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MEP/FP Engineering

With the right partner, professional consulting engineering creates healthier and more productive environments and facilities.

Our experts help you create more cost effective, flexible, reliable, and sustainable built environments. With the experience and expertise to navigate local and international building codes, our engineers can facilitate effective and efficient systems design.


Creating the best mechanical systems design starts with a full understanding of your organization’s desired outcomes. What are you looking for? Improved air quality? Optimized occupant comfort? Improved energy efficiency? Or perhaps your business requires operational integrity and resiliency. Our mechanical engineering experts offer design solutions and technical advice for a wide variety of functions, including:

  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
  • Central Plants
  • Cogeneration
  • Temperature Controls
  • Facility and Energy Reviews
HVAC Systems. Credit: Tom Harris | Design by Gensler
Credit: © Tom Harris | Design by Gensler
Electrical Engineering. 151 North Franklin, Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Nick Ulivieri Photography
Credit: ©Nick Ulivieri Photography


We’ve come a long way from Ben Franklin’s kite and key experiment in a lightning storm. Today, electricity literally powers the world economy. Evolving electrical system design keeps everything– from communication and supercomputing to financial trading and logistics– buzzing. Whatever your electrical design needs, our electrical engineers offer technical expertise relative to reliability, resiliency, and flexibility for:

  • Normal / Emergency / Standby / Uninterruptible Power
  • Cogeneration / Distributed Generation Systems
  • Electrical Monitoring and Control Systems
  • Energy Conservation Retrofits
  • Mission Critical Systems
  • Reliability Analysis Reports
  • Site Power Distribution Systems


Arguably our most precious natural resource, water is the life blood of any building. And clean and efficient water systems are at the heart of these structures. Proper sanitation systems prevent disease and contribute to healthy environments. Our plumbing design and consulting services include incorporating domestic water supply, sanitation, and storm water systems into your facility’s design. Plumbing engineers at ESD offer design solutions and technical expertise for:

  • Domestic Hot- and Cold-Water Distribution
  • Food Service/Pumping
  • Sanitary and Storm Drainage
  • Water Treatment
  • Acid Dilution Systems
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Fire Protection and Life Safety Engineering

Fire Protection/Life Safety

In Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, safety is cited as one of our most primal and basic human requirements for a happy and healthy life. Today’s advances in technology help building owners and managers meet that need with state-of-the-art systems and equipment. But these safety nets are only as good as their implementation and use. Properly designed and functioning fire protection, life safety, and fire alarm systems provide facility occupants, operators, and owners with a higher level of confidence that they are safe within their facilities.

Our technical specialists offer you peace of mind by providing expertise and design solutions for:

  • Fire Pump Booster
  • Wet/Dry/Pre-Action Sprinklers
  • Clean Agent Suppression
  • Fire Alarm and Monitoring Systems
  • ADA and Local Code Authority Systems / Analysis
  • Hazard Analysis and Insurance Rating Coordination
  • Hydraulic Calculations and Flow Analysis

Other Services

Engineering is part of a full range of interconnected services that work to improve the built environment for your tenants. To learn more, click on a specific service on the right for more information. Or click on the button below for an overview of all of our service offerings.

Overview of All Services

Testimonial Quotes
Communicate somewhat complex concepts in understandable ways.

Very helpful bringing clarity to what the important issues are when evaluating pro’s and con’s of different mechanical systems and their ability to achieve reliably high levels of indoor air quality. Patience with owners and architects that sometimes take a little bit of time and repeated explanations to grasp a new idea.

Project Executive | Award-Winning Architect Referencing 1.2 million sf Class A Office Tower

See What Happens When We Work Together

Creativity, insight, partnership. Better spaces to work, to live, and to plan for the future. See how our various Engineering Services come together in these projects.

Confidential Large Nationwide Technology Client
Services: Automation, MEP/FP Engineering
ESD Headquarters
Services: Eco+Energy, MEP/FP Engineering, Technology
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Services: Eco+Energy, MEP/FP Engineering, Technology
151 North Franklin Street
Services: Cybersecurity, Eco+Energy, MEP/FP Engineering, Technology

News and Events: Our Engineers in Action

The various facets of our Engineering Services are reflected in the thought leadership, instructional videos, podcasts, and other information offerings we post regularly. Check out the latest.

Optimizing Project Execution Using BIM

ESD Digital Practice Leader Samir Abdelmawla joins a panel of industry experts to discuss how building information modeling (BIM) can help make construction projects go more smoothly. (Learn more about Chicago Build 2022.)

Dipping Outlines Why Everyone Should Care About the Dangers of Legionella

Writing for Plumbing & Mechanical Engineer magazine, ESD Technical Director for Plumbing Engineering James Dipping presents a series of facts everyone—especially plumbing professionals—should know to keep water safe. (Read James Dipping’s latest column.)

How to Improve Energy Efficiency in Aging Facilities

Chicago is well on its way to achieving its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050. A panel at this year’s Chicago Build Expo will examine how making older buildings more energy efficient can significantly advance this effort. (Learn more about the Build Chicago 2022 session.)

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Credit: © Tom Harris | Design by Gensler

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