2019 Women Make Buildings Better

Rocky Mountain Trane partnered with Tamara Ghandour of LaunchStreet to provide a thought-provoking networking event for women in the building industry.  This interactive half-day conference took place at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center Hotel on April 25th.

The purpose of this conference:

Women Make Buildings Better gives each woman the opportunity to discover their style of innovation and engage with others, unlocking their ability to be innovative in work and in life. Our goal is to help you leave with the tools you need to commit to take action towards elevating diversity of thought in YOUR industry and in everyday life.

Here are a few of many takeaways:

-Innovation: Thinking differently about what’s right in front of you to create an advantage.

-Anyone can innovate.  Everyone is responsible for innovation.

-How we innovate is unique to us.

-Value shifts, it doesn’t go away.

-Rearrange the box you have, instead of “thinking outside the box.”

-There are ways we can get involved in legislature to influence change.

-Present innovation in a different way.  Ask “What would you do to strengthen this idea?” instead of asking “What do you think?”.

-Show all of you.  Don’t conform to “fit-in,” this is doing a disservice to you and those you work with.

-We need people that can help fill in the gaps (when it comes to innovation).

-People don’t fear change; they fear being changed.

Women in leadership panel:

Our President, Denise Dihle, participated on the panel of powerhouse women in the HVAC industry.  When asked about the importance of maintaining a growth mindset, Denise said: “As soon as you are content, you are left behind.”

This offers a glimpse into how 360 Engineering operates, always striving to truly listen to the client’s needs, providing everyone with customized, innovative HVAC and plumbing engineering solutions.





2019 Denver Metro Chamber Business Awards

360 Engineering is thrilled to be a finalist for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Awards in the Woman-Owned Business of the Year category!  Nominated organizations were judged on proven track record of financial viability, contribution to the Denver community, vision for the future of the Denver Metro area, employee development, and management philosophy.

Winners will be announced live at the Business Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 1st at Infinity Park Event Center.

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Congratulations: Melissa Kisicki Celebrates 10-Years With 360 Engineering

Melissa Kisicki – Director of Administration

Wearer of many hats, Melissa has been integral to the development and continued success of 360 Engineering.  She is the manager of Marketing and IT, and handles all Office Administration, Human Resources, Accounting, and Professional Licenses for 360 Engineering. Melissa’s loyalty and dedication are evident, as she is the go-to person for advice, questions, and overall office support.  She does whatever it takes to make sure the business is running smoothly.

Congratulations on your 10-year anniversary!


Announcement: 360 Engineering Project Engineer Spencer Rioux Earns LEED AP BD+C

360 Engineering is thrilled to have another USGBC LEED Accredited Professional.  Project Engineer, Spencer Rioux, recently earned his LEED AP BD+C through the U.S. Green Building Council.  Sustainability is at the forefront of our mechanical engineering consulting and design work, which makes certifications such as LEED so important.  Short for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”, LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.  The LEED for Building Design and Construction (LEED BD+C) rating system covers a large range of project types including new construction, major renovations, core and shell development, schools, retail, data centers, warehouses, hospitality, and healthcare.  This certification fits perfectly with the types of projects 360 Engineering works on daily.

Additional sustainability-focused certifications held by 360 Engineering team members include ASHRAE High-Performance Building Design and International WELL Building Institute WELL AP.

Announcement: 360 Engineering Project Manager Taylor Reese Earns WELL AP

360 Engineering is proud to announce project manager Taylor Reese, PE recently earned his WELL Building Standard Professional Accreditation. As a WELL AP, Taylor joins a select group of industry professionals, becoming only the 12th member of Colorado’s WELL community to hold this designation! Delivered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), the WELL Building Standard is a relatively new building rating system, similar to the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED program. In addition to concentrating on the environmental impact of a building, WELL focuses on the health and well-being of the building occupants. The WELL concepts include Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind.

