are JANUARY 26-28, 2016 @ the Georgia World Congress Center

Please stop by our booth B-7320 to talk to us about how we can be of assistance to you and your business

WEBBER/SMITH welcomes Kevin McQuaig, Architectural Design Specialist

Kevin has worked in the building industry for four years in various facets of the building industry including Construction Management, Structural Steel Design, and Roofing Design. Kevin has lived in Lititz for over 20 years and attended college in Philadelphia, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Temple University and a Minor in business. Kevin has a strong interest in Green Building design and would like to work toward becoming LEED Accredited within the next year. He is a big fan of Philadelphia sports and probably won’t disagree if you tell him the Eagles or Phillies aren’t very good.

BIM @ WEBBER/SMITH

WEBBER/SMITH has been committed to embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM) since 2009 and the benefits it provides our firm as well as our clients. In a highly summarized form, WEBBER/SMITH’s corporate goals with BIM are;

  • Enhance multidiscipline design collaboration
  • Develop our projects in the manner in which designers think (focus on design)
  • Develop project implementation documentation that owners clearly understand
  • Develop project implementation documentation that contractors truly want and need
  • Achieve total project coordination of the implementation document set
  • Lowered costs, controlled costs, and reduced project duration

 Structural Benefits:

Utilizing the virtual building model environment at WEBBER/SMITH has allowed our structural design teams to eliminate many overlapping steps within the design process. Projects that utilize a common model allow our structural teams to leverage the architectural model earlier in the design process, which in turn, allows the entire design team to make faster and earlier design decisions. At the heart of the structural virtual model is the strength of parametric modeling, changes are constantly and automatically coordinated and validated throughout the design and also the implementation documents. All views, dimensions and design data are immediately updated when a change is made. This improves the efficiency of our designs through visualization, clash detection and team communication.

Another benefit of the structural model is the fact that the benefits don’t stop at the Construction documentation phase. Quantity take-offs are a natural by-product of our designs. The structural model, which is made up of individual structural components, not lines flattened into 2D designs, contains all of the design information, not only analytical data but counts, weights and volumes

steel take-off

Building/Architecture Benefits:

Our Architects and Architectural Designers can now move directly into concept modeling, allowing them to validate and communicate designs much earlier in the design process than ever before. This allows for better design decisions to be made at the time they will have the greatest impact on design.

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One of the main advantages of virtual modeling is the fact that the natural maturing of the design and model allows the design team to leverage information in the model phase to phase. A door placed in schematic design matures into the same door on the construction documents, a wall placed in a concept model, matures into a scheduled wall type on a construction document, and so on. This continuous maturity and early validation of objects and components in the virtual model ultimately leads to greater value as the project progresses through each design phase

Another huge advantage is that the virtual model is the perfect tool enabling our architectural design team to communicate not only design intent but actuality without sidetracking from the main design process. The same model moving forward in the design is the same model used to generate visual images, renderings, and walkthroughs allowing for clearer and precise communication at any stage of the project

MEP Benefits:

Our MEP Design Team leverages one single, in-house multi discipline virtual model which allows them to clearly identify and resolve interference’s and accelerates engineering designs with the embedded data rich design data that also supports sustainable design and analysis

Back in 1987, Autocad 2.5 amazed everyone with its new high tech commands; the ability to trim intersecting lines (TRIM), the ability to extend a line to another line (EXTEND), and the ability to proportionally scale objects (SCALE)

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Today, our MEP design team isn’t limited by “commands”. Virtual modeling allows them to create supply returns and exhaust systems, perform energy analysis, create single and multi-circuit wiring for devices, fixtures and power, and create multiple plumbing systems including sanitary, sewer, domestic hot and cold water and grey water systems. The parametric change management allows modifications to be coordinated more consistently by leveraging one central model for all design, development, cross-discipline coordination, and implementation documents.

I recently attended the 106th RETA (Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association) conference in Milwaukee, WI.  The refrigeration industry gathers at this conference to learn about and discuss all aspects of refrigeration systems, equipment and design.  RETA has been near and dear to my heart since I first joined this organization in 1979.  And this year’s conference once again brought enriching learning opportunities.

One of the most interesting topics discussed was the January 2015 release of the CSB’s Safety Bulletin No. 2010-13-A-AL entitled “Key Lessons for Preventing Hydraulic Shock in Industrial Refrigeration Systems.”  (This bulletin is a summary of the large ammonia release from the Millard Refrigeration facility in Theodore, AL on August 23, 2010.  As a result of this release, nine crew ship members and 143 offsite contractors reported downwind exposure.  “Of the exposed victims, 32 were hospitalized and 4 were placed in intensive care.”  The importance of this bulletin to the ammonia industry and the aid it provides to keep this type of release from happening again was a great learning experience.

I’d encourage you to download your own copy of the safety bulletin here:
Key Lessons for Preventing Hydraulic Shock in Industrial Refrigeration Systems

Additionally, an informative video of this incident is available at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_icf-5uoZbc .

Another interesting topic was about ammonia cleaning.  Did you know that there are three grades of ammonia that can be purchased:

  • Premium
  • Refrigeration
  • Commercial grade

Commercial grade can have up to 0.5% water by volume; not something you want in your ammonia system.  Do you know which ammonia grade your contractor is providing for your system?

And along with the safety theme, there was a very interesting discussion on the differences between an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Emergency Response Plan (ERP).  Which plan do you have?  Both types?  Does your EAP describe where you people are to go and who is to make contact with emergency responders in the event of an emergency?  Does your ERP address the items that your in-house responders need to know?  Does it include an incident command system (ICS)?  Does it address logistical items such as food, water, shelter, first aid and hazardous materials confinement?  It may be time to pull out your EAP/ERP and have a second look at the details and sequences that are spelled out in these documents.