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Passenger Induction

03/08/2017

Curious about the checkpoint of the future? Read Steve Bennett's newest article on Passenger Induction to get educated on this topic!
Article located here: Passenger Induction.pdf

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Swanson Rink is Hiring!

03/08/2017

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Brook Zion and Tim Chiddix Highlighted in Data Center Article

Swanson Rink's Brook Zion and Tim Chiddix contributed to the attached article entitled “Cooling Towers Offer Data Centers Water and Energy Savings”. This article was published in two publications: Data Center Dynamics and Chiller & Cooling Best Practices.  
Swanson Rink's Brook Zion and Tim Chiddix contributed to the attached article entitled “Cooling Towers Offer Data Centers Water and Energy Savings”. This article was published in two publications: Data Center Dynamics and Chiller & Cooling Best Practices.  Check it out!  Data Center Cooling.pdf 

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Solving Data Center Hot Spots: A Practical Solution

08/15/2016

The problem of data center hot spots is a constant concern for mission critical owners. In some cases when a hot spot occurs, the excess heat may cause equipment to fail. Without the proper tools, it can be impossible to see the cause and effect of changing floor tiles on the data center floor.
The problem of data center hot spots is a constant concern for mission critical owners. In some cases when a hot spot occurs, the excess heat may cause equipment to fail. Without the proper tools, it can be impossible to see the cause and effect of changing floor tiles on the data center floor.

Recently, a client was having issues with hot spots in their data center. To resolve the problem they added more perforated tiles to the room and to their surprise, the more tiles they added, the more hot spots began to appear. Although counterintuitive to some, increasing the number of perforated tiles can exacerbate a low flow problem. The additional perforated tiles reduces the air pressure in the underfloor air plenum which reduces the air flow through the existing perforated tiles. This effect becomes particularly pronounced in data centers that are already operating with low underfloor pressure, caused by the poor management of perforated tiles and other openings in the raised floor. 

Read the full article here.

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Over $4,000 Raised for VOA at Swanson Rink’s Inaugural Olympics Event

08/09/2016

Swanson Rink hosted their fourth annual fundraiser, but first ever Olympics fundraising event, on Thursday, June 17, 2016, raising over $4,000 for their Swanson Rink Superior Standards Scholarship fund benefitting the Volunteers of America’s Bannock Youth Center.
Swanson Rink hosted their fourth annual fundraiser, but first ever Olympics fundraising event, on Thursday, June 17, 2016, raising over $4,000 for their Swanson Rink Superior Standards Scholarship fund benefitting the Volunteers of America’s Bannock Youth Center. An additional $1,600 was donated in raffle prizes from area donors. There were eight teams that participated in the Olympics games and over 50 attendees in total. Games included a timed puzzle, standing long jump, paper airplane throwing contest, putt-putt golf and darts.

Each year the Bannock Youth Center helps disadvantaged youth as well as their young children become independent, contributing members of society. Swanson Rink will continue their triumph of changing lives for the better with the Swanson Rink scholarship fund, permitting those in need to attend trade school or college. Over the past several years, Swanson Rink has helped to provide childcare, wellness classes, Life Skills coaching, Youth Recognition and holiday parties, as well as a remodel to the Bannock Youth Center facility.

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Registration Now Open! Inaugural Swanson Rink Olympics and Happy Hour

05/16/2016

Ever dreamed of competing in the Olympics? Now’s your chance! We are hosting our inaugural Olympics fundraiser on Thursday, June 16th from 5-7pm at Swanson Rink's office!
Ever dreamed of competing in the Olympics? Now’s your chance! We are hosting our inaugural Olympics fundraiser on Thursday, June 16th from 5-7pm at Swanson Rink's office!

Teams of 4-8 can register for $200 to participate in our office pentathlon to support Swanson Rink's Superior Standards Scholarship for the Volunteers of America's Bannock Youth Center! If you are interested in attending the happy hour only, and not participating in the games, you may register for a $25 donation.

Register here.

If you have any questions or you are interested in participating in this event please contact Sam Leuck at sleuck@swansonrink.com or by phone at 303.832.2666.

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New Denver Code is Adopted

04/19/2016

Codes are changing. Swanson Rink is here to help!
Codes are changing. Swanson Rink is here to help!

The 2016 Denver amendments to the 2015 ICC codes have been adopted. You can use the 2009 ICC codes with the 2011 Denver amendments or the newly adopted 2015 ICC codes with the 2016 Denver amendments until September 12th, 2016. Beginning on September 12th, 2016, the new code will apply to all projects.

In the new codes, you will find cumulated changes through 2012 and 2015 ICC code changing cycles, as well as the modified Denver amendments.

To learn what the significant changes are, please contact Rachel Barrett at for an AIA registered code class.

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Property Managers: How to Achieve Energy Star Certification

03/17/2016

As energy efficiency continues to be an important factor for companies looking to be more sustainable and ensure their buildings are operating at optimal conditions, the Energy STAR (ESTAR) Building Certification program continues to be a low-cost, effective way to integrate sustainability measures into your new or existing building.
As energy efficiency continues to be an important factor for companies looking to be more sustainable and ensure their buildings are operating at optimal conditions, the Energy STAR (ESTAR) Building Certification program continues to be a low-cost, effective way to integrate sustainability measures into your new or existing building. Maintaining an ESTAR certification requires you to revisit your building energy use on an annual basis, thus leading to continued energy and monetary savings. The ESTAR certification process is not nearly as rigorous as others (LEED, for example) but before you begin it is important to understand the process to ensure your team has allocated the resources to successfully complete the certification. You can read the full article here.

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Swanson Rink Picks Up Multiple Mid-Sized Airport Projects

02/19/2016

Swanson Rink was recently awarded multiple midsized airport projects throughout the central and western United States, providing baggage handling system (BHS) and ground support systems design. Current project work includes BHS design at Cheyenne Regional Airport, passenger boarding bridge (PBB) design at Clinton Little Rock Airport and both PBB and BHS design at Sloulin Field Williston Airport in North Dakota. Additionally, Swanson Rink is providing BHS design development for the San Jose Mineta International Airport, and leading the design team for the checked baggage recapitalization design at the Burbank Bob Hope International Airport.
Swanson Rink was recently awarded multiple midsized airport projects throughout the central and western United States, providing baggage handling system (BHS) and ground support systems design. Current project work includes BHS design at Cheyenne Regional Airport, passenger boarding bridge (PBB) design at Clinton Little Rock Airport and both PBB and BHS design at Sloulin Field Williston Airport in North Dakota. Additionally, Swanson Rink is providing BHS design development for the San Jose Mineta International Airport, and leading the design team for the checked baggage recapitalization design at the Burbank Bob Hope International Airport.

Swanson Rink’s Aviation group, a full service team, is also currently providing fueling, pre-conditioned air, 400 HZ ground power, MEP airport infrastructure, telecommunications, and security systems design at multiple airports throughout the United States.

In addition to mid-size airport work, Swanson Rink also remains focused on Category X airports including current significant work at San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and Denver International Airport.

For more information on any of these projects, please contact Kisa Hanlon at khanlon@swansonrink.com.

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Need CEU Credits?

01/26/2016

Swanson Rink is now an official AIA provider authorized to offer presentations by Fire Protection engineer, Simon Xie, PE . Take a look at the attached flyer to find out more about the presentations currently being offered, and to schedule yours now!
Swanson Rink is now an official AIA provider authorized to offer presentations by Fire Protection engineer, Simon Xie, PE . Take a look at the attached flyer to find out more about the presentations currently being offered, and to schedule yours now!
AIA Presentations.pdf

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Swanson Rink provided electrical design for Stripsteak and the Street Restaurants

01/20/2016

Swanson Rink provided electrical design for award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Stripsteak and The Street restaurants in Waikiki, HI.
Swanson Rink provided electrical and lighting design for award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Stripsteak and The Street restaurants in Waikiki, HI, as part of the International Market Place development project by Taubman Centers, Inc.

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The Way Forward?

11/23/2015

Swanson Rink’s Steve Bennett, Vice President of Aviation and Bill Gibbs, Vice President of Baggage Handling Systems wrote a white paper on Individual Carrier Systems for baggage handling at US airports, and it was recently published in Airport World magazine.
Swanson Rink’s Steve Bennett, Vice President of Aviation and Bill Gibbs, Vice President of Baggage Handling Systems wrote a white paper on Individual Carrier Systems for baggage handling at US airports, and it was recently published in Airport World magazine. You can read the full article here: The way forward.pdf

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From Power Circuiting to Site Visits, Electrical Engineering Intern Ready for the Real World

11/10/2015

Swanson Rink hired Nici James, a senior electrical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines, to be an intern in our Electrical Engineering department. We asked what her experience was like and this is what she said:
Swanson Rink hired Nici James, a senior electrical engineering student at Colorado School of Mines, to be an intern in our Electrical Engineering department. We asked what her experience was like and this is what she said:

What was your experience as an Electrical Engineer Intern at Swanson Rink like?
Overall, my internship in the Electrical Engineering department at Swanson Rink proved to be challenging and interesting, but most importantly – fun! This was not my first internship, but it was my first in the consulting engineering industry. The field of electrical engineering seemed so straightforward, but I learned it was actually quite the opposite. It was interesting to see everything else that goes into these buildings starting from the initial conception of design through the construction phase of a project. I spent my summer learning what goes into powering a building, which is not common knowledge!

