Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fire Consideration for Critical Facilities



GBA’s fire protection engineer, Dave Lewis, PE, FPE, ARM was recently selected to present at the 7x24 Exchange Midwest Chapter & AFCOM 2014 Fall Conference.  Below is an excerpt from his talk.


Many of our clients fall into the category of critical facilities, i.e. facilities that can’t tolerate disruption to normal business operations.  This includes data centers and telecommunications centers, with key electrical and mechanical systems, designed and built with redundancy and reliability that exceed those found in other types of occupancies.  Preventative maintenance on these systems is critical.  The increased complexity of design and preventative maintenance are necessary to attain peak system performance and align with corporate goals for business continuity.

When developing a plan for business continuity and uptime of a critical facility, it is important to consider a few key items.

  • Fire suppression, detection and alarm systems – will the minimum levels of protection required by code support your corporate goals for continuity of operations and appetite for risk?
  • Waterbased and/or clean agent suppression systems– How susceptible is your equipment to water damage?
  • Early warning smoke detection to supplement standard smoke detection – How vulnerable is your equipment or product to smoke damage?
  • The age and complexity of the alarm system as it relates to ongoing maintenance – As the age and/or complexity of your systems increases, has your preventative maintenance increased as well?

 To make matters more challenging, changes in technology have rendered some fire alarm systems “obsolete”, making them harder to maintain and more susceptible to failure resulting in downtime.   These issues can result in a higher frequency and duration of critical fire protection impairment, ultimately leading to catastrophic loss and expense.

Fire protection professionals can assist in evaluating existing systems to determine if performance is consistent with corporate goals and are maintainable.  For new facilities, owners and tenants should consider fire protection systems with other critical building systems to ensure that design align with corporate goals.

To learn more about GBA’s Fire & Life Safety Team and how we can help achieve your corporate goals for business continuity, visit our website.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#1 Boss


Mug found at cafepress.com

It’s time to raise your coffee mug in honor of your Boss. Since 1962 employees in the United States and Canada have set aside October 16 to say ‘thanks’, ‘you’re the best’ and ‘can I have a raise?’ to their bosses. Well maybe the last one can be saved for another day. But this day is meant to honor and thank bosses everywhere for their hard work and dedication, their leadership and their guidance.

So thanks, Boss, for all you do!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Perceptive Software Opens New Headquarters



Perceptive Software recently opened its distinguished new headquarters at 8900 Renner Road.  Boasting nearly 240,000 square feet for the company’s 750 local employees, the building is filled with interesting and somewhat quirky amenities, including a two-story slide installed for thrill seekers looking to quickly descend to the cafeteria.

The project area is within a special zoning district created to increase density by offering on-street parking as well as pedestrian friendly amenities, like trees and benches, along 89th & Penrose.  GBA’s Civil/Site team was proud to play a significant role in this cornerstone project, providing site selection, traffic  analysis, planning and development approval, civil/site design, utility design, stormwater management, environmental, public street improvement design, and surveying.  The team was selected based on its extensive working knowledge and previous experience at the City Center Lenexa Development.

“The Perceptive Software project was a priority for the City and developer, Copaken Brooks,” said Senior Associate Brad Burton.  “We were fortunate to be selected by Klover Architects to bring this project to fruition.  We look forward to the continued growth and success of Perceptive and the City Center Development.”

If you’d like to see more, visit the Kansas City Business Journal’s online album, http://bit.ly/Y7mm5U. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eileen Yang Joins GBA



Last month, GBA welcomed Eileen Yang, P.E., PTOE, to our Traffic Group team. Eileen is a specialist in traffic simulation and travel demand model development and her background includes several significant study and modeling jobs throughout the Midwest.

Eileen has completed travel demand forecast models for clients such as the City of Olathe, the City of Liberty in Missouri; the cities of North Platte and Norfolk, Nebraska; the Ozarks Transportation Organization in Missouri and the Flint Hills MPO in Kansas. She also completed travel analysis for special events at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and developed a VISUM model for downtown Kansas City, Missouri, as a whole.

Her traffic study experience includes work for MoDOT and KDOT, as well as traffic impact work for cities and developers for projects in Olathe, Fort Scott and Bonner Springs, Kansas; and Independence and Kansas City, Missouri.

She has also supported transit studies, especially on ridership forecast and multi-modal transportation analysis for KDOT’s I-70 corridor, State Avenue in Wyandotte County, Kansas, and the North Oak corridor in Kansas City, Missouri.

Eileen holds a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in civil transportation planning and traffic engineering. Her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering comes from Hefei University of Technology in Hefei Anhui, China.

“We are very excited to have Eileen leading our travel demand modeling efforts,” said associate Mandy Anderson, P.E., PTOE.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GBA Builders Welcomes New Director of Operations



GBA Builders,LLC recently welcomed Joshua Reeves, LEED AP, as Director of Operations. With nearly 20 years of experience, ten of which he served in a leadership role, Joshua brings a solid understanding of complex projects, having managed and constructed chemistry and biological labs, higher ed facilities, public buildings and industrial projects, both domestically and internationally.  He is passionate about creating the very best result for clients and the community – creating buildings of opportunity.


What are your passions? 
I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends around the pool, KSU football games and quiet time with my family at home. 

Name your greatest achievement(s) 
Professionally, my greatest achievement is a toss-up between leading the building team on The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Henry Bloch School for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC.  Both were extraordinary opportunities and a great source of community pride - I am proud of my role with each project.  Personally, my greatest achievement is in process - I’m working on a dive site bucket list.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy yoga, scuba diving, playing in the pool, and single malt scotch.  Winter and I don’t get along, so I try to go scuba diving at least once each winter.  I’m also in the second year of a complete basement renovation which is more work than I can handle.