It was 20 years ago today…so the song goes. PCD Engineering celebrates 20 years in business this month. It was a one-man band back then with a used computer, printer, phone and idea of marrying solid technical engineering with sustainable, bottom-line focused solutions to help clients improve their lives, communities and profitability. So let me introduce to you, the one and only PCD Engineering.
History of Success
We were founded at the intersection of facilities management and new building design and construction. When we started, the green building movement was in its infancy. Opening PCD Engineering wasn’t long-planned. I passed on our first opportunity, then passed on the second, the third time was the charm. We just needed a name and soon thereafter PCD Engineering was born.
We are a diverse group of forensic building scientists, professional engineers, energy analysts and commissioning technicians with a focus on customer service and responsiveness. Since the first project designing a passive and active solar building, we’ve contributed to over 100 green-certified projects, certified over 500 buildings for the Energy Star buildings program and delivered gigawatts of energy savings.
PCD has and continues to be fueled primarily by organic growth and strategic partnership, reflected in our solid reputation with the idea that steady growth builds a foundation. We are deeply rooted in building and maintaining relationships. Two decades ago we recognized an opportunity in the marketplace for building, operating and maintaining better buildings. Built on smart engineering experience, our small-scale enterprise could provide more customized, expert service. We maintain this model today whether serving Fortune 500 clients or start-up businesses. While some elements of business development are focused on building new strategic partnerships, we remain devoted to our clients firmly in place. We’ve grown into an employee-centric firm that understands if we take care of each other, our clients will reap the rewards.
As the blur of the day-to-day work clarifies, key moments begin to stand-out that made a big difference. Like hiring key personnel or finding partners with shared vision who understood our value proposition and were willing to share the risks that come with breaking down barriers that improve buildings. I’m grateful to our hardworking, loyal team members both present and past. Our goal is having a life-long relationship with all of them. Their work is inspiring to watch and satisfying to celebrate. Their passion and dedication is apparent and has propelled us to achieve sustainable performance in employee satisfaction, customer retention and growth. I thank you and look forward to our future accomplishments.
Focus on the Future
Over the next year we’ll be celebrating our people, our clients, our industry and community partners and our collective accomplishments and plans for the next 20 years of our evolution.
We are a unique firm delivering services for whole building performance, including the building envelope and the engineered systems inside the building. We will build on our pioneering work in net-zero energy building, having over 25 verified net-zero energy and zero-energy ready projects to-date.
We thankfully haven’t gone out of style, as efficiency in the built environment continues to gain momentum. Rising costs in the construction industry and persistent labor shortages continue to trend. We will remain at the forefront of a transition to all-electric buildings, building decarbonization, big data feeding building analytics, building information modeling and leading technology to improve accuracy, productivity, efficiency, comfort and wellness for our clients and their facilities.
We embrace apprenticeship in the industry and education system through our industry participation and mentorship activities and will continue to grow these activities. We’ll continue to promote equality and encourage community support through our Employer-Sponsored Volunteer Program. We are learning together and sharing knowledge back.
It’s The People
PCD Engineering is a dragon; a rare and wonderful breed. Founded in a recession, having fortunately prospered through the subsequent Great Recession, and currently navigating through another, we owe our success to many. Our current and past employees, our business partners, advisors, attorneys and recruiters. Mostly, thank you to our clients for your partnership and willingness to trust in us.
Peter D’Antonio, President