EBL is pleased to announce Robert H. Stratemeyer, PE has received the Life Membership Award by the Building Congress & Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore.

Robert H. Stratemeyer, PEEBL Engineers of Baltimore, Maryland, is pleased to announce Robert H. Stratemeyer, P.E. has received the Life Membership Award by the Building Congress & Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore.

The Building Congress & Exchange Life Membership Award is given to a member who has been actively involved in the Building Congress and whose efforts have exemplified outstanding service to the organization. 

After serving his 3-year term as a Board of Director which began in 2003, Mr. Stratemeyer began his tour of duty on the Executive Committee, eventually working his way up to President. And on November 6, 2009, when his term as President was over, he thought his work was done. The next year when the current President could not finish the job and the President-Elect was being relocated, the Executive Committee turned to Bob. They needed a strong, respected leader — someone to provide on-the-job-training. Bob’s dedication and experience was invaluable, especially at a time when the Building Congress was weathering the stormy economic conditions. He continued on as President through 2011. Bob Stratemeyer epitomizes the type of person who deserves to be a Life Member.  Bob is the only 3-term President of the Building Congress & Exchange.

Founded in 1888, the Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) is Metropolitan Baltimore’s premier organization for networking, education and business development for professionals in all facets of the construction industry. BC&E’s diverse and productive networking events bring together general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, interior designers and building owners as well as associated professionals in finance, insurance, law, bonding and other industries. BC&E promotes improvements in the construction industry through educational programs about new technologies, market trends and best business practices and recognizes the finest craftsmen in the region through its annual awards program. For more information about the Building Congress & Exchange, please visit www.bcebaltimore.org.
November, 2013

EBL Celebrates its 10th Annual Oktoberfest Open House with Clients and Colleagues

EBL Engineers, LLC held its 10th Annual Oktoberfest Open House on October 10, 2013.  At the annual gathering presented for the enjoyment and networking of clients and colleagues, guests enjoy German fare and beverages catered by local Jerry D’s Catering and traditional music by Maryland folk band, The Edelweiss Band.  Photography compliments of Paper Camera.

Oktoberfest guests mingle their way around the maze of the office striking up conversations as they enjoy the buffet of Wiener Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, smoked pork chops, potato soup and the like; take in the German band; or make their way to the ‘beer garden’ featuring several German beers.  Some are even lucky enough to find the dessert display.

Ten years ago, EBL changed their annual December holiday party for clients to an Oktoberfest due to the many other scheduling conflicts in the holiday timeframe.  Ever since, the Open House has become something friends of EBL look forward to each year. This year, once again, did not disappoint.  Visit our Facebook page for photos of the event.
October, 2013

Oktoberfest 2013


Robert W. Baker, Jr., CET appointed to the Board of the National Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA)

EBL Engineers, LLC is pleased to announce that Robert W. Baker, Jr., CET, has been appointed to the Board of the National Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA).

Mr. Baker has over 30 years of experience in the design, review, and acceptance testing of fire alarm and electrical systems. He has consulted with architects and engineers on fire alarm evacuation and detection systems, as well as, power and lighting installations. In addition, he has more than a decade of experience as a construction cost estimator.  Mr. Baker has been a member of the National AFAA and local association since 1995.  He held several board positions with the local AFAA, MD-DC-VA Association and is the current President of the association.

The national association of the AFAA was formed in 1953 and is the only national trade association exclusively dedicated to representing the automatic fire detection and fire alarm systems industry.  The Association is committed to influencing codes and standards at all levels to make buildings safer through the proper application of automatic fire detection and fire alarm systems. It actively participates in the code change process of the model building code organizations (IBC and NFPA), and the associated code hearings.   You can visit their website at:  www.afaa.org.
June, 2013
 

EBL is pleased to announce Jamie Raithel, Tony Jondo and Brian Vandervort obtain Professional License 

EBL Engineers, LLC is pleased to announce the recent licensure of Jamie Raithel, Tony Jondo and Brian Vandervort in the State of Maryland.

