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ARCHITECTURE

For the BBS architectural staff, the first and most important step in any project – no matter its size – is to work with the owner to establish their goals for the space. Only then can the project begin to take shape.

Upon establishing project goals, BBS’s architectural staff goes to work preparing a Needs Program, working toward a functional design, conducting internal design critiques along the way, and ultimately presenting the owner a space to meet their established goals.

Whether the project involves new space or adaptive reuse, the BBS architectural staff collaborates with all involved parties, and utilizes the latest in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and other 3D computer modeling to help owners and clients visualize their use of the final product, and, of course, works with all city and state entities to closely follow all code regulations. VIEW PROJECTS

 

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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING 

Electrical Engineering design practices have advanced dramatically in recent years. From technology advances requiring high-speed data communications, to improvements in safety and security, and electrical worker safety initiatives, many important design decisions rely on input from BBS’s electrical engineers.

Our lighting designers use state-of-the art modeling software to calculate and render lighting options to exacting standards. Creativity and technical competence combine to provide energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing solutions for all situations; from conference rooms to high-tech exhibit and display spaces.

BBS’s power design engineers use industry standard software from utility companies to accurately calculate all aspects of power systems, ensuring properly sized, safe equipment is specified throughout each system. This software also performs calculations required by NFPA 70E – Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace; a key element in reducing dangerous worker-related electrical accidents.

Our electrical engineers and registered communications distribution designer (RCDD) collaborate with other disciplines to ensure adequate space is programmed to accommodate all necessary equipment. We leverage the latest technology and keep pace with industry standards to provide flexible solutions for today’s demanding requirements. VIEW PROJECTS

 


 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

BBS’s Mechanical Engineering staff’s experience includes residential, retail, and high-rise office buildings; from simple systems, to complex central energy, and infrastructure projects. The staff handles projects for a wide variety of clients, integrating all HVAC requirements, striving for energy-efficient designs, and always keeping the long-term operation of the building in mind.

In addition to evaluating alternative designs of new systems to find the most cost-effective solution our ME staff can also perform energy analyses for existing buildings. This service is a very effective way to help an owner reduce the annual costs of operation. VIEW PROJECTS

 


 

FACILITY ASSESSMENT

In order to understand the limitations and opportunities within an existing facility it is often helpful to complete a thorough assessment of the buildings structural, plumbing, electrical, and ventilation systems.  An evaluation of a buildings current shell (roof, windows/doors, exterior finish materials, waterproofing, etc.) can assist with determining future maintenance plans and life expectancy.  The BBS team of architects and engineers can assist with this type of evaluation and provide a report and drawing diagrams to assist with current or future decisions for building Owners. VIEW PROJECTS

 


 

INTERIOR DESIGN

Recognizing that the design of the interior environment can dramatically affect business culture, employee productivity, workplace satisfaction and student engagement in education, the BBS design staff approaches each project with a collaborative and consensus-oriented design process. We assemble the right team, ask the right questions, and - most importantly -  we listen to the client. We strive to fully understand the needs, goals, and aspirations of each client so they can reap the maximum benefit of our design solution.

Changing technology, insights into ergonomics, and a growing environmental consciousness all play a role in thoughtful analysis and an attempt to improve work processes, employee interaction, workspace flexibility, efficiency and comfort. The result is a design solution that increases productivity, helps attract and retain employees, and promotes the client’s image. VIEW PROJECTS

 


 

MASTER PLANNING

Master planning is a field that creates a new paradigm for design professionals, changing the way we think about what we create and how it relates to the environment. This design collaboration allows the talented staff at Brooks Borg Skiles to develop creative solutions with each client, from the first stages of planning to the final details of implementation.

Our planning staff operates as facilitators to lead the way in creating environmentally-sound and beautiful settings for a greater work/life balance. We recognize the dramatic effect our work can have on clients’ attitudes toward nature and resulting land stewardship. We promote this balance in our design by providing appropriate, innovative and cost-effective solutions on a wide variety of projects. VIEW PROJECTS

 

 

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