Associate Principal, Discipline Leader



I specialize in medical gas systems, treated water systems, and water and energy conservation.

I bring more than 25 years of experience in the design of plumbing systems, including sanitary and storm drainage; domestic, pure, and industrial water; natural gas piping and equipment; pumps and pumping; kitchen waste and grease trap; and fuel oil systems. I also have expertise in healthcare facility systems: medical gas, compressed air, vacuum, oxygen, nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen systems. I am also experienced in preparing specifications, calculations, material requisitions and bid analyses; issuing addendums; answering RFIs; reviewing cost proposals and shop drawings; and completing field inspections.

I consider the best holistic outcome first and then work toward that end. For example, I designed one of the first large-scale water reuse systems in an Acute Care Facility.

My interests extend beyond plumbing engineering into infection control issues, risk management, conservation of energy and water, and systems sustainability. I consider the best holistic outcome first and then work toward that end. For example, I designed one of the first large-scale water reuse systems in an Acute Care Facility. I have also co-written a new set of construction guidelines for Liberia.

 

My Flipside

Outside of the office, I play with my son, Gus – he’s a lot of fun! The arts play a role in my family life; Whitney, my wife, is a fine art painter who is exhibited across the Bay area (I even build some of her picture frames). We all love music and enjoy hosting dance parties. As a member of a small-time odd-ball rock band since age 26 (I play the guitar and fiddle), I’ve “played a gig” in every major American and Canadian city, as well as several European cities.

I grew up on a farm near Monticello, Iowa. My father grew up during the Great Depression and developed a tough, minimalist, and highly resourceful mindset. We fixed all of the equipment ourselves and built most of the buildings too. This upbringing taught me a lot about how things work – or don’t work. It showed me the value and rewards of not fighting nature. These experiences eventually led to my joining Mazzetti. I started out in architectural drafting and was drawn to designing water systems. The world of water has endless opportunities. Valuing water as a resource is important to me at home as well as at work; we use shower water for watering trees.