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Largest ZE School in U.S. Win’s AIA COTE Award
Discovery Elementary School, Arlington Public Schools (Virginia), received a 2017 AIA COTE Award.  Discovery, the largest Net Zero Energy School in the U.S., was the only K-12 school to receive a COTE award in 2017.

VMDO of Charlottesville, Virginia was the architect.  CMTA provided the HVAC, lighting and solar PV design and was the Net Zero Energy Consultant.

Discovery Elementary School was recognized for its achievement of zero energy design within a child-centric environment that seamlessly integrates design, sustainability and learning. This includes the CMTA Sphere energy dashboard that allows students and teachers to interact with the building’s systems in real time.  Discovery offers a positive example of a solution to the global crisis of climate change, and along the way emboldens students with the expectation that they are creative participants in those solutions. The jury offered the following comments:

“This project sets a new standard for public schools to achieve net zero energy in a challenging climate and makes excellent design decisions that reduce energy through daylighting and site integration…. In addition to being one of the few net zero energy schools in the United States … the project gives students the opportunity to enjoy hands-on learning around energy-efficiency and generation.”

Now in their 21st year, the Top Ten Awards highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance. Submissions are required to demonstrate how the project aligns with COTE’s rigorous criteria for social,economic and ecological value. This year’s recipients will be honored at the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando.

Click here to read more about Discovery Elementary and its winning submission.

 CMTA’s Greg Swaluk Speaks at Electric Power Conference

Greg’s session, Economic Benefits of Load Following Design for CHP Facilities, explored sizing CHP units appropriately to maximize economic performance, adding CHP systems to existing assets as a growth strategy and utilizing creative win-win transactions to solve customer needs while increasing business revenue.
Johnathan Stewart Receives WELL AP Certification
Johnathan Stewart, electrical engineer in CMTA’s Lexington office, is CMTA’s newest WELL AP! This credential was developed in collaboration with the International WELL

Building Institute™ (IWBI) and the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC). It signifies advanced knowledge in human health and wellness in the built environment as well as specialization in the WELL Building Standard™. The WELL exam is based on
expertise of leading building industry practitioners, academic researchers and physicians in the field of design, health and wellness in the built environment.

Johnathan joined CMTA full time in 2010 after serving as a co-op for one and half years while at UK earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He graduated from UK in 2009. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional Building Design+Construction and NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional.

Johnathan has designed a variety of lighting, power and photovoltaic projects for health care, education and commercial clients. His projects include the 9 kW solar array for CMTA’s Lexington office and two phases of solar arrays for UK’s Ralph Anderson Building totaling 55 kW.

CMTA’s Tom Sorrell Kicks off the COAA Florida Chapter Conference
Tom’s topic, “Maintaining Safety and Security in an Insecure World” will examine how integrated technology can keep buildings and campuses safer.  Tom is currently working with the University of Florida on their campus security master plan.

CMTA Devin Cheek Demonstrates CMTA Sphere at National Green Schools Conference
Click here to learn more about CMTA Sphere.


Two CMTA Engineers Named to CSE’s 40 Under 40 List
CMTA Engineers Greg Brumagen and Sam Claxton (both in CMTA’s Lexington office) have been named to Consulting-Specifying Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list of best young engineers in North America.  This award is given to 40 building industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in all aspects of their lives, particularly in the nonresidential building community.

Candidates were nominated by a professional colleague or mentor and judged based on nine areas including their commitment to excellence in their academic, professional, personal, and community involvement. In May, Consulting-Specifying Engineer honored each of these young professionals, highlighting traits that lead him/her to continued success, recent professional projects, and personal achievements with print and online coverage. Winners will be presented with their award at a ceremony in Chicago on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

“Each year, I’m amazed at the exceptional level of the nominees, and this year’s winners certainly stand out,” said Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. “Now in its ninth year, the bar has been set incredibly high for these winners—and this year’s class met and exceeded all of the judges’ expectations.”

To read their profiles, visit Greg Brumagen 40 Under 40 and Sam Claxton 40 Under 40.

Emergency Communications is a Blue Light Special at the University of Kentucky
A recent article in Security InfoWatch focused on the University of Kentucky’s unified security system.  CMTA’s Tom Sorrell shepherded this process from the beginning uniting 72 legacy systems into a unified system that has become an award winning, national model.  Click here to read more about this project.

