Mechanical and Electrical Systems in Construction and Architecture / Edition 4

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This book provides an in-depth view of the mechanical and electrical systems in construction, followed by a step-by-step approach to the design of each system. Intended to provide an introduction to building mechanical and electrical design concepts and principles, this major revision is written for all those involved in the construction industry.

Elementary engineering concepts and design principles are introduced in a straightforward manner and presented on an elementary mathematics level; requiring students to have a working knowledge of algebra. This book addresses the growing complexity of design standards and regulations and rapid changes in new building technologies, which in turn is expanding the role of the architectural and engineering technician.

For those interested in the design of building electrical, lighting, plumbing, HVAC, fire protection, and telecommunications systems.

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A text geared for use by the entire construction industry. It explains the process of designing the mechanical systems and how to accumulate and tabulate the design information. The basic format is to discuss the chapter topic, describe the materials available, and then show, step by step, how to approach a design problem. In those chapters that describe how to design a system, an actual design is worked out. This edition (second was 1991) is revised to include metrics. It has the latest code and associated design revisions in each area of the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130119957
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/27/2004
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 1.78 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Construction Industry 1
2 Project Participants 25
3 Organizing and Leading the Construction Project 53
4 Project Delivery Methods 81
5 Project Chronology 115
6 Construction Services During Design 129
7 Bidding and Procurement 161
8 Construction and Closeout 191
9 Estimating Project Costs 209
10 Project Planning and Scheduling 239
11 Controlling Project Cost, Time, and Quality 269
12 Job Site Administration 307
13 Construction Law 343
14 Construction Safety and Health 365
Appendix 393
Index 397
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Over the past several years, the construction industry has seen enormous changes. From an industry steeped in conservative practices and narrowly scoped services, construction has moved to the forefront of the design and construction profession. From general contracting to construction management to project management and program management, the methods of servicing the industry have evolved to be more varied and comprehensive. This requires that practitioners and students alike understand the many aspects of the world of owners, designers, tenants, regulatory agencies, community agencies, and subcontractors. Each participant brings political, professional, and personal motivations to the process, and each has the ability to place constraints on the project. To effectively navigate in this environment, the successful project manager must recognize the role of each participant, understand the nature of the project itself, and effectively use management tools to bring the project forward in a timely and cost-effective manner.

In addition to contending with the nature of each project and individual participants, the project manager also has his or her own organization to navigate as well as those of the owner and designer. As the major participants in any project, these organizations can support or hinder the process, depending on the fit between a particular organization and the project as well as the fit among the individual organizations. The recipe for success is indeed a complicated one. This book looks at the forms of organizations and some of the dynamics at play in them, and it outlines some methods for putting the right people and right organization together for aspecific project.


To address all of the aspects that a successful project manager will need to understand, this text is organized to explore the people involved in the design and construction process, the principal phases of a project, and the tools required to effectively manage the people and the project. It is intended primarily for practitioners who are looking for an understanding of the changes in the industry and new tools and management methods available for dealing with those changes. The book will also benefit students of construction management, as well as undergraduate or graduate civil engineering or architectural students who desire to better understand the construction process.


People learn in many different ways. While most people are able to absorb lessons through the written text, the concepts being presented can be reinforced through other media. To that end, this book presents material in many different forms. The text is the major method employed, but the book also uses charts, illustrations, photos, and anecdotal sidebars. In addition, this book is co-authored by an academic and by an industry professional. That combination fuses theory and practical reality in dynamic interchange. An understanding of pedagogy and how people learn is teamed with the understanding of what information practitioners need to be successful in an increasingly competitive environment. In addition, many of the sidebars are authored by industry leaders, lending more real-world perspective to the book.


The book is divided into three sections. The first section examines the industry and the profession by looking at the nature of the industry, future trends, and opportunities. It outlines the different sectors of the industry, explains the role of each participant, and analyzes the variety of contractual arrangements available for particular projects. The second section focuses on the project itself, giving an in-depth overview of all aspects of the project from the very first concept to occupancy. This section emphasizes the role of the construction professional during the design process. This emphasis reflects the actual expansion in early participation of the construction professional. The third section focuses on the tools needed to manage the people and the project. Estimating and scheduling are two of the major tools used in construction management, but these tools must be combined with methods of control to ensure that an effective feedback system is established throughout the project. This section also examines what it takes to bring a project to completion, exploring the world of project administration with its documentation, procedures, and communication protocols. Finally, a chapter on safety explains the importance of a good safety program to the financial and ,,environmental health of the company and workers.

The appendix provides a list of web sites containing valuable construction-related information.

Throughout this text, the roles of the owners, the designers, and the construction professional are interwoven. For a project to enjoy first-rate success, these three major participants have to be in perfect alignment with one another. Throughout the project, they each contribute to the project in a very specific way. To be in perfect alignment they have to understand specifically each other's contribution, believe in its essential worth, and learn how to support each other for the mutual benefit of a successful project. The project manager is the key to creating an atmosphere where this support can be nurtured. This book gives project managers the tools that are essential to this task.


With much appreciation, the authors acknowledge the contribution of Chapter 13, Construction Law, from Christopher L. Noble, Esq., and Heather G. Merrill, Esq., of Hill and Barlow, Boston, MA.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the following reviewers, who provided insightful criticism: Terry Anderson, University of Southern Mississippi; Naryan Bodapati, Southern Illinois University; and Joseph Gabriel, New York University and New York Institute of Technology.

The authors also thank Elizabeth Holmes, who compiled the web site listings in the appendix.

The authors especially acknowledge Professor Dave Pierce, Southern College of Technology, for his early contribution to the format and content of the text.

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