William R. Acorn, P.E., FASHRAE
, is principal and founder of Acorn Consulting Services, LLC (ACS). For over 35 years, he has been involved in the Engineering Analysis
of hundreds of projects ranging from Institutional Laboratories
to Cleanroom Facilities
for the semiconductor industry.
Mr. Acorn has significant experience as an Expert Analyst of System Design, System Failures, Code Compliance
issues and Cause/Effect relationships of problems related to the built environment. Mr. Acorn has received numerous awards for technical excellence and is recognized for his technical achievements, innovation and foresight by peers, associates and clients in the advanced technology industry.
Mr. Acorn is an Adjunct Professor
at Arizona State University; the author of the book Code Compliance for Advanced Technology Facilities
; and a frequent lecturer to the industry and academia on a variety of technical topics related to building and cleanroom design, construction and project management
Mr. Acorn is registered as a Professional Mechanical Engineer in the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Utah. He is also registered with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
Forensic & Litigation Consulting
Analysis and evaluation of losses related to failed systems or other facility performance issues is provided on behalf of owners or attorneys. These services are provided with regard to deficiencies in HVAC Systems, Cleanrooms, Piping Systems, Refrigeration Systems, Construction Claims, Building and Fire Codes
Litigation ConsultingTechnical Analysis and InvestigationClaims Preparation and AnalysisExpert TestimonyProject Consulting
ACS assists their clients to optimize the outcome of new and retrofit facilities by providing a range of high level services including:
Strategic Planning: Conceptual Design; Feasibility Studies & Evaluations; Value EngineeringFacility Retrofit and Renovation StrategiesProgram Management: Project Delivery Strategies; Selection of Design and Construction TeamsDesign Consulting and Design ReviewCode Compliance Analysis and Negotiation
Introduction: In our first Volume of the Forensic Exchanger, we discussed some of the all too many reasons why HVAC systems fail. If you missed that edition and are interested in that topic e-mail us and we will gladly send it to you. We will follow up with more discussion of that important topic in later editions
William R. Acorn
Facilities which utilize hazardous liquids and gases represent a significant potential liability to the owner, operator, and general public in terms of personnel safety and preservation of assets. It is obvious that a catastrophic incident or loss of property or personnel is to be avoided at all costs. This book was conceived to give the reader a guide to understanding the requirements of the various codes and regulations that apply to the design, construction, and operation of facilities utilizing hazardous materials in their processes.