Henderson Research

Through Henderson Research, we empower our employees to commission fully-funded, proprietary research projects on behalf of our firm. Led by our own engineers, these research efforts seek to answer the “why” and challenge the “how” of engineering design in an effort to continuously improve solutions within the built environment. Henderson funds these research initiatives as one of the many ways we purposely strive to drive the industry forward. Henderson Research is just one way we are working to find sustainable solutions for our clients that set us apart from our competition, and also provide real—world results to truly impact the engineering world.


    Lighting is paramount to staging a successful event – both for broadcast and live spectating. With so many manufacturers rushing to provide new technology, it’s important to separate the players from the pretenders. This study ran light fixtures from 12 different manufacturers through their paces to provide a snapshot of the current lighting landscape for sports structures.


    Recent code changes to the requirements of hoistway pressurization for elevators in high-rise buildings has provided an immense challenge to designers, contractors, and authorities having jurisdiction. Using a combination of empirical research and modeling using multiple software packages, this study help develop best practices for how to mitigate risks and provide a compliant design.


    A counterpart to Hoistway Pressurization, this study seeks to identify best practices for pressurizing stairwells during a life-safety event.


    Through a study of humidity levels and contaminants, we sought to identify best practices for removing space air to limit issues caused by saturated air and odors. This applies to lockers of all shapes and sizes, ranging from small shower and changing facilities for offices and schools to professional locker rooms.


    Large retailers often develop supercenters that combine dry goods with grocery. The unique nature of exhaust, ventilation air, and multiple entries creates challenges with the infiltration of raw outdoor air. This study sought to identify areas of mass infiltration to be able to develop alternative approaches to controlling this undesirable air at store entries.


    Gymnasium flooring systems can be stressed by the combination of intermittent use, new-growth maple flooring, and large volumes of raw, often humid outdoor air. This study sampled a wide variety of gymnasiums and looked for patterns of humidity spikes that can adversely impact wood floors. The results of this study are expected to be completed in late 2017.


    A public-private partnership was struck between Henderson Engineers, the University of Kansas, and one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains to better understand opportunities around water. What this study found was not what we expected, so further research is now underway. We are now looking to beta test water reclamation skids and seeking code changes to further facilitate its adoption.


    Hospitals and other healthcare facilities have two options for medical gas—liquid or compressed. Due to the expansion of liquid to gas and the required pressure relief in oxygen systems, low use can cause the system to be wasteful. This study researched at what point is it cost effective to make the switch.


    This study is researching the right rules and algorithms needed to successfully monitor and control building systems to maintain their optimized state. The project is still ongoing and expected to be completed in 2019.