For this project, we knew our experience with ground up construction, warehouse facility design, and retail space fit outs would be a great match supporting AAA on several of their new projects. We’ve provided MEP/FP engineering and consulting services for projects consisting of renovations to the current storefronts all the way to designing new fleet car repair facilities.
Currently under design, our team is developing the design of new HVAC systems, new DDC type DMS, electrical service design including lighting, circuiting panels and transformers, as well as plumbing design for the retail spaces including restrooms and pantry space. All drawings provided Title 24 documentation for the MEP design.
The popularity of this national coffee chain as a gathering place has led to a recent expansion of 75+ locations, across the East Coast. We have been providing a range of MEP/FP design services to transform spaces into new retail stores as well as taking the older, tired stores and giving them renovation they need.
Our work has included lease review, due diligence, demolition drawings for existing spaces and full-service design for new construction of brand new, stand-alone stores as well as minor/major renovations to existing stores.
Dean & Deluca
The popularity of Dean & Deluca’s fine food café/markets has led to recent expansion, including numerous new locations in New York City and across the country. We are providing a range of engineering services that include lease reviews, due diligence, demolition drawings for existing spaces, full-service design.
In order to transform the spaces into new stores for Dean & Deluca, we had to address unique challenges at some of the locations. Three of the proposed markets were going to be in landmarked buildings. This proposed limitations to both the interior and exterior spaces; we adjusted our designs accordingly and reworked the ducts and lighting controls to accommodate the landmark requirements. During our site survey for another location on the ground floor at Grand Central Terminal, we discovered that grease traps and locators would have to be put in place because of the trains below. This required close coordination between our team and the MTA.
For the New Your City locations, our Special Inspections team was involved throughout the construction process to verify that the systems being installed were constructed per the DOB-approved drawings.
King of Prussia, PA & Las Vegas, NV
We were hired to provide engineering services for a store located in The King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania and the flagship store at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. We designed the mechanical and electrical systems based on the services being provided by the malls and ensured energy code compliance. We also designed plumbing systems for new bathrooms and fire protection systems.
In the flagship store at The Forum Shops, the ground floor was high-end retail space, and the second floor was primarily back-of-house space. Our scope of work included researching the installation of a standalone cooling tower design to supplement the building condenser water due to constraints on the existing systems.
For the King of Prussia store, we confirmed the exact amount of CFM supplied to the space for the VAV system supplied to the space.
We have worked in multiple Macy’s locations providing MEP/FP design services. The multi-level department stores include modifications to the retail area, dressing rooms, cashier stations and office areas.
Select stores include a café which involved modifications. We installed new air-cooled split VRF systems to provide cooling for the new seating area and back of house area, modifications to the existing lighting system, and full electrical and plumbing design for the new back of house café.
The kitchen area involved a high amount of coordination with the consultant with the proposed kitchen equipment location installations since the cafés were located directly above the retail areas.
Mom’s Organic Market
We supported the interior renovations required for a MOM’s Organic Market. This included the design of an HVAC air distribution system, coordination with the refrigeration consultant, design for local thermostat controls, electrical lighting and power drawings, specification and location of exit signs and emergency lighting, rough-in requirements for work area outlets, defining and coordinating power and cool requirements, specifications for telecommunications raceways and support components, and review and coordination of fire alarm and plumbing design.
Our team has worked with Santander on over 20 projects throughout the Northeast. We provided high-level MEP/FP evaluations of twelve existing Santander Bank branches in Brooklyn. The goal of the project was to identify the preliminary scope of work that would be required for the bank branch renovation at each location. In addition, we performed a high-level review for the renovation of eight additional existing Santander branches. This included the design of a temporary space to maintain bank operations during construction.
For projects in Flushing and Bronx, we performed due diligence evaluations of sites being considered and then designed the MEP/FP systems for the spaces. We also provided designs for the fit-out of a new vestibule at a location in Swansea, MA.
Wasabi Sushi & Bento
We are worked on the fit-out of the food service retail spaces for Wasabi in the Westfield Center at the World Trade Center. This project is located just blocks from our New York City office, and we love being part of the redevelopment of our Lower Manhattan neighborhood. Wasabi’s space includes a customer area, a food services area, and the back of the house area.
One of the challenges of this project is to ensure that the design meets the needs of the four decision makers involved in the project, who include Wasabi, Westfield, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the MTA. Our design drawings also have to be approved by the base building engineer. Having a clear understanding of what each decision maker was looking for with this project has enabled us to successfully balance each of their requirements.