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Enabling Technical Expertise

Focus Area Scientific Engineering

Engineering is a historical part of Page’s services, and a critical part.

In 1942, Page was one of the first architectural firms in the nation to acknowledge that both form and function are critical to achieve optimal building performance by integrating engineering with its architecture service. The function of certain building types like technical facilities can easily take precedence over aesthetics due to extensive operational requirements but at Page, we also recognized the benefits of inviting, collaborative environments that improve user health and productivity.

We’ve built our reputation and practice throughout the world on our proven ability to manage, design and execute large, complex building projects involving leading edge technology and mission critical operations. By keeping abreast of changing technology and infrastructure advancements, our integrated design teams create facilities that not only conform to site configurations and owner specifications, but aid in efficiency of operation and anticipate future growth through flexible design.

In recent decades, Page has achieved huge advances in performance-based requirements and rankings; energy benchmarking for buildings; carbon footprint restrictions and green initiative certifications. We’re proud of our work for clients from governments to Fortune 500 companies.

Services

  • Architecture
  • Engineering
  • Interiors
  • Lab Design / Planning
  • Strategies / Analytics
  • Science / Technology

Confidential matters

A confidential utility services provider client needed two mirrored data centers capable of meeting Uptime Institute (UI) Tier III standards. A 23,000 square foot data center and a 38,000 square foot data center in a metropolitan area provide day one connected IT load for 6,000 square feet of white space with 2N system redundancy. The design provided initial power density plus expansion capability for doubling the watts per square foot.

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A glass anteroom provides a view of the mechanical engineering on the service side of a building.
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The project includes a 5,000 square foot control room with an air-cooled chiller system and chilled water pump distribution system. The white space is a single looped system with supply and return piping. The facility has two chilled water systems, a high temperature system for the white space to increase energy efficiency for the data center and a low temperature system for the administrative areas.

Creating a cornerstone for the future

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Research and Innovation Center (ADRIC) serves as the cornerstone of ADNOC’s and Khalifa University’s 21st Century research and development program. This multidisciplinary, collaborative facility integrates engineering programs that target research to solve issues specific to Abu Dhabi petroleum reserves. It creates an inviting environment with secure zones for corporate research partners and deals with the inherent hazards of leading-edge science on an academic campus.

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Mechanical system on the rooftop of a large office building.
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The five-story facility accommodates changing academic and corporate research needs safely and efficiently in 310,000 square feet of state-of-the-art open-plan laboratory and office space. Modular mechanical, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure allow for more than 36 discrete topical laboratories, including a 15-meter-tall, high voltage electrical laboratory; high-bay workrooms equipped with overhead gantry cranes and hydrogen sulfide labs.

Save the planet, save money

Over the past several years, a growing emphasis has been placed on energy management and energy conservation. In some parts of the world, energy standards are a requirement. Energy conservation and reduced carbon emissions are not only important to the environment, but important considerations regarding capital and operating costs. One of our in-house engineering services and standard design processes is modeling building energy performance to improve the design and ultimately save clients money.

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To date, Page has completed more than 90 certified green building projects, many of which exceeded energy and water use performance goals as well as environmental health and resiliency targets. This in turn helps clients retain the value of their investment and attract higher-dollar tenants.

Balancing inherently competing goals

The Aramco Research Center in Houston, Texas, focuses on upstream technologies for conventional and unconventional oil discovery and recovery. It is part of Saudi Aramco’s global network of 11 operational research centers and technology offices aimed at expanding innovation. Located in the Energy Corridor, the 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is one of three centers in the US, including Boston and Detroit, and the largest outside of Saudi Arabia.

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Two images: a laboratory next to glass wall office spaces that benefit from daylighting.
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Page’s Engineering team worked with their architectural colleagues to align design processes and balance the inherently energy-consuming safety, sustainability and wellness-driven goals. Engineering elements like safety exhaust fans had to be incorporated into the architecture from the beginning while proposed architectural features like glazing for daylighting had to be evaluated to minimize heat gain and stress on mechanical systems.

Leading the way in IEMI / HEMP protection

An element of resilience that facility owners and operators are increasingly interested in is protecting their critical infrastructure from man-made, technological threats such as HEMP (High altitude Electromagnetic Pulse) and IEMI (Intentional Electromagnetic Interference) and unpredictable natural events. We’ve developed methods to protect commercial facilities and their critical infrastructure from the detrimental effects caused by such events.

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Examples of engineering services provided

At Page, our Engineering value chain is based on decades of project experience and includes current, highly technical specialty niches. Our capabilities continue to expand to support a wide range of project types. Some of the services we offer include:

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  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Plumbing Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Fire Protection Engineering
  • Mechanical Process Engineering
  • Process piping Security
  • Arch flash studies
  • Short circuit analysis
  • HVAC mechanical engineering
  • Geothermal
  • Energy modeling
  • Grounding system studies
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling
  • Power quality assessments
  • Instrumentation and control
  • Energy management systems
  • System assessments

By the numbers

  • TOP 40 CONSULTING-SPECIFYING ENGINEER MEP 2019 GIANTS
  • #90 2020 ENGINEERING NEWS RECORD TOP 500 FIRMS LIST

Testimonial

Why we work so hard for our clients

“Engineers are often described as pragmatic and traditional, but engineering is anything but typical. By positing inventive solutions, orchestrating well-grounded systems, and effectuating substantive engineering and design, we play a critical role in creating environments that are both functional and pleasing. ”

Ashley I. August, LEED Green Associate

Page Graduate Mechanical Engineer

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