Greater Madison | In Business Magazine Article
What's In Your Air


What's In Your Air | by Emily Smith, MEP Consultant, C.D. Smith Construction


Feature In Business magazine article about testing indoor air quality and the benefits of improved building systems.

Since COVID-19, there has been a heightened awareness of how easily germs can spread throughout the air. With guidance from the CDC, government orders, employer requirements, or school policies, organizations have implemented protective measures like facial coverings, increased sanitization, and social distancing to keep germs away.

Post-pandemic MEP air quality and HVAC new commercial building construction and retrofit

For many, it took a global pandemic to raise serious concerns over building occupants’ health and well-being. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air within buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Sources of indoor air pollution include deteriorated building materials and furnishings, asbestos-containing flooring or insulation, wet or damp carpeting, cabinetry, or furniture made of certain pressed wood products, or products for cleaning and maintenance.

A common cause of indoor air quality concerns is an underperforming HVAC system. While intended to add comfort to your building, aging or failing systems may be harming your occupants. Even new systems can underperform in keeping people safe, healthy, and happy during unprecedented times (like these) for which they were not designed.

Today, advanced building systems such as bipolar ionization exist to provide safer, cleaner indoor air. As simplified by C.D. Smith Project Manager Kalvin Sabel, a bipolar ionization system causes smaller microbes like bacteria to bond to each other or other particles, creating a larger cluster that is easier for standard air filters to capture. Though these systems exist, guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recommend a minimum air quality standard to preserve occupant health, safety, and well-being. When selecting a system, the minimum requirement often is met, not exceeded, due to cost limitations or a lack of understanding of the long-term value of improved systems.

Post-pandemic MEP air quality and HVAC new commercial building construction and retrofit

The EPA reports that good indoor air quality enhances occupant health, comfort, and productivity. During a study of office workers, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found an eight percentile increase in decision-making performance when ventilation was increased. More and more, you see buildings being designed to exceed minimum standards. Building certifications like LEED and WELL typically require air quality monitoring and increased levels of fresh outside air. In addition to improved productivity, advantages to improved building systems include:

Cleaner, safer spaces: An improved HVAC system may limit the spread of viruses and reduce airborne mold spores.

Budget savings: Upgrading to efficient systems and performing preventive maintenance will save on your operational budget.

The identification of warning signs: Monitoring your HVAC system allows you to identify early warning signs and avoid costly unexpected repairs.

Post-pandemic MEP air quality and HVAC new commercial building construction and retrofit

If you would like more information on an indoor air quality assessment, contact us. We will help you understand and prioritize your building needs.

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Author: Emily Smith

Article: "What's in Your Air" as featured in
May 2021 digital issue of In Business magazine.

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Greater Madison's In Business magazine Q&A discussion about post-pandemic commercial building office corporate construction

Holly Brenner featured in In Business magazine discussion about the crucial questions facing the industry along with the adaptation of office environments post-pandemic.

In Business magazine, a business-to-business publication in the Greater Madison region published its most recent May 2021 issue featuring post-pandemic office insights from three panelists, including C.D. Smith Construction's SVP of Strategic Development and Marketing, Holly Brenner. Reference Holly's Q&A responses by clicking to the full Beneath the Hard Hat® blog post.

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C.D. Smith Construction is a nationally recognized industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and in-house technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project, from planning through closeout. With veteran leadership and dedication to our employees and clients, we proudly place our name on projects of all sizes across the United States.
Sustainable Projects

Our commitment to holistically enhancing the current and future environmental, economic and societal well-being of the communities in which we live, work and play in begins with education. We have a team devoted to understanding the difference between green building and a sustainable built environment. Our team will help you weigh the financial and business impacts of building green, through a sustainable approach, to make the most informed decisions. Join us in our commitment to creating better-performing buildings by increasing sustainable construction practices. It’s more than a trend… it’s the right thing to do!


Recently Certified Projects

LEED Certified Platinum

  • MMSD Maintenance Facility | Madison, WI

LEED Certified Gold

  • C.D. Smith Corporate Headquarters | Fond du Lac, WI
  • Grande Cheese Home Office and Research Center | Fond du Lac, WI
  • Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District tR2E2 Project | Green Bay | WI
  • Spur 16 Apartment Homes |Mequon, WI
  • UW-La Crosse Centennial Hall | La Crosse, WI
  • UW-La Crosse Student Center | La Crosse, WI
  • Zurn Corporate Headquarters | Milwaukee, WI

LEED Certified Silver

  • 7Seventy7 | Milwaukee, WI
  • Spur 16 Townhomes |Mequon, WI
  • Mequon Public Market At Spur 16 |Mequon, WI (Processing)
  • Global Water Center | Milwaukee, WI
  • Viterbo School of Nursing | La Crosse, WI
  • General Mitchell Baggage Claim | Milwaukee, WI
  • Milo C. Huemphner Department of Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic | Green Bay, WI
  • Wilmington Veteran Affairs Medical Center | Wilmington, NC
  • Benjamin Charles Steele Veteran Affairs Clinic | Billings, MT
  • Bangor Veteran Affairs Clinic | Bangor, ME
  • The Lewiston / Auburn Veteran Affairs Clinic | Lewiston, ME


Sustainable Projects Currently Underconstruction

  • Ascent Timber Tower | Milwaukee, WI
  • Nakoosa Trail Fleet/Fire/Radio Shop Facility | Madison, WI


Sustainable Practices

We are proud of the sustainable design and construction that went into our new headquarters. Key sustainable features include:

Powered by Solar

Atop of our new headquarters sits a 94kW ballasted, solar photovoltaic system. The system features five SolarEdge Technologies Inc. inverters and (294) REC Group 320w modules. It is projected to offset an estimated up to 39.1% of our electric energy consumption. That’s saving over 93 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year!

Daylight Harvesting

Floor to ceiling, energy-efficient windows throughout the C.D. Smtih headquarters optimize daylight to reduce energy consumption by offsetting the amount of electricity lightly needed to properly light spaces in the building. 

Automated Building Controls

Tracking and metering of systems allow for decreased operating costs, enhanced system performance, energy savings, increased comfort and overall increased control of building infrastructure. 

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Reusable cups are located in cafes. Recycling Stations are located throughout the building along with bottle filling stations. Office employees are making a valiant effort to go paperless.

Prairie in Progress

As a part of our green initiatives, C.D. Smith is practicing sustainable landscaping. Native planting takes two to three years to develop and requires maintenance for the plants to successfully establish. Maintenance may include mowing, weed management, and prescribed burning. The land surrounding the building will look different throughout the season and every year.


Culture of Safety

Through a proactive safety program, strict standards and our “Think Safe. Work Safe.” campaign, we have built a solid culture where safety is our number one priority day in and day out.

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Our Community

C.D. Smith supports many local organizations through sponsorship programs and monetary donations in our community and in the communities with which we work. In the past 10 years, we have donated over $4 million to businesses and organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin, from small community clubs to large non-profit organizations.

Building community is the foundation of our organization. By supporting community initiatives, economic growth and development, we feel privileged to help ensure our team members have solid places to live, work, volunteer, serve and play.

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