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Keeping It Real with Ali Arshian

The Keeping it Real series is your chance to hear from Allen & Shariff staff on life, lessons, and leadership, straight from the trenches. Sometimes literally.

 

Name and Title: Ali Arshian, Senior Electrical Engineer
Office location: Columbia, MD
Years at Allen & Shariff: 11 years & 5 months



What’s the one skill that you would say is essential to being a great mechanical designer?
Attention to detail is essential because one little mistake can cost the owners of the facilities we work in a lot of money. We do everything we can to maintain our good relationship with them.

What are the skills that you would say are essential to being a great electrical engineer?
Having a great memory and common sense.

What is the most innovative advancement you’ve seen since you first started your career?
LED

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Building codes. They’re important standards that almost all industries have to meet in order to keep people safe, remain efficient, and ensure an environmentally conscious setting. Codes are constantly evolving in order to stay ahead of trends, right size issues, and account for changing environments. These changes often have compounding effects—from prompting slight updates to warranting major redesigns and, in the most extreme cases, rebuilds.

A major code change (or a change in the interpretation or enforcement of a code) hits hospitals in particular every few years, causing many hospitals to rush to make the necessary updates to meet the code requirements. Allen & Shariff has partnered with several hospitals to not only ensure they get up to code when a change occurs, but also to help them stay on top of trends and a step ahead of future changes. A recent hot button issue concerning hospital code is how in-hospital pharmacies handle hazardous drugs (HDs) such as chemotherapy medications. While the code in question is extensive and has implications in areas beyond MEP engineering design, here’s everything you need to know from an MEP standpoint.

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Why Energy Modeling Matters

Our Virtual Lunch & Learn blog series explores a specific topic adapted from our most popular Allen & Shariff Lunch and Learn courses. Whether for new construction, existing building system auditing, or commissioning, energy modeling is inseparable from smart, efficient MEP engineering. Every design decision impacts a building’s energy use, sometimes for the lifetime of […]

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Keeping It Real with Aaron DeSantis

The Keeping it Real series is your chance to hear from Allen & Shariff staff on life, lessons, and leadership, straight from the trenches. Sometimes literally. Name and Title: Aaron DeSantis, Mechanical Designer Office location: Zelienople Years at Allen & Shariff: Two years What’s the one skill that you would say is essential to being […]

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The Importance of Diversity – MBE Certification and Beyond

The construction industry hasn’t always been known for its diversity, but for many companies in the business, that’s starting to change. As a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Allen & Shariff understands the benefits – both for company culture and for business – of celebrating and promoting diversity in the workplace.

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What a Year It’s Been

2018 was a year of celebration. From connecting with partners old and new to delving into photos from our past (some of which we may wish never surfaced), Allen & Shariff has thoroughly enjoyed this time to reflect, reconnect, and recommit to moving forward with integrity and excellence. Thanks to our team, friends, and clients […]

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Allen & Shariff VP Honored by Local Community

Bill Pettitt, VP of Engineering for Allen & Shariff’s Salisbury office, was honored at Wicomico County’s second annual Good Sports Awards, which recognize youth athletes, coaches, and volunteers throughout the region. The awards banquet honors organizations and athletes who demonstrate four core values – fun, community, sportsmanship, and skill development. Bill received the Official of […]

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Foundational Relationships: OTJ

Throughout this year, Allen & Shariff is taking the time to acknowledge and appreciate the foundational business relationships that we have developed during our first 25 years. As we pause to spend time with our valued friends and partners, we are taking the time to share a little about who they are, the work we’ve […]

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