Featured Projects

Baltimore City Public Schools

Graceland O’Donnell and Holabird E/M Schools

Net Zero Energy Schools

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore City Public Schools, Graceland O’Donnell Elementary & Middle School and Holabird Elementary & Middle School | Net Zero Energy Schools |
Baltimore, MD

Baltimore City Public Schools’ new Graceland Park O’Donnell Heights E/M School and Holabird Academy E/M School Buildings will be state-of-the-art 21st century learning environments that replace two existing PK-8 schools. The two schools are currently in construction. Through a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA), the schools will be the first net zero energy (NZE) buildings for Baltimore City and the second and third NZE schools in the State of Maryland. Setty has been contracted by Grimm + Parker Architects to provide MEP/FP design for both schools. The sustainable MEP features of the design includes Photovoltaics, Solar Tube Daylighting,  as well as Ground Source Heat Pump.  An interactive energy dashboard will inform students, staff and visitors about energy generation and use, and will be incorporated into student learning and engagement.

Congress Heights Metro
Mixed Use Design

MEP/FP Design Services + Net Zero

Washington, DC

Congress Heights Metro Mixed Use Design | MEP/FP Design Services + Net Zero |
Washington, DC

Geoffrey Griffis, developer of the Congress Heights Metro Mixed Use Design Project, stated how “There's a real community here, but it's been terribly underserved. This is a chance to bring more opportunities for retail and employment.”  This project will supply the Congress Heights area with a vibrant and safe, new community that is transit-oriented. Setty contribution of MEP/FP Design Services will provide community members with underground parking, larger sidewalks for pedestrians, an eight-story office building and 200+ residential building, and accessible metro station entrance surrounded by a beautiful courtyard.

Setty’s services include MEP/FP and Fire Alarm design, Energy Modeling, LEED, BIM/Revit Modeling and Construction Administration for two buildings on the Congress Heights Metro site. The office building (236,355 sf) design shall be core and shell design with tenant fitout design in a separate scope. The residential apartment design (211,233 sf) shall be a complete MEP design but all retail spaces shall be core and shell only. Pool design by others but Setty shall provide MEP hook-ups. We will provide a Foundation to Grade package for the Residential and Office buildings.

Net Zero design services shall include a sensitivity analysis, 8760 hour energy usage modeling study and power generation design for a PV farm and/or fuel cell design all on site. No other prime movers are considered under this proposal. Setty shall help to identify funding sources such as PACE or DOE grants but application and calculations for these programs shall be a separate service.

DCPS: New Ballou High School

Combined Heating + PV System
+ Power Central Plant (CHP) Design
+ Net-Zero Facility

Washington, DC

DCPS: New Ballou High School | Combined Heating + Power Central Plant (CHP)
Design + PV System + Net-Zero Facility | Washington, DC

Setty is designing an innovative Net-Zero school facility with common HVAC and energy systems, but combined in a unique manner. The building is slated for four floors, with a total building area of 322,000 sf, and include a large football stadium.

The District of Columbia is pursuing LEED Platinum as well as a Net Zero Energy Building.

Urban Green Net Zero Home

MEP Design
+ Construction Administration

MT. Rainier, MD

Urban Green Net Zero Home | MEP Design + Construction Administration |
MT. Rainier, MD

SETTY is providing MEP Design and Construction Administration services for the construction of a NZE demonstration home in Prince George's County, Maryland. By combining renewable energies-a photovoltaic array and solar water heating-with intelligent lighting and HVAC controls into the home design, this Urban Green-led project aims to show that NZE is a realistic option for low-income suburban residents. In both projects, SETTY's knowledgeable engineers are leveraging their expertise in high performing building practices to both serve our clients and advance state-of-the-art building technologies.

DC Government
Department of General Services

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

+ Net Zero Study

Washington, DC

DC Government, Department of General Services | Combined Heat and Power
(CHP) + Net Zero Study | Washington, DC

SETTY is investigating the feasibility of using an innovative combined heat and power (CHP) plant to serve four schools located in the District's new Southeast Eco-District. Because CHP plants effectively recover waste heat from the production of electric power, overall power plant efficiency is improved and the goal of NZE becomes more attainable.

Additionally, by using a biomass-powered fuel cell as the CHP's prime mover, on-site generation of renewable energy-a central tenant of NZE building design-is achieved. In the end, SETTY's proposed design not only realizes NZE, but it is projected to save the District over $300k per year in utility costs.

Cleveland Park Public Library

MEP/FP Design + Net Zero Energy
Design + Design-Build + Life Safety
+ LEED + Geothermal + PV System

Washington, DC

Cleveland Park Public Library | MEP/FP Design + Net Zero Energy Design + LEED 
+ Design-Build + Life Safety + Geothermal + PV System | Washington, DC

Setty has been contracted by Perkins Eastman Architects to provide complete MEP/FP design services for the construction of the new 21,500 sf Cleveland Park Library. The completed library is to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification and will incorporate many sustainable technologies. Setty has been asked to provide two MEP/FP designs—a “standard” design, and an alternate Net Zero Energy design. If DCPS funds allow, the Net Zero Energy design will be chosen.

Regardless of which final design is chosen, the new library is expected to feature a range of sustainable technologies, including a ground source heat pump, geothermal wells, a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) for ventilation, and an energy-efficient radiant floor heating system. Additionally, Setty expects to include roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays, LED lighting, and daylighting in its design.

The new Cleveland Park Library is expected to open by March 2017.