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That’s A Wrap 2013!

100_2152Another New Year has begun! We’ve given our toasts, drank some bubbly, and made resolutions. And now, it’s time for reflection.

Community giving was a shining theme of 2013. Whether it’s weeding gardens, refreshing a park, or walking for a cause, we lent a hand.

Over the years, Bruner has partnered with the United Way of Central Ohio to bring compassion and aid to residents in need. Most recently, in our Warmest Wishes campaign, Bruner donated to the St. Vincent Family Center and Habitat for Humanity MidOhio, but we’ve also donated our time and efforts throughout the year—not just around the holidays.

To spark our United Way Ice CreamCampaign each year, Bruner hosts a Kickoff Week to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and get everyone excited about the year’s events.

This year, the “Pathway out of Poverty” Kickoff Week was filled with fun surprises. The CD102.5 ice cream truck even dropped by to provide frosty afternoon treats for employees.

Our first event, Community Care Day,100_2148was held at a Volunteers of America transitional housing complex for our military heroes. These homeless Veteran’s, feeling forgotten by society, are given a place to call home at Volunteers of America’s Veteran’s Resource Center—a place for which they can be proud. Bruner had twelve volunteers help landscape and beautify the Veteran’s Resource Center. By giving this housing complex a little facelift, volunteers were able to provide valuable community service to those in need.

Another notable event, the Bruner Golf Outing, was a huge success. By prompting employees, vendors, and suppliers we were able to raise a substantial amount of money for the United Way of Central Ohio—and also have a bit of fun!

From spring until winter, Bruner identified and participated in various other charitable events to engage our employees and give back to our community.


NCH Wagon Donation

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Wagon donation in honor of Ian Richey
and family (pictured left)

Mount Carmel Golf Invitational
In support of scholarship funding for
Mount Carmel College of Nursing

Columbus Marathon
In support of Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Great job John Herold, on your time of 3:23:26!

Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Over 80,000 lbs donated to Operation Feed in the last 4 years13B 167

The Ohio State Four-Miler
Benefitting the Buckeye Cruise For Cancer
and the Urban and Shelley Meyer Fund

Creative Living – A Bouquet of Flavours
Funding for Creative Living’s Resident
Assistance Program

Columbus Tutoring Initiative
Beacon Elementary School

9 Bruner employees donate their lunch hour
to tutoring 1st graders in readingIMG_1028

American Heart Walk –
In Loving Memory of Bobbi Newman
Surpassed our goal of $2,500
and had 21 walkers!
(pictured left)

American Red Cross Blood Drives

SMPS and Turner Golf Outings
In support of A Kid Again

Abercrombie Challenge
Goal: to reach $100 Million in donations
for the Wexner Medical Center

Donations to Kokomo, IN
Tornado Devastation

 

Bruner is proud of our great employees, who have dedicated their time and effort to make these great contributions to the Central Ohio community. We’re also blessed to have such great suppliers and vendors working with us. Partnership is at our core and we value all of our relationships, whether long-standing or newly created.

The importance of philanthropy is fully integrated into Bruner’s culture. We truly value the opportunity to work on projects that impact the lives of others.

 

Now that’s a wrap for 2013–can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring!

 

We’ve got an Excellent Leader on Hand!

John Sleeper, Vice President of estimating and Pre-Construction here at Bruner Corp, recently completed the Builders Exchange Executive Leadership Excellence Experience (BXLX) officially becoming a member of the BXLX Class of 2012. The BXLX is a nine-month program for senior level executives in the commercial construction industry offered by the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio. This year, Sleeper was among 20 participants in the program.

When asked why he would recommend BXLX, Sleeper responded “This was an excellent opportunity to continue to learn new things from people with a variety of different experiences throughout the industry and the business world in general. It also offers the chance to connect with peers and competitors throughout the local industry.”

