Right Whale Paper Published
A paper by GMI marine scientists Amy Whitt, Kathleen Dudzinski, and Jennifer Laliberté has been published in the journal Endangered Species Research. The authors summarize right whale sightings and acoustic data collected from the first year-round study dedicated to marine mammals in New Jersey’s nearshore waters.
Cultural Resources TxDOT Win
The Cultural Resources group of the GMI Environmental Services Division was awarded an Archeological General Services contract by the Texas Department of Transportation in February. One of four awardees, GMI will be involved in archeological survey, test excavations for National Register eligibility determinations, and data recovery projects across the state of Texas.
Biological Inventory Study for Melrose AFR
GMI wildlife biologists, in conjunction with Cannon AFB and Melrose AFR, initiated surveys for a Biological Inventory Study of a 10,968 acre area of land gifted to Melrose AFR by the state of New Mexico.
GMI to Support Fishermen's Energy with Environmental Impact Efforts
As part of the Energy Department's broader efforts to launch an offshore wind industry in the United States, GMI will support the Fishermen's Energy team with R&D for the advancement of traditional thermal and video imaging systems related to the assessment of nocturnal animal (bird, bat) occurrence, strikes and behavior around offshore wind turbines.
GMI Researchers Contribute to Texas Archaeological Literature
Nancy Kenmotsu is a co-editor and author of a new book published by Texas A&M University Press: The Toyah Phase of Central Texas: Late Prehistoric Economic and Social Processes. The volume is about the hunter-gatherers living in central Texas from AD 1300 – 1700.
Estabrook Heads Cultural Resources Dept.
Following 20+ years working as a Project/Program Manager for several of the largest cultural resources firms in Florida, Rich Estabrook has joined GMI as Cultural Resources Program Manager in the Plano corporate office.
GMI engineering services include mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems design. As part of each project, the design team seeks to formulate a set of pertinent criteria for each job, evaluating multiple conceptual design alternatives based on operability, energy efficiency, and controllability, while keeping in mind expectations of the end user. The Design Department works closely with each department in the office (energy, construction, retro-commissioning) in order to continually improve design concepts year over year from the standpoint of constructability, maintainability, and operating and first cost. GMI recognizes the importance of pre-planning and coordination, and seeks to provide the best possible services in this regard with owners, architects, and the construction engineering trades.
The Design Department has a unique advantage over most other consulting firms, as GMI maintains services in all aspects of the MEP industry, including construction, energy, and retro-commissioning. GMI uses internal feedback from each group as they perform services throughout the nation in each field. The design team evaluates past projects, and uses this advantage to improve the quality of overall design work.
GMI utilizes AutoCAD 2010, and is able to coordinate with most computer assisted drafting platforms (Microstation, earlier versions of AutoCAD, etc.). GMI provides fully coordinated MEP design drawings, and is capable of working in Revit for 3D coordination.
GMI employees ten professional engineers, as well as several LEED certified staff members, certified energy managers, and project management professionals. Design staff have extensive experience throughout the nation, including clients for the U.S. Government, local public works projects, commercial construction, educational facilities (K-12 and university), industrial, retail, office, highrise, and lodging.
Design capabilities include:
- Mechanical Design
- Packaged and modular air handlers
- Constant and variable volume systems
- Water and ground source heat pump systems
- Dehumidification systems
- Infrared heating systems
- Chilled water plants (air and water-cooled)
- Boiler plants (steam and hot water)
- Building automation systems
- Direct digital control systems (traditional and wireless)
- Electrical Design
- Primary and secondary power distribution
- Lighting systems
- Security, communications, signal and fire alarm
- Data and telephone distribution controls
- Emergency power
- New construction/retro-fit design
- Photovoltaic/solar design
- Plumbing Design
- Domestic hot water/cold water systems
- Compressed air systems
- Natural gas distribution/utilities
GMI was contracted to provide full design services for the installation of VRV heating and cooling systems, MAU, geothermal domestic water heating systems, and associated controls for the FEMA training center located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. This work included design of HVAC and plumbing systems for six buildings and survey and design evaluation of three additional buildings. The design requirements were due to the loss of an existing steam plant on an adjoining campus that provided utilities to the FEMA campus. The HVAC and plumbing systems were for existing dormitories and office facilities, with some buildings dating back 150+ years. Creation of a new HVAC system with consideration of historical features and preservation of the historical value of each building was a prime concern of the client. Review and design considerations of current code requirements for the types of facilities was another prime concern of the client and was included in the GMI design.