Featured Projects

DC Public Schools

Dunbar High School

MEP/FP Design + BAS
+ Energy Modeling

Washington, DC

DC Public Schools, Dunbar High School | MEP/FP Design + BAS + Energy Modeling | Washington, DC

As part of the District’s program to modernize DC schools, the historic Dunbar High School was demolished and replaced with a new 276,536 sf building designed to include
state-of-the-art sustainable features.

Sustainable Design features incorporated:

  • Living Classrooms: Educating the students about High Performance Buildings by highlighting those features in their school with plaques
  • Renewable Energies: The largest urban geothermal system in DC, at 850 tons, and 362 vertical wells, drilled to 460 feet deep, located below the football field.
  • Renewable Energies: Solar panels with total output from the photovoltaic array of 482.3 kW.
  • Indoor Air Quality: Low VOC construction materials utilized.
  • Automated Energy Saving Systems: Enhanced lighting controls *with occupancy sensors and timers
  • Radiant floor heating *
  • Rainwater Harvesting: Utilizing two 20,000 gallon cisterns for collecting and reusing rainwater.

The design is expected to produce 26.92% energy savings, and 28.2% cost savings, in comparison with the baseline design.

Eagle Academy
Public Charter School

MEP/FP Design

Washington, DC

Eagle Academy Public Charter School | MEP/FP Design | Washington, DC

So Others Might Eat Benning

MEP/FP Design + Energy Modeling


Washington, DC

So Others Might Eat Benning | MEP/FP Design + Energy Modeling + LEED |
Washington, DC

Setty is providing MEP/FP design services for a new mixed use facility, encompassing: 3,000 sf of office space, 16,000 sf of adult education space, 50 units of family housing (2, 3 and 4-Bedroom units), 150 units of Supportive Adult housing (SRO’s and Studios) totalling approximately 135,000 sf, and 62,000 sf of garage space.

Two energy models will be prepared to demonstrate the system, selected by owner. The retail shell, medical space, office space and CET program will be designed to LEED Silver requirements.

Southwest Waterfront

Master Utility Planning

+ MEP Design Services

Washington, DC

Southwest Waterfront | Master Utility Planning + MEP Design Services |
Washington, DC

Setty provided Mechanical, Plumbing and Electrical Master Planning services for the 26 acre Southwest Waterfront.

Scope of services included:

  • MEP input for Master Planning for PUD submission for Parcels 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8.
  • Preliminary loads for all the buildings.
  • Preliminary room sizes for the main utility rooms for all the buildings, which would be finalized under the actual design phase.
  • Design of a central plant, servicing nearly 2 million sf of building space, and 1 million sf of parking and circulation space.
  • MEP schematic design for Parcels 2, 3A and 4 which include retail, office, theater, apartment, condos, pool, and below grade parking.

Gallaudet University
Residence Hall

MEP/FP Design + Geothermal + LEED  

Washington, DC

Gallaudet University Residence Hall | MEP/FP Design + Geothermal + LEED |
Washington, DC

Setty provided MEP/FP and BIM Integrated 3D design services for a new 60,000 sf student dormitory/residence hall. The design included a 105.3 ton Geothermal system and was designed for LEED Gold. The project is in the first phase of two, designed as a 350 bed Freshman living and learning center that will enliven the heart of the campus.

Phase I encompasses the development of a living-learning residence hall for 175 freshman students in semi-suite style units.

This project won the 2013 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award!

Carefirst Headquarters

MEP/FP Design
+ High Density File Rooms

Canton Crossing, MD

Carefirst Headquarters | MEP/FP Design + High Density File Rooms |
Canton Crossing, MD

Setty provided MEP/FP design for this 900,000 sf office space on three floors of the CareFirst Headquarters, at Canton Crossing.

Scope of services included:

  • Design for training rooms, multiple conference rooms, two high density file rooms.
  • Design for 750 sf computer room, including supplemental HVAC and generator design.
  • Design for lunchroom and pantry.
  • Lighting, power, and fire alarm systems, with riser diagrams.
  • Panel, equipment, and luminaries schedules.

Wheeler Terrace Apartments

MEP Design + Geothermal System

+ Green Roofs + LEED Gold Certified

Washington, DC

Wheeler Terrace Apartments | MEP Design + Geothermal System + Green Roofs
+ LEED Gold Certified | Washington, DC

Setty provided the first geothermal system for a DC housing development, designing the new M/E/P systems for seven modules. Extending our support, we also provided LEED Gold certification administration and fundamental and enhanced commissioning services, as well. The affordable housing project boasts energy savings of 25%, which will be shared with the residents (a first in the nation).

The MEP systems are based around geothermal wells for each of the seven buildings (117 total units). Some of the LEED strategies incorporated are high-performance heat pumps, geothermal well field, green roofs, occupancy sensors, demand-control bathroom ventilation, recycled materials, a super heater for the domestic hot water, and high-efficiency lighting well below code.

Francis A. Gregory Library Design

MEP Design + LEED 

+ Ground Source Heat Pump

Washington, DC

Francis A. Gregory Library Design | MEP Design + LEED + Ground Source Heat Pump | Washington, DC

Setty, as part of the architect's team, provided MEP design for this 26,372 sf library, including drawings and specifications for new construction of the LEED Gold, high-performance, state-of-the-art structure.

Scope of services include:

  • Program analysis of HVAC zones
  • Ground Source Heat Pump alternatives.
  • Code compliant plumbing systems
  • Fire Protection (wet pipe sprinkler system, smoke detection, interfaced to BAS).
  • Energy-efficient electrical power and lighting system design.
  • Energy-efficient HVAC design, incorporating zone isolation (Non-Use Shut-Down).

Winner of the prestigious 2012 AIA Potomac Valley Design Award and the 2013 Royal Institute of British Architects International Award!

Montgomery County
Glenmont Fire Station

MEP/FP Design 

Wheaton, MD

Montgomery County Glenmont Fire Station Replacement | MEP/FP Design |
Wheaton, MD

Setty is providing MEP/FP services for the replacement of a 19,100 sf fire station, including drawings, specifications, technical documents, and construction administration.

Scope of services include:

  • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design for a new permanent 4-bay fire station
  • Utility coordination for new site.
  • New LEED credit analysis to include two LEED energy models