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New Key Accounts Manager at BPM

Gerard Barry, Key Accounts Manager at Baxi Potterton Myson

Gerard Barry has been appointed Key Account Manager with Baxi Poterton Myson. Gerard has extensive experience in the industry and is already widely known to many customers as he has handled internal sales and technical queries for the company over the last 20 years.

Gerard will now bring that knowledge base to bear in an external capacity, calling on key accounts throughout the country to help them maximise the potential of the expansive Baxi Potterton Myson portfolio.

Contact: Gerard Barry, Key Accounts Manager, Baxi Potterton Myson. Tel: 01 – 459 0870; Mobile: 087 – 977 1817; email: gerard.barry@potterton-myson.ie

A Tribute to Sean Mulcahy

Sean Mulcahy’s impressive
engineering career spanned almost the
entire second half of the 20th century,
from the post-war years right up to the
early dawn of the Celtic Tiger era.

Over that long period the practice and science of building services engineering in Ireland developed from its very humble beginnings to embrace a myriad of highly-sophisticated engineering applications. Seán played a major role in that transformation through his belief in providing sound engineering advice, embodying both a sense of design excellence and a spirit of innovation.

To gain some insight into the influences that moulded this belief, it is necessary to factor in Seán’s family history and his early career experiences. Seán was born in 1926 into an Ireland that was still emerging from a turbulent decade of social upheaval, armed revolt and a highly-divisive civil war. Seán’s father was very active in these events and continued in a prominent political role for many years.

Seán was the youngest of six siblings. While not blessed with robust health, as a child he had already begun to exhibit the characteristics of gentleness and creativity that would endear him to so many of his acquaintances in his later life.

He decided on a career in building services engineering as it seemed to him, back in 1947, that building services engineering might well be a rapidly-expanding field. Fatefully, his interest was drawn to a Danish building services consultancy practice, J Varming & Company, which had just opened a design office in Dublin. Seán’s decision to accept a position with this company was one which was to shape his engineering career for the following five decades.

Jørgen Varming became Seán’s first “boss”, his mentor, business partner and a life-long friend. They went on to discover that they shared the same vision and values, not only for buildings and engineering, but also for art and music.

Jørgen Varming shared offices with Michael Scott and Ove Arup in Scott’s Merrion Square Building in those early years and the newly-appointed young graduate was assigned some minor engineering design for the  Busáras office building. However, he soon realised that his university education had taught him little about building services engineering and nothing about architecture. To develop the fundamentals of these skills,

Varming sent Seán to Copenhagen for a year, his first time out of Ireland, to work for a Danish electrical contractor. Seán returned to Dublin from Copenhagen in June 1949 a committed building designer and an architect, albeit one specialising in the limited field of building engineering systems. The design of the mechanical and electrical installations in Busáras offered opportunities for innovation and so it should not come as a total surprise that the fire-fighting installation included a basic sprinkler system.

As the years went by, the complement of local Irish engineers increased and gradually the Danish engineers returned to the Copenhagen Office. Seán was appointed partner in charge of the Dublin Office, resulting in a change of name to J Varming & S Mulcahy. Seán persuaded Brian Reilly, a college friend, to return from England and join him in the new set-up. This was another key relationship that endured for  the remainder of their professional working lives.

Ireland in the 1950s was not in a good economic state and the prospects for maintaining their small consulting engineering practice were becoming daunting for Seán and Brian. However, rather than consider retrenching, Seán’s reaction was to expand. With such a plan in mind, he approached Jørgen Varming in Copenhagen and, in 1957, on Ove Arup’s recommendation, they set up in London, styled as Steensen Varming Mulcahy. A second SVM office was opened in Edinburgh in 1959.

Having been based essentially in London and Edinburgh for over 10 years, Seán returned to the Dublin Office in the late 1960s, a decade which had seen a strong revival of the fortunes of the Dublin practice now styled as Varming Mulcahy Reilly Associates.

