Sometimes, a project lasts forever, and not in a good way. We have all seen those projects that become a constant cycle of resolving issues until one party is comfortable enough with the outcome. In order to avoid situations like that, Teppics has these tips for a successful engineering design project.
- Design the mechanical, electric, and plumbing based on the final architectural blueprints. Starting engineering design while the client reviews the final blueprint proposal is the first way to set back the project. Project managers are often tempted to begin as soon as possible because the output is a large impact on the budget. However, a small tweak to the functionality of the space can have a huge impact on the design.
- Allow engineering design access to the person who has a view of the entire project. Some projects incorporate a network of subcontractors each performing a small part of the job. For example, a project may contain more than one set of architects. However, this results in miscommunication to the engineering design teams, who must account for several disparate stakeholders. Ensuring one person has a holistic understanding of the architectural design and connecting that person with the engineering firm will save everyone time and money.
- Promote open collaboration. Simply put, MEP engineers don’t appreciate a project’s challenges unless you tell them what they are. Between architectural roadblocks, project management setbacks, or some other issue, some jobs are less cut and dry than others. Including your MEP design firm in on the discussions and open items will only help them provide the best service to you. As with any situation, the more open & honest communication there is, the better the outcome for all involved.
In summary: we’re part of the team
Reading these, you may think they are oversimplified guidelines, yet they are easier said than done. We at Teppics often meet project managers or architects who view us as a compartmentalized set of deliverables. Yet, we prefer to be considered an integral part of the project. Although walls, windows, and stairs are the foundation of a building, the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing are infrastructure items that affect said foundations. Consider their role in making a space functional, comfortable, and standardized the next time you interact with an engineering team.