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MEP Engineering Services for Office Buildings

The most common client for Teppics is the landlord of an office building. Over the years, we’ve completed hundreds of drawings for office buildings, and we’ve come to understand the unique challenges of landlords as a result. Read on to better understand how we approach designs for this type of building.

Challenges of Engineering Design for Offices

On the surface, office buildings seem to be one of the easiest designs to produce. The layouts are fairly simple, and the loads for electrical and mechanical are not huge. In addition, coordinating the design between the stakeholders in construction and the components of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing is fairly smooth. However, we frequently encounter a couple of challenges:

  1. Each tenant has their own needs: Many office buildings split the space between several tenants, usually with each one renting one floor. Each one probably needs a server room, a break room, some combination of different sized conference rooms, outlets for each desk, etc. Although the contents of the floor are common, the size and configuration vary – especially if the tenant would like to “brand” the space. Thus, cookie cutter designs become custom for each division almost immediately.
  2. The landlord doesn’t have the documentation: Because the needs of an office building appear simple, the documentation is often missing. The complexity arises when a tenant moves out and the existing design needs editing. Because MEP designs must support the building as a whole, we usually need to incorporate a field tour to recapture this detail.

What seems like an easy, quick-win project for all parties is often not when it comes to engineering services for office buildings, but Teppics has been through it many times.

The Teppics Approach to Office MEP Design

With any design, our number one priority is safety. With each variation from the core design, we are potentially increasing the electrical and mechanical load on the building as a whole. We keep a close eye on these calculations, working with the client to accommodate as much as possible, and our transition to RevIT has certainly streamlined this complicated process.

We also ideally like to provide the full suite of MEP services where possible. We can deliver faster and more efficiently when all of the collaboration required is internal. Although we are happy to collaborate with other firms, the communication lag unfortunately adds time, effort, and potential for mistakes to the project.

Our second highest priority behind safety is customer satisfaction. We are proud to accommodate the unique needs of any client, whether that relates to the delivery timeline, complexity of the design, or some other factor. (Plus, you’ll notice if you read our reviews that we are often priced to provide more value for your dollar than our competition, AND we are always available beyond the typical 9-5.)

Case Study: Diversified Tooling Corp

We were contracted with a company that works on the design and manufacture of prototype and specialty machined parts. The original projected scope for this free standing building was a traditional “hot shell” combined with fully occupancy ready office space. This was a ½ and ½ project; 50% industrial machining equipment space and 50% office space.

The loads on the industrial side are well defined and require a significant electrical infrastructure as the company was moving from one location to another. The office space required both coordinated and segregated Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing. The space didn’t require much in the way of the natural gas feed.

Having all disciplines under the Teppics banner allowed Mechanical/Plumbing and Electrical to work in conjunction, allowing us to set a short turnaround time and stick to schedule with ease. With our transition to RevIT, we were able to use a hybrid approach: using AutoCAD for certain schedules and details, and RevIT for floor plan views and native schedules. This allows for the blending of the beauty of a RevIT database drawing and the universal functionality of AutoCAD.

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Spring & Winter 2017 Projects

This winter has been busy! So busy that we completed 58 jobs since January, and half of those were partnerships with other local businesses. As always, we send a huge thanks to the Teppics team or your hard work over these times, and we continue to ramp up on RevIT as our core platform.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Job 210 – 1523 Copper Ave 4-Plex: This building is a brand new 4-plex, currently under construction. Teppics provided full MEP designs for 3 four-plex buildings of residential housing in the downtown area.
  • Job 216 – Homewood Suites: This builder is adding 30 units to an existing/operating Albuquerque hotel. We turned this job around quickly, as contractors were already on staff and moving.
  • Job 222 – Navin Properties: Teppics provided full MEP and RevIT services for this “Warm Shell” shop space with receptacles and lighting, including an attached office space as a fully operational, occupancy ready suite.
  • Job 223 – Jersey Mike’s Holly Ave: This repeat client came back for another round of designs for their Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop. Glad to have a happy client!
  • Job 224 – VFW in Carlsbad NM: This one is a building upgrade for a VFW chapter in Southern NM. We are always excited to be included in jobs with and for veterans!
  • Job 233 – Los Alamos Pizza Kitchen: For this job, we provided designs for refitting an existing space in Los Alamos, NM, for a pizza kitchen and dining area. The client has requested LED lighting for its long wear and electricity savings. Teppics recommended a service upgrade to ensure adequate power for expansion and upgrades.
  • Job 234 – Azuma III: Teppics provided an expert review of MEP drawings for a teppanyaki restaurant for an architect client.

