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Bob Leach retires from Board of Trustees

January 4, 2017


LWA Founder Bob Leach is retiring his position on the Board of Trustees at the Garrett Jacobs Mansion Endowment Fund after decades of service. Bob served on this board, as well as the board of the Engineers Club, for nearly 30 years. Congratulations, Bob!

New Lighting Certificate


LWA employee Kristin Gaster recently passed her Lighting Certification exam. Kristin joined the Leach Wallace team in September, 2012 and is an Electrical Designer. She graduated from University of Maryland College Park with a BS in Architecture. Congrats, Kristin!

New Professional Engineers

We're proud to announce that three employees have recently passed their Professional Engineer exam! Ian Herron, Eli Powell, and Joe Palmer have all recently earned the P.E. designation. Ian, an Electrical Engineer, joined our team in 2012 and is a Penn State grad. Eli joined our Charlotte office earlier this year and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Joe joined our team in 2011 and is a University of Maryland grad. Congrats, guys! We're glad to have you on our staff.

Introducing: Andrew Kelley, EIT

September 28, 2016


Andrew Kelley has passed the Fundamentals in Engineering (F.E.) Exam, and therefore has officially earned the designation of Engineer in Training. Andrew is a 2015 graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He started his career with Leach Wallace in March, 2016.

Leach Wallace presents at CASHE


Last week, LWA Chairman Robert Leach, Executive Vice President Christopher McCarthy, and Jeff Lange of Quality Solutions, presented at the 34th Annual Chesapeake Area Society of Healthcare Engineering (CASHE) Seminar and Exhibition.

The team discussed "Effective strategies for designing, building and maintaining a USP<797>/USP<800> compliant sterile compounding facility."

Click here to download PDF presentation.

Summer intern of the Week

Introducing Austin Heidelbaugh


Austin Heidelbaugh, from York, Pennsylvania, is an electrical engineering intern. He currently attends Pennsylvania State University and is expecting to graduate May 2019.

Q&A with Austin:
Q- What is your favorite sport?
A- Tennis.

Q- What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A- Playing tennis, video games and wood working.

Q- If you had a superpower what would it be?
A- Teleportation.

Q- What are some of your long term goals?
A- To graduate with a masters degree in A.E. and eventually get my P.E. license.

Q- What is your favorite food?
A- Burritos, but honestly anything Mexican.

Q- Who is your greatest role model?
A- Frank Lloyd Wright, a famous architect.

Summer intern of the Week

Introducing Connor Scholfield


Connor Scholfield, from Annapolis, Maryland is a mechanical engineering intern. He currently attends the University of San Diego in California and is expecting to graduate May 2017.

Q&A with Connor:

Q- What is your favorite sport?
A- Soccer.

Q- What about your favorite sports team?
A- The Steelers.

Q- What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A- Surfing and fishing.

Q- What are some of your long term goals?
A- To receive a master’s degree in engineering.

Q- What is your favorite TV show?
A- Game of Thrones.

Q- If you had a superpower what would it be?
A- Breathing underwater.

Q- What is your favorite food?
A- Crabs.

Q- Who is your greatest role model?
A- My dad.

Summer intern of the Week

Introducing Chip Goodman


Chip Goodman, from Annapolis, Maryland returns for a third summer as a design engineer intern. He currently attends Clemson University in South Carolina and is expecting to graduate in May 2017.

Q&A with Chip:
Q- What is your favorite sport?
A- Lacrosse.

Q- What about your favorite sports team?
A- The Ravens.

Q- What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A- Golfing and sailing.

Q- What are some of your long term goals?
A- To have a job he enjoys.

Q- What is your favorite movie?
A- Top Gun.

Q- If you had a superpower what would it be?
A- To make traffic disappear.

Q- What is your favorite food?
A- Anything from Chipotle.

Q- Who is your greatest role model?
A- My dad.

Summer Intern of the Week

Introducing Troy Gassaway


Troy Gassaway, from Severna Park, Maryland returns for a second summer as a mechanical engineer intern. He currently attends Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey and is expecting to graduate in May 2017.

