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November 23, 2020

LEED for the Industrial Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing and Green are not two words that have historically been used in the same sentence, but the times they are a-changing and now more than ever manufacturing plants are choosing to be LEE...


March 10, 2021

Understanding SCIF Design & Construction

A Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) is constructed with the purpose of handling, storing, discussing, or processing confidential, secret and top-secret information. The goal is to...


January 8, 2021

3 Technologies Impacting Food and Beverage Manufacturing

When it comes to food and beverage manufacturing, producing safe, quality food is of the utmost importance with each and every run. But, when disruptions like a global pandemic or a natural disaste...


December 16, 2020

Why Sustainability Matters in a Time of Crisis - Part 2

From sustainable packaging to waste reduction, sustainability remains top of mind for manufacturers and consumers alike. Find out in Part 2 of a two-part series why sustainable packaging matters. T...


December 2, 2020

Why Sustainability Matters in a Time of Crisis – Part 1

From sustainable packaging to waste reduction, sustainability remains top of mind for manufacturers and consumers alike. Find out in Part 1 of a two-part series as why water management matters. The...


September 16, 2020

Food Safety - Building a Safer Future

Building for a Safer Future Hygienic food plant design isn’t a new concept. Food and beverage manufacturers have been employing food safety systems for quite some time in order to control food sa...


August 19, 2020

Reopening a Building After Shutdown

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies were forced to close their doors and send their employees home.  But what happens to the building during that time and how do we transition toward...


May 8, 2017

Dust Collection in an Industrial Context Promotes Quality, Safety & Health

Enhancing safety, increasing efficiency and reducing costs are important goals to manufacturers. Dust collection systems can play a big role in accomplishing them. In a manufacturing setting, dust ...


May 14, 2020

CFD Modeling is Reducing Surprises During Construction

Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling (CFD) is the art of modeling the air within a space as a fluid and analyzing how different variables such as air flow patterns, velocities, temperatures, and p...


November 27, 2017

The New Definition of Sustainability

What is Sustainability? It’s a word commonly associated with recycling programs and efforts to reduce energy and water usage. Sustainability trends like solar panels, bike racks and rain water recl...


April 6, 2020

3D Laser Scanning: Better Accuracy for Less

In design and construction, there is a constant push to do more with less by completing projects faster and more efficiently. Accuracy 3D Laser scanning offers better accuracy and quality through t...


October 18, 2018

Optimize CAPEX Spending with a Facility Condition Assessment

Your facilities are tasked with doing more with less, and the facility improvements you want to make must compete against all the other worthwhile needs before your leadership team. You want to spe...


February 11, 2020

Drones are Becoming Essential in the Built Environment

From Developers surveying land before purchasing it for a future building, engineering surveying existing buildings and construction teams recording the progress of a project, drones are finding a ...


December 16, 2019

UNT Grad Jamie Wood Joins C1S Engineering Fraternity

C1S Hires Jamie Wood as our Newest Mechanical Designer Jamie Wood, the 2017 UNT Cum Laude graduate joined the C1S Engineering Team last month as our newest Mechanical Designer. He will be working ...


October 7, 2019

Understanding Arc Flash and Arc Flash Protection

What is an Arc Flash? An Arc Flash is the release of energy that travels through the air from one conductor to another or from a conductor to ground. An Arc Flash may occur as a result of the foll...


June 3, 2016

Inc. Magazine Says C1S is Among Best Places to Work; We Agree

It’s not every day that your company is named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” in the U.S. by Inc. magazine. But when your company places as high a value on its employees as it does its customer...


January 10, 2017

Could 3D Printing Revolutionize Construction?

3D printing is a fast-growing technology that offers many advantages in manufacturing. But can this same process be adapted to the construction of buildings? It appears the answer is yes. Both rese...


September 14, 2018

Airflow Studies: The Basics

Are you experiencing heating, cooling or pressurization issues in your mission critical facility?  As the facility manager, the last thing you need is an HVAC issue leading to product contamination...


January 5, 2016

Four Steps to Sizing Sanitary Sewers & Vents

Sanitary sewers and vents play important roles in maintaining the quality of the indoor environment of a building. Correct sizing is crucial to their proper functioning, so you want to be sure you ...


January 5, 2016

Four Steps to Sizing Roof Drains

Getting water off a building’s roof is important, but how do you know what size drain to use to provide adequate drainage? Using tools from the International Plumbing Code (IPC) it’s not that hard....


January 5, 2016

Three Steps to Sizing Plumbing Piping Systems

Sizing plumbing piping systems is not a difficult task when you have the resources to calculate the correct size pipe. The International Plumbing Code (IPC) includes a variety of charts to assist y...


February 8, 2016

Understanding Five HVAC Performance Measures

Energy efficiency is an important consideration for users of all types of HVAC equipment. In order to compare equipment and systems, there are five ways to measure the energy efficiency of HVAC uni...


