Root Engineering Services is pleased to see the recent completion of the 404 Apartments located on Industrial Street in Denton, Texas.
This 24 unit apartment complex encompasses nearly 40,000 SF, featuring 16 studio and 8 loft style units. Root Engineering Services designed and assisted in the construction of the HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing design for the apartment complex. Project manager Eric Tien EIT, a recent University of North Texas Alumni, found great pleasure and enthusiasm in the opportunity to help build an apartment complex in the same city that helped him achieve his dream of becoming an engineer.
Some of the main design challenges that Eric encountered was the accelerated schedule and also the process of acquiring contractor savings. However, through great mentorship and guidance from Root Engineering and also Wright Group Architects out of Carrollton Texas, the design was finished to completion accompanied by contractor savings.
404 Apartments were completed in partnership with Architect Project manager Susana Regalado of Wright Group Architects. Root Engineering Services is looking forward to furthering develop and assist in the expansion and growth of the thriving city of Denton, Texas.
Equipment Preference Inc. Showroom
Root Engineering Services is pleased to see the recent completion of the construction documents regarding the mechanical, electrical and plumbing designs for EPI showroom.
This finish-out project entailed a showroom to which EPI, a kitchen equipment representative, would use as a space to display their kitchen equipment. One of the challenges encountered during this project was the owners request to have the flexibility to convert the storage space into a possible office in the future. Root Engineering services achieved this flexibility through a cleverly designed HVAC system serving the storage space. By meticulous sizing of the equipment and strategically designing the duct work layouts, RES was able to meet the owners’ expectations.
In the end, the construction documents for the project were delivered on time and complete with respect to the owners’ design parameters. EPI Showroom was completed in partnership with Architect Tom Hutch of TPH consultants, PLLC. Root Engineering is excited to see the project entering the construction phase and ultimately being completed for the owner’s intended use.
Denison City Hall
Root Engineering Services is pleased see the recent completion of Denison City Hall.
The renovation encompassed the conversion of a former bank center to the new city hall for the town of Denison. Root Engineering Services designed and assisted in the renovation of the HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing design for the facility. Project manager Eric Tien EIT enjoyed the many challenges this project has presented.
One of the main design challenges that Eric encountered was the request to re-use as much of the existing system as possible. The bank boasted a dual deck HVAC system that was retrofitted into a dual duct VAV system to better suit today’s use.
Denison City Hall was completed in partnership with Architect Project manager Kent Salisbury of David Baca Studios out of Sherman, Texas. Root Engineering Services is proud of the outcome of Denison City hall and looks forward to many more renovations!
Root Engineering Services was excited recently to work with Service Commercial Construction of Sherman, TX and FAB Architecture of Austin, TX to expand Red’s Porch to Round Rock.
Located just off of I-35 and south of the Round Rock Premium Outlets, this project transformed a closed restaurant into this “Half-Cajun, Half Tex-Mex, Half Southern” chain’s distinctive welcoming style.
Our particular challenge in this renovation was to recycle as much of the building’s infrastructure as possible, in order to reduce costs. This was the case, especially in the restrooms and kitchens while also incorporating the unique flair of Red’s Porch’s own particular style. This is best exemplified in the eponymous outdoor covered eating area, equipped with new fans and heating without enlarging the existing electrical or gas service.
Reba’s Ranch House
Root Engineering Services is proud to partner with Piazza Construction of Denison and HKS Architects of Dallas to expand the meeting space of Reba’s Ranch House.
Located at US 75 and Grayson Drive in Denison TX, this outreach of the Texoma Health Foundation (THF) provides support and a place to stay for caregivers and family of traveling hospital patients. This charitable endeavor requires significant planning and behind-the-scenes effort. Our scope was to provide the MEP design for a new meeting room and hospitality expansion to the existing office space.
With charitable organizations such as Reba’s Ranch House, much of their funding comes through donations. This extends to construction costs and materials. This can present a challenge as various fixtures or design decisions are determined or altered by donors’ preferences, often significantly into the construction timeline. Root Engineering Services was happy to work with the architects, contractors and staff to accommodate these design changes in order to keep the project utilizing its resources most efficiently. One such example is the expanded site lighting using donated lamps!
Root Engineering Services was proud to help bring Alamo Drafthouse cinema to El Paso with 5G Studio of Dallas. The scope of the theaters full kitchen and ‘Half-Glass Full’ bar presented many opportunities for MEP design to be optimized for the location’s unique requirements.
In particular, the owners had a very specific vision for the front exterior overhang over the Alamo Drafthouse logo. Root Engineering worked closely with ALA TX in order to design a lighting solution that tastefully highlights the logo as a prominent and decorative focal feature of the franchise.
