High Performance Design Specialist to Present at PLEA 2016 Conference

PLEA, or “Passive and Low Energy Architecture,” is a worldwide organization committed to the development, documentation and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design. This week, the world’s foremost experts in art, science, planning and design in the built environment will convene … Continued

Engagement – the Key to Employee Retention

    According to BusinessDictionary.com, the definition of employee engagement is “Emotional connection an employee feels toward his or her employment organization, which tends to influence his or her behaviors and level of effort in work related activities. The more engagement an employee has with his or her company, the more effort they put forth. Employee engagement also involves the nature of the job itself – if the employee feels mentally … Continued

National Guard Centers Receive Necessary Upgrades to Complete Mission

“The brave men and women who have served – and those who continue to serve – our armed forces have selflessly sacrificed for our nation, and we owe it to them to provide the best services and protections available when they’re overseas and after they return home.” – Kirstin Gillibrand, U.S. Senator One weekend a … Continued

Why The Cultural Interview Is Important To Our Company

And How You Can Avoid Interview Embarrassment   by: Kathleen Jorgensen, Business Operations Manager     Congratulations!  You just made an appointment with a new company for a cultural interview.  Now you just have to figure out what a cultural interview is and why it is important to this company!   Cultural interviews do not contain … Continued

Passion – The Heart of an Engineer

This post is the completion of our 2016 National Engineers Week series.  To read Part 3: Angie Huber’s “From Shy Girl to Engineering Firm Executive,” please click here.   Passion:  not really the first term you think of when you think Engineer.  The stereotypical engineer is an introvert who hides away in a cubicle, churning through plan … Continued

From Shy Girl to Engineering Firm Executive

This post is a continuation of our 2016 National Engineers Week series.  To read Part 2: Kevin Pope’s “Engineer Your Career” please click here. Considering that about half of the work force is female, why is there still such a shortage of women in STEM industries of science, technology, engineering and math? Why is this happening … Continued

Engineer Your Career

This post is a continuation of our 2016 National Engineers Week series.  To read Part 1: Ken Urbanek’s “10 Reasons I Love Engineering” please click here.   When I started my education at the University of Wyoming in the Mechanical Engineering department, I, like many burgeoning engineers, had visions of labs coats and research work … Continued

10 Reasons To Love Engineering

This post is the first in our National Engineers Week 2016 series.  Return all week long for new posts from other MKK Consulting Engineers’ Principals.   Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering means more than plans and meetings.  Today, Ken Urbanek, MKK Consulting Engineers’ Director of Engineering kicks off 2016 National Engineers Week with his 10 … Continued

Top Ten Tips For Landing An Interview – From The Inside

Looking to join a high performance team of engineers, designers, and innovators?  Want to know what our talent management team is thinking before you submit an application?  Get inside the minds of our recruitment specialists as they share their Top Ten Tips for Landing an Interview. Your application is a reflection of you. We are … Continued

How Can Lighting Design Enforce a Company’s Brand?

Originally published by USGBC Colorado, February 16, 2016 Jeff Bentley, LC Lighting Designer There are several ways that lighting can reinforce a company’s brand or Mission and Vision Statement. Corporate branding has always been important and with the advent of color printing and color television, color joined the font and logo, among other aspects, as another … Continued

Innovation Seminar: The Future of High Performance Design

MKK Consulting Engineers will be presenting complimentary Innovation Seminars on the Future of High Performance Design this March in Montana. High performance buildings are a pathway to enhancing the value the design profession brings to building owners by providing innovative building solutions that empower businesses, organizations and communities to achieve their goals and objectives. This seminar will … Continued

Andrew Byl to Present at 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference

We are delighted to announce one of our newest team members, Andrew Byl, will be presenting with several colleagues at this year’s 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Orlando. Andrew will be presenting on Wednesday, January 27 at 8am, during the session titled, “New Methods for Airflow Determination and Building Pressurization.” This session addresses various aspects of airflow … Continued

Performance Based Design Services Creates Measurable Results

MKK’s consulting services consider the whole life cycle of a building – its design, construction, and operation. In order to optimize the building’s life cycle performance it’s important to start a project with measurable goals for energy, water, comfort and other important project objectives. A performance-oriented design process can iteratively use analysis to inform good … Continued

MKK Expands Innovation Lab with Sustainability Hire

Penny Cole Joins MKK in Newly Defined Role   MKK Consulting Engineers, Inc. (MKK), a leading mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sustainable design firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Penny Cole, LEED AP BD+C as our Innovation Lab’s High Performance Design Lead. Penny will be responsible for leading MKK’s sustainable design and building performance … Continued

Rapid Performance Modeling: Analysis at the speed of design.

