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October 7, 2019

Understanding Arc Flash and Arc Flash Protection

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 following items: An Arc Fl...


October 18, 2018

Optimize CAPEX Spending with a Facility Condition Assessment

Football season is well underway! And, for most companies, this is also CAPEX planning season.  Your facilities are tasked with doing more with less, and the facility improvements you want to make ...


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 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 ...


November 27, 2017

The New Definition of Sustainability

By: Andrew Clendenen A decade ago when I started with C1S, my primary role was to help the company serve clients seeking LEED Certification. For those who don’t know, it’s an honor awarded by the U...


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...


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 ...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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....


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...


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...


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 standar...


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...


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...


November 3, 2016

Cleanroom Design Concepts, Part 3

Our third installment on cleanroom design dives into the three methods used to manage air recirculation in a clean space. Previously, we examined the standards that guide construction and certifica...


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...


September 22, 2016

Cleanroom Design Concepts Part 2

In the first installment of our series on the design and construction of cleanrooms, we covered the internationally recognized standards that govern cleanroom design, discussed the utility matrix t...


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 1, 2016

Cleanroom Design Concepts, Part 1

Cleanrooms are an important component of industrial manufacturing and laboratories, used extensively within the technology, pharmaceutical and medical industries. Accordingly, a cleanroom design ...


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...


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 custom...


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...


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

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...


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....