Energy + Ecology: The Value of Early Analysis

Energy + Ecology: The Value of Early Analysis By Miles Dake, PE, AIA, LEED AP Energy + Ecology Practice Lead Energy + Ecology is a practice within M.E. GROUP developed to allow design teams to better meet owner and project goals. This group of highly specialized building analysis gurus integrates in with the building design

GSS 2017 | Tour Recap: Fort Logan Northgate School

Green School Summit 2017 | Tour Recap: Fort Logan Northgate School by Dannie DiIonno, Business Development Specialist Last month, members of our Denver team were given an incredible opportunity to act as a tour guide, during the Green Schools Summit, for one of our projects. During this real-time case-study of the Fort Logan Northgate 3-8

MAKE A CONNECTION: 5 Questions for Andrew Bridges

Path to Net Zero: Adams 12 School District

By Miles Dake, PE, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Designing and constructing a school to achieve Net Zero Energy is a challenging goal. With consideration to the number of technologies and low cost energy-savings strategies that are available, it takes a huge upfront effort from all parties involved. Arriving at this goal requires careful upfront planning

KC Team Promotions

We are pleased to announce even more promotions at M.E. GROUP, and this time they’re each homegrown! Congratulations to Andrew Bridges, P.E, and Conner Smith, P.E. for taking the helm of the KC MEP Design Practice. Andrew has been tapped to serve as the MEP Practice Lead; while Conner will serve as Assistant Practice Lead

Managing Construction Costs in the K-12 Market

MANAGING CONSTRUCTION COSTS IN THE K-12 MARKET By Mandy Redfield, PE, LEED AP BD+C Senior Project Manager When it comes to the cost of labor and materials, the current construction climate in Colorado is volatile. We’ve seen construction costs rise month after month, but our clients’ needs and schedules remain unchanged. How can we, as MEP/T
Rick Maniktala, President

M.E. GROUP Names New President

Overland Park, KS — Rick Maniktala, PE, MBA, HFDP, CxA, LEED-AP, has been named President of M.E. GROUP by the Board of Directors effective immediately. “We welcome Rick’s experience and leadership to the role of President,” said Aaron Stover, M.E. GROUP’s Controller & Board Member. “As President, Rick will provide strategic leadership for the company


ACHIEVING MORE SUCCESS IN DESIGN-BUILD By Rick Maniktala, PE, LEED AP, CxA, MBA President Reduce risk. Drive innovation. Accelerate timelines. Ultimately, save money. These are the key benefits to teaming design and construction professionals under one contract in the Design-Build delivery method. Design-Build delivery can significantly lower costs and accelerate timelines*. The delivery method can

Welcome Bob Weber, PE

Join us in welcoming Bob Weber, PE,  M.E. GROUP’s newest Chief Mechanical Engineer, based in our Denver office. “I am excited to be a part of a firm that is an industry leader in technical and innovative building systems design,” Bob said. With more than 20 years of industry and technical experience in

Interns Win at AEI Student Design Competition

Congrats to our interns, Mark Wilder and David Repair for winning the following awards awards at the 2017 Architectural Engineering Institute’s (AEI) Student Design Competition: 1st in Electrical (David was electrical lead) 2nd in Mechanical 2nd in Integration 1st in High Performance and WELL Project Challenge – Plaque 1st in Security and Resiliency

Welcome Brad Lewis, Technology Practice Leader

Bold Moves Make Bold Progress: Introducing Brad Lewis Brad Lewis, M.E. GROUP’s new Technology Practice Leader and Vice President is into sound. Like, really into sound and the science behind it. So we asked him to join our team and bring his specialty expertise in Technology and Acoustics to complement our established suite of engineering


M.E. GROUP is excited to announce the launch of Technology + Acoustics, a dedicated practice group, under the company’s Building Engineering division that offers clients an integrated team for all of their building infrastructure systems. M.E. GROUP believes the new Technology + Acoustics practice is a natural extension and complements their expertise

At M.E. GROUP, Engineering is a Harmonious Art Form

Look Past the Constraints: At M.E. GROUP, Engineering is a Harmonious Art Form By Miles Dake, PE, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C This week is eWEEK, the national celebration of all things engineering. M.E. GROUP is taking this opportunity to recognize our engineers, educate our followers, and maybe inspire someone to become an engineer. So, in

Why do We Decide to Build Sustainably?

