Design Process

Our approach is the same for every project: work closely with the client from assessment through construction to prioritize and meet their needs. In all our services, from mechanical and electrical engineering to energy conservation and green building design, our project development phases focus on providing value at every stage:

Project Initiation

  • The M/E Engineering project team is assembled.
  • The team meets with the client to discuss and clarify the project's scope, budget and schedule.
  • The team establishes project reporting procedures and decision-making processes.
  • When necessary, the team identifies and selects sub-consultants. All sub-consultants utilize M/E CAD standards, design standards and software.
  • The team reviews relevant reports, studies and plans such as previous master plans, renovations, mechanical and electrical system and maintenance upgrades, building plans and documents, asbestos and lead paint surveys, historical records and client standards and guidelines.
  • The team then creates a detailed work plan.

Schematic Phase

  • The team assesses the clients' needs, i.e., identifies and documents operational and strategic objectives.
  • Systems schematics and outline specifications are prepared.
  • Schematic estimates of probable construction costs based on identified scope are prepared.
  • A schematic report, outline specifications and engineer's estimates of probable construction costs are created based on client priorities and budget.

Design Development Phase

  • Design development floor plans and system schematics to identify equipment locations, utility distribution routing, systems zoning and project phasing are prepared.
  • The first draft of technical specifications for systems materials and installation requirements are prepared.
  • Design development estimates of probable construction costs are developed.
  • Previous needs assessments are reviewed, schematic phase needs are confirmed and client design concerns are addressed.
  • The team participates in the design development review meeting to review value engineering options, assess systems design, finalize implementation and packaging of contract documents, and refine the project schedule. Design development plans and technical specifications are prepared for review and approval by the client.

Contract Documents

  • Contract documents are prepared for competitive bidding based on approved design development documents.
  • If necessary, separate bid packages are prepared according to accommodate project scheduling.
  • Estimates of probable construction costs are prepared based on refinement of project scope and adjustment to adjustment to contingencies.


  • Team members attend pre-bid conferences and walk-throughs with contractors/suppliers.
  • Addenda required for clarifications to the bidding documents are submitted.
  • The team reviews bids and makes recommendations to the client regarding award of contracts.


  • The team reviews shop drawing submittals, schedule of values and the contractor's installation schedule.
  • Project managers attend scheduled project meetings and prepare meeting minutes.
  • Team members conduct periodic pre-approved site visits to review work progress and progress payment applications, and verify installation conformance to contract documents.
  • On-site systems start-up training sessions are scheduled with contractors, suppliers and owner representatives.
  • The team conducts final site observation inspection and completion of documentation.

Systems Commissioning

  • M/E recommends that we be retained to provide commissioning for your mechanical and electrical building systems in order to confirm that these systems are installed and performing to the standards for which they were designed.
  • The commissioning process involves ongoing interaction with the client and the installing contractors during the construction phase of a project. The process involves installation verification, operational performance testing, functional performance testing, owner training and preparation of a final commissioning report, i.e., documentation compiled during the commissioning process.

Computer Aided Engineering Solutions (CAES)

  • M/E Engineering's CAES Group specializes in the use of numerical methods (Computational Fluid Dynamics or CFD) to calculate and visualize air flow both inside and outside buildings. These analysis can be applied to labs, fume hoods, clean rooms, surgical areas and many other building spaces requiring some degree of cleanliness or indoor air quality. Additionally, CAES provides wind wake analysis, wind load calculations, electronics cooling analysis and studies on other classical engineering problems involving fluid flow and heat transfer.
  • CFD is used to calculate air movement, temperatures and chemical or particulate migration in any indoor or outdoor environment. By using CFD early in the design cycle, the design team may optimize the ventilation systems in their buildings providing both a healthy environment for the inhabitants and potential energy savings due to mechanical system improvements. The results of the investigations are produced in 3-dimensional color illustrations, either on paper or in various electronic forms. While the bulk of our studies are performed on high-tech buildings such as labs, research and development facilities or clean rooms, we can also evaluate office environments, stadiums, very large enclosed buildings, co-generation plants and hospital containment areas. Please browse through some of the examples from our EXAMPLES page or contact us directly for additional information.