Meet Abhi, Electrical Engineer and early bird that gets the worm. Abhi has been at iFactor for over four years and loves the opportunity to grow in his career through challenging projects. Read on to learn more and see what you have in common with Abhi!Read More
Earth Month may be almost over, but here at iFactor we focus on loving our planet year-round! According to the United Nations’ Global Status Report, the building sector contributes nearly 40% of global CO2 emissions. As an MEP firm, we are in a unique position to be a catalyst for change by implementing eco-responsible designs into our projects.Read More
Meet Amy Schodron, Office Manager and all around iFactor rockstar. Amy is the well-oiled machine of our headquarters in El Segundo, ensuring functions run smoothly and deadlines are met. Her job is a balancing act of numerous projects, but she juggles them like a champ.Read More
Meet our bright-eyed, witty, fearless plumbing champ – Stanley Danielak. As our Chief Plumbing Engineer, Stanley has been instrumental in helping shape the lives, minds, and careers of many junior engineers here at iFactor.
While we know Stanley is a one in a million teammate, there are many things we have yet to discover about him. Keep reading to find out what makes Stanley the Fearless Plumbing Champ that he is.Read More
John Aquino is an Electrical Engineer based out of our El Segundo office. When he’s not deeply focused “drawing”, you can find John hyping up the team for a much needed walk and caffeine fix in the afternoons. We asked John to share a little bit about himself and he didn’t disappoint!
Q: How did you decide to have a career in the aec industry?
A: I have always been interested in how exactly engineering was involved when building new projects, and if the memes regarding engineers hating architects were true.
Q: How would you describe your role?
A: See LinkedIn profile… but in all seriousness, aside from typical designer descriptions, I see myself as a curious student in this industry, learning something new everyday, and always looking forward to sharing that newfound knowledge with the rest of the team.Read More
Want to know the key ingredients for the leadership “secret sauce”? iFactor CEO Brittany Dianat sat down with our friend Karine Leblanc for a piece titled “What Are the Best HVAC Leaders Doing that You’re Not – Part 3.”Read More
Elyse Johnson is a Mechanical Engineer at iFactor. To celebrate Engineers Week 2020, specifically Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, we sat down with Elyse to learn more about one of California’s newest professional engineers.
Q: What is your favorite project you’ve worked on, and why?
A: Every project I learn something new!
Q: If you could give one piece of advice to a young professional entering the engineering field, what would it be?
A: Ask a lot of questions and accept every opportunity to learn.
Yves Yanuaria is a Project Manager and Senior Electrical Engineer at iFactor. As a skilled playmaker both in the office and on the basketball court, Yves knows how to bring out the best in his teammates with cool-headed tenacity.
Q: During your career, you’ve served as Project Manager for numerous projects. What is your favorite project you’ve worked on and why? Most challenging and why?
A: My favorite project that I’ve worked on is the Merrill Lynch Orange County Co-Location Headquarters project. The project was high-profile for the client and under tight scrutiny as the space was to serve as its flagship location for the west coast. Through a concerted team effort, including the owner, architect and contractors, we were able to deliver within a very tight design and construction schedule. The owner and client took notice of the high quality and innovative solutions our team provided.Read More
Pharmacies are facing strict new United States Pharmacopeia (USP) regulations requiring facilities to provide critical upgrades to remain licensed with the Board of Pharmacy. With full compliance required by the beginning of December 2019, USP 797|800 are a set of regulations developed to address the handling of hazardous drugs (HD) and non-hazardous drugs (nHD) in compounding pharmacies. USP 797 ensures patients receive quality preparations that are free from contaminants and are consistent in intended identity, strength and potency. USP 800 sets standards for proper handling of HD to minimize risk of exposure to patients, personnel and the environment.Read More
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC), through the acquisition of the 24-story 6500 Wilshire building, added to an already expansive portfolio which includes dozens of hospitals, medical office buildings and parking lots across Southern California. Located in the Miracle Mile District of Los Angeles, the 450,000 SF LEED Gold high rise provides a consolidated administrative services space for one of the top-rated health care systems in the world.Read More
South Bay residents have greater access to top-tier healthcare with the opening of the new Providence Advanced Care Center in Torrance, CA. Imagined and designed with patient comfort at the forefront, the 106,000 SF ground-up center offers patients critical services missing in the region including an Orthopedic and Spine Institute, an Ambulatory Surgical Center and a Women’s Breast Center. The most impressive and vital element of the new AACC is the City of Hope’s multi-disciplinary cancer center which provides much needed, best-in-class oncology care for the area.Read More
The Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building (MOB) in La Habra, California has achieved LEED Platinum Certification. Ranked in the top 1% of all LEED activities in the U.S and top 2% of all LEED activities in California, the 30,000 SF, ground-up MOB achieved this impressive distinction through a blend of intelligent MEP design approaches. Guided by our building energy simulations, the building achieved 74.2% energy savings through innovative HVAC design, solar photovoltaic (PV) system, thermal comfort design, simplified control system, efficient lighting and water conservation features.Read More
Samantha Kelley is a Mechanical Engineer at iFactor. To celebrate Engineers Week 2018, specifically Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, we sat down with Sam to learn more about iFactor’s engineering wonderkid!
Q: When was the first moment you realized that you wanted to be an engineer?
A: My dad was the first person to tell me about the engineering profession. I was in middle school and really enjoying Algebra. I asked my dad if there was I way I could sit in a room by myself and do math without anyone bothering me (I had a lot of angst as a preteen). Years later, I went to an engineering summer camp at Purdue University and that finalized my decision.Read More
Perched high above the hustle and bustle of the city streets sits the City of LA’s Mount Lee Emergency Communications Center. The multi-purpose critical communications complex serves City agencies includingRead More
Othon Estrada, Jr. is a Senior Commissioning Agent, Energy Specialist and Associate at iFactor. We sat down with Othon to learn more about an almost diplomat turned engineer.
Q: During your career, you’ve worked on dozens of projects. What is your favorite part of the design process?
A: My favorite part is the initial planning stages. It is during this part that most of the important decisions that affect the entire course of the project are made. I enjoy it the most because of the interaction among the engineers, owner, and architect.Read More
iFactor has partnered with Gruen Associates to provide tenant improvement and MEP consulting services for the Louis Vuitton South Coast Plaza store in Costa Mesa, CA. The 15,000 SF flagship store, one of only 17 of its kind in the United States, is imagined to reflect the modern yet timeless elegance synonymous withRead More
Louis Vuitton is a major fashion brand synonymous with luxury, cutting-edge trends and elegance. Keeping with its brand identity, the fashion house commissioned the design and expansion of its Rodeo Drive store to create an aesthetically striking and sustainability friendly store for its ever growing client base.