Bioclimatic design starts with an understanding of climate, site, program and the building’s potential geometry. This early decision-making tool can help guide climate responsive design and capitalize on the free energy flows of the climate to provide comfort and delight. Passive strategies can be seamlessly integrated with the architectural design concepts and the active building … Continued

Performance + Design Innovation Lab: Visionary Engineering.

  MKK’s Innovation Lab is a team of high performance building specialists dedicated to advancing the future of building performance and sustainability. The next generation of high performance buildings will revolutionize new sources of value for building owners and occupants. Provide lower operating costs and lower total cost of ownership. Reduce waste while creating a … Continued

The WELL Building Revolution: Health for All

  Excerpt from Building Dialogue, June 2015 edition. Imagine Healthier Buildings Imagine buildings that are designed to help you thrive, where the indoor environment is tuned to take care of your body and mind. Imagine human comfort being taken to the next level by designing buildings as complete sensory environments, with not only improved thermal comfort, … Continued

Modern Hotel Guests Drive MEP Trends With More Emphasis on Control

Excerpt from High-Rise Hotel Technology: Modern MEP Systems Improve Guest Experience Originally published by High Rise Facilities Magazine, June 2015 Craig Watts, PE, LEED AP Principal/Vice President and Director of Corporate Market Development   More than Just a Pretty Interface Millennials are impacting everything in hotels – right down to the MEP systems. “In the next 10 to … Continued

Why Energy Modeling is Art

Why Energy Modeling is Art Originally published on the USGBC blog Amir Rezaei-Bazkiaei, PhD, BPAC, LEED GA Energy Modeler When Edvard Munch was painting The Scream, he probably didn’t know that the piece would leave many art lovers in awe for years to come. I am not an art professional, but I believe that he … Continued

Designing the Invisible

I just made a bold career move. Originally published on the USGBC blog Tom Hootman, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Performance + Design Innovation Lead I just made a bold career move. After 20 years of developing a successful and rewarding career as a sustainable design architect I decided to reinvent myself as an engineer. For … Continued

Weed Industry Hot Topics for 2015: Energy Consumption And Banking

This article was first published on Main Street.   DENVER (MainStreet) – As Colorado celebrates its first year of legal weed that fueled a construction and real estate boom, industry leaders predict that 2015 will be a year that other states look to the state for expertise in everything from banking to energy consumption as the industry grapples … Continued

Tackling Energy Consumption within the Existing Built Environment

Tackling Energy Consumption within the Existing Built Environment: Energy Audits and Re-Commissioning Ken Urbanek , Director of Engineering MKK Consulting Engineers, Inc., Denver In terms of energy consumption, our current building stock accounts for 47.6% of all the energy consumed in the U.S. and 74.9% of all of the electricity produced in the U.S. These … Continued

USGBC Colorado Green Schools Summit – Integrating Ground Source Heat Pump Systems in High Performance Schools

USGBC Colorado Green Schools Summit Integrating Ground Source Heat Pump Systems in High Performance Schools Craig Watts, together with Colorado Springs School District 11’s Neil Case and Major Engineering’s Jack Major will present “Integrating Ground Source Heat Pump Systems in High Performance Schools” at this year’s USGBC Colorado Green Schools Summit on November 8, 2013. … Continued

Kim Robertson to Present on Social Media at Upcoming Regional Conference

Kim Robertson, will be a guest speaker next week at the Society for Marketing Professional (SMPS) Southwest Regional Conference, in Denver. The conference, which gathers marketers and business developers from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona, is a great educational and networking opportunity for industry professionals. Kim will be co-presenting with Holly Bolton, FSMPS, CPSM, … Continued

Mitsubishi Electric “Interview with an Engineer” features MKK’s Ken Urbanek

From Mitsubishi Electric’s http://mitsubishielectricengineer.com/articles/interview-urbanek.asp”>”Interview with an Engineer” Summer 2013 Article: VRF Zoning Technology Obvious Choice for Historic, Residential Projects Engineering design and consulting firmMKK Consulting Engineers, Inc. (MKK)has been designing and engineering mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems for new construction, renovations and expansions since 1959. MKK has completed engineering projects in the contiguous U.S., Alaska … Continued