RTM provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering designs for federal credit unions located in Reno, Nev.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Springfield, Ark. RTM worked with Market Contractors, a design build architecture firm based out of Portland, Ore., to get the credit unions up and running through both engineering and construction.
A challenging component of the project included designing lighting systems in full compliance with the local energy codes, as they differ from state to state. In order to comply with both the codes and be energy efficient, RTM selected light fixtures that have capable lighting lumen outputs that met the lighting power density requirements for the space. The team also chose special switching configurations to reduce lighting output for controllability.
In addition to electrical design, RTM provided mechanical and plumbing engineering. The team designed the duct work and diffuser layouts, and diffuser balancing dampers were installed to help regulate air velocity. Each credit union consists of a teller area, back office, conference room, security room and break room, and all of the systems in each area are similar as they are all branched off of one main air supply trunk.
The biggest challenge RTM faced was that these credit unions are located inside of malls, so the team needed to coordinate with criteria of the existing space to extend MEP systems from the mall area to the credit unions. To aid in the demanding task of balancing the systems of the credit unions with the surrounding mall space, a prototype was created to help with quality control and design. The team then used prototypical notes throughout the locations while keeping in mind the specific local code requirements that needed to be met.
The designs for each of the credit unions have been completed, and construction is under way or finished in Reno, Honolulu and Springfield.