Sandford Elementary is a brand new, two-story school that was recently completed in Van Alstyne, TX. Root Engineering Services was very excited to have the opportunity to work on a project that directly benefited the local community!
This project was an exciting and challenging build with the gymnasium doubling as a storm shelter and a performing stage being located in the cafeteria. A tight construction schedule and the coordination with the developer and utilities added to the challenge of this project. With great efforts by RES and the entire team, Sandford Elementary was finished and ready for students to start school for the 2018-2019 school year!
A big thanks to the great team that worked on this project including Wright Group Architects out of Carrollton TX, Gallagher Construction services out of Richardson TX and photographers Scott Hales and Wade Griffith and the fantastic engineers at RES.
The Colony Fire Station
The Colony Fire Station #4 is currently undergoing intense review by the city planning department, prior to its intended construction on the corner of Plano Parkway and Destination Drive. Located near the Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony, the facility is to provide emergency services for the expected growth in residential and commercial infrastructure within that district.
Spearheaded by architect Kent Spurgin of Spurgin & Associates Architects, the project was designed in close coordination with the fire department and other vital members of the emergency services department for The Colony. For the MEP team, it was important to ensure the inclusion of home comforts such as temperature control in the sleeping quarters.
Kappa Alpha Theta - Sorority House
Throwback! The Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority House at Southern Methodist University (SMU) was completed in mid-2017. Homer Guilliams of Fusch Architects led the design team for this 3 story plus basement living center.
The mechanical and plumbing designs were held to a very strict schedule due to a behind-the-ball start. This late start was attributed to a previous engineering firm failing to come up with a design that would stay on budget.
Playing catch-up at the start of a new project wasn’t ideal and definitely added challenging aspects to the project design. However, through great coordination and perseverance between project members, this project remains a proud accomplishment of RES and everyone involved.
Jule Operations and Training Center
The Jule is a mass-transit operator within the city of Dubuque, Iowa. Replacing a previous city building, this location needed facilities to handle light-maintenance, be able to store city buses, and provide administrative and training spaces for their staff. Root Engineering Services handled all of the electrical system design and proudly partnered with Kueny Architects and Planners out of Pleasant Prairie, WI.
By using all LED lighting with occupancy sensing and light harvesting in most applications, Root Engineering was able to take best advantage of the natural light configured by the architects. However, determining the best approach in utilizing the natural light configurations posed a challenge for this project. This was due to making sure each space was properly lit while at the same time trying to lower energy consumption and finding the right balance between the two.
By participating in the Commercial New Construction Program, the city of Dubuque Jule Operations and Training Center was selected out of 98 other projects recognizing outstanding efforts in reducing energy usage. As a recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Energy-Efficient Design Award, this project is regarded as a great accomplishment by the team at Root Engineering Services. Thanks to outstanding engineering and design methods, Root Engineering Services was able to achieve 49% kBTU savings for this project!
Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy
Team Rehabilitation Physical Therapy is a recently completed finish-out project located in downtown Chicago, right off of S. Michigan Avenue. Root Engineering Services (RES) proudly partnered with architect Tim Bennett for this project.
RES handled all aspects of the MEP design work including duct work, lighting scheme, and water and waste management systems. Challenges that were associated with this project were evaluating the existing MEP systems and conforming them to Chicago’s specific codes and standards. Through diligence and experienced engineers at RES, the project was was brought to completion on time.
Since RES has an office in Illinois, it is rewarding to work on projects that help out local areas and be able to directly see the impact the project has made! RES is looking forward to future challenges in communities all over the country!
Callahan YMCA building
Root Engineering Services was proud to partner with John Schmidbauer, PE of Kueny Architects and Planners out of Pleasant Prairie, WI with the mechanical upgrades of the Callahan YMCA building. Located in Kenosha WI, this YMCA building was originally built in 2003 but the history of YMCA within the Kenosha community has deep roots dating back to the 1920’s!
Root Engineering Services was responsible for the M.E.P. system design/consulting and replacement of an energy recovery rooftop air handling unit. The replacement unit serves a natatorium, which is a demanding environment for HVAC equipment. The preexisting structure of the building created challenges in terms of the design of the mechanical systems.
Through ingenuity and professional experience, engineers over at Root Engineering Services came up with effective solutions to overcome these design challenges and delivered quality work on time. What really made this project special for Root Engineering Services was to have the opportunity to be a part of the rich YMCA heritage that is in Kenosha and be chosen to help further grow that culture!