This past Monday, May 1st, Epstein’s electrical engineers Deraa Dike and Renata Pajerska were the proud recipients of the two major design awards presented at the Electrical Association’s Annual Consulting Electrical Engineers (CEE) Tech Forum and Table Top Trade Show. Deraa was presented the Charles Steinmetz Award for his electrical design of the Illinois Tollway’s M-1 Maintenance Facility in Alsip, Illinois and Renata won the William P. Hogan Award for her design of the renovation of the Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites in Chicago.
The Charles Steinmetz Award that Deraa received was for his innovative electrical engineering of a project greater than $1M in electrical equipment construction value and having been constructed in Chicagoland (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will, McHenry and Lake Counties) or Lake County, Indiana. Renata’s William P. Hogan Award was also for innovative design in the same geographic region but for a project between $1 and $1M in electrical equipment installed.
For the Illinois Tollway’s M-1 Facility, which is a nearly 95,000 square foot LEED-NC Gold certified building that is responsible for maintaining the Tollway’s vehicle maintenance fleet as well providing administrative support space, Deraa responsibility was to develop an electrical design that focused on reliability and redundancy with a major focus on sustainability. In addition, Deraa’s design would also serve as a prototype for future facilities, two of which are currently being implemented.
Illinois Tollway M-1 Maintenance Facility
Since one of the main directives of a facility like M-1 is to ensure that the Tollway’s staff is able to keep highways clean and passable during sever winter storms, Deraa’s design focused on producing electrical infrastructure that would operate during a prolonged power outage and therefore the electrical design featured a separation of services that offered maximum reliability and redundancy for critical loads. Deraa also implemented new LED technologies for M-1 that helped the Tollway with security access issues they were having with older facilities for building and roadway maintenance. The LED design solved these security problems and also dramatically improved the site lighting. Lastly, Deraa’s efficient and sustainable design uses less energy but also produces power year round due to the grid-tie 200KW roof mounted photovoltaic system.
For the Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites renovation, a project that involved modernizing the arrival/entry lobby and elevator cabs on Level 1 as well as the check-in desk, market, bar, buffet areas, meeting room and public restroom on Level 2, Renata served as the lead lighting designer and electrical engineer. In this role she was responsible for creating a welcoming ambience that utilized the latest in LED technologies and pre-programmed lighting controls.
Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites
Renata’s work on the Residence Inn/SpringHill Suites is a remarkable example of how creative lighting and electrical design can be achieved on a tight budget and construction challenges. Through Renata’s close collaboration with the interior designer, The Gettys Group, and the owner, she was able to implement the latest in lighting technologies/controls to achieve the welcoming ambience goal. A design that featured numerous lighting ‘themes’ like a ‘warm/quiet’ lounge zone featuring a fireplace, a ‘cozy’ fine dining experience and a ‘casual’ breakfast space, a ‘fun & attractive’ bar setting and a ‘bright’ market and reception spots.
Lastly, congratulations Deraa and Renata for a job extremely well-done!