CMTA Opens DC Office
CMTA Inc. is increasing its presence in the DC Metro area via a merger with TMR Engineering (Arlington, Virginia).  With the addition of TMR, CMTA now has six offices in four states:  Kentucky, Texas, Indiana, Ohio and the DC metro area.  The firm employs 160 people including 70 licensed professional engineers.

CMTA’s practice in the DC area has been expanding in the past three years, and we felt that a DC presence was necessary to serve our DC, Virginia and Maryland clients.  CMTA and TMR share similar cultures and we were impressed by the quality of their engineering staff.  Their CHP expertise aligns well with our Net Zero Energy expertise.” 
Kenneth L. Seibert, PE, CMTA President

“Throughout the years, TMR has been focused on providing great service to our clients.  CMTA shares our values and is just as passionate about the built environment as we are.  This alignment means we can offer additional services like performance contracting, security/technology design, fire protection engineering and commissioning.”
Thomas Rohrbaugh, PE, CMTA DC Principal

CMTA was founded in 1968 and now has over 160 employees. CMTA serves our clients through MEP consulting engineering, performance contracting, Net Zero Engineering, technology,  commissioning services and renewable energy design.  We are recognized as a national energy leader in the built environment. This leadership is evident in our Net Zero Energy projects, including  Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.  CMTA is committed to collaborative partnerships with our clients and to help our clients exceed their own expectations, but also meet the needs of future generations.

CMTA Largest MEP Consulting Engineering Firm in Louisville Metro Area
CMTA was again highlighted as the largest MEP consulting engineering firm in the Louisville Metro area.  Business First’s Annual List of Consulting Engineering firms shows CMTA as third overall, but first among ranked MEP firms.  The ranking is based on the number of licensed professional engineers in the Louisville and Indiana offices.

Net-Zero Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, VA Raises the Bar for Energy Efficiency
The start of a new school year is an exciting time for students, full of anticipation and promise.  This statement is especially true for the K-5 students in Arlington, Virginia attending Discovery Elementary School.  Not only are the students attending school in a brand new building, Arlington County’s first new elementary school in more than ten years, they are attending school in a net-zero energy building.  In fact, Discovery Elementary School is expected to be the first net-zero energy school in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the largest in the United States and the first in the entire northeast.  Click here to read the article from Green Schools National Network.

Looking for the Perfect Bourbon
CMTA and JRA Architects helped Buffalo Trace on its path to the “perfect” bourbon with the design and construction of Warehouse X near the distillery’s Frankfort campus.  Click here to read more about Warehouse X.

New EKU Ashland Building Opens
Congratulations to EKU on the Ribbon Cutting for the Ashland Fire and Safety Lab. Omni was the architect and CMTA the MEP engineer. Click here to read more about it.

Congratulations to Kentucky’s 300th ENERGY STAR School – Southside Elementary in Shelby County.
CMTA was the MEP Engineer and K. Norman Berry was the architect. One-third of the ENERGY STAR schools in Kentucky were engineered by CMTA.  Click here to read more about it.

Baptist Health Lexington Addition Opens
CMTA introduced a dedicated heat recovery chiller on this project. This chiller takes the heat off of the condenser that is normally wasted, boosts the temperature, and provides hot water that is used to heat all of the domestic hot water on campus as well as provide heating to a majority of the campus. (HDR was the architect.)  Click here to read more about it.

Arlington Public Schools’ Discovery Elementary Featured in “Civil Engineering News”
Discovery Elementary School (VMDO Architects/CMTA MEP Engineer and Net Zero Energy Consultant) was featured in a recent Civil Engineering News article.  Click here to see the article.  Discovery Elementary is the first Net Zero Energy school on the east coast.

CMTA is 53rd Largest MEP Consulting Firm in North America
Consulting-Specifying Engineer recently released its 2015 “Giant’s” list of the largest MEP consulting engineering firms in North America.  CMTA is now the 53rd on the list, moving up two spaces.  Click here to see the article and the listing.

New Dining Hall Options at University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky students returned to a campus with a wider choice of dining facilities.  The 90’s dining facility will serve about a dozen nearby residence halls.  RossTarrant Architects was the architect for the project and CMTA was the MEP engineer.  Click here to read more about the project.

The 90’s isn’t the only new food service facility opening Fall semester.  In addition, UK is now home to the state’s largest Starbucks.  Click here to see photos.

