Consolidated provides HVAC systems design services including, but not limited to:
- Packaged Unitary Systems, both VAV (variable air volume) and Constant Volume
- Split-DX Systems
- Chilled/Hydronic Heating Water Systems
- Condenser Water Systems, Including Geothermal
- VAV (variable air volume) Systems
- Radiant Floor Heating Systems
- Steam Systems
- VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) Systems
- 100% Make-up Air Systems
Typically a project’s HVAC system is driven by the type of structure and its use/occupancy. But, there are numerous instances where more than one type of HVACsystem could be employed within the structure. In this occurrence, Consolidated will be there to advise the Owner/end-user as to the pros and cons of the various potential systems such that an informed decision can be made. Our advice would include items such as up-front costs, efficiency/operational costs, longevity/reliability, ease of maintenance, and level of complexity. Our goal is to find the best balance of these items as tailored to a specific Owner’s needs.
Consolidated works closely with equipment vendors. This insures that equipment selected meets the end-users needs and that equipment clearances are met in order to facilitate maintenance. For larger, more sophisticated projects that employ a BMS (Building Management System), Consolidated will work with the Controls Vendor before the project goes out in order to insure that the controls are appropriately specified and that there are no unwanted cost increases later. Consolidated also takes great care to coordinate with the Architect and Structural Engineer so that all equipment specified fits and that all equipment weight(s) and locations are accommodated.
For energy modeling, Consolidated utilizes the newest version of the Carrier Corporation’s HAP (Hourly Analysis Program), version 4.8. This software note only allows us to determine the cooling and heating requirements of a specific structure, but also allows us to simulate and compare the structure versus a baseline structure; this latter process would typically be done when a structure is pursuing LEED Certification.
Consolidated provides Plumbing design services including, but not limited to:
- Cold, Hot, and Hot Water Recirculation Systems
- Potable Hot Water Generation Systems
- Potable Water Booster Systems
- Sanitary and Vent Systems
- Kitchen Sanitary Systems
- Storm Water Systems (within the building)
- Natural Gas and Propane Distribution Systems (within the building)
- Medical Gas Systems
Consolidated provides Electrical design services including, but not limited to:
- Lighting Design, including assistance in light fixture selection
- Power Design up to 15kv
- Exterior Building and Parking Lot Lighting Systems Design
- Photometric Studies
- Back-up Power Systems Design (Generators, UPS, etc.)
- Photovoltaic (Solar Panel) Systems Design
- Life Safety Systems Design
Consolidated utilizes modern software tools to assist in our design process:
- AGI: Lighting Software
- Visual: Lighting Software
- SKM Systems Analysis: Power Systems Software and Arc Flash Study
In addition to design services, Consolidated will also coordinate with the local electric utility and will provide all utility-required load letters (with the required drawings). We will also provide all jurisdiction-mandated energy compliance certificates (Department of Energy’s ComCheck).
ENERGY MODELING/LEED CERTIFICATION
Consolidated provides energy modeling services utilizing the Carrier Corporation’s HAP (Hourly Analysis Program) V4.8, which is a USGBC (US Green Building Council) approved product. This software allows us to do two primary things:
- Physically model a structure and accurately determine the heating/cooling loads throughout an entire year, on an hour-by-hour basis and the associated costs. The model is the actual structure, with its specific wall, roof, and window-types, lighting systems, power systems, and mechanical (HVAC and plumbing) systems and how they interact with the environment.
- Compare, for an entire year, this structure with a “baseline” structure (as directed by ASHRAE 90.1 guidelines); data outputs would show cost savings of the actual structure over the “baseline” structure. If the Owner is pursuing LEED certification, then these savings are translated to awardable points within the LEED(Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) framework under “Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1: Optimize Energy Performance”.
Consolidated has over (15) projects that have received LEED “Certified” or higher status split equally between government and commercial projects. We have multiple skilled personnel on-board that are LEED accredited professionals and we are always updating our volume of knowledge as the process evolves. Consolidated not only provides energy modeling, but we will also perform all duties as required by us within the entire LEED framework, whether it be points pursued in “Water Efficiency”, “Energy & Atmosphere”, “Indoor Environmental Quality”, or “Innovation in Design”.
For our renovation clients (and on rare occasion our new construction clients), survey is absolutely critical before the design process even begins. Survey lets the design team and Owner know what’s available and what, if any, upgrades need to be made. Consolidated has a team dedicated to survey work; this team bears in mind that they are not only surveying what Consolidated needs to make the project successful on our end, but also those items that may have an impact on other trades as they relate to the mechanical and electrical systems. We share all of our information freely and coordinate with the Owner, other design professionals, and contractors as the design process continues all the way to completion of construction.
For our clients that require due diligence services, Consolidated will typically perform a mechanical/electrical field survey and then document our findings with recommendations. The level of detail is directly related to the Owner’s needs and can range from simple to highly complex. Our documentation will include narratives, drawings, and photos of what was observed, what it serves, and what condition it’s in. The documentation will also point-out any observed deficiencies and proposed solutions. Consolidated understands the critical nature of these reports and goes to great effort to insure their accuracy.