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.

Loudoun County Public Schools
CIP-E-0021 LRH HS-09

Commissioning Services

Loudoun County, VA

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) CIP-E-0021 LRH HS-09 |
Commissioning Services | Loudoun County, VA

Setty services will comprise of commissioning during the construction phase is intended to achieve the following specific objectives according to the Contract Documents. Setty will be in charge of conducting a commissioning kickoff meeting to review the commissioning process with the Owner, Architect, and Construction Team and developing and implementing a Commissioning Plan specific to the. We will ensure the functionality of performance and efficiency, equipment documentation, compliance with design intent, sufficiency of operator training and the needed areas of improvement.  

DC Public Schools

New Ballou High School

Combined Heating and Power Central

Plant (CHP) Design + PV System

+ 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.


DC Public Schools

Dunbar High School

MEP/FP Design + BAS

+ Energy Modeling

Washington, DC

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.


HD Woodson STEM High School

MEP/FP Design + Green Roof

+ BAS + Rainwater Harvesting

+ Pool Dehumidification Units

Washington, DC

HD Woodson STEM High School | MEP/FP Design + BAS + Green Roof 
+ Rainwater Harvesting + Pool Dehumidification Units | Washington, DC

Setty provided MEP/FP design services for this now LEED Gold certified 320,000 gsf building, the first newly constructed high school in DC in almost 40 years. 
The challenge was to not only comply with all requirements of the local constituency, but also establish the benchmark for all future DC schools by surpassing the goals of the local energy code, ASHRAE, and LEED. Despite its challenges, the project was completed on time and under budget, which is an incredible testament to the entire design and construction team given the project’s sheer size and lofty performance goals.

Pool dehumidification units were used to condition the large open natatorium space, with residual heat hydronically transferred over to the pool water via a heat exchanger. An airside economizer cycle was also utilized to condition the space when ambient conditions were optimal, to reduce the mechanical refrigeration requirements for the space. High-efficiency chillers and condensing hot water boilers were used to further improve the energy savings. All dedicated outside air units were also specified with integrated energy recovery wheels, and an automated building automation system (BAS) was installed to serve all of the equipment. 

Architectural floating acoustic clouds for sound baffling were suspended in the state-of-the-art auditorium, requiring resizing of all ductwork in order to fit and route it through the webbings of the truss system. All ductwork and major piping was modeled and checked for clash detection before any installation in the field, which allowed for a smoother construction process.

Scope of work included: 

  • Gymnasium, 1,200 seat state-of-the-art auditorium, indoor pool, wrestling room, fitness center and three level classroom towers.
  • New field house including stadium lighting.
  • Green roof and rainwater harvesting system for water closets and irrigation.
  • Telecom pathway (Enclosure, Conduit, Power and A/C).
  • Building Automation System (Energy, Fire and Security).
  • BIM Integrated 3D Design – Revit MEP 2009.


DC Public Schools

Stoddert Elementary School 

MEP Design + Geothermal

Washington, DC

DC Public School, Stoddert Elementary School | MEP Design + Geothermal | 
Washington, DC

Setty provided MEP and Geothermal Design for this modernization project, awarded LEED Gold certification. Due to the historic significance of the existing building, Stoddert was slated for modernization and an addition, doubling its size on the 6.5 acre site.

Scope of services included:

  • Preparation of a feasibility study and concept design.
  • Schematic MEP design with BIM integration.
  • Geothermal design for a 150 ton geothermal system.
  • Preparation of complete detailed and coordinated Construction Documents.
  • Construction Administration and Construction Management services.
  • LEED workshops with design team, and DC Public Schools (DCPS) and OPEFM representatives to identify sustainable design strategies to be included in revised design.


Fairfax County Public Schools

Marshall High School

HVAC Commissioning

Falls Church, VA

Fairfax County Public Schools, Marshall High School | HVAC Commissioning | 
Falls Church, VA

Setty is providing HVAC Commissioning and troubleshooting services for the 368,000 sf high school.

Scope of services include:

  • Preparation of a Commissioning Plan detailing the commissioning program overview, the commissioning team, commissioning process activities, commissioning procedures and documents for Enhanced Commissioning.
  • Review of the plans and specifications with respect to their completeness in all areas relating to the commissioning program.
  • Developing commissioning specifications and functional testing requirements for inclusion in the construction bid documents. Identifying all systems to be commissioned and requirements for the commissioning activities of those systems.
  • Writing and distributing pre-functional tests and checklists. Reviewing the test reports and checklists for compliance, and identifying any deficiencies.
  • Reviewing O&M manual submittals for compliance with commissioning requirements.
  • Providing a final enhanced commissioning report.

Systems to be commissioned include:

  • Automatic Temperature Control System
  • HVAC Systems

Fairfax County Public Schools

Thomas Jefferson High School

HVAC Commissioning

Falls Church, VA

Fairfax County Public Schools, Thomas Jefferson High School | 
HVAC Commissioning | Falls Church, VA

Setty is providing HVAC Commissioning and troubleshooting services for the renovation of the existing 325,000 sf high school, plus an addition.

Systems to be commissioned include:

  • All Equipment of HVAC Systems
  • Cooling Towers
  • VAV Boxes
  • DX Units
  • Gas/Oil Fired Boilers
  • Pumps, all Piping, Valves and Fittings
  • Domestic Water Heaters
  • Duct Systems
  • Rainwater Harvesting System
  • Solar Water Heating System
  • FCU’s, CUH’s, UH’s, Water Source Heat Pumps, MAU’s, ERU’s, RTU’s VFD’s
  • Air Handling Units including Coils, Fans, and Air Terminals


Loudoun County Public Schools

High School #6 Building

Commissioning Services

Ashburn, VA

Loudoun County Public Schools, High School #6 Bldg | Commissioning Services |
Ashburn, VA

Setty was selected by Loudoun County Public Schools to provide commissioning services for the 280,000 sf High School.

Scope of services included:

  • Preparation of a Commissioning Plan & specifications.
  • Incorporation of the commissioning requirements into construction.
  • Integration of the design Intent, sequences of operation, testing, adjusting, and balancing procedures and pre-functional and functional checklists for each building system.
  • Development of Specific Functional Performance Test Procedures.
  • Completion of a Detailed Commissioning Report to satisfy the LEED requirements for the Fundamental Building Systems Commissioning prerequisite.
  • Review of Testing, Adjusting and Balancing (TAB) Execution Plan.
  • Analyzation of Functional Performance Trend Logs and monitoring data to verify performance.
  • Review and approval of the preparation of the O&M Manuals.
  • Preparation of a Final Commissioning Report to confirm that all of the CA contract requirements have been satisfied.