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P. Andrew Collins, P.E., CGD

Professional Qualifications:

Registered Professional Engineer in the States of New York, Massachussets and New Jersey

Member of:

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association.
Certified Groundsource Designer.
Association of Energy Engineers
Currently pursuing LEED certification

Academic Qualifications:

1978 - Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, in the City of New York.
1988 - Master of Science in Industrial Design at the Domus Academy, Milan, Italy.

Didactic Experience:

1989 - Lecturer for Production Technologies at the Domus Academy, adviser to students on Master's Thesis
1990 - Invited lecturer at the University of Canberra School of Environmental Design spring semester.
1990 to 1996 - Lecturer on the Industrial Design Faculty of the Escuela Elisava in Barcelona
1997 to present Assistant Adjunct Professor on the Faculty of the Graduate School for Architecture and Planning, Columbia University.

Professional Experience:

1999 to present - Sole proprietor of P.A. Collins, PE, an engineering consulting firm serving the architectural community and the construction industry, with a special emphasis on sustainable design.
The firm provides high quality engineering design services to architects, building owners, managers and developers. We specialize in innovative, customized solutions which allow our clients to realize their projects. The work covers a geographic area from the Washington , DC to New England with project types including recording studios, restaurants, retail stores, galleries, wholesale showrooms, banks, offices, multiple dwellings, and residences.
The sustainable specialties include LEED workshops, geothermal heating and cooling systems, photovoltaic arrays, solar water heating for service water and space heating, water conserving and waterless plumbing fixtures,

1996 to 1999 - Project Manager with Laszlo Bodak Engineers, P.C., a consulting engineering firm with a clientele including commercial, institutional and retail clients, having over-all responsibility for client contact and internal project management for mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection trades. Projects presently in progress include the redesign of the Russian Tea Room which is to be a 6 story block through new building; the Foundation House , located at 9 E. 64th Street a 5 story new building housing ecologically oriented non-profit organizations for Theodor Kheel, the renovation of Manhattan Center Studios, a 4400 seat opera house located on West 34th Street with an ice storage chiller plant. Other work includes large scale tenant change work in high rise buildings of all vintages, from the 1930’s through modern buildings such as the World Wide Plaza. More details about the project work is available upon request.
Other responsibilities include supervision and coordination of project teams, proposal generation and setting of fees , man-hour estimates for project completion, follow up on profitability using management reports, and promotion with new and potential clients.
Other technical innovations include the use of standing column wells with ground water source heat pumps, a first in Manhattan, with four on-going projects.

1990 to 1995 - Head of Engineering for Heating; Ventilating & Air Conditioning, Door Systems, among other construction groups and subsystems, including the control system and the compliance of interior environmental conditions to international railroad norms, the selection of self-contained generator sets, and the sound-proofing measures necessary for both HVAC and power generating systems for GEC Alsthom Transporte (subsidiary of the General Electric Corporation of England, and Alcatel Alsthom in France), a manufacturer of passenger rolling stock. During the design development phase I am responsible for engineering of the above mentioned construction groups, cost estimating in conjunction with the Product Manager and Purchasing, engineering methods review with Production Engineering, and Quality Assurance both in-house as well as with the client, writing of Testing Protocols for use by the Test Department, and supervision of vehicle systems during commissioning.
Along more general lines responsible for the design aspects of generic product lines such as trams, metros and high speed material on an internal R&D basis, coordinating with the different corporate divisions on a consortium-wide basis. This type of work is performed on a work-group basis to develop specific components such as air conditioning systems, toilets, etc., in order to permit economies of scale during purchasing at a consortium (not subsidiary) level.
Other responsibilities: coordination and checking of sub-contracted work, personnel management of the 10 person department and up to 20 outside consultants for subcontract, introduction of the ISO 9001 QA program.
Our market includes the Spanish domestic operators, Israel Rail, FinnRail, Russian Republic Railways, SNCF, London Underground Ltd., among others.

1989 Completed Master of Science Degree in industrial design at the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.

1983 - 88 Sole proprietor of own consulting engineering office in New York City, offering engineering design services to the architectural and construction trades. Areas of activity included engineering design for building systems, and lighting design.
Clients for interior design included offices, institutions, restaurants, banks and wholesale and retail stores. The mechanical systems designed included air conditioning central systems using direct expansion, water and glycol based systems. Heating system types included high and low pressure water and steam. Project size was up to 20.000 sq. m. for renovations, and up to 4.000 sq. m. for new construction.

Specialized services included survey and design work for constant humidity systems for museums and galleries. Clients included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Japan Society, the Museo del Barrio, the Museum of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and the Clark Institute in Massachussets.
Also offered were comprehensive energy audits on an institutional level: surveys and optimization plans for boilers, A/C systems, temperature control systems, pumping stations, heat pumps, cooling towers, chillers and lighting systems.

1980 - 83 Project engineer with George Langer Consulting Engineers, with total project responsibility from conception to project supervision. Projects included major commercial, institutional and residential buildings, as well as main frame computer analyses using programs developed by the U.S. Dept. of Energy in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore Laboratories of the thermal behaviour of typical construction methods (stick built, brick, masonry, etc.) in various climates. Also analyzed were factors such as use, orientation, internal loads, orientation of fenestration and skylights, and the use of mass for the exploitation of solar energy.

1979 - 80 Energy analyst with Steven Winter Associates, modeling the thermal behavior of different construction systems on an IBM main frame, in association with the Lawrence Livermore Laboratories. The results were used to identify the optimum type of construction materials for the different types of climate found in the U.S. for use in the minimization of energy use for heating and cooling.


Collaborated with Al Zgolinski, AIA on "Energy Savings in the Museum Environment", 1985, for the Department of Energy.

Master's Thesis for the Domus Academy entitled "Grey Light" published in the lighting journal "Flare" number 1, edited by Piero Castiglione, Milan, 1989.

"The Design of Saturation" for the magazine "The Future of Design", Nagoya 89, in Tokyo 1989.

Languages: English, German, Italian and castillian Spanish, written and spoken fluently


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