ing engineering designs for wastewater treatment facilities. Russell Jensen, a professional engineer and vice president of the firm heads up the wastewater/ water division.
Additionally, the company provides construction-related engineering services for commercial and industrial buildings. While Muermann Engineering does not install or repair electrical or plumbing systems, the company does have a presence on the job site during construction. Generally one of the engineers or designers on the project visits the site, making certain that everything is built correctly. When it comes to larger projects, a master electrician on staff oversees the project two or three days per week.
At the very onset of a remodeling project, figuring out what we are up against, and what is destined to end up in the trash bin, and what are the best ways to bring things up to current code and standards, an individual (engineer) is very much on-site, said Jensen.
Part of Muermann Engineering’s project work is to determine the best materials needed for the electrical or plumbing situation. Specific products are identified as part of the bid and the specification book tells what kinds of materials are called for. Drawings show the contractor how to build it, said Krupp.
Proficient in different environments
“Solid planning; superior solutions” is the mantra under which Muermann Engineering LLC operates. “It’s the way we do business, the way we ensure the highest quality” that makes Muermann Engineering proficient in meeting the demands of its clients and being current with the latest technologies in lighting and plumbing systems.
The firm has a reputation for being “highly proficient in providing engineering services in different environments, large and small, simple and complex, new and existing.”
“We grow with our clients” is the business model that Muermann Engineering has adopted. “When an architectural firm grows from a five person firm to 15
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people, we add another electrical engineer to service them. This growth pattern has been observed over the years,” Krupp said.
When architects design schools or hospitals, they select design engineers who specialize in those particular fields.
The firm’s philosophy and commitment to its clients is driven by responsible oversight and ongoing quality control. “Its select engineers, technicians and support staff have the ability to handle most aspects of complex projects and work under tight deadlines. Each engineer maintains complete control over his or her project. Having a designated engineer dedicated to a particular project means information gets directly to where it is needed, and clients appreciate having that engineer available for questions and those inevitable revisions.”
Staying current on energy savings
The staff updates itself continuously on new technology in lighting and energy savings, striving to harness all possible energy. For instance, new, innovative lamp and ballast combinations different from the older styles would be incorporated to implement controls and derive energy savings. That kind of approach extends to wastewater/water treatment facilities as well. Finding the best way to operate those facilities by minimizing energy and maximizing one’s efficiency (e. g. by incorporating variable speed drives) is key, said Jensen.
Muermann Engineering partners with mechanical engineering consultants to round out a full suite of MEP service offerings. Many of the firm’s projects that include mechanical design incorporate geothermal systems as a heating source.
Jensen said about half their projects are geothermal. He cited the high school in Fond du Lac, when built 10-12 years ago, had its geothermal system embedded in a pond rather than in-ground. Muermann Engineering designed the connection for its motors. The experiment was a first in Wisconsin and it works well. A complete backup redundant boiler system installed has not been called upon.
Muermann Engineering performs design work for a variety of projects, many of them in the $50 to $100 million dollar range. One it is particularly proud of is a water park project at the Wisconsin Dells. That type of work has tapered off a bit but is starting to come back with developer money becoming more available, Krupp said.
Other projects the firm has undertaken include public housing facilities, skilled nursing and elderly care complexes, resident based assisted living homes, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, banks, jails, prisons, libraries and commercial facilities. Their projects also include a litany of churches in the area including Sheboygan, Marytown, Elkhart Lake, Brillion, Manitowoc and Cleveland. Additionally, their scope of projects has included national chains such as Furniture Row, Goodwill stores, and Hampton Inn, which have taken them around the country.
Locally, Muermann Engineering’s work includes the recent addition to the Kiel Fire Department, varied projects with Sargento Foods, the Fremont Street and river walk lighting and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ just to name a few.
Tracing its history
The business was started by Fred Muermann in 1987 out of his home basement as Muermann Engineering, Inc. Shortly afterwards, Fred opened an office in New Holstein which ran from 1987-1990. He then moved the business to the Ron Langenfeld building in Kiel in 1990 and stayed there until 1995. Muermann purchased Vern’s Liquor building at the corner of Third and Fremont and left that location in 2000 to occupy their current building at 116 Fremont, remodeling the former Red Owl grocery/Family Dollar building.
Curt started in 1988 as a drafter, became full time in 1989, and Russ joined the firm in 1992. In 2001, Muermann Engineering LLC was founded and a second Milwaukee-area office in Jackson was established. At that time, Muermann, Krupp and Jensen became partners, each owning 1/3 of the business. This arrangement lasted until December of last year when Krupp and Jensen purchased Muermann’s remaining shares. Krupp and Jensen are now equal (50 %) partners in the business which has retained the Muermann Engineering LLC name. Fred Muermann maintains part-time employment with the firm.
The Kiel office has 13 employees, the Jackson office 8; some have over 20 years with the company and a few have been with the firm since graduating from college or tech school. Dedication to the company’s vision runs deep.
Muermann Engineering LLC undertakes an average of 240 projects each year. It regularly serves 100 clients within a five or six state region but has performed work in 30 states including Hawaii.
Some of those very large completed projects include Parker High School and Craig High School in Janesville; Camelback Mountain Resort in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania; Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, North Carolina; a new high school achieving LEED (environmental) certification in Sun Prairie; Indian Trails Academy in Kenosha, and an overhaul of the prison fire alarm system for multiple facilities for the State of Wisconsin.
Some of the projects they are working on currently are Wisconsin Rapids Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF); Eau Claire Schools additions and remodeling work; Rhinelander WWTF; Menomonie WWTF upgrade, and De Pere and Green Bay WWTF upgrades.
The leadership team at Muermann Engineering would like to note that “Our longevity in the industry and success to date is due in a very large part to our dedicated staff of professionals and support people. We have a very strong team here and we look forward to many more years of supporting our Kiel community and serving our clients with exceptional service.”