OUR EXPERTISE

Mechanical engineering is where it all started for RTM, evolving in a number of ways from the initial focus of HVAC systems for data center builds. From the very beginning, RTM has proactively designed efficient and innovative mechanical design solutions. Our engineers work diligently to satisfy both energy goals for building owners and comfort requirements for building occupants.

Over the years RTM has developed unmatched expertise with an extensive repertoire of specialized systems. The mechanical team has a broad range of experiences in all aspects of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and energy efficiency. RTM continuously assesses the latest trends and cutting edge solutions to deliver an inspired yet practical and cost-conscious design.

Mechanical Services Include:
  • Energy analysis
  • Chillers: air/water cooled
  • Cooling tower replacement
  • Steam and condensate lines
  • Thermal ice storage
  • Dedicated outside air system
  • Automatic temperature controls (digital/analog)
  • Piping systems design
  • Systems: VAV, heat recovery, custom HVAC units, DX, variable refrigerant, heating/cooling
  • Outside air pretreatment and de-humidification
  • Water source heat pumps
  • Lab fume hood, airflow and monitoring systems
  • Building management systems
  • Air distribution design
  • Load analysis/equipment sizing and selection

Electrical design is critical for powering HVAC systems, elevators, computers, and other critical building systems. RTM has the expertise in designing the lighting and power systems for a multitude of applications ranging from hospital operating rooms to industrial warehouses. We hold that primary and secondary power supply with proper distribution channels create the heart of a safe and reliable facility. Our teams of experts are able to decipher what is theoretically appropriate from what is truly feasible on each project.

We then continue a proactive process of guiding clients through a rich assortment of vendors and products. Our specialized expertise reaches across the full range of electrical service technologies, from power quality, high-voltage networks, switchboards and uninterrupted power supplies. We also provide a range of electrical reports and audits on due diligence, power quality and energy management. Regardless of project size, RTM has the skills needed to provide a safe and cost effective solution that will remain within your project constraints.

Electrical Services Include:
  • Lighting layout and design
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Lightning protection systems
  • Primary and secondary power distribution
  • Power demand estimates
  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Emergency power and UPS
  • Lighting controls systems
  • Protection and grounding systems
  • Computer room/data center design power

As with all other systems, plumbing systems must be harmonized to suit client objectives for sustainability, user convenience, project cost constraints, and physical space limitations. RTM accomplishes this by providing an extensive range of integrated plumbing systems while contributing advanced solutions for water conservation, reclamation and treatment. Our expertise includes preparing plumbing layout design and detailing, piping and plumbing shop/coordination drawings, piping construction drawings, and material take-offs for various components.

Our clients also rely on us for various projects involving ADA compliant systems so RTM has become fully adept to the requirements and standards as they relate to plumbing systems. In addition, RTM looks to the future with a focus on the practical application of “green” technology and LEED credit strategies within the plumbing discipline.

Plumbing Services Include:
  • Domestic cold and hot water distribution
  • Natural gas piping
  • Sanitary and storm water drainage
  • Plumbing fixture specification
  • Hot water circulation
  • Fuel oil systems
  • Compressed air systems
  • Grease interceptors
  • Vacuum Systems
  • Energy Analysis and systems use evaluation
  • RPZ Design
  • Backflow Prevention design and approval
  • Commercial kitchen design
  • Rainwater harvesting system design
  • Water and gas usage estimates

Fire protection design is a crucial segment of building services engineering. RTM provides a full consulting service for both fire protection and fire alarm systems including device layout, performance specification and general scope documents.

Our engineers offer solutions that meet or exceed the performance requirements of relevant codes and provide cost effective and tailor-made strategies. We understand the unique needs of diverse building types, spaces and level of hazards, and have knowledge in the implementation of various types of extinguishing systems including water mist, FM 200, and carbon dioxide. RTM’s engineering experience extends from the simplest to the most complex designs, covering a wide range of fire prevention and protection systems.

Fire Protection Services Include:
  • In-rack sprinkler designs with adherence to NFPA, FM and IRI standards
  • Design of both wet and dry systems
  • Fire tank design and detailing
  • Advanced fire alarm annunciation and fire detection systems
  • Special computer room systems with pre-action capabilities
  • Both diesel and electric fire pump systems
  • Fire pump room layouts

Our civil department specializes in site engineering designs for commercial, residential, industrial and municipal projects. Projects include everything from large retail shopping centers and strip malls to entire residential subdivisions, industrial sites and subdivisions, schools, parks and ball fields. Whether the project spans over just a few acres or even a few thousand, the RTM Signature Method shines through.

With more than 30 years of experience, our civil team has the ability to design outside of the box to determine cost effective engineering solutions that are unique to the site being developed. Our experience working with local government agencies provides the expertise needed to represent our client with confidence and ask the right questions to provide inventive design solutions. This approach has proven to shorten the length of improvements and overcome site challenges while meeting government requirements.

