A football team has a quarterback to call the plays on the field and keep the ball moving forward. Similarly, a design team’s project manager is tasked with keeping the project on schedule and on budget, as well as meeting the client’s design goals. The project manager relies on his or her designers, the running backs and wide receivers, to complete the plays for a successful game. Just as the special teams come in for critical plays on the field, a design team relies on the support of engineers for the specialized tasks involved in the completion of a building interior.
The engineers’ designs are often behind the scenes – hidden above ceilings, protected within columns - but are vital to the health, safety, and welfare of everyone within a space. At times their work is on display – through exposed beams, ductwork and electrical conduit.