EEA Consulting Engineers: Waterfront Development Phase 1
Engineering firm: EEA Consulting Engineers
2018 MEP Giants rank: 90
Project: Waterfront Development Phase 1
Location: Austin, TX, United States
Building type: Office building
Project type: New construction
Engineering services: Automation, controls; electrical, power; energy, sustainability; HVAC, mechanical; lighting; plumbing, piping
Project timeline: December 2015 to May 2018
MEP/FP budget: $1,153,981
The MEP team was constrained by overall building height,which created a low floor-to-floor height design scenario.The remaining available space between the ceiling and the floor above was limited and made it more difficult to place the MEP equipment.Another challenging aspect of the limited ceiling space was that it required a lot of coordination between multiple disciplines during both design and construction.
To resolve the equipment selection and design, there was a lot of coordination between MEP, architecture, and structural building information modelingelements.Through coordination on the space constraints, EEA Consulting Engineerschose a chilled beam HVAC design thatoccupied much less ceiling space and as an added benefit was very energy efficient. Using REVIT for clash detection with the other disciplines enabled engineersto verify that thedesign would work in the space allotted and would be able to be constructed.