The DesignTech Inc. Virginia office has relocated! We are now located at 540 Fort Evans Rd. NE Leesburg, VA 20176Read More
Our three engineering interns have been hard at work this summer! Check out how they have been assisting our design teams!Read More
For renovation work, we always visit the project site. Here we discuss why this is an core principle for all projects.Read More
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Since the start of the year, we have been adding depth to the roster! In the first half of the year, our Leesburg, Virginia office added additional staff in the electrical and plumbing engineering departments. Ken Poulter and Jhonny Suarez Diaz have added a great amount of experience and training to the company as well as a great culture of excellence in their work.
Ken has over 30 years of experience in the plumbing engineering field; including over 20 years as a studio director and/or plumbing department head. In addition to design expertise of sanitary, water, natural gas, and medical/compressed air systems, his experience has provided him with extensive multi-disciplinary exposure and building code knowledge. He serves with DesignTech as a plumbing designer, project manager, quality control resource, and business development team member. His responsibilities also include development of project specifications and construction administration.
Jhonny has fourteen years of experience in the Electrical Engineering field as both a master electrician and electrical engineer. His experience has provided him extensive knowledge of the National Electrical Code, electrical installations and maintenance, and project troubleshooting. In addition, he has specific experience with development and implementation of method of procedure (MOP) protocols, and assessment of mission-critical infrastructure systems for safeguarding data center uptime. His skills also include assessment of energy consumption for periodic efficiency figures (PUE) as well as whole project data. His responsibilities at DesignTech include building site visits, investigative reports, project engineering, construction administration, development of specifications, cost estimates, and lighting calculations.
Most recently, Ross Lynam has joined our Kensington, MD office as a mechanical engineer. Ross graduated this year from Penn. State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Ross has already worked on several projects in both the private and public sector and is poised to become a more independent project engineer with each project he has under his belt.
Read more about Ross, Jhonny, and Ken by clicking on their photos below!
This past Tuesday, DesignTech participated in the witness test and demonstration of the modular chillers for an undisclosed interiors project in Washington, DC. DesignTech served as the owner's representative; verifying that the system met the design specifications. The test took place in Sparta, Wisconsin at the Multistack chiller manufacturing facility.
The manufacturer demonstrated the proper operation and startup of the eleven chiller modules and two end suction chilled water pumps. The Multistack facility in-house tests their equipment with a hydronic system capable of testing three of the 30-ton modules at once. The performance testing was completed successfully; with each module proving the nameplate data to be accurate. The chillers were specified with complete factory controls that were complete at the time of the testing. The completion of the controls installation allowed the factory to demonstrate the sequences of normal operation as well as a myriad of failure condition responses including but not limited to:
- Power source out of phase
- Circuit failure(s)
- High head pressure condition at compressor
- Loss of flow to module
- Loss of leaving chilled water temperature sensor input (fail to run sequence)
- Loss of pump drive control
- Primary chilled water pump failure
Multistack did an excellent job in their demonstration and their product line is a testament to their willingness to customize equipment for specialized applications. Stay tuned for to see this modular chiller at work once it is shipped to Washington, D.C.
Renderings have changed significantly over the last 5 years. The widespread use of BIM (building information modeling) software has made renderings more accessible, and accurate to the vision of building owners. These changes are improvements in every sense.
Anyone with a Revit license now has the ability to create renderings, and walkthroughs, without killing time working on two software platforms or double modelling building elements. Additionally, the level of detail in renderings has grown exponentially. Modeling real fixtures, and finishes with coordinated MEP disciplines grounds vision and opens communication for technical and non-technical team members. The rendering can also act as a benchmark for project teams for coordination and commissioning.
Just completed a month ago, project in NW Washington serves as a great testament to this accountability. Take a look below at how the rendering compares to the finished product for this 4,000 sq. ft. restaurant. The rendering was developed by Architecture, Incorporated during the project.
You can read more about The Grilled Oyster Company project here. Restaurants don't create multiple locations in the same city for no reason. The food at the Grilled Oyster Company is amazing and certainly worth a visit.
Tower Club in Tysons Corner is now an award-winning project! The Tower Club design was nominated for and has won the 2015 NAIOP Award of Excellence for Best Interiors Retail Project at the Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards Gala on Thursday, November 19th. Architecture, Incorporated was the official recipient of the award along with Hubert Construction. Matt Bowers and Tom Igo attended in support to represent DesignTech as the subcontracted designer of the MEP systems.
The Tower Club is a member of the ClubCorp family and is one of several ClubCorp renovation projects that DesignTech and Architecture, Incorporated have collaborated on in the past few years including Treesdale Golf and Country Club. New to the team was Hubert Construction who served as the General Contractor and Construction Manager.
DesignTech continues to provide quality, well coordinated designs that result in projects like Tower Club. Awards such as this are a testament of wealth of experience and solutions that DesignTech has to offer clients.
DesignTech Engineering's Matt Bowers, Dize Groups’ Kim Dize, L.F. Jennings' Jeff Black, Office Movers' Jim Durfee and L.F. Jennings' Sam Hunter are pictured below.