Some examples of features that may be found in a WELL certified space are:
  • Thermal gradients across open offices, allowing employees to work at a space temperature they find comfortable
  • Continual testing and treatment of potable water to maximize quality and taste, promoting better occupant hydration and mitigating the health effects of contaminants
  • Real-time air quality monitoring with occupant displays showing concentrations of airborne particulate, carbon dioxide, and ozone
  • Prominently located stairs with natural light and art in low-rise buildings, advocating active interior occupant circulation rather than elevator use
  • Melanopic lighting to encourage healthy circadian rhythms, helping employees get their recommended quality and quantity of sleep

Although the health and well-being of occupants is main goal of the WELL Building Standard, ancillary benefits may include increased property value and rent for building owners, and higher productivity, reduced sick days, and increased worker satisfaction for employers. WELL certification applies to new and existing buildings, new and existing tenant interiors, and core and shell for offices, multi-family residential, educational facilities, retail, restaurants, and commercial kitchens. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of pursuing WELL certification for your next project, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a discussion.

360 Engineering Team Building Retreat

If you’ve never tried an escape room, it’s worth giving a try!  It’s actually a fun challenge for all types of thinkers, not just mechanical engineers, although we were pretty successful in escaping.  We are always looking for ways to improve teamwork, this offered a great opportunity to work together and learn more about each other.

Announcement: 360 Engineering Welcomes Two New Engineers


We are excited about these two talented additions to our team!


Brennen Guy

Project Engineer – Mechanical

Brennen joined the 360 Engineering team in March.  He is a graduate of the University of Arizona, Tucson, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry.  While in school, Brennen focused his attention on thermodynamics and has a background in pharmaceutical manufacturing.  Brennen chose Mechanical Engineering because he finds it really satisfying to see a project through the stages of concept to construction, especially knowing other people will benefit from a design he was a part of.  He also enjoys being constantly challenged with tasks that are logic and math based, but with a bit of creative flair thrown in the mix.


Kerri Zoetewey

Project Engineer – Mechanical

Kerri joined 360 Engineering in April, bringing 16 years of mechanical engineering experience to the team.  She is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, earning a BSE with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering.  Her strengths in math and science drew Kerri to choose mechanical engineering as a profession.  Kerri’s background includes 5 years with Trane and 11 years of engineering consulting.  She has worked on a wide-range of project types including tenant finish, office buildings, retail, restaurants, churches, schools, and multifamily.


Read the announcement in Mile High CRE:  Here

Announcement: 360 Engineering Named 2018 Small Business Award Finalist

We are honored to be named one of Denver Business Journal’s 2018 Small Business Awards finalists.  25 finalists were selected in different categories out of 120 applications.  We are looking forward to celebrating at the awards reception on May 24th.

Image Credit: Denver Business Journal

Click here to see all of the finalists and to read more about the award.

2018 Saving Places Conference Presentation

The 2018 Saving Places Conference is taking place January 31st through February 3rd.  This four-day event offers educational sessions, workshops, and tours focused on historic preservation. 360 Engineering’s very own Denise Dihle, along with Jon Brooks from AE Design, will be presenting Thursday, February 1st at 1:45 PM.

How to Update Your Mechanical and Electrical System and Not Wreck Your Historical Building
The majority of existing historical buildings also have historical heating, cooling and lighting systems. Due to age and wear and tear, these systems do not provide the best environment for users, rarely meet current energy codes, nor are they optimized to reduce energy usage bills. Bringing these systems into the 21st century provides significant financial and environmental benefit to the facility. With proper planning these upgrades can reduce existing mechanical and electrical equipment eyesores, improve overall aesthetics, and preserve the historical integrity of the structure with the implementation of creative solutions before an issue becomes an emergency, diminishing available design options. Using the information found in this course, participants will be able to understand the common concerns of upgrading MEP systems within a historical building, evaluate potential options, and understand how codes uniquely affect historical projects.
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Participants can receive AIA Continuing Education Credit for attending this presentation.


To learn more about the conference, click here.