What challenges did you face?
The transition into the work force, as it is for most engineers, proved to be a challenge. I quickly noticed that no amount of schooling could prepare me for the real world applications of electrical engineering. In college, I learned about the theories behind working at a design firm, but the majority of knowledge is obtained through experience in the field. This is why internships are imperative to engineering.

What did you learn?
I learned that it’s not a bad thing to ask questions. The only way to learn engineering applications in this field is to ask questions to the professionals who have been in the industry for years. They really know this industry inside and out, and they are great resources, especially for entry-level people like myself.

One of the best parts about working at Swanson Rink was the atmosphere and the people that work there. My coworkers were dedicated to helping me understand why we were doing what we were doing; and they didn’t think any less of me, no matter how silly the question seemed. I don’t think I could possibly put into words the amount of information that I learned during my experiences as an intern. I not only learned a lot of theoretical applications, but I also got to see how the business side of a consulting engineering firm works.

What surprised you?
The biggest piece I took out of my internship was how important communication is between the different engineering disciplines, and how it is an imperative part to completing a project. I was surprised by how much time an engineer spends interacting with people. They are pretty much in constant contact with architects, contractors, and vendors.

What was your favorite part?
My favorite part of this internship was the opportunities I had to work on a range of real projects; several of them being mall and office building projects. This gave me the opportunity to see the whole process that the electrical engineering team goes through to get a project out. The work completed on the mall projects mostly included the back of house lighting and power circuiting. I also had the opportunity to set up all of the lighting for stairwells as well as the parking garage receptacles for the mall. Additionally, I worked on the lighting as well as power for the office buildings. While designing the office buildings, I learned to be aware of what type of room I was working in; for example, the lighting and power needs are different in a kitchen than in an office. I was also able to go on a site visit to both a mall and office building, so I was able to see the construction process and the final product.

What advice would you give a first time engineering intern?
I would advise a first time intern to always keep an open mind and to ask questions. Both are extremely important to getting the most of your intern experience. It really is important if you want to understand what you are doing instead of just going through the motions.

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Swanson Rink Expands Fire Protection/Life Safety Engineering Expertise

11/05/2015

Swanson Rink has expanded its expertise in Fire Protection Engineering to include code analysis, design for fire sprinklers, fire detection/alarm systems and smoke control systems, fire modeling, egress modeling, and hazardous material analysis.
Swanson Rink has expanded its expertise in Fire Protection Engineering to include code analysis, design for fire sprinklers, fire detection/alarm systems and smoke control systems, fire modeling, egress modeling, and hazardous material analysis.

Swanson Rink has hired Simon Xie, a licensed professional engineer, to lead the Fire Protection Engineering Department. Mr. Xie graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering and a B.S. in Civil/Structural Engineering. He has five years of experience and has worked in a variety of building types including high rise office, university, lab and retail.

---------------------------------------------------Company background------------------------------------------------
Swanson Rink is an engineering firm specializing in the design of security screening, data center, and corporate facilities with offices in Denver, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on Swanson Rink please visit the company website at //www.swansonrink.com.

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Restoration Hardware set to open in Cherry Creek

10/28/2015

Swanson Rink provided Electrical engineering services for this exciting project in Cherry Creek! We’re excited to see the finished product!
Swanson Rink provided Electrical engineering services for this exciting project in Cherry Creek! We’re excited to see the finished product!

RH Announces the Opening of RH Denver, The Gallery at Cherry Creek

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Support Sky Harbor Coalition Neighborhood Cleanup

10/12/2015

Swanson Rink’s Phoenix office participated in the Support Sky Harbor Coalition Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday morning.
Swanson Rink’s Phoenix office participated in the Support Sky Harbor Coalition Neighborhood Cleanup on Saturday morning. The Coalition organizes community cleanups twice a year around Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and allows the use of their tools for other organizations to conduct their own cleanup projects throughout the year. To learn more about this great organization, check out their website: http://supportskyharbor.com/

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Swanson Rink Providing Engineering Design for 16 Chestnut

10/12/2015

The DaVita World Headquarters is planning an expansion in downtown Denver, Colorado!
The DaVita World Headquarters is planning an expansion in downtown Denver, Colorado! Swanson Rink provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for the DaVita headquarters back in 2012, and is now providing engineering design for the new 16 Chestnut office building, where DaVita will occupy 11 floors of the 410,000-square-foot building. 16 Chestnut is set to be complete in October 2018 and will house up to 1,200 DaVita employees. Check out this article to learn more.

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Swanson Rink Provided MEP Design for ViaWest’s Third Oregon Data Center

10/01/2015

US service provider ViaWest has opened its Brookwood data center, Hillsboro - its third in Oregon.
Swanson Rink provided the MEP design for ViaWest’s new data center in Hillsboro, Oregon. Check out this article to learn more about the project!
ViaWest Opens Third Hillsboro Data Center

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Data Center Water Use In Colorado

07/14/2015

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, about 37 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least a moderate drought as of April 7. The extended drought in many areas has led companies to examine the impact of water use in their data center cooling strategies. As cooling strategies are evaluated, it is important to remember that a reduction in water use at an individual facility does not always result in an aggregate reduction in water use for the regional water supply system. There are many factors that impact the actual water usage consumed by the facility, and understanding those components is important before making any decisions.
Written By Tim Chiddix

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, about 37 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least a moderate drought as of April 7. The extended drought in many areas has led companies to examine the impact of water use in their data center cooling strategies. As cooling strategies are evaluated, it is important to remember that a reduction in water use at an individual facility does not always result in an aggregate reduction in water use for the regional water supply system. There are many factors that impact the actual water usage consumed by the facility, and understanding those components is important before making any decisions.

Read the Article Here!

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Swanson Rink Awards Third Scholarship to BYC Participant

09/21/2015

Swanson Rink is excited to announce that Jonetta Owens is the third recipient of the Superior Standards Scholarship.
Swanson Rink is excited to announce that Jonetta Owens is the third recipient of the Superior Standards Scholarship. Jonetta's touching essay, her determination to succeed regardless of circumstance, and her proven dedication to Bannock Youth Center shown by volunteering her time as an intern at the organization ultimately made her the clear winner of this year’s scholarship. With help from the Superior Standards Scholarship Jonetta will continue attending National American University getting her one step closer to obtaining her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.

Swanson Rink hosts an annual kickball tournament to raise money for the Superior Standards Scholarship fund, benefiting Bannock Youth Center. Bannock Youth Center is an organization that is part of Volunteers of America Colorado and provides living skills, leadership training, mentoring, and resources to youth in the Volunteers of America transitional living programs. Swanson Rink has chosen to support this program for the past several years, and plans to continue to grow the scholarship fund so that more youth can achieve their educational goals.

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Swanson Rink’s Third Annual Kickball Tournament was a Success!

06/12/2015

Thank you so much to all the firms that participated in Swanson Rink's kickball tournament last weekend! We raised over $2000 for our VOA BYC Superior Standards Scholarship foundation, and a great time was had by all.
Thank you so much to all the firms that participated in Swanson Rink's kickball tournament last weekend! We raised over $2000 for our VOA BYC Superior Standards Scholarship foundation, and a great time was had by all.

The Bannock Youth Center is operated by Volunteers of America, a non-profit organization in Denver, CO, committed to helping disadvantaged youth, as well as their young children, become independent, contributing members of society. The youth served are formerly homeless and very low income and would be unable to attend trade school or college without scholarship assistance.

A big thank you to the all the teams that participated. We had several teams join us for the 3rd year which included RJM Construction, Mortenson Construction, VOA, Snitches Get Stitches, Saunders Construction, Braconier, Whiting Turner, SetPointSystems, Bowman and multiple teams formed from Swanson Rink’s friends, families, and employees.

Finally, congratulations to the winning team, Snitches get Stiches! We are looking forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s tournament!

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ViaWest Brookwood Data Center Fly-Through

06/01/2015

Check out this great video of the ViaWest Brookwood Data Center!
Check out this great video of the ViaWest Brookwood Data Center! Swanson Rink is providing design for this 108,000 square foot new co-location data center located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The facility has a data center raised floor area of 58,000 square feet, and will be designed to easily transition to meet Uptime Institute Tier IV Certification.

