specialty projects



Philadelphia, PA 


A new 45,000 square foot storage center for art and antique furniture was created in a portion of the first floor of an old Acme Supermarket storage building in the city of Philadelphia. The original sloping floor was terraced into a number of leveled surfaces to allow for storage racks. A computer room type HVAC system was designed to closely control temperature and humidity for the space. The uniform air distribution was performed by a combination of ductwork and ceiling style fans. A large emergency generator was incorporated into the electrical system to maintain the space during any power outages. The LED lighting was designed between the ductwork to allow maximum storage height. Each fixture was plugged into power distribution strips to allow for constant movement of the storage racks. 

AEC, Inc. completed all of the structural, mechanical, electrical and fire protection engineering for this new facility.



Malvern, PA

A new 1,000-seat church addition was designed for this expanding parish, including a below-grade K through 6 grade classroom facility, including offices and toilet rooms.  The existing church became a day chapel, with an updated community room and kitchen below. 

Structural design for the new church consists of a sloping steel frame roof with a wood deck over the steel.  The roof clear span distance is 90’ in one direction and 80’ in the other, and cantilevered over the existing sloping church roof. 

A completely new central mechanical system was designed to serve the new addition, and to replace the existing system in the original church building.  A new building automation system allows for year-round comfort in each individual area of this combined facility.   



Media, PA 

This  60,000 square foot community fitness facility includes a double gymnasium, indoor pool, workout center, daycare center, locker rooms, and offices.  The HVAC system was broken down into individual units for the gymnasiums with a central system serving the offices, workout center, daycare center, and locker rooms.  

The natatorium was designed with its own packaged HVAC system and was constructed from precast reinforced concrete, while the remaining building was structural steel framed. 


Bernardsville, NJ 

A portion of the existing facility was demolished leaving only an indoor pool and locker rooms to allow for a new 40,000 square foot addition.  The addition included a double gymnasium facility, an expansion to the existing  locker rooms, a daycare center, a new entrance foyer and offices. 

The site design included parking, sports fields and a large detention basin.  The detention basin doubled as an outdoor amphitheater / learning center. 



Malvern, PA 

This 32,000 square foot club underwent an extensive renovation on a critical fast-track schedule.  The project scope included demolition, reconstruction and renovation of the existing facility, and construction of a large addition with a porte-cochere, new banquet facility, new pro shop, and maintenance area. 

Along with the required October to May construction schedule, careful attention was given to each individual mechanical system, and the intricate operating requirements of the kitchen. Each country club has individual dining areas and an ample banquet facility with a staging area for large functions.  To serve these functions each country club is designed with a large commercial kitchen and a number of hoods.  To accommodate the hood operations, AEC designed each dining area and kitchen with an HVAC system that functions with multiple VAV boxes and a VFD unit.  This allows the system to supply the correct outside air to make-up the different hoods and / or the banquet room.  AEC designed the small dining rooms and other areas with individual air handlers for a simple solution to properly control air requirements.