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Dave Hostetter of SCS Engineers Receives the Society of American Military Engineers Honorable Award for Outstanding Contributions by a Young Civilian Member

February 9, 2017

“Dave Hostetter sets the example of how an honorable, dynamic, and experienced engineer acts at SCS,” said Paul Mandeville, Senior Vice President and Director of SCS’s offices on the east coast. “Dave serves as a model of what young professionals and students should strive to become in their professional careers; we are very proud of him.”


Dave Hostetter, SCS Engineers Senior Project Professional

Dave Hostetter, a recent graduate of the SAME DC Post’s 2015 Leadership Lab was honored to receive the Society of American Military Engineers Honorable Mention for Outstanding Contributions by Young Civilian Member. Dave is a registered professional engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) through the U.S. Green Building Council, and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) at SCS Engineers.

Throughout his career he has focused on three things: using his engineering skills to make a difference in the world, serving his clients wholeheartedly, and mentoring others. These guiding principles have led him through many fields of engineering from HVAC and plumbing engineering to energy engineering to landfill gas engineering to controls system engineering.

From 2012 to 2013 Dave was the site project manager for a large retro-commissioning project of two hospitals in the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 3. More than 1,500,000 square feet of building space were retro-commissioned. Throughout this project, he worked diligently to identify hundreds of issues with the building HVAC systems and create recommendations for each one. His recommendations were projected to save the VA approximately $200,000 / year and have an average payback period of approximately 0.2 years.

In 2016 Dave engineered and installed a unique environmental monitoring system for a client at a port in New Jersey. The client had an air monitoring program which required them to monitor the air quality at six different points around the port on a daily basis. Their original process was time-consuming and was, therefore expensive. Dave engineered and installed a system of wireless sensors which communicate air monitoring data back to an online database. This online database allows the client to view current and historical data, it automatically generates a daily summary report, and it sends out alarms when one of the measured parameters exceeds its alarm setpoint. This new system has reduced the client’s expenditure on labor, saved costs and resources, and increased their ability to understand and respond to the results from their environmental monitoring system.

Dave mentors other young professionals at SCS by involving them in real life hands-on engineering projects. These projects include some sort of equipment installation or troubleshooting work which allows the young engineers to actually see how things are installed, ask good questions on how things work, get face-to-face time with a senior level engineer, and learn valuable lessons on risk and safety management in specific situations.

Dave’s expertise was developed as the result of SCS professionals taking the time to mentor him in the same manner, and his goal is to pass the learning technique and knowledge on to others.

Dave lives the SCS Engineers mission statement to:

  • Adopt our clients’ environmental challenges as our own
  • Provide an opportunity for all our employees to succeed, and to be rewarded for performance and commitment
  • Protect and improve environmental quality, conserve resources, promote sound waste management, and encourage efficient use of energy — all in a sustainable manner.

Clients trust him for his honest and comprehensive approach to their challenges. Dave takes ownership of his work and puts in the time and effort to deliver excellent results and maintain a great relationship with his clients.

Congratulations, Dave!

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 3:00 am

Retro-commissioning is a low-cost way to reduce energy costs by 10% to 20%, freeing public funds for other uses.

December 10, 2015

“Even the best-designed, -built, and -maintained buildings waste energy. In fact, virtually all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, lighting, and building automation systems (BAS) compromise efficiency. Regardless of age, buildings over 50,000 square feet can benefit from a process called retro-commissioning (RCx),” writes Sam Cooke of SCS Engineers in Public Works Magazine.

Built in 2010 as a LEED Gold building; the 56,400-sq.-ft. library in Fitchburg, WI has the lowest EUI even though it’s the largest of the three buildings the City retro-commissioned thanks to a geothermal heating and cooling system. Even this low EUI building, are: 1) Reprograming the radiant floor heating system controls to remain off during the summer (i.e., the kid’s reading area floor was hot while the air conditioning was also running) and 2) Adjust interior light levels and daylight controls for perimeter lighting. Photo courtesy of SCS Engineers.
Built in 2010 as a LEED Gold building; the 56,400-sq.-ft. library in Fitchburg, WI has the lowest EUI even though it’s the largest of the three buildings the City retro-commissioned thanks to a geothermal heating and cooling system. Even this low EUI building, are: 1) Reprograming the radiant floor heating system controls to remain off during the summer (i.e., the kid’s reading area floor was hot while the air conditioning was also running) and 2) Adjust interior light levels and daylight controls for perimeter lighting.

Read the article: Public Works Magazine December 2015, print issue and online.

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Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am