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Swanson Rink White Paper: Individual Carrier Systems

04/21/2015

There are a number of advanced baggage handling system technologies that have been implemented in Europe and other parts of the world, but are yet to be embraced in the United States. One of the more intriguing technologies is the Individual Carrier System or ICS. European airports that have successfully used ICS include Munich, Heathrow, Barcelona, Oslo and Helsinki. We have heard arguments that ICS is too expensive and the benefits don’t justify the added cost; we decided to find out for ourselves.
There are a number of advanced baggage handling system technologies that have been implemented in Europe and other parts of the world, but are yet to be embraced in the United States. One of the more intriguing technologies is the Individual Carrier System or ICS. European airports that have successfully used ICS include Munich, Heathrow, Barcelona, Oslo and Helsinki. We have heard arguments that ICS is too expensive and the benefits don’t justify the added cost; we decided to find out for ourselves.

Read the Article Here!

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Registration Now Open! Swanson Rink’s 3rd Annual Kickball Tournament

04/07/2015

Swanson Rink will be holding our annual kickball tournament benefitting the Volunteers of America’s Bannock Youth Center on Saturday, June 6th from 10 am-2pm at Crestmoor Park in Denver, CO.


Swanson Rink will be holding our annual kickball tournament benefitting the Volunteers of America’s Bannock Youth Center on Saturday, June 6th from 10 am-2pm at Crestmoor Park in Denver, CO.

Gather your teams of 10 or more to support the Swanson Rink Superior Standards Scholarship for the Bannock Youth Center. Additional details and registration information to follow.

Register Here

If you have any questions or you are interested in participating in this event please contact Kisa Hanlon at khanlon@swansonrink.com or by phone at 303.832.2666

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Chesapeake Energy Corporation Wins Brill Award

03/13/2015

Congratulations to the Chesapeake Energy Corporation for their 2015 Uptime Institute Brill Awards win for the Chesapeake Energy IT Computing Center!
Congratulations to the Chesapeake Energy Corporation for their 2015 Uptime Institute Brill Awards win for the Chesapeake Energy IT Computing Center! The Brill Awards seeks to showcase end users, service providers, and technologies that improve the industry's ability to sustainably deliver IT services to end users while minimizing cost and other resources. Swanson Rink provided mechanical, electrical, plumbing and ancillary building system engineering services for this project. https://uptimeinstitute.com/training-events/brill-awards/award-winners

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Gary Orazio wins ACEC’s George Washington Award

03/05/2015

Congratulations to Gary Orazio for winning the ACEC 2015 George Washington Award. The George Washington Award is an annual award given to an ACEC Colorado individual member for outstanding service to the community, the progress of Colorado and the advancement of the public image of consulting engineering as a profession.
Congratulations to Gary Orazio for winning the ACEC 2015 George Washington Award. The George Washington Award is an annual award given to an ACEC Colorado individual member for outstanding service to the community, the progress of Colorado and the advancement of the public image of consulting engineering as a profession.

Eight years ago, Mr. Orazio was introduced to the Volunteers of America’s Bannock Youth Center, a Denver non-profit focused on underprivileged youth. After a couple of years of volunteering efforts, Mr. Orazio found a design and construction team to renovate the Bannock Youth Center to be a true gathering place for the youth of the program and spearheaded fundraising efforts for the upgrades. These efforts resulted in not only a beautiful new space, but Mr. Orazio received a “Special Friend of VOA” award from the Colorado Branch of Volunteers of America recognizing his tremendous contribution to the Bannock Youth Center. Most recently, Gary Orazio and his team created the ‘Superior Standards’ scholarship, which supports the program participants in meeting their educational goals.

Finally, Mr. Orazio has contributed to the public image of the engineering industry by consistently promoting the role of engineers and the value that engineers bring to the design and construction process. As the President of Swanson Rink for over 20 years, Mr. Orazio has consistently pushed his engineers to raise the bar on what it means to be an engineer, including: maintaining a high level of ethics, continuing to think outside the box to find the best solution for each client’s individual needs, and taking responsibility in the true role of being a consulting engineer.

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A Peek Inside Our 2014

2014 was a big year for Swanson Rink! Not only did we celebrate our 65th anniversary, but we also had our one-year anniversary in our Phoenix,AZ office!

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Swanson Rink Sponsors BYC Adopt-a-Program

Swanson Rink had a busy 2014 holiday season bringing joy to Volunteers of America's Bannock Youth Center.
Swanson Rink had a busy 2014 holiday season bringing joy to Volunteers of America's Bannock Youth Center (BYC). We hosted the annual BYC holiday dinner on December 18th, which was complete with plenty of food and a visit from Santa Claus. This is a great opportunity for our employees to get over to the center and meet with the program staff and participants. This year, several Swanson Rink employees also opted to be a part of the “Adopt-a-Family” program, from which young families in need are able to obtain new Christmas gifts to be placed under the tree.

Our big holiday event this year was the “Adopt-a-Program” drive, which differs from "Adopt-A-Family" in that donations are given to the organization as a whole, not just individuals. Swanson Rink chose to sponsor the BYC’s program and participant needs for the 2015 year by holding a drive in our office for items needed. These items ranged anywhere from dish soap to TVs, but there was no shortage of anything on the list. A friendly competition between interoffice teams brought in hundreds of items for the center. Our employees went above-and-beyond bringing in donations, and even donated strollers, Wiis, cell phones, and other useful items that were not on the list! The BYC was happily overwhelmed by our response to their needs.

Swanson Rink is grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the community through our involvement with the Bannock Youth Center and is thankful for our wonderful employees who continue to make it possible!

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Swanson Rink Engineers Win Platinum Pipe Award

12/29/2014

The Platinum Pipe Award recognizes excellence in piping and ducting system modeling using AFT software.
A big congratulations to Swanson Rink’s Rory Heim and Brook Zion on winning the Platinum Pipe Award for their work on a Confidential Client Data Center, located in Oklahoma City, OK. They were the winners of the category of ‘Operational Benefits and Sustainability’. The Platinum Pipe Award recognizes excellence in piping and ducting system modeling using AFT software. Swanson Rink is proud to have these two accomplished engineers as part of our Mechanical Design Team.

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Swanson Rink Awards Second Scholarship to BYC Participant

12/19/2014

Swanson Rink awarded the second "Superior Standards" Scholarship to another Bannock Youth Center program participant yesterday. We are pleased to announce that we have presented the award to Caudia. Claudia is currently taking courses in the medical field in order to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor and requested a scholarship grant for tuition assistance to help her through school. This scholarship was awarded based on Claudia's past achievements and recommendations from her case worker. The Swanson Rink Scholarship Committee sees Claudia as an excellent example of someone who has benefited from Bannock's programs and is happy to support her in her goals.

Swanson Rink plans to continue to grow the scholarship fund so that more youth can achieve their educational goals with the third annual kickball tournament in June 2015.

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Swanson Rink Completes Work on The Mall of San Juan

12/19/2014

Check out the new fly over video of The Mall of San Juan!
Check out the new fly over video of The Mall of San Juan from Taubman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZOF-UbPX0g

Swanson Rink provided electrical, telecommunications, security, and audio/video engineering services for the new 2-level enclosed retail center in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The project consists of 412,000 square feet of in-line tenant space, two anchor stores totaling 238,000 square feet, and three multi-level parking decks containing a total of 2,350 spaces. This new retail center will be located minutes from the main international airport in San Juan and will become the predominant shopping venue in Puerto Rico.

It will be the first upscale mall on the island and the first and only location in Puerto Rico for both Nordstrom and Saks. The shopping center will include more than 100 specialty stores and restaurants, approximately 60 percent of which are anticipated to be new to the island. The mall is slated to open in late 2014.

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Swanson Rink Completes Two Colocation Data Center Projects

11/11/2014

These projects were designed with innovative pre-fabrication in mind, and also were set apart by their unique features, such as a state-of-the-art LED lighting and control systems that maximized energy efficiency. Both projects were designed to allow a seamless transition to a Tier IV environment as the load increases.
Swanson Rink is proud to announce the completion of two new data centers for a national managed service provider giant. Swanson Rink was the engineer for the mechanical and electrical design for both facilities, and has a long-term and successful relationship with the client. These projects were designed with innovative pre-fabrication in mind, and also were set apart by their unique features, such as a state-of-the-art LED lighting and control systems that maximized energy efficiency. Both projects were designed to allow a seamless transition to a Tier IV environment as the load increases.

