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SSRCx Adds Building Enclosure Commissioning to Services


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 4, 2012 – SSRCx, the facilities commissioning and sustainability consulting branch of Smith Seckman Reid, Inc. (SSR), has hired Owen Mertens to expand the company’s service line to include building enclosure commissioning (BECx).

Mertens comes to SSRCx with more than 10 years of experience providing BECx services. He has a degree in Architecture and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Most recently, Mertens was the managing partner in charge of the SCL Consulting Wisconsin office, where he provided technical leadership for building façade evaluations and restorations of existing facilities. Before SCL Consulting, Mertens was a building enclosure engineering manager with GRAEF USA. Through his career, he has gained experience in both business development and project management, two skills that will prove useful with the expanded service line.

Building enclosure commissioning is a quality assurance check designed to verify that the building enclosure meets the predetermined requirements set forward by the facility owner. It is becoming a more frequently requested service by facility owners, and Mertens’ experience with the service will add value to many of SSRCx’s proposal responses.

Mike Coyne, managing principal for SSRCx, said he is excited about the growth opportunity the service line expansion brings. “Building enclosure commissioning is a rapidly expanding section of our offerings, and one that has required us previously to utilize a subconsultant,” Coyne said. “I expect Owen will be quite busy.”