We consider ourselves performance junkies, obsessed with achieving high performance for our clients and the facilities they operate. We have had tremendous success in helping our clients optimize both new and old systems through MEP design; commissioning; and asset, energy and fleet management, as well as, consulting on alternative energy and sustainable development. We are solution driven, hands-on consultants who see our job as making our clients more successful by:
Reducing operating costs
Designing functional and efficient MEP systems
Assessing and making recommendations for complex systems
Clearly communicating technical, financial or otherwise difficult information to stakeholders
Assisting project implementation through project management, staff training, or overcoming whatever hurdle we encounter
We are rooted in Western Colorado where we live, play and understand small communities and businesses. We love what we do and are eager to help.
SGM understands not every client needs or wants a “state-of-the-art” mechanical and electrical system. The skill level of the installing contractor, maintenance staff or service providers for a given project, could very well turn that state-of-the-art project into a non-functioning nightmare. On the other hand, many projects constructed on the Western Slope fail to utilize cost effective technology that can greatly enhance the comfort levels, energy use and maintainability of a project simply because the building community is unaware of the products available. At SGM we seek to provide a balanced solution using appropriate, proven technology, energy modeling and active hands-on involvement in a project from conception through ownership. Simply put, our designs work in the environment they are placed, can be built by available contractors and can be maintained by available resources while performance is sustained through the life of the project. The fundamental components of our design philosophy include:
Integrated Design and Life Cycle Costing
A key tenet of high performance building design is the recognition that all building components work together to establish the overall performance of a building – and that the design team must do the same. SGM believes in extensive early phase collaboration between the Owner, Architect and Engineer to quantify design objectives, fine tune building performance and establish the energy/comfort value proposition. We strive to present full lifecycle cost, comfort and maintenance analysis which allows our clients to make informed decisions.
Design coordination is essential to producing buildable building plans. At SGM we feel this is one of our strengths. With a full complement of in-house design professionals and a well-earned reputation to listening to our client’s needs, we produce well-coordinated plans that reduce construction problems and change orders.
Construction Phase Services
During the last 20 years, the construction observation role of the design engineer has been reduced. This is especially true for remote rural projects. SGM believes adequate representation during the construction phase is crucial for meeting the design objectives. With six offices serving Western Colorado, we are well placed to provide construction services to ensure the project meets the design intent and to solve problems before the building is finished.
Post Construction Services
The final key for achieving the design intent is verification of system performance and ongoing monitoring and fine tuning. We believe the translation of the MEP design intent into a functioning building simply does not work well without the active and direct involvement of the design team. SGM provides a complete array of post construction services including commissioning, re-commissioning and on-going monitoring of performance.
Buildings and Systems
Our services include complete mechanical system design (HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, and temperature controls/automation) for commercial and residential, water and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as remodels and equipment replacement projects.
We strive to present full lifecycle cost, comfort and maintenance analysis so that our clients can make informed decisions.
The term commissioning comes from shipbuilding. A commissioned ship is one deemed ready for service. Before being awarded this title, however, a ship must pass several milestones. Equipment is installed and tested, problems are identified and corrected, and the prospective crew is extensively trained. A commissioned ship is one whose materials, systems, and staff have successfully completed a thorough quality assurance process.
Building commissioning takes the same approach to new buildings. When a building is initially commissioned it undergoes an intensive quality assurance process that begins during design and continues through construction, occupancy, and operations. Commissioning ensures that the new building operates initially as the owner intended and that building staff are prepared to operate and maintain its systems and equipment.
Retrocommissioning is the application of the commissioning process to existing buildings. Retrocommissioning is a process that seeks to improve how building equipment and systems function together. Depending on the age of the building, retrocommissioning can often resolve problems that occurred during design or construction, or address problems that have developed throughout the building’s life. In all, retrocommissioning improves a building’s operations and maintenance (O&M) procedures to enhance overall building performance.
Recommissioning is another type of commissioning that occurs when a building that has already been commissioned undergoes another commissioning process. The decision to recommission may be triggered by a change in building use or ownership, the onset of operational problems, or some other need. Ideally, a plan for recommissioning is established as part of a new building’s original commissioning process or an existing building’s retrocommissioning process.
Continuous Commissioning is an ongoing process to resolve operating problems, improve comfort, optimize energy use and identify retrofits for existing commercial and institutional buildings and central plant facilities.
We can assist with all aspects of asset management including, asset inventories, condition assessment, repair and replacement schedules, capital improvement planning, GIS mapping and more.
