Photo: Rien van Rijthoven

Join us for an informative session on successful mechanical-electrical-plumbing design in mixed-use affordable housing, and earn AIA credits.

High-quality ground-floor design goes well beyond a building’s facade and its residential units. In fact, the key to flexible, attractive, and fully-leased ground-floor space often lies in the working elements of a building: the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. Thoughtful consideration of MEP elements is critical to enhancing the experience of tenants, shoppers and passersby, maximizing retail space, and conserving energy.

The Laying the Groundwork guidelines provide direction on which types of MEP systems are appropriate for ground-floor space in mixed-use affordable housing and offer a comprehensive overview of specific elements, from heating and cooling to fire alarms. The Design Guidelines Cost Template complements the guidelines and is a tool that shows how different MEP options may affect project costs.

Join Design Trust Fellow and Arup Principal Fiona Cousins, P.E., FCIBSE, LEED Fellow, and Arup Senior Cost Estimator Adam Finkin, LEED AP, for an informative session on successful MEP design in mixed-use affordable housing. The seminar will focus on the best practices outlined in Laying the Groundwork and how to use the cost-estimating tool. Participants will leave the session empowered to design flexible, environmentally friendly ground-floor space attractive to both retailers and the community. Learn more about the Laying the Groundwork project.

2 AIA LU | HSW CES credits

AIA CES Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the differences between HVAC options and the benefits of the preferred Heating, Cooling, and Air-Handler options outlined in the guidelines.
  • Understand the connection between MEP design and architectural design, and the ways that consideration of MEP early in the design process can prevent aesthetically unappealing workarounds that make retail space harder to lease.
  • Understand the different ventilation and exhaust requirements of each use-type and learn the importance of proactively planning for desired uses early in the design process.
  • Understand the Design Guidelines Cost Template tool and how it can be used to determine MEP requirements by use-type and their impact on project budgets.
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Date and Time

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 @ 9:30 – 11:30 AM




  • 77 Water Street
    New York, NY 10005