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Posted: February 2015

February 19, 2015

Davis & Floyd Announces New Executive Leadership Team

Davis & Floyd, Inc. announced changes to its executive leadership team. They will begin to transition into their new roles immediately.

Image of Davis & Floyd's 2015 new executive leadership team including Jason Eppley, Michael Horton, and Rhett Reidenbach

Jason Eppley, PE, Chief Operations Officer (COO): Mr. Eppley joined Davis & Floyd in 1995 as a structural engineer in the Greenwood, SC, office.  Prior to this new role, he served as a Vice President and head of the Structural Engineering Department in Greenwood.  As COO, Mr. Eppley will oversee the company’s internal business operations.

Michael V. Horton, PE, CFM, LEED AP, Chief Engineering Officer (CEngO): Mr. Horton joined Davis & Floyd in 1994 as a civil engineer in the North Charleston, SC, office.  Prior to this new role, he served as a Vice President and head of the Civil Engineering Department in North Charleston. As CEngO, Mr. Horton will oversee the development and operation of the firm’s technical practice.

J. Rhett Reidenbach, PE, LEED AP, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO): Mr. Reidenbach joined Davis & Floyd in 1997 as a civil engineer in the North Charleston, SC, office.  Prior to this new role, he served as a Vice President in North Charleston.  As CSO, Mr. Reidenbach will lead external market strategies and company growth initiatives.

“This new leadership team embodies Davis & Floyd’s culture and will lead us forward with a continued focus on delivering value to our clients and superior customer service,” stated company President & CEO Stephen L. Davis.

 

February 11, 2015

Davis & Floyd Recognized at Engineering Excellence Awards 2015

Image of the Clemson University Restoration Institute Wind Turbine Drivetrain Test Facility  in Charleston, SC

Clemson University’ Research Institute’s (CURI) SCE&G Energy Innovation Center Recognized  by the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina (ACEC-SC)

During the ACEC-SC 2015 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on February 3, 2015, Davis & Floyd’s award submission for the  CURI SCE&G Energy Innovation Center project was named an ACEC National Finalist and won an Engineering Excellence Award in the Building/Technology Systems, Over $10 Million category (best project within this category).

The CURI SCE&G Energy Innovation Center is a testing and research facility that allows present and upcoming wind turbine companies to domestically test wind turbine drivetrains prior to production. The first of its kind in the United States, the test facility produces forces as created on wind turbines in real-world wind and weather conditions.

Davis & Floyd served as the engineer-of-record for civil, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection design services for this LEED® Gold certified facility.  Providing sustainable design for this facility was challenging as budget constraints became evident. Because special systems and equipment required for the test stands to function properly could not be value engineered, Davis & Floyd worked closely with CURI and Choate Construction (project General Contractor and LEED Consultant) to reduce costs during final design and into construction.  All aspects of the building design, from major systems to interior finishes, were evaluated for cost, availability, and value added.

Energy conservation design strategies implemented on the project include:

|| Rainwater Harvesting – the rainwater harvesting system coupled with low-flow plumbing fixtures reduced consumption of potable water by 40%

|| Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC System – the VRF’s inverter technology enabled the HVAC system to closely match the cooling load, preventing cycling and large temperature swings, optimizing efficiency, and effectively    reducing energy consumption by roughly 30%. The VRF HVAC system also permitted individual environmental control (temperature and humidity) at the zone or space level

|| Dedicated Outside Air (DOA) System – by monitoring CO2 levels and implementing an  energy recovery wheel to pretreat ventilation (outside) air at the DOA, additional energy conservation measures were achieved

|| Advance Lighting Control – Occupancy sensors indexed lighting “on” and “off” in response to individuals being physically present in the zone or space.  Task lighting at individual workstations provided sufficient lighting for the work environment and allowed overhead lighting to be reduced.