Engineering firms that offer Full-Service Engineering are able to provide a wide range of engineering services. This means that whether you need mechanical, electrical, or any other kind of engineering, they will be able to assist.
Here’s a complete overview of what Full-Service Engineering is and what it generally covers at Allen + Shariff.
What Is Full-Service Engineering?
Some engineering firms only specialize in one type of engineering. So, they will have to outsource if a project requires another type. This requires a lot of communication and coordination, which leaves room for miscommunication.
Full-Service Engineering firms don’t need to do this. Because they specialize in multiple types of engineering, they can cover all the engineering tasks in a project. As a result, using a firm like this is generally more efficient and cost-effective. There is also a minimized risk of delay as it’s less likely that any miscommunication or misunderstandings will occur.
These firms generally provide a single point of contact for the client. So, you know exactly who to contact about your project and they will communicate with their team to ensure the job gets done. This makes communication expectations and requirements much easier and more accurate.
If you must communicate with multiple engineers, things can get confusing and it’s much more difficult to keep everyone on track and on the same page.
Having one point of contact means that you will be able to receive immediate feedback on the progress of your project. Full-Service Engineers will be able to give an overview of everything going on in the project at any given time. So, the client is constantly kept in the loop.
Types of Engineering Services It Entails
Here are the engineering disciplines that Allen + Shariff, as a Full-Service Engineering company, covers:
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) engineering is the design of indoor environmental comfort. Using fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and heat transfer knowledge, the HVAC engineer provides thermal comfort and indoor air quality to a building’s occupants. Whether it be the design of new air handling units for new construction, or the retrofit of an old inefficient boiler system, the HVAC engineer makes sure that buildings and their occupants stay healthy.
Electrical engineering encompasses all devices and systems that run off electricity. It involves designing electrical systems both big and small, from generators and substations to receptacles and switches. The electrical engineer ensures that power is provided safely and adequately to serve the building’s needs.
Fire alarm engineering includes the design of initiating devices to detect fire as well as notification devices to alert the building occupants to leave the premises. Fire alarm engineers are experts in the National Fire Alarm Codes to ensure that their designs meet all requirements to keep commercial building occupants safe.
Architectural lighting design includes the design of lighting systems within the built environment. Architectural lighting design not only lets the occupant see clearly, but it also enhances the design of buildings using light. Utilizing electric light and natural daylight, effective architectural lighting design can influence emotions and behaviors of a building’s occupants, as well as create an aesthetically pleasing environment.
Water systems are an indispensable part of every building. Plumbing engineers ensure that water is delivered into, distributed throughout, and removed out of a building properly. Every building needs water that is safe for human consumption and for sanitation.
Fire Protection Engineers work on the design of fire suppression systems within the built environment to protect both the building’s occupants and the structure itself. Through the design of fire pumps, sprinkler systems, etc., the fire suppression system helps to eliminate the spread of fire to allow fire fighters and first responders time to safely rescue occupants and save a building from complete destruction.
Commissioning is the process of testing, adjusting, and verifying that a building’s equipment operates as a fully functional and energy efficient system. The commissioning engineer reviews a building’s systems to enhance the quality of the design and ensure that no parts of the engineering design are overlooked. These agents can help to reduce costs associated with changes due to construction or programming errors. They also assist in training the building maintenance staff to ensure that they operate the building systems at peak performance.
When Allen + Shariff acts as the prime contractor on a project, we will also subcontract with other fields including architecture, structural engineering, IT design, civil engineering, etc. to provide all disciplines to a project. Allen + Shariff strives to be your Full-Service Engineering firm to meet all your needs.