BXLX is supported by a grant from the Builders Exchange Foundation and offers education and coaching by nationally-recognized experts in construction leadership and business development. Bruner Corporation is a long-time member of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, a trade association serving the local commercial construction industry with 800 member firms.

To find out more about John’s experience, visit: http://www.bx.org/bxnews/Weekly%20Articles/2012%20Articles/07-03-2012/BXLX-Profile-Sleeper-7312.html

And the Award Goes To…

The BX Craftsmanship award judges met recently and selected nine individuals to be honored with a 2012 BX Craftsmanship award, and Bruner’s Doug Linnabary was one of the nine who received it! We would like to congratulate Doug and his team on the high-quality work that they performed on the Project Noble Data Center. Specific to the award, Doug was recognized for the installation of HVAC piping in the mechanical room and CRAH gallery at the Project Nobel Data Center.

Since 1964, the BX Craftsmanship Awards Program has recognized the importance of craftspeople for the quality work they provide to the local construction industry. The Craftsman recipients were selected from 29 nominations of work completed throughout the Central Ohio area during the past year.

We are proud of Doug, and expect his hard work and success to continue to be awarded in the future.

Project Spotlight: Miranova Helicopter Lift

In the autumn of 2011, Bruner technicians performed routine maintenance on seven make-up air units at One Miranova Place in Columbus, Ohio.  The seven make-up air units providing fresh air to the kitchens of over one hundred condominiums were found to be unsafe for operation, due to cracks in the gas fired heat exchangers, which could allow carbon monoxide to enter the living spaces of the tenants.

To provide a temporary repair, Bruner welders sealed the leaks, allowing the units to remain operational until new make-up air units were available for installation.  These repairs, while temporary, allowed the Board of Directors at Miranova time to investigate several options for a long term solution.

After receiving several proposals, the Board decided to accept the solution provided by the Bruner Corporation.  With advice from Prater Engineering, the Board accepted the offer from Bruner to remove the aging make-up air units, and install seven new “Aaon” 100% fresh air make-up air HVAC units.  The new Aaon units, with technological advances not available 15 years ago, provide increased energy efficiency and extended longevity.

One of the major obstacles facing Bruner was the difficulty in removing the existing units and mounting the new units to the rooftop of One Miranova Place, nearly 340 feet above street level.  After consulting with several crane companies, it was determined that the most economical means of replacing the units would be to utilize the services of Midwest Helicopter, a company specializing in lifting equipment inaccessible to conventional hoisting systems.

In preparation for the helicopter lift, Bruner technicians, led by Bob Hoffman and Don McNeal, [John Magill and Brian Caton also] spent many hours to assure that all components were able to be safely and efficiently lifted to and from the building.  Their efforts paid off, as the total time required to remove seven units and mount seven new units was under one and a half hours, nearly a fifth the time required for conventional hoisting methods.

With an extreme focus of safety and customer satisfaction, Bruner has once again demonstrated our commitment to excellence.  Even during this potentially dangerous helicopter lift, the interruption of business to Miranova One (condominiums) and Miranova Two (office building) was negligible.

Hats off to the Bruner team for making this event run so flawlessly.

 

Discover the Value of HVAC Preventative Maintenance

In a way, HVAC preventative maintenance can be compared to that of your car. If you spend $30 on an oil change in your car, you would save $3,000 on a new engine. If you don’t change the oil and replace belts and filters, the engine will lock up and the vehicle won’t operate. Proper preventative maintenance for HVAC equipment will basically do the same thing. Maintenance isn’t expensive compared to what you might need to spend if your system degrades, and therefore ultimately fails. An example is provided by Anthony Shaker, vice president of operations at UNICO Newton, MA:

If you have a piece of equipment that costs $10,000 to maintain and has a forecasted life of 10 years if properly maintained, you will spend only $20,000 from first cost to replacement cost at the 10-year mark, assuming it would cost $10,000 again to replace it at the end of its lifecycle. However, if you did not properly maintain the unit and it failed at the 5-year mark, you would need to spend $10,000 to replace it after 5 years and then replace that same unit again in another 5 years if you continued to not perform maintenance. Your total cost would be $30,000.

