Higher Education

AED is registered as a MBE and DBE firm in multiple states, and with multiple agencies. We also hold a GSA Consolidated Professional Engineering (PES), Environmental, and IT (70) Schedule GS-00F-0005T. Our design capabilities include certified fire protection and complete MEP design.

Through the development and application of best practices – those that are proven to be the most effective and efficient- we deliver excellence. Our staff of appropriately registered professionals works collaboratively with our clients from pre-design planning through occupancy; taking a project from inception and startup through execution, to testing and closeout, maintaining our focus on delivering the best end result. Specifically, we support all phases of design to construction management and inspection services. We partner with our clients, serving as their advocate and adviser, building long-term relationships that are based on mutual respect and trust.

AED has performed MEP engineering design for over 18 colleges and universities in five states and the District of Columbia and 2 universities and 1 community college in the State of FL. This experience with educational facilities has been augmented by additional vast experience in the design of state of the art senior high schools with their own specialized spaces for learning in the modern public school systems in the National Capital Region and Orange County, FL. Based on our continuous record of achievement in the design of such unique buildings with specialized program requirements, our firm has gained a wealth of knowledge of reliable, energy efficient, and cost beneficial MEP systems for colleges and universities in the twenty first century.

Wealth of Experience

Through these projects, which include virtually every type of modern campus facility, we have gained a wealth of experience in:

  • Close collaboration with university plant engineers, university project managers, university user activities
  • Analysis of the capacities of central plants and underground utilities distribution systems (steam, high temperature hot water, chilled water, natural gas, electrical power) to support new construction and renovation.
  • Engineering master planning and programming. We understand how to work effectively with universities as clients and the importance of cost and schedule control to ensure delivery of the project in accordance with academic schedule requirements.
Higher Education Facilities

An example of our renovation project work includes the Howard University Science Building, a 150,000 s.f. facility that combined bio-chemistry, physics, and botany labs, and astronomy planetarium, with classrooms, admin offices, auditorium, seminar rooms, and library. The five story building required complete replacement of systems, including HVAC system (both CAV and VAV), new AHUs and duct distribution system, HVAC controls, VAV fume hoods, Energy Management Control System, electrical power and lighting systems, AV system, data and communication system, fire alarm system, strobe lights, emergency generator, plumbing piping, roof drains, and building sprinkler system. The design and construction was phased in accordance with the university’s academic schedule. Other examples of our renovation experience include:

AED performed prime MEP engineering services for the design of a new $15 million Physics Building for UMBC including classrooms, auditorium, labs, library, solarium, seminar rooms, and administrative offices. The building was served by underground chilled water and high temperature hot water from a central plant.

AED performed prime MEP engineering services for the design of the $14 million GU PAC, including a 250 seat theater, orchestra, stage, back of the house facilities including dressing rooms, costume room, scenery work shop, scenery storage, three rehearsal rooms, seminar room, administrative offices, ticket sales area, lighting control room, and a black box theater. The building was served by underground chilled water and steam from a central plant.

AED performed prime MEP engineering services for the new Bowie State University Learning Center. The facility provided state of the art learning labs for numerous professional skills from language learning to teacher training.

AED performed prime MEP engineering services for the new D.C. School of Law, a $15 million, 5 story building comprised of classrooms, administrative offices, law library, faculty library, auditorium, moot court rooms, sermon court rooms, experimental court rooms, seminar room, reading rooms, lounge, commercial kitchen, and cafeteria for 300 seats.

AED performed prime MEP engineering services for the design of a new chemistry and physics building at DSU including classrooms, auditorium, labs, library, seminar rooms, and administrative offices.

The University of The District of Columbia- AED to perform Structural Survey Inspections of 4 buildings on Van Ness Campus located in the aftermath of the earthquake that had occurred on August 2011 in the Metro Area. The primary purpose of this survey inspection was to assess any damages that may have occurred to the buildings’ structural framing compromising its integrity, identifying any potential life threatening damages that may impact public safety, and identifying any significant issues that required attention to promote continued operation. The four buildings selected by the University of the District of Columbia for this inspection survey were: Building 38- School of Business and Student Services; Building 39- Administration and Financial Aid; Building 41- Arts & Sciences/ Library; and Building 52- Law School. AED produced a comprehensive report detailing our observations, findings, recommendations, and an order of magnitude estimate for repair costs.

Design of New Facilities for Colleges and Universities

Within the past several years, AED has performed prime MEP services for the design of a number of eminent new buildings to launch new curriculums within their respective institutions. Examples of these buildings include the following:

AED performed prime MEP engineering services for the design of numerous classroom buildings, the Howard University Hospital, the university book store, and 4 dormitories. The campus is served by a central plant providing underground steam and chilled water.

AED performed multiple task orders as a Prime for the renovation and conversion of the Walsh Building College of Business into the new College of Fine Arts; Other tasks included renovation of numerous labs and medical research facilities in the Georgetown University Hospital; renovation of the New South Dormitory, Kitchen, and 800 seat Student Cafeteria; renovation of the Yates Memorial Field house, including natatorium, Student Center and 8 basketball court areas. The campus is served by a central plant providing underground steam and chilled water.

AED performed prime MEP engineering services for the $10.5 million renovation/addition to the 6 story American University School of Law. Spaces included classrooms for 700 students, auditorium classroom, moot court rooms, law library, faculty library, document room, experimental court room, sermon court room, lounge, commercial kitchen, dining room for 300 persons, and administrative offices. A new packaged HVAC system was provided, as well as chiller, duct distribution system, power, lighting, and sprinkler system.

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