First Baptist Church Whitesboro
Root Engineering Services was pleased work alongside Architect Kent Salisbury of David Baca Studios for another exciting project – First Baptist Church Whitesboro. This project involved new construction of a 2-story building, connected to an existing single-story church facility; with a one story shared common area. Our main design challenge was trying to join new & existing systems, and a lack of ceiling space within the open concept glass walls. We were able to design a cost effective & efficient split HVAC system to service the new and existing portions of the building. Despite most of the conflicts and obstacles being faced during construction, Root Engineering greatly enjoyed working through the time constraints and challenges with this project.
Fire Station #4 The Colony, Texas
Root Engineering Services was proud to be selected as the MEP consultants for the construction of a brand new, state of the art, Fire Station #4 in The Colony, TexasThe design of this facility carefully considered the firemen, and includes many modern amenities to help keep them comfortable. A large TV break room and individual HVAC controls in their bunks were some of the considerations that were made for them. The entry tower / lobby of the station is an impressive (approx.) 40’ tall with direct access to the firehouse. Root Engineering worked closely with Kent Spurgin of Spurgin & Associates Architects on this project, and is looking forward to working together again on The Colony Fire Station #5. We were pleased to be in attendance for the Opening Ceremony on September 11th.
Guitars & Growlers McKinney, Texas
Root Engineering Services very proud to have worked on Guitars & Growlers - McKinney’s latest destination for music and craft beer! Located off of Virginia Parkway in the heart of McKinney, this bar and grill is a new hub for live music and local brews in the area, and will appeal to music lovers and craft beer enthusiasts alike.
This project offered several challenges. Constrained by time and resources, our team worked carefully to repurpose existing equipment to suit the needs of the new facility. We worked closely with the owners and architect, Duane Mitchell of Mitchell Architecture, to implement an optimized lighting and mechanical design into an open ceiling, industrial theme the owners desired. Careful analysis and calculation led to a design that reused both the existing mechanical system and existing electrical panel, reducing some of the premiums associated with opening a new bar or restaurant. Our design team also worked closely with the city, making sure all potential code related questions were resolved during the design phase, as to prevent any slowing of the permitting process.
We are proud of our work done on this project, and are excited to see the facility when it opens in September 2019!
Ditch Witch Midwest
Root Engineering Services was excited to work on a new facility for Ditch Witch! This facility was dual function for both sales & machine maintenance.
We carefully analyzed the HVAC and the determination was made to implement multiple single zone rooftop units for the conditioned spaces. This option provided the perfect blend of simplicity, cost, control that the owner desired. We decided to use radiant heat in the shop area to help heat the slab and provide high efficiency heating and rapid heat recovery during periods of infiltration. We worked closely with the owner and architect to determine the power needs of all the equipment in the facility, which required a generator. Plumbing required a triple basin interceptor for the sand-oil found in a repair shop. Root Engineering provided the owner with a catch basin arrangement for the sand-oil waste as an alternate option to a trench drain in the shop and wash bay.
Carrollton War Memorial
Root Engineering Services is happy to honor our nation’s veterans in the design of the Carrollton War Memorial Plaza. Located at the intersection of Keller Springs Road and Josey Lane on the Carrollton Public Library grounds, this planned special feature is a tasteful and meaningful tribute to the brave people in our country who have protected the rights we enjoy today. With a colored concrete world map, scattered benches and green spaces, an accessible perimeter ramp, and monuments to the military branches & international conflicts, the plaza will provide an enduring quiet space for public reflection on our shared history.
The exposed design of the plaza tucked in the grounds far from any buildings provided a unique challenge to light, power and drain the space. Root Engineering Services worked closely with Dennis Brown, a project manager of Wright Group Architects of Carrollton, and Mark Schmulen and Jenni Marshall of ALA Texas lighting in order to find a both feasible and aesthetic solution. The design team coordinated several iterations of fixture selection, arrangement, and drainage options in order to arrive at the final design. We look forward to seeing this impactful communal space constructed soon.
