Fire Protection + Life Safety

FIRE PROTECTION AND LIFE SAFETY ENGINEERING ENSURES THE SAFETY OF BUILDINGS AND THOSE WHO OCCUPY THEM

The most basic premise of a professional engineer is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Loring’s Fire Protection and Life Safety engineers are adept at the intricacies of designing modern fire alarm, fire suppression, emergency life safety, smoke management and control, and supporting systems to protect buildings and those who occupy them. Our engineers include Licensed Fire Protection Engineers, Certified Fire Protection Specialists, and NICET-trained individuals who are certified in fire alarm systems, water-based system layout, and special hazards system design. Our experienced staff work with building owners, architects, and other consultants to anticipate and mitigate potential risks, and to develop fire protection and life safety strategies that protect building occupants and building structures. Our team has extensive experience providing engineering solutions to replace obsolete fire alarm systems with new systems, as well as the installation of new fire sprinkler and standpipe systems in fully-occupied and operational buildings, including hospitals and other 24-hour facilities.

Information + Communication Technology

THE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GROUP SPECIALIZES IN DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS, AUDIOVISUAL, AND SECURITY SYSTEMS

Loring’s Information and Communication Technology Services Group engineers provide integrated, robust, and reliable design solutions that are essential in today’s technologically demanding and ever-evolving climate. Our team, which includes Registered Communications Distribution Designers (RCDD), Audio-Visual (AV), and Security Certified Designers, specializes in providing design and management services for telecommunication cabling, telephony, data communications, and wireless services. Our experts develop AV, Security, and Information Technology (IT) infrastructure designed to satisfy the requirements of today’s virtual meeting environments, multimedia, security, IP video, and mission-critical systems. These systems are designed with the flexibility to anticipate and accommodate future technologies to maximize the benefit to our clients. Our planning is based on a deep understanding of how the various IT systems relate and interact with the building, and most importantly, with the people occupying them, which is paramount to the success of the installed technology systems. Working with the client at the outset, we consider a host of factors including space and speed requirements, stacking and adjacencies, HVAC and electrical power and emergency needs, furniture integration, cable routing, security, AV system needs, and projected technology systems costs. We then develop a Basis of Design for a Technology Infrastructure Report, which serves as a guide for further development to deliver IT solutions that respond to each Owner’s individual needs.

Energy

LORING’S ENERGY SERVICES GROUP HELPS BUILDING OWNERS IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT ENERGY AND COST SAVINGS OPPORTUNITIES AND REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Loring provides technical assistance that allows our clients to make informed energy-related decisions for their facilities. The Energy Services Group works with building owners to identify and implement energy and cost savings opportunities and achieve mandated or discretionary greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. This group also Loring’s design engineers in incorporating energy strategies that optimize the balance between the first cost, operating and maintenance costs, and any potential future energy or carbon penalties, to help identify system selections that are customized to meet each project’s unique needs. Applying life-cycle cost analysis, we review alternative energy source technologies, including solar photovoltaics, geothermal systems, fuel cells, rainwater harvesting, thermal energy storage, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems to determine if they meet Owner payback requirements. Loring’s energy services team includes Professional Engineers, Certified Energy Managers, Certified Energy Auditors, Building Energy Assessment Professionals, Certified Building Commissioning Professionals, Certified Passive House Consultants, Distributed Generation Certified Professionals, LEED Accredited Professionals, and WELL Accredited Professionals. This team has performed energy audits, deep energy retrofits, energy master plans, feasibility studies, and retro-commissioning in over five hundred buildings, in addition to supporting hundreds of design and commissioning projects undertaken by our engineers that involved energy performance upgrades. Loring earned a Diamond Award (First Place) from ACEC NY for our energy work in New York City public buildings. We understand building electrification technologies. Consideration for building electrification has become necessary in recent times with city, regional, and federal governments, as well as public agencies, issuing guidelines for greenhouse gas emission reductions aligning with the Paris Climate Agreement. Governments are establishing policies that will significantly penalize fossil fuel-fired plants and incentivize electrification and the contribution of renewable energy technologies in the future. We have a deep understanding of technologies that shift the energy curve by activating low-cost energy utilization like energy storage, demand response, and optimization of time-of-day use of energy when developing energy strategies for each building. Loring is a NYSERDA-approved FlexTech Consultant and a registered Distric of Columbia PACE Clean Energy Contractor.

Commissioning

LORING’S COMMISSIONING SERVICES GROUP ENSURES THAT EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS ARE DESIGNED, INSTALLED, AND OPERATED TO COMPLY WITH OWNERS’ PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND ENERGY PERFORMANCE CRITERIA

In administering commissioning projects over the past 25 years, our Commissioning Engineers use a Total Quality Management Approach, including new building commissioning, retro-commissioning, re-commissioning, and continuous commissioning where our experts work with the client's representatives, facility engineers, final end-users, and design and construction teams to ensure that the Owners’ project requirements are fully incorporated and implemented throughout the entire planning, design, construction, and turnover process. Loring’s Commissioning Services Group consists of Professional Engineers, LEED Accredited Professionals, Certified Building Commissioning Professionals, Certified Energy Managers, Energy Engineers, and Sustainability Specialists who successfully achieve a high level of operational and environmental performance through the integrated commissioning process. We have completed numerous commissioning projects for large, 300,000+ SF facilities, including corporate headquarters for Fortune 100 companies, premier educational and cultural institutions, and mission-critical systems for large financial organizations. We have developed a proprietary database system that assists in the management and administration of projects and allows contractors to complete pre-functional checklists online. Loring’s comprehensive commissioning systems manual has served as a tool for building facility managers to continually commission their facilities and easily troubleshoot any issues that may arise.  

MEP Engineering

MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING CONSULTING ENGINEERING SERVICES ARE LORING’S CORE BUSINESS, PROVIDING OPTIMAL BUILDING SYSTEM DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR NEARLY EVERY TYPE OF FACILITY

We design Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, and Plumbing systems tailored to meet the needs of each individual owner, drawing upon our extensive portfolio of successful solutions while incorporating appropriate and relevant technologies into every project. Our HVAC engineers are well-versed in both water and airside systems design ranging from central utility and distribution plant configuration to terminal equipment and control devices. Our electrical engineers provide engineering for medium voltage substations and power distribution systems, including emergency and cogeneration applications. We incorporate lighting and control strategies that are both user-friendly and energy-efficient. Our plumbing engineers provide designs for sanitary, storm, domestic, water, and gas distribution, as well as medical gases for our healthcare and laboratory projects. At Loring, we understand that having the technical knowledge to design MEP systems is just a prerequisite to engagement. We listen to our clients, recognize the “drivers” of every project, and work closely with the architect and consultant team to provide MEP solutions that not only work technically to provide comfort and safety to the building occupants, but are fully integrated into the architectural fabric of the building. With an increasing need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Loring supports decarbonization in the built environment with electrification design strategies. We also prioritize resource-efficient technologies to minimize power and water consumption to provide resilient, innovative, and easy-to-maintain facilities tailored to clients' needs, project requirements, and budgetary constraints.