High rise construction brings challenges to the design team; stack-effect, wind and water penetration, acoustic treatments, and vertical economy. These challenges continue to be met by our team. Assisting the architect to provide the necessary elements to address these issues and accommodate our componentry at the start of (not during) design is why our high rise designs set the trends of technical approach and become integral to the vertical built environment.
The high expectations of the leisure traveler are paramount. The comfort and ease of the mechanical and electrical systems cannot have issues; social media reacts to these items immediately; everything from a hesitation in hot water delivery to complexity of occupant controls will be posted. In addition, the interior environment in regard to lighting, temperature, and reliability enhances a dining experience or concert event immensely. FEA has an intrinsic understanding of the hospitality field not only illustrated by our portfolio (over 100,000 hotel rooms), but by our listening to Owners and Operators and creating designs to meet this objective.
The new approach for these types of facilities has changed. No longer are they volumetric spaces with “institutional” finishes. The new approach is to create environments that are favorable to healing, learning, and living. This requires attention to the indoor environment that will be conducive to the ultimate use of the space. FEA has a proven project portfolio illustrating these concepts.
Manufacturing facilities bring every challenge imaginable to the mechanical and electrical engineer. Heavy electrical and mechanical loads, along with addressing the indoor space environment, is our goal. Since disposal of waste materials and energy recovery are a have to be part of the manufacturing process, an intense approach to this with an understanding of the industrial engineering layout is what FEA has concentrated on with our designers. If this is done right, we feel we can serve the client for years to come.
FEA Consulting Engineers has extensive experience in the design hospital/assisted extended care facilities, which require systems that are conducive to quality patient care and comfort. In addition, FEA has designed mechanical, plumbing, electrical and low voltage systems for a variety of specialized medical facilities containing research labs, instrument rooms, radiation chemistry rooms, general labs, libraries, general offices, surgery suites, and facility research offices.
FEA’s portfolio includes everything from large, professional sports stadiums (Ford Field) to highly technical performance venues with large seating capacity (Cirque du Soleil venues). Using CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis to determine ultimate conditions on the field or stage and creating greater comfort for the patrons is accomplished. FEA has addressed seat delivered air conditioning as well as high pyrotechnical effects in our designs.