December 10, 2013  |  construction, construction management, disinfection, UV, wastewater, WWTP

It’s that time again - time to begin reflecting on the past year. The economy, health care, and politics will undoubtedly be points of discussion and reflection at many a holiday table. Believe it or not, wastewater treatment has elements of all three of these topics, and I think it deserves equal time (though I may be a bit biased).

Not much can be bought for a penny these days, but for less than a penny per flush, sewer customers receive unlimited access to thousands of miles of

August 27, 2013  |  Darren James, KAI Texas, transit

The U.S. is undergoing a resurgence in rail-based mass transit as miles of rail are laid and stations are placed strategically across every region. Cities, counties, and regions are not typically homogenous. Passengers desire a unique contextual motif to define their sense of place. Imagine boarding a train near your home during your daily commute to work. As you ride along the color-coded rail line, you observe a station that reflects the heritage and commerce of the residents of a

December 12, 2012  |  Darren James, K-12 Education

by Darren L. James, AIARemember the magic of learning the alphabet with your mom or dad when they sat down with you on the floor of your childhood home? Or learning the colors for the first time when red, blue and green came became “real” things? Imagine the joy of riding in the backseat of your grandparents’ car and seeing the elephant in the clouds on the way to the zoo or feeling the

December 1, 2012  |  Darren James, K-12 Education

by Darren L. James, AIASchool districts are increasingly opening schools for multiple community functions that foster learning and neighborhood cohesion. As a true partner in the vitality of the community, schools provide spaces for PTA and Scouting organizations and other community partnerships such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. Homeowner and neighborhood associations use schools as

November 1, 2012  |  BIM, Darren James, LEED

by Darren L. James, AIAWhether constructing a fire station, renovating a city hall, or adding space to a library, the design and construction of a municipal building requires cost-efficient planning, design, and construction. Like a three-legged stool, these elements must work together to provide city officials and their constituents the very best value for their tax or bond dollar

October 1, 2012  |  BIM, Darren James

by Darren L. James, AIA Business Information Modeling (BIM) is a data-rich technological tool that design and build teams use to produce quality buildings, and that is then handed over to developers and owners to enhance their facility management processes over the life of the structure. BIM can help owners and developers achieve their common and sometimes disparate goals by

November 28, 2011  |  Cambridge Heights, Don Koppy, green, solar energy, St. louis Housing Authority

by Don Koppy, AIA, CSIKAI has joined with the St. Louis Housing Authority’s green initiatives to implement the use of renewable sources of energy. Our Cambridge Heights Housing Development has installed a photo-voltaic electrical generation system capable of providing 10% of the development’s

November 3, 2011  |  BIM, CAD, green design

by Arno Sandoval, NCARB, RA, CSI, CDTFor the past 20 years, the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has utilized two-dimensional (2D) computer-aided design (CAD) documentation to define projects. Some advantages of this approach have included standardization, ease of use, and dimension-ability. Everyone has become familiar with 2D CAD, but it has some real

October 10, 2011  |  EGCC, green, green design, Housing, HUD, LEED, Nathan Rauh, USGBC

by Nathan Rauh, AIA, LEED AP'Green building' is no longer a fresh or novel approach to projects. Instead, the pursuit of environmentally responsible and energy-efficient operations is maturing into standard practice.The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) says its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system is now a widely legislated requirement in at

September 15, 2011  |  Autodesk, Revit

KAI is home to two Revit Gunslingers! Mike Hartmann and Arno Sandoval are both members of this ‘invitation-only’ group for Autodesk. Gunslingers beta test new versions of Revit and this year, Autodesk will be holding two sessions, each with Architecture, MEP, and Structural groups. Mike was one of 16 invitees from across the country for the past two years, and some of his comments and suggestions were incorporated into the final versions of the software. As a member of the Architecture group