Looking forward to this summer, as more exciting jobs continue to come in!

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Arc Flash Study in 72 Hours

Customer service is a priority here at Teppics. So much that the team cranked out an Arc Flash Study in under 72 hours.

A partner of Teppics called with a big request. He faced a tight project schedule for brand new construction of an eco-friendly laundry provider in Albuquerque.  The client needed a full Arc Flash study done before he could move forward with development.

“There is a lot of moving parts when it comes to construction jobs.” says Brandon Toepper, founder of Teppics. “We understand that, and we do our best to accommodate our clients’ deadlines. In this case, I knew the team could come through for this partner, so we redistributed the open projects to get it done.”

Thank you to the Teppics team for your dedication to excellent client satisfaction.

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Recent Projects

December 2016 Edition:

We at Teppics have been busy lately!  Read below for a quick summary of our top projects, all for clients here in New Mexico.

  1. 8801 Horizon | Our first MEP client, this project was for a government client relocating into a new space. Full MEP 90% drawings were produced in 10 calendar days for review. Approval is expected in January, after which Teppics will create final stamped drawings within 5 days. 
  2. 6607 Jefferson | This project was a remodel for an existing space. Teppics provided plans for relocating / adding power for several offices while mapping out the existing electrical infrastructure. We also performed Mechanical and Plumbing additions / relocations. The mechanical units stayed the same while relocating return air grilles and air supplies. A sink was added while the rest of the infrastructure was mapped.
  3. 303 San Mateo | This elderly care facility had already remodeled its lower level, and was ready to expand. Teppics provided the electrical remodel for 50% of the upper floor to add to the overall capabilities of the care giving space. 
  4. Abiquiu Visitor Center, New Mexico | Teppics performed a Schematic Design for a visitor center in Abiquiu, NM. This project package was designed in phases to allow the client to bid the job. Designs included advanced lighting controls (dimming, zoning, daylighting, etc.) and many track lighting and LED fixtures to ensure versatility in the spaces. A separate garage space allows for storage and/or local vehicle storage.
  5. 1919 Old Towne Rd | Teppics performed a study of the natural gas, water, and electrical capacity of the property. The client plans to adjust the infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the individual tenants based on the output of the study.
  6. 2424 Louisiana | This project finished out 3 of the 6 potential 4th floor condominiums. This required extensive build out and coordination of the basement level parking garage, infrastructure redesign, and residential compliance. 

 

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December 2016 Projects

December 2016 Projects:

  1. 8801 Horizon | Our first MEP client, this project was for a government client relocating into a new space. Full MEP 90% drawings were produced in 10 calendar days for review. We expect approval in January, after which Teppics will create final stamped drawings within 5 days. 
  2. 6607 Jefferson | This project was a remodel for an existing space. Teppics provided plans for relocating / adding power for several offices while mapping out the existing electrical infrastructure. We also performed Mechanical and Plumbing additions / relocations. The mechanical units stayed the same while relocating return air grilles and air supplies. A sink was added while the rest of the infrastructure was mapped.
  3. 303 San Mateo | This elderly care facility already remodeled its lower level, and was ready to expand. Teppics provided the electrical remodel for 50% of the upper floor to add to the overall capabilities of the care giving space. 
  4. Abiquiu Visitor Center, New Mexico | Teppics performed a Schematic Design for a visitor center in Abiquiu, NM. This project package was designed in phases to allow the client to bid the job. Designs included advanced lighting controls (dimming, zoning, daylighting, etc.) and many track lighting and LED fixtures to ensure versatility in the spaces. A separate garage space allows for storage and/or local vehicle storage.
  5. 1919 Old Towne Rd | Teppics performed a study of the natural gas, water, and electrical capacity of the property. The client plans to adjust the infrastructure to meet the growing needs of the individual tenants based on the output of the study.
  6. 2424 Louisiana | This project finished out 3 of the 6 potential 4th floor condominiums. This required extensive build out and coordination of the basement level parking garage, infrastructure redesign, and residential compliance. 
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November Projects

