01 January 2012
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
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
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
“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 www.obernel.com
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
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