In order to produce substantial savings in construction costs and reduction in schedule for these projects, Swanson Rink designed the mechanical cooling units to be pre-fabricated off site, with the first skid being promptly delivered to meet the current demand. (As the owner requires additional cooling, new skids will be integrated without interruption and with minimal on site construction). This process requires an upfront analysis of the design team not only to meet the owner’s first cost budget requirements, but also to ensure that the impact to the total cost of construction is economically viable as the owner adds capacity to the facility. Swanson Rink’s designed system was then bid out to a variety of mechanical contractors and system providers, which provided the Owner with the exact system they needed at the best price available. This was a key business driver for the client because a colocation facility needs the ability to have modular growth without significant upfront costs.

Denver Data Center

The Denver Data Center offers cloud computing, wholesale and retail colocation and managed services, and was master planned as a 210,000 square foot, 18-megawatt facility with 140,000 square feet of raised floor. Swanson Rink’s design of the fault tolerant data center met the owner’s electrical and mechanical load requirements, and is designed to transition to Uptime Institute Tier III facility certification and Tier IV design certification as the load increases. The infrastructure was designed to support an initial computer load of 600 KW during Phase 1, with an ultimate build-out load of 6,000kW, and a design that exhibited low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) and Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE).

The critical power system was designed with a ‘4 to 
make 3’ system topology, leaving less stranded 
capacity than an N+N solution, and contributing to the low PUE. The mechanical design focused on utilizing air economizer and minimizing water usage. In a normal mode of operation for most hours of the year, the AHU design will be able to provide free or pre-cooling for the data center with the airside economizer, resulting in a low WUE.

Swanson Rink was also met with challenges that required immediate solutions during the design of this project. Specifically, on previous projects, the Owner had standardized on the water economizer for the cooling system to take advantage of the energy efficiency savings; however, because of the lack of water availability associated with this specific geographic location, the owner and the design team had to work together to come up with a viable alternative. That alternative was a modular cooling system with an air economizer that only required water for humidification and thus drastically reduced water use.

Finally, a unique goal of the project was for the internal design to be aesthetically pleasing for marketing and sales efforts. This included tenant areas, the data center raised floor (which had a very high ceiling compared to most sites), and the MEP infrastructure rooms. In particular, the curtain wall established between the actual data center and the marketing tenant area was very conducive to the Owner requests for a unique touch that would not be seen at their competitor’s locations.

Minneapolis Data Center

Unlike the Denver Data Center, the Minneapolis Data Center, was converted from an existing manufacturing plant. Designed to deliver fault tolerance and full redundancy, the project contained 70,000 square feet of raised floor and was designed to support a total critical load of 7200kW.
   
The design required coordination of a phased utility plan buildout for future Tier IV compliance, and coordination of the power distribution for skid mounted chiller and air handling unit plants. The unique electrical design features consisted of the conversion of the existing 480V secondary to medium voltage service for new 13.8kV generators and distribution, and phasing for future Tier IV redundant power and UPS systems. On the mechanical side, Swanson Rink provided modular skid design for all equipment (for easy capacity increase over time), air side economizers, and direct evaporative cooling and humidification control.

Swanson Rink’s detailed design documents that could be bid exactly as presented, allowed the client to save over 20% per module versus having the module built on site. Additionally, the Minneapolis Data Center was under construction during the winter in a northern climate, and the fact that mechanical system was constructed off-site in a controlled environment allowed the client to stay on schedule by minimizing weather-caused delays. The client is now successfully using this approach on three separate facilities across the US.

Swanson Rink is also providing design for multiple other projects for the client in various locations across the United States.

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Swanson Rink Participates in Sky Harbor Jet Pull

10/22/2014

The 11th Annual "Hope Takes Flight" Jet Pull took place on Friday, October 17, 2014.
 
A big thank you to the Swanson Rink Phoenix team for participating in the Aviation Design and Construction Services (DCS) Division for the Sky Harbor Jet Pull! The 11th Annual "Hope Takes Flight" Jet Pull took place on Friday, October 17, 2014, where American Airlines and City of Phoenix employees pulled an Airbus A319 to raise money for the United Way. Way to go Greg Korstad and Marybeth Bunker for participating in this great event!
 

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Rachel Barrett: New President of AFCOM Rocky Mountain

10/16/2014

Congratulations to Rachel Barrett, who is now President of the AFCOM Rocky Mountain Chapter!
Congratulations to Rachel Barrett, who is now President of the AFCOM Rocky Mountain Chapter! In her new role, Rachel will oversee all operations of the AFCOM chapter and help chapter members stay on top of new trends in the industry and how transformations in IT impact the data center facility.

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of AFCOM is dedicated to providing education and resources for data center managers. Their mission is to enable data center management professionals to share industry best practices and to be the most comprehensive and effective resource available to the data center community.

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Swanson Rink Sponsors Annual VOA Bannock Youth Center Recognition Event

10/06/2014

For the third year in a row, Swanson Rink sponsored the Bannock Youth Center’s Recognition Event at Moe’s BBQ and Bowling.
For the third year in a row, Swanson Rink sponsored the Bannock Youth Center’s Recognition Event at Moe’s BBQ and Bowling. The event had a great turnout, and five participants were recognized for their extraordinary achievement, and two participants celebrated their graduations!

The Bannock Youth Center provides living skills, leadership training, mentoring, and resources to youth in the Volunteers of America transitional living programs. Swanson Rink has been an active member of this organization for over 10 years.

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Swanson Rink Completes Design for Tier III Certified Data Center

08/26/2014

Swanson Rink provided mechanical and electrical engineering design services for this facility, which is only the 23rd data center to receive the Uptime Tier III Constructed Facilities certification in the United States.
This Confidential Data Center was built to function as a standalone computing center with the capability to expand power and cooling capacity to support the Client's IT growth for the next ten years. The ITCC was designed to specifically ensure physical integrity and high availability of the computing environment resolving operational risks that had been present in the previous facilities.

Swanson Rink provided mechanical and electrical engineering design services for this facility, which is only the 23rd data center to receive the Uptime Tier III Constructed Facilities certification in the United States.

The 55,000 square foot data center includes 12,000 square feet of computer room, additional spaces for power and cooling infrastructure, storage, staging and other logistics spaces, and approximately 5,000 square feet of administrative area for assigned personnel. In addition to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services, Swanson Rink provided initial consulting on the Program Definition to help the Client define their specific space, infrastructure, and operational needs for the project.

Swanson Rink found this project to be full of unique electrical challenges, and therefore, equally unique solutions. Sizing of the electrical components making up the distribution paths was based on an ultimate computer load of 2,900 kW comprising 320 equipment cabinets rated 8 kW each (2,560 kW) plus 340 kW of network load. The first challenge was providing electrical distribution systems that would meet the Uptime Tier III requirement for concurrent maintainability, providing a system with minimal complexity, while still meeting the space and budget constraints of the project. These requirements met a design concept that used three completely separate distribution systems, any two of which could support all the data center critical loads. This design eliminated the need for paralleling switchboards and greatly simplified the electrical control schemes. To further facilitate operations, a highly comprehensive electrical system color scheme was used. Swanson Rink developed a color scheme for conduits that met the owner's requirement to visually distinguish the system wiring (power, control, fire alarm, data, etc.) contained in each conduit. The requirement included distinguishing the source of power for each load and identification of the equipment associated with each distribution system. Swanson Rink resolved these requirements by using commercially available colored conduits. For conduits containing power wiring, solid colors were used to indicate the power source was from a UPS system, while galvanized conduit with colored labels was used to identify the source as non-UPS. The color scheme also utilized colored conduit labels and colored equipment nameplates for each distribution system. The owner carried the color identification further by having the doors to the UPS and generator rooms painted to match the system in the room.

The largest challenge mechanically was achieving the Uptime Tier III rating for the data center when major components of the continuous cooling were being designed by another firm (including the chilled water and fuel-oil that were supplied from a 5,000 ton central plant). This required intense coordination during design and construction to ensure that the Tier III rating was not compromised by decisions made by either firm.

One of the other unique aspects of the Data Center was the owner's requirement of no facility maintenance personnel on the data center floor during operation. To meet this requirement, Swanson Rink created a mechanical gallery in the middle of the data center floor that housed all the floor mounted CRAC units and two electrical galleries on either end of the data center to house PDUs, transformers and electrical panels. This required analyzing the operation and maintenance requirements of each system and including details in the construction documents that specifically addressed these requirements. The fully coordinated 3-D construction drawings included details as finite as the locations and installation techniques of the fire smoke damper actuators to ensure there was never a need for the maintenance personnel to enter the data center.

The mechanical equipment in the data center was designed to match the electrical design concept. There are three primary cooling systems designed so that any two of the systems will support the load at the full. Each system is comprised of the following primary elements; heat exchanger, a primary pump, secondary pump and chilled water storage tank all of which is installed in the data center. This design approach will make trouble shooting during an emergency easier, and quicker, for the operators.

