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Welcome to Technical Designs

design in 3D, build in 3D, live in 3D!


Engineering

We design in 3D. Our technical staff includes registered engineers, LEED® Accredited Professionals, and Commissioning Authorities certified by the GBCI, ASHRAE, Tridium/ Niagara Controls Platform development, and AABC Commissioning Group.
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Project Design

We are dedicated to providing quality assurance services using the latest tools and innovative solutions to maximize facility operating efficiencies. We look for EcoCapitalists that believe a holistic sustainable approach is a marketable advantage with long term dividends.
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Building and Asset Management

Technical Designs can help you understand how to improve your property to reach whatever goals you have in mind..
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The News:

Visit this site regularly to catch up on the latest projects and projects Technical Designs has completed:
Scott Pickett Joins Technical Designs

March 2013: Mark Hauenstein is pleased to announce Scott Pickett has joined Technical Designs. Scott's grasp of technical issues and his background in software development give him a stong position to leverage some of the long term strategies that Technical Designs has invested in; including Integrated Project Delivery and EcoGrid efforts.


FAA Tower Commissioned

In line with Technical Designs' goal of providing a complete package of LEED design services, Technical Designs has on staff, AABC / ACG certified commissioning agents.The US Green Building Council mandates all buildings to undergo some sort of building commissioning to make sure that building systems are installed and functional as designed. GSA and federal governmental agencies mandate building commissioning for all new construction projects.


Hampton Hampton Inn LEED

Technical Designs was the LEED project administrator and building commissioning agent. This 4-story, 110,000 square foot facility was the first Hampton Inn in California and the second in the nation to obtain LEED certification.


Design Services
Some buildings will be with us for the next 100 years. We understand that first cost is important, but it is not the whole story. Look at the work Technical Designs performed on the Silverland School to see what is possible in the area of high performance buildings.
  1. Integrated Project Delivery, 3D design tools, and Agile techniques and strategies are all ways to improve the design process..
  2. Be in it to win it. Construct with best possible performance in mind and look for ways to incorporate new ideas and technologies.
  3. Use Commissioning to make sure the buiding is working as designed. We can also help you with LEED and Energy Star rating programs.
  4. Look for opportunities to use altenate energy solutions and incorporate grid utility participation as ways to improve performance.

Building Services
We understand that after a building is built, it becomes an asset where proper building operations and management, will lead to lower overall operation costs and successful performance. Two thirds of all the costs associated with the life cycle of the building happens after the building is built.
  1. Building Energy Quotient (bEq) is a good way to begin to track how your building performs and where improvements can be made.
  2. Building Retro-Commissioning has become an integral part of the LEED process. More than half the buildings in service today perform up to 30% worse than originally designed.
  3. Building controls that don't work or make a building costly to operate, oportunities to use altenate energy solutions, and grid utility participation are all ways to improve the bottom line.

Testimonial

David Rinehart
"When it comes to building systems, Mark is a "reniassance man" in that he has depth of expertise at the conceptual and detail level in HVAC, control systems, Energy (Leed) life cycle cost, and other mechanical and electrical systems found in buildings. His insights into value for his customer and uncompromising integrity make him the "go to" guy for any new or retrofit building systems design."

Dave's work in the built environment with such companies as Viconics Electronics, Trane, and Staefa Controls has made him a huge resource with the evolution of controls.

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Controls Integration

Controls and Energy Strategies that work.

Three merging trends began to make designing with legacy control stragegies impossible: 1) the trend toward more factory mounted controls and less field installed components; which has led to finger pointing between vendors and control installation companies, as to what is provided and by whom? 2) the incorporation of more smart devices and communication protocols (see url) and 3) the desire to use more sophisticated control strategies that incorporate “smart” energy savings such as automated demand response and LEED building control strategies and features. Technical Designs set out to find a better method to manage this problem for our Clients. The result was the ability to write the building control software, test this software off line, hand this software off to the installing contractor and manage the commissioning process over the web from anywhere in the world. Using VMware and web tools, the engineers at Technical Designs that conceived how the building was to perform, now verify this in real time. Just as designing in 3D does not allow you to “fake” it, no longer will the engineer be allow to throw a few half baked ideas at the control contractor expecting everything to magically work.

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Integrated Project Delivery

Technical Designs became interested early on in the use of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) . IPD is simply the use of web based tools that support consultants with specific expertise to collaborate on a single design model that exists in the cloud where team members have direct access in real time. This process could be applied to any type of project: from designing a circuit board to movie production. Technical Designs focused on what knowledge we bring to the process and developed the tools and skills necessary to support the building design process within the construction industry.

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Engineering

Technical Designs are engineers... focused on what knowledge we bring to the process and developed the tools and skills necessary to support the building design process within the construction industry.

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Project Design

Technical Designs are designers... focused on what knowledge we bring to the process and developed the tools and skills necessary to support the building design process within the construction industry.

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Building and Asset Management

Technical Designs makes it work... focused on what knowledge we bring to the process and developed the tools and skills necessary to support the building design process within the construction industry.

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