Michael Banks

A Tour of a “Made In America” Factory

by Michael Banks October 5, 2017
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A short time ago, I was given the opportunity to visit the manufacturing facility and headquarters of  Weil Pump Company. While I’d visited manufacturing facilities in the past, the home-built processes and workflows at Weil stood out. First, the company is located in picturesque Cedarburg, […]

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Using Navisworks for Improved Coordination

by Michael Banks May 15, 2017
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This week, I’d prepared some images to help demonstrate the benefits of building information modeling (BIM). In our MEP department, the vast majority of our projects are modeled in Revit. In fact, the only times we’ll complete projects in AutoCAD (2D) are when we’re making […]

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Twelve Questions to Choose the Right Standpipe

by Michael Banks June 10, 2016

Every so often, a building will be in the works and the question of fire standpipes comes up. When I hear “four stories” (or five, or six, or seven,…) I know there’s a possibility for standpipes and a fire pump. As these building components are […]

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The Fabric Architecture of Do-ho Suh

by Michael Banks February 4, 2016
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The built environment is something influential in the lives of most, yet perhaps taken for granted or not considered with the depth of other subjects. For example, Apple has done well to promote the thought put into their products, and consumer sentiment appears to reflect […]

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Recycling Water

by Michael Banks October 1, 2015
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Out for a summer bike ride with my son one day, we found ourselves at the top of a winding downhill path through a park lined by green grass being gently misted by the park’s sprinkler system. As we started down the hill, memories of […]

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Improving Shelters: Effect of Microbursts on Building Storm Systems & the 2015 IPC

by Michael Banks September 8, 2015
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This past summer, Denver experienced a number of wet microburst storms that caused some isolated flooding and quite a bit of damage. With storm systems overwhelmed, rainwater competed with cars, trucks and trains as streets were transformed into creeks and rivers. As storm water overwhelmed […]

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