Mechanical and Electrical Design

The Role of Mechanical Design

Plan and initiate mechanical infrastructure upgrades and replacements for all mechanical systems. This includes ventilation, steam, water, compressed air, natural gas, chiller water, sewage, and storm water systems.

Mechanical Design will:

  • Respond to work orders, project and estimate requests. This includes consulting with clients and stakeholders to determine project objectives and clarify request details.
  • Setup and administer contracts for mechanical projects where project management is not involved.
  • Assess future needs for new buildings and expanding capacity.
  • Initiate and coordinate water shutoff valve inspections and any resulting repairs.
  • Assess projected risk from mechanical systems in conjunction with Facility Renewal staff.
  • Prioritize and initiate projects to address risk.
  • Maintain site services drawings and mechanical building drawings.
  • Communicate with the City of Guelph to address capacity issues, interruptions, and changes to mechanical system regulations.
  • Provide technical guidance to trades staff and work with staff to establish designs that minimize future maintenance costs.

Standards and Permit Services

  • Ensure University and government safety standards, codes, regulations, and legislation are adhered to by trades staff and contractors.
  • Ensure compliance with government inspection programs for sprinklers, safety relief valves and backflow prevention.
  • Acquire permits for fume hoods and building noise. Test building noise levels and initiate projects to minimize or reduce them.

The Role of Electrical Design

Plan, initiate and design electrical infrastructure upgrades and replacements. This ensures safe, reliable, and energy efficient electrical systems. Systems includes interior and exterior lighting, metering, fire and security equipment alarms and power distribution systems.

Electrical Design will:

  • Respond to work order, project and estimate requests. This includes consulting with clients and stakeholders to determine project objectives and to clarify request details.
  • For electrical projects where project management is not involved, setup and administer contracts with contractors.
  • Ensure communications feeds and provide access to electrical metering software and systems.
  • Assess projected risk from all University electrical systems in conjunction with Facility Renewal, prioritizing and initiating projects to address, adjust or correct.
  • Initiate, coordinate and administer budgets for annual fire alarm inspections and testing, and the electrical substation maintenance program.
  • Coordinate annual high-voltage shutdown to allow maintenance on incoming lines.
  • Communicate with the City of Guelph and Guelph Hydro to address issues of power, capacity, and supply issues or interruptions.
  • Provide technical guidance to trades staff and work with trades staff to establish designs that minimize future maintenance costs.

Standards and Permit Services

  • Ensure University and government safety standards, codes, regulations, and legislation are adhered to by trades staff and contractors.
  • Review consultant drawings submissions and contractor shop drawings to ensure University, fire code and standards are upheld.
  • Maintain current electrical records and ensure up-to-date operational drawings are posted for electrical maintenance.