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MEP Design Assist – A collaborative approach to delivering a successful project

March 24, 2021 @ 8:30 am 10:30 am




8:30-10:30 am


$25 AIA members (member number must be provided at registration)

$50 non-members

Program Description

*Zoom* Academy: MEP Design Assist – A collaborative approach to delivering a successful project

Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems are essential to the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants. Coordinating these systems has always been complicated for architects working with MEP specialists and the construction team. As new technologies improve the efficiency and environmental impact of MEP systems, ensuring proper installation and operation is critical to the comfort of the building occupants. Understanding the Design Assist Delivery method will help architects improve communication with MEP and construction consultants, resulting in buildings that are more sustainably designed and that better support the health, safety, and welfare of the end users.

This presentation will provide an overview of the MEP Design Assist Delivery method in the construction industry. With the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems becoming more sophisticated and the complication of installing these systems increase, the need for more collaboration between the Design Professionals and the Construction teams has never been more important. We will look at the MEP Design Assist approach and how to incorporate it into a variety of delivery methods and in which situations does the Design Assist delivery method make sense. The type of contracts available and who holds the contracts for this process will be reviewed.

An important aspect is to review what the owner can expect from the Design Assist team along with what are the advantages to the owner, the design team, the construction team as well as the project. How improved quality control and the health, safety and welfare of the public can be achieved, while controlling bid day costs will be discussed. When should the design team become engaged and what is the division of responsibilities? What are the disadvantages of the Design Assist process and what steps can be taken to minimize risk?

Register by 12pm on March 23 to receive the Zoom information.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to effectively impact an improvement in the design efficiency and collaboration with the Construction Team to allow for better installation and management of the MEP systems and equipment to improve the physical well-being of the occupants of the finished building.
  • Understand the impact on overall budget control and management to help facilitate cost-effective, sustainable solutions that will benefit the environment. 
  • Learn how Design Assist improves the construction schedule and impacts installation of equipment in an appropriate timeline to allow safe installation for the construction team (i.e. avoiding winter conditions, etc.) 
  • Understand how the Design Assist process impacts constructability of the project relating to the building and site components that will impact the physical, emotional, and social well-being of the building occupants, as well as the lifecycle of the building components.


Jerome Doerger
Executive Vice President of PEDCO E&A Services Inc.

Jerome Doerger has over 28 years experience in the design of engineered and high performance systems. Mr. Doerger brings direction, wealth of experience, and strong leadership skills that guide PEDCO as one of the leading engineering and architectural firms in the region. Doerger is currently the Workplace and Science and Technology Market Leader.

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