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If These Walls Could Talk… They’d Say One Size Does Not Fit All

MEP systems are the life-sustaining organs of a building—complex networks of pipes, duct and wires neatly arranged behind walls, above ceilings and below floors. Their function? To control indoor comfort. They monitor, process and regulate the dynamic functions of a building to provide physical comfort, safety and security. But in a world where climates vary drastically, they cannot be a one-size-fits-all proposition.

People have come to expect similar indoor air quality from building to building. Whether entering from a hot and humid environment or a cold and snowy one, a consistent level of comfort is expected. To meet this expectation reliably, Mechanical-HVAC systems are specifically designed to operate with respect to their outdoor climates. Environmental differences necessitate well thought out MEP systems. Thus, they must be built differently and run differently based on their location. To that end, MEP professionals are critical in ensuring proper design. From equipment selection and placement, to how pipe and ducts are routed, to noise control, coordination is vital.

Knowing that these systems must be designed differently depending on where they’re located, DPR’s MEP preconstruction experts get involved early during the design stage of the project life cycle to analyze the constructability and operability of these systems. They also provide real-time cost information as part of the decision-making process—not only upfront costs, but the long-term costs of maintaining a building over its lifespan. This best-in-class MEP community shares its knowledge and expertise across business units and project teams throughout the country.

Hear from some of them in this edition of “If These Walls Could Talk.”