FSi culture

National Cat Day

National Cat Day (October 29) is one of the 365 days every year when we should all celebrate cats. FSi is doing our part, featuring our own soft, sweet, purring, and sometimes cranky kitties. Mac & Cheese Mac (L) and Cheese (R) belong to Benjamin G. They are hellions twice a day, usually at 5 Read More

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FSi and Spoil Your Dog Day 2023

The Very Good Dogs of FSi FSi knows all dogs are good dogs, but we are pretty sure that ours are the best! To celebrate National Spoil Your Dog day, we’re giving you a glimpse at our pups. You can tell these are some dearly beloved canines. You can read a little bit about them Read More

FSi News & Events

FSi’s 38th Anniversary

By Kevin Chadwick On June 25, 2023, FSi celebrated our 38th anniversary. I have been with the firm for 18 of those years, and in the first few months as the Managing Principal, I’ve been thinking a lot about the road we took to get here. More than a decade ago, Rob Danforth and Michael Read More

FSi News & Events

Mike Sullivan Promoted to Senior Associate

By Mike Sullivan, Senior Associate FSi recently promoted Mike Sullivan to the position of Senior Associate. We asked him to share some of his thoughts about his work and the company. Here’s what he said. FSi founder Rob Danforth, who recently retired, always used to say that engineering isn’t rocket science, that it’s really about Read More

FSi News & Events

A Paper with a Purpose

by Kevin Chadwick, Principal. There’s a piece of paper sitting on my desk as I write this. It’s just a half-sheet of printer paper with words in a standard font. It’s a little worn, because it has moved from office to office, year after year. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s one of the Read More

Energy Code

Five things you need to know about Seattle and Washington State’s new energy codes.

by Brandon Crane, Senior Associate The latest news is that the Seattle Energy Code rollout has been delayed until October 2, 2023. The Washington State 2021 Energy code is still due to take effect on July 1, and here are a few things we think you should know about each code. 1. The number one Read More

FSi News & Events

Jessica Moyer Promoted to Senior Associate

By Jessica Moyer, Senior Associate Jessica Moyer was recently promoted to the position of Senior Associate at FSi. She shares some of her thoughts about leadership and the culture at FSi. One of the things I’m most proud of about our work at FSi is the relationships we have with our clients. I started off Read More

FSi culture

Gratitude

by Andy Langdon, Associate Principal. As a new Associate Principal, I’m happy to be a part of our gratitude series. When I started thinking about what I’m grateful for, it all seems to tie back to one of our company values; “We are Family.” When I first joined the leadership team as an Associate, one Read More

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Gratitude

by Rick Himmel, Principal. Of all the seasons, fall is my favorite. It’s that time of year when we have a mix of warm summer days and crisp mornings that remind us that winter is just around the corner. And, of course, the fall leaves. While the colors of each season change from the wild Read More

FSi News & Events

Andy Langdon Promoted to Associate Principal

FSi Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of Andy Langdon to Associate Principal. Andy earned his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 2006. Four years later, he joined FSi, where he has brought strong project management and design skills to his projects. In 2016, he earned the title of Associate, and Read More

FSi culture

Gratitude

by Rob Danforth, Principal. I’ve been with FSi since it’s infancy, and now retirement is one of those objects that “may be closer than they appear.” This seems like a perfect time to reflect on my gratitude for the experience of building and growing a successful company. A long time ago, I worked with an Read More

FSi culture

Gratitude

by Ben Roush, Principal. The hardest part of writing this was choosing a single thing to focus on. I have so much to be grateful for at FSi. As I look back on my career and the careers of my colleagues, one of the things that stands out is opportunity. I think it really stems Read More

FSi culture

Gratitude

by Ola Jarvegren, Principal. I love the practice of gratitude and counting my blessings. I particularly enjoy it during November, as everyone is talking about what they are grateful for in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. I am happy to kick off FSi’s month of gratitude, where every week you’ll hear from one of Read More

Community

Reopen with a Safer Building

As states across the nation begin to re-open during the pandemic, many news articles are asking, “Is it safe?” The CDC says the safest thing to do is stay home and isolate, but not every person or organization has that luxury. FSi, with decades of expertise in HVAC, can help you follow CDC and ASHRAE Read More

Community

How COVID-19 is changing, and NOT changing, the way we work.