In a talk recorded in 1982, Seán gave his views on how engineering services enable modern architecture. He related enthusiastically to the definition of Henry Wooton that “the qualities of a building are those of commodity, firmness and delight. The structural engineer identifies his particular role with firmness. The building services engineer, his with commodity or performance, and both engineers believe with some justification that the architect’s concern is often with delight”.

Seán admired how Reiner Banham – in his book, published in 1969, Architecture of the Well-Tempered Environment – set out the truly essential role of engineering services in modern building design. Banham pointed out that the functioning of all large or tall buildings is utterly dependent on ventilation, on lifts, on plumbing and on communications. Banham hypothesised that the single unique distinction of success of modern architecture design resides in the performance of its engineering services.

Jørgen Varming passed to his eternal reward in September 1996. At his funeral in Gentofte outside Copenhagen, the pastor began his homily with the striking words “The light of a most shining person has been extinguished very quietly, having burned for a long, long time, and we are all left so very strangely in the dark.”

Many of us with Varming roots can relate to these words and will have experienced the same sensation on the occasion of Seán’s recent passing.

Happily, the torch lit by Jørgen Varming in Dublin in 1946 is enduring and has been carried forward by successive generations of Irish Varming engineers. Seán Mulcahy will always be recognised, and remembered, as the main torch bearer.

CIBSE AGM looks to 50th celebrations

Group pictured at the CIBSE Ireland AGM recently with Paul Martin, Chairman, pictured centre, front, along with Vice-Chair Damien Flynn and Pat Lehane, Building Services News.

While the usual protocols were observed at the recent CIBSE Ireland AGM in Dublin, there is no denying that the main focus for the coming 12 months will revolve around the 50th anniversary celebrations. The 50th theme will feature across the entire programme for 2018 but will culminate in the gala dinner to be held on 30 November in the Clayton Burlington Hotel, Dublin (details to be announced shortly).

That said, the celebratory mood will also be used to reinforce the position of CIBSE Ireland as a leading force across building services in Ireland, and to strengthen still further its links with the other representative bodies and associations across construction as a whole.

Engagement with government departments and agencies will also be ramped up, especially on nZEB, NSAI standards and the BIM Council of Ireland. In tandem with that the extensive CPD programme will focus on, and reflect, the critical issues facing the industry. These events take a format that encourages dialogue and the sharing of information, and are also open to members of other professional and representative bodies in the sector.

The CIBSE Ireland “reach out” objective on encouraging new people into the industry will also continue. It has always had strong links with DIT but these have now been extended to WIT and IT Tallaght, with plans for a more proactive engagement with the other ITs and colleges in the pipeline. To that effect it partners with WIT and DIT for their respective student awards, and with DIT for the Young Lighter and SDAR Awards. It also co-publishes the SDAR Journal with DIT.

On the social front there will be the annual 5-a-side football tournament and of course the CIBSE Ireland Annual Golf Outing which will be held in Luttrellstown Golf Club on Friday,7 September 2018.

While ostensibly CIBSE Ireland’s 50th celebrations, it is also a celebration for the entire building services sector. The reality is that, throughout the last half-century, the activities of CIBSE Ireland, and that of its members, have always mirrored what was happening in the industry as a whole. So, it is a time of celebration for all.

Paul McEvoy Joins John Sisk & Son

Paul McEvoy, Building Services Engineer, John Sisk & Son

Paul McEvoy has joined John Sisk & Son Ltd and is now working on a large mixed-use development project co-ordinating the mechanical and electrical services. Paul is widely-known and respected within the industry and, despite his young years, has quite a depth of experience across a number of industry segments.

After graduating from Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh) with a degree in architectural engineering (having previously studied building services engineering in DIT), Paul worked on the design and specification of building services plant for Hevac, before moving to sister-company Origen Energy to work on renewable energy technology systems.

