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Addressing Fluctuations in Campus Heating Requirements

The University of Arizona operates and maintains a campus steam production and distribution system serving over 130 buildings, with a generating capacity of over 320,000 lb/hr of saturated 100 psig steam. The campus is comprised of many building types and uses including a Level I trauma hospital, research laboratories, classroom/office buildings, large auditorium spaces, student housing, and NCAA Division I Sports complexes. Campus heating loads can fluctuate significantly over the…

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Spending for Utility Development Plan Pays Off

A Utility Development Plan (UDP) is a comprehensive and interactive long range planning process encompassing some or all campus utilities.  It is a living document with the purpose of establishing an effective method to identify, prioritize, and define projects and estimated costs for immediate and future needs.  Stage 1 of the process is Problem Definition which looks at existing conditions of the utility systems and includes talking with utility providers…

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Dignity St. Joseph’s Parking Garage Addition

The new parking garage addition at St. Joseph’s hospital is more than just a place to leave your car, it will be the front door to the healthcare campus.  As such, GLHN’s project manager/designer, Russ Combs, created a space that enhances the visitor experience by introducing natural elements such as daylight, views of the sky, and lush landscaping.  Custom perforated aluminum image panels were included as multi-tasking elements, serving as…

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Ready Set Smile! PCC Dental Clinic Opens

Pima Community College’s renovated Dental Clinic is up and running, providing low-cost dental hygiene services to adults and children of all ages during the fall and spring semesters. GLHN provided design services to the college to update and expand the clinic from 13 dental chairs to 23 while adding a comfortable waiting room that “looks like one of the best dental offices in town.” To meet the requirements of the…

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Making it All Work at Rillito Park

GLHN was thrilled to be selected to improve one of Pima County’s most interesting parks. Founded in 1943, Rillito Park was originally built as a Quarter Horse racing venue and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Sometime later soccer fields were built on adjacent property along with restrooms and a small parking area. The County wanted to improve the existing facilities while adding new lighted soccer fields…

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Selecting the proper turf for a field

Selecting the Right Turf for Your Field

It would seem artificial turf would be a no-brainer in the desert southwest where water is a limited resource. However, in addition to higher installation costs, artificial turf has some disadvantages that might make natural grass fields more sustainable. Natural turf fields are less expensive to install and provide a cooler playing surface. However, that cool surface does require regular irrigation and may need annual reseeding. Artificial turf requires no…

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