Architectural/Engineering Design

Mabbett offers a comprehensive range of design solutions to satisfy even the most diverse building program requirements. From concept to completion, our team of planning, design and construction experts work with clients to ensure that the vision becomes reality, providing sound engineering principles and due diligence at the beginning of each project, ensuring that all projects are efficiently developed from the beginning phases of planning and permitting, through construction management and operations certification. Our projects vary in scope and design and may include all A/E Building service disciplines for a new facility or renovation-upgrade project or a focused project regarding the upgrade of fire doors; heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; or electrical systems to include power supply and distribution and high efficiency lighting, etc. All projects focus on the effective use of occupied space from both a human utilization, comfort, functionality, live-ability and energy efficiency-sustainability standpoint. Expansion and renovation programs involving the retooling, refitting, expansion and/or remodeling of existing structures are important challenges facing plant engineers and managers today. Meeting scheduled production start-up dates and conforming to codes and regulations while maintaining existing production facilities in a cost-efficient manner is the key to a successful program.

Specific A/E professional services provided by Mabbett include:

  • Architectural Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Construction Strategy Planning
  • Budgeting and Cost Estimating
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Design-Build
  • Disaster Damage Assessment
  • Facilities Analysis and Studies
  • Renovation
  • Historic Preservation
  • Master Planning
  • Program Management
  • Facility and Project Programming
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) Development
  • Space Planning and Utilization Studies
  • Site Planning and Analysis
  • Geotechnical Services
  • Interior Design
  • Investigation for Asbestos and Lead
  • Building Permit Drawings
  • Code Review/Consultation
  • Lighting Design and Analysis
  • Site/Civil Services
  • Structural Services
  • Foundation Design
  • Roofing Design
  • Site Preparation
  • Erosion and Sediment Control
  • Site Planning, Design, and Layout
  • Site Grading
  • Storm Water Management
  • Storm Water Modeling

Related Case Studies

Jamaica Plain, MA VAMC Steam Pipe Replacement Project

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Mabbett was awarded a task order under our VA VISN 1 A/E $10M ID/IQ contract to provide professional engineering services to evaluate options and upgrades associated with replacing the deteriorating steam system at the Jamaica Plain VAMC. System components evaluated included steam convectors, fans, controls, steam stations, valves and insulation. Services were completed to prioritize upgrades based on a $3.2M construction budget.

Mabbett conducted preliminary meetings and site survey investigations to define the necessary elements of the project scope of work. Mabbett determined the severity of deficiencies, if any previous deficiencies have been corrected and identified any conditions which may have previously been unreported. The results of the investigations were presented in preliminary layout plans with proposed alternatives to the User Group. Based on User Group meetings and site surveys, Mabbett prepared a basis of design report pertinent to the project requirements within the constraints of the construction budget and consistent with the VA’s project team goals. Through the course of the design phase, Mabbett interfaced with VAMC staff to confirm the details of the scope through a series of meetings and periodic submissions of documents.

Mabbett prepared the 30% Schematic submittal; 60% Design Development submittal; 90% Construction Documents submittal; and 100% Bid [Final] Documents submittal. Each design submission included architectural, mechanical, and electrical disciplines and each discipline requirements were addressed in the Design Analysis, Specifications, Cost Estimate, and Drawings. All design submission requirements were in accordance with the A/E ID/IQ Contract and conformed to the latest editions of all VA criteria/standards/regulations/design guides, along with Commonwealth of Massachusetts regulations.

Mabbett completed an asbestos and lead based paint survey to determine the presence of these hazardous building materials and prepared a survey report that resulted in the basis of hazardous materials abatement drawings which are included in the Bid Documents submittal. Each design discipline investigated the availability of existing building information, and field verified all essential elements pertinent to their discipline. Site conditions were measured, photographed, and documented for areas identified to be renovated and/or impacted. Provided the necessary investigation and inspection of existing utilities to ensure their adequacy.

Mabbett prepared cost estimates to reflect the cost for the project including lead and asbestos removal, required phasing, special field conditions and/or temporary equipment needed during the construction. The final cost estimate accompanied the final design and was submitted for approval to the VA Project Engineer. The 100% Bid Documents submittal also included necessary engineering calculations, independent fire safety/life safety review and bid schedule.