Here his work focused mainly on heat pump and combined heat and power (CHP) system design, while also working with Polytherm Heating Systems (another Hevac Group company) on the design and specification of large commercial under floor heating projects.

He joined John Sisk & Son just before Christmas of last year and is now looking forward to the new opportunities and challenges this post will bring.

Contact: Paul McEvoy, John Sisk & Son. Tel: 087 – 614 2794; email: p.mcevoy@sisk.ie

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Hevac Looks to the Future with Garrett White as MD

Garrett White, Managing Director, Hevac

Garrett has been with Hevac for 20 years and his career path has very much mirrored the development and evolution of the company over that time. So, it is appropriate that he should now assume the role of Managing Director as Hevac embarks on the next next stage of its development.

“Our industry is changing and it is important that we move with it”, says Garrett. “The challenge is to focus on getting that right, based on an offer of value-for-money with quality, reliable products and unrivalled customer service. This includes everything from on-time, in-full deliveries to in-house technical design capabilities and after sales service support. We have recently streamlined pre-order and collection systems in an effort to make engagement with our trade counter staff more efficient, while also focusing on continual improvement of our comprehensive local and nationwide delivery service from our two Dublin-based branches and one in Cork.

“We have a dynamic team here at Hevac, and one that represents a wealth of experience within the business. In addition, we carry over 6,500 unique products in stock with thousands more available to order. Moreover, this figure rises to 11,000 given the ready access we have to the ex-stock product holdings of our sister companies Tubeco, Origen and Polytherm. We truly are a one-stop-shop for the heating, plumbing and mechanical services industry.

“An added strength of the close working relationship we enjoy with our sister companies is that we can supply the most comprehensive and efficient district heating system combination that includes boilers, CHP and HIUs, through to underfloor heating and distribution pipework.

In recent years we have built on this capability to include full ‘design and build’ packaged plant room and flue installation services, along with a full AHU and ventilation product portfolio. “This is delivered by Hevac’s dedicated specification design team of fully qualified and experienced building services and mechanical engineers which is led by Paul Devereux. Paul and the team ensure that design assistance, guidance and technical support are provided to our customers.

 “As we look to the future, we are squarely focused on customer service. We truly appreciate every order we receive and we operate on the principle that customer satisfaction equals repeat business and we welcome every opportunity to prove ourselves in this regard”. 

Chapter Status for ASHRAE Ireland

Ken Goodman, ASHRAE
Region XIV ARC

There is plenty to celebrate for ASHRAE members in Ireland and in Europe. At the recent ASHRAE summer meeting at Long Beach, California, Ireland became an ASHRAE Chapter, Europe has a new ASHRAE Region, and the new President is a European. Two more Chapters were also approved in the UK and three new student branches in the UK, Spain and Bulgaria.

Earlier in the year, ASHRAE Scotland and ASHRAE UK North were born, not to mention the agreements signed between ASHRAE and CIBSE in October of 2016, and between ASHRAE and the Institute of Refrigeration UK in April 2017.

The new ASHRAE Chapter is looking for people who are interested in sharing their ideas and opinions on the industry, and getting actively involved in ASHRAE in Ireland, Europe and worldwide. If interested, contact Ken Goodman, Region XIV ARC at email: ken.goodman@mail.ashrae.org

See the full story, plus other ASHRAE News, in the current issue of Building Services News by clicking on the Cover of the current issue on the Home Page and going to Pages 49 & 49.

Panasonic strengthens Irish operation

Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic pictured with Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic pictured with Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc Overson, newly-appointed UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic, visited Ireland recently to meet with consulting engineers, dealers and installers in the company of Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc has extensive experience in building services, and the air movement sector in particular, having worked with many of the leading global market players in roles that took him all over Europe on a regular basis.

He will now use the wealth of knowledge accumulated during that time to provide support to the Irish operation and the team headed up by Vincent.

