Nominee: Andrew Phelps, P.E.
Employer: Project Manager, Barnes & Dodge, Lenexa, Kan.
Education: Architectural Engineering, University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence
Notable Accomplishments: Phelps has not only designed high performance buildings, but also has had the opportunity to construct the mechanical systems that go into these designs. As an engineer, he designed several LEED buildings, one of which is the KU Endowment office, which included a geothermal heat pump system and an underfloor air distribution (UFAD) system. Energy modeling, especially UFAD system, is one of Andy’s specialties as an engineer. During the construction of the KU Endowment building, he decided to further his engineering scope as a project manager for a mechanical and sheet metal contractor. One of the projects he was assigned to manage was the same project he had designed – the KU Endowment building. He also served as a project manager for the $685 million (total construction cost) National Nuclear Security Administration campus in Kansas City, a 1.2 million square foot lab and manufacturing space. His responsibilities included overseeing the building information modeling (BIM) coordination efforts and detailing on this project. In order to meet tight schedules, the 3D BIM files were taken directly to company computer-controlled fabrication machines to construct all the ductwork for this facility, which included 30 miles of spiral duct.