Mechanical and Electrical Design

The Role of Mechanical Design

Plan, initiate and design mechanical infrastructure upgrades and replacements for all mechanical systems, including HVAC, steam, water, compressed air, natural gas, chiller water, sewage, storm sewer water and other campus water types.

Mechanical Design will:

  • Respond to work order, project and estimate requests, consulting with clients and stakeholders to determine project objectives and to clarify request details
  • For mechanical projects where project management is not involved, setup and administer contracts, pre-order materials to be assigned to contractors
  • Assess future needs for new buildings, expanding capacity, initiating and coordinating the purchase of boilers and chillers as necessary
  • Initiate and coordinate water shutoff valve inspections and any resulting repairs
  • Assess projected risk from all University mechanical systems in conjunction with Facility Renewal, prioritizing and initiating projects to address, adjust or correct
  • Maintain site services drawings and mechanical building drawings
  • Communicate with the City of Guelph to address capacity issues, interruptions, and changing regulations for all mechanical systems
  • 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
  • Ensure compliance with government mandated 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 in order to provide a safe, reliable, and energy efficient electrical system, including interior/exterior lighting, metering, fire/security/equipment alarms and power distribution systems.

Electrical Design will:

  • Respond to work order, project and estimate requests, 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, pre-order materials to be assigned to 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 that University, fire code and Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) standards are upheld
  • Maintain current electrical records and ensure up-to-date operational drawings are posted for electrical maintenance (e.g., at control boxes, etc.)