Swanson Rink received full accolades for design from the Client, and they had the following to say about Swanson Rink: "Thank you for your expert guidance and stewardship through this project."

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Swanson Rink Awarded 2014 Denver International Airport On-Call

08/08/2014

Swanson Rink has been awarded the $2,000,000 Mechanical On-Call contract at Denver International Airport (DIA).
Swanson Rink has been awarded the $2,000,000 Mechanical On-Call contract at Denver International Airport (DIA). The On-Call includes mechanical design services for miscellaneous engineering tasks which may include upgrades and replacement of sanitary sewer systems, communication rooms cooling, domestic water system improvements, etc. The work is anticipated to start in fall 2014 with a scheduled duration of two years.

Swanson Rink provided the original design of the mechanical, electrical, telecommunications and security systems for the concourses, in addition to providing various design services over the years on multiple on-call contracts. Swanson Rink is currently completing mechanical, electrical, telecom, security and fueling system design for the DIA Concourse C Expansion.

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Swanson Rink Volunteers at the Phoenix CANSTRUCTION Event

07/30/2014

Our Swanson Rink Phoenix employees volunteered at the 8th annual of the Phoenix CANSTRUCTION event benefitting St. Mary’s Food Bank.
Our Swanson Rink Phoenix employees volunteered at the 8th annual of the Phoenix CANSTRUCTION event benefitting St. Mary’s Food Bank. CANSTRUCTION is an international community service event, where design teams compete to build structures entirely out of canned food! We were teamed up with DWL Architects and Mortenson Construction for this event and entered the structure titled "The Ripple Effect". We had a great time and are looking forward to participating again next year!

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Swanson Rink Makes ENR’s Top 10 List for Data Center Design!

07/17/2014

Swanson Rink continues to take on challenging and exciting data center work, including our most recently completed projects, Chesapeake Energy Data Center, ViaWest ComPark Data Center, and ViaWest Chaska Data Center.
Congratulations to Swanson Rink for making ENR’s Top 10 List in the Data Center design category! Swanson Rink continues to take on challenging and exciting data center work, including our most recently completed projects, Chesapeake Energy Data Center, ViaWest ComPark Data Center, and ViaWest Chaska Data Center.

In addition, Swanson Rink was named in the Top 5 MEP firms in Colorado/Wyoming.

If you would like to be a part of our award-winning team, please visit us our careers page!

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2nd Annual Kickball Tournament: Huge Success

06/16/2014

Through this fundraiser, Swanson Rink was able to raise over $3,500 for the Bannock Youth Center ‘Superior Standards’ Scholarship Fund.


Swanson Rink’s 2nd Annual kickball tournament benefiting the Volunteers of America’s Bannock Youth Center was a huge success, nearly doubling in size from the inaugural event, with over 170 players participating from 16 teams. Through this fundraiser, Swanson Rink was able to raise over $3,500 for the Bannock Youth Center ‘Superior Standards’ Scholarship Fund, and a large part of this was due to the generous raffle prizes we received from area donors.

The Bannock Youth Center is operated by Volunteers of America, a non-profit organization in Denver, CO, committed to helping disadvantaged youth, as well as their young children, become independent, contributing members of society. The youth served are formerly homeless and very low income and would be unable to attend trade school or college without scholarship assistance.


A big thank you to the all the teams that participated. We had several teams join us for the 2nd year in a row which included RJM Construction, Mortenson Construction, VOA, Iron Horse Architects, Gensler, and the returning champs: Snitches Get Stitches. These teams were joined by new competition from Dynalectric, Howell Construction, HPE, Saunders Construction, Braconier, and multiple teams formed from Swanson Rink’s friends, families, and employees.

Finally, congratulations to the winning team, Red Ball & Vodka! We are looking forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s tournament!
 

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Swanson Rink Partners with ACE Mentor Program

05/07/2014

Swanson Rink is proud to recognize three of our Mechanical Engineers as being a part of the ACE Mentor Program of Metropolitan Denver.

Swanson Rink is proud to recognize three of our Mechanical Engineers as being a part of the ACE Mentor Program of Metropolitan Denver. ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) has been in Denver since 2004 and has worked with over 1,200 high school 

students in the area at no cost to the students. Swanson Rink’s Chelsey Lange, PE, has been involved with the organization for 3 years, and this past year recruited new staff members Sean MacKelvie and Rory Heim to the program. 

These three members of our Mechanical staff have been volunteering their time for the past 14 weeks teaching the students about career opportunities in our industry and introducing them to a variety of hands-on, real world activities revolving around the Architecture, Construction and Engineering communities.

The main goal of these 14 week sessions is for the students to be able to plan and design mock projects based on real job sited throughout the Denver area. The students present their original ideas in front of their peers, teachers, families, and mentors. Recently, Chelsey, Sean, Rory and Tim Chiddix, PE – Vice President, Mechanical – attended the annual “Blueprint to Success” event where 5 students were awarded scholarships based on their participation in the program, their presentations and an application process. Two students from Chelsey’s

 program were awarded with scholarships this year and Swanson Rink was honored to support both the students and our volunteers through a sponsorship at the Blueprint to Success event last week.

 

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John Thomas Reelected to AGC Board

04/16/2014

Congratulations to John Thomas, Director of Special Projects, for being reelected to the Board of Directors of the AGC of Colorado.
Congratulations to John Thomas, Director of Special Projects, for being reelected to the Board of Directors of the AGC of Colorado. John has been a member of AGC for 12 years, and has served on the Board of Directors for AGC for the past 8 years. The Mission for AGC of Colorado is to provide members with a competitive edge through excellence in advocacy, collaboration, leadership, networking, and services. In addition, he is also on the Board of Directors for the Specialty Contractors Council, and has held that post for the past 11 years.

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Swanson Rink Awards Scholarship to Bannock Youth Center Participant

03/28/2014

Swanson Rink is excited to announce that we have presented the first recipient, Cassandra (Cazi), with the award.
As you may recall, last summer Swanson Rink held a kickball tournament in order to raise money to establish a scholarship fund for the Bannock Youth Center. The Bannock Youth Center is an organization that is part of VOA Colorado and Swanson Rink has chosen to support this program for the last several years. The Swanson Rink Scholarship Committee worked closely with the case managers at Bannock to establish the guidelines for the Swanson Rink Superior Standards Scholarship, in order to best be able to serve the youth participating in their programs.

Swanson Rink is excited to announce that we have presented the first recipient, Cassandra (Cazi), with the award. Cazi is a student at CCD finishing her general studies in order to pursue Dental Hygienist School and requested a scholarship grant for a lap top to help her through school. Cazi has been working hard over the past 6 years to support herself and make her life better than the one she was given. The Swanson Rink Scholarship Committee sees Cazi not only as an excellent example of someone who has benefited from Bannock's programs, but also a great role model for other youth experiencing some of life’s greater challenges. Cazi has learned what the true definition of family is from the Bannock Youth Center and she plans to continue to stay involved with Bannock and to help mentor other youth through the program.

Swanson Rink plans to continue to grow the scholarship fund so that more youth can achieve their educational goals. The second annual kickball tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at Cuernavaca Park in Denver. Please contact Amy Greenwood at agreenwood@swansonrink.com for more information.

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Swanson Rink Goes Green

03/21/2014

Swanson Rink had a team of 7 runners (and a ‘Leprechaun Leap’ walker) for the 26th Annual ‘Runnin’ of the Green’ 7k race that took place on Sunday, March 16 in downtown Denver.
Swanson Rink had a team of 7 runners (and a ‘Leprechaun Leap’ walker) for the 26th Annual ‘Runnin’ of the Green’ 7k race that took place on Sunday, March 16 in downtown Denver. The race celebrates both St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of spring, with the proceeds benefitting VOA Colorado programs.
This event was a great way to kick off Swanson Rink’s new lunch time run/walk club as part of our ongoing Voluntary Wellness Activity program and also to support our friends at VOA. Swanson Rink continues to encourage community involvement and healthy lifestyles in our employees through a variety of fun activities that are suitable for all interests.

Our team of runners all finished with excellent times; the top 3 Swanson Rink finishers were Josh Armstrong – 33.27, Matt Sellen – 35.33, and Gary Orazio – 37.07. Congratulations to these three and the rest of the Swanson Rink Green Team which included: Rachel Barrett, Kisa Hanlon, Tim Lillehoff, Jim Flint, and Dorothy Lessem.

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Rachel Barrett Promoted to Vice President

03/12/2014

Swanson Rink’s Rachel Barrett has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development, having previously served as the Director of Business Development for 6 years.
Swanson Rink’s Rachel Barrett has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development, having previously served as the Director of Business Development for 6 years. Rachel has been instrumental in the development of the overall Swanson Rink Business Development strategy including the growth in the firm’s data center, aviation and corporate services, as well as the launch of Swanson Rink’s new regional office in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to her current responsibilities she will be assuming responsibility for Corporate Communications including recruiting, retention and employee training. Over the past several years Rachel has increased the visibility of Swanson Rink by serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Rocky Mountain AFCOM chapter, and the Co-Chair of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance Information Technology Team.