Mr. Raithel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and has been with EBL Engineers for twelve years.  He also received his LEED AP Certification in 2006.   Mr. Raithel has design responsibility for the mechanical systems of a variety of projects including industrial, commercial, educational and military applications. His experience encompasses projects requiring HVAC systems; domestic water and sanitary plumbing layouts, underground steam and condensate piping systems and exhaust systems.

Mr. Jondo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2008 and has been with EBL Engineers for four years.  Mr. Jondo has provided building code review and consulting for clients on specialized fire suppression systems; fire alarm, life safety, smoke control, computer fire modeling, plan review, and fire pump installations.  He has completed comprehensive inspection and acceptance testing witness of integrated fire suppression, building fire alarm evacuation and detection systems, and smoke control systems.  He is accomplished in completing design-build fire sprinkler and fire alarm system design documents.  In addition, Mr. Jondo is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the Chesapeake Area Society of Health Care Engineering (CASHE).

Brian Vandervort is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer working at our NIH Bethesda field office.  He is a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering.  Brian started with EBL in 2007 after graduation.  Mr. Vandervort’s primary focus is the Joint Commission Environment of Care at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  Brian is also a member of the Chesapeake Area Society of Health Care Engineering (CASHE).
January 2013
 

EBL is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffery P. McBride, PE as Fellow of the American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland (ACEC/MD)

EBL Engineers, LLC, a Baltimore-based multi-disciplined engineering firm, is pleased to announce the newly appointed Fellow, Jeffery P. McBride, P.E., of the American Council of Engineering Companies, Maryland (ACEC/MD).  Mr. McBride’s history with the organization includes a three-year term as Director of the ACEC/MD, and more recently as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and immediate past President of the ACEC/MD.
January, 2013
 

EBL to Support Army Net Zero Iniatives

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center's Energy Engineering Analysis Program (EEAP) supports the Army Net Zero program through facility auditing and energy planning. EBL was selected as the survey team for 15 installations in 2011 and and additional 5 installations during 2012. 

EEAP is comprised of four separate tasks including an American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) level II study, facility modeling of representative buildings at each site, initial design of client selected energy conservation measures, and implementation support.
August, 2012
 

EBL is pleased to announce the re-election of Robert W. Baker, Jr., CET as President of the MD-DC-VA Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA).

EBL Engineers, LLC is pleased to announce the re-election of Robert W. Baker, Jr., CET as President of the MD-DC-VA Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) for a second two-year term.  Mr. Baker has over 25 years of experience in the design, review, and acceptance testing of electrical and fire detection systems. He has consulted with architects and engineers on fire alarm evacuation and detection systems, as well as, power and lighting installations. In addition, he has more than a decade of experience as a construction cost estimator. Along with being the President of the Automatic Fire Alarm Association MD-DC-VA Chapter, Mr. Baker is also a member of the Electric League of Maryland and the National Fire Protection Association.

The national chapter of the AFAA was formed in 1953 and is the only national trade association exclusively dedicated to representing the automatic fire detection and fire alarm systems industry.  The Association is committed to influencing codes and standards at all levels to make buildings safer through the proper application of automatic fire detection and fire alarm systems. It actively participates in the code change process of the model building code organizations (IBC and NFPA), and the associated code hearings.  The MD-DC-VA chapter of the AFAA was formed in the 1990's and our founding chapter President was Bob Harding. The MD-DC-VA chapter has grown to nearly 100 members, and was chosen as "Chapter of the Year" at the annual National AFAA meeting in 1998, 2001, and again in 2004.
August, 2012
 

EBL Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of Anthony J. Kleponis, P.E., LEED AP to Principal

