This past July, RTM joined forces with Milan Engineering to expand expertise and service capacity. Located in Winter Park, Fla., Milan Engineering brings more than 15 years of experience with contemporary design techniques to provide efficient MEP/FP engineering services for projects including renovations, upgrades and new construction.
To learn more about a Milan Engineering project showcase highlighting modifications to replace four escalators at the Orlando International Airport, click here.
With RTM, Milan Engineering will continue to offer comprehensive MEP design services for a wide variety of projects with a focus on K-12, higher education and municipal facilities as well as small medical and lab, commercial, governmental and mission critical facilities. Milan Engineering is committed to green building and energy conscious designs, which are now backed by RTM’s sustainable design initiatives.
Following is a Q&A session we conducted with Mitesh Smart, P.E., former president of Milan Engineering and current principal of RTM, to learn more about Milan Engineering.
Q: We’ve heard a lot of great things about the Milan Engineering team. What do you hear most often from clients?
A: Across the board, we hear that our clients appreciate our quick response time, precision, and consistent service. Therefore, during a 2009 rebranding campaign, the slogan “Precise Solutions with Prompt Response” was added to the company’s brand. Since the merger with RTM, the Orlando branch has been working with South Barrington and Quad Cities offices to provide Orlando clients with the same level of high quality and prompt service.
Q: What was one of the most interesting projects the Orlando team has done?
A: Orlando is best known for its theme parks. In 2011, we were approached by a client to provide services for a new project expansion at Holy Land. This project included a 50,000-square-foot round auditorium building, which resembles an ancient colosseum, and features a baptism waterfall and a wax figure museum. Our team was able to complete this extremely fast paced, and rapidly changing design-build project with precision. The auditorium building, which is used for world-wide television production, is served by a 600-ton chilled water plant and 8,000 amps of power at 480V. The wax figure museum includes a desiccant driven dehumidifier to maintain a low dew point temperature, and a gas driven generator to back up the building’s HVAC system, ensuring the wax figures are maintained during a power outage. The baptismal waterfall has an underground pump room that delivers thousands of gallons of water during the baptism events. No matter what faith you may be, we recommend you visit the park to see some excellent engineering.
Q: What is one interesting fact about the culture at the Orlando office?
A: The RTM Orlando office has always provided work in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment. The office normally tries to mix in some healthy living practices into the work place to reduce stress levels. In the past, the office, as a group, has taken 10-minute yoga breaks and push-up clinics to get in shape for summer. This November (in anticipation of the upcoming holiday cookies), the entire office – women and men – will participate in a push-up and running competition where the office will set a common goal for doing 1,000 pushups and running a 100 miles before Thanksgiving. If the office completes this challenge, I will provide an afternoon party for the entire team and a $100 gift certificate to the highest contender for the restaurant of his or her choice. These fun activities help the team keep stress down in the office and build a teamwork attitude.