October 2, 2018

Why Hire an Engineer?

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP Why hire an engineer? Are they necessary? The answer is, not so simple at times. Law stipulates that a professional must design certain projects — healthcare facilities, high-hazard buildings and buildings that have an occupancy of more than 100 people, to name a few. […]
August 22, 2018

Western Kentucky University

For nearly two decades, Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. (KGEI) has collaborated with Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) Planning, Design and Construction department. WKU continues to progress on their $500 million campus renovation plan addressing the continued growth of the university. KGEI is proud to be a part of a large number of […]
August 16, 2018

The Importance of Building Envelope Testing

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP Energy codes have advanced to the point where small breaches in envelope integrity can lead to claims of HVAC size insufficiency. Each version of energy codes reduces building energy use below the level of its predecessor. This has been accomplished through improved building envelopes, […]
August 16, 2018

Old Forester Distillery – The Importance of Collaboration

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP The recently completed Old Forester Distillery is a testament to the need for collaboration throughout the design and construction process. This project combines historical construction, customer experience, sophisticated industrial processes, sustainable design and high hazard materials into one aesthetic package. There may not be […]
May 17, 2018

A Q&A with Ben Gries, President, Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc.

Ben Gries took over the reins at Kerr-Greulich as President in January of 2017. With a year under his belt leading the now 35-year old company, Ben took a little time away from his busy schedule to answer some questions about the industry and his mentor and colleague, Don Greulich. […]
May 2, 2018

Design Summary Data and what it means to building owners and occupants

by Christine Keltner As engineers, we must make assumptions and estimations as part of the design process. Unfortunately, we don’t always get to explain or discuss our assumptions with the people who are most affected by them. ASHRAE has laid out a few guidelines to help us keep similar assumptions […]
February 15, 2018

Egress Model Video

Fire Protection Engineers use egress models to simulate occupants exiting a building during emergencies. The results are analyzed to determine the time required to evacuate buildings. This software allows engineers to evaluate building evacuation strategies and provides animated 3D results.  
February 15, 2018

Fire Model Video

Fire Protection Engineers use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling, such as the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) to simulate smoke and heat transfer during various fire scenarios. This software allows engineers to evaluate harmful effects of fire and smoke such as high temperatures, production of carbon monoxide, and decreased visibility for […]
November 21, 2017

Does renovation mean everything must be brought up to code?

by Austin Grant, CFPS November 2017 Determining what items are required to be brought up to current building code requirements is a challenge when designing renovations of existing structures. Looking at the life safety scope of a project, I tend to find issues in almost any existing building that would not […]
May 2, 2016

It’s in the details, it’s always in the details: Building Envelopes – Part 2

by Christine Gries, PE, LEED AP BD+C May 2016 In our previous article on building envelopes, we discussed how envelopes are changing more and more, becoming increasingly interesting and unique. From an engineering standpoint, the most significant aspect of the building envelope is not always the insulation factors (U-values, solar […]
February 26, 2016

It’s in the details, it’s always in the details: Building Envelopes

by Don Greulich February 2016 One of the most critical components, if not the most critical component, of a building is the envelope. This may seem obvious, since the envelope protects the building interior and structural components from water, temperature, moisture, air and sound. But, often it is taken for […]