Innovation is hard because, solving problems people didn’t know they had, and building something no one needs, look identical at first.
Building Performance Modeling
Make Data-Driven Decisions
Need rapid feedback on ways to improve the performance outcomes of your project? Our interdisciplinary team looks at the building as a whole system to predict performance and find improvements. We analyze climate, architecture and building systems to find integrated approaches that create elegant solutions.
Our modeling services include simulation of:
- Occupant Comfort
- Airflow and Ventilation
- Hygrothermal Performance
Ecological Building Consulting
Learn from Nature’s Systems
Looking to move past “less bad” and into the world of regenerative buildings? Our ecological building consultants engage from the earliest stages to understand the project’s local climate and use that research to incorporate natural systems into the design. Leveraging the rapid feedback obtained from our Building Performance Modeling capabilities, we help to create building designs that work in harmony with the natural environment.
Our Ecological Building Consulting specialists provide support for:
- Bioclimatic Design
- Zero Energy Buildings
- Biophilic Design Strategies
- Biomimetic Concepts
A Roadmap for a Low Energy Future
Want to better understand where you use energy and how to reduce it? Whether considering a simple audit of a building to complex master planning, incorporating energy and carbon analysis into the process identifies ways in which you can reduce your environmental footprint and save money. Our analysts create benchmarks that provide insight and develop plans to achieve your long term energy goals.
- Benchmarking and Disclosure Reporting
- Energy Master Planning
- Energy Audits
- Life-Cycle Assessments
Quality Management Consulting
Achieve Performance Outcomes for Both Buildings & People
Want to implement a building program that not only manages costs but also manages performance? Work with our building scientists to realize buildings that advance your organizational mission and purpose. Manage projects through more holistic lenses of budget, schedule, quality and performance. Leverage a team of high performance building experts to craft more detailed performance targets, support the design and construction procurement process, provide peer reviews, monitor schedule and budget and perform quality field inspections.
- Owner’s Representation
- Project Procurement Support
- Strategy Facilitation
- Program and Standards Management
Commissioning & Testing
Validate Performance with Testing & Trouble-shooting
Are you getting the savings you expect from more energy-efficient systems? Our commissioning authorities will save you money in the long run and make certain your interests are protected. As building experts they not only identify potential failures, they proactively prevent them, which will help keep your project on budget and schedule.
Our capabilities include:
- MEP Commissioning
- Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx)
- Indoor Environmental Quality Commissioning
- Investigation & Troubleshooting
Research & Development
Promote Performance with an Evidence-based Approach
Does your project incorporate the best evidence-based practices? The amount of existing research available can be overwhelming and deciding what’s worth incorporating into your project can be a challenge. Our research team helps translate research findings into actionable design decisions with custom metrics. We also design and conduct new research projects for customers who want better insight into a specific question.
- Occupant Experience Research
- Health & Productivity Research
- Custom Research & Tools
Green Building Certification
Earn Industry-leading Certifications with Confidence
Do you want greater certainty that your project meets industry-leading standards? Buildings continue to evolve and achieve greater performance. Green building standards are being demanded by both private and public organizations. Health & wellness is emerging as the latest trend in high-performance buildings. Work with our proven consultants to navigate the emerging trends with less risk and lower costs. They will lead the process and guide your team through the selected certification program.
We are a LEED® Proven Provider™ and developed one of the first LEED® Volume Programs in the world. We continue to support our customers by expertly helping them navigate to the certification program that best fits their needs.
Our staff is accredited and provides support with achieving certification through the following rating systems:
- LEED® Rating System
- WELL Building Standard®
- Living Building Challenge®
- RESET Standard®
AV Systems Designed to Support & Enhance the Human Experience in Some of the Most Collaborative Environments
The human interface of digital communications is a critical component of audiovisual planning and design. Additionally, working with users and administration to plan the optimal room configurations ensures spaces that work today and long into the future.
- AV Planning
- AV Tuning and Commissioning
- User Experience (UX) Design
Telecom & IoT
IT/Telecom Systems are Essential to Enhancing Human Productivity & Performance in the Built Environment
Buildings are packed with intelligent systems these days, often those systems do not communicate with one another. Our Intelligent Building System consulting services will seek to integrate building systems to create dashboards and solutions that enhance the performance of the building and its occupants.
- Telecom planning
- Systems integration
- Intelligent building consulting
- Structured cabling
- Distributed antenna systems (DAS)
Security has Never Been More Important than it is Today. Technology Systems can Dramatically Enhance Human Safety in the Built Environment.
Identifying risk and finding the means to address it is critical for our modern world. From physical security risks, addressed with access control, cameras, or other means, to policy review and investigations.
- Risk assessments
- Physical security planning
- Electronic Physical Security
- Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)
- Training and scenario planning
The Acoustical Needs of Human Occupants can be Anticipated through Thoughtful Design. We Seek to Enhance Experiences with Proper Acoustics & Acoustic Comfort.
Acoustics within our buildings takes shape through three different paths; architectural acoustics, working with wall / ceiling shape and materials for optimal sound reflections (reverberation); building system noise control, reducing noise and vibration from mechanical and other systems (NC); and sound isolation, finding optimal construction for isolating spaces from each other (STC).
- Reverberation control
- Noise control
- Sound isolation
- Acoustical modeling
Create Healthy, Comfortable Environments
Do your building systems create the optimal environment? Construction cost, energy use, energy cost, operation, maintainability and longevity are all factors to consider when discussing MEP systems. Our engineers thrive when working with owners, designers and construction teams to develop systems that yield great buildings that work for people.
Smarter Investments & Upgrades
Looking to invest in a new building or renovate your current facility? Ensure that you’re spending your capital wisely by incorporating facility assessments into your discovery process. Inefficiencies, code violations, and programmatic suitability are just some of the criteria that our team will help you investigate before you’ve committed funds to a project. It’s better planning, and helps you know that you’re capital is being put where it’s needed most.
- Due Diligence Studies
- Code and Life Safety
Outstanding Results. On Time & On Budget.
Concerned about runaway construction costs? Design-build is an innovative delivery method that increases the certainty of outcomes and creates stronger controls of schedule and budget. To get the most out of the design-build delivery method, an engineering partner needs to be an expert in this approach. From working directly with GCs, subtrades, or architects, we’ve engaged in design-build in every way possible. We’re partners that understand the importance of strong relationships and know that when we work together, everyone wins.