Architectural Engineering

Architectural Engineering

We Deliver Highly Integrated Facilities that Improve the Human Condition

Designing highly integrated facilities requires clear thinking and a deep knowledge of the relationships between our clients’ mission, people and environments. Our engineers understand these relationships and access global talent to bring the best thinking to every project. We skillfully blend our deep bench of technical expertise and the experiences of our multidisciplinary engineering teams to deliver world-class facilities in the education, science, tech, health and community markets.

We continually investigate new ways to leverage data and predictive analytics to improve outcomes for our clients and support real-time decisions early in our projects. We’re rethinking how we design and operate our built environments. We study the impacts of our changing climate and appreciate the urgency placed on our industry to respond.

We understand how to balance the environmental and economic needs of highly integrated facilities to provide reliable, sustainable and resilient engineering solutions that improve the human condition for present and future generations.

Featured: Baxter Arena

The University of Nebraska Baxter Arena (featured above) was completed more than a month ahead of schedule, under budget and designed to engage both the UNO students and residents of Omaha. The arena has already had a positive impact on the UNO athletics program and elevated the position of UNO within the community.

Smart Engineering Solutions

Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory at Georgia Tech
Mechanical

Our mechanical engineers deliver thoughtful, integrated designs that are energy efficient, cost effective and maintainable. In addition to system design for all systems and building types, services also include life cycle cost analysis, system investigation and troubleshooting, facility condition assessments, energy studies, commissioning support and heating and cooling infrastructure such as Central Utility Plants.

Learn how we worked with global infectious disease experts to establish engineering best practices for designing facilities for highly pathogenic diseases.

University of Massachusetts Lowell Emerging Technology and Innovation Center
Electrical

Our team designs for power distribution, both low and medium voltage, standby power and UPS systems. We self-perform short circuit analysis, coordination studies and arc flash calculations at the inception of our projects and maintain them through the project life-cycle. We produce sustainable designs that not only meet and exceed minimum energy codes, but go beyond to take advantage of newer technological integrations that support our data-driven design philosophy.

Learn how our work at the National Synchrotron Light Source II dramatically reduced energy consumption.

University of Colorado Boulder
Structural

Our innovative structural design solutions serve our clients’ needs for serviceability, sustainability, constructability, functionality and form. Working collaboratively with architectural designers, we provide well-coordinated cost-effective design solutions within the shortest possible timeline. Whether the project consists of high seismic design, seismic rehabilitation, anti-terrorism/force protection or design of high-rise buildings, our structural engineers are ready to solve the most complex issues facing our clients.

Learn more about the largest concrete pour in Philadelphia's history.

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Plumbing & Specialty Gases

Our Plumbing and Specialty Gases group specialize in design and inspection for complex buildings. Familiar with all applicable codes, standards and facility guidelines, we focus on the sustainable design of systems including compressed air, vacuum, lab and medical gas, purified water, lab and medical waste drains/treatment as well as domestic water, sanitary and natural gas. Fire protection system design includes wet, dry, pre-action, foam and special systems.

Learn about how we solved disaster-response challenges at the State Hygienics Laboratory at the University of Iowa.

Global Bench of Specialized Services

Holistic Approach to Instrumentation & Controls Optimizes Efficiency

At the core of our smart building designs is a dedicated team of instrumentation and controls engineers. We understand the nuances of an ever changing industry and the attention to detail required to integrate all the systems throughout a facility to a single operator interface. The control strategies we develop operate our clients’ facilities in a holistic manner, ensuring that all mechanical systems operate in concert to optimize energy efficiency year-around.

Fire & Life Safety Expertise Ensures Safe Work Environments

Our diverse skills and backgrounds on a wide variety of asset-types offers a blended perspective on how best to engage a wide array of stakeholders, manage risk, develop creative design solutions and foster a safe work and patient-care environment.

We look forward to bringing our diverse specialties together to best serve our clients; this ranges from code consulting, CMS/life safety compliance support, fire suppression system design, fire alarm and emergency communication system design, hazardous materials consulting, fire/smoke modeling, smoke management system design, regulatory enforcement and insurance design coordination, and emergency response and fire safety planning.

Commissioning Fine-Tunes Integrated Systems

We have experience in commissioning a wide range of building types. Our experience includes initial commissioning and retro-commissioning of new construction and renovations of office buildings, teaching facilities, research laboratories and hospitals. In the last 6 years we have completed, or are currently executing, over 150 commissioning and retro-commissioning assignments totaling 10 million square feet of facilities, and over 30 projects for which we are providing Test, Adjust & Balance (TAB) services.

Integrated Energy Modeling Improves Metrics

Our building energy modeling approach is integrated into the sustainable design process. From pre-design through final design, we provide and evaluate energy efficiency measures (EEMs), and ensure those EEMs are correctly designed and implemented. Our team influences our architects and designers by challenging them at an early stage to exceed minimum energy targets. The goal is to improve energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality to meet Federal and local mandates, and achieve LEED certification.

Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling Helps Make Better Design Decisions

Data-driven design strategies have become the norm in the architectural-engineering industry. Today, we use predictive analytics, advanced simulation software and modeling in conjunction with big-data to make better design decisions for our clients.

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling is an integral part of our data driven design capabilities. The analysis uses a three dimensional building model with a mathematical unitized grid to generate the discrete movement of fluid temperature, moisture, contaminant and velocity over time. Used properly, this analysis helps our clients explore valuable options, in early design stages, that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of building systems.

Solving Resiliency & Reliability Challenges

Now more than ever, our communities are faced with increasing threats to our natural resources and infrastructure systems due to a myriad of hazards, both old and new. Risks such as extreme storm events, climate change and variability and seismic activity challenge our livelihood. With this in mind, never has the need for long term resiliency and reliability been greater. We’ve crafted a holistic approach for considering long-term community and environmental resiliency. Viewing resiliency actions through this model of human-environmental-infrastructure governance systems gives our clients an effective strategic tool for taking action.

Architectural Engineering Leadership

Director, Mechanical Engineering
Director, Structural Engineering
Director, Electrical Engineering