Why do We Decide to Build Sustainably? By Marcel Harmon, PhD, PE, WELL AP, LEED AP O+M Several years I ago I did a pilot study looking at individual vs. group influences on the decisions that people make whether or not to build sustainably. Essentially I was looking at whether or not the more people

WELL Kick-Off

M.E. GROUP and Forte Building Science, a division of M.E. GROUP, launched the firm’s WELL initiative by engaging each of our offices in a company-wide program designed to align with our WELL Consulting services. The first step was to enjoy a healthy breakfast together and hear and presentations from our  WELL AP certified team members.

Energy Awareness Month 2016

As National Energy Awareness Month winds down for 2016, M.E. GROUP’s commitment to energy efficiency is as strong as ever. Awareness of Energy, its consumption, and how to better conserve it is an all-year commitment our team strives to bring to our clients on every project. When President George Bush first declared October as National

Don’t Use Rules of Thumb

Quick Engineering Rule of Thumb: Don’t Use Rules of Thumb By Miles Dake, EIT, Assoc. AIA,  LEED-AP BD+C DOES YOUR DESIGN TEAM DISCUSS MECHANICAL LOADS? Don’t tell anyone that you know this, but it is a well-known secret to mechanical engineers that “rules of thumb” will get you really close for most things. Rules of

More Team Members Earn WELL AP™

Congratulations to Andres Rodriguez-Burns and Carrie Nakamoto for earning their WELL AP™. Andres and Carrie join Pete Jefferson, Marcel Harmon and Stuart Shell in possessing the knowledge of human health and wellness in the built environment, and specialize in the WELL Building Standard. Successfully passing the WELL AP™ exam demonstrates knowledge in WELL Building Standard

From College to the Workplace

From College to the Workplace: How Sustainability Matures By Erica DiLello, LEED Green A little over a year ago, I was sitting at my graduation wondering what was next and where my degree in Building Construction and Technology would take me.  Having focused on sustainability throughout my college experience, I was determined to stay true

Thanks to our Interns!

Thank you to all of our interns who spent the summer with us. We hope you had a great time and learned a lot!   DENVER INTERNS: Reid Poling, University of Kansas “I truly had a great time as an intern this summer with the Denver office of M.E. GROUP.  I was impressed that interns

Team Members Earn WELL AP Certification

We are pleased to announce that Marcel Harmon, Pete Jefferson, and Stuart Shell, members of Forte Building Science, a division of M.E. GROUP, have earned their WELL Accredited Professional (WELL APTM) credentials through the International WELL Building InstituteTM (IWBITM), placing them among the first in the country to achieve this certification. Successfully passing the WELL

Proud to Partner with Brookdale Senior Living

M.E. GROUP is proud to announce the partnership with Brookdale Senior Living to reduce energy use at multiple properties within their portfolio.  Brookdale Senior Living is the largest senior housing provider in the country with more than 1,100 communities. Our team will work with Brookdale to reduce energy use and enhance occupant comfort at 42

Success through Diligent Coordination

By Andrew Bridges On the surface, coordination between an architect and a plumbing engineer may appear very straight forward; the architect guides the placement of fixtures based on room requirements and ADA accessibility standards, while the plumbing engineer routes the water, waste and vent from the site utilities to these end uses. However, difficulties arise

Bioclimatic Design at One End of the Spectrum

By Pete Jefferson, Principal | Vice President We talk a lot about bioclimatic design here at M.E. GROUP, and while a lot of what we design in our projects might be new, the actual concept of bioclimatic design is not. There are many different definitions trying to describe what bioclimatic design is, but I’ve settled

To Ground or Not to Ground?

To Ground or Not to Ground?  That is the VERY Important Question! How many of you have read the National Electrical Code (NEC®) book? Probably not many. We don’t blame you. Every time we read it, a new edition seems to pop up and replace it. For a code manual that has been constantly updated