Brogan joins Tritech Engineering

Aaron Brogan, Tritech

Aaron Brogan, Project Engineer, Tritech Engineering

Aaron Brogan has been appointed Project Engineer at Tritech Engineering. Aaron has four years’ experience in the building services industry having previously worked for Hevac Ltd as both a building services engineer and projects manager.

Tritech Engineering is a leading mechanical and electrical contractor established in 1999 and is now listed as one of the top 20 M&E contractors in Ireland. It is currently engaged as the lead mechanical contractor on some major developments, including the Ballsbridge and Capital Docks projects.

Contact: Aaron Brogan, Project Engineer. Tritech Engineering. Tel: 01 – 413 1000; email: info@tritech.ie

CIBSE golf and Christmas lunch

Square CIBSE logoAssisting David on the committee are Vice-Chairman Brian West, Treasurer Damien Flynn and Paul Martin in the role of Secretary. The AGM was held at the Sandymount Hotel and was well attended with a small networking reception afterwards.

Looking forward to the year ahead, CIBSE is planning some interesting CPDs with a concentration on regional site visits to serve the membership interest outside the capital. One of the confirmed CPDs will be on thermal modelling to improve efficiencies while another provisional ambitious plan as part of the SLL/UNESCO Year of Light is to illuminate the heritage site at Newgrange for a single night.

CIBSE Ireland represents nearly 800 members who are mainly concentrated around Dublin and Cork with the remainder spread fairly evenly throughout the rest of the country. Chairman David Doherty commented: “We have a busy calendar of events ahead and I would encourage all members to get involved. We are looking for new members to join the committee all the time”.

Annual golf outing                                                                                                                         There is also a very strong social calendar. The first social event will be the CIBSE Golf outing on 4 September next at Castleknock Golf Club. As usual, the day will begin with tea, coffee and scones on arrival with “goody bags” bags being handed out to all as they check in.

This year there are a number of notable changes, not least being the shot-gun start. This will allow participants block off just a half day from the office while also facilitating everyone sitting down together at approximately 7pm for the meal and presentation of prizes.

Gold category sponsor on the day is Daikin Ireland while the silver and bronze sponsor categories will be announced shortly. Companies and individuals can also sponsor a tee box, or a number of them.

The main competition will be the four-person team scramble for the PJ Doyle Trophy with prizes also for Nearest the Pin, Longest Drive and Inside the Pro. The event has yet to see a hole-in-one but, as per previous years, the first person to do it on the day will win a car.

Entry fees                                                                                                                                                                       Golf and Dinner – €450 per team; Golf Only – €300 per team; Dinner Only – €50 per person. Booking: Book online at www.cibseireland.org

Christmas Lunch                                                                                                                                                         Plans are also at an advanced stage for the CIBSE Ireland Christmas lunch. This is now undoubtedly the biggest building servicers networking opportunity of the year and, with so many disappointed last year because of space restrictions, it has now moved to the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4.

Building Services News will have full details in our next issue but, given the popularity of this event, we advise those interested in attending to register immediately at www.cibseireland.org

David Doherty Joins T Bourke & Co

David Doherty, Business Development Director, T Bourke & Co

David Doherty, Business Development Director,   T Bourke & Co

T Bourke & Co has appointed David Doherty as Business Development Director. David is a chartered engineer with over 15 years experience in the Irish building services industry and he has worked in consultancy, sales and contracting.

David was educated in DIT, GCU and DCU, achieving BEng Hons and an MBA. He is currently Chairman of CIBSE Ireland.

Managing Director, Niall Bourke commented: “We are delighted to have David join our company as his extensive experience and skillset will add to our team. As the market lifts, we want to build on current trade and to develop future growth across both the mechanical and electrical sectors.”

T Bourke & Co is a leading mechanical and electrical contractor with offices in Dublin and Limerick. The company has been trading since 1968 and has wide experience across the commercial, industrial and pharmaceutical sectors.