[NEWS] Green means go for Glumac
San Francisco-based Glumac
is the rare engineering company that has managed to grow in recent years.
The boom in green building has powered the expansion of the 39-year-old sustainable consulting engineering company.
The firm, which focuses on energy-efficient design, grew from $28 million in revenue in 2008 to $34.5 million revenue in 2009, with projections of $39 million for 2010.
has 200 employees and eight offices across California and in Seattle, Portland and Las Vegas.
Recently, the company has been doing more work in China, where it is looking into opening a ninth office.
designs and retrofits mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems for commercial, health care, institutional and technology buildings.
The firm's projects include the Transamerica Pyramid and Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, Stanford University
and the National Library of Spain
The firm employs more than 90 LEED-accredited
team members and emphasizes energy efficiency, designing plumbing systems requiring less water or heating and cooling systems aided by solar or wind power.
Eco-friendliness has become a defining quality for the company in the past decade, but mechanical engineer Dick Glumac, founder of Glumac, said he has always worked with environmental consciousness.
For engineers, he
said, it's almost natural law.
"Energy efficiency is a characteristic of engineers," Glumac
"(Glumac) adopted green technology and took a leadership role when all that came about," said Snellgrove, who still uses the firm on projects like Pier 24.
Glumac still comes into the office every day and chairs the company's board of directors.
A native Yugoslavian, Glumac's founded defected to North American in 1951 and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1956 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
A decade later, Glumac
moved to San Francisco, working for a consulting firm for six years and then opening up shop for himself.
With $6,000 in personal savings, he
leased an office in Embarcadero One, for which he
designed the mechanical systems.
Seven years after starting the business, he
went into partnership with electrical engineer Cal Webster.
In 1977, Webster and Glumac
closed the books on their company, Glumac
and Webster, and Glumac
decided to start a new business that allowed him to bring on several more partners.
"You want people who are working in the firm to own the firm so that the people who are in the really important positions are playing with their own money," said Glumac
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