M.E. Group has started a new division within the firm that will help its clients drive innovation and create solutions to building challenges. Called Forte Building Science, the division will provide the firm’s building physics, commissioning, occupant experience, and certification services.
Led by local team members and long-time principals and owners Nate Maniktala and Pete Jefferson, the group consists of a diversity of expertise, including architects, professional engineers, social scientists, TAB and controls professionals and sustainability consultants. Together, they hope to overcome challenges related to energy performance, health and wellness, resiliency, and sustainability.
“Building science is an evidence-based approach to understanding the physical behavior of the building as a system,” Jefferson said. “We work side by side with project teams to use this understanding to inform decision-making throughout conceptual design, construction or occupancy. We believe that implementing a scientific approach brings greater certainty and therefore greater sustainability.”
Forte Building Science has already landed a handful of clients including HKS, Perkins Eastman, Kansas State University, Prologis, University of Nebraska, and CHI Health.
“At Forte Building Science, our goal is to make delivering innovative buildings easier for designers, builders and owners,” Maniktala said. “Whether by facilitating design with our analysis, preventing building failures through commissioning, or validating goals with industry certifications. We are able to leverage our unique skills to help our clients achieve the results they seek with greater ease.”
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