FAQ

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive, broken down by discipline.

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MECHANICAL

What types of HVAC systems do you design?

Rooftop/package, VRF (both Heat Recovery & Heat Pump), chillers, cooling towers, Industrial cooling, heat pump, as well as combinations of these systems.

How can I save money on my HVAC system design?

There are two primary ways to save money – efficiency and cost reduction. Long term, especially in terms of maintenance cost and utilities, a more efficient HVAC system will almost always save building owners / operators money, but the shorter the lifespan of an operation or the smaller the scope of an HVAC system will lean toward less expensive (and less efficient) HVAC equipment.

What types of Fire Protection systems do you design?

We have and can design wet, dry, wet/dry and other specialized system types depending on your needs and code requirements.

Should I add a new gas meter for a new building on the same site where one already exists?

For most applications, the cost of being able to discern monthly gas usage outweighs the relatively minimal cost of having the local utility set a new gas meter. If you are adding onto the existing line and you are within code capacity limits, you may be able to add a new gas line without setting a new meter.

STRUCTURAL

Do retaining walls need to be designed by a structural engineer?

In many jurisdictions, retaining walls 4′-0″ and taller are typically required to include a structural engineer’s design / evaluation. Additionally, other factors such as retained material, backfill slope and surcharge load behind the wall would affect the wall’s design and performance, and therefore we always recommend a structural assessment to ensure all aspects have been reviewed.

We have a metal building and would like to know if process piping and/or equipment can be attached to the underside of the roof structure of the facility?

In many cases, the roof framing may have some capacity available, in the form of collateral load. Our team can evaluate the existing framing (based on field measurements or available existing drawings) and existing conditions, and then determine if any process piping or equipment can safely be added, as well as coordinate the acceptable configuration with the MEP