KLH Engineers

Plumbing Engineering

Plumbing Engineering

With a staff located in four of the company’s 6 locations, the KLH plumbing department design specialized solutions for clients in all 50 states, complying with local plumbing codes. Utilizing digital technology incorporating video conferencing, phone conferencing, and digital interaction, teams work together to respond to clients’ needs no matter what the time zone. They are always available. Over the past 60 years, the KLH plumbing department has grown from 1 person to 19 dedicated staff who monitors the latest trends in plumbing design through conferences and other educational opportunities.

Plumbing Engineering Services

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

KLH Engineers was an early adaptor of the building information modeling system, Revit. Because KLH adapted Revit early on, our designers and engineers have been able to modify the program to suit KLH needs. Advantages of designing client projects using Revit include greater coordination and more detailed drawings for cost estimates. There are less system conflicts due to the fact that the physical system is designed, not just a representation of it. Nearly ¾ of the KLH plumbing department are experience with Revit.

Compressed Air System

Compressed Air System

Plumbing system design can also include the design of compressed air systems. These are present in facilities such as auto service garages where hydraulic systems are prevalent or involve hydraulically activated exhibits.

Cross Connection Protection

Cross Connection Protection

Through organizations, publications, and equipment representatives, KLH engineers stay knowledgeable on new technology and devices used for cross connection protection. Cross connection protection essentially makes sure cold water lines, if connected to chemicals or a chemical line, prevents backflow so public water systems are protected and not contaminated with the chemical substance.

Domestic Booster Pump System

Domestic Booster Pump System

When a plumbing system is designed for a structure that might not contain adequate water pressure, a domestic booster pump system is included in the to boost the pressure. This allows water service to serve further distances and higher elevations. Domestic booster pump systems are included in nearly all high rise buildings. To help cut energy costs with such a system, some designs now include VFD pumps or variable frequency drive pumps. This allows the pump to ramp up and down, rather than kick on at a high rate of speed.

Domestic Water System

Domestic Water System

Domestic water system design is one of the largest categories of KLH plumbing design. Water that comes into a facility, must have a way to go out. Domestic systems can include treatments such as water softening. System design considers the architectural layout which sets the stage for location of fixtures. Our plumbing engineers can offer relevant feedback and suggestions in an effort to save piping and allow reduced costs. The size and type of facility will affect the pipe sizes and backflow preventers required in the water system. KLH plumbing engineers coordinate with municipalities to design safe water system delivery to facilities and to protect public water systems with proper backflow prevention.

Hot Water System

Hot Water System

Many of the same considerations for designing domestic water systems are relevant to the design of hot water systems. A typical approach would be to look at the size and type of facility, determine its needs, and design to meet those needs with energy efficient systems that provide adequate hot water service. Geographical location and heat recovery rates are taken into consideration for hot water systems. KLH engineers are active in organizations that allow them to stay in touch with plumbing equipment representatives to maintain their knowledge of the latest technology.

Interceptors

Interceptors

Plumbing system design for facilities such as restaurants, auto maintenance garages, and auto washes include interceptors. These are intended to protect the public sewer systems by intercepting grease, oil, and solid wastes. Careful attention to guidelines from each municipality and the Plumbing Drainage Institute play a key factor in interceptor design of plumbing systems.

 

Medical Gas System

Medical Gas System

Plumbing systems of healthcare facilities will include design of medical gas systems. There is a variety of medical gas systems involved in healthcare facility design. Oxygen, nitrogen, and nitrous oxide are a few of the medical gases that require vacuum and medical gas headwalls designed into their system. These systems enhance the health and safety of our lives and our well-being. Coordination is quite detailed as there can be many systems going into the same place. Many safety factors are taken into consideration when dealing with bulk gases and specific certifications are required of staff working with these types of systems. These systems also include medical gas manifolds, specific piping, zone valves, and alarm panels.

Natural Gas and LP Piping System

Natural Gas and LP Piping System

Many kinds of facilities will include natural gas and LP piping systems which are designed by plumbing engineers and designers. Facilities with kitchens, gas-fired water heating, and kitchen equipment will require these types of systems which take considerations of gas pressures. They will need adequate pressure or may even require additional pressure applied to the system.

Roof Drainage System

Roof Drainage System

The experience of KLH plumbing engineers includes roof drainage systems. Roof drainage systems are closely tied to storm systems involving siphonic dynamics. Rain water retention collection systems can be involved as well as green roofs which use vegetation to absorb the water – all part of the roof drainage system. Secondary roof draining systems are often designed as part of the client solution. If there is a roof drain, one has to consider secondary systems for possible overflow.

 

Sewage Ejector Pump System

Sewage Ejector Pump System

Another pump system to help defy gravity in plumbing systems is the sewage ejector pump system. These provide a method to lift up sanitary systems and are point-specific. All types of facilities use these systems – residential, commercial, etc. KLH engineers and designers coordinate with local sewer districts and utilize these systems when a gravity system is not available.

Storm System

Storm System

With recent extreme weather patterns design of storm systems can be as important as ever. Storm system design, in its most basic form, is the design of methods of carrying away rain water. KLH plumbing engineers and designers have designed systems for facilities in all 50 states. With the variety of geography across the country, systems vary widely. Using rainfall maps and other data, systems are designed for 50 year storms to prepare clients for nearly every extreme. Not all storm systems are alike. KLH engineers’ extensive experience includes design of siphonic systems which use siphoning as a means of draining, rather than the typical gravity system. Many factors affect the siphon dynamics of such a system including pipe size. Sump pumps and footing drainage systems all play a role in storm system design.

Vacuum System

Vacuum System

A vacuum system is a progressive drain system offered as an alternative to a gravity system with a host of benefits. The system is not bound to going in one direction. The system’s piping can go up, across, and is very vandal proof in many regards. These systems have recently become more dependable, are very future renovation friendly, are easy to move as opposed to digging up concrete – in short, are quite versatile.

Waste and Vent System

Waste and Vent System

Design of waste and vent systems is one of the most difficult plumbing system to design due to the variety of different municipal codes, which can also vary widely from state to state. Yet this is one of the most important roles of a plumbing designer to maintain a healthy lifestyle for the client. Through subscriptions and staying in tune with ASPE, our staff of plumbing engineers and designers stay up to date with the numerous regulations and guidelines.

Water Softening and Treatment

Water Softening and Treatment

Water softening and treatment systems may be designed into a domestic water system, usually due to a geographical location. Some equipment will require specific water as the natural minerals found in the water of that locale can tend to affect a system’s performance. Some water treatment systems utilize salt tanks and there are saltless systems. It is important for a designer/engineer to be aware that certain equipment exists or will exist in facilities for which he is creating a design.