2018

January 10, 2018By Bob W.News No Comments

It is hard to believe that 2017 is already behind us.  The holidays and the great times we had are now memories and we are looking to the New Year for new opportunities yet to be realized.  It seems that only a short while ago, Ken Notaro and I started Williams Notaro, but in reality,…

To Filter or Not To Filter…..

November 27, 2017By Bob W.Job Site Visits, News, Technical No Comments

Cooling towers and condenser water systems are high maintenance systems.  They get dirty quickly, and if you do not keep up with the cleaning, the dirt can accumulate in your cooling tower basins and get drawn into your condenser water piping system.  Once the condenser water is contaminated, it can reduce the operating efficiency and…

Good Friends

November 1, 2017By Bob W.News No Comments

Our philosophy at Williams Notaro has always been to emphasize our relationships with project team members and not to focus only on the work.  During my tenure as a consulting engineer, I have met many interesting people.  Every once in a while, you meet a very special person who you quickly connect with and, over…

NFCU Campus Development Update

October 6, 2017By Bob W.Job Site Visits, News, Project Updates No Comments

Furniture Being Installed on the First Floor Monumental Stair Connecting First & Second Floors in Progress Furniture Installation on the East Side of the First Floor The new NFCU Annex facility is “closed-in” and the interior finishes are being installed.  Furniture is being moved in and set up on two of the four floors and…

Still Want an EPA Energy Star Rating for 2017?

September 25, 2017By Bob W.News, Technical No Comments

If you do, then the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest Energy Star announcement should be great news!  The EPA has decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications for a 2017 Energy Star Certification to Friday, December 15, 2017.  That is much later than the normal end of year deadline.  Applications received by December 15th, provided…

Amazing Progress at the NFCU Campus Development

May 31, 2017By Bob W.Job Site Visits, News, Project Updates No Comments

NFCU Campus Development – Vienna, Virginia Work is progressing furiously at the new Annex facility on the NFCU Campus Development Project.  Curtain wall systems are being installed, the roofing is underway and the building should be weather-tight soon.  Interior wall construction, raised floor installation, and the MEP infrastructure systems are all about 70% complete. The…

VFDs – Are You Missing an Opportunity for Savings?

January 30, 2017By Bob W.News, Technical No Comments

Variable frequency drives (VFDs) used to be expensive, long-lead time items that were only used in systems where the air flow rate or water flow rate was varied or modulated. Now that competitively priced VFDs are readily available, most systems can benefit from this technology and you could be saving energy even in applications you…

Sr. Mech/Plumb Engineer Position Available

January 5, 2017By Bob W.Job Openings

We have an exceptional opportunity for an outstanding, creative, and energetic Mechanical/Plumbing engineer interested in growing with the firm.  The right individual can develop this position into the Plumbing Department Head for the company.  Position responsibilities include designing plumbing systems, maintaining plumbing department standards, developing new standards, plumbing design quality control, training junior engineers, and working closely…

2016

December 28, 2016By Bob W.20th Anniversary, News No Comments

This last week of December, the office is unusually quiet.  The phones are not ringing, people are not lined up at my office door, and even email activity is at a minimum.  It seems to be the perfect time to reflect on this past year, our 20th, and to consider how fast the time has…

A Building Appears!

December 5, 2016By Bob W.Job Site Visits, Project Updates No Comments

NFCU Campus Development – Vienna, Virginia Headed over to the NFCU Campus Development job site this afternoon for a meeting with the lead commissioning engineer.  We had a productive meeting regarding the preparation for the commissioning efforts and then took a few minutes to check out the progress on the site. The main roof slab…