How to engineer manufacturing, industrial buildings

Our very own Erik Larson participated in a roundtable discussion with Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine on the unique considerations for  engineering manufacturing and industrial buildings. Here’s a short except but find the full article on CSE’s site here.

CSE: What are some challenges you have faced in coordinating structural systems with mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or fire protection systems?

Larson: Change occurs throughout the design phase of nearly all manufacturing plants. There are always new products, ideas, and tools that become available to our teams as design develops. New coordination tools such as Revit are helping to manage change, but the key is to maintain flexibility in the overall production process so that change (which really is inevitable) does not impact the design delivery schedule. In manufacturing, delays are costly, and the ability to manage change without sacrificing schedule is key to being able to keep your clients happy.

Read more at Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine.

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