Q&A with Troy:
Q: What is your favorite sport?
A: Lacrosse

Q: What about your favorite sports team?
A: The Ravens and the Orioles

Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: Anything on the water-wakeboards, tubing, etc.

Q: What are some of your long term goals?
A: The day I start my own engineering firm.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Lord of the Rings Two Towers

Q: If you had a superpower what would it be?
A: Flying or teleportation

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Pretty much all of it, especially chocolate

Q: Who is your greatest role model?
A: Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla

Summer Intern of the Week

Introducing Elizabeth Hall-Travis


Elizabeth, Lizzie, Hall-Travis is the summer Marketing & Administrative Intern. She is a 2016 graduate of Loyola University of Maryland, where she studied English Literature. This fall, she will be moving to Orlando, Florida to participate in the Disney Professional Internship Program.

Q&A with Lizzie:
Q: What is your favorite hobby?
A: Cooking /baking and reading

Q: What is your favorite food?
A: Grilled cheese

Q: Who is your favorite team?
A: Baltimore Orioles

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: Time travel

New Employees - June 2016


Leach Wallace has hired new employees this month. We welcome:

  • Austin Ceresi (pictured left), a May 2016 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

  • John-Michael Neuberth (pictured right), who earned his Associate's Degree from Carroll Community College. John-Michael will be a CADD Operator for Leach Wallace while he pursues his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Welcome! We are glad to have you on our team.

New Employees - May 2016


Peter Fregeau joins the Leach Wallace team as a Electrical Engineer. He has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Loyola University. Peter spent the first two years of his career working in another field of electrical engineering before moving to building systems design (pictured top left).

Susan Palmatary joins the Leach Wallace team as an Administrative Assistant supporting accounting. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Science from Bloomsburg University and a Certificate of Graduation from The Institute for Paralegal Training (pictured top right).

Tim Reynolds, P.E., CEM, LEED AP BD+C, joins the Leach Wallace team as the Energy Projects Manager. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering and Project Management from Johns Hopkins University (pictured bottom left).

Jeff King joins the Leach Wallace team as a Project Coordinator. During 22 years in the U.S. Navy Reserves, Jeff was a Master Plumber and Project Manager. From there he continued his career in plumbing and mechanical systems. Most recently he was with LifeBridge Health Systems as a Manager of Campus Services (pictured bottom right).

New project

Leach Wallace is proud to announce that we've been awarded a new project. Our team, including architect Wilmot Sanz, will work on a new addition and renovation of Howard County General Hospital.

Our team will provide a new Psych/Peds Emergency Department, consisting of more than 34,000 feet and three floors. We will also renovate a space that will become the new Emergency Acute Care Unit and another area to become the new Inpatient Observation Unit.

New Employees


Leach Wallace has hired a great crop of new employees! We are pleased to welcome them to our team.

  • Bobby Gyorfi, a mechanical engineer, will work in our Elkridge office
  • Andrew Kelley, a mechanical engineer, will work in our Elkridge office
  • Elaine Taylor, a CADD operator, will work in our Elkridge office
  • Dan Andreson, a mechanical engineer, will work in our York office
  • Sam Cole, a CADD operator, will work part-time in our Elkridge office
  • Chris Martin, testing and balancing technician, will work in our Elkridge office
  • Alex Fossi, a mechanical intern who will become a full-time employee in July, will work in our Elkridge office

    Welcome, all! We are glad to have you on our team.

  • LWA in the News

    March 9, 2016


    We're proud to have worked on a project featured recently in the Washington Business Journal! The Medstar Heart and Vascular Institute expects to see a whopping 9,000 patients annually.

    New Employee

    March 9, 2016


    We're happy to welcome Eli Powell to our team! Eli, a Mechanical Project Engineer with a degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be working in our Charlotte office. Welcome aboard!

    New Employees

    February 10, 2015

    Mike Morrissey has joined the Leach Wallace Team as a Senior Project Engineer.
    Morrissey holds a Bachelor of Science in Facilities and Environmental Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola College in Maryland, as well as a Masters of Engineering in Fire Protection Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park.

