MEP Designs, Inc.  is  a  leading  professional  engineering  firm  and premier provider of Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering, Commissioning (CxA’s) and Consulting Services in the mid-Atlantic region. We provide engineering services for both new and renovation projects in a broad range of applications including commercial, government, institutional and multi-family residential buildings.

Maryland Masonic Homes Cooling Tower Replacement

Cockeysville, MD (March 2020)

MEP Designs Inc. was hired to replace the 500-ton cooling tower serving the Maryland Masonic Homes facility located at 300 International Circle, Cockeysville, MD.  The Maryland Masonic Homes is a short-term rehabilitation rating of high performing and a long term care rating of average.  It is a medium facility with 88 beds that is part of the continuing care retirement community.

We investigated the cost effectiveness of replacing  open loop cooling tower with closed loop cooling tower.  We did a load analysis to determine optimal capacity of the tower considering the system constraints such as capacity of existing pumps and pipe sizes.  The new cooling tower controls are of the DDC type and are integrated with the existing controls system and mimic the sequence of operation of the old cooling tower.  MEP Designs also reviewed the existing water treatment system of the condenser, tower and chilled water and provided recommendations to mitigate/eliminate the scaling and/or corroding of the pipes and increase thermal efficiency of the HVAC system.

The facility remained occupied during the construction and at no time was the facility without cooling, heating, or electrical power.  MEP Designs made provisions for a temporary tower to maintain full operation of the HVAC system during construction.

                

 

World Bank Group Country Office Building

Kabul, Afghanistan (February 2020)

MEP Designs completed the Commissioning of the Engineering Systems serving the new 60,000 square foot World Bank Group Country Office Building in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The building is a six (6) story concrete structure with 2-1/2 levels below grade and 3-1/2 levels above grade.  It was designed as a Class-A office building with the following amenities: underground parking, conference center, commercial kitchen, restaurants/cafeteria, data center, mail room, fitness center, party room, etc.  The building was designed in the metric system following the International Building Codes.  It is fully powered by three prime diesel electric generators. The building is equipped with on-site well water pumping and water purification system, and a sewer treatment plant

The WBG Country Office Building was designed with sustainability features such as Building Management and Control System, Solar Panels, Green Roofs, CO2 Demand Control Ventilation System, Lighting Management System, Rain Water Harvesting System, Grey Water Recycling System and high efficiency Variable Refrigerant Variable Flow HVAC system.

The Building was awarded the USGBC LEED-Earth-First-LEED Project and LEED-Gold Certification.  MEP Designs, Inc. is honored and proud to have been part of the Project Team as the Building Commissioning Authority.

Compounding Pharmacy

Fairfax, Virginia

Permit plans for a new compounding pharmacy in Fairfax is already in the city for review.  The team in MEP Designs provided engineering services for the 2,300-SF space.  The new pharmacy will have compounding labs in compliance with various levels of The United States Pharmacopeia compounding standards (USP795, USP797, and USP800).

Our engineers worked closely with the owners, architect and contractor to ensure performance criterion are met.  Design of compounding labs require extensive levels of air-changes per hour, while maintaining specific levels of room-to-room pressurization, according to the lab classification, e.g. sterile vs non-sterile, and hazardous-compounding vs non-hazardous-compounding.

Pump Stations Electrical & SCADA Design

(MidAtlantic Region's Award of Merit in Government/Public Building category)
MEP Designs team developed a niche for the design of electrical systems, SCADA and controls for municipal pump and PRV stations.  Our engineers recently completed the engineering design of the following projects for various clients and prime engineering firms:

  • Potomac Yard Pressure Zone (PRV) Station for Virginia American Water – Alexandria Main Service Area.
  • Brickyard Pump Station for Prince William County, Virginia
  • Beaumeade PRV Station for Loudoun County, Virginia

In addition to electrical engineering, our engineers provided process flow chart, PLC Controller input/output points list, conduit routing details, control panels details, short circuit and arc-flash analysis, and mechanical ventilation analysis and design.

 
 

Multi-Agency Service Park for Montgomery County, Maryland

The Montgomery County Multi Agency Service Park, East Side Project Construction is completed.  The major design build project which was awarded to the Hensel Phelps team in June 2015, included MEP Designs Inc. as the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineers. The project will provide new residence for the maintenance divisions of both the county public schools (MCPS) and the Maryland-National Planning & Parks Commission (MNCPPC).  The new facilities includes 6 new buildings; with total area exceeding 235,000-SF; in addition to covered parking and storage areas. MEP Designs engineers have recently completed LEED documentation for four buildings that are seeking different levels of certification.

Update: All four buildings in the MASP has achieved LEED-NC Silver Certification:

– 4A – MNCPPC & MCPS Main Building

– 4B – MNCPPC & MCPS Fleet Maintenance

– 4C – MNCPPC Horticultural Services Building

– 4D – MCPS Warehouse

(MidAtlantic Region's Award of Merit in Government/Public Building category)

(MidAtlantic Region’s Award of Merit in Government/Public Building category)

 

Allenwood Elementary School

Mechanical System Upgrades

Our engineers have completed the design or MEP systems renovation in Allenwood Elementary School in Prince George’s County. The new HVAC systems include VRF and Energy Recovery Systems in the classrooms, library and administration areas and a single zone VAV system in the Multipurpose Room. HVAC control systems are BACNET compliant and designed to communicate with PGPS energy management system.  The new systems offers improved performance, comfort, and energy utilization. MEP Designs Inc. Engineers have provided engineering for several public and private schools in Maryland and Virginia, including Andrew Jackson Middle School, Samuel Massie Elementary School, William Hall Elementary School, Prince William Academy, and Groveton Elementary School.

MEP Designs is a certified Local Disadvantage Business Enterprise (LDBE) by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (MWAA); LDBE certification  No. LD 2009-0123-2016

MEP Designs is a certified SWaM vendor in the state of Virginia; SWaM certification  No. 650873

MEP Designs is SBE Certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)