Civil Services Include:
  • Site evaluations and planning
  • Feasibility study
  • Cost estimating
  • Preliminary engineering plans
  • Public hearing presentations and testimony
  • Construction plans and specifications
  • Storm water management and pollution prevention plans (SWPPP)
  • Zoning services
  • Drainage studies
  • Soil erosion control plans
  • Utility infrastructure designs
  • Sanitary and storm sewer system designs
  • Water distribution system design
  • Dry utility coordination and consultation
  • Roadway design/improvement plans
  • Permit applications, coordination and expediting services
  • Bidding services
  • Construction observation
  • SWPPP inspection and reporting services
  • Contractors payout request reviews
  • Record drawings

At RTM, sustainability has always been a priority because keeping systems running efficiently makes all the difference for everyone involved. Whether it’s designing a mission critical data center, a fleet of city buildings, or an elementary school in a small town, RTM leverages in-depth experience in a variety of markets to deliver sustainable and energy-efficient designs.

Buildings need to accommodate the changing demands in an environment of growing energy costs. To satisfy this need, RTM created a Sustainability Studio that focuses specifically on providing clean, efficient solutions to owners. The studio is a consistent, dedicated group of some of the most talented team members who possess the expertise and knowledge to consult on and design for sustainability in projects.

Emphasis is placed on the economic sense of green building strategies through detailed payback analysis. Proven solutions to reducing the owner’s energy usage and costs are a regular part of the RTM philosophy. As partners of USGBC and Energy Star®, the firm is committed to being a leader when it comes to sustainable design.

Sustainability Services Include:
  • Energy Modeling
  • Building Energy Quotient
  • Commissioning
  • LEED and Green Globes Administration
  • Energy Star Portfolio Administration
  • Utility Incentive and Rebate Administration

Every building depends on a reliable technology infrastructure which can stay in the forefront of today’s rapidly evolving and technology-driven world. RTM’s team of low voltage technology experts understands the needs of various building types when it comes to audio, visual and security system needs, and will design a system to be integrated seamlessly with other architectural and building systems.

We are knowledgeable in current code requirements and possess the expertise to educate clients regarding the direction of emerging technologies, while also being mindful towards the realities of construction costs and schedules.

Technology Services Include:
  • Closed circuit TV
  • Telecommunications space design
  • Card access
  • HVAC controls
  • Sound and paging
  • Audio/visual system design
  • Networking
  • Security system design including card access, camera and intrusion detection

Key differentiators for RTM have always been responsiveness and engrainment in client operating procedures. We truly believe that designing optimal integrated systems on each project is really only part of what an engineering consultant firm should provide a client.

Close interaction with general contractors and sub-contractors is essential to deliver streamlined schedules and to assure clients that top-tier quality is achieved in the finished product. RTM has consistently added value to relationships with architects, developers, and owners.

RTM Accomplishes this by:
  • Attending construction progress meetings
  • Resolving construction coordination issues
  • Evaluating value engineering issues
  • Meeting with Contractors and Vendors on a regular basis
  • Reviewing field progress and workmanship quality
  • Preparing final punch lists at the substantial completion of MEP work
  • Preparing as built drawings for Owners
  • Providing job site training related to MEP systems for Owner Representatives
  • Revising shop drawings to verify compliance with design drawings and specifications

Commissioning is the quality-focused process of verifying and documenting that the building systems are designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained so that a facility operates efficiently and meets the functionality as desired by the owner. A thorough commissioning plan is vital in providing a clear and concise roadmap for the implementation of the commissioning process.

Commissioning plans can be tailored to reflect different buildings and their goals, and will vary based on whether it is a new or existing structure as well as the size of the project. For example, a stand-alone building will have different requirements than campuses or large facilities. Depending on the jurisdiction and objectives of the project, a commissioning plan may be written to reflect requirements for LEED, IECC, ASHRAE/NIBS, or other industry organizations and their standards.

Benefits of Commissioning:
  • Improve operations and reduce operational costs
  • Reduce energy use in buildings from heating, cooling and lighting
  • Provide a comfortable and healthy environment for occupants
  • Optimize building controls to ensure the facility meets requirements
  • Documenting existing performance to evaluate the impact of future improvements
  • Utility incentives and rebate opportunities

In today’s safety conscious environment, there is growing concern regarding arc flash hazards. Because an arc flash event can expel large amounts of deadly energy with temperatures reaching as high as 35 thousand degrees Fahrenheit, it has become imperative that facility owners take safety precautions to prevent such dangerous events. Having sometimes deadly or disabling consequences for workers as well as costing business owners millions per case for treatment of injuries, arc flash safety can sometimes become an insurance issue for facilities as well.

RTM Engineering Consultants has found that buildings owners sometimes don’t fully understand what an arc flash study is or why it is important. This is why our main goal in creating a safe work environment can be achieved by not only providing an arc flash study and analysis for facilities, but also providing life safety training and education to facility staff and maintenance workers. To learn more about arc flash hazards and how RTM can help you to provide a safe work environment, download our guide below.

Arc Flash Study Analysis Includes:
  • Site survey to verify existing conditions of electrical panels
  • Provide up to date one line diagram of electrical distribution system
  • Develop floor plan depicting panel locations and create electrical equipment summary including name, description, location,
    voltage, panel source, and source branch.
  • Perform short circuit, over current protection coordination and arc flash study per IEEE Standard 1584
  • Provide report for each study
  • Provide one-line diagram depicting fault current and arc flash levels
  • Provide list of recommended circuit breaker settings
  • Provide and install necessary arc flash labels for all electrical equipment
  • Provide electrical safety training to facility staff and maintenance workers