Falls Center was originally known as Women’s Medical College when it opened its doors in 1929. Located at 3300 Henry Avenue in Philadelphia, the building is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
AEC, Inc. teamed with Wulff Architects to gut and fit-out a 20,000 square foot space, creating a new long-term nursing and ventilator-dependent care unit. The new space features
60 patient rooms, staff stations, administrative offices, activities areas, a classroom and dining area.
New mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were designed, including new high-efficiency water source heat pumps connected to a central plant. The engineering design included a 3,000 gallon bulk oxygen system which is piped into the space. Each heat pump serves multiple rooms All new electrical power and low voltage systems, including nurse’s call, security, telephone and data were installed. New central domestic hot water heating was also added.
Once a storage facility for an east coast supermarket chain, this building is now home to a fine art storage business. Strategically located within close proximity to Philadelphia’s major cultural institutions, the 45,000 square foot space has been carefully transformed to meet the unique requirements for housing valuable artwork.
AEC provided the structural, mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering directly for the owner, an internationally recognized industry leader in fine art storage.
The facility is built to exceed American Association of Museums (AAM) guidelines, and includes a special HVAC system that closely controls humidity and temperature. Uniform air distribution was performed by a combination of ductwork and ceiling fans. A large emergency generator was incorporated into the electrical system to maintain the space during power outages and LED lighting was designed between the ductwork, allowing for maximum storage height. Each fixture is plugged into power distribution strips to enable constant management of the storage racks. The original sloping floor was terraced into several leveled surfaces to accommodate the storage racks.
Associated Engineering Consultants, Inc. has been providing full-service engineering for decades throughout the mid-Atlantic region on a vast range of projects.
This is the second in a series of structural engineering case studies featuring unusual challenges solved through innovative engineering design.
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL CANCER CENTER was completed in 1988, yet the site challenges and engineering solutions are timeless.
The growing health care system required a new three-story cancer treatment center within the confines of the existing hospital foot print. The new center had to be constructed on-grade and below the existing slab-on-grade ground floor along Sansom Street at TJUH’s main campus in Center City Philadelphia. Dave Brandt was hired by the architect, MPB, to design a structural engineering solution, while avoiding interruption to regular hospital functions and schedules.
The new ground floor superstructure was designed as a two-way concrete plate with steel beams between the existing steel columns resting on caisson foundations. This steel was also used as temporary bracing during the excavation. The middle level floor system was designed as a two-way flat slab, hinged at the supports on the existing caissons.
The sub-basement level was also designed as a hinged two-way flat slab however, due to hydrostatic pressure, it was designed for uplift. All of the existing 90’ long caissons were cut down in diameter to increase the usable square footage.
The excavation for the new construction and shoring of Sansom Street, situated in a busy urban site with heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, took 13 months to achieve. The bottoms of the rotating procedure table pits were below sea level, creating another design challenge, since the mechanical operating devices shut down on high-humidity alarm.
Mr. Brandt also designed the treatment cells out of 3-4’ thick high-density concrete. The aggregate was mined in Canada and shipped to a batch plant near the project site to achieve the proper density.
The entire construction took two years and, during that time, all operating room tables above the construction were monitored for vibration. Interruption to surgery schedules was avoided throughout construction, minimizing inconvenience to staff and patients.
It’s Move-In week at Rowan University and some lucky students will occupy the newest housing on this expanding campus in Glassboro, New Jersey.
AEC recently completed engineering on six multi-use buildings with Nexus Development and Blackney Hayes Architects. The buildings are part of The Rowan Boulevard Redevelopment project, one of the largest ongoing redevelopment initiatives in the State of New Jersey, linking Rowan’s campus with the Glassboro Downtown Retail District to create a “quintessential college town”. The new area promotes smart growth living with mixed-use buildings in a walkable community setting.
AEC’s work included two six-story, one five-story, and three four-story buildings containing retail, fitness center, classrooms, offices, luxury apartments and student housing. AEC also provided engineering for site utilities including electric, site lighting, gas, IT and a fire protection loop charged by one central fire pump.
230 and 114 Victoria Street
Two six-story multi-use buildings with apartment-style student housing situated above first floor retail space. Together, these buildings feature 171 apartments for approximately 860 students.
Park Place South, Park Place North and 223 West High
All three of these four-story, multi-use buildings feature either luxury apartments or student apartments, situated above core and shell retail space on the first floor. Combined, these buildings offer 57 luxury one and two-bedroom apartments, as well as 33 student apartments. Unique amenities found in the luxury apartments include details such as French doors, patios with fire pits, outdoor balconies and outstanding views of new outdoor public spaces.
57 North Main
This five-story building offers 30 apartments for 138 students. The apartments start at street level and are designed with a high-efficiency domestic hot water plant and domestic booster pump system. The ideal location is just steps away from shops, restaurants and the Glassboro Town Square.
Associated Engineering Consultants, Inc. has been providing full-service engineering for more
than two decades on a vast range of projects.
Our structural engineering expertise serves as the backbone for many of our projects, especially
those with unique requirements and challenges. The team managers have been working
together for more than 25 years, led by Dave Brandt as Engineer of Record, and supported by
Bob Lang, Structural Department Manager. Together, they offer an extensive background in
concrete, reinforced masonry, steel and wood structures.
Below is the first in a series of structural case studies, highlighting complex structural challenges
and the innovative solutions developed and implemented by the AEC Structural Department:
THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL / MRI
Dave Brandt, AEC’s President & CEO, engineered the first MRI built in the United States, east
of the Mississippi River, for TJUH. The project encompassed three floors of an existing 12-story
steel-framed hospital building. The floors were temporarily shored, then gutted and replaced
with SS reinforced concrete, while the exterior façade was shored and remained in place. The
unshielded MRI was located on the 10th floor and operated with a 27,000 LB magnet. When
turned off, the weight was supported by the 9th floor but, when in use, the weight was
transferred to the 10th floor from the magnetic fields and steel plate resistance.
Dave Brandt worked with Oxford University in England, to develop steel plate building shields so
the magnet would not affect operations in an existing building across the street. The work was
successfully accomplished while the floors below and above remained occupied and fully
Let us know if you have a challenging structural issue – we would be glad to discuss solutions!
AEC, Inc. recently completed engineering for The Davis Center and AndrewJ. Talley Athletic Center at Villanova University, where student athletes practice and train.
The Davis Center (above left), which houses practice courts for Men's and Women's intercollegiate basketball teams, includes state-of-the-art locker rooms, workout facilities and classrooms. The structure to the third floor workout center is hung from the clear span roof trusses, allowing for the basketball courts below to be clear span and the building height to stay below Radnor Township zoning requirements. AEC, Inc. provided civil engineering for the original project, and recently completed structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing renovations and reconfigurations in time for the new basketball season.
Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center is a new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning athletic center featuring updated training and medical facilities serving the student athlete population. Within this facility are the Howie Long Sports Performance Center (above right), football team locker rooms, meeting rooms, offices, academic support and a large reception hall. Situated near the track and Jake Nevin Fieldhouse, this area of the campus defines the West End Stadium.
AEC, Inc. provided Civil, MEP and Fire Protection engineering, plus land development services for this new complex. The interior work included a new central heating and cooling plant with high-efficiency condensing boilers, water-coolded chillers, variable speed pumping and complete DDC controls. Engineering features include new central station VAV air handling units with VAV distribution throughout, new central domestic water plant with high-effieiency condensing water heaters, electrical distribution with backup generator, a cold/hot therapy pool room and related MEP infrastructure, LED lighting and controls throughout.