GES Sponsors NIH Children Inn's Family Dinner
Global Engineering Solutions staff participated in an Outreach Family Dinner event at the National Institutes of Health Children's Inn. The Children's Inn provides a homelike residence for more than 1,500 children and their families who stay at the inn each year while receiving medical treatments at the clinical center.
GES sponsored the all American themed dinner for all of the children and their families. The volunteers worked as a team to decorate the room with patriotic decorations and helped serve dinner to all of the participants. In addition, the volunteers engaged in a pinata and corn hole activity with the children, which was a successful way of adding hands on fun while relieving the stress of the day. This was a rewarding opportunity to interact with the children and their families and witness how much something as small as a home cooked meal means to families staying at the Inn.
Jackie Hovanec, the Community Outreach & Volunteer Program Assistant, thanked Global Engineering Solutions for "helping to bring much-needed smiles to our Inn families faces – a gift that is truly priceless."
GES Ranked as 2nd Largest MEP Firm in Metro Area
GES has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as the 24th Largest Engineering firm in the metro area. This list consists of firms such as Jacobs, Parsons & AECOM who each have several billion dollars in revenue, so it's an impressive feat to have made the list.
What's even more impressive is this list contains firms providing all forms of engineering (civil, structural, environmental, MEP, etc.) however when you consider those firms that only provide MEP Engineering services, GES is ranked as the 2nd Largest MEP Engineering firm in the metro area!
Design Finishes on Dickinson College's new Athletic Training Facility
Dickinson College's new Athletic Training Facility will consist of an approximately 25,000sf, two story training center designed to support the football, lacrosse and field hockey teams. Designed to LEED Silver, GES' MEP & FP Engineering design incorporates energy efficient HVAC systems, flexible power and lighting systems to allow better use of multi-function spaces and plumbing systems with enhanced water conservation features.
Additional information on the project can be found on Dickinson College's website:
Dickinson College Article
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GES' East Baltimore Community School Project Featured in the Washington Post
The new East Baltimore Community School is the result of a unique partnership between Johns Hopkins University and Morgan State University. As the first school designed to Baltimore City Green Building Standards, GES' engineers used their knowledge of sustainable, energy efficient design to create an environment that promotes learning. Designed in REVIT, the state-of- the-art HVAC system minimizes classroom noise and fosters a more healthful indoor environment. The lighting design features a digital lighting control system and lighting level technologies that work with natural daylighting to create bright and inviting learning spaces.
Details on the project can be found in the Washington Post's article:
Washington Post Article
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GES Renovation/Reconstruction Project Featured in Inform Magazine
GES' Takoma Educational Campus renovation/reconstruction project featured in the November issue of Inform Magazine:
Inform Magazine Article
GES' Soccer Team Wins Division 1 Regular Season and Post Season Titles
After finishing the regular season as the Division 1 Champions, GES entered the post season as the highest seeded team and was favored to win the playoffs. The playoff contenders consisted of all the top teams that finished in the four highest spots in Division 1 and Division 2. After winning in the quarter finals and semifinals, GES was poised to take the top spot at the final match against FC Maryland. By the end of a competitive first half, GES was winning 1-0 and looked to increase the lead in the second half. With key saves coming by way of Goal Keeper Paul Lubao, GES was able to finish the match 5-0, trouncing FC Maryland and becoming the Division 1 and Division 2 Post Season Champions!
Great job to all GES Soccer Team members, especially Co-Manager Lea Westbrook for assembling such a strong team!
GES' Contribution Receives Praise From the Mayor & School
A team comprised of Waldon Studio Architects, Penza Bailey Architects, Forrester Construction and Global Engineering Solutions partnered with the DC Department of General Services to help modernize Nalle Elementary School into a cutting edge learning environment. Nalle Elementary School is located in an economically and socially challenging neighborhood in Southeast, DC. Consequently, the school was lacking many of the tools needed to provide a healthy and safe atmosphere for the teachers and students. Prior to the renovations, the existing systems were antiquated and inefficient, but now after a summer of construction, the facility has been transformed into a 21st century academic institution.
In coordination with Principal Kim Burke, Global Engineering Solutions presented surprise gift baskets full of school supplies to all of the teachers as well as additional supplies to all 300+ students at the school's Open House on August 25, 2012. The event was well received by the teachers, students, and community, and was also attended by Mayor Vincent Gray who in reference to the school system said "having partners like Global Engineering Solutions working with us will help things get better."
