Please help us give a warm welcome to the newest 360 Engineering Project Engineer, Ryan Dunne!
As a mechanical engineer at 360 Engineering since 2012, Travis shares his passion and well-rounded knowledge of mechanical system design, building energy, and controls. His skills range from energy analysis, cooling and heating load calculations, development of energy conserving measures, mechanical system design, and equipment selection for industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and laboratories. To learn more about Travis, click here.
Congratulations to our president and founder, Denise Dihle, PE. One of 36 finalists for Denver Business Journal’s 2017 Outstanding Women in Business — out of 259 nominations! A special awards luncheon will be held on August 15th, where all finalists will be honored for their accomplishments, and winners in 12 categories will be announced.
Visit Denver Business Journal’s website to see the finalists and read more about the award: http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2017/06/30/dbjs-outstanding-women-in-business-2017-finalists.html
This is the third recognition for Denise in 2017, earlier this year she was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s 2017 Top Women in Energy and was a 2017 honoree for Enterprising Magazine’s Enterprising Women of the Year.
With a rich background in the mechanical design and construction industry, Taylor joined 360 Engineering in 2014. As a controls contractor, he gained a deep understanding of complex controls system operations and developed a holistic approach to mechanical design and system layout that optimizes occupant comfort, facility maintenance, and energy efficiency. Applying his full knowledge and experience, Taylor capably handles a plethora of design duties, from load calculations and duct and pipe layout to equipment specification and construction administration. To learn more about Taylor, click here.
What a weekend for Doors Open Denver! In true Colorado fashion, we received a sizeable snow storm on Friday into Saturday, but that did not hinder locals and visitors from participating in this annual, free two-day event, April 29 & 30. Organized by the Denver Architectural Foundation, Doors Open Denver provides an opportunity to explore some of Denver’s iconic spaces, including many historic buildings and spaces with unique architectural design. Many of these sites are not otherwise open to the public. With nearly 70 sites to visit this year, it was tough to hit them all in two days, so here are a few highlights.
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Location: 1280 Vine Street
There was special interest in visiting St. Barnabas since 360 Engineering was involved with the most recent renovation, along with Anderson Hallas Architects’ team. Originally built in 1891, the church has undergone several renovations and additions over the years. Most recently in 2016, there was a full remodel of the parish hall, including classrooms, office and work space, and a commercial kitchen, plus an opening up of space between the existing sanctuary and Fellowship Hall to accommodate the growing congregation. Staff members are so excited about the recent remodel, especially the commercial kitchen addition to use for special events and outreach ministries; and updated HVAC ventilation which offers better cooling/heating options for their offices and classrooms.
The Governor’s Residence at Boettcher Mansion
Location: 400 E. 8th Avenue
Built in 1907, “Colorado’s Home” was designed and constructed by prominent Denver family, the Cheesman’s. Unfortunately, Walter Cheesman died before the home’s completion in 1908, and upon Mrs. Cheeseman’s death in 1923, it was sold to the Boettcher family. Claude Boettcher died in 1957, and his wife the following year. The home was then offered to the State of Colorado to be used as the Governor’s residence. Although the gift was initially rejected by the state, accused of being to lavish for a public servant’s residence, the state eventually accepted it as the official Governor’s residence. The tour was complete with a sighting of our current Governor walking around the outdoor patio on a phone call!
The Sugar Cube Building
Location: 1555 Blake Street
The Sugar Cube Building, built in 2008, is a modern ten-story neighbor to the historic 1906 Sugar Building, which was home to Great Western Sugar Company. This modern structure’s exterior was designed to fit into the historic district and features retail space on the first floor, offices on floors two through four, and luxury apartments on floors five through ten. Those residents living in the Sugar Cube Building, not only have full-service concierge, gym memberships, parking, and storage, they also have incredible views of Denver and beyond.
A special thank you to the Denver Architectural Foundation and all the volunteers who made this event possible. It’s evident there’s a lot of work that goes into organizing this wonderful event! To learn more about Doors Open Denver and this year’s sites, visit their website: http://doorsopendenver.com/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Woman Founder of Local Mechanical Engineering Firm Wins
Two Achievement Awards
Golden, CO – Award-winning mechanical engineering firm 360 Engineering has two new accolades to add to its rapidly growing array. Company founder Denise Dihle has been named to two prestigious lists: Top Women in Energy, compiled by the Denver Business Journal (DBJ); and Enterprising Women of the Year, by Enterprising Women magazine. In both cases, the winner was determined based on qualities such as company growth, mentoring and leadership, and community involvement.
In January, Enterprising Women magazine notified Dihle that she is one of their 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year, joining a prestigious group of female entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and internationally. According to the award letter, Dihle was selected from hundreds of nominees based on the financial success of her business, her commitment to mentoring and supporting other women in business, and her community leadership.
In March, DBJ included Dihle on its annual list of 40 Top Women in Energy, which recognizes leading women in the Denver metro area working in a variety of industries within the energy sector. A special issue of the Journal profiled each winner on April 14, followed by a VIP reception and awards ceremony on April 19.
360 Engineering’s Dihle said of winning the two awards, “In 2016, 360 won two awards for our work and I didn’t think that could be topped. This year, I’m even more humbled to receive two personal awards. All of it was won just as much by my terrific staff and our clients. I could not have achieved any of this without them.” To other women either in business or dreaming of it, Dihle offers two things she’s learned, “First, be over-prepared so you can avoid pitfalls and jump faster than others at opportunities. Second, don’t let large risks keep you from making decisions. Evaluate, prepare for the worst-case scenario, then jump off the edge and don’t look back.”