On March 6, 2020, FSi Engineers began an experiment in self, company, and community care; we all began working from home. We are striving to make sure we are the same company you’ve always known, with impeccable design and exemplary relationships with our clients. A vendor who provides COVID-19 training to HR Managers around the Read More

FSi culture

Just in Time

The Just™ label is not a certification or a goal, it is an on-going process of self-evaluation under the guidance of the International Living Future Institute. FSi has completed our first round of this process and we are happy to report that our performance is very much in alignment with our values. As we explored Read More

Community

Bill’s Volunteer Story

Raised in a religious environment, FSi’s Bill Boone was familiar with the idea of community service. But when asked to take part in FSi’s community service team, he joined reluctantly. While the team set a goal of serving 80,000 people, Bill set a personal goal of serving just 25 – he wasn’t comfortable committing to Read More

Fire Protection

Fire Protection Engineers: What they are and why you should care.

Fire Protection Engineers: What they are and why you should care A short adventure into the world of Fire Codes. Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs) have a broad range of backgrounds, from building design and construction, to civil service and the insurance industry. The base knowledge for testing and practice consists of four broad legs: Fire protection Read More

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A Place to Be: Building Community to End Homelessness with The BLOCK Project

My foot catches on an uneven bit of sidewalk, and I fly head-first towards the pavement. I hang flailing in the air for what seems like an eternity – then land hard on my hands and elbows and knees. Before I can even brush myself off, strangers appear out of nowhere, sincerely concerned, asking if Read More

Community

Yes in my Backyard! Yes in my Workplace!

Robert is a generous, smart, funny man who has worked all his life – and who has been homeless for more than a decade. He has lived primarily in a dormitory-style shelters, sleeping in rooms with more than 100 other men at close quarters. Last week, Robert moved into a home of his own. His Read More

Sustainability

LEED 2009 Energy Performance Update Effective 4/8/16

USGBC Approves LEED 2009 Energy Update USGBC members have voted to approve the LEED 2009 Energy Performance Update. With approval of this update, LEED 2009 will require higher minimum energy performance standards for all projects registering for LEED 2009 after April 8, 2016. If you have a project that you are thinking of registering soon, be sure to do it before Read More

Press

WSU Wine Science Center featured in Practical Winery and Vineyard Magazine

Practical Winery and Vineyard magazine featured the Ste. Michelle Estates Wine Science Center (WSC) at Washington State University in its January issue. The new facility opened its doors last June to house WSU’s Viticulture and Enology program. FSi was the mechanical engineer and winery systems designer for the new, 39,000 sf facility, working with ALSC Architects as Read More

Uncategorized

USGBC Extends Availability of LEED 2009

The USGBC has announced that the LEED 2009 rating system will be open for registration until October 31, 2016 (extended from June, 2015), to allow product manufacturers to release full material and environmental product declarations. This means projects may be registered under either the 2009 or v4 rating systems for the next two years. We Read More

Sustainability

LEED v4 Updates: New Regional Priority Credits, Building Product and Disclosure Calculators, and LEED 2009 Phase-Out

We’ve been following the development and roll out of LEED v4 (see our previous blog post, here), and have a few updates. Regional Priority Credits USGBC has just updated their Regional Priority Credit (RPC) tool for LEED v4, here. The new RPC are based on specific location (address or latitude and longitude) to allow for Read More

Press

New Wine Science Center to Open in 2015

Washington State University (WSU) offers the state’s only four-year Viticulture and Enology degree, along with graduate studies based on the science and economics of the wine industry. In 2015, WSU will open a state-of-the-art research and teaching facility in Richland, Washington, to support these programs. The facility will house research laboratories, classrooms, and a fully Read More

Sustainability

Energy Assessments & Re-Commissioning in Existing Buildings

Are you looking for ways to reduce energy use, lower operating costs, and improve the comfort of occupants in your building? Consider an energy assessment or retro-commissioning. The US Department of Energy calls energy assessments and retro-commissioning “a powerful tool for uncovering operational and equipment improvements that will save energy, reduce energy costs, and lead Read More

Sustainability

LEED v4 is in effect now, and becomes mandatory in June 2015. Are you ready?

The newest version of LEED, LEED v4, went into effect in December 2013. Until June of 2015, you can choose to submit projects under LEED 2009 or LEED v4. LEED v4 offers significant changes in point allocations, and a few new points. Some projects may earn more points and a higher rating under the new Read More

Sustainability

New 2012 Washington State and Seattle Energy Code Now in Effect

The 2012 Washington Energy Code, based on the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, went into effect July 1, 2013. It is up to individual jurisdictions to decide when to start using the new code, and some jurisdictions (including the City of Renton) adopted it as of July 1. Other jurisdictions we have talked to plan Read More

All-electric energy codes go statewide

The 2021 Washington State and Seattle energy codes take effect soon. For the first time, all-electric systems are required statewide.

A Space to Learn Wine

Check out our work on the WSU Wine Science Center!

A Cafeteria for the Earth

The new cafeteria at Green Lake Elementary features state-of-the-art sustainable design.