Mechanical Upgrades at National Hydrology Research Centre
Since 2017, HDK has been providing Full Consulting Services, in a Prime Consultant Role, to SJR’s Facility Maintenance Department on an increasing number of Mechanical Systems Replacement and Upgrade projects, as listed below.
HDK’s Role in the Projects:
While some projects follow a more traditional design process, many projects for SJR are of an urgent nature. HDK acts as an “on call” Prime Consultant as projects will often relate to equipment failures for critical systems at the school. These often turn into full-scale design and renovation projects with objectives of upgrading or replacing aging or failed equipment. and compressed timelines for completion. HDK has built a reputation for prompt service with SJR facility staff who have come to rely on the firm’s ability to scale up and down resources based on their stated requirements. When called upon by SJR, HDK promptly attends an on-site meeting (with required disciplines present) to assess/define the project requirements. Shortly there after, Class C costing drawings are produced in conjunction with SJR’s preferred contractors. If project values are high enough, HDK assists SJR with tendering out the project work once IFC drawings are complete. During construction, HDK is actively involved and working side by side with SJR and contractor to facilitate a successful project.
How Design Met Owner’s Objectives:
Durability: By choosing equipment with longevity and ease of maintenance in mind, the new design will provide the school with a new durable heating plant with a renewed life cycle.
Functionality: The goal of this project is to modernize the central heating plant with more current, efficient technology.
Maintainability: The newer systems will provide the school with equipment that has been field proven with local service technicians. Modeling the system in Revit ensures service/replacement clearances are met.