GES Ranked as the #1 Fastest Growing Engineering Firm in the MD, DC and VA Area
Within the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry, Global Engineering Solutions has been ranked by Inc Magazine as the #1 Fastest Growing Engineering Firm in the Maryland, DC and Virginia Area as well as the #25 Fastest Growing Engineering Firm in all Engineering Industries in the entire country!
By receiving the recognition as one of the Fastest Growing Firms in the country for three years in a row, GES has been recognized by the community as a very active and dynamic firm. To be honored this year is a particularly notable achievement. To rank among the 2012 Inc. 5000, GES has had to thrive through three of the toughest years the US economy has seen in recent history. GES success in such times is powerful testimony to our team's creativity, resilience and tenacity.
GES Project Receives LEED Gold Certification
Global Engineering Solutions (GES) was tasked with helping The Links, Incorporated modernize its outmoded headquarters facility. Plagued by inadequate electrical, cable and mechanical systems, which were last renovated in 1984, The Links, Incorporated wanted to create a state-of-the-art, energy efficient, sustainable facility that would support its mission of ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans by providing world class office and meeting facilities.
The existing headquarters facility was a 7,000 sf building originally built in the 1930's as a single family home. The project included expanding into an adjacent 2,400 sf apartment building. GES provided MEP & FP engineering and commissioning services for the conversion of the two buildings into a 9,400 sf mixed use facility consisting of commercial and office space, as well as a residential suite for the organization's president.
One of the major goals of the project was to improve the indoor air quality to ensure the comfort of the staff, visitors and overnight guests.
The GES team designed separate HVAC systems for the various spaces in the facility. Split system heat pumps and a rooftop VAV air conditioning system were used in the office space and residential suite. The outdoor air intakes were placed as far away from sources of air contaminants as possible to minimize the effects of pollutants on the building's occupants. The electrical design included a new power distribution system, updated panel boards, energy efficient lighting systems, and addressable fire alarm system. The new design also supported The Link's goal of creating state of the art conferencing facility capable of supporting high-tech video and teleconferencing equipment.
The project was initially targeting LEED Silver, but received LEED Gold Certification.
GES Awarded GSA Federal Supply Schedule Contract for Professional Engineering Services and Construction Management
Global Engineering Solutions has been awarded a contract by the U.S. General Services Administration for professional engineering and construction management services under the GSA Multiple Awards Schedule (MAS) program. The contract has an initial term of five years with three five-year option periods.
The GSA Schedules Program serves as the catalyst for billions of dollars in federal spending, helping meet procurement needs for eligible users, including all branches of federal and state/local government through applicable programs. These long-term Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts assist customers with procuring a vast array of supplies and services directly from quality commercial suppliers.
Under Schedule 871 - Professional Engineering Services - GES can provide specific engineering planning services including concept development and requirements analysis, system design, engineering and integration. GES can also provide construction management services including owner support during the design, procurement, construction, and post-construction phases of a project. Ancillary services under construction management include commissioning, claims administration, and risk assessment.
To learn more about the GSA Schedules program please visit www.gsa.gov/schedules. To learn more about GES' MAS contract please visit www.gsaadvantage.gov and search for Global Engineering Solutions.
GES Recognized as one of the Hottest Firms in the US!
Global Engineering Solutions has been recognized by Zweig White as one of the Hottest Engineering Firms in the US and earned a ranking of #44 on the Zweig Letter.
The Zweig Letter 2011 Hot Firm List recognizes an elite group of the fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada. This industry is made up of 80,000 to 90,000 firms! The firms that have been awarded a place on the Zweig Letter have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields.
In light of the challenging economic times we are going through as a nation and as an industry, this is a tremendous accomplishment and appreciate the contribution from our GES staff, which has led to receiving this award.
GES Repeats Ranking as One of the Fastest Growing Companies in the US
Inc. magazine today announced its fifth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing privately held companies. Each year, Inc. celebrates the remarkable achievements of today's entrepreneurial superstars - the privately held businesses that drive our economy.
In a stagnant economic environment, Global Engineering Solutions (GES) has still been able to achieve over 200% growth over the past three years, which ranks GES as the #22 fastest growing Engineering firm in the US.
For more than 30 years, Inc's list has served as evidence of the significant accomplishments of enterprises and more than ever, this year's list is a testament to the creativity, resilience and tenacity of America's top entrepreneurs. As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Global Engineering Solutions shares a prestigious pedigree with such notable alumni as Intuit, Under Armour, Microsoft, Oracle and scores of other elite firms.
