At BHB, we consider ourselves Building Partners – a term that feels especially relevant to our facilities engineering clients. These include industrial, higher education, and manufacturing clients with whom we maintain long-term relationships. With these organizations constantly growing, rearranging, and renovating their campuses, it is our role to help keep their facilities operating at the highest level of performance possible.
BHB has partnered with some of these clients for over 25 years, working alongside them as their businesses have grown and developed. During this time, we’ve managed to strengthen these relationships by building their trust, and gaining significant knowledge of their facilities, needs, processes, and design standards. In early years, most of the projects completed for these clients were minor office renovations, machine installations, and utility extensions. Now as a prime consultant, we lead over 100,000 SF office relocations beginning at conception all the way through completion of construction.
Most professional relationships take months or even years to build. BHB’s Vice President of Facilities Engineering, Craig Gregory understands this concept as he’s been managing the relationship with one of our longest standing clients that we’ve had for 29 years. Operating out of two industrial campuses in the DFW metroplex, the most memorable project Craig completed for this client was the conversion of a high-speed wind tunnel. This unique project entailed a single 8,000 horsepower compressor that converted into a multi-compressor system with three 2,000 horsepower and two 1,500 horsepower compressors. The BHB electrical engineering team reworked all the high voltage power and even had the opportunity to work with large manufacturing machines and foundations with extensive utility extensions, which isn’t your everyday design work.
As our relationship with this client has strengthened, it has increased the size of our team from 3 employees to 6-8 at any given point. “We put together a consistent team. We try to keep the same people working on their projects, and they feel comfortable reaching out to individual team members directly with questions or for input,” said Craig. Our team is very familiar with the facilities for this client and we are aware of their limitations, infrastructure, concurrent construction projects and can advise the facility staff of the “bigger picture,” said Mechanical Engineer, Jeremy Snyder, PE. There’s also less onboarding to complete because we already know the facilities and company procedures. This close relationship is extremely valuable and has many different types of benefits, for both the client and the BHB team.
Though the past year has brought unexpected challenges to construction efforts, BHB has been able to find solutions and methods that meet our clients needs. For example, our team needed to produce a new furniture layout concept to comply with social distancing protocols. This was something new as a result of COVID, however, not a difficult modification for BHB to make because of our familiarity with the facility, we were able to solve the issue quickly and efficiently. As working from home has become a new normal, and with more staff continuing to work remotely, our clients recognized the opportunity to make more facility improvements during this time.
Whether it’s industrial, higher education, manufacturing, or another sector, BHB values the long-term relationships held with our facilities engineering clients and the opportunity to work on some of their unique projects. If your campus needs an engineering team with extensive experience in facility maintenance and modifications, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.