Building Engineering and Consulting For Today’s Reality and Tomorrow’s Vision

Reduce costs. Increase efficiency. Integrate health and wellness. Optimize technology. Improve society.

What is ESD All About?

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Welcome to ESD!

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The Experience to Simplify Your Decisions

Your real estate investments directly impact your success. You deserve a consulting and engineering partner with the experience to help you understand tomorrow’s needs, collaborate on practical solutions, and simplify your decisions.

Digital Realty Colocation Data Center

Tomorrow’s mission critical facilities offer unprecedented potential with better performance and greater bandwidth. They also face a new world of threats and vulnerabilities.

We have the experience and the expertise to make sure data centers operate at the top of their capabilities in a protected environment.

GATX at Willis Tower
Credit: Partners by Design and Tom Harris Architectural Photography

Better workspaces mean healthier environments and more flexible, creative, and productive spaces that deliver tenant satisfaction.

We don’t just design these — we live them by incorporating core concepts into our own office environments.

 

110 North Wacker and 151 North Franklin, Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Nick Ulivieri Photography
110 North Wacker and 151 North Franklin, Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Nick Ulivieri Photography

We help developers differentiate their buildings through our integrated/optimized solutions including health and wellness, sustainability, efficient MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing), and intelligent building design.

By identifying and implementing key features and systems to tall urban structures, we make it easier to attract anchor tenants.

 

10-30 South Wacker, Chicago, Illinois. Lobby repositioning
Credit: ©Kendall McCaugherty @ Hall+Merrick

Repositioning existing facilities can often lead to big dividends for building owners and operators. We know how to maximize building systems and layouts to help add value, attract and retain premier tenants, and improve overall functionality by enhancing operations and maintenance procedures that can lead to lower costs.

Our vision can take your property to a whole new level.

 

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
Credit: © Dave Burk

Leveraging biosafety level (BSL) experience to design appropriate safeguards and functionality is paramount in all our healthcare and life sciences projects. We also have the skill and vision to reimagine and reconfigure existing spaces for speed-to-market repurposing.

As the business model for large health systems continues to evolve, we are ready to find new healthcare uses and opportunities for existing buildings.

 

Las Vegas Convention Center

The heart of any thriving tourism industry is a strong hospitality and convention center infrastructure. ESD helps facility owners drive economic development by expanding and refreshing convention centers and hotels to help them remain competitive in attracting major events.

We also provide solutions to enable the quick transformation (logistics) of convention space for different uses and requirements.

 

Our Mission is to Improve Society Through the Built Environment.

Services: No Silos, No Barriers, No Limits

Today’s buildings are vastly complex. That means all teams have to work as one. That’s what ESD does: unify our processes to give you the widest range of expertise and possibilities. Whether you are looking for intelligent buildings, have health and wellness concerns, and/or need to achieve sustainability goals.

What Services Can We Bring to You?

Jeddah Tower, previously known as Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Credit: © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

How Do Today’s Real Estate Visionaries Imagine Tomorrow?

Buildings need to provide for altered expectations in a changing world. They have to work for their tenants, for the community, and for the environment. When you are dreaming of tomorrow’s projects, you want to plan for three things.

  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Experiential

Tenants rely on builders, operators, and owners to protect their interests and boost their productivity, satisfaction, and even health. Our experts help make that possible.

Make buildings matter. Make buildings last. Make the built environment make a difference.

See What Happens When We Work Together

Creativity, insight, partnership. Better spaces to work, to live, and to plan for the future

Confidential Large Nationwide Technology Client
Services: Automation, MEP/FP Engineering
ESD Headquarters
Services: Eco+Energy, MEP/FP Engineering, Technology
10-30 South Wacker Drive Lobby Repositioning and Expansion
Services: Eco+Energy, MEP/FP Engineering
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Services: Eco+Energy, MEP/FP Engineering, Technology
Engineering Innovation

How We Find Solutions

At ESD, we believe that improving the built environment is how we improve the lives of people. We look around the corner so that we can build for sustainability. We design so that people work healthier, live fuller, and interact more.

Respect everyone. Work hard. Play to win. Those are the words we live by every day. It’s how we answer tomorrow’s most important questions.

What Makes ESD Different?

Testimonial Quotes
“Absolute experts at what you do — no doubt.”
Project Manager | National Specialty Healthcare Provider

Work With Us On Today’s
Toughest Problems

How do we make people’s lives better at work?
How do we build communities around skyscrapers?

The people who work for ESD love asking these questions, and love finding the answers.  We learn from each other and teach each other.  We support each other and our clients.  We’d love for you to join our team of practical dreamers.

Want to Join Our Team?

Latest News + Events

MEP 101: Architects Make the Grade Learning How To Work With Engineers

ESD experts offer architects a continuing education class designed to provide a better understanding of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) as well as fire alarm and fire protection (FA/FP) systems. (Learn more MEP 101.)

ESD Connects at Career Fair

Described as the engineering, computer science, and information technology job fair of the year, “The Career Networking Experience – Fall 2022” kicks off in Chicago later this month. (Learn more about the Job Fair.)

Chicago Leads Fight to Address Climate Change

City Council approves new building code regulations making Chicago one of the first major cities in the U.S. to exceed the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). (Learn more about this new code.) 

Design for Tomorrow.
Plan for the Day After.

The future isn’t distant: it starts today.
Let’s solve problems together. Let’s build solutions.

Questions? Let’s Talk!