SINGLE-DISCIPLINE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING CONSULTING SERVICES
SMP's basic electrical engineering services include involvement in all project phases, when required, from pre-design through to post-construction.
Our expertise is focused in the following market sectors:
- Academic K-12
- Academic Post-Secondary
- Child Minding
- Data Centres
- Emergency Services & Operation Centres
- Entertainment / Cultural
- Healthcare (Clinics, Hospitals, Labs)
- Historic Rehabilitation & Heritage Conservation
- Industrial, Manufacturing & Warehouse
- Office Buildings & Tenant Improvements
- Parks & Exterior Lighting
- Residential (High & Low Rise, Affordable Housing, Seniors Housing)
- Religious Facilities
- Transportation (Airport & Airfield, Transit & LRT)
lightSPACE, SMP’s in-house specialty architectural lighting studio, are experts in the art of bringing buildings and spaces to life through design; creating connections to our communities and establishing a sense of place. Architectural lighting designers operate in a unique field – marrying art and science by harnessing the psychological properties of light to enhance and define the experience of a space. We understand that light is the key element that shapes our perception of surrounding environments.
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SMP’s in-house power experts bring the expertise to cover electrical power distribution systems from initial planning and design, through studies, evaluations, and single line audits, to final system tweaks and commissioning assistance. Whether it is new construction, a renovation, or replacement of end-of-life equipment, our focus is a cost effective, efficient, and safe design that will allow a facility to easily operate and maintain for years to come.
Having a reliable distribution system is an important part of any building as it has direct impacts to efficiency, operations, safety and cost (downtime, utility bills). We also make sure that the building has all the provisions it needs to allow the main features, lighting, mechanical systems, computers, etc., to operate without concerns.
SECURITY & ACCESS CONTROLS
Security systems design is one of the many specialized consultant disciplines offered by SMP, providing design and project management services.
All organizations face some form of security risk. Assessing and understanding the level of risk and the potential threat to a facility’s operations is the basis for establishing an effective security system. Using standardized risk/threat analysis and appropriate Industry standards, SMP’s security subject matter experts can help to establish the level of risk for a facility. Effective measures can then be evaluated and implemented to reduce the security risk.
The SMP Security team works with clients to develop an overall security plan to reduce property losses and risks to people, while minimizing effects on productivity and well-being. We also partner with Architects, Owners and Construction Engineering teams to work towards hardening a project’s perimeter, achieving a secure environment by employing passive design principles while minimizing maintenance and operational costs
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN: PHOTOVOLTAIC, ZCB, ELECTRIC VEHICLES
SMP is committed to embracing sustainable practices as a core responsibility. We utilize the latest technological advancements and modeling to verify compliance prior to system installation. Our collaborative efforts with the owner, utility, and contractors ensure the creation of a sustainable and dependable final project. Whether your project aligns with LEED®, Green Globes, Zero Carbon Building, Living Building, or other sustainability standards, SMP possesses the expertise to guide you through the submission process and illustrate the beneficial impact of the system on your project.
Photovoltaic (Solar) Design
SMP has designed over 10 MW total photovoltaic (PV) capacity to-date. We can work with a particular manufacturer or installer, or tailor the design to be generic in nature to facilitate competitive pricing. A highlight of our experience includes the design of PV systems installed on numerous schools that provide students and teachers with hands-on learning opportunities and help students understand renewable energy sources and their positive impact to the environment.
The importance of PV technology has steadily increased within the Alberta market, positioning PV technology to be a major contributor to the province’s future energy renewable energy production.
Zero Carbon Building™ (ZCB) design standard
At SMP, we implement a three-tier approach to achieve the ZCB design standard, focusing on strategies that create the greatest impact. First, we help reduce the electrical demand of the building by implementing metering and demand management tools. Second, we challenge the standard lighting and lighting control strategies to ensure there is no wasted energy from lighting use. Lastly, we design onsite renewable energy systems to help reduce indirect carbon emissions coming from purchased electricity.
Electric Vehicles (EV)
SMP is a leader in the field of sustainability with a specialized skill-set surrounding the implementation of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. Our team is fluent in all aspects of electrical design, providing a unique understanding of the way EV charging can affect the electrical distribution system of a facility. We have completed numerous private and public projects involving the implementation of EV charging stations.
SMP is well versed in current and emerging technologies including fast-charging networks, grid integration, and smart charging management systems. We can design systems that can be easily installed and even include aspects that allow for future expansion.
IT & COMMUNICATIONS
In an ever-increasing technology-based world, communications and telecommunications systems are a core component of building design and cost. SMP offers design and commissioning of communications and telecommunications systems including: structured cabling systems for telephones and data systems; structured cabling systems for other building systems; wireless systems; head end equipment for off air donor sites; electronics to process signals from VHF; cellular telephones, paging and data systems; and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).
Our Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) IT & Communications specialist will work closely with the client’s IT department, developing robust IT and Communication systems, and if required, Information Management / Information Technology (IM/IT) strategies to accommodate the client’s IT needs.
FIRE ALARM & LIFE SAFETY
SMP is a leader in fire alarm & life safety systems design and verification. We provide services that include complete fire alarm system engineering services from conceptual to detailed engineering and construction documents, construction observation, final verification acceptance testing, tendering and bid evaluations, existing systems evaluations, code reviews, and local authority approvals.
Our staff are active in the development of codes and standards and continually stay abreast of the latest code changes and technology, and they maintain working relationships with the leadership of international engineering and fire safety organizations, and actively participates in those organizations, which include the Society of Fire Protection Engineering (SFPE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Our staff also participate in the process of developing national consensus on codes and standards which provides SMP with an understanding of the process, background, and intent of these documents.
Integrated Systems Testing (IST)
The life safety systems of your building are critical as they protect the occupants in an emergency situation when time is of the essence. Where multiple life safety systems must function together the National Building Code (Alberta Edition, Standata 19- BCI-020) requires IST under the supervision of a Professional Engineer.
IST is carried out prior to handover of the facility to ensure all the life safety systems operate in concert with each other and in accordance with the design intent. It is the final test which determines if the design, equipment selection and construction meet the performance expectations.
As the IST Coordinator, SMP can help you avoid unnecessary delays and work out these details ahead of your submission, so you can get your permit and forward with your project.