Sustainable Design

Sustainable design finds ways to minimize any negative impact on the environment while improving the health and comfort of building occupants and enhancing building performance. Key objectives of sustainability include; reducing consumption of non-renewable resources and minimize waste, while creating healthy, productive environments.

Sustainable design principles include the ability to:

  • optimize site potential;
  • minimize non-renewable energy consumption;
  • use environmentally preferable products;
  • protect and conserve water;
  • enhance indoor environmental quality;
  • optimize operational and maintenance practices;

We employ many “Green” concepts as standard practice on our projects.  Utilizing a sustainable design philosophy encourages decisions at each phase of the design process that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and the health of the building occupants, without compromising the bottom line. It is an integrated, holistic approach that encourages innovation.

Such an integrated approach positively impacts all phases of a building's life-cycle, including design, construction, operation and decommissioning. Sustainable design goes beyond being just efficient, attractive, on time and on budget. It is a design that cares about how such goals are achieved, about its effect on people and on the environment. As environmentally responsible professionals, MCP makes a commitment to constantly find ways to incorporate the principles of sustainable design and energy efficiency into all of our projects.

MCP partners have a wide array of experience working with clients on sustainable concepts over the last 25 years.  As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), we provide opportunities for our employees to participate in environmental training programs and to seek professional LEED/Green accreditation. MCP is committed to advancing our knowledge of sustainable technology to assist our clients in building environmentally conscious facilities. We actively seek innovative solutions that support sustainable construction, delivering environmentally responsible best practices to our clients.

With our growing experience in sustainable design and construction, waste water treatment technology and wind technology, MCP has the expertise to build your next project safely, efficiently and green.

Several of our notable LEED/Sustainable Projects:

Swift Hall / Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center
The first LEED certified building at  the University of Cincinnati and within the City of Cincinnati.

Miami University North Quad Parking Garage
A 90,000 sf parking structure with the largest “Green” roof in the  State of Ohio.

Wright Patterson Human Performance Wing

The Ascent @ Roebling Bridge
Implemented many LEED / Sustainable techniques into the construction process.

Morehead State University Recreation Center

Pleasant Ridge Montessori School
Cincinnati Public Schools, First LEED Certified school in the State of Ohio:

John P. Parker Elementary School
Cincinnati Public Schools,

Value Engineering

Value Engineering (VE) is a disciplined approach that examines alternatives to search for “the second right answer”. The VE process identifies opportunities to remove unnecessary costs while ensuring that quality, reliability, performance and other critical factors will meet or exceed the client’s requirements.

VE is an effective tool that saves money, adds value, increases quality and reduces the life cycle cost of a facility. VE is a formal, logical and analytical process by which multi-disciplined teams seek the best balance between a project’s required functions and its life-cycle cost.

VE can be effectively used through out the life of a project; during the planning, conceptualization, design, construction, or operations and maintenance (O&M) phases. VE studies are often performed in conjunction with constructability reviews, especially on complex projects, to find alternatives that cut costs while increasing value. VE studies typically consist of five phases:  Identification of Potential, Analysis of Functions, Generation of Ideas, Evaluation of Ideas, and Development of Recommendations. At the end of each study, MCP gives the client recommendations that are likely to result in value enhancements. MCP utilizes a multi-disciplined team to analyze each projects specifications, processes and products.