Mechanical systems are vital to all buildings. They provide comfort to occupants and can help extend a building’s lifecycle. Regardless of your project’s size, our engineers will provide creative, sustainable solutions to fit your needs. We believe using the latest technology is imperative to designing the most efficient and cost-effective systems. We utilize energy analysis software to predict a building’s energy consumption and evaluate different systems. This, along with detailed cost estimating, can establish payback and help building owners determine which system best fits their building.
HVAC — Air Distribution Systems
A building’s air distribution system is essential to provide proper ventilation and comfort for building occupants. Design considerations for these systems include space temperature, humidity, air speed, and noise levels. Our engineers work closely with manufacturers to select appropriate equipment that will meet required performance criteria.
HVAC — Geothermal and Conventional Heat Pump
WSN has extensive experience designing geothermal systems for a wide range of projects, including schools, places of worship, residential, and commercial. These systems rely on the relatively constant temperature of the earth to provide efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to your heating and cooling needs. WSN uses a specialty consultant to drill a test well to verify soil conditions and thermal conductivity. This information, along with detailed yearly heating and cooling usage calculations, is then used to determine well depth, quantity, and spacing. This is imperative to keep the ground at a constant temperature over the life of the well field and to maintain system performance.
HVAC — Controls
Building controls are one of the most important aspects of a mechanical design. Properly done, controls allow mechanical systems to be completely automated, reducing maintenance costs while increasing energy efficiency and occupant comfort. We have extensive experience in the design of Direct Digital Controls (DDC) systems, both for new facilities and the replacement of existing pneumatic controls. These systems graphically display equipment status and set points and provide building operators the ability to monitor and troubleshoot problems via the internet.
HVAC — Miscellaneous Heating and Cooling
These are devices or systems often used to increase thermal comfort or to address specific heating or cooling needs within a building.
Plumbing systems are an important aspect of every building. Plumbing designs include sanitary and storm drainage, domestic water distribution, water softening and heating, and gas piping. Our engineers are familiar with the plumbing codes and review process of several states. We have extensive experience with specialty plumbing systems including medical gas and acid waste piping. We work closely with building owners to select plumbing fixtures appropriate for their needs, including sinks, water closets, sensor-activated flush valves and faucets, and low flow fixtures, which conserve water and reduce utility costs.