Carroll Engineering has designed over 300 school projects, from single portables, modernizations and renovations to complete campus overhauls and new campuses as large as 50 acres. Working with the School Districts and/or Architects, we ensure that the project scope and objectives and budgetary constraints are clearly defined. During the design process, we coordinate with the District and Design Team to identify design solutions, and flag any issues that arise during design. We then diligently collaborate with the team to develop viable solutions for the project.
As a small firm, a Principal Engineer also acts as the Project Manager and Lead Design Engineer for the project. Each of the Principal Engineers has extensive experience with school projects, and are well versed in coordinating our efforts with other disciplines during the design process. Generally, each Principal Engineer will collaborate with another principal to perform a final review of plans at the end of each design phase. This allows a fresh set of eyes to catch any issues that may had been inadvertently overlooked. We also assist in providing a detailed punch list based on visual observations after construction.
We have a great deal of experience incorporating comments from the Department of the State Architect (DSA) back into our plan set, working with DSA reviewers to clarify comments, and coordinating any multi-discipline issues back to other team members.
Our firm has extensive experience reviewing project cost estimates, and if needed, re-examining and modifying designs to be more cost effective to meet project budgetary constraints. We are familiar with different materials and methods of construction, and use that knowledge during design to provide economical designs for our clients.
Our firm approaches modernization and new construction processes in essentially the same manner. First, the scope needs to be clearly identified. Second, design information is reviewed, which includes review of survey information and any prepared reports, such as the geotechnical investigation, and any available on-site or off-site record drawings. Third, we work with the Architect and District to develop a final site plan to be used during the design process. Fourth, we perform our initial design, and if needed make recommendations for a more efficient or cost effective layout. During the design process, we review cost estimates and if possible, further fine tune the design to bring costs into project budget requirements.