Engineering Project Case Studies | Erdman Anthony

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Design

The U.K.-based Institute of Competitive Socializing has brought its Swingers Crazy Golf entertainment concept to the U.S. market. The locations include bar areas and food options in support of the main draw: indoor miniature golf.

The Navy Yard location in Washington, D.C., is a 25,000-square-foot venue spanning two floors of a 10-story mixed-use building situated across from the Washington Nationals’ stadium.

Erdman Anthony collaborated closely with the client’s U.K.-based lighting and interior design teams to provide energy-efficient solutions to comply with Washington, D.C.’s green construction code. The lighting, which is completely LED, achieved the highest green code requirement, at 30% better than the maximum wattage usage for the space.

Given that the space had been built out for another restaurant concept, our designs called for several adjustments to the existing systems, including changes to accommodate multiple bars across the venue,  a commercial kitchen, and infrastructure for the miniature golf courses. Our firm also designed the natural gas piping and electrical systems to accommodate three locally contracted food vendors.

As occupancy and temperatures vary throughout the space, two main variable flow air conditioning units work in conjunction with multiple terminal variable air volume (VAV) boxes to provide HVAC for each floor. A demand-controlled ventilation system was employed to provide ventilation to the space and only provides maximum airflow at peak occupancy conditions.

The use of demand-controlled ventilation and static pressure reset strategies were aimed at minimizing energy usage for the HVAC systems. The entire HVAC system is also controlled by a central building management system, allowing for real-time monitoring and easier troubleshooting of the system operations.


Sustainable Design Impact

Working closely with the client’s overseas teams, our firm devised an LED lighting design that meets Washington, D.C.’s highest green construction code. The hot water systems were recirculated to all of the bars and prep areas, meeting DC’s green construction code requirements, and minimizing wasted water at each plumbing fixture. The HVAC systems utilized control strategies aimed at minimizing energy use and all electric heat, minimizing combustion by-products released to the environment.  


Justin Litz, PE
Justin Litz, PE
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