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01 January 2012

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Successful Projects

History of ONE, Inc. P.1

ONE, Inc. has successfully completed over 4,000 projects.

Project Types: Churches/Religious Education Event/Sporting Centers Government Healthcare Hotels/Motels Housing/Apartments Kitchen/Dining Manufacturing Office Buildings Parks/Recreation Retail Retail/Shopping Centers Banks Restaurants/Clubs Technology Transportation Warehouse/Storage Buildings Services: Electrical

Lighting Power Distribution Generation Systems Airports Municipal Testing & Monitoring

Mechanical Plumbing Medical Gas Specialty Piping Heat Transfer Refrigeration Heat Generation Air Distribution Controls Testing & Balancing Energy:

Energy Efficiency LEED

Strength in Projects P.2 & P.3 Strength in Employees P.4

History of Obermiller Nelson Engineering OBERMILLER NELSON ENGINEERING (ONE) was established in 1992 by partners James Nelson, PE, FPE and David Obermiller, PE. Since its founding, ONE, Inc. and its people have helped redefine the meaning of building systems consultants. The firm has continually broken new ground in advising our clients on building systems including pioneering in advanced energy saving technologies. ONE brings innovative ideas and exemplary services to advance the quality and comfort of every building we design. Fargo – Moorhead Area The Firm’s modest beginnings, which included two borrowed offices, have evolved into a 38 employee building consultant design firm. Utilizing the experience of the founding Principals and having cultivated good relationships with Architects and Facility Owners, ONE shared in the growth of the Fargo-Moorhead Area providing design services for local medical and educational facilities:

•Sanford Health •Fargo Public Schools •Moorhead Public Schools •North Dakota State University •Minnesota State University Moorhead

Expanding on the Firm’s medical expertise early on, ONE was able to establish an anchor project at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn. This project catapulted the Firm with its very first significant addition and remodeling project. The growth the first years, according to Jim Nelson, “was like riding a rocket ship.”


Obermiller Nelson Engineering Timeline 1992 — ONE, Inc. is established by partners James Nelson, PE and David Obermiller, PE 2003 — Jeffry Splichal, PE becomes a partner 2005 — ONE, Inc. opens an electrical engineering division based in Grand Forks 2007 — Jeremiah Christenson, PE, LEED AP and Brent Wavra, PE, LEED AP join as partners of ONE 2008 — David Vig, PE becomes a partner 2011 — ONE, Inc. opens Minnesota branch office in Alexandria

Grand Forks Area ONE, Inc. worked diligently to help the communities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks recover and rebuild from the devastating 1997 Red River Fire and Flood. Some examples of rebirth and growth include: •Grand Forks County Offices •Sacred Heart School •St. Michaels Church •Alerus Center •Ralph Englestad Arena •University of North Dakota

As the Firm expanded, the need for quality engineering in the Grand Forks community was realized. To further service our clients in the Northern Valley, a branch office was opened. Central Minnesota In 2011, ONE has expanded into the community of Alexandria, Minn. This new branch office will strengthen its Central Minnesota presence, while providing expert building systems consulting. Future As we progress into the future our aim is to design systems with the latest technology and energy efficiency by utilizing resources such as LEED Certification to achieve Net Zero Buildings.

Green Talk Each project at Obermiller Nelson Engineering begins with the question, “What is the most energy efficient system we can design to meet the project

Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church Truly Innovative & Forward Thinking

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic

variable air volume air-handling

mize control and energy efficiency.

Church in Fargo, ND, recently built

unit that incorporates energy

The mechanical system design

a 1200 seat sanctuary It was built

transfer technology similar to that

was truly innovative, energy effi-

to match architecture themes from

used on NASA

centuries ago, with all the comforts


and technology of the 21st Century.

for heat transfer.

budget?” We feel it is important to make sure we provide our clients with building design systems that will keep energy consumption to a minimum.

Our industry has evolved at record pace over the past 15 years with equipment such has

situation for heating



another energy

the area, the mechanical system


is extremely quiet, comfortable,


are barely audible.”

and energy efficient. Displacement

contributes to the

ventilation incorporates a very

comfort and energy efficiencies of

system needs to be fast react-

low velocity supply system, while

the building. The entire system is

ing to maintain comfort, while

using the natural effects of heat

controlled from a central computer

responding in a manner that keeps

rising to provide efficient comfort.

operated control system to maxi-

the space peaceful and quiet.


