RTM Engineering Consultants, LLC: Canadian National Training Center

New construction of an educational facility; office building

08/17/2015


Figure 1: CN Training Center, Café. Courtesy: Harris ArchitectsEngineering firm: RTM Engineering Consultants, LLC
2015 MEP Giants rank: 87
Project: Canadian National Training Center
Address: Homewood, Ill., United States
Building type: Educational facility; Office building
Project type: New construction
Engineering services: Electrical, power; Fire, life safety; HVAC, mechanical; Lighting; Plumbing, piping
Project timeline: 11/11/2012 to 9/28/2014
MEP/FP budget: $72,800

Challenges

Figure 2: CN Training Center, Lounge. Courtesy: Harris ArchitectsThe design encompassed a wide variety of room types including common areas, gathering areas, presentation rooms, offices, conference rooms, cafeteria, and training areas. The project also included outdoor areas with site lighting.

Solutions

Extensive coordination took place between the civil engineering team to assure existing routing of utilities and for the location of the new services into the building. Coordination of load calculations with the local utility team was important to ensure proper electrical-service sizing. A natural gas generator was designed and implemented to back up the life safety systems.



RICHARD , NC, United States, 08/18/15 02:55 PM:

The Engineers may have made a mistake? They have linear diffusers in the round part high on the wall and then also are using high linear diffusers from the ceiling blowing down. Why not use under floor air blowing up the window to the height of 8 ft, thus making the zone where people are comfortable. And nearly the same where they have slot diffusers high on the wall, blowing the air horizontally. I believe this is a bad mistake and could have saved a lot of air in the zone, it is needed instead of cooling air up high, where the supply air is no good? No one is in the zones at these heights. Seems to be a waste of energy.
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