State and Local Officials Recognize CMTA’s LEED Platinum Office
Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters and Commissioner of the LFUCG Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works David Holmes recognized the CMTA Lexington office’s LEED Platinum certification with a Proclamation from Governor Beshear and the official LEED Platinum plaque.  CMTA’s Lexington office achieved LEED Platinum certification with 81 points.

There are currently only six LEED Platinum buildings in Kentucky, including Deep Green Residence Hall at Berea College, which was engineered by CMTA.

LEED® Platinum projects are required to meet a minimum of 80 points across seven categories including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation, and regional priority credits. CMTA’s building received 81 credits which included all points for the energy and atmosphere category.  Energy saving features of the building include insulated concrete form (ICF) walls, geothermal heating and cooling, daylighting, solar photovoltaics, and solar powered internally actuated diffusers.   The building received a 2013 Environmental Award from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Environmental Commission.  Click here to read the WUKY article about the presentation.

New Net Zero Energy Police Station Opens in Cincinnati
The Cincinnati Police Department, city and state officials, along with several hundred community members stood together to celebrate the official dedication of the new state-of-the-art District 3 Police Headquarters.  Sherri Carbo from Governor John Kasich’s Office and Congressman Steve Chabot presented proclamations and a flag that flew over the US Capital Building, respectively.

Under the direction of the Public Services Department which managed the construction process, the new District 3 Station is a LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy facility and the building will be able to generate as much energy as it consumes. It is one of the most sustainable public safety buildings in the country. Among the green features of this facility are solar panels to produce electricity, geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting, super-insulating triple pane (bullet proof) windows, and bio-swales that capture and hold rainwater.  The facility will also use less than 50% of the energy required to operate a typical 24/7 public safety building of this size.  Click here to see a story about the new building.

emersionDESIGN was the architect and CMTA the MEP engineer.

Congratulations to our 2015 40 Under 40 Recipients
Congratulations to Jeremy Lewis (Louisville ) and Bill Sharp (Lexington) for being named to Consulting Specifying Engineer’s 40 Under 40 list of the best young engineers in North America.  Click here to read Jeremy’s bio and click here to read Bill’s bio.

Now in its eighth year, the Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 program honors young building industry professionals, each of whom was nominated by a mentor. Although their titles are diverse—vice president, director, general manager, president, CEO, principal, and many others—these young men and women have plenty in common. In addition to being 40 Under 40 winners, they are linked by their dedication to their profession, a penchant for leadership, the drive to make a difference in their industries and communities, and determination to excel in everything they do.

CMTA President Ken Seibert to be Inducted to UK College of Engineering Hall of Distinction
On April 24, 2015, the University of Kentucky College of Engineering will induct six alumni into the Hall of Distinction. In addition to Ken, others being inducted are: Floyd E. Henson, Orlando, Florida; John W. Kyle, Broadlands, Virginia; J. Wayne Purdom, Clinton, Louisiana; G. Michael Ritchie, Lexington, Kentucky; and Michael L. Strain, Sugar Land, Texas.

The induction ceremony is open to the public and will take place at 2:00 PM in the auditorium of the W.T. Young Library on the UK campus, 401 Hilltop Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky, 40506.

Ken Seibert is president of CMTA Consulting Engineers, the largest mechanical, electrical and plumbing consulting firm in Kentucky and a top 60 firm in North America. Under Mr. Seibert’s direction, CMTA has earned a national reputation for designing energy efficient buildings that leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. The firm has engineered 126 ENERGY STAR buildings and 35 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) projects, incorporating high performance design strategies into all of its building projects. CMTA is the national leader in Net Zero Energy buildings-structures able to generate needed energy through renewable systems on site-having four operational Net Zero Energy buildings and five others in design or construction.


Through their extraordinary achievements, UK alumni have established a lasting legacy of excellence. Over 24,000 individuals have earned engineering and computer science degrees at the University of Kentucky. Established in 1992, the Hall of Distinction recognizes and honors those alumni who have demonstrated distinguished professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service. This recognition serves to encourage exemplary achievements by current students and others. It is a symbol of the respect and admiration held by the University of Kentucky College of Engineering for these esteemed individuals. For more information, contact Lisa Atkinson, 859-257-1622,

Big Four Landing
Big Four Station lighting designed by CMTA’s Brian Baumgartle with TEG Architects.  Click here for the video.  