Layered Restaurant & Bakery
Root Engineering Services is happy to see the opening of the new bakery, restaurant, and coffee shop called Layered in downtown McKinney.
This remodel project entailed the conversion of an existing space to a fully functional bakery. One of the main design challenges was applying existing mechanical systems to an newly fitted restaurant space. Through the use of effective site visits and calculation, Root Engineering Services was able to design a cost-effective mechanical, electrical and plumbing system to service the vibrant and popular new bakery.
In the end the project construction documents were delivered within the owners requirements. Layered was completed in partnership with Architect Kent Spurgin of Spurgin and Associates. Root Engineering is excited to see the family owned bakery be a success and wishes that success continues for years to come!
Libertyville Village Hall
Root Engineering was excited to be contacted by the Village of Libertyville about how we could help occupants of Village Hall! The building was being insufficiently heated and cooled by a VAV split system, leading to both uncomfortable winter and summer months. The previous HVAC overhaul was in 1993!
The first step we took was to define the problem! We determined the building slab insulation from the original construction was very poor and that heating elements in the terminal units were not functioning. The existing system was also old and utilized an older refrigerant (R-22) which needed to be recharged two to three times a summer according to the village. The controls for the system were also outdated and not functioning coherently with the stand-alone controller. We decided on an updated, user friendly control interface via the internet. This control also allows for precise outdoor air control based on carbon dioxide levels in the building; further increasing building efficiency.
Root engineering decided to solve the HVAC issues with a new condensing unit, new controls, new electric baseboard heat, new terminal units, and new air devices. One of the difficulties we were faced with on this project was the extremely tight clearances in the attic around the air handler, replacement would require a break down of a new factory unit to get it into the attic. In the end the decision was made to proceed with a new air handling unit. The mechanical contractor on the project, Cahill Heating, Air Conditioning & Electric, performed excellent work and successfully squeezed the new air handling unit into the tight space!
The results have been as expected based on the positive feedback from our client. They have reported no complaints of experiencing cold in the winter months!
First Baptist Church at the Fields
Root Engineering Services was excited to serve First Baptist Church (FBC) at the Fields once again during their ambitious expansion. We worked alongside the Wright Group of Carrollton, TX; the same architects they partnered with for the church’s first phase of construction on this property, back in 2014 - 2015.
Located at the intersection of Sam Rayburn Tollway and Carrollton Parkway in Carrollton, TX; FBC has seized this opportunity to create a beautiful, spacious facility expansion and renovation at their new location, complete with a new multi-purposed / worship space, modular education buildings, increased parking, and additional classroom restrooms. This picturesque spot houses FBC’s expanding secondary campus, their current primary worship center at Josey Lane is being renovated to house Responsive Education Solutions (another project Root Engineering Services is proud to design alongside the Wright Group)
In order to facilitate this myriad of improvements and new construction, we worked closely with the Wright Group on this project in several phases. During the challenging production schedule, it was important to be as efficient as possible, both in time and cost. Being the MEP designers for the original building afforded us the ability to reference and match the design choices made in the existing space, in order to both minimize design time and make the new expansion appear as seamless as possible.
Root Engineering Services is happy to see the opening of the new student run coffee shop called Deja Brew in the iSchool High Lewisville Entrepreneurial Academy.
This remodel project entailed the conversion of an existing lobby area to a fully functional coffee shop. One of the main design challenges was assessing the available utilities and systems without the use of existing drawings. Through the use of effective site visits and observation, Root Engineering Services was able to come up with a workable mechanical, electrical and plumbing design to service the coffee shop equipment.
In the end, the project construction documents were delivered on time and within the owners requirements. Deja Brew Coffee Shop was completed in partnership with Architect Marlen Zuniga of Wright Group Architects. Root Engineering is excited to see the Student-run coffee shop be a success and wishes that success continues for years to come!
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!