Our asset management services are grounded in a diverse and extremely comprehensive knowledge base about facilities and systems.
SGM’s Asset Management services encompass a planning process that focuses on getting the most value out of each asset and assisting our clients ensure that funds for asset replacement or rehabilitation are available when needed. Our goal is to ensure all assets work properly, which helps a system perform at expected service levels. To accomplish this goal we offer all services related to creating an Asset Plan including but not limited to infrastructure analysis and assessment, asset modeling with critical analysis and the associated business planning necessary to budget and plan for successful implementation.
We offer a range of energy assessment (aka ‘energy audit’) services that are always tailored to the specific commercial or residential facility or system, such as water and wastewater treatment plants. They can be as simple as a ‘walk-through’ assessment or include our full suite of services including utility bill analysis, on-site assessment, infrared camera analysis, blower door infiltration testing, HVAC combustion analysis, BAS system review, very detailed reports with prioritized recommendations and financial analysis, energy data management, equipment logs, preventative maintenance schedules, implementation plan and more.
The assessment will define the recommendations with sufficient detail to facilitate implementation of the improvements. The intent of our assessments is to establish a process that ensures successful implementation of recommendations so that the full potential of savings and performance can be realized.
We have project experience with virtually every renewable resource available in Colorado including solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, geothermal, small hydro, small wind and biomass. Our services involve all aspects of technical feasibility, financial proforma analysis and project development such as writing RFP’s, selecting vendors and overall project management.
Not only can we provide accurate cost/benefit analysis for potential renewable energy systems without bias, but we can evaluate a client’s specific circumstances to develop an energy ‘portfolio’ that matches appropriate systems with site-specific energy demands.
If the goal is reducing energy use or cost, then managing energy data is critical. It’s not only critical, but if done well, it can be incredibly useful in cost-effectively identifying potential solutions during the evaluation process and in perpetuity. We often use the Colorado Energy Navigator as the foundation of these services which provides detailed, user-friendly, web-based, real-time electricity and natural gas data (15 minute intervals) for the facility/system.
There are plenty of other strategies by which to effectively manage energy data, but the goal is matching the strategy with the organization. Part of SGM’s expertise is customizing energy data management strategies in order to achieve goal.
Energy code compliance is now integral to many, if not most projects. Compliance paths vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but part of SGM’s expertise is ensuring that our clients not only achieve high performance, but that there are no regulatory stumbling blocks along the way.
With nearly 50 years of combined experience on our three-person team, we bring a wealth of experience to the table. Our goal is to assist our clients in getting the best performance out of your facilities and systems, so we offer to share our experience with our clients. We have done this formally through classes or informally through custom trainings on all aspects of energy management, HVAC systems and building science.
All energy costs can wreak havoc on a budget, but the volatility in liquid fuels has been the most painful for many organizations. For this reason, we assist our clients in evaluating the most cost-effective fleet and fueling options for providing reliable and affordable service. This includes feasibility analysis of applicable technologies including but not limited to CNG (compressed natural gas), diesel and gas electric hybrids, all-electric, bio-diesel, propane and others.
Our experience with alternative fuel systems includes transit authorities, municipalities and auto dealerships. Our projects have included high level feasibility, detailed cost pro formas, design specifications, code compliance and construction project management.
Sometimes the most cost-effective fleet technology is the technology you currently have, but operated more efficiently. Optimization can include ‘right-sizing’ a fleet, fleet utilization audits, matching vehicles to job needs, enhancing vehicle reservation systems and more.
New cost-effective tools are now available to aid in fleet optimization. They include GPS location, GIS mapping and fleet management software. Our expertise helps our clients identify which tools will work best for their organization.
