The overall business philosophy of E/S3 is that our clients should only pay for what they need whether for implementing energy and operational efficiency improvements or for our services. While E/S3’s own capabilities provide much of the work we do for our clients, our approach often includes working with several other complementary small businesses to enhance the level of proficiency in disciplines required and provide related areas of expertise and experience for each specific project.
To ensure delivery of quality service, E/S3 identifies other small businesses that share our philosophy of focusing on the needs and interests of our clients and our passion for the quality of work our clients expect which is so necessary for our continued success. Our reputation is on the line with every project we perform so it is imperative that our subconsultants are highly qualified in their area(s) of expertise and have a proven track record of delivering for their clients.
This is done on an as-needed basis in order to be as cost-effective as possible and thus, E/S3 does not have to carry the overhead for specialized expertise and spread the cost to all of our clients regardless of whether or not they need those skills. In all cases, E/S3 will remain your principal point of contact and responsibility..
This provides our clients the benefit of direct access to the senior experience of the key individuals involved who also are principals of the firms on the team. Rapid decision making and flexibility of response are thus guaranteed so time will not be lost in seeking corporate commitment from a larger structure.
In addition to our Principal, several members of this strategic relationship with E/S3 are introduced below. These people will be the ones actually performing the work, rather than handing projects off to junior members as can happen with a large firm. We believe that gives our clients the advantage of having senior people in their field with considerable depth of experience as additional and complementary resources while providing significant flexibility in responding to their needs.
Steven M. Hastings
Executive Vice President, E/S3 Consultants, Inc.
Steve has invested his career in the energy efficiency, mechanical construction and service, and building controls industries. He launched E/S3 in early 2004 to bring his experience in these areas to the facility owner’s side as a resource and advocate for their interests.
He provides independent consulting services for public entities on development and management of energy performance contract programs and projects, creation of sustainability and energy efficiency plans, design and implementation of performance assurance programs, energy audits and equipment condition evaluation, measurement and verification of performance, building automation systems integration planning, and other facilities improvement programs or projects.
Steve has worked with Federal Agencies, State, County and Municipal Government, Higher Education, K-12 Schools and commercial facility owners. His extensive work with the Federal Government and State Agencies has provided experience and skills for working with government contracts and monitoring contract compliance. His experience includes work with facility managers, mission personnel, management staff, contracting officers and site maintenance and operations staff.
Mr. Hastings is a member of the Building Commissioning Association and a Rocky Mountain APPA Business Partner working with higher education facility management. He has also served as an elected Board of Education member giving him insight into the particular challenges faced by public K-12 schools.
Kevin Mueller, PE, LEED AP
Principal and Senior Engineer, Bolder Energy Engineers
Kevin is highly regarded for his expertise in energy engineering, commissioning, and diagnosing operational and performance problems. He has assisted E/S3 with the technical aspects of evaluating energy conservation measures, diagnosing performance problems on projects and retro-commissioning programs. His experiences range from mechanical and control system design-build and diagnostics to lighting and envelope energy analysis.
He has over 23 years of experience in resolving operational and performance problems and energy conservation measures on HVAC and refrigeration systems. He is experienced in developing and implementing short-term testing and monitoring plans, using advanced data acquisition equipment and diagnostic software.
As a commissioning agent, he plans and implements commissioning activities, including functional performance tests and short-term monitoring, on HVAC, refrigeration, commercial kitchen equipment, lighting, and control systems in commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings.
Kevin earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on energy engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Wisconsin. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and holds a Wind/PV Hybrid Systems Certificate from the Midwest Renewable Energy Association Educational Institute. He is a member of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Rocky Mountain Association of Energy Engineers (RMAEE), and ASHRAE.
Kevin successfully worked with E/S3 on the University of Idaho and Yellowstone National Park, and University of Wyoming Recommissioning Programs and helped develop a multi-phase energy efficiency project with E/S3 for the City of Cheyenne, Wyoming at the City’s Ice and Events Center.
Ira Goldschmidt, PE, LEED AP
President, Goldschmidt Engineering Solutions
Ira provides Building Automation System (BAS) consulting, design engineering, and project management services to a variety of customers including state agencies, public school districts, municipalities, counties, universities, health care facilities, laboratories, hospitality, criminal justice, Data Centers, and telecommunications facilities.
He developed, installed and commissioned some of the first commercial Direct Digital Control (DDC) systems and is known throughout the industry for expertise in Building Automation System (BAS) application for critical systems control, comfort control, and energy management; integration with fire, security, lighting, and other systems; use over Ethernet/IP and BACnet®; and for his ability to solve complex comfort, systems integration, and operating issues.
He coauthored the ASHRAE “Guideline for Specifying DDC Systems” and the ASHRAE BACnet® standard for DDC communications and his other publications include numerous articles on Building Automation, DDC, Energy Management and BACnet®.
Ira has been a long-term strategic partner of E/S3 and has worked with E/S3 on several projects, including the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority HVAC & Controls Design Guidelines update and the Weber State ESIPand ESIP II programs. He is also on the team for E/S3's Louisiana, New Mexico and Utah statewide EPC third-party consulting contracts.
He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Physics and Music from Hobart College, a Master of Computer Information Systems from the University of Denver, and a Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering at the University of Virginia. Ira is a LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional, US EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Colorado Association of Healthcare Engineers and Directors (CAHED), where he is former member of the Board of Directors.
Andre Larroque, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ALEP
Principal, Facility Insight, LLC
Andre is a licensed architect in Louisiana, Massachusetts and New Mexico, a CSI Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA). He holds an Advanced Certificate in Educational Facility Planning and is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner (ALEP).
He is currently active in his own consulting practice, Facility Insight, LLC, specializing in educational facility planning, assessments, construction contracts and specifications. He is also part of the E/S3 team for E/S3's statewide third-party consulting contracts in Louisiana, New Mexico and Utah.
With 24 years of experience as staff architect for both the Albuquerque and New Orleans public school districts Andre has gained unique insight into the nature of public school buildings and the challenges faced by those who build, use, maintain, and operate them. He has also worked with private firms in the Southwest, Gulf Coast and New England regions.
During his time at the New Mexico Public School Facilities Authority (NMPSFA), Mr. Larroque participating in presentations to stakeholder groups and at national and regional conferences on subjects related to contractual aspects of NMPSFA energy conservation efforts and post-occupancy evaluations.
Mr. Larroque attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana followed by the University of Houston where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Construction Specifications Institute and has served as President and Board Member for both organizations in New Mexico. He is also a member of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), has served on advisory committee relating to public K-12 schools, and has numerous publications and presentations to his credit.