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Kelly, Wright & Associates, P.C. (KWA) is a Tucson-based professional mechanical engineering consulting firm owned and managed by senior design professionals. As a full-service mechanical engineering firm, KWA has extensive experience in the design of HVAC, Plumbing, and Fire Protection systems for all types of facilities. Established in 2000, the Firm has a history of over eight hundred successful projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, and New Mexico.

The firm has also provided engineering services outside the United States in Argentina, Chile, Guatamala, Kuwait, and Mexico. The firm maintains two registered Mechanical Engineers (with registrations in both Arizona and New Mexico) and one of the few consulting professional Fire Protection Engineers in the State. Two of the principals of the firm have achieved LEED AP certification.

Unique in mechanical engineering firms, KWA offers complete fire protection system designs, including hydraulic calculations and shop drawings. KWA provides engineering design services for all types of educational facilities, from grade school to University.
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read more › Kelly, Wright & Associates provides HVAC design services including audits, feasibility studies, life cycle analyses, payback analyses, master planning, central heating and cooling plants, commercial kitchens, laboratories, and all types of air distribution systems. The designers at KWA often run multiple iterations of different design ideas in order to provide the best solution for each project, taking into account owner requirements and desires, budget concerns and payback analysis, energy usage, maintenance, etc.

read more › Jesus has more than two decades of work experience in the mechanical engineering industry. His vast experience provides him with the tools needed to optimize systems to each project. Jesus' attention to detail and knowledge of mechanical design allows him to manage all types of projects. Jesus has an excellent knowledge base in the field of HVAC and is also proficient in plumbing designs and controls. He has extensive capabilities in the field of computer-aided drafting including 3-D and Revit.

read more › Chris has nearly two decades of experience in the design of water-based fire sprinkler systems for commercial and residential applications. His career spans 13 years working with a successful mechanical contracting company followed by a 12-year relationship with Kelly, Wright & Associates. Experience at the contracting level included estimation, design and management of projects. He has installed systems in the field and has been responsible for installation-ready, pre-fabricated designs that necessitated intensive coordination and field verification efforts.

read more › Manny has been working in the consulting mechanical engineering industry for more than a decade. Throughout his career, Manny has been project manager for MP&E design teams involved in small and large projects. He has experience working in the 3D BIM environment. He has been involved in international projects involving designs in Mexico and has the ability to provide documents in Spanish. He is knowledgeable in a wide variety of mechanical engineering applications and project management including Solar Thermal, Design-Build, CMAR and LEED Simulation and Design.

read more › Burt has over three decades of academic and hands-on experience with fire protection and plumbing design. He has worked as a plans examiner, a fire marshal, a senior fire protection designer for local fire protection contractors and as a senior plumbing and fire protection designer and project manager for two local mechanical engineering firms. Burt has worked extensively with architects and engineers, and has excellent interdisciplinary communication skills. With regard to fire protection, Burt has extensive experience producing complete and detailed designs with calculations for all water-based fire suppression systems.

read more › KWA has extensive experience working on military projects in Arizona and California and has vast knowledge of the federal requirements and desires for such projects. KWA provides engineering design services for all types of education facilities, kindergarten to high school. Additionally, KWA provides commissioning and energy audits. The KWA team provides high quality, energy efficient and budget-appropriate solutions for office buildings, financial institutions, mixed-use facilities, retail buildings.

read more › KWA provides engineering design services for all types of educational facilities, from grade school to University. Additionally, KWA has provided commissioning and energy audit services for dozens of schools in multiple districts. KWA has extensive experience in the design of both new construction and renovations for educational projects. We have a keen awareness of the special requirements of K-12 projects such as vandalism, ADA access, parts standardization, maintenance.

read more › Below are a few examples of military facilities we have provided engineering design services for. Designed the HVAC, plumbing and fire protection system for a pump house addition to an existing aircraft hanger used as a corrosion control maintenance facility for F16 aircraft. Also designed a complete wet-pipe fire sprinkler system throughout the existing hanger with a manual and automatically controlled Hi-X foam system within the existing hanger bays. System design incorporated design of a new pump house addition with redundant fire pumps, controllers and related equipment and site underground fire line extension.

read more › Kelly, Wright & Associates offers complete fire protection engineering services to our clients. This includes the capability of properly coordinating fire protection system designs with the work of other disciplines and integrating them into the contract documents for a complete package. This offers the advantage of discovering coordination issues and resolving them prior to issuing the plans for bidding and permits, all with the Owner's and Client's best interests in mind. Additionally, with a registered Fire Protection Engineer, Kelly, Wright & Associates can provide our clients with FPE services including the design of fire alarm systems, smoke control systems, code/standard analysis, clean agent systems, foam/AFFF systems, explosion protection, water mist systems, as well as full fire protection and life safety audits.

read more › Below are a few examples of commercial and retail facilities we have provided engineering design services for. New 2-story corporate headquarters office building. Design included HVAC, plumbing, and performance based fire protection. HVAC system consisted of packaged VAV air conditioning with complete DDC control system. Sound attenuators and vibration isolator roof curb used to minimize the rooftop unit noise. Back-up air conditioning provided for computer server room. Design HVAC, plumbing and performance based fire protection for new approximately 39,600 square foot single-story automotive dealership / service building.

read more › Below are a few examples of government facilities we have provided engineering design services for. Four story office building for Pima County health / medical related departments. Complete fire sprinkler system and fire standpipe design including fire service underground and hydraulic calculations. HVAC design includes water cooled variable primary flow central plant with 2 chillers - one with variable frequency drive and a packaged hydronic pumping system integrated with the chiller plant. Engineering services included factory witnessed chiller and chilled water pump system testing.

read more › Below are a few examples of colleges and universities we have provided engineering design services for. Design of solar-thermal-fired hot water absorption chiller system. Solar thermal hot water collectors were located on the roof of the existing Student Rec Center. The new absorption chiller was fired from the solar loop water and used the existing swimming pool as a heat sink. The system provides chilled water to the University's campus-wide chilled water system while heating the pool. Project based on energy payback type contracting.

read more › Below are a few examples of healthcare, hospital and medical facilities we have provided engineering design services for. New two-story building consisting of offices, research labs and conference areas. Original design target of LEED v3 silver. HVAC design included extension of chilled water and steam from campus energy plant, steam to hot water conversion in building, VAV air handlers, BACnet EMCS integration into the campus-wide system. Design included complete plumbing and fire protection performance specifications.

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