It’s been a while since our last post but we’re still grinding away!
We’re working with our architects, electrical, and mechanical engineers to generate the package needed for our building and renovation permits. The plans are coming together nicely! Our architect has worked out a very nice arrangement for restrooms and fire exits that’s much more elegant than the preliminary sketches we gave her; and now we’re digging into the minute details like choosing HVAC systems, light fixtures, and plumbing fixtures. That type of stuff all gets loaded into a sort of “energy study” of the building.
Fun fact: When renovating an older commercial property, once the scope of the project gets large enough, you need to bring the building up to the latest energy efficiency standards. Of course this is a good idea and will pay off in the long run, but it’s great to have a good architectural and engineering firm in your corner because it’s a surprisingly meticulous process.