Teppics Engineering November 2016 Projects

We delivered quite a range of projects in November! Simple designs to complex rebuilds and from relocations to brand new spaces, here’s the summary of what we accomplished this month:

  1. Blue Window Bistro at 1789 Central Ave., Los Alamos, New Mexico | This project was a relocation of an existing, in-operation Bistro to a new, larger location. The new facility included a full commercial kitchen and full service bar. Teppics worked closely with the client to accommodate the existing building design challenges as the individual tenant space was part of a larger building. Retrofitting the space while avoiding a large infrastructure redesign was quite a challenge!
  2. XTRADA Plaza at 1240 Old Coors Blvd SW., Albuquerque, New Mexico | This project was a fast tracked, Hot Shell package that required basic lighting, power, and other calculations to ensure compliance to local codes.
  3. Jonas Office & Warehouse in Carlsbad, New Mexico | Teppics provided electrical engineering services for this build of a warehouse facility for a client that also accommodates a conditioned Office Space. Calculations for lighting, power, and others were utilized to ensure compliance to local codes.
  4. EPD Storage Facility in Carlsbad, New Mexico | The client also required electrical engineering services for an addition to the facility. Utilizing the existing structure, the addition provided an expansion of storage space for the customer. Basic lighting, power, and other calculations were utilized to ensure compliance to local codes.
  5. Los Alamos County Youth Center in Los Alamos, New Mexico | This project was a basic remodel for an existing space. Teppics provided plans for relocating power for a snack bar and allowing a clean installation for the members.
  6. State Employees Credit Union (SECU) in Montgomery & Carlisle, Albuquerque, New Mexico | Utilizing an existing design for the Rio Rancho, NM location of SECU, Teppics Engineering provided a Code compliant design that fits into the new location space for the building. Lighting, power, and other calculations were utilized to ensure compliance to local Codes.
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October Projects

Teppics Engineering October 2016 Projects

We at Teppics have been busy lately!  Read below for a quick summary of our top three projects, all for clients here in New Mexico.

  1. Taos Apartment Complex in  Tierra Montosa, Taos, NM | This project is a large, residential apartment complex. This requires a site layout of 6 buildings ranging in size from 2 unit buildings to 6 unit buildings. The site required coordination with Architectural and Civil to ensure that the site utilities are not in conflict. Site lighting, interior lighting, and loading calculations were required with much coordination among other disciplines. Click this link to see more from our Architect: http://wamostudio.com/2016-mfa-lihtc-project-award/
  2. Warner Event Center at 1935 Warner St., Santa Fe, NM | This project utilized an existing structure and performing minimal changes, transformed a space into an event center. Calculations for lighting, power, and others were utilized to ensure the space was in compliance with local Codes.
  3. Montano Warehouse at 1 Thompson Court, Santa Fe, NM | This project was a basic storage facility with bathroom, heating, and a minimally sized office. This project was a quick turnaround for the customer.
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September 2016 Top Projects

Teppics Engineering kicked off fall with several projects around New Mexico. Check out the top three:

  • The 24’s at 2424 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 | This 4 story high rise building required an infrastructure-only package. The scope had a minimal amount of work on the 2nd and 3rd floor as they were “move in ready”. The first floor required an update to the current Code and designs for an additional bathroom. The 4th floor will be converted to upscale condominiums.
  • Gallup Islamic CenterThis design supported the expansion of the client’s existing worship space. Teppics’ team added upgrades to the current electrical system, providing lighting calculations, panel loading calculations, and other central services.
  • UNM Jersey Mike’sThis project was to design a Jersey Mike’s store leveraging the customer construction template as a guide to the UNM campus. It is a pleasure helping a business expand their presence in Albuquerque!
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Expert Review for Educational Building

13962746_1082575905162478_3281284277453460701_nTeppics Engineering Principal and lead Engineer, Brandon Toepper, validating lighting design for a near-by school project.

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Congratulations Rio Dental & Orthodontics

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Welcome to Rio Rancho! It was a pleasure helping you with the design! We wish you good luck and prosperity in your endeavor.