ENGINEERING SPOTLIGHT STRUCTURAL | MECHANICAL | ELECTRICAL | PLUMBING
With extensive design experience working on buildings constructed of steel, concrete, masonry, wood, and steel stud wall systems, this discipline tackles everything from new building construction, to historic preservation, to rehabilitation, developing holistic solutions that are adaptable and efficient, while minimizing environmental impact.
STRUCTURAL DESIGN EXPERTISE:
• Mild steel & post-tensioned, cast-in place concrete systems • Precast concrete systems • Structural steel frames • Cold-formed steel, masonry, and wood-bearing wall systems • Heavy timber structural systems • Shallow and deep foundations • Historic renovation and preservation • Existing structure repurposing • Structure evaluation • Peer reviews
LIGHT GAUGE STEEL CONSTRUCTION BKV Group researches innovative construction technology that enhances the value of the project, leverages the facility budget, and shortens the construction duration. Innovation in the application of codes and building systems allows differentiation in the marketplace. At BKV Group, that potential is: • Combining building systems and code categories to increase density • Flexible approach in partnering with clients and contractors in selection of appropriate structural systems • Innovative design of 10-story load-bearing, cold-formed steel systems • Panelized and modular construction for labor reduction
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING BKV Group has experience and market focus in the design of Multifamily, Courthouses, Fire Stations, Public Works Facilities, Detention Facilities, Corporate Office, Retail, Food-service, and Historic Preservation.
HVAC DESIGN EXPERTISE: • • • • • • • •
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Air handling and air distribution Heating water systems Chilled water systems Water source & air source heat pumps Ground source heat pumps Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems Dedicated Outside Air Systems Critical environment dehumidification & humidification Steam and condensate systems Radiant heating & snow melt Fuel Oil/Diesel Building Automation, Energy Management, & Controls
BKV Group provides a collaborative and informative approach to HVAC design, considering input from all stakeholders to achieve the sustainable, economic, and operational goals of the client. PLUMBING DESIGN EXPERTISE:
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BKV Group’s plumbing design experience spans projects across the United States including some of the most challenging jurisdictions and municipalities.
Cold water distribution Domestic water heating Sanitary waste and vent Storm Drainage Systems Special Waste Drainage Systems Vacuum Systems Compressed Air Systems Rainwater and Stormwater Harvesting Fuel Gas Piping
NET-ZERO SUSTAINABLE DESIGN With renewed focus on carbon footprint reduction, new design approaches will need to be considered in order to meet the challenges ahead. Net-zero carbon goals at the federal and local levels will ultimately mandate changes both in the power generation industry and building industry. Key drivers are the need to increase clean energy capacity into the power grid, and reduction in building site carbon footprint. A combination of more aggressive energy conservation code requirements and utility company incentives will result in a need for creative and technologically advanced sustainable design strategies. Extending the reach of the more traditional energy conservation fundamentals such as building envelope performance, heat recovery, refrigeration system efficiency, high efficiency lighting, and air and water distribution efficiency will play a major role in meeting these needs. Implementation of on-site renewable energy and energy storage is anticipated to be highly incentivized in the future to reduce peak demand on the existing electric power grid; this in support of converting the power generation industry toward the net zero carbon goals. At BKV, our engineering staff has extensive experience in these areas of energy conservation and high performance building design. We believe continued focus on extending the reach of the more traditional energy conservation fundamentals, combined with specific sustainable technologies such as water source VRF with heat recovery, Ground Source Heat Pump Systems, Hybrid Heat Pump Systems, and Thermal Energy Storage will all play a major role in meeting future net zero carbon goals.
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING POWER EXPERTISE:
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Electrical load calculations Substations, switchboards, panelboards Transformers, generators, ATSs UPS & Batteries Normal & emergency power systems Legally-required & optional standby power systems Short circuit & arc flash analysis. OCPD coordination NEC & NESC code analysis Solar PV systems
Our electrical team collaborates with ownership and other disciplines to analyze the project’s power needs, and identify the power requirements to their buildings by taking into consideration occupancies and construction types. Our team works with the electrical utility to locate the electrical infrastructure, and size the generator to power the building life safety, standby, and peak shaving systems. We also design the power distribution system, locate electrical rooms, provide feeders, and branch circuit routing, and circuit receptacles, HVAC & plumping equipment, lighting fixtures and owner equipment. LIGHTING DESIGN EXPERTISE:
Lighting FC calculations Energy code lighting compliance Luminaire selection IES standards Lighting Control Systems
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Through collaboration and close coordination with stakeholders, our electrical team innovates and designs state-of-the-art lighting systems and lighting control systems that exceeds energy standards and at the same time magnify the space’s beauty while enhancing the user’s experience. All indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures are energy-efficient LEDs, with full automated lighting control systems incorporated into the design that includes vacancy sensors, occupancy sensors, timers, dimmers, seen scenarios, and day harvesting devices.
We collaborate with owners, architects and other disciplines to engineer and design the optimum power systems, lighting systems, technology systems, and safety & security systems for affordable and market-rate housing, senior living, adaptive use buildings, mixed-use buildings, retail, hospitality, fire stations, police stations, city halls, courts, detention facilities, and 911 call centers.
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Phone & Data Systems WAP & WIFI Systems AV System DAS System 700MHZ System
Our electrical team collaborates with the ownership’s IT team to provide phone/data outlets, WAPs, racks, cables trays, antennas, TV outlets, and DAS throughout the buildings we design. We also provide optimum location for IDF & MDF rooms, as well as IT and server rooms throughout the structure. We work with signal providers to bring the signal service to the building and locate their equipment on site, and throughout the building.
SAFETY & SECURITY EXPERTISE:
SAFETY & SECURITY
• Access Control Systems • Video Surveillance Systems • Fire Alarm Systems
Our electrical team collaborates with ownership to determine the most suitable access control system and video surveillance system for their buildings. Our team locates card readers and cameras throughout the building based on industry standards and ownership inputs. Our team also designs addressable Fire Alarm Systems that meet NFPA72 and local standards.
YEARS OF O P E R AT I O N
BKV GROUP IS A HOLISTIC DESIGN FIRM PROVIDING ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, INTERIOR DESIGN, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION.
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209 South LaSalle Street The Rookery, Suite 920 Chicago, IL 60604
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222 North Second Street Long & Kees Building, Suite 101 Minneapolis, MN 55401
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