The overall scope of mechanical engineering for commercial buildings includes the flow of air and liquid along with transferring heat to where it is needed or to where it can be rejected. Properly designed mechanical systems create energy efficient facilities that are safe for the people within them.
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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning starts with capacity planning and includes all equipment selection, pipe sizing and coordination studies with all other trades. HVAC engineering includes working closely with local code officials and published standards to ensure the buildings designed are safe, healthy and comfortable.
Engineering of plumbing systems is more than designing piping that will move the fluid to its desired location, it encompasses the complete building design to provide the client with reliable hot and cold water supplies, eco-friendly fixtures, and code compliant storm and waste water systems.
Medical Gas Piping
Hospitals, clinics and medical facilities of all kinds require a number of gas types in an even higher number of areas. Every hospital room in a specialized wing requires identical wall mounted gas connection assemblies because in a crisis situation, the patent’s safety relies on the medical staff’s ability to quickly find the correct medical gas required for the solution.
A fully engineered fire protection system is much more than adding a few sprinkler heads in the ceiling, it requires complete coordination throughout the design and construction process. This includes discussions with Architectural, Electrical, fire alarms, insurance underwriters, risk managers, and code officials. Quality fire protection design demands full knowledge of all applicable building codes and assessments of material types and densities used throughout the facility.
With everything from fume hoods to paint spray booths, the design of the HVAC system is crucial to the quality of the laboratory test results. When toxic chemicals are required in a client’s facility, it is the job of the HVAC engineer to ensure the employees working with those chemicals remain unharmed from both airborne and spray back conditions.
Clean Room certification relies heavily upon an HVAC engineer who completely understands the requirements for air change rates, filtration and room velocity. When a client requires a clean room of a specific ISO rating, if the specifications are not met at every minute of their process, products may become defective or contaminated leading to lost revenue, user safety concerns and a large audit.
In restaurant, food service and food prep areas it is crucial to provide a properly exhausted area with code compliant hand and dish washing sinks and equipment. Because the food industry is heavily regulated, proper engineering of these systems is requires to follow code requirements, while keeping employees and customers safe.