Friday, May 20, 2011

Employee Profile: Ken Chappell, Assistant Director, Engineering Specifications

With over 30 years of experience in mechanical engineering and the construction industry, Ken joined ARCOM in January of 2010. He has been directly involved in writing specifications and engineering construction documents for much of that time.

Ken graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1986 with a degree in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. His early career was spent as a design engineer doing research and development in the fields of aerospace, automotive, automated equipment, robotics, and facilities. Ken not only designed equipment and facilities but often oversaw the construction, installation, and commissioning of the equipment and facilities all over the world.

He has also developed many relational database software applications to support his design work and for a variety of companies and service groups. His career later evolved into material handling and automated warehousing. He also spent time building up a successful book of business as a real estate agent in Cincinnati, Ohio, before deciding to write construction specifications full time. "Admittedly," Ken says, "writing architectural and engineering specifications as a career path was not on the radar, but it has been a very rewarding journey. My career at ARCOM has allowed me to 'laser focus' my knowledge and experience from past career paths into a single effort."

Ken has written specifications for projects in academia, government, and the private sector, including many types of commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, biocontainment facilities, medical centers, senior-living facilities, high-end residential and university campuses, and community colleges. Ken is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) where he is becoming increasingly involved in various technical committees establishing standards in the construction industry.

When his face isn't staring at a computer screen, Ken spends his spare time at the gym; exploring Washington, DC; traveling occasionally; designing "stuff"; and painting portraits of friends and the occasional commissioned work. He works out of ARCOM's Alexandria, Virginia, office.

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ARCOM’s staff of 40 professionals represents some of the most innovative and personable specification professionals, writers, editors, computer scientists, and service people in the industry. This occasional series provides brief biographical sketches of just a few of the people serving you at ARCOM.

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