KCE applies the same design approach to all projects no matter how big or small. A Registered Professional Engineer is assigned to act as the Project Engineer. The Project Engineer oversees all facets of the MEP design, provides quality assurance, and attends all project design meetings. A team consisting of an Electrical Engineer/designer, HVAC designer, plumbing designer, and fire protection engineer (if required) is assigned to every project and will stay on the project throughout the entire duration of construction. KCE takes care to assign dedicated personnel who are best matched to a Client’s specific needs. This allows the team to become intimately familiar with the client’s methods of production and unique project goals. This arrangement also enhances the development of engineers and designers who possess the specialized knowledge and experience necessary for each client.
KCE’s design staff has an average of 15 years of experience and an average employee tenure at KCE of 10 years. The staff has been very stable with little turn-over of personnel. All designers utilize the latest version of Autocad to complete their designs so the need for “red lines” has almost been entirely eliminated. This method eliminates many design and drafting errors which occur due to the misinterpretation of “red lines” while also providing a very efficient and timely engineering process.
KCE conducts weekly project meetings to discuss work load, schedules, manpower loading, and other areas concerning production. Manpower is allocated appropriately to assure that the project due dates are met and the most appropriate design team is selected for the particular project.
Construction-phase services are split between the Project Engineer and the Construction Coordinator. The Project Engineer is responsible for the project through bidding and to provide support during construction. The Construction Coordinator is responsible for shop drawing review, RFI’s, and site observations. The Coordinator will seek help from the Project Engineer when required to clarify construction issues or assist with shop drawing review.
The Administration staff is responsible for the tracking of the project including billings, additional services, project costing, RFI logs, and close-out documents.