EBL Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of Anthony J. Kleponis, P.E., LEED AP to Principal, effective July 1, 2012.  As a graduate of the University of Maryland in Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Kleponis has over 24 years of experience as a registered mechanical engineer.   His experience as a project manager, estimator and engineer with a mechanical systems contractor enhances his analysis and design capabilities.  In his 14-year tenure with EBL he has been responsible for complex project designs for a wide variety of new buildings, renovations and infrastructure upgrades.  In addition to designing HVAC, boiler and chiller plants, plumbing and piping systems, he has completed initial building and system condition reports including field inspection and testing, developed detailed operation and maintenance manuals for a wide variety of mechanical systems, and performed engineering construction administration services inclusive of shop drawing review.  His experience as a project manager, estimator and engineer with a mechanical systems contractor enhances his analysis and design capabilities.
July 2012
 

Edward A. Hubner, PE Awarded Engineer of the Year by the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers

On March 31, 2011, Edward A. Hubner, PE was awarded as Engineer of the Year at the Professional Engineers Awards Night hosted by the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers (MDSPE) at the Engineers Club in downtown Baltimore.  At the formal event, the esteemed award was given by MDSPE President Bill Ryan, PE in front of a record-breaking crowd of over 150 in attendance, with the keynote address given by honored guest, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The Engineer of the Year award is given to the individual who best demonstrates the highest ideals of the engineering profession.  Mr. Hubner relocated to Maryland from his native New Jersey upon graduation from Penn State with a Bachelors of Architectural Engineering with a specialty in Environmental Systems Design, he has been a registered Professional Engineer since 1990 and is currently licensed to practice in Maryland and three other states.  He has worked as a consulting engineer with EBL Engineers since 1987 and is currently Principal-in-Charge of Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineering as well as the Construction Management Group.  He has extensive experience in the design of HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, industrial ventilation, thermal storage, process piping, geothermal, and energy management systems and is highly regarded for forensic engineering in the field of remedial energy analysis where he has helped private, public and governmental clients save millions of dollars in energy costs while reducing greenhouse emissions.

He has represented the best interests of professional engineers on the Maryland Council of Design Professionals for over 10 years, has been an officer of the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers and is currently its president-elect.   In addition, he is active in numerous other Professional Associations including the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC), and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).  In 2009, responding to a request from the Maryland Military Department to augment its access to professional engineers in times of crisis, he accepted a commission as a Captain in the Engineering Corp of the Maryland Defense Force.  Today he serves as the Commanding Officer, Bravo Company of the 121st Engineer Regiment.  His company, comprised solely of Professional Engineers, not only provides logistic support to both the Maryland National Guard and Emergency Management Agency but also stands trained and ready to respond to natural or manmade disasters. 

Chartered in 1938, the Maryland Society of Professional Engineers in conjunction with the National Society of Professional Engineers promotes professionalism and ethics in engineering. It is active in safeguarding the health, safety and welfare of Maryland citizens.
April 2011
 

EBL is pleased to announce the election of Jeff P. McBride, PE as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies/Maryland (ACEC/MD).

EBL Engineers, LLC, a Baltimore-based multi-disciplined engineering firm, is pleased to announce the election of Jeffery P. McBride, P.E. as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies, Maryland (ACEC/MD).  He will be inducted at their annual meeting in The Greenbrier, West Virginia, for the term running June 2011 to June 2012.  Mr. McBride’s history with the organization includes a three-year term as Director of the ACEC/MD, and more recently as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President of the ACEC/MD, which he will complete in June 2011.

ACEC/MD, with headquarters in Baltimore, is a nonprofit association of over 80 multi-sized consulting engineering firms located throughout the state serving the public as well as private sectors.  Member firms employ approximately 6,000 employees and are responsible for the design of most of the area's infrastructure, environmental and building construction.  The organization focuses on the business aspects of the consulting engineering profession and is affiliated with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), headquartered in Washington, D.C.
May 2011
 

EBL Engineers, LLC is pleased to announce  Mr. S. Thomas Smith has obtained his Professional Engineering License for Fire Protection Engineering in the State of Maryland.

Mr. Smith received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1982 and has been with EBL Engineers for ten years.