This is the second year in a row that GES has received this award and we congratulate all of our staff as we recognize your hard work, loyalty and dedication to providing first class service and industry leading quality has helped build Global Engineering Solutions into what it is today.
GES Presented with 'Super Hero Award' at Jubilee Gala
At the 23rd Annual Jubilee Gala this past weekend, hosted by the Jubilee Support Alliance (JSA), GES proudly accepted the Super Hero Award as a token of appreciation for all of its contributions over the past eight years including its efforts in renovating seven apartment complexes for Jubilee Housing.
The Annual Jubilee Gala is a signature black tie event in the area attended by over 500 Washington area executives. This year's affair took place in the Regency Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, and included full-course dinner, a complimentary bar, bidding on live and silent auctions, fun-filled casino style games, along with dancing to the tune of the Nightlife Band.
Jubilee Housing, founded in 1973, currently offers housing to 800+ individuals and families in 200+ apartments spanning 7 buildings. Jubilee Housing provides affordable housing in the urban community by maintaining rent at 40% below the market rate for the area. JSA, founded in 1984, is comprised of a dynamic group of DC area business leaders dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to Jubilee Housing.
GES, NIST Break Ground for Solar Panel Project
Earlier in the afternoon, senior officials representing Global Engineering Solutions (GES) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) including NIST Director Dr. Patrick Gallagher, along with other organizations, gathered at the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD for a groundbreaking ceremony that marks the beginning of a large-scale project to install solar panels on four different sites. Others present at the ceremony included Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8), who is a Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on the Budget, and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD-4), who is a Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
The solar panel project that GES designed includes a ground-mount array of photovoltaic (PV) modules that produce 270 kW on one site, a PV parking canopy that produces 242 kW on a second site, a rooftop array of PV modules that produce 73 kW on a third site, and another rooftop array that produces 8.4 kW on the fourth and final site. In total, over 2500 new PV modules will be installed, each of which consists of 60 single crystalline silicon cells that form dimensions of 994 mm x 1640 mm x 46 mm.
This project offers valuable research opportunities for NIST as it can monitor data regarding the PV systems and use the data to evaluate and improve existing computer models that predict energy output and efficiency. Two other matters of research that are of particular interest to electric utilities are the ability to understand transients and being able to predict the production of these solar panels in advance.
GES Document Control Administrator Receives Star Partner Award
Global Engineering Solutions Document Control Administrator, Paul Bedard received the Star Partner Award for his extraordinary actions in support of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) New Campus East (NCE) Mega Project.
As stated by the New Campus East Program Director, "Mr. Bedard's corporate behavior, positive example, and dedication to the shared goals of this superb project team set the example for all partners to emulate, has inspired teamwork, a positive work environment, and merits recognition as an NCE Star Partner! His actions have contributed significantly to the maintenance of a professional atmosphere of mutual respect and trust and reflect great credit upon himself, his parent organization, and the New Campus East One Team. Well Done!"
GES ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in the US
Inc. magazine today announced its fourth annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy - America's independent-minded entrepreneurs.
Out of over 27 million registered businesses in the US, Inc magazine has ranked Global Engineering Solutions as the #7 fastest growing Engineering company and #1001 fastest growing company in America.
For more than 30 years, Inc's list has served as evidence of the significant accomplishments of enterprises and more than ever, this year's list is a testament to the creativity, resilience and tenacity of America's top entrepreneurs. As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Global Engineering Solutions shares a prestigious pedigree with such notable alumni as Intuit, Under Armour, Microsoft, Oracle and scores of other powerhouses.
We congratulate all of Global Engineering Solutions staff as we recognize your hard work, loyalty and dedication to providing first class service and industry leading quality has helped build Global Engineering Solutions into what it is today.
GES Director of Marketing named best marketer of the year
Global Engineering Solutions Director of Marketing, Carolyn Evans, was selected as the "Best marketer of the year 2010" by SMPS and awarded the "Golden Tuba" award. The "Golden Tuba" award is a 29-year tradition for the DC Chapter - it is presented to a marketer who has made outstanding contributions to both the DC Chapter and the A/E/C industry.
The story of the Golden Tuba is nearly as unique as the award itself (an actual tuba). Having found a beat-up old tuba in a pawn shop, former Chapter President Tom Page thought it would make a fitting award for a marketer. As Tom put it, "a successful marketer would be the individual carrying a tuba on the day it rained pennies from heaven." After purchasing the tuba and realizing it was missing its mouthpiece, Tom was undeterred in advancing the award. Whoever won, he reasoned, would certainly be capable of being their own mouthpiece! The award was renamed in 1996 as the "Ginny Solomon Golden Tuba Award" in honor of a Past President.
