Mechanical engineers who are great communicators? That’s FSi.
Every day, our teams focus on making our clients’ projects succeed. That means we take time from the beginning to understand your goals, and then we can take them on as our own. In fact, we take the time to train every person on our staff in the skill of asking clear questions and getting clear answers. We take that information and use it as a basis for holistic, impeccable design. And when we think we’ve done our job, we come to you to make sure that everything we give you is exactly what you want and need. We don’t call any job complete until you let us know you are happy with our work.
When it makes sense, we use technology to improve our communication, like 3D images and motion graphics to show building occupants complex duct routing or crowded mechanical spaces. Our computational fluid dynamics (CFD) models analyze airflow patterns, and also let project stakeholders see the areas of a building that will have enough natural ventilation to provide summertime cooling, or controllable airflow patterns for sensitive industrial processes.
Much of our excellent communication is decidedly low tech. It's based on our willingness to spend time on a job site, listening to and learning from maintenance staff and other stakeholders. It results from our commitment to understanding owner and clients needs, and making sure they thoroughly understand their options. In the end, our job is to give our clients the information they need, in a format that's useful to them, so they can make the best decisions for their projects.
What We Do
We provide the services you expect from a mechanical engineering firm, such as design, construction administration, and cost estimating, and we perform them impeccably. We also offer some less common services, such as energy audits, CFD airflow analysis for industrial applications and natural ventilation, and pipe stress modeling for steam systems.
- Mechanical engineering
- Field investigation
- Feasibility studies
- Cost estimating
- Construction administration
- Life cycle cost analysis
- CFD airflow analysis
- Building energy audits
- Energy efficiency upgrades
- BIM 3D modeling
- Energy modeling
- Acoustic modeling
- Pipe stress modeling
Our work has brought us into a fascinating range of buildings, from schools to paint hangars, and hospitals to wineries. We always enjoy learning how facilities operate, and we’re even more interested in helping them function just a little (or a lot) better.
- Colleges and universities
- Community centers
- City halls, civic campuses
- Administrative and medical offices
- Historic buildings
- Medical, research, and tech labs
- Manufacturing facilities
- Aircraft paint hangars
- Vehicle maintenance facilities
- High-hazard environments
- Wineries, breweries, distilleries
- Food processing facilities
- Transit bases and passenger facilities
- Water and wastewater utilities
- Solid waste facilities
From basic HVAC to one-of-a-kind process installations, we execute every design with careful attention to detail and your project goals front and center.
- Domestic plumbing
- Process piping
- Steam piping
- Generator fueling
- Maintenance fluids
- Washdown water
- Vehicle fueling and wash
- Medical and lab gases
- Housekeeping and hold-down vacuum
- Industrial ventilation
- Natural ventilation
- Odor control
- Campus steam
- Compressed air
- Winery, brewery, and distillery systems
- Food processing
- Fire Protection
Safer homes in our community
Our Spokane office and two dozen other volunteers worked with the Spokane Fire Department and the Red Cross, as part of the Northwest Region Home Fire Safety Campaign. The Red Cross has set the goal of reducing death and injury from home fires, by installing free smoke alarms for those who cannot afford or are unable to install alarms themselves.
The April 2019 event made 74 homes in our community safer. All together, volunteers installed 186 smoke alarms and 39 carbon monoxide alarms for area families.
Thanks to Brandon, Melissa, and Ben for making a difference for our neighbors.
Yes in our backyard.
In 2016, Facing Homelessness founder Rex Hohlbein came to our office to talk about his new initiative, The BLOCK Project. The BLOCK Project would build net-zero, 125 sf homes in Seattle backyards, providing both housing and a community connection for people who had experienced homelessness.
We were immediately on board. Before Rex even finished his presentation, FSi Principal Rob Danforth committed us to providing pro bono mechanical engineering, to help design the homes for net-zero energy and water use. A staff member even asked to host a home in her yard.
Fast forward to today. We are proud to continue to be the pro bono mechanical engineer for The BLOCK Project. Bobby celebrated his second year living in the first BLOCK Home, five more homes have been built, and a total of 13 have been funded. We are gearing up for the third annual A/E fundraiser; it has been exciting to work alongside other engineers, architects, and contractors to help fund more of these homes, and to spread the community love as we watch the project grow.
Meeting our neighbors
FSi’s community service team set out to get more involved in the neighborhood around our Seattle office. We decided to reach out to our immediate neighbors, especially those living unhoused and in supportive housing. And what better way to reach out than through food!
We put together 60 bags with non-perishable snacks, hats, hand warmers, toiletry items, and homemade cookies. Then we hit the streets. Six folks from FSi passed out the bags within a block of our office.
“We want our neighbors to know that we see them, we care about them, and they’re not alone,” said Bill Boone of FSi’s community team, who organized the event. “The people we talked to were so gracious. It was fun and we had really interesting conversations,” added Jean Phillips. “Its so nice to know the people we met will have warm heads and hands from the items we gave them.”
Embrace a good challenge.
Unique facilities, sensitive processes, aggressive schedules, and ambitious sustainability goals. We've built a reputation for developing practical, maintainable solutions for complex problems.
Meet your timelines.
That’s one of the reasons we have so many schedule-sensitive organizations – school districts, universities, and major manufacturing companies – among our repeat clients.
Be an effective teammate.
We’ve led hundreds of project teams and supported hundreds more as a subconsultant. This gives us good perspective on what it takes to be a good teammate, and we’ve incorporated it into how we work.
FSi provided pro bono mechanical support for design of the SEED net-zero classroom building. The SEED classroom is a net-zero energy and water use, and completely non-toxic learning environment. It has a 100-year life, and costs 60% less to operate than a conventional portable classroom. Two SEED classrooms have achieved Living Building Certification. We worked with SEED to redesign the building’s mechanical system and supported its installation at the Living Future Conference in Seattle in 2013.
Colman Dock Ferry Terminal
FSi is the mechanical engineer for Washington State Ferries’ new Colman Dock in Downtown Seattle. With our expertise in airflow modeling, we worked with the design team to design the building to be cooled almost entirely with natural ventilation. We are excited to support the WSF’s commitment to sustainability, and we’re enjoying watching construction progress from our Seattle office.
Thank you for everything. Your help has been so much above and beyond what other engineers have been able to provide."
Project Manager Industrial Client