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Somersett Town Center

LEED and COMMISSIONING Technical Designs was the LEED project administrator and building commissioning agent. This project included two 2-story, 36,000 square foot buildings and one of the first LEED Core and Shell Project completed in Northern Nevada.

Somersett

LEED Requirements installed in Somersett include: Positive, measured space ventilation, increased by 30% over standard design methods. CO2 monitoring of individual spaces with reporting and alarms Core and Shell required measurement of water, gas, and electrical usage by tenant along with base building measurement and reporting. Overall building control / scheduling from a central location with reporting for out-of-range space or equipment conditions. Mark Hauenstein, P.E. LEED A/P CxA with Technical Designs in Reno, NV, the engineering firm that provided MEP services, building commissioning support, and LEED expertise states that “The building monitors itself and provides management reports and e-mail notifications when service is required. The Owner will reap the rewards using this type of building control system for many years to come. Viconics based thermostats that are available in LON, BacNet, and Wireless format have opened up sophisticated but simple control components to a portion of the market that until now has been ignored. The controls market, at all levels, now has the alternative to the “closed black box” proprietary devices of the past.”

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Controls Integration

Controls and Energy Strategies that work.

Three merging trends began to make designing with legacy control stragegies impossible: 1) the trend toward more factory mounted controls and less field installed components; which has led to finger pointing between vendors and control installation companies, as to what is provided and by whom? 2) the incorporation of more smart devices and communication protocols (see url) and 3) the desire to use more sophisticated control strategies that incorporate “smart” energy savings such as automated demand response and LEED building control strategies and features. Technical Designs set out to find a better method to manage this problem for our Clients. The result was the ability to write the building control software, test this software off line, hand this software off to the installing contractor and manage the commissioning process over the web from anywhere in the world. Using VMware and web tools, the engineers at Technical Designs that conceived how the building was to perform, now verify this in real time. Just as designing in 3D does not allow you to “fake” it, no longer will the engineer be allow to throw a few half baked ideas at the control contractor expecting everything to magically work.

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Integrated Project Delivery

Technical Designs became interested early on in the use of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) . IPD is simply the use of web based tools that support consultants with specific expertise to collaborate on a single design model that exists in the cloud where team members have direct access in real time. This process could be applied to any type of project: from designing a circuit board to movie production. Technical Designs focused on what knowledge we bring to the process and developed the tools and skills necessary to support the building design process within the construction industry.

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Engineering

Technical Designs are engineers... focused on what knowledge we bring to the process and developed the tools and skills necessary to support the building design process within the construction industry.

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Project Design

Technical Designs are designers... focused on what knowledge we bring to the process and developed the tools and skills necessary to support the building design process within the construction industry.

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Building and Asset Management

Technical Designs makes it work... focused on what knowledge we bring to the process and developed the tools and skills necessary to support the building design process within the construction industry.

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