Plumbing Design

Plumbing systems are often overlooked and yet are one of the most vital parts of an overall building design. Most of what engineers do when designing specific building systems is dictated by local, state, and federal codes; however, with plumbing systems design, art and science are mixed in with code requirements and sustainability. Our engineers offer a comprehensive understanding of all design elements when preparing plumbing systems construction documents. We carefully coordinate the appropriate type of fixtures in different areas of a building while paying attention to code requirements and fixture placement.

Plumbing engineering plays a critical and essential role in water efficiency, site sustainability, energy, fire protection, and pollution systems of a facility. Our team understands that for design systems to be successful, the infrastructure – including the natural biospheric earth systems of recycling air, waste, and water – must be considered and respected. Our plumbing engineers design systems with your “whole building” in mind to help you avoid surprises. In coordination with other engineering facets, our plumbing engineers perform the calculations, size the equipment, and prepare the necessary plumbing design and construction documents to carry out a successful project. The results are efficient and reliable systems that can stand the test of time.

Our team members are registered Professional Engineers and Certified/Green Plumbing Designers in multiple states and the District of Columbia with experience in locations all over the continental US and abroad. We utilize the latest version of modern software suites in production: AutoCAD MEP/Revit 2022, CDS Design Suite, building simulation programs, as well as specialized selection software for vendors.  Services typically provided include:

  • Domestic hot and cold water systems design
  • Domestic hot water recirculation systems
  • Central domestic water heating plant design
  • Water softening systems
  • Water deionization systems
  • Sanitary and vent systems
  • Sanitary pumping stations
  • Stormwater primary and secondary drainage systems
  • Storm water pre-treatment systems
  • Compressed air systems
  • High purity gas systems
  • Fire Protection
  • Process piping
  • Refrigeration Systems
  • Steam & Chilled Water Distribution
  • Natural gas and propane piping systems
  • Water protection (backflow prevention)
  • High Pressure and Vacuum process piping systems
  • Energy and Life Cycle Cost Analysis / Building Energy Modeling
  • Sustainable Design Integration & Studies
  • Instrumentation & Controls, and Building Automation Systems
  • Storage, Dispensing & Distribution of Specialty Gases (Lab, Medical, Etc.)
  • Acid neutralizing pre-treatment systems
  • Sump pump/sewage ejector/lift station design
  • Grease waste systems
  • Correctional facilities plumbing design