    Peter McDougall has joined the Leach Wallace Team as a Mechanical Engineer. McDougall graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    Sayed Baqar has joined the Leach Wallace Team as a Mechanical Engineer. Baqar graduated from The University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    LWA Announces Leadership Changes


    Leach Wallace Associates, Inc., is ringing in the New Year with exciting leadership changes. We are pleased to announce Robert A. Banas, PE, LEED AP, has been appointed President and Christopher T. McCarthy, PE, HFDP, LEED AP, Executive Vice President, effective January 1, 2016. Banas is succeeding Bob Leach, PE, LEED AP, who has served as President of Leach Wallace since the company’s founding in 1990. Leach will continue his involvement at Leach Wallace as Chairman of the Board and will continue to support our clients.

    “Our ownership transition planning began in the first year of our company, and our leadership transition planning began over a decade ago,” Leach said. “It is a natural progression in the growth of our firm and I am excited to continue to be a part of a dynamic and dedicated team.”

    Banas and McCarthy have both been officers of Leach Wallace since its inception in 1990 and each has more than 30 years of consulting engineering experience. Along with Nick Nucci, the three Penn State Architectural Engineering graduates have served as Senior Vice Presidents for the last decade.

    In addition to his supervision of multiple design teams serving the Maryland/DC/Virginia region, Banas has been instrumental in the success of our Charlotte, North Carolina office.

    “I am honored and excited to be part of the next generation of growth for our firm, as we build on our history of providing engineered value for our clients,” Banas said.

    McCarthy manages multiple design teams as well as the Leach Wallace Testing and Balancing operations.

    Banas, McCarthy, and Nucci will be working together along with the entire Leach Wallace ownership team to maintain the client-focused service and leadership that has become the hallmark of our firm.

    Leach Wallace News - January 2016

    The Leach Wallace team recently won our first project at the Pennsylvania State University’s Main Campus in University Park, PA. Leach Wallace will develop HVAC system concepts for the Sparks Building which houses the College of Liberal Arts. We won this project over four other MEP firms, all with previous experience at Penn State. We’ve worked with the university at the Hershey Medical Center and are proud to continue our partnership with this project.

    Leach Wallace recently began work on a Lab renovation project at Johns Hopkins University.
    This renovation will provide laboratory, office, and support spaces for two new faculty members in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), in the Krieger School of Arts and
    Sciences (KSAS).

    Leach Wallace was recently awarded a new Commissioning project at Suburban Hospital in Baltimore for its new addition. Our team also designed the addition, which is approximately 300,000 square feet and includes a new main entrance and lobby, inpatient facilities, surgical suite, and physician offices.

    Leach Wallace recently completed the design of a BCU (Biological Containment Unit) at University of Maryland Medical Center. The BCU design utilized a portion of the existing 6th floor of the Weinberg Building that had been vacant. A new 10 bed Cardiology and Thoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit was developed and when required, the suite is flexible to accommodate the functions of the Biological Containment Unit.

    New Projects


    University of Virginia - University Hospital: HVAC Replacement Phase 4

    August 2015

    Leach Wallace will be the prime consultant for this fourth phase of a Master Plan to upgrade HVAC systems at the main hospital. This project phase includes upgrades/replacement of eight air handling units, replacement of eight return air fans associated with the air handling units, and replacement of associated ductwork and piping (chilled, glycol preheat and steam) as required.

    Inova Fairfax Hospital: Schar Cancer Institute at Exxon Mobile Campus

    July 2015

    Leach Wallace was selected to perform a detailed study of the Exxon Mobil campus mechanical and electrical infrastructure to determine phased upgrade requirements with budgets for developing cash flow projections. The project has now moved into the design phase and includes a 74,000 SF addition, 180,000 SF rennovation and a new entry pavilion.

    Frederick Memorial Hospital: Rose Hill Cancer Center MOB Project

    June 2015

    A new 65,500 gross square foot free-standing cancer center and medical office building with a connector link to the existing Rose Hill Building, has begun design. The new building will include three linear acceleration vaults, a chemotherapy suite, and related support space for the Oncology Department.

    VCU South Hill Community Memorial Hospital

    March 2015

    Pre-schematic planning has begun for a new 70-bed approximately 165,000 square foot hospital for VCU. Leach Wallace will provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design and construction phase services for the project. This project will be designed to meet LEED Silver standards.

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