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Swanson Rink & Taubman Company Earn Gold Awards

03/11/2014

Swanson Rink provided the design of the electrical systems for the mall concourse, courts, entries and other ancillary spaces for the City Creek Center. This LEED ND Certified retail center totals over one million square feet, including 700,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 275,000 square feet of anchor stores.
The Taubman Company was recently awarded gold in the New Development and Sustainable Design categories at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) U.S. Design and Development Awards for the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Swanson Rink provided the design of the electrical systems for the mall concourse, courts, entries and other ancillary spaces for the City Creek Center. This LEED ND Certified retail center totals over one million square feet, including 700,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 275,000 square feet of anchor stores. Additional services provided by Swanson Rink included security system and audio visual design, in addition to the telecommunications design which consisted of cabling infrastructure and design of complete voice and data provisions for all life safety systems.

Swanson Rink is currently working on multiple mall projects with the Taubman Company, including but not limited to, the Mall of San Juan in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the International Market Place in Honolulu, HI; the International Plaza in Tampa, FL, and The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, TX.

Additional Project Credits:
Development Company: City Creek Reserve
Owner: The Taubman Company
Design Architect: Callison
Production or Executive Architect: Hobbs & Black Associates, Inc.
Lighting Designer: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Landscape Architect: SWA Group
General Contractor: Jacobsen Construction Company

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Data Center Modular Growth and Pre-Fabrication in Build-to Suit Market

03/11/2014

The word “modular” in the data center industry has taken on many connotations. Almost anyone selling space to house computer equipment from container manufacturers to colocation providers uses the term “modular” to describe the value they bring to the real estate decision on where to house computer equipment. While each of these providers will say that their solution is best, the real answer is that modular can take on many forms based on the needs of the user.
The word “modular” in the data center industry has taken on many connotations. Almost anyone selling space to house computer equipment from container manufacturers to colocation providers uses the term “modular” to describe the value they bring to the real estate decision on where to house computer equipment. While each of these providers will say that their solution is best, the real answer is that modular can take on many forms based on the needs of the user.

 As a consulting engineering firm focused on the design of data center facilities, our team uses the modular concept meaning “pay as you grow” to help end users understand how to right size their facilities to minimize upfront costs, yet evaluate the total cost of the overall phased build-out. This modular approach means designing infrastructure from the beginning that is flexible for the client’s growth. The exact approach depends on the overall business needs of the individual company.

 There are two parameters that need to be considered when developing a modular growth and expansion strategy: First is determing the granularity of the growth modules, and the second is the anticipated timing of the growth. These two factors have the greatest influence on the design. The granularity of the growth refers to the number of steps of growth when expanding from the initial capacity to the ultimate capacity of the data center. There can be different growth steps for different systems (white space, UPS, cooling); however, efforts are typically made to closely match the steps or modulars of growth for each of the systems. The second factor is how the timing of the growth impacts the size of the growth module. If it is anticipated that growth from initial load to ultimate load will occur quickly, then the module of growth is typically larger. The reason for this so the facility is not in a continuous state expansion to match the load growth. If the growth will occur over a longer period of time, then more granularity is likely more appropriate.

 Further complicating the analysis is the cost impact of these decisions. Typically, with increased granularity, there are increased costs to get to the ultimate build out; therefore, the analysis is to match the size of the modules with the business need, while not putting the client in a position of continual upgrades. Generally, if the expected build out over time is longer, the module of growth can be smaller and still meet the business needs without overspending on infrastructure.

Matching the Owner’s Requirements and the Infrastructure Design.
With these two parameters determined, a range of solutions can be considered for the cooling systems and the electrical power infrastructure. Typically, we first consider electrical system options to develop solutions that match the modules of growth parameters. By their nature, electrical systems have more discrete sizing constraints so it is important to optimize these systems first to develop a cost-effective solution without stranded capacity.

Development of the cooling solutions then follows with the objective to match the growth parameters of the electrical solutions. Where electrical systems have discrete sizing, cooling systems tend to be more analog in nature, and a given component can have a range of capacities under different operating conditions. This analog nature of cooling systems allows us to closely match the cooling module size to the electrical module size.

Balancing Modularity with Reliability.
Within every solution there are pros and cons that should be considered. While flexibility (which would include modularity) is a big driver in the decision-making process for a client, the user will also need to balance its other goals including reliability, load density, energy efficiency and maintainability. These factors will all influence the final module of growth decision.

Embracing Pre-Fabrication.
Embracing the pre-fabrication concept in the design and construction of data centers can provide additional value to the modular or “pay-as-you-grow” strategy. The pre-fabrication concept has expanded beyond the container or proprietary systems to be custom designed, non-proprietary systems that are assembled off-site and brought to the site practically fully assembled.

 By designing skid-mounted systems for the initial build and future expansion, users can achieve significant cost and schedule reductions. This process requires the engineering team to produce a complete set of construction documents that includes all fittings, valves and pieces of fully detailed equipment that allows a group of contractors to bid on these documents. The contractors are able to use their increased productivity working in a controlled environment as a competitive advantage that provides an overall cost reduction to the Owner. Based on previous projects, this savings is at least 20% over a traditional on-site construction approach. The time on site is also significantly reduced, which considerably reduces reliability concerns when working on an active data center environment.

 The data center industry is full of hype with each company putting their own spin on why their solution is the best. The greatest defense against the hype is for owners to understand the pros and cons of each of their options and to determine the right solution based on their

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Swanson Rink Gets On-Call Contract with San Francisco International Airport

03/10/2014

Swanson Rink has been awarded a contract to support T1 Partners JV for the Terminal 1 Redevelopment Program at San Francisco International Airport (SFO); a 1-year, on-call contract with the Joint Venture. Swanson Rink will provide engineering services for planning and pre-programming activities to support the Baggage Handling Systems for Terminal 1.
Swanson Rink has been awarded a contract to support T1 Partners JV for the Terminal 1 Redevelopment Program at San Francisco International Airport (SFO); a 1-year, on-call contract with the Joint Venture. Swanson Rink will provide engineering services for planning and pre-programming activities to support the Baggage Handling Systems for Terminal 1. The $2 billion, 10-year program consists of renovating Terminal 1 as well as demolishing and replacing Boarding Area B. Improvements will include 24 new aircraft gates, new consolidated passenger-screening checkpoints, new airline ticket counters, new concession facilities, a new consolidated common-use baggage handling system and checked baggage-screening system, and program-wide seismic upgrades. The facilities provided under the program will be built in accordance with LEED Gold standards. Swanson Rink has previously worked at SFO providing baggage handling system engineering services for the Terminal 1 BHS Recapitalization project, which consisted of the replacement of the existing obsolete Explosive Detection Systems equipment and will continue their effort under the T1 Partners’ contract.

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Robert Yester Retiring After 38 Years of Service

11/05/2013

Robert (Bob) Yester, PE, Executive Vice President is retiring from Swanson Rink on December 31, 2013 after serving the company for 38 years. Mr. Yester has served in many roles at Swanson Rink including President from 1985-1992, but he is most known as an expert in electrical engineering for mission critical data center facilities.
Robert (Bob) Yester, PE, Executive Vice President is retiring from Swanson Rink on December 31, 2013 after serving the company for 38 years. Mr. Yester has served in many roles at Swanson Rink including President from 1985-1992, but he is most known as an expert in electrical engineering for mission critical data center facilities.

For almost all of Bob's career he has provided consulting engineering for the design and renovations of data centers for large and small companies including Comcast, Centurylink (including work under US West and Qwest), Safeway, Lockheed Martin, Federal Express, Viawest, Sabre and United Airlines to name a few. Bob Yester’s design concepts have been published in multiple national publications.

In 1988, Robert Yester, designed one of the first major dual power path data centers in the country for US West (now CenturyLink) in Omaha, Nebraska. This "system + system" concept was cutting-edge during the time and this data center was one of the first two data centers to be built with this new technology. When asked about this project, Mr. Yester commented that while a simple concept, "as they say, the devil is in the details, and there are a lot of details." The dedication to diving into detailed design is what Mr. Yester is known for and the foundation upon which he built the Swanson Rink data center team.

More recently, Bob has been recognized for his work on the ViaWest Lone Mountain Data Center where his team developed a Uptime Institute Certified Tier IV electrical design with a target PUE of 1.2 utilizing a modular concept that allows capital expenditures for infrastructure to be aligned with the needs of ViaWest’s customers and also minimizes stranded capacity.

