ROBERT CROWELL

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Virginia


Background: Robert Crowell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in December, 1981. His engineering education focused on thermodynamic mechanical systems and energy analysis, with a strong interest in renewable energy sources and energy conservation. During his college years, Mr. Crowell worked in the construction field learning building construction techniques. Upon graduation, he continued his work in the construction field for a year and also became involved in the design and installation of active solar systems for residential space and domestic water heating.
In 1983, Mr. Crowell joined the consulting engineering firm of EEA Consulting Engineers, PC in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a design engineer. At this position, he was responsible for the design of mechanical and plumbing systems for institutions, commercial and public housing facilities; energy audits of public housing authorities; and supervision of drafting staff. It was during this time that Robert also studied and practiced the design of electrical and lighting systems for buildings. The majority of projects with which he was involved were for the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
In 1985, Robert co-founded the firm of 2 RW Consulting Engineers, PC in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has served as vice president since. The majority of work performed by the firm during the first five years of business included mechanical, plumbing and electrical building systems design and energy conservation. Since its founding, 2 RW has had a continuous relationship with the Virginia Division of Energy, acting as the division's technical support for energy conservation programs, technical training and alternative financing research. In more recent years, facility assessments and performance contracting have become major markets to compliment the firm's other offerings. The firm provides services throughout the world, including the United States, Caribbean Islands, Western Europe and the Middle East.
Mr. Crowell's responsibilities at 2 RW are varied. He is responsible for marking the firm's services and on-going client relations; managing the business, managing the engineering and technical staff; project management; and, of course, using his engineering experience in building systems.