What’s Next: The Evolution of MEP

3 AIA Learning Units (2 LU + 1 LU|HSW)

(GHT-MEP-201-1 | GHT-MEP-201-2 | GHT-MEP-201-3)


What’s Next for Interior Environments?

Description: The future success of the office will ultimately depend on a company’s ability to attract, retain, and engage employees. With the increased focus on the employee experience, workers continue to challenge architects to deliver high-quality spaces that inspire collaboration and incorporate the comforts of home. As the MEP engineer, GHT can help architects deliver these high-quality designs without sacrificing systems performance, occupant comfort, or wellness. Join Senior Principal Don Norwood and Senior Associate Megan Lubina as they explore what’s next for MEP systems design in interior environments. The session will explore the advantages of engaging an MEP engineer throughout each phase of your project and analyze project examples that examine the intersection of amenity-rich space with high-performance MEP design.

Learning Objectives

  • Learning Objective 1: Understand the role of HVAC systems in Interior Mechanical Systems design.
  • Learning Objective 2: Learn the fundamentals of Interior HVAC systems and recognize how different systems can achieve health, safety, and performance goals.
  • Learning Objective 3: Understand the implications of the increased emphasis on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for occupant wellness.
  • Learning Objective 4: Recognize how changes in workplace design will shape the future of offices in the DMV to create more adaptable and equitable spaces for occupants.
  • Learning Objective 5: Learn how advanced lighting and plug load controls enable a safer and more flexible environment for occupants.
  • Learning Objective 6: Understand how early involvement of the MEP engineer during the initial lease evaluation can result in budget savings, code compliance, alignment of project goals with the existing space requirements, and improved project outcomes overall.

What’s Next for Our Changing Office Buildings?

Description: As the DC office market adjusts to post-COVID economic forces and vacancies soar, owners look to transform their assets into environments that attract tenants, visitors, and residents. These conversions have taken several forms, such as the conversion of office space to a commercial kitchen, the addition of a rooftop amenity, or a substantial improvement to ensure code compliance. As we work together to invigorate DC office buildings, join Principals John Budock and Jim White for an in-depth discussion of the unique challenges presented by each of these project types.

Learning Objectives

  • Learning Objective 1: Identify how changes in the DMV market are impacting MEP design for the owner.
  • Learning Objective 2: Differentiate between Level I, II, and III alterations, and identify the obstacles associated with each level.
  • Learning Objective 3: Understand that different building use types have distinctive electrical and HVAC load requirements and how this may affect the existing electrical and HVAC systems.
  • Learning Objective 4: Recognize the unique challenges presented by office to residential conversions as it relates to the building’s MEP design.
  • Learning Objective 5: Explore trends relating to new construction in the DMV region including the push for net zero; contemplating an all-electric building and using solar energy to offset building consumption.

What’s Next for Building Owners and Operators?

Description: As building owners and operators are challenged to do more with less, architects and engineers are facing new challenges to design for improved performance, not only at construction completion but 10-50 years into occupancy and beyond. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, building codes and compliance programs like the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) are ushering in a new era, requiring building owners to comply with the intent of green codes through their operations. Join Senior Principal Jeffrey Salay and Senior Associate Matt FitzGerald as they explore design considerations for the entire building operations lifecycle. From energy audits to retro-commissioning, our instructors will present project case studies illustrating how owners achieved optimal building performance through careful analysis and evaluation by our MEP design team.

Learning Objectives

  • Learning Objective 1: Learn how the building evaluation process can help building owners and operators identify milestones where building enhancements can improve building performance and energy efficiency.
  • Learning Objective 2: Become familiar with the local jurisdiction’s energy benchmarking and BEPS programs.
  • Learning Objective 3: Understand the process of retro-commissioning and how retro-CX resulted in improved building operations.
  • Learning Objective 4: Understand the differences between building operations consulting, energy management services and commissioning as tools to optimize your building’s efficiency.