O'Malley and Hoyer Break Ground for Physical Sciences Complex
High-ranking federal, state, and university officials assembled today for the ground breaking ceremony of the University of Maryland's new Physical Sciences Complex (PSC), a state-of-the-art, 158,068-square-foot educational and research center with facilities that are peerless across the globe. Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley called the $128-million project "the number-one capital priority of the O'Malley-Brown administration," noting that "job-creating progress, especially in these tough times, is all about our ability to be leaders in innovation."
With construction scheduled to start in June, and Phase 1 completion in 2013, the PSC will be home to UMD's Physics and Astronomy Departments, as well as the interdisciplinary Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology and the Joint Quantum Institute, a research partnership between UMD and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
The five-story PSC will span two floors underground, and was designed to promote partnerships between new organizations such as the Joint Space-Science Institute - consisting of resources from Astronomy, Physics, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center - and an advancing effort between IPST and the NIH and the Biophysics group in the UMD Physics Department, along with existing collaboration between workers in the Physics & Astronomy Department, IPST, and JQI.
As part of a comprehensive A/E team, GES was an integral member, providing mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering support services as well as preparing the Building Energy Model and Life Cycle Cost Analysis.
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GES Supported Structure Competes in Canstruction Charity Event
With GES' donation to GBRA and Perkins Eastman, our team was able to raise over $4000 for the charitable Arlington Food Assistance Center. The food donations will go to help families in our area that require assistance to achieve their food needs.
Organized by the Northern Virginia Chapter, Ballston Common Mall, and the Arlington Food Assistance Center, Canstruction is a hybrid design/build competition as well as a community service that has transformed into one of the biggest food drives in the area over recent years. The GES supported structural design of '3D Glasses' won the award for 'Structural Ingenuity' and will go on to compete at the National level.
Since Canstruction first began, ten million pounds of food have been donated to fight against hunger and support needy families in Virginia. Started by the Denver, Seattle, and New York Chapters of the SDA in 1992, Canstruction currently claims over 140 competitions scheduled to take place during the 2009-2010 cycle.
Opening Ceremonies for GES Project Conducted by Mayor Adrian Fenty
Global Engineering Solutions was selected by OPEFM/DC Public Schools to provide the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design and construction administration services for the Ferebee Hope Elementary School. The existing facility consisted of antiquated and inefficient building systems, lack of natural light and void of any modern technology. The new design called for the reconfiguration and modernization of the existing open plan classroom to create a more enriched learning environment complete with modern amenities. As part of the opening day ceremonies, Mayor Adrian Fenty toured the completed project which included enhanced lighting systems, new energy efficient HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality and advanced technology systems including the implementation of smart boards.
GES Project Visited by First Lady Michelle Obama
Ferebee Hope Elementary School is a partner school of Communities In Schools (CIS), an organization that works in partnership with public schools to help students stay and succeed in school. As part of the CIS initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama visited with more than 30 students participating in an after school program at the school. Also important to students' success is ensuring that their school provides a learning environment where they can focus, grow and succeed.
Global Engineering Solutions was selected by OPEFM/DC Public Schools to provide the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering design and construction administration services for the Ferebee Hope Elementary School. The existing facility consists of antiquated and inefficient building systems, lack of natural light and void of any modern technology. The new design calls for the reconfiguration and modernization of the existing open plan classroom to create a more enriched learning environment complete with modern amenities.
GES educational project receives 3 design awards
Benning Elementary School was a former school without walls building and only had large open spaces and no traditional classrooms. It has been transformed into a modern school that now supports two charter schools, with traditional classrooms and administrative spaces, and two separate entrances. In the new space, the two schools, DC Prep and Nia Community Public Charter School, share common spaces, but each school has its own facilities separated on two different floors.
In the IIDA awards ceremony held at the Kennedy Center on 04/22/09 our project was honored with two awards in the Education and Institutional categories. The first was a Gold Award for design and the second was a Special Recognition Award for having the project designed/permitted/constructed in forty days and with such a tight budget. The project also received an interior design Award of Merit from the 2009 Inform Awards, bestowed by the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.
2009 soccer season nets a strong victory
The Global Engineering Solutions soccer team kicked off the Spring 2009 soccer season with an impressive 5-0 victory. Key additions during the off season have bolstered our offensive and defense, including one of our own project engineers, whose strong ball handling in the midfield netted him with one goal of his own.
