Case Studies

Figure 3: The Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine incorporates a shelter in the event of high-wind storms and coordinates the design with building systems to maintain continuity. SmithGroup is serving as a design architect and programming consultant, providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and structural engineering services for Helix Architecture + Design, the architect of record. Courtesy: SmithGroup
Building Types October 29, 2020

Case study: Designing for tornadoes in the Midwest

The Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine created a dual-use space to meet resilient design needs

By Nancy Kohout, John Rushing, Bill Wood and Valerie Berstene
Courtesy: UNIFI Labs
AI and Machine Learning October 23, 2020

Case study: Autodesk’s generative design artificial intelligence

Generative design sped up a building project for a research space

By Karen Pierce
Courtesy: WSP USA
Hospitals October 21, 2020

Case study: Hospital pivots to adjust for COVID-19

For the Parkview Regional Medical Center Core Tower expansion, engineers were able to modify design to accommodate COVID-19 patients as the project was in progress

By April Woods
Figure 5: Visioning sessions with the owner and design team helped identify the client’s goals and helped the smart building consultant identify opportunities for enabling better use cases and smart applications on the project. Courtesy: CannonDesign
Office Buildings September 30, 2020

Case study: Office building’s smart potential

An office building renovation project included a host of considerations to retrofit the space into a smart building

By Owen Dalton and Sal Bonetto
Courtesy: Metro CD Engineering
Electrical September 23, 2020

Case study: Calculating motor OCPD

Learn how to determine the combined overcurrent protection device for a motor

By Michael Chow, PE, CxA, LEED AP BD+C
Courtesy: CDM Smith
Boilers, Chillers September 21, 2020

Case study: Retrofitted heating system

A wastewater treatment plant heating system required conversion from generating low-pressure steam to heating hot water

By Ian Marchant and April Ricketts
Courtesy: CDM Smith
Boilers, Chillers September 21, 2020

Case study: Hydronic heating system

A new heating hot water system was included in the design of a water treatment plant

By Ian Marchant and April Ricketts
Plumbing, Pumping September 11, 2020

Case study: College water heater

A hybrid campus building’s water heater was selected using the time-based evaluation method

By Michael Scruggs
Courtesy: Burns & McDonnell
Analytics August 31, 2020

Case study: Tracking multiple high-performance buildings

A company optimized capital expenditures through asset health analytics

By George Hawkinson and Jarrod McMains
Courtesy: Page
Mission Critical August 27, 2020

Case study: Public safety meets resiliency goals

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure needs to be evaluated during the design phase for added resiliency, based on the client’s requirements

By Cameron Brown