June 21, 2019

The Importance of Synchronous Design

By Jonathan Moore According to Merriam-Webster the definition of synchronous is: happening, existing or arising at precisely the same time. This is an expectation that has arisen in our lifetime. The world seems to spin a little faster than it did last year. We can order a package and it […]
June 21, 2019

Communication Delivers Value to Our Clients

By Jennifer Sumner What is the difference between an engineer and a marketing professional? Maybe not as much as you’d think. Engineers must translate simple requests into complex designs and engineering solutions. Marketing professionals must translate those complex engineering solutions into easily understood communications. While similar, they can sometimes be […]
June 7, 2019

Evaluations, Maintenance and Upgrades Lead to Longevity

By Donald J. Greulich, PE, LEED AP Recently, our firm was contacted to assist with an HVAC evaluation for a dormitory at a university in an adjoining state. The building was constructed in the early 1960s when cooling equipment was a new concept, generally rugged and durable, but unsophisticated. Controls […]
May 28, 2019

Consulting Engineering – What Does That Mean?

Thomas C. Yellina, PE Over the past 25 years, I have been asked countless times by family, friends and clients, “What do you do as a consulting engineer?” A consulting engineering by definition is: “A professional service that provides independent expertise in engineering, science and related areas to governments, industries, […]
May 15, 2019

The Secret Sauce to a Satisfied Building Owner

By Jill Best An experienced MEP firm understands the impacts that we have on a building and the building owner. This starts at design, continues throughout construction and the maintenance of the building. The Owner is putting a huge investment into a new or existing building. Being able to translate […]
April 24, 2019

Building Systems – Always Phased

By Ben Gries, PE There is one chance in a building’s life to have all systems addressed at once; that is during its original design and construction. After that point, any renovation, replacement, or improvement will only alter a portion of the original building systems. The HVAC, plumbing, and lighting […]
April 15, 2019

Why Do We Need Project Managers?

by Jonathan Moore Why do I need a Project Manager in my consultant’s office? In today’s world, a Project Manager (PM) is a necessary member of your engineering team because of the evolving nature of the design marketplace. The PM fills a crucial role in our industry and in our […]
February 5, 2019

Do you need a property condition assessment?

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP One of the biggest risks when buying a building is unforeseen problems with the property. Of those unforeseen issues, the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) systems represent a significant risk. Power outages, cold/hot work spaces, and leaking pipes are just a few of the […]
January 16, 2019

How much energy should your building use?

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP How much energy should your building use? Is its usage comparable to similar buildings? How can you reduce it? These are relative questions and sometimes hard to quantify and assess, especially if you only own or occupy one building. However, the answers could identify […]
January 10, 2019

What’s the right HVAC system for your building?

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP Choosing the right HVAC system for your building may not be an easy task, complicated by the fact that there is no “right” answer. There are many types of HVAC systems and all have unique attributes. It is important to consider the application, use […]
December 13, 2018

Standing Out as a Professional

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP In an engineering firm, professionalism is key to earning the trust of clients. Professional engineers are hired because of a distinct skillset earned through years of education and experience. Professional engineering firms provide skills and consulting services, and clients trust them for advice and […]
December 13, 2018

Planning for MEP System Capital and Operating Expenses

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP Understanding the costs of conducting business is critical to the profitability of that business. One aspect that is often overlooked is the maintenance and replacement of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems. These systems are easy to overlook because the expenses to maintain them […]
October 2, 2018

Why Hire an Engineer?

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP Why hire an engineer? Are they necessary? The answer is, not so simple at times. Law stipulates that a professional must design certain projects — healthcare facilities, high-hazard buildings and buildings that have an occupancy of more than 100 people, to name a few. […]
August 22, 2018

Western Kentucky University

For nearly two decades, Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. (KGEI) has collaborated with Western Kentucky University’s (WKU) Planning, Design and Construction department. WKU continues to progress on their $500 million campus renovation plan addressing the continued growth of the university. KGEI is proud to be a part of a large number of […]
August 16, 2018

The Importance of Building Envelope Testing

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP Energy codes have advanced to the point where small breaches in envelope integrity can lead to claims of HVAC size insufficiency. Each version of energy codes reduces building energy use below the level of its predecessor. This has been accomplished through improved building envelopes, […]
August 16, 2018

Old Forester Distillery – The Importance of Collaboration

by Ben Gries, PE, LEED AP The recently completed Old Forester Distillery is a testament to the need for collaboration throughout the design and construction process. This project combines historical construction, customer experience, sophisticated industrial processes, sustainable design and high hazard materials into one aesthetic package. There may not be […]
May 17, 2018

A Q&A with Ben Gries, President, Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc.

Ben Gries took over the reins at Kerr-Greulich as President in January of 2017. With a year under his belt leading the now 35-year old company, Ben took a little time away from his busy schedule to answer some questions about the industry and his mentor and colleague, Don Greulich. […]
May 2, 2018

Design Summary Data and what it means to building owners and occupants

by Christine Keltner As engineers, we must make assumptions and estimations as part of the design process. Unfortunately, we don’t always get to explain or discuss our assumptions with the people who are most affected by them. ASHRAE has laid out a few guidelines to help us keep similar assumptions […]
February 15, 2018

Egress Model Video

Fire Protection Engineers use egress models to simulate occupants exiting a building during emergencies. The results are analyzed to determine the time required to evacuate buildings. This software allows engineers to evaluate building evacuation strategies and provides animated 3D results.  
February 15, 2018

Fire Model Video

Fire Protection Engineers use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling, such as the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) to simulate smoke and heat transfer during various fire scenarios. This software allows engineers to evaluate harmful effects of fire and smoke such as high temperatures, production of carbon monoxide, and decreased visibility for […]