Translate sustainability trends into exemplary, highly productive facilities

At a certain juncture, decisions connected to designing a facility (or modifying one that exists) move from the realm of ‘what about’ to the world of ‘what if.’ Whether acknowledged or not, organizations frequently encounter dissonance, or even conflict, at this stage. That’s because the acumen and experience of each significant team member is not identical.

Kinetics succeeds as a clarifier and catalyst for facility completion even in technical operations where massive implications for future adaptability are present. We understand the powerful environmental, safety, and personnel repercussions attached to every structural and process component: All must flow together if the future is to an improvement on the present.

Many of these core factors can be clustered around the concept of ‘green building.’ While interpretation of these two simple words can spur dissonance, we suggest a definition from which to build: ‘Green building is the practice of designing, constructing, and operating buildings to maximize occupant health and productivity, user fewer resources, reduce waste and negative environmental impacts, and decrease life cycle costs.’

Kinetics’ practiced and documented ability to ‘see beyond’ resides in five foundational viewpoints. Together, they transform a conglomeration of disciplines and methods into a coherent philosophy, a way of working that gives prospects and clients a sense of confidence — and inspiration — in the process.

Viewpoint #1: Enterprise outcomes must be articulated from the start.

Even simple facility design engineering often leaves too much room for interpretation with regards to goals. What does the operation look like when operating at a high level of efficiency? How is success defined in view of current technology, processes, and materials, along with anticipated advances?

Viewpoint #2: Green building advances complementary outcomes.

Far from replacing business imperatives with lofty aspirations and feel-good psychological benefits, green building is both a ‘how’ to succeed as well as a ‘why’ to address the increasing pressure on natural resources. Many engineering firms fail to embrace the additional, positive results attached to ‘more from less.’ Some even rebel against what they perceive as unwarranted restrictions.

Viewpoint #3: LEED isn’t a sideshow or a distraction.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is considered to be the most widely used green building system in the world. At Kinetics, we believe the value of this rating system is far more than proclamations, publicity, and a way to please stakeholders. The mindset and methods attached to it are what propel insightful problem solving and a sense of greater possibility: Enterprise goals are met, and not by coincidence.

Viewpoint #4: Rigor starts with individuals, and then extends to teams.

The hunt for ‘see beyond’ team members is one of our ongoing challenges. Once found, the integration of engineering services cohorts within the company goes far past data sharing, PowerPoint séances, and esoteric debates. Real projects require that all disciplines converge against client outcomes, no matter where in the world the finished project physically lands.

Viewpoint #5: ‘Beyond’ is tested by the pragmatic realities of facility operation.

With experiences connected to hundreds of projects around the world, the Kinetics engineering design services team is accustomed to toggling between the present and the future. By weighing the implications of green building against a variety of in-plant scenarios, visionary enthusiasm yields the sort of gravitas-fueled analysis that boosts client confidence at every major stage and step.

‘See beyond’ displaces an obsession on the obvious with a mindset prepared for what’s ahead. At the same time, it is the most probable way to future-proof even the mundane elements of plant design while still under the watchful gaze of LEED certification requirements. Accelerating enterprise success in an often confused and conflicted global landscape is, therefore, and attainable goal. To learn more, please click HERE.