From a healthcare facility that inspires healing, to an educational facility that encourages learning and collaboration, or a production plant that promotes a healthy workplace, we balance functionality and efficiency with innovative and forward thinking design. We excel at tackling the challenge of incorporating beauty into the facilities that touch the everyday lives of people around the world—creating functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing spaces in unexpected places. SSOE takes a collaborative approach to design, working with clients to understand their vision, and make it a reality through in-depth programming, unique design solutions, flexibility, and sustainability.
We specialize in delivering complicated, high-stakes projects—earning top rankings in multiple industries and national ACEC awards for our work. Our staff of highly skilled and knowledgeable professionals spans all engineering disciplines—making SSOE the full-service engineering resource of choice for some of the world’s most successful companies. Our solutions start with your business goals in mind, and focus on delivering a project, and an experience, that will be the start of a long-term relationship. We’re constantly pushing ourselves toward a better, faster, less costly way—using processes inspired by Lean production strategies and use of innovative technology.
Project management is the key to making sure your project is successful and your experience exceeds your expectations. As a full-service firm, SSOE can handle the most complex projects in-house—start to finish—without potentially disruptive handoffs between different resources. Your project manager will start your project with a collaborative kickoff meeting to ensure the whole team has a shared vision of success. This allows the design team to make the best decisions based on your business goals rather than simply doing what they’re told to do. Your PM will make sure you know what is coming, what input is needed, and provide early warning if they see things potentially veering off track.
Many of our project managers have achieved PMP certification, bringing best practices for leading project teams and delivering results to every project. Our PMs are expected to document savings ideas as the team develops them, creating an environment where we are always looking for better ways to do things.
When we apply our project management services to a client’s multiple projects—their “program”—we’re able to provide direction and leadership to tie each project to support your overall goals. We have documented results validating that the longer and more frequently we work with a client, the more value we provide. This is based not only on our ability to develop efficiencies, but also to understand what is driving your business and helping to translate your business objectives into the best project decisions. The key behind SSOE’s program management services is our world-class staff and global resources who can handle your projects anywhere in the world. They’ll leverage the latest technology to ensure enhanced collaboration and innovative solutions—ultimately leading to a successful program with faster delivery, lower costs, and higher quality.
SSOE begins every site evaluation by building a relationship with the client to develop a strong understanding of their business and what they have planned for the future site—down to the details. That puts us in a position to determine the “must haves” and “nice-to-haves” of a site. We then pair that with our extensive network of relationships with state and local governments and knowledge of available sites throughout the world. Our experts take a holistic view to each site evaluation, looking at environmental considerations, access to transportation, access to utilities, soil conditions, amount of cut and fill required, air quality, various codes, and permit (federal, state, and local) requirements. Our experience in designing and overseeing construction provides valuable insights—uncovering unforeseen issues with sites for specific types of facilities. We’re especially adept at guiding clients in evaluating sites outside their country of origin. No matter where you plan to locate, the only bias SSOE has is towards its client’s best interests. Learn more about site evaluation for owners and for consultants.
Master planning is the first step to sustainable solutions. Our team of experts handles everything from single sites to multiple, complex global sites. They consider a broad range of factors—including trend forecasting, market data, and facility and site assessments, community considerations, access, sustainability plans, and energy audits. SSOE’s master planning services are based on a collaborative process of gathering input from all the relevant stakeholders and will give you a reliable roadmap for smart facility decisions.
Commissioning & Qualification
A well planned and executed Commissioning & Qualification (C&Q) effort can have a significant positive impact on how quickly a facility becomes operational. In heavily regulated industries like pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices, C&Q activities are the foundation for achieving regulatory compliance and moving into the Process Validation stage. We partner with our clients throughout the design process to proactively identify and address potential issues early on, before they have the opportunity to negatively impact C&Q later in the project. This approach is just one example of how the SSOE team works to accelerate projects and realize cost savings – with the goal of helping our clients achieve their speed to market goals. Learn more about our Commissioning & Qualification services here.
Hazardous Materials Consulting
Our team of Certified Hazardous Materials Specialists works together with our Chemical Engineers, Inspectors and Plan Reviewers, and Environmental, Health, and Safety Professionals to provide comprehensive guidance for the storage, handling, and use of hazardous materials. We help our clients navigate the intricate web of hazardous materials requirements – from building codes, to fire codes, to regulatory compliance and permitting. Our team stays on the leading edge of future changes in codes and regulations, carefully considering the cost implications and helping our clients make informed decisions that will save them time and money in the future. Learn more about our Hazardous Materials Consulting here.
Data / Fire / Security (DFS)
At SSOE, all data, fire detection / notification, and security systems design are provided in-house—ensuring safety and connectivity are integrated into every facility design rather than added as an afterthought. We take into consideration current requirements, but also allow for future needs of the facility. The close integration of our DFS group with our other disciplines ensure that you will have not only compliant systems—but facilities with technology and security incorporated seamlessly into your building. Acting as a single-source designer not only saves you time and trouble, but reduces your overall project construction cost.
Our certified NICET and RCDD designers are experienced and keep up to date on every aspect of security, access control, intrusion detection, video surveillance, wireless networks, audio / visual systems, communications, fire alarm, mass notification, and other low-voltage system technologies—from design to installation. We are independent of any equipment supplier, recommending the best equipment for your needs without bias. We can assist with system upgrades, modifications, or additions to systems others view as proprietary. Given our experience with a wide range of systems and advanced technology, we are able to integrate multiple systems for unified functionality and quicker response time.
Our interior designers create environments with lasting appeal—addressing not only beauty, but purpose. They create healing spaces in hospitals, learning-conducive student areas in educational facilities, collaborative workspaces, and welcoming common areas in corporate headquarters and large-scale industrial facilities. A creative usage of space, materials, and features ensure facilities fulfill their mission. It is our designer’s listening skills, attention to detail, and integration with our other design disciplines that distinguishes SSOE from other design firms.
When it comes to creatively reimagining historic structures, our team understands how to honor the beauty and integrity of the facility’s past while thoughtfully addressing the needs of the occupants it must serve today. Our expertise promotes the viability, reuse, and integrity of historic buildings. We take a sustainable approach to develop innovative design solutions that extend the lifecycle of historic structures and minimize the negative effects of those changes needed to maintain a building’s safety, functionality, and efficiency.
Our approach to sustainable design has always been skillful, sensitive, and practical—whether LEED certification is being pursued on a project or not. We’re committed to implementing sustainable design principles and guidelines in all of our work—looking for ways to balance cost with incorporating principles of conservation, energy and operational efficiency, quality indoor climate, and protection of the environment. For each project, we consider industry “trends” with tested real-world applications to ensure meaningful and economical sustainable design measures. We also apply cutting edge technology, such as COVE.tool to create more sophisticated analyses of energy usage, daylighting, carbon output, and water usage to maximize results while minimizing cost. SSOE is a gold member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and our team includes a number of LEED accredited professionals. We’re currently engaged in several significant projects that have targeted being carbon neutral.