— Brian Berg, Project Architect Zerr Berg Architects

with a large mass of people in a short window The




The Sts. Anne and Joachim sys-

occupancy sensors, condens-

the rock pilasters, prayer kneelers and pews, so the mechanical system is virtually hidden from the human eye. The return air system is located in the attic, pull-

completed our first solar thermal

ing the warmest air from the top

chiller project for the University

space to minimize heating costs.


presents a unique

Ventilation Systems installed in

was uniquely incorporated into

of Minnesota Morris Research

for the assembly while holding

thinking. A church

ventilation air noise to levels that

tem has all of the air distribution

within our design. We have just


system provides optimal comfort

cient, and forward


variable frequency drives,

energy efficiency opportunities


”The displacement ventilation

One of the very first Displacement

building automation systems,

ing boilers and solar chillers as


The system utilizes a heat recovery coil installed at the large,

Lake Region Hospital Cancer Center Lake Region’s new 34,000 sqft Cancer

Patients waiting for their radiation appoint-

Care and Research Center presents pa-

ments enjoy a pleasant view of live bamboo

tients and their families with much more

growing below the skylight.

than new construction and a new ‘look’. The new center, located in Fergus Falls,

The facilities mechanical system is centered

MN, also offers fresh architectural details

on variable-air-volume air-handling units with

that speak of hospitality and comfort.

terminal boxes for individual room control.

The center’s holistic approach to care

Condensing hot water boilers, variable flow

encompasses everything from a family

chillers and a sophisticated automatic tem-

resource library and chapel to restful wait-

perature controls system provide an efficient

ing rooms.

mechanical system for years to come.

The chemo infusion area consists of eight

The new Cancer Care and Research Center

stations – three semiprivate, one private,

demonstrates an exciting step into the future

and four open stations where people

for Lake Region Healthcare – a regional

can visit with one another. The radiation

cancer facility that combines the power of

department consists of private changing

personalized care and world-class technol-

rooms and gender-specific waiting rooms.

ogy close to home.

Revit / BIM 3-D Drafting We are excited to announce that we are fully staffed to complete both mechanical and electrical designs in REVIT. Our industry has turned to modeling building designs in virtual 3-D. No longer is an air-handling unit or an

UND Energy & Environmental Research Center The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) / National Center for Hydrogen Technology (NCHT) is a two-

Unique & Innovative Design Features Include:

electrical transformer just a line drawn in AutoCAD, but an actual object that has physical properties such as volume, weight and performance characteristics. The

story laboratory building with an attached explo-

• Refrigerant based energy recovery system

ability to provide REVIT for any

sion proof rated demonstration plant. The UND,

• Variable flow laboratory exhaust control system

of our mechanical and electri-

EERC/NCHT is leading the way in developing

• Chemical resistant waste piping system

cal designs is another reason

hydrogen production and utilization technologies.

• Chemical resistant high load rated trench drain system

why ONE is proud to say we are

Energy recovery units were used in conjunction

• Explosion proof rated devices

with an energy efficient variable air flow laboratory

• High pressure nitrogen and oxygen distribution systems with pressures exceeding 1000 psi

exhaust system.

“Strength in Engineering”.

CxS In November, 2007 ONE started

NDSU Richard H. Barry Hall

its sister company Commissioning Solutions as a proactive approach to providing a commissioning

The building, named for the late Fargo business

In addition to the College of Business, the hall has the

need set forth by the United

consultant Richard H. Barry, is NDSU’s third-largest

Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics and

States Green Building Council

at 135,000 square feet. The project consisted of a

the North Dakota Trade Office.

(USGBC) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

67,000 sqft remodeled space and 63,000 sqft of new construction. The mechanical construction cost was

The atrium area has a student reading lounge, a mini

(LEED). Commissioning Solutions

$2,700,000.00 and consisted of geothermal and four-

bookstore, a coffee shop and a Bison Connection. NDSU

focus is on the examination of the

pipe fan coil units.

also houses a police substation in the building.

actual mechanical and electrical equipment installed to verify all

NDSU added a three-story classroom wing, an atrium

components are working in

and a 10-sided tower with a 280 seat auditorium. The

unison as designed. Our next

hall also has several conference rooms. The existing

quarterly newsletter, will provide

building was renovated for faculty offices. The proj-

a feature story which will explain

ect cost was $15 million.

what Commissioning is and why it is essential to a healthy building.


of providing professional design


Mechanical Electrical Fire Protection Commissioning Energy Analysis

2201 12th St. N. Suite E Fargo, ND 58102 877.380.0501


Welcome! New Hires Tony Nelson, PE Electrical Engineer 7 Years of Experience

Meet Dan Dan Pederson, Associate

Andrew Bartsch, PE Electrical Engineering License Recognized as Firm Associate

Joel Peck, PE, LEED AP Mechanical Engineering License

Mechanical Designer, has been employed with ONE, Inc. for 19 years.

Mark Zaharia Mechanical Designer

Dan’s Favorite Famous Quote: “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

— J. Wooden

Cody Ellingson, PE, NEBB Building Systems Commissioning - HVAC Certification Mechanical Engineering License

Engineering Speak Issue 01 January 2012

Adam Sinks, EIT Mechanical Engineer in Training Certification

Next Issue . . . Feature Story — What is Commissioning?

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