KEA has designed many high and low rise multifamily projects. From inner city to suburban living, in the last ten years, KEA has provided the MEP and FP design for over 10,000 residential units. These have included as low as two story town house projects to over 20 story high rise complexes. Many such facilities have required fire pumps and emergency generators to be integrated into the design. KEA has extensive experience in tenant metering of all utilities, all utilities distribution throughout the facilities, and life safety design. Smoke evacuation is sometimes needed as larger atrium style common areas are incorporated into the design. Integrated parking and tenant storage have been designed for tenants.
For large site developments, KEA has provided full design of overall utilities distribution for multi-building complexes. Often mixed with retail, utilities distribution for larger residential units must be coordinated with the various utility companies. At the onset of projects, KEA meets with all utility providers to not only study and arrive at a mutually agreed size of the utility, but also the location of services, especially of the electric transformers and fire pumps.
Metering of the utilities must also be coordinated and agreed upon with the utility company. Electric, water, and gas metering in larger high rise projects can create a challenge for design. It is imperative that these constraints be discussed and agreed upon by all parties, such as the owner, the architect, and the utility company representative.