Raj Gupta, P.E., LEED AP, President, and David Marshall, P.E., ASHE, Senior Vice President, Environmental Systems Design, Inc., Chicago

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Other Building Types July 1, 2005

Technology Transfusion

Whether it's allocating space for new technology, contending for U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification or weighing in on a project budget, today's engineers are being asked to get more involved in facility design—and involved from the beginning. For years architects were the ones who estimated the amount of space for mechanical and electrical equipment. Mechanical and electrical infrastructure were viewed almost as if they were necessary evils. Today, however, owners, designers and building managers have a much different view; they're putting more emphasis on the function of M/E/P systems within their facilities—and rightfully so. Communicating early with other team members allows the engineer to design systems that work for all parties, from the facility's administration, care-giving staff and operating engineers to its patients.

By Raj Gupta, P.E., LEED AP, President, and David Marshall, P.E., ASHE, Senior Vice President, Environmental Systems Design, Inc., Chicago
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