HMMH Celebrates National Aviation Day!

August 19th, 2015

by Diana Wasiuk

To all our friends in the industry who smile when they catch a glimpse of a bumper sticker that says – I LOVE THE SMELL OF JET FUEL IN THE MORNING:

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated August 19th as the National Aviation Day in honor of Orville Wright’s birthday.  Three quarters of a century later aviation is still a source of excitement for millions and fuels both our economy and our national pride.  I can hardly keep up with all the innovation – we have:  all the promising mid- and far-term NextGen initiatives, patents for supersonic and low-level space craft, commercialization of Unmanned Aerial Systems, the race to re-usable commercial space vehicles… and so much more.  So, join Jake, me and all of us at HMMH in spreading our wings for aviation!

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Kingston Wind Independence Turbine Acoustical Monitoring Study Released

August 17th, 2015

HMMH is pleased to announce the release of the Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) Turbine Acoustical Monitoring Study report prepared for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). HMMH conducted the study in response to a request from the KWI operator and the Town of Kingston (MA) Board of Health to MassCEC and MassDEP to address questions and concerns voiced by local residents regarding noise from the wind turbine.

The study represents one of the most comprehensive programs of field measurements and data analysis of wind turbine sound conducted in the U.S. It is based on two separate acoustical monitoring campaigns – attended monitoring of turbine on and turbine off sound levels at the quietest times of night between December 2013 and April 2014, and continuous unattended monitoring of background ambient sound levels with the KWI turbine off for a five day period in September 2014. Field data collection of ambient and wind turbine sound levels represent a multitude of different conditions – seasons, weather, wind speed and direction, time of day, background noise levels – from a diversity of receptor sites around the wind turbine. The data and analysis was provided to MassCEC and MassDEP to assess potential wind turbine noise impacts, as defined by the MassDEP’s noise policy.

HMMH is pleased to have contributed scientific data and analysis on ambient and wind turbine produced sound to inform policy and impact assessment. HMMH provided all of the raw acoustical monitoring data as part of the report which is now available for public review. For more info on the project click here.

Transportation Research Board Releases HMMH-Authored ACRP Report 141 – Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source

August 12th, 2015

By Stephen Barrett, LEED AP

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I am pleased to announce the release of TRB’s ACRP Report 141 – Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source. I authored the report with my colleague Philip DeVita and we were supported by team members from Frasca and Associates, Foley & Lardner LLP, Plante Environmental, and SunPower Corp.  Report 141 provides the aviation industry with new information and guidance on the ownership structure and financial accounting behind an increasing number of airport renewable energy projects.  Airports are constantly looking for alternative revenue streams to increase their competitiveness and grow their businesses. They also are exploring ways to use technology to run more efficiently and achieve meaningful cost savings that can be passed on to anchor tenants in the form of more competitive rates and charges. Airports are rich in land and buildings connected to regional infrastructure that provide cost-effective investment opportunities that will benefit the airport business well into the future. Renewable energy has become mainstream as a result of technological advancement, market maturity, and public sector policy and investment with profound benefits to power markets. Renewable energy has diversified the sources of energy and decentralized the power generation network increasing competition, expanding infrastructure investments, and improving national energy security and reliability of the electrical grid. It has increased regional competition for emerging energy generation with states vying for the new business opportunities and markets. It has also demonstrated the viability of a future carbon free economy with the design of high performance buildings that use less energy and supply what is needed through renewable sources. ACRP Report 141 describes renewable energy technologies, airport and renewable energy financing considerations, steps for project implementation, and a summary of 21 airport renewable energy case studies representing various technologies and funding strategies.  It also includes a comprehensive list of all of the solar projects at airports in the U.S., a matrix of renewable energy funding opportunities, a solar feasibility case study, and a sample airport renewable energy RFP.  I will present the report’s findings at the Airports Going Green Conference on October 27 in Chicago.

HMMH Awarded Renewable Energy Consultant Contract at Salt Lake City Airport

July 10th, 2015

By Stephen Barrett, LEED AP

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HMMH is working with the Salt Lake City Department of Airports to assess opportunities to deploy renewable energy projects in a cost-effective way as part of the design and planning of the airport’s $1.8 billion redevelopment program. Part of this program includes meeting Leadership on Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and obtaining credits associated with renewable energy generation and use. One component being considered is covered parking with solar canopies and issues associated with snow and ice. We are also conducting a comprehensive technical and financial feasibility assessment of deploying solar on the property of Salt Lake City Airport. This work evaluates the physical constraints to siting solar on airport property including available land and buildings, proximity to existing electrical infrastructure, consistency with the ALP and airport safety zone, compliance with the FAA’s Interim Solar Policy and ocular hazard standard for glare, and potential environmental resources and effect on permitting. HMMH will also be investigating emission reduction technologies that can receive dedicated funding from the FAA to improve air quality in the Salt Lake Valley which is designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as a non-attainment zone for clean air standards. The HMMH team for this project includes Brendle Group, Blymyer Engineers, Foley & Lardner, and VHB.

MA ESGR Awards Dinner

June 30th, 2015

by Kurt M. Hellauer

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Robert Miller – Co-founder/HMMH, Amie Hellauer,
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I am pleased to follow-up on my prior note that HMMH has been awarded the 2015 Pro Patria Award – Statewide Winner in the Small Business Category” by the Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Massachusetts chapter.  The award was presented at a banquet and ceremony held in Fitchburg, MA on June 12, 2015.  Ironically, a scheduled military drill weekend, followed by two-week trip to California for field work (noise measurements) prevented my being able to attend the festivities.  My absence felt like an Annual Training tour that I would do for the Army Reserve, but without the uniforms or the military orders.  Company business took Mary Ellen Eagan out of state that day as well.  However, I was very excited and proud that my wife of nearly 25 years, Amie, along with one of HMMH’s founders, Bob Miller, could attend in our stead.

Amie knew well the experiences about which I and Mary Ellen have written previously (Dept. of Defense Patriot Award, LTC Kurt Hellauer) and was an excellent stand-in for me.  Bob Miller, a veteran of the Vietnam War and former Air Force pilot (F-102 Delta Dagger) was pleased to accept the award on behalf of Mary Ellen and HMMH.  The Pro Patria Award is the highest recognition a state chapter of ESGR can give each year.  One award for each of three categories of employers are recognized: Large Employers, Small Employers, and Public Sector Employers.  This award is related to, but distinct, from our recognition as a Freedom Award national semi-finalist.