My Plumbing Design Process
I initiated my plumbing design process by ensuring the architectural properties of my building were properly set prior to initiating the implementation of plumbing elements. My academic learning center consists of two floors and is a 28,185 sq. ft. building. Both floors feature 2 sets of restrooms for males and females — there are a total of 8 restrooms throughout the building. Each restroom has 2 sinks and 2 stalls with 6 foot widths to ensure ADA compliance for handicapped occupants.
In order to facilitate the plumbing design process, I decided it would make most sense to partition the M/F restrooms evenly and although restrooms are separated by gender, I conveniently placed the toilets and sinks back-to-back for easily accessible piping. Each toilet is connected to the domestic cold water system and is also connected to the sanitary system, while the sinks are connected to all systems — the domestic cold water system and the domestic hot water system for temperature comfort while washing hands, as well as the sanitary system.
Systems implemented: domestic cold water system, domestic hot water system, sanitary line system.
3D View of Level I and Level II Plumbing Design
Elevation View of Plumbing Design
Interior Perspective View of Plumbing System Integrated into Architectural Model
Plumbing Elements Selected
The greatest challenge I encountered when designing my plumbing system was ensuring I left sufficient space within my walls for all of the piping, especially since I placed toilets back-to-back, which required double the space for adequate pipe routing within the shared wall. Unfortunately, when I initially modeled my building, I did not consider such factor and I had to return to my architectural model to increase the widths of the walls shared between the female and male restrooms. Through continuous modifications to my architectural model, I was finally able to fit all of my piping within the wall gap and the overall results were ecstatically thrilling. 😊