New 21st Century School at Ft. Campbell
The Barkley Elementary School in Fort Campbell, Ky., is one of the first schools designed under the Department of Defense Education Activity’s (DoDEA) new 21st Century Education charter, an initiative that seeks to provide modern learning environments that facilitate a wide range of educational and instructional techniques.

Targeted for completion in 2016, the new K–5 school will replace its 1955 predecessor with a learning center constructed of mate­rials and high-performing systems that will consume only one-third of the energy of comparable buildings. Barkley’s new design will provide students with opportunities to interact with the building’s multiple sustainable systems—allowing the school itself to be used as a teaching device.

The school was recently featured in The Military Engineer.

LexTran Groundbreaking – December 9
LexTran broke ground on December 9 for its new operations center on Loudon Avenue (Lexington, Kentucky).  CMTA is the MEP engineer on this project with Sherman-Carter-Barnhart (Architect).  Click here for more information.

Congratulations to our 40 Under 40 Winners!
Brian Baumgartle (Louisville) and Chris Reeves (Lexington) were named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40 Under 40 list of the best young engineers in North America.  This award is given to 40 building industry professionals age 40 and younger who stand out in all aspects of their lives. To read a profile of each winner, visit

Candidates were nominated by a professional colleague or mentor and judged based on nine areas including their commitment to excellence in their academic, professional, personal, and community lives. In May, Consulting-Specifying Engineer honored each of these young professionals, highlighting traits that lead him/her to continued success, recent professional projects, and personal achievements.

“These young professionals are the future of the industry,” said Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. “Now in its seventh year, the competition has increased in exposure, and the caliber of nominees has risen to an even higher level. Each winner truly deserves this recognition.”

Locust Trace Wins ASHRAE Technology Award
Engineer Stephanie Febles of CMTA Consulting Engineers in Lexington has been awarded first place by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers in the new educational facilities category for her work at the Locust Trace AgriScience Farm. The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building designs, which incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality. Six projects received first-place ASHRAE Technology Awards.

Congratulations to our newest Vice Presidents!
Jess E. Farber and Tony Hans were are CMTA’s newest Vice Presidents.  Jess manages the mechanical department of CMTA’s Louisville office and assists in the overall management of the office.  Tony is CMTA’s National Director of Sustainable Projects and works out of the Louisville office.

CAER Featured in High Performing Buildings Magazine
The Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER II) is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of High Performing Buildings magazine.  The article showcases CAER’s high performing features that make this research facility one of the most energy efficient in the United States.  CMTA was the MEP engineer.  Architect of Record – Murphy + Graves + Trimble.  Design Consultant – Hastings + Chivetta.  Click here to read the article.

WKU Health Sciences Complex Opens
Congratulations to WKU and the Medical Center at Bowling Green on their collaboration for the new WKU Health Sciences Complex housing the Nursing School and the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Stengel Hill was the architect and CMTA the MEP engineer.

Center for a Sustainable Future Opens in Michigan
The Lenawee Independent School District opened the Center for a Sustainable Future on June 10.  This CMTA engineered project is the first Net Zero Energy education building in Michigan.  The Collaborative Inc. was the architect for this project.  Click here to read more about CMTA’s fourth Net Zero Energy project.

Central High School’s Renovated Aquatic Center Opens
Central High School (Jefferson County Public Schools) re-opened their aquatic center on Thursday, May 23. CMTA was the prime consultant on this project. The dedication was covered by the three local TV news stations, the Courier-Journal, and public radio.

Emily W. Hundley Library Opens on the campus of St. Catharine College
The Grand Opening of the Emily W. Hundley Library occurred on April 29, 2013.  The library is a new gateway to the college in a highly visible location.  Browning Day Mullins Diedorf was the architect and CMTA the MEP engineer.  Read more about the project and Grand Opening here.

CMTA Now Offers Fire Protection Engineering Services
Congratulations to CMTA Engineers Aaron Rowan and Sam Claxton on achieving Fire Protection Engineer registration.  Fire protection engineering is a unique profession that focuses on using science and technology to protect people and buildings from fires. Fire protection engineers analyze how buildings are used, how fires start and grow, and how fires affect people and property. They understand how building systems are designed to control fires, alert people to danger, and provide means for escape.