July 28, 2016

Chiller Basics: Understanding the Advantages and Drawbacks of Five Types of Chillers

Chillers are the most common type of machines used for cooling large commercial spaces. There are several types, and each type offers specific pros and cons based on the application, facility budge...


February 1, 2017

Cleanroom Construction Concepts, Part 4: The Cleanroom Construction Process

Our final blog on the topic of designing and cleanroom construction process focuses on the actual construction process. In the first three installments of this series, we reviewed the standards and...


September 1, 2016

Cleanroom Design Concepts, Part 1

The Standards and Other Basics of Cleanroom Design Cleanrooms are an important component of industrial manufacturing and laboratories, used extensively within the technology, pharmaceutical and med...


September 13, 2016

Hey Millennials: We're Listening

by Julie Strong CEO and Owner of C1S Group If you follow our social media pages or check out our website often, you’ll notice we have been doing a lot of celebrating lately at C1S. In 2014 and 2015...


September 22, 2016

Cleanroom Design Concepts Part 2

The Standards and Other Basics of Cleanroom Design In the first installment of our series on the design and construction of cleanrooms, we covered the internationally recognized standards that gove...


October 20, 2016

Strategies for Maintaining a Safe Construction Jobsite

Construction sites are inherently risky places because of the type of activities occurring, equipment in use, and many people involved. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s not possible to stay sa...


November 3, 2016

Cleanroom Design Concepts, Part 3

Recirculating the Air within the Clean Space Our third installment on cleanroom design dives into the three methods used to manage air recirculation in a clean space. Previously, we examined the st...


January 11, 2017

C1S Intern Follows In Family Footsteps Pursuing Dream of Becoming an Engineer

What drives a person towards becoming a Professional Engineer? For some, knowing their hard work provides people with structurally sound facilities to do business and earn a living guides them into...


February 9, 2017

Office “Funny Guy” Making a Serious Impact at C1S

Let’s face it. Unless you work at Facebook, life in most offices has a reputation for being a little dull. At an engineering office? The pace of play generally screeches to a halt. But walk through...


March 9, 2017

Options for Designing Chilled Water Pumping Schemes

The system for delivering chilled water to end users has changed significantly since the introduction of central chilled water plants. Drivers of this change have included increased cooling demands...


April 7, 2017

Safety First! Meet Construction Superintendent, Jason Burrhus

Construction can be a dangerous, even deadly job. In a world where dangers can come from nature, environmental conditions, heavy equipment and even human error, the risks workers face are numerous....


April 28, 2017

The Challenge and Potential of Solar Power

From the Chinese using mirrors to reflect light to ignite torches for religious purposes in 20 A.D., to the Anasazi people in North America building their cliff dwellings on the south-facing cliff ...


May 24, 2017

Trial By Fire

At C1S, our team members are our most valuable assets. That’s why we take the time to invest in them professionally through things like continued education and networking opportunities, personally ...


June 29, 2017

Drones Are Lifting Off for the Construction Industry

When we hear about drones, most of us think of unmanned military aircraft. Or, we imagine the potential of an unmanned aircraft hovering outside our home delivering our latest online purchase. Thes...


July 20, 2017

MIC: Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion – The Fire Sprinkler Pipe Terrorist

Microbiologically influenced corrosion, or MIC. You may have heard it referred to as “The Fire Sprinkler Pipe Terrorist” because it infiltrates systems and is undetected until the pipes are obstruc...


September 7, 2017

Basics of Compressed Air System Design and Troubleshooting - Part Two

Last week, we gave you a taste of what goes into compressed air system design and troubleshooting, touching on everything from system components to fixing common issues. It’s a topic that can be di...


August 17, 2017

Basics of Compressed Air System Design and Troubleshooting

Compressed Dry Air (CDA) systems are an essential part of the manufacturing industry. In fact, compressed air is so common, it’s frequently considered the fourth utility, after electricity, natural...


August 24, 2017

Blue Jeans for A Button Up: Dustin White

For more than a dozen years, construction sites felt like a second home for Dustin White. They were a place he could bring plans to life and talk shop, getting into detail about design, budget, saf...


October 5, 2017

The Road to C1S-Mechanical Designer, Brooke Holley

Ask ten C1S employees about the journey that led them to our team, and you’re sure to get ten different answers. Some went the more traditional route, getting their engineering degrees and finding ...


November 16, 2017

Meeting Construction Deadlines Matters. Let’s Talk About Why.

When it comes to construction projects, there are two questions on the mind of every client.  How much? When can you get the work done by? There are tons of things that go into pricing from materia...


January 2, 2018

The Big Transition—AutoCAD to Revit

In the world of business, there’s an old saying that if you’re not evolving, you’re dying. As a company, success hinges on your ability to meet and exceed customer needs, and if you aren’t keeping ...