When asked by our clients what attributes they admire of him, it was his ability to engage with the client, listen to their needs, and develop solutions that meet those specific needs.

"I have had the unique opportunity of having been both first a client of Bob and then his design associate for the past 20 years, so I have watched and experienced how Bob can make every client feel that they were his most important client. He relishes the opportunity to explain how systems work and did it in such a way as to bring each of his clients into the conversation regardless of their technical background. His ability to listen to the client and then develop a solution to meet their needs is legendary."
— Gary Orazio, PE, President, Swanson Rink


In 2013, Bob transitioned the management of the data center electrical team to Dan Heggem, PE, Vice President who has worked under Bob for over 23 years. During the past year Dan and Bob have worked together to ensure a smooth transition process in preparation for Bob’s retirement in December. Gary Orazio, PE, President will continue in his role as Project Executive overseeing Swanson Rink’s Data Center Practice, providing mechanical engineering leadership and leading data center business development, positions in which he has served for the past 20 years.
No one person can replace Bob, but he has trained a team of engineers to continue his dedication to detailed engineering. He will be missed by everyone at Swanson Rink.

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Cooking with Bannock

10/04/2013

Barbara Krucke continues to demonstrate Swanson Rink’s commitment to the community and to the Bannock Youth Center by teaching Life Skills classes to the program participants.
Barbara Krucke continues to demonstrate Swanson Rink’s commitment to the community and to the Bannock Youth Center by teaching Life Skills classes to the program participants. This past Thursday, she let the youth request the topic for cooking class and it was unanimous: lasagna!

Barbara asked the staff at Swanson Rink to help support her efforts by submitting their favorite lasagna recipes for a little “cookbook” she could give to the participants as a take away. Plenty of great recipes were submitted and we are sure that the youth will love each and every one of them! Recipes ranged from vegetable lasagna to lasagna roll ups…yum!

A special thanks to Mary Ann Moody for preparing her special homemade sauce for the class and to Art Boggess for volunteering to help out during the cooking demonstration.

The program participants have come to know and love Barbara for all that she does for them, which is not limited to her fabulous cooking skills and yoga training; Barbara has also become a teacher to them as she is always educating the youth on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Next up on Barbara’s agenda: an indoor herb garden! She will be taking the donations from this quarter’s yoga held at Swanson Rink to help start the garden at the Bannock Youth Center so that the participants can learn to cook with fresh herbs. We are sure that Barbara will have plenty of fabulous recipes for everyone to try.

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AFCOM Rocky Mountain Chapter Golf Tournament

09/23/2013

The AFCOM Rocky Mountain Chapter held its inaugural golf tournament this month, consisting of a four-person, 18-hole scramble at Fossil Trace Golf Club, in Golden, Colorado. AFCOM is an international organization that provides education and resources for data center and facilities management professionals around the world.
The AFCOM Rocky Mountain Chapter held its inaugural golf tournament this month, consisting of a four-person, 18-hole scramble at Fossil Trace Golf Club, in Golden, Colorado. AFCOM is an international organization that provides education and resources for data center and facilities management professionals around the world. This event brought in over 100 golfers, and was a great networking opportunity for all those involved in the data center industry.

Swanson Rink’s Director of Business Development, Rachel Barrett, serves as the AFCOM Rocky Mountain Chapter Secretary and was an integral part of planning this successful event. Swanson Rink was a proud sponsor for the tournament, and also supported the event by sending out Swanson Rink volunteers and golfers to participate.

Congratulations to all involved in this successful event!

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Swanson Rink Hosts IIDA Green Team Expo

08/28/2013

Last week Swanson Rink hosted the 4th Annual IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter Green Team Expo in our offices. 12 sustainable services product vendors set up booths around Swanson Rink’s office suite, showcasing their newest and most innovative offerings.
Last week Swanson Rink hosted the 4th Annual IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter Green Team Expo in our offices. 12 sustainable services product vendors set up booths around Swanson Rink’s office suite, showcasing their newest and most innovative offerings. Over 50 attendees were present at the event, eager to learn about the latest in sustainable interior design concepts. As part of the event, Swanson Rink staff members Clare Epke, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Project Manager and Sustainable Design Coordinator, and Sohana Arni, LC, Project Manager & Lighting Design Specialist, gave a CEU presentation on updates in LEED and lighting efficient design.  Swanson Rink would like to congratulate IIDA on another successful event and thank them for allowing us to be a part of it!

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Swanson Rink Honored by VOA

08/13/2013

Volunteers of America and the Bannock Youth Center marked the official "opening" of their new playground with a ribbon cutting last month and Swanson Rink was there to celebrate. You may remember reading about a team of our staff braving the cold back in October to assemble a playground at the Bannock Youth Center, now it’s time to update you on the latest happenings!
Volunteers of America and the Bannock Youth Center marked the official "opening" of their new playground with a ribbon cutting last month and Swanson Rink was there to celebrate. You may remember reading about a team of our staff braving the cold back in October to assemble a playground at the Bannock Youth Center, now it’s time to update you on the latest happenings!

VOA honored Swanson Rink (along with Recreation Plus, who donated the equipment) for their hard work and community involvement. Because of Swanson Rink’s dedication to improving our community through our work with the Bannock Youth Center several young families in the Denver Metro area have been able to enjoy a safe place to spend time together while also gaining the necessary skills to become positive, contributing members of our community.

At the playground dedication on July 30, the Swanson Rink team received a plaque recognizing their volunteerism as well as a picture signed by the young families and Bannock staff, who will get to reap the benefits of the playground, as tokens of appreciation.

Swanson Rink looks forward to continuing this great relationship with the Bannock Youth Center and Volunteers of America through new opportunities.

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Swanson Rink Speaks on Data Centers from Coast to Coast

07/09/2013

Swanson Rink President Gary Orazio was part of the panel for the "High Energy Efficiency! Low Workplace Effectiveness?" discussion at this year’s annual Uptime spring conference. The Uptime Institute Symposium was held in Santa Clara, California, and welcomed over 1,300 attendees and nearly 100 speakers and focused on the overarching topic of "The Global Digital Infrastructure Evolution."
Swanson Rink is known for being a leader in the data center industry and this year we have been busy speaking on trends and topics from coast to coast and everywhere in between.

Swanson Rink President Gary Orazio was part of the panel for the "High Energy Efficiency! Low Workplace Effectiveness?" discussion at this year’s annual Uptime spring conference. The Uptime Institute Symposium was held in Santa Clara, California, and welcomed over 1,300 attendees and nearly 100 speakers and focused on the overarching topic of "The Global Digital Infrastructure Evolution."
 
Gary also spoke with Bob Yester, Executive Vice President at Swanson Rink (who boasts more than 30 years of expertise in the data center industry), at the 7x24 Spring Conference in Boca Raton, FL, on June 5, 2013 on the topic of "Performance Challenge: Tier IV, PUE 1.2 Modular Build Out." The basis of this presentation was how Swanson Rink was able to help the ViaWest Lone Mountain Data Center achieve Tier IV Certification while maintaining high reliability and substantially lower energy costs than the traditional IV facility.

If you would like see one of our data center presentations, Gary Orazio and Bob Yester will be speaking with Dave Leonard of ViaWest at the July 24 AFCOM Rocky Mountain Chapter meeting on the topic of "The impact of design assumptions on data center cooling." This topic will also be presented at the AFCOM Phoenix meeting on August 23.

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Results from the Bannock Youth Center Kickball Tournament

06/14/2013

Swanson Rink hosted a kickball tournament this past Saturday to raise money for the Volunteers of America’s Bannock Youth Center. The purpose of this event was to raise money for a scholarship fund to be put in place at the Bannock Youth Center.
Swanson Rink hosted a kickball tournament this past Saturday to raise money for the Volunteers of America’s Bannock Youth Center. The purpose of this event was to raise money for a scholarship fund to be put in place at the Bannock Youth Center. Through this event, Swanson Rink was able to raise well over $2,000 as a basis for the fund and a large part of this was due to the generous raffle prizes we received from area donors.

We were joined by nine other teams eager to take home first place and the competition was fierce! Swanson Rink’s CAD technician Ryan Kelley put together his own team, and they were crowned first place after 5 rounds of play. It was a close championship game between them and Mortenson Construction who took home second place. In the game for third place, RJM Contractors came out victorious!  Congrats to all of you, and the other incredible competitors from Iron Horse Architects, OZ Architecture, E Light Electric, Gensler, MOA Architecture, Volunteers of America, and Swanson Rink. We look forward to seeing these all of this year’s teams again, and can’t wait to find out who will be the new competition.

Swanson Rink had high hopes that this event would be the first on many of its kind, and we are confident after the success of this tournament that this event will continue to grow for many years to come. We would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of our participants, volunteers, and donors, we could not have done it without you!