Although GES soccer team has consistently been ranked as one of the best in Division 1 and played in the finals last season, the team has high expectations for this season including a championship title.
GES project receives 5 awards
GES provided MEP&FP design and CA services for the renovation of the award winning I Gorman Jewelry Store. A special emphasis was placed on the HVAC systems to ensure customer comfort and electrical/lighting systems to enhance display cases and security. GES worked closely with the client to achieve the desired lighting plans including a schedule of proposed lighting fixtures, photometric calculations and associated plans, details and electrical connection information. GES also provided the electrical design for an advanced security system. Spaces renovated included sales floor, presentation cases, jewelry repair/ polishing stations, security vault, private offices, computer stations, bathrooms and various support spaces.
2008 Virginia Society, AIA
Award of Excellence, Interiors
2008 AIA Potomac Valley Chapter
Award of Merit, Interiors
2008 NAIOP MD/DC Award of Excellence
Best First Floor Use
2008 Mid-Atlantic Construction
Best of 2008 Awards
Award of Merit, Interior Fit-out
2008 Instore Magazine
America's Coolest Stores
Second Place, Small Store Category
Design begins on University of Maryland Medical System North Hospital Renovation
In order to meet the functional needs of the University of Maryland Medical Center, Global Engineering Solutions is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design and construction administration services for the renovation of the 8th, 9th and 10th floors in the West Wing of the North Hospital. The project involves converting the existing space into a mix of private, semi private and isolation rooms for cancer and bone marrow transplant (BMT) patients.
The project requires a significant amount of upgrade and infrastructure work to the existing systems including the replacement of the horizontal ductwork to tie into the new vertical distribution system, replacing deteriorating domestic and waste water piping, replacing non-compliant components of the medical gas systems, replacement of the existing nurse call/code blue systems, upgrades to the security system and installation of new emergency power distribution systems to tie into a new emergency power riser. The project also includes the installation of fire proofing, new fire alarm systems and sprinklers to bring the facility up to code.
GES receives award for Best Place to Work
Global Engineering Solutions has been selected as one of the top 10 companies in the Washington Business Journal's (WBJ) 2008 Best Places to Work in the Washington DC Metro area. The Best Places to Work awards program honors the area's leading employers who foster an enjoyable and meaningful work environment for their employees.
GES provides cost savings for the new 700,000gsf, $600million, USAMRIID Bio-Containment & Research Facility
Under an existing IDIQ Contract and as part of a comprehensive Value Engineering Team with PMSI, Global Engineering Solutions is providing Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire Protection Value Engineering services to the US Army Corps of Engineers. As part of this contract, GES provided mechanical (HVAC, plumbing and fire protection) value engineering services for the new 700,000gsf, $600,000,000 USAMRIID Bio-Containment and Research facility.
The new facility is the US Biological Defense Research Programs lead medical research laboratory at Fort Detrick, MD. This integrated research facility will house the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) which is the centerpiece of the National Interagency Biodefense Campus. As one of the most complex and sensitive facilities in the nation, the new facility will comprise state-of-the-art spaces including BSL-2, BSL-3 and BSL-4 spaces.
GES kicks off the new soccer season
Global Engineering Solutions Soccer Team kicks off the new fall outdoor soccer season. As part of the Montgomery County Co-Rec Adult Soccer South Division, Team GES is looking for another successful season. Being the defending champions, expectations for this season are running high, but with a solid defense lead by our own Marketing Coordinator and consistent offensive production, the GES team is looking for an undefeated season.
GES completes work on the University of Maryland Ludwig Soccer & Track Field
Under an existing IDIQ Contract and as part of a comprehensive design team with KCI Technologies, Global Engineering Solutions completes its work on the new irrigation and drainage system renovation for the University of Maryland Ludwig Soccer & Track Field.
The state-of-the-art Ludwig Field has been the home of the Terrapin men's and women's soccer teams as well as playing host to numerous other local soccer events. Due to the expanding horizon of Terrapin soccer and the growing interest in its achievement on the field, the University of Maryland embarked on a project that would bring the level of the facility on par with the excellence of the programs that played there. The 4,500-seat facility is an integral part of not only Maryland athletics, but a cornerstone of collegiate soccer throughout the nation. The complex is fully lighted with an all-weather track and sodded Bermuda grass playing field.
In addition to the collegiate games played at Ludwig Field, the complex has played host to numerous U.S. and professional soccer matches, as well as being used by the 2000 U.S. Women's National Team and the Washington Freedom.