Bruner agrees there are a few key concepts to pay attention to. First, HVAC system maintenance isn’t expensive compared to what you might spend if your system degrades. Second, the first place to turn when building a successful HVAC maintenance plan should be the manufacturer’s operating and maintenance manual. Don’t overlook these maintenance manuals because they provide a concrete blueprint for the steps you need to take to maintain chillers, boilers, motors, air-handling units—every piece of equipment in a building’s HVAC system! Next, by tracking different system indicators such as oil temperature, RPM speed, etc. you can pick up on many emerging problems before they reach a crisis situation. Finally, it’s important to do a life-cycle cost analysis when determining if you should repair or replace an aging HVAC system component. Ideally, the ratio of spending for HVAC systems should be 70% preventive maintenance and 30% corrective maintenance.

Bruner’s planned, predictive, and preventive approach to HVAC system maintenance results in your ability to control costs, extend the life of the facility and its systems, thereby improving operations and cash flow.

Ready to get started? You can trust Bruner, the #1 Heating and Cooling company in Central Ohio, to get the job done.

 

 

Source: http://www.buildings.com/tabid/3334/ArticleID/3183/Default.aspx#top

Build Green with LEED for Schools

The LEED for Schools Rating System recognizes the unique nature of the design and construction of K-12 schools. Just to clarify, LEED stands for: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Schools is the recognized third-party benchmark for high-performance schools that are healthy for students, comfortable for teachers, and cost-effective for budgets.

Studies have shown that students learn better in a quiet, comfortable, and properly lit environment. Because of this and many other factors, greening our schools has become a high priority.

LEED is not meant to be used as the only measure in determining whether a project is green, and in order to achieve green goals it is essential that design teams (including owners and contractors) take an integrative approach and view the project as a whole.

Using an integrated design approach, LEED promotes improved practices in:

  • Site selection and development
  • Water and energy use
  • Environmentally preferred materials, finishes, and furnishings
  • Waste stream management
  • Indoor air quality and occupant comfort
  • Innovation in sustainable design and construction

Bruner is currently working with Dublin City Schools in an effort to promote LEED for schools–check out our project page for more information. With this project alone, Bruner has been recognized by AEP Ohio for our “commitment to energy efficiency and the environment”. As a result of our collaboration, Dublin City Schools will reduce energy use by 739,410 kWh per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 632.8 tons, which equals as many as 100 cars off the road per year! Consider LEED for your school, and contact Bruner to find out what we can do to help.

 

Sources:

http://www.usgbc.org/ShowFile.aspx?DocumentID=5020

http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Integrated-Design-Is-Essential-for-LEED-for-Schools–13125#

Boiler Replacement: Start to Finish in 4 Days

On Friday, February 17, around noon, Service Technician Steve Haag received a call from the Kroger regional office in Westerville indicating that they had a leak into the first floor offices below the mechanical room. Haag’s immediate action was to find the leak and identify its cause. Once at the Kroger office, he found that the leak was coming from their thirty-year-old Ajax fire tube boiler.

Project Engineer Chip Neville was contacted to come up with options for which to rectify the situation. “A repair of that style boiler requires special certification welding that only a couple of people in central Ohio have,” Neville said. “Unfortunately, our certified technician was out of town on another service until late the following week.” By the time he arrived at the Kroger office at about 2:30pm, Haag had the system opened and they found more than just a few tubes were leaking.

The two deduced that a repair was not an option and turned their focus toward a new system. Neville had checked options on his way over with Kevin McGovern Associates and Herbert & Conway, and while on site, he received pricing from both. With those costs in mind, the Bruner team discussed options with Kroger representatives with regards to equipment availability, efficiency, cost, and timing.

By 5:00pm that day, Neville presented firm budgets and a recommendation to Kroger’s Senior Engineer, Eric Wagonknecht, with a target of having the new boiler in place by the end of the following week.

