Four Precis Engineers Author Chapter in Biotech Encyclopedia
Posted 2017-08-01 in Announcements

Four Precis engineers authored the chapter “Addressing Sustainability in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facility Design” in the Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology: Bioprocess, Bioseparation, and Cell Technology, published online 22 June 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The print edition of the encyclopedia will be available later this year.

Director of Project Management Josh Capparella, PE, LEED AP BD+C; Principal Sam Colucci, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C; Mechanical Engineer Daniel Conner, EIT; and Principal Robert Dick, PE, coauthored the chapter with AGW Communications Principal, writer, and frequent Precis collaborator, Amanda Gibney Weko.

From economics and energy benchmarking to building envelope and environmental air quality, Precis engineers offer sustainable guidelines in the encyclopedia. The chapter focuses on the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) aspects of biopharmaceutical facility design and how these contribute to more efficient building and process operations and manufacturing. Sustainability guidelines are driven by the triple-bottom-line approach – supporting people, planet, and profits.

“Our engineering approach supports our clients’ business operations and profitability,” explains Dick. “We design systems and utilities where functionality within specific parameters isn’t just a guideline – it’s a requirement. In our focus on technically challenging engineering, we found that sustainable design is not only good for the environment, but is also good for business.”

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The Encyclopedia of Industrial Biotechnology: Bioprocess, Bioseparation, and Cell Technology is a key, up-to-date resource for the global biotechnology industry. It is based on the Encyclopedia of Bioprocess Technology (Flickinger and Drew, 1999) and the Encyclopedia of Cell Technology (Spier, 2000). The content was fully revised, updated, and expanded to present all vital aspects – theoretical and practical – of industrial biological processes, techniques, equipment, products, as well as ethical and regulatory issues. For more information, visit