|Relevant SGM Projects|
|The Ritz Carlton||Full facility Audit and Recommissioning of HVAC and Control Systems and EDM,preliminary year one savings of over $80,000|
|Grand River Health||Proof of Performance Commissioning of HVAC, Lighting and Control Systems of new Battlement Mesa facility|
|Aspen School District||Recommissioning of HVAC and Control Systems and EDM, saved over $5,000 during Spring Break week|
|Grand River Health||Monitoring Based Commissioning of HVAC, Lighting and Control Systems of existing Rifle facility|
|Riverside Professional Building||Full facility Audit and Retrocommissioning of HVAC and Control Systems, reduced energy use by 60% with a 5-year simple payback|
|Shea Garfield County Office Building||Proof of Performance Commissioning of HVAC, Lighting and Control Systems|
|St. Regis Aspen||Proof of Performance Commissioning of retrofitted HVAC system|
|Dancing Bear Aspen||Recommissioning of HVAC and Control Systems and EDM|
|Town of Parachute||Retrocommissioning of HVAC and Control Systems, reduced annual $/sf by 25%|
|City of Glenwood Springs||Retrocommissioning and LEED consulting of newly constructed Wastewater Treatment Facility and Lift Station|
|City of Aspen||Part of Burlingame Phase II commissioning team, providing envelope testing for 48 units with high performance goals|
|Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Projects|
|The City of Glenwood Springs||Currently providing MEP design of a new 18,000 sf Electric Operations Center|
|Ridgway Fire District||Currently providing MEP design of a new 13,000 sf Fire Station pursuing LEED certification|
|Town of New Castle||Mechanical design; construction mgmt; LEED consulting of new Public Works Facility including project development of integrated 70kW PV array producing over 66%|
|Glenwood Springs Ford||MEP Design, Construction Administration and Commissioning for Remodel|
|Bighorn Toyota||Mechanical Design for Remodel|
|Aspen Skiing Company||Snowmass Club Pools and Spas Heating Renovations, Asset Management, Energy Assessments of several ASC facilities, HVAC upgrades of many ASC facilities|
|Salida Hot Springs Pool||Hot Springs Pipeline Assessment to Raise Pool Temperatures, Building Humidity Issues, Centennial Park Master Plan Feasibility Study|
|Energy Assessment Projects|
|Aspen Skiing Company||General energy management services including energy data management, audits and misc. consulting|
|Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and Pool||Energy Audit of all facilities, earned ‘greenleader’ designation on tripadvisor.com|
|EPA||Developed and conducted a 3-day technical energy management training for water and wastewater utilities|
|Alternative Energy Projects|
|Roaring Fork Transportation Authority||Project Manager for nationally recognized$5.3M CNG facilities project including due diligence, design, construction oversight and ongoing safety inspections for fueling station and maintenance facility upgrades|
|Steamboat Springs Transit||Alternative Fuel Analysis and energy price forecasting for diesel, hybrid, natural gas and battery-electric buses|
|Town of New Castle||Project Manager for 70 kW photovoltaic Power Purchase Agreement project including due diligence, draft RFP, and manage solicitation process|
|Knapp Ranch||Conceptual energy balance analysis to identify viable off-grid opportunities including hydro, solar and biomass; used state of the art energy monitoring network; evaluated 7 micro hydro sites|
|Colorado Energy Office||Developed a financial model & feasibility report template for the State; research and develop small hydro case studies|
|Welles-Barr Residence||Energy balance analysis to identify viable off-grid opportunities for heat and power including solar and biomass|
|City of Glenwood Springs||Designed geothermal snowmelt system for pedestrian bridge using waste heat from Hot Springs Pool|
|Asset Management Projects|
|Aspen Skiing Company||Comprehensive analysis of all facility assets for 14 on-mountain restaurants, 8 housing complexes, including condition assessment; repair, replacement & maintenance recommendations, schedule and 20 year cost estimates; energy audits|
|Town of Snowmass Village||Comprehensive analysis of all facility assets for primary town facilities, including condition assessment; repair, replacement & maintenance recommendations, schedule and 20 year cost estimates|
|Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association||Comprehensive analysis of all facility assets for Recreation Center, including condition assessment; repair, replacement & maintenance recommendations, schedule and 20 year cost estimates; energy audit and staff training|
|Green Development Projects|
|Roaring Fork Transportation Authority||Consulted to ‘Green BRT’, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and alternative fuels|
|Foothills Development||Consulted on proposed multi-use development with strong vision of community-wide sustainability; net-zero homes, LEED|
|Energy Program Projects|
|Colorado Energy Office||Subconsultant for the State’s Energy Performance Contracting Program, serving as a technical and financial advisor to local governments|
|Colorado Energy Office||Developed, managed and served as technical advisor for $2.7M Main Street Efficient Initiative for small businesses|
|Garfield Clean Energy||Co-developed, co-managed and served as technical advisor and energy auditor for small businesses|
|Town of Frisco||Developed and managed a community-based initiative to embrace and implement clean energy alternatives|
Meet the MEP Team
For more information about our MEP services, please contact Dan Richardson by email or phone at 970.384.9065.