Wagonknecht asked the Bruner team to proceed with a modular boiler option called EVO by Hamilton Engineering. Thanks to Kevin McGovern and the late night put in by the Hamilton Engineering team, the boiler was ordered and its assembly started by 6:00pm.

After tremendous effort by the entire Bruner team, the system was ready to be started by the end of the day Thursday – less than one week after discovering the problem. By 10:00am on Friday morning, the Bruner team had the heat back on in the building just as outdoor temperatures dropped. The replacement even managed to increase system efficiency from 76 to 95 percent.

Thanks to the Bruner team for their incredible diligence and efficiency in delighting our customer with excellent service: Steve Haag, Larry Carver, Don McNeal, and Rocky Carr, with assistance from Kevin McGovern Associates and Hamilton Engineering.

If you’re worried about your mechanical systems, check out our e-book for 9 tips to keep them in tip-top shape!

INFOGRAPHIC: Business First Book of Lists Top Heating & Cooling Companies

In the 2011 Book of Lists published by Columbus Business First, Bruner topped the “Top Heating & Cooling Companies” chart. This is a distinction that we have earned several years running and we continue to aim to live up to the expectations this award sets. Our position is in no way secure, however, with such excellent competition in the central Ohio area.

INFOGRAPHIC: Top Heating & Cooling Companies

Looking for some HVAC tips from the top heating and cooling company in central Ohio? Check out our e-book containing 9 Tips to Keeping Your Mechanical Systems in Tip-Top Shape!

Performance Solutions Group: Taking Action Together

For years the Bruner Performance Solutions Group (PSG) has been saving our customers boat loads of money by evaluating their energy consumption and developing a mechanical solution to their excessive energy use. In 2011, Bruner PSG saved our customers 2,431,986 kWH. By submitting 60 applications throughout the course of the year to AEP’s gridSMART program, our customers received more than $300,000 in incentives.

I know what you’re thinking. “That all seems really great, in theory, but how much time am I going to have to put into this?” or maybe, “How do I know if doing an energy conservation program is going to be worth it?” Those are all great questions, and we’ve got the answers!

The implementation of your program can be started in three easy steps:

  1. Develop an energy analysis.
    The Bruner PSG team performs supply and demand side analysis from your utility bills, evaluating current conditions (usually from two historic years), and then assembles projections.
  2. Provide a feasibility study.
    From surveys of equipment, systems, and operations, the Bruner PSG team provides a study of the feasible solution to reduce consumption costs.
  3. Provide an investment grade audit to implement the program.
    With approval of the feasibility study, final implementation cost and specific plans are provided to enact, administer, and implement improvements.

And guess what else? You can enter a program where the up-front analysis costs can be deferred or waived altogether based on the project and level of implementation chosen, making your investment nearly risk-free and all the more rewarding.

So take action with us, and together we can reduce consumption and make the world a greener place!

Energy Conservation Programs: They Pay Off

Early this week, Hilliard City Schools was presented with a rebate check in the amount of $111,622.42 from AEP Ohio’s Business Incentives program following an energy conservation program in conjunction with Bruner that began in early 2011.

The Hilliard City Schools project included the following energy efficiency measures:

  • 40-ton chiller replacement at Scioto Darby Elementary
  • T8 high-output, high bay lighting retrofits in 22 gymnasiums across the district
  • Occupancy lighting sensors in all gyms and some cafeterias
  • Parking lot lighting retrofit to inductive lamps

The projects represent an annual electricity savings of 728,000 kilowatts per year and an annual cost savings of $58,242.64.

To date, Hilliard has received the largest rebate check of any school district in Ohio. Following closely behind was Dublin City Schools, another project Bruner was fortunate enough to be part of, with more than $90,500.

To get started with an energy conservation program for your district or organization, contact Eric Kuns, VP of the Solutions Group, at (614) 334-9000.

As you can see, the benefits are clear.