Building a stronger design team is the key to winning more sports and athletic facility projects.  As an architect, how you build your design team often means having to choose a consultant based on either locality or experience.   Going with a local consultant does offer the advantage of having someone knowledgeable of the project and its managers.

However, when upwards of 60% of a facility’s cost falls under structural and MEP systems, choosing a consultant for these disciplines based only on geography is not the most strategic choice for building a better design team.

Strength of Your Design Team

When the strength of your design team is the difference between winning or losing a sports project or athletic facility project, choosing a consultant that specializes in sports and athletic facilities and combines structural and MEP services can give you the strategic edge you need to win more projects.

Athletic facilities require specialized knowledge and a higher level of service than traditional building projects.   Difficult schedules, input of multiple parties in the design and large design coordination are only some of their challenges in these projects. It’s vital to have a consultant that can deliver under these constraints especially in the areas that are most critical in the design process; Structural and MEP Engineering.

The secret to winning that next big athletic facility project is likely going to come down to the strength of your design team.  Going with a structural and MEP consultant that specializes in these types of projects can help boost the caliber of your design team and give you the tools you need to land that next project.

Allegheny Design Services

Allegheny Design Services is the link between owners, architects and contractors. We help the architect realize their vision while providing simple, buildable solutions to the contractor. We pride ourselves in offering timely solutions to complicated engineering issues, whether structural, mechanical, electrical or plumbing in nature.

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Written by Michael Howell, PE, SE, MBA, Senior Structural Engineer, Director Sports & Recreation

mike-howellMike works as the Senior Structural Engineer for ADS. His responsibilities include project management and structural design. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and graduated with a master’s of business administration from West Virginia University in December of 2014. He has extensive engineering experience as a field engineer, a civil engineer and a structural engineer. He has served as a past branch president for the American Society of Civil Engineers and chairman of the Richmond Joint Engineers’ Council. He is a current member of the ASCE 7-16 Seismic Committee and is active in many other professional committees and civic organizations.

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