Our unique combination of young talent and mature professionals ensures an effective team approach to design, problem solving and project management. Our Westlake village location permits us to be extremely responsive to our clients, even on very short notice.
Our technical staff consists of skilled professionals with twenty to thirty years of experience in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Consulting West has designed over 12 million square feet of Educational, Medical, Research Laboratory and Student Housing facilities. By applying innovative technologies, we provide our clients with buildings that are able to meet the ever-changing demands of today's building systems without compromising energy efficiency or reliability.
Consulting West strives to provide clients with efficient and cost effective professional design and engineering services by following strict cost control procedures and adhering to performance schedules. We believe in total quality management as the foundation for a well-run organization.
This total quality approach has proven its success throughout the years. Recent projects include such diverse technologies as “defrostless” long-term cold storage, an EMI/RFI-shielded biomedical examination facility, constant-discharge-velocity VAV exhaust systems, numerous hazardous-location laboratory and storage facilities, multiple R & D laboratory renovations for a world-class biotechnology company, multi-family housing projects that use solar photovoltaic energy systems and solar thermal hot water systems to offset nearly 100% of their net annual energy consumption, and gray water plumbing systems that allow waste water to be re-used for irrigation and groundwater replenishment.
As the project progresses, we review each aspect of the design for alternative systems to ensure that it will provide optimal performance and maintain the best value for the user. "Life cycle cost" and "initial cost" impacts are discussed with the client before the final decisions are made. We take a wide-angle view toward every project. Once we understand the principal objectives of the project, we analyze each component to obtain the best systems available within the client's target budget. Many of our clients, such as Amgen and The University of California Los Angeles, have benefited from our talent, and they have saved a considerable amount of money as the result of our creativity.
Consulting West strongly supports the progress being made toward the reduction of energy consumption. Natural day lighting and passive heating and cooling concepts are evaluated to determine if they are appropriate for each project. Consulting West has a unique ability to approach natural day lighting and solar design from a "human life" point of view. The result of this balance between form and function is a comprehensive design solution that is fully integrated into the building's systems. An energy management system capable of monitoring and controlling the lighting and mechanical systems can be provided. Natural ventilation and cooling concepts can also be introduced to supplement the use of high efficiency equipment. Opportunities to take advantage of concrete mass for thermal storage will be explored, as well as determining the most appropriate use of insulation. Ease of operation and maintenance are considered as well. A final comprehensive design solution is developed to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing quality or performance.
Consulting West takes a proactive approach to quality control. One of our methods is to create drawings that incorporate all aspects of the design. These drawings indicate the relationship of ductwork, piping, electrical conduit, structural elements, and architectural elements on a single drawing. This approach enables the builder to avoid costly change orders that may occur during construction. The "fresh eyes" concept is another method we use to assure total quality control. Not only are documents reviewed by the department in which they were created, we also have our principals review the documents for each of the other disciplines. This approach ensures that all departments are cognizant of work being provided by others that may affect their design. Our professional design team is educated in the fields of architectural, mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineering. This broader cross training enables us to more effectively solve design issues and conflicts, saving our client's time and money.