Mechanical engineering involves the understanding of the operation of heating ventilation and air conditioning systems in order to support the internal operations of a building. The systems and design must be flexible enough to accommodate varying occupancy under varying outdoor temperature and humidity conditions and must provide constant comfort while at the same time, offering optimum energy efficiency which is maximized for normal building operations and occupancies. Optimum comfort includes the system’s ability to, not only deal with the load and changing occupants but also to ensure the space is free from excess carbon dioxide, moisture, dust, airborne bacteria and contaminants. Systems can be complex and are customizable based on the specific usage of a building. Specialty designs include laboratories, healthcare, educational, entertainment and retail uses. A major consideration of DVL’s approach to design is ease of maintenance and ease of usage for occupants to operate the system.


Electrical engineering requires the interconnection of all powered devices within a structure from mechanical equipment, to specific lighting, and emergency power devices. An electrical engineer has the responsibility of ensuring that other systems within the building are adequately powered, but also design specific electrical systems such as all security, telephone, public address, telecommunications, and fire alarm. Emergency power is a critical component in many large scale buildings given recent weather anomalies. Also, electrical engineers play an essential role in ensuring that only the necessary amount of energy is utilized throughout a building and that the building meets standards set by city, state and federal entities and guidelines for energy efficiency.

Plumbing/Fire Protection

Plumbing/Fire Protection engineering focuses on water flow throughout a building. This involves many aspects of the day to day functions from providing water to sinks, showers, laboratories and ensuring appropriate waste removal from a building. Plumbing/Fire Protection engineers work to ensure flow, pressure, and capacity to adequately distribute water throughout a building to not only provide for daily functions but also to address emergency concerns through fire suppression systems. Various specific uses the plumbing/fire protection design must be able to address include incidental or accidental events such as chemical spills. Plumbing/Fire Protection engineering involves a great deal of collaboration outside of a building to accommodate the structure and minimize any adverse impact on existing buildings surrounding it.