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1956
EAB  Founded in Dallas, TX

EAB  Founded in Dallas, TX

Walt Lipski founded Engineered Air Balance Co., Inc. in 1956 as the nation’s first provider of independent balancing services. Jim Reid joined him the next year and together this pathfinding duo embarked on a series of firsts.

1956
EAB’s Founder and First President

EAB’s Founder and First President

Walter (Walt) L. Lipski served as EAB’s first President for 29 years.

1956
Total System Balance was Coined

Total System Balance was Coined

The term Total System Balance was coined, which Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) holds forth as the benchmark for the profession.  

1958
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

EAB was awarded the Women and Children’s Building at Baylor Hospital in Dallas in late 1958. Ever since then EAB has been involved within the Baylor Hospital system, helping them expand and maintain requirements for healthcare facilities.

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1960
Titan II Missile Silos

Titan II Missile Silos

EAB pioneered the methods to pressurize Titan II nuclear missile silos and performed testing and balancing on 34 of the 50 sites located across the nation.

It all started in February 1962 when EAB met with the Corp of Engineers at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

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1965
AABC

AABC  Founded

A small group of testing and balancing agents co-founded AABC, the industry’s first certifying agency. EAB was an original member.

1970
Laboratory Testing

Laboratory Testing

EAB developed procedures to test and balance laboratories.

1974
Arkansas Nuclear One, Russellville, AR, 2nd Reactor

Arkansas Nuclear One, Russellville, AR, 2nd Reactor

Arkansas Nuclear One in Russellville, Arkansas is a two-unit pressurized water nuclear power plant.   Arkansas Nuclear One was the first nuclear plant EAB was awarded. This project provided the necessary experience for additional nuclear generating station opportunities. EAB worked on the second reactor starting with the P&ID drawings and continued until the second reactor was successfully completed.

1977
Houston Office Opens

Houston Office Opens

Engineered Air Balance expanded its services to a second Branch Office, located in Houston, Texas. The Houston office was managed by Gaylon Richardson from 1977 to 2016. Justin Garner was promoted to Branch Manager of the Houston Office in 2016.

1986
Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Tonopah, AZ, Unit 1, Unit 3

Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, Tonopah, AZ, Unit 1, Unit 3

The procedures we developed during this project for verification of calibration of instrumentation, specific balancing methods and flow diagrams of systems are still used today to keep the station operating safely and efficiently.

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1987
EAB’s Second President

EAB’s Second President

F.J. (Jim) Reid served as EAB’s second President for 12 years.

1988
Bexar County Jail Project: Development of ASHRAE Standards

Bexar County Jail Project: Development of ASHRAE Standards

The Bexar County Jail project, testing smoke control systems for jails, resulted in the development of ASHRAE guidelines for commissioning smoke management systems which was approved in 1994. 

1991
San Antonio Office Opens

San Antonio Office Opens

Our third office was opened in San Antonio in 1991 and managed by Gaylon Richardson. Gary Miller was promoted and served as Branch Manager of the San Antonio Office from 2001 to 2016. Daryl Norris was promoted to Branch Manager of the San Antonio office in 2016.

1993
Smoke Control at The Alamodome

Smoke Control at The Alamodome

In preparation of the Alamodome’s opening in May of 1993, EAB was hired to verify the temperature control system while the facility was set up for football, basketball, hockey and concerts.

Our findings were used by ASHRAE’s fire smoke committee to revise the mathematical models for all large-volume public assembly spaces. 

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1995

UL Standards and NFPA Standards 90 A&B

EAB’s smoke control testing using electronic actuators on smoke and fire dampers lead to the UL revising their standards and made it a requirement to do torque testing on actuators. The comprehensive smoke control testing also prompted NFPA to update their NFPA Standards 90 A&B.

2000
EAB’s Third President

EAB’s Third President

D. Earl Underwood served as EAB’s third President for 12 years.

2002
Total System Balancing Standards

Total System Balancing Standards

EAB staff members wrote AABC’s 2002 National Standards for Total System Balancing.

2005
Anderson George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Science Research Building

M.D. Anderson George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Science Research Building, Houston, TX

The Cynthia Mitchell Basic Science Research Building on the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center campus was completed in September 2005 to further research in the areas of immunology, molecular biology and human cancer genetics.

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2006
Galveston National Laboratory

Galveston National Laboratory

Galveston National Laboratory (GNL) is a high security National Biocontainment Laboratory housing several Biosafety level 3 and level 4 research laboratories.

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2007
Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Procedures

Testing, Adjusting, and Balancing Procedures

EAB copyrighted their in-house Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Procedures Manual.

2008
Building Commissioning at EAB

Building Commissioning at EAB

EAB made the decision to pursue Building Commissioning Services that would go beyond HVAC systems and offer its clients a commissioning process servicing all equipment and assemblies in modern buildings.

Since that time, EAB has built upon its TAB experience to create an outstanding team of dedicated commissioning professionals with expertise in mechanical, electrical, plumbing, building control systems and life safety systems.

2010
Gaylon Richardson

EAB’s Fourth President

Gaylon Richardson served as EAB’s fourth President for 10 years.

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2012
EAB  Commissioning  Group

EAB  Commissioning  Group

EAB formed a dedicated Building Commissioning group.

2012
EAB’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values are Created

EAB’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values are Created

EAB moved to a Visionary Culture and redefined EAB’s Mission, Vision and Core Ideologies.

2014
Eskenazi Health Campus

Eskenazi Health Campus

EAB had the privilege of working on one of the largest new hospital campuses in the United States. The 1.7 million square foot facility in Indianapolis contains 315 inpatient beds, 19 operating rooms, and several additional specialized treatment areas. The hospital links functionally and operationally to the adjoining Eskenazi Health Outpatient Care Center, which contains 110 exam rooms. The project also includes a 2,700-car parking garage.

Due to the out of state location and EAB’s commitment to quality, our team relocated to Indiana for the duration of the 2-year project ensuring its overall success. Because of EAB and the other project team members’ efforts, Eskenazi Health’s downtown campus achieved LEED Gold certification in 2015. The improved indoor air quality was a significant factor in this achievement.

2018
Building Commissioning Training

Training Center Opens

EAB opened the Training Center in Spring, Texas, to train staff, engineers, contractors, Commissioning and Testing and Balancing personnel outside of EAB.

2020
Kevin Underwood

EAB’s Fifth President

Kevin Underwood currently serves as EAB’s fifth President.

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