Mr. Smith is experienced in the analysis and design of water-based fire suppression systems, including computer analysis of hydraulically designed sprinkler systems, and fire alarm and detection systems. He has in-depth experience with regard to field surveys of existing suppression systems, stock listing of equipment for pre-fabricated sprinkler installations and installation coordination with other trades as a result of his 19 years experience with a fire sprinkler contractor.
January, 2011
 

Stratemeyer Returns to President Post of the Building Congress and Exchange of Metropolitan Baltimore

Nine months after completing his one-year term as President, Bob Stratemeyer was asked by the Executive Committee of the Building Congress to consider returning as President until November, 2011. 

This was necessitated by career changes that forced the resignation of both the succeeding President and the President-Elect.
November, 2010
 

Matthew Spencer Obtains Professional Engineering License

EBL is pleased to announce Matthew Spencer obtains his Professional Engineering License

EBL Engineers, LLC is pleased to announce the recent licensure of Matthew Spencer in the State of Maryland. Mr. Spencer received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2000 and has been with EBL Engineers for ten years.  Mr. Spencer has designed mechanical systems for a variety of projects including industrial, commercial and governmental applications. His experience encompasses projects requiring computer aided design and drafting, preparation of specifications and cost estimates, and construction administration duties including review of shop drawings for HVAC and plumbing systems.  Mr. Spencer is also a member of ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers and is also a Certified Geothermal Systems Designer/Installer.
August, 2010
 

EBL Awarded the MEP Design for the Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF)

EBL Engineers, LLC of Baltimore, MD is pleased to announce that they have been awarded the MEP design for the Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility (NZERTF) for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under subcontract to Building Science Corporation (BSC) of Somerville, MA.  The NZERTF will be used to demonstrate the viability of the Net Zero Energy concept for a residential structure that is similar in size and aesthetics to the surrounding homes in the Gaithersburg area.  The NZERTF will generate as much energy on an annual basis as it consumes when operated in a manner that mimics a residence occupied by a family of four.  It will subsequently be used as a lab for testing various building energy technologies by the Building Fire and Research Laboratory (BFRL) of NIST.  The HVAC and electrical designs will incorporate the initial requirements as well as the future requirements for the energy technologies testing laboratory.  These criteria were established by NIST and BSC.  Additional requirements for air-tightness, indoor air quality and LEED for Homes must be met.

The NZERTF will be a wood-framed structure with approximately 2,500 SF of interior space with a basement and an attic.  The entire space, including the basement and the attic, will be conditioned.  The detached garage will serve as the facility control room where the interior loads of the “simulated family of four” can be programmed and monitored.  Lights turning on and off, showers starting and stopping, cooking all can be controlled through this space.  

As engineering consultants for this project, EBL will provide Design, Construction Drawings, and Specifications for HVAC (conventional and geothermal) Electrical, Photovoltaic Generation, Plumbing, Solar Thermal Domestic Water Heating and Fire Sprinkler Systems suitable for a public bid process.
February 2010
 

UPDATE:  McBride Re-elected to the CASHE Associate Board

EBL Engineers of Baltimore, Maryland, is pleased to announce the re-election of Jeffery P. McBride, PE to the CASHE (Chesapeake Area Society of Healthcare Engineering) Associate Board.  Mr. McBride will serve on this board until elections are held in Spring 2012.  Mr. McBride has held this position since October 2009.

In conjunction with his appointment to the Associate Board, Mr. McBride was also re-appointed as CASHE Education & Program Co-Chair for the organization to assist Bill Swaggerty, the current Education and Program Chair.  As this is an appointed position Mr. McBride will continue with these duties if reappointed by the CASHE Board in 2012.

CASHE is composed of Healthcare members in the leadership roles of engineering, maintenance, safety and management.  For more information about CASHE please visit their website at: www.cashe-md.org

Mr. McBride’s appointment to CASHE complements his position as Vice President of ACEC Maryland (American Council of Engineering Companies).  ACEC/MD is a federation of 80 firms and more than 6,000 engineers.

For more information about ACEC/MD membership please visit their website at: www.acecmd.org
February, 2010

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