Engineering Specialty Medical Facilities

Changes in legislation, leading to a greater demand for healthcare services, are only one factor driving the expanded growth of specialized medical facilities such as dialysis centers. Innovations and new technologies are creating new kinds of therapies and resources. In order to meet increased demand, there are a variety of solutions and versatile configurations of […]

Improving Indoor Air Quality in School Buildings

The National Center for Educations Statistics found that the average age of school buildings in the United States is 55 years old. This puts the average date of construction at 1959. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost one-fourth of the nation’s schools have at least one building in need of repair and maintenance […]

Components Of Fire Protection Systems

Fire protection systems are standard building features that either actively or passively help to control the amount of damage that can occur to a building and protect its occupants in the event of a fire. The structural integrity of a building can be compromised by extreme heat and a fire reaching critical weight-bearing points. Active […]

Building Information Modeling – Benefits for Owners and Engineers

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the most transformative disciplines and in process of designing and engineering commercial buildings. Beyond changes in technology and revolutionary software design advances such as Revit, BIM is driving fundamental change in how architects and, engineers, and clients collaborate – shifting energies towards greater focus and collaboration early in […]

Efficient Plumbing Design in High-Rise Buildings

High-rise buildings present MEP engineers with a number of design considerations and challenges that are neither commonly addressed nor given formal guidelines for resolution. The design of efficient and reliable plumbing systems in high-rise structures requires careful awareness of water pressure issues, water access logistics, heater efficiency, drainage problems, vent stack problems, and a myriad […]

What Is The Role of an MEP Engineer In Construction?

MEP (or mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) engineering is an important and ever-expanding part of the construction industry. MEP engineers play a critical role in a project’s ultimate success. They are responsible for more than simply the design and implementation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Their work also includes the design of fire protection systems, […]

Are Earthquakes a Risk for Fire Protection Systems?

The American Midwest in general and the state of Oklahoma in particular (2,000 earthquakes in the last year) has seen a dramatic increase in the number of earthquakes they have experienced over the last decade. The danger from the tremors caused by these natural phenomena cannot be overstated especially when it comes to the fire safety […]

Benefits of Prototypes for Multi-Location Projects

Most multiple-location restaurants are designed by using a prototype. There are many possible levels of detail for an architectural and engineering prototype, but the basic goals of using a building prototype are: Standardization: There are efficiencies gained by doing things the same way repeatedly. This is true during the design, construction, and operation of the […]