Touchstone provides commercial electrical facility engineering design, from conceptual consulting through detail design and City plan check approval. We provide design-only services for design/bid/build projects and design/build services, where we also perform construction and commissioning.

Electrical Design

The first step in design of upgrades or improvements to existing facilities is to validate as-built construction drawings as a starting point, or to update or develop as-builts by reverse engineering. Understanding client requirements is key to beginning the design process. Touchstone prepares and reviews design option pros and cons and recommends good/better/best approaches. Our designs are not vendor-driven, such that sole-sourcing equipment results. Our designs set up competitive pricing from leading vendors.

Regularly reviewing design progress with the design team and owner is important to keep the process on track. Attention to detail throughout the project, including vendor equipment and construction methods ensures the best outcome. The commissioning plan, including what will be tested, how it will be tested, responsibilities and schedule implications should be documented during the design phase and specified into major equipment purchases.

Touchstone’s design market focus includes the following:

  • LStadiums, hospitality & restaurants
  • LEntertainment, studios & theme parks
  • LData centers & other critical facilities
  • LCommercial interiors
  • LHigher education & laboratories
  • LHealthcare

Touchstone’s design expertise includes the following:

  • LElectrical power, lighting & controls
  • LSite utilities & underground electrical service
  • LBackup power, reliability, UPS & generators, micro-grids, fuel cells
  • LRenewable energy, solar power, energy storage & EV charging
  • LData center support systems including cooling and fire protection

Touchstone regularly leads onsite commissioning of our own designs and installations as well as designs and installations by others. This intensive field experience, learning first-hand what works and what doesn’t work, is invaluable toward our design work, helping us continuously improve the functionality, constructability and efficiency of our designs. Many design engineers rarely get out of the office, and when they eventually find themselves as part of a quick construction punch walk, they don’t get very deep and sometimes don’t even understand what they’re looking at, much less how well it will perform and most importantly, if it meets the owners requirements.