Paul G. Phillips

MEP Division Manager / P.E., LEED AP / Houston

Background

Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Rice University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science focused on thermal sciences.

He has over 30 years of diversified engineering design and management experience. His expertise is in identifying mechanical and plumbing system, building enclosure and other design and construction defects that can result in problems with the occupied environment as well as the building materials. He is experienced with failure investigations for mechanical and plumbing equipment from direct examination of failed items to mathematical modeling. He has extensive experience as a design engineer, project manager, and in-house trainer and has served as a lead mechanical engineer for a team of design professionals.

Mr. Phillips is knowledgeable about environmental control systems from concept development, design, and construction for applications including commercial office buildings, institutional healthcare, higher education, laboratories, and manned spacecraft. As a senior engineer, Mr. Phillips has been called upon to solve difficult design problems and to diagnose and resolve issues in the field during construction and after completion.

Representative Engagements

  • Building System Failures
    • Boiler explosions and fires
    • Water and steam system leakage cause and origin
    • Refrigeration and refrigerated storage problems
    • Controls and sequences as cause of failures and damages.
    • Domestic water recirculation failure
    • Investigation of legionnaire's disease outbreak
  • Construction and Design Defects and Disputes
    • Project records and document review for design errors and omissions and construction defects.
    • Code compliance review for designed and installed conditions.
    • Standard of care assessment for design team and construction team compliance with.
    • Investigation of system sizing problems and related consequent problems.
    • Assessment of building systems design as cause of humidity and ventilation issues
  • Mathematical Modeling
    • Air and moisture transport through wall and exterior envelopes.
    • Performance of air conditioning systems under varying conditions
    • Flow prediction of heated airflow plume with contaminants
  • Water intrusion and mold investigation support including air conditioning, plumbing and building envelope problems.
  • Weather related damages including wind, hail, and flooding.
  • Cost assessment and support for mechanical and plumbing systems in support of numerous other assignments.

Education

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
  • LEED® AP