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Swanson Rink’s Steve Bennett Finishes Second at WOT Race

05/29/2014

Steve Bennett, Vice President of Aviation Services has been involved in the competitive cycling arena for over 20 years. He started out as a mechanic for his daughter who was the one that initially had an interest in cycling.
Steve Bennett, Vice President of Aviation Services has been involved in the competitive cycling arena for over 20 years. He started out as a mechanic for his daughter who was the one that initially had an interest in cycling. While he was in his 40’s he would participate in “dad’s races” that took place as part of his daughter’s competitions, but after a couple of years Steve’s daughter lost interest in the sport. This is when he really began to get in to the world of competitive cycling; starting at the Masters 45+ age group. Although cycling keeps Steve healthy and fit, his main reason for competing is because it’s FUN. He enjoys the fact that strategy weighs heavy on his chances to win. Being an engineer for the last 35 years gives Steve an advantage when it comes to effectively strategizing. Since Steve has been racing with many of the same guys for almost 20 years he has learned their strengths and weaknesses and use them to his advantage. (Of course that goes both ways.)

Every cyclist has their own unique strengths and Steve has found his is the ability to "sprint," which just like in running, gives him the ability to exert a lot of power for a short amount of time. Due to this strength he has focused his efforts in two of the four racing genres. His favorite race is the road race. This type of racing is similar to the style you would see during the Tour de France where the cyclists travel a long distance (often up to 75 miles in his case) in large groups. This type of race is particularly appealing to Steve because it requires endurance, the ability to sprint and of course, strategy. He also thoroughly enjoys criterium racing, which is a crowd pleaser since it is on a short course with many laps and usually only lasts about 30 minutes to an hour. Criterium racing is the genre where Steve recently won second place and is looking forward to the Masters State Criterium on June 23rd.

Steve has recently been seen racing in Colorado and New Mexico and anticipates making his 8th appearance at Nationals this September in Bend, Oregon. Steve’s next event is the Elephant Rock Ride which he will do with his wife on a tandem bicycle, leaving us with this statement "One of the great things about a tandem is that you cross the finish line together."

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Swanson Rink’s Biodesix, Inc. Project Wins IIDA Award

05/15/2013

Swanson Rink teamed with Gensler for the Biodesix, Inc. project which received an award from the International Interior Design Association's Rocky Mountain Chapter for best design on a budget.
Swanson Rink teamed with Gensler for the Biodesix, Inc. project which received an award from the International Interior Design Association's Rocky Mountain Chapter for best design on a budget.

Swanson Rink was responsible for the mechanical, electrical, fire alarm and plumbing engineering for Biodesix's new 30,000 square foot office and lab space in Boulder, CO. For the electrical portion of this project Swanson Rink was responsible for the elaborate lighting design as well as the spectacular power layout and quality control checks that helped earn this award. Congratulations Greg Peer, Greg Mondragon, and Don Paus for your hard work on this project! Be sure to check it out.

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Swanson Rink Continues Work at DIA with Five-Gate Southwest Airlines Expansion

04/15/2013

Swanson Rink is currently working on the Concourse C West expansion design at Denver International Airport, consisting of approximately 57,000 enclosed square feet of new construction on two floor levels.
Swanson Rink is currently working on the Concourse C West expansion design at Denver International Airport, consisting of approximately 57,000 enclosed square feet of new construction on two floor levels. In addition to the new construction, the work includes moderate renovation at the west end of the existing structure, including interior upgrades to the existing hold-rooms to provide continuity and transition between the new and existing buildings.  Swanson Rink is currently providing mechanical and plumbing engineering, special systems design, life safety, fire protection design and engineering, security systems engineering, communications and data systems engineering. Swanson Rink is teamed with Wong Strauch Architects for this project, having previously worked with them on the Denver International Airport On-Call Concourse Design Services.

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Swanson Rink to Host Kickball Fundraiser

04/09/2013

Swanson Rink is set to host a charity kickball tournament on June 8, 2013. This is a FUN, FRIENDLY competition dedicated to helping out a good cause. While the event is bound to bring out some competitiveness in everyone, it is important to remember that the Bannock Youth Center is the real winner!
Swanson Rink is set to host a charity kickball tournament on June 8, 2013. This is a FUN, FRIENDLY competition dedicated to helping out a good cause. While the event is bound to bring out some competitiveness in everyone, it is important to remember that the Bannock Youth Center is the real winner! The specific purpose of this event is to help raise money for a scholarship fund to be established at the Bannock Youth Center in Denver, CO.

If you have not had a chance to read about Bannock Youth Center in our blog before-this is your chance to find out about a great Volunteers of America organization. The Bannock Youth Center is committed to helping disadvantaged youth, as well as their young children, become independent, contributing members of society.

Swanson Rink has built a strong relationship with the Bannock Youth Center over the past couple of years. During this time we have provided them with childcare, wellness classes, Life Skills coaching, Youth Recognition and holiday parties, as well as a remodel to their facilities.

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Swanson Rink Food Drive

04/04/2013

As part of Swanson Rink’s commitment to the community, our Staff Accountant (and resident yoga instructor), Barbara Krucke, volunteered to lead a Life Skills class at the Bannock Youth Center during the month of April.
As part of Swanson Rink’s commitment to the community, our Staff Accountant (and resident yoga instructor), Barbara Krucke, volunteered to lead a Life Skills class at the Bannock Youth Center during the month of April. With the topic being Healthy Cooking, Barbara chose the theme “Beans & Grains.” (Did you know that combining the two makes up a healthy, inexpensive, complete protein source?)  Barbara created four recipes to be demonstrated to the class and challenged the Swanson Rink employees to a friendly competition: 

The office was divided into four quadrants and each team was asked to donate ¼ of the necessary ingredients for each recipe. The purpose of the food drive was to culminate enough ingredients for participants to take home and recreate the demonstrated meals in their own kitchens. We are pleased to say that this contest brought out the competitive nature of our employees, and that Swanson Rink far exceeded all of Barbara’s expectations!

The new chalkboard wall in the Swanson Rink break area was the topic of conversation over the past week as quadrants began keeping tally by shading in their meters on the company blackboard. Each quadrant wanted to win so badly that employees were even sneaking out on their lunch breaks to gather more groceries and pull ahead of the competition. With one day left in the competition, we are nearly 100 items over our goal. One of our teams has more than doubled their goal-WAY TO GO!

Finally, if you are wondering why we mentioned yoga at the beginning of our blog, Barbara teaches yoga classes both at Swanson Rink and the Bannock Youth Center. The Swanson Rink yoga classes are on a donation-only basis (which Barbara then uses towards supplies for Bannock Youth Center). This quarter’s yoga money is being used to purchase food processors, cutlery sets, and cutting boards, to be raffled off during her cooking classes!

Stay tuned to the blog for updates from the “Beans and Grains” cooking class and information on Barbara’s upcoming smoothie class.

The Bannock Youth Center is operated by Volunteers of America, a non-profit organization in Denver, CO, committed to helping disadvantaged youth, as well as their young children, become independent, contributing members of society.

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A BIG Thanks to Swanson Rink’s Jim Flint

03/20/2013

You might recall reading about the Swanson Rink staff working together on tables for our new office back in January… Now it’s time to reveal the finished product!
You might recall reading about the Swanson Rink staff working together on tables for our new office back in January… Now it’s time to reveal the finished product!

After four months of hard work, the much anticipated walnut tables have arrived in the Swanson Rink offices. How did these tables come to be? The idea of crafting our own wood tables had been tossed around by company executives and managers during the preliminary visioning sessions for the new office back in the summer of 2012. Almost immediately everyone knew this was a job for Jim!

Our "jack of all trades," Director of Information Systems, Jim Flint was able to acquire 20 year-old stock walnut that had never been used, for a steal of a price. He enlisted the troops and got to work. Swanson Rink’s Chelsey Lange, Michele Hendrick, and Andrew Alger joined Jim to cut the 1” thick walnut boards down to size. The next step was milling. (Jim just so happens to own of a 20 foot, 30 year old French sliding panel saw that is great for milling.) The saw uses 3 phase power and weighs about 4,000 pounds! After Jim and Andrew completed these steps, came the sanding, staining and finishing of the boards. The final touch was that each table was hand polished with a bees wax/carnuba finish.

The table bases were inspired by a combination of parson tables and the metal swirl design of the stainless steel at DIA. The bases were welded and a swirl finish was ground into the steel. Each table was designed to support upwards of 1,000 pounds!

Extra fun tidbit: These conference tables were so large they had to be hand carried up the stairwells and one even had to be placed on top of the an elevator car and brought up to the 12th floor through the elevator shaft!

Thanks again Andrew, Michele, Chelsey, and Jim!

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