Mixed-use developments have existed in our big cities for some time now, but there is a new trend to renovate building complexes in existing urban areas and build new projects in suburban areas that resemble these older highly evolved gathering places. The appeal of Mixed-use communities is growing with generations of people changing their thoughts about what an ideal neighborhood can be. Empty nesters are moving to urban cores in search of convenience, while younger generations want an experiential blend of amenities nearby where they can afford to live.
The desire for a “mix” of amenities at an all-in-one destination is the crux of these facilities and meeting their construction demands can be complicated. The complication comes from a collision of disparate tenants existing in the same facility all requiring different support needs. Transportation, retail, restaurants, grocery, entertainment, housing, among others, each have different demands for power, water, sanitation and other services. The desire is to integrate food and beverage tenants, and entertainment venues, with retail stores to create broad appeal. And, the facility will be required to change its venues to remain fresh as tenants come and go. This phenomenon is not unlike staging plays where each play’s production relies on different scenery to create a mood, or sense of place, using the same basic infrastructure to support it (the stage itself).
Having a stage, or building infrastructure, that incorporates different tenant types within close proximity to each other, like found in these Mixed-use developments, is unlike regional malls, or strip centers, where the initial intent was to segregated food and beverage away from retail and entertainment within the facility or site. Dialectic (formerly Larson Binkley) recognizes the challenge for owners, developers and architects is to ensure the creation of structures of a Mixed-use community have the flexibility to incorporate all elements a potential tenant may want wherever needed in the facility.
HVAC, plumbing and electrical system flexibility, fire separation considerations, and other basic service provisions, are paramount to Mixed-use project success. A tenant today may separately be a retailer, grocer and restaurateur, or possibly all of these, within the same lease space. This new “blended” tenant type demands facility use flexibility to create a new experience in a space never before used as the tenant envisions. Dialectic can help achieve that flexibility and collaborate to guarantee success.
Dialectic’s approach to MEP projects is different. The firm has taken steps to provide constant beneficial client communication. Also changed is the engineering approach to projects, which provides a platform for design partner collaboration. This design process enables the architect and owner to experience more control with fewer surprises and cost overruns than any other design methodology.
At Dialectic, dedication to innovative MEP engineering solutions is at its finest. Everyone at Dialectic is engaged in thinking about design and how it impacts the user of the space. Imparting knowledge and incorporating the belief of increased customer comfort, decreased maintenance, and reduced energy costs, will present the client’s project in the best possible light literally…without compromising the bottom line. Dialectic is where design modifications and unique processes are not a problem. At Dialectic, challenges are embraced, finished projects are functional and operations are simple.
Also recognized is the importance of environmentally responsible sustainable design. Dialectic design engineers see multiple ways to achieve sustainability. Whether it’s improving lighting efficiency with strategies that exceed energy codes and maximize flexibility, designing higher performance HVAC systems that have improved air quality and green refrigerant alternatives, or specifying plumbing fixtures that consume less water and water heaters that reduce standby losses, Dialectic’s team of MEP design engineers provide sustainability solutions at its best.
Dialectic Inc. delivers a new environment in engineering, where exceptional quality, technology and customer service is the norm. The firm is licensed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, New Foundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan.