Case Study – Facilities Project


T&D Services has highly experienced professional mechanical, electrical and civil engineering teams. They provide innovative engineering solutions for a wide range of Facilities Projects while also incorporating sustainable technologies to lower the project’s operating costs.

ABQ sunport entranceCurrently, T&D is providing mechanical, electric and plumbing (MEP) engineering design services in connection with several ongoing interconnected $40 million-plus remodeling and upgrade projects at the Albuquerque International Sunport, addressing the airport’s ability to support present and future operations.

The projects involve multiple tenant improvements and upgrades to existing electrical and mechanical systems. In the initial project phase, T&D conducted field investigations of existing MEP systems and the creation of detailed reports. We identified 10 major projects.

As part of the value engineering offered by T&D, we began our design efforts based on a pre-determined project sequence to minimize interruption to airport operation.

During project development, T&D was asked to address additional projects not previously identified. Additional work included evaluation of the airport’s existing fire alarm system and investigation and redesign of return air systems for 16 rooftop mechanical penthouses. T&D also designed temporary spaces for various airport departments while work on existing space was under construction.

We closely coordinated all facets of the project with the owner and end users. Projects included a redesign of the Ticketing and Baggage Claim areas, Administrative and Press rooms and Ramp Corridor; a relocation of the Sunport Police Station, Task Orders Operations Area, IT Office Suite, Family Assistance Center and Fitness Center; and a redesign and expansion of the Badging office.

Lighting Design

Lighting design included a density lighting calculation and an illuminance evaluation to verify compliance with applicable codes and standards. In order to provide flexible and dedicated control of illuminance levels in each area, lighting design took consideration of the specifications for new LED fixtures and controllers (switches, dimmers and occupancy sensors) and associated wiring. It also included the emergency and exit lighting fixture layout.

Six miles of special lighting redesign of more than 3,000 fixtures were provided within the airport and its parking structures. T&D evaluated existing (normal and emergency) power and provided solutions for upgrading these systems.

Power Layouts

rooftop air handling equipmentPower design defined the normal and emergency power layouts and wiring for regular receptacles and equipment of each area or system. The electrical design addressed the Sunport’s requirements for fire alarm, security, control access, data, and communication systems and the specific functional needs of each space.

T&D also redesigned the air handler mechanical equipment in 16 mechanical penthouse suites providing conditioned air throughout the airport and handled the redesign of existing parking structure lighting fixtures with new LED fixtures plus the signage and site lighting within close approximation. The design included a lighting control system for the new fixtures and interconnection to the Sunport’s building management control system.

Value Engineering

An example of value engineering efforts involved the penthouse mechanical rooms. T&D proposed reconfiguring and amending existing equipment and ductwork to meet requirements related to smoke control, indoor air quality and operational energy efficiency.

T&D’s design simplified pathway ductwork geometry and immediately improved energy efficiency and indoor air quality by reducing the load on existing air handler unit (AHU) fans. Smoke removal methods were improved by incorporating existing supply air vertical shafts with the strategic addition of fire dampers.

Our design change resulted in current and future cost savings, an improved air-quality environment for airport workers and travelers and increased overall site safety.

All projects, except for the Ticketing and Baggage project, were completed by December 2016. Construction for Ticketing and Bagging began January 2017 and will be completed within 18 months.

T&D’s Facilities Project Services included electrical and mechanical engineering, field investigation, fire protection/life safety, special systems, project management and construction administration. Our ability to provide this wide scope of work sets us apart from our competitors.

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Harry R. Barnes Jr.
Managing Member/Chief Executive Officer, T&D Services