Engineering and Design

World-class innovations, real-world solutions.

Engineering Performance

McKinstry engineers and designers are creative problem solvers at our core. We live to innovate new approaches to meet client needs while staying true to our belief that we can positively impact the climate and construction affordability crises. From new construction to major retrofits, we think bigger and explore all options to bring your vision to life.


Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

Plumbing engineering

Structural engineering


Fire protection design

Building performance

Architectural services


BIM services

Commissioning services

Monitoring and data analytics


High-performance basis of design (BOD) development (energy, water, IAQ goal setting)

Performance-based system selection analysis

Architectural massing, site orientation and HVAC load analysis

Integrated, multidiscipline design and engineering services

Zero carbon and zero energy design services

Energy modeling for code compliance, certification and calibrated operations


Existing building decarbonization and electrification

Renewable energy production and storage solutions

Central plant and EcoDistrict planning, analysis and design

Energy, emissions and water benchmarking

Daylighting analysis


Embodied carbon analysis

Utility rebate coordination

Greywater and blackwater system analysis and design

LEED documentation for MEP credits

LEED and ILFI certifications


New building construction

Existing building engineering

Cross laminated timber (CLT)

Energy retrofits and improvements

Portfolio or campus

Shared-energy EcoDistricts



Renewable energy and energy storage

Commercial office

State and local government


Life sciences


Data centers

Higher education

K-12 school districts



For the Life of Your Building®

Launching Projects Effectively

Combining the right expertise at the beginning of project to drive decision making is something we are passionate about. Listening to our customers to help determine appropriate energy, water and IAQ goals and documenting them in a basis of design coupled with energy modeling to inform massing, site orientation, envelope criteria, daylighting strategies and MEP system selection with the DNA imprint of cost consciousness, constructability and operability is something we bring together in a uniquely McKinstry way.

Designing with the End in Mind

Designing with the end in mind yields best-in-class systems efficiency, occupant comfort and lower facility operational costs. It also removes the tendency to over-engineer for any and all outcomes. You get the building you need featuring the right performance, capabilities and budget.

Taking a Whole-Building Design View

We see opportunities where others see problems and challenges. Our engineering approach leverages a whole-building view. Design assumptions and decisions are based on real information, including construction costs and lead timing, building trend data, system comparison studies or early, focused detailing in congested areas.

Integrated Design and Delivery

McKinstry provides integrated solutions informed by our construction, energy, building operations and service professionals. Our designers offer a unique point of view with every project: inventive and outcome based. The methodologies we use carry less risk and deliver a cost-effective, dependable design capable of meeting the strictest energy, building and sustainability criteria.

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