Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD, Thomas Phifer and Partners © Susan Fisher Plotner / Altieri

Services

Altieri provides comprehensive MEPF engineering design services – including master planning, existing conditions assessments, and investigative work – to architects and building owners. We are driven by a systematic and iterative approach valuing early engagement and a highly collaborative process throughout the project. The core of our design philosophy is to prioritize and meet design challenges presented by the client’s vision, ensuring that the MEPF system balances aesthetic, budgetary, sustainability, maintainability, and other program criteria while contributing to the overall quality of the architecture. Each project is overseen by a Project Manager, our main point of client contact and coordination with the design team. Our engineers develop designs targeted to optimize energy efficiency, create expansive abilities for redundancy, and simplify the organization of systems to minimize maintenance and operation costs, and maximize reliability. Our Principals provide overall guidance, ensuring that the systems we design prioritize the quality, character, and integrity of the architecture and maintain the architect’s vision as our paramount intention. Our decades-long experience successfully meeting high profile design challenges continues to set the pace for the industry.

MECHANICAL (HVAC)

We design the best solutions for each project, ensuring that systems support program requirements, are as minimally intrusive as possible, and enhance the user experience. We have expertise in all aspects of mechanical design including:

• Building Automation and Energy Management Systems
• Standards for Indoor Environmental Conditions
• Central Heating and Cooling Plant Infrastructure
• Campus Energy Distribution
• Central Air Handling and Ductwork Distribution
• Hot Water, Chilled Water, Steam, Condenser Water and Glycol Equipment distribution
• Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems
• Active Chilled Beam Systems & Radiant Cooling Panels
• High Performance Energy Recovery
• Specialty Systems including Snow Melt, Geothermal Heat Pumps (open- and closed- loop), Natural Ventilation, Displacement Ventilation, Smoke Control Systems, Radiant Heating, Stair Pressurization

Additional services include: Energy Modeling, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis, Matterport 360° Photo Documentation.

ELECTRICAL

Altieri provides cutting-edge electrical designs to support the occupancy needs of a building while promoting energy efficient operations by reducing electrical demands. Our services include:

• Power Distribution
• Emergency and Standby Power Generation
• Architectural Lighting
• Lighting Control
• Fire Alarm
• Lightning Protection
• Solar Photovoltaic
• Uninterruptable Power Supply

We provide additional services including:

• Arc Flash Studies
• Short Circuit Studies
• Overcurrent Protection Coordination Studies


PLUMBING

Piping systems are designed and coordinated to meet program requirements, avoid risks, and for maintenance accessibility. Our plumbing engineers design to applicable and current code standards (national, state, and local) and have considerable expertise in: 

• Potable and Non-Potable Water Systems
• Sanitary, Waste, Vent and Storm Systems
• Natural Gas Building Systems
• Compressed Air Systems
• Acid Waste and Vent Systems
• Pumping Systems Design (Domestic Booster, Gas, Circulation)

FIRE PROTECTION

Our fire protection engineers are highly skilled at designing innovative and cost-effective solutions for complex spaces and those requiring special protection requirements. Our expertise enables us to provide creative solutions, often coordinating multiple systems into one program. We design to applicable and current code standards (national, state, and local) and provide:

• Building Fire Pump, Standpipe and Sprinkler Systems  Design
• Clean Agent Systems
• Special Suppression Systems


INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Our IT designs focus on the importance of converged networks in today’s buildings, ultimately ensuring savings of space, energy and money. We design technology systems with mission critical pathways in mind, understanding that keeping systems operational is important to our clients. Our technology services include:

• Structured Cabling Systems
• Local and Wide Area Network Designs
• Wireless Network Planning and Designs
• Wireless Heat Mapping
• Mission Critical Server Infrastructure
• Telecommunication Room Spaces

AUDIO VISUAL SYSTEMS

We design state-of-the-art cable, pathway, and equipment systems to support individual programs in classrooms, conference/ meeting rooms, multipurpose spaces, lobbies, auditoriums, fitness centers and canteen areas, production control rooms, post-editing spaces, and AV control booths. Technology requirements include systems designs for presentations and teleconferencing, digital displays, projectors, signage and artwork, live interactive projection, localized sound, and outdoor entertainment.

• Facility Space Planning
• Digital Signage
• Direct View LED Walls
• Networked AV Control Systems
• Hybrid and In Person Video Conferencing Systems
• Event Spaces

Our work product is produced using the latest version of Autodesk Revit.


RESILIENCY

We design systems with expansive abilities for redundancy, keeping buildings operable and mitigating risk in the event of system interruption or failure. Our designs utilize an array of components – emergency power and standby power generation plants, multi-fuel systems of generators, uninterruptible power supply systems, multiple power supplies – determined by the needs of specific programs that range from preserving museum collections to protecting aquarium ecosystems. We have considerable experience designing systems that comply with FEMA floodproofing requirements including projects at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Domino Park, Gansevoort Peninsula at Hudson River Park, and South Street Seaport.

Credentials

Altieri’s credentialed staff includes Professional Engineers (P.E.), LEED AP BD+C certified professionals, Certified Passive House Consultants (CPHC), Living Future Accreditation (LFA) professionals, Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDD), Certified Telecommunications Specialists (CTS), NICET-certified professionals, Certified Plumbing Designers (CPD), Lighting Certified (LC), and OSHA 10-certified professionals.

We are members of the U.S. Green Building Council, ASHRAE, BICSI, Passive House Alliance US (PHAUS), International Living Future Institute (ILFI), Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Illuminating Engineering Society, National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professionals (NCQLP) and American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), Audiovisual Integrated Experience Association (AVIXA).