The latest recognition continues the firm’s award-winning streak. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) selected 360 Engineering as its USDOE’16 Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year and the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) named 360 its Small Company of the Year for 2016.
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ABOUT 360 ENGINEERING
Founded by Denise Dihle in 2003, 360 Engineering offers mechanical engineering, prime consulting, and energy modeling and sustainability services. They work with commercial, government, and civic clients across the U.S. on projects of all sizes. In addition to numerous commercial projects for clients including 1st Bank and Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, the company’s portfolio includes work on high-profile sites such as the Colorado State Capitol Building, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus, and several national parks including Yellowstone (WY), Glacier (MT), and Apostle Islands (WI). 360 Engineering has a reputation built on providing excellent and responsive service, careful listening, and treating all clients as valued long-term partners.
Image Credit: Denver Business Journal
Congratulations to all the Denver Business Journal’s Top Women in Energy 2017! We are especially excited for our President, Denise Dihle, PE. She made the list this year for her commitment to professional excellence and positive contributions to the energy industry in Colorado.
See the nominees here:
National Engineers Week is February 19-25, 2017. Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the purpose of EWeek is to recognize engineers’ positive contributions to society, and communicate the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills. According to NSPE.org, “EWeek is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.”
As a Marketing Coordinator for Three Sixty Engineering, and a newcomer to the AEC (Architecture/Engineer/Construction) Industry, it has been fascinating learning about the engineering field. While I’ve just begun to scratch the surface, I’ve been learning about mechanical systems, energy efficiency, and the consulting and design process. I’ve enjoyed listening to all the problem solving that happens around our office. It’s great how our engineers work together and support each other, all working towards the same end goal, providing top-notch service to our partners and clients.
To celebrate National Engineers Week, and raise awareness (about how awesome engineering is), I asked some of our mechanical engineers to share why they decided to go into the field and what they enjoy about being an engineer:
Craig Crow, Project Engineer:
I have always been intrigued by how things work, and I have always had strengths in math and science. As time passed and the moment came closer to choose a major; engineering seemed like the logical choice because it allowed me to continue to explore how things work. I chose mechanical specifically because it seems to offer the largest variety of industries/knowledge.
Spencer Rioux, Project Engineer:
I enjoy being an engineer for several reasons, a few of which are my love of learning, the satisfaction associated with solving puzzles, and the real-life impact of my work. The construction engineering field is constantly evolving with new technologies and codes, so there is always more to learn and skills to develop. It’s also very gratifying to recognize the ways in which our designs make everyday life possible in an office, or a school, or any number of facilities we work on by creating comfortable spaces with practical mechanical and plumbing systems in operation.
Joe Wittenberg, Project Engineer:
I entered engineering for two reasons. First, I was good at math, but being a math teacher didn’t appeal to me. Second, I enjoy problem solving and I like the idea of there being a correct answer or solution to a given problem. This drove me to study engineering in school, the problem-solving aspect still keeps me interested in my day to day work as an engineer.
Taylor Reese LEED AP BD+C, CxA, Project Manager:
Throughout human history, individuals have faced challenges everyday of their lives. In our modern society, these struggles may be as inconsequential as being a little chilly at our desk at work or wanting to safely send emails as we drive. Many years ago, the tribulations were much more dire, such as avoiding hypothermia during an intense blizzard or crossing wide rivers or high mountain passes during a long journey. Over the years, engineering has provided solutions to these in the form of buildings that can keep us warm and safe during extreme weather and bridges and tunnels that allow us to cross all sorts of perilous terrain with ease; and it will only be a matter of time until the challenges of today are solved.
I became an engineer because I recognized these deficiencies in my life and wanted to be able to do something about them. Engineering is a state of mind, a different way of looking at the world. It’s a toolkit of skills rooted in math and science that can be applied to the world around us. It’s a technique of not just seeing a problem, but understanding, characterizing, and simplifying it on the way to a solution. Engineers are indispensable contributors to the advancement of society, and I am proud to be one.
Wow, it really gives me goosebumps to read these testimonials, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I have. I’m thrilled to be a part of this team of passionate engineers!
-Stacey Richardson, Marketing Coordinator
The 2017 AHR Expo (International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition) set several records this year, including attendance of more than 68,000 registered attendees and exhibitor personnel, as well as 500,159 square feet sold. Three Sixty Engineering sent two of our mechanical engineers, Project Manager Taylor Reese LEED AP BD+C, CxA and Project Engineer Joe Wittenberg, to learn about the latest technologies and products in Mechanical Engineering and HVAC.
With over 2,000 exhibitors, our engineers had a large amount of ground to cover, it was hard to fit it into just three days! Upon their return, Taylor and Joe were excited to share what they had learned with our team. There were so many new systems and products to talk about, we asked Joe to pick a few of his favorite:
1. Trane® – CoolSense System – Intelligent Variable Air Systems. An HVAC using chilled water to provide sensible cooling and cooling for the DOAS (Dedicated Outside Air System) system. It also uses small terminal units in the space to pick up the sensible load, using chilled water coils.
2. Metraflex – Flexible Hoses. Manufacturer of NSF (International public health standards and certifications) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) rated flexible water hoses.
3. Fulton – Boiler. A new boiler technology that allows the heat exchanger to float which eliminates stress due to thermal expansion.
4. Stamped Fittings, Inc. – Gasketed Spiral Duct. Spiral duct fittings with gaskets that eliminate the need for duct seal.
5. Trane® – Humidity Sensor. New sensor that collects temperature and relative humidity readings.
In addition to providing access to the latest products, the conference offers educational seminars. This year, Joe attended a class on DOAS (Dedicated Outside Air System) and a one on Commissioning.
Click below to read the article written by Leah Pinkus for Mines Magazine, Winter 2017 edition: