Prototype Design & Maintenance

Benchmark offers prototype services which is more than technical expertise and support to our Clients. They hold a high level of trust in us. We are the communication channel for the client within their organization and with third parties, providing guidance and counsel.

Prototypes require new ideas, understanding all applicable codes, design skills, new technology experience, and multi-discipline knowledge. We can provide Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Fire Protection, Fire Sprinkler, and Energy Services to address all requirements of your prototype designs. To create or update a prototype takes collaboration, cooperation, and data gathering. You must ask will it work across all sites with minimum alterations? Does it meet the Clients’ expectations?

Prototypes can greatly increase the quality and reproducibility of drawings that are more tuned in to what the Client is looking for as an end result, therefore reducing time and changes. Corporations have objectives such as corporate branding, customer shopping experience goals, and corporate public image. A good proto design can cost-effectively assist in reaching these objectives.

The prototype process takes time, resources, and clear communication – all of which we have experience in. As an A&E firm we have created prototypes and then designed multiple projects to see the prototype work successfully. We are good at what we do and have a proven record creating long-term partnerships with our clients.

Already have a Prototype?

Let us be your team of choice for Proto-Keeper. We are:

  • Innovative: new products and technology
  • Proactive: new ideas
  • Cost-effective: saving you $$
  • Think tank resource: pooling our experiences and ideas

Our process involves:

  • DI – Design Initiative: Discuss ideas, give fee to develop it, create the design, get your approval.
  • Presentation: Create a presentation package, presentation to your internal decision makers or 3rd parties involved.
  • If approved: CI – Construction Initiative – Once CI approved, we work to get it into the prototype and work with you to determine when to implement it.
  • We will go to the construction site to insure the proto is followed and/or proto items are added.

Client Testimonials

“GPW & Associates has worked with the Benchmark Refrigeration and Fire Protection Division for over 3 years on various Walmart Remodel and Sam’s Club Projects. Their teams are always responsive and perform with the highest level of professionalism. They are collaborative and efficient, and they always put the needs of their clients as their highest priority. We highly recommend them for projects related to the Big Box, Retail, and Grocery Store Markets.”

Gina Pacumbaba-Watson
President & CEO, GPW & Associates, LLC | Engineering Consultants


“Benchmark Group has become an extension to our company related to refrigeration design, engineering, and product collaboration. The team has gone above and beyond to assist with integrating our European products into the United States. By utilizing the Benchmark Group’s services, we have been able to eliminate multiple design errors and improve on our deliverables. We are very pleased with the responsiveness, and willingness to help and provide industry advice when we need a neutral point of view. We trust Benchmark and recommend using their services.”

Clay Galloway, C.E.M.
Director, Sales, AHT Cooling Systems USA, Inc.

“Guss Jahchan, AIA, and his team at Benchmark Group, have handled a crucial and important Value-Engineering exercise for one of our corporate stores in Virginia. They had developed and maintained our present corporate prototype, while they were able to point out areas of savings, without jeopardizing the aesthetics or the quality of our store.  We at Propelled Brands, have found the Benchmark team to be highly professional while keeping our interest at the forefront of their work.  Our plan is to continue to work with Benchmark Group for our architectural and engineering (A&E) needs and recommend them to others that need full professional A&E assistance.

Steve J. Elliott
Owner | Architect, SJE Architects

“Our Experience with the team at Benchmark was fantastic! They did a great job of interpreting what we wanted and suggesting what would be a good fit. The little details in design made a difference. They were responsive to questions, very accommodating to changes, and easy to do business with. We are very happy and would recommend their services.”

John Johnson
Co-Owner, D-BAT Northwest Arkansas

“Stephanie Whorton and Benchmark Group as a whole, have been super helpful, and I have really enjoyed working with them. Hopefully, we can do many more jobs together.”

Raymond Weaver
Owner, Weavers Farm & Furniture