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Q&A With Mechanical Practice Area Leader, James Kubala

by Kat Phelps, Marketing Manager

James Kubala

Mechanical Practice Area Leader | Senior Associate

James Kubala, PE, LEED AP is the Mechanical Practice Area Leader at DBR. James joined the firm in 2007 after graduating from Texas Tech University. During his fourteen years at DBR, James has developed a wide range of project experience including new construction, additions, renovations, and system upgrades. As a LEED Accredited Professional, James has developed an understanding of the requirements and best practices for energy-efficient designs and healthy indoor environments. With a conscience for responsible and sustainable design, he works to ensure a better-built environment for our clients.

When he’s not hard at work James enjoys getting back to nature with his wife Kristin, and his sons, Sloan and Grady. Whether it’s wandering through the redwoods of California or visiting the various state parks of Texas, James knows how to unwind when he’s not in the office.

James’s easy-going attitude, strong work ethic, and unwavering professionalism make him a valued leader in our firm.

Q&A with James:

Q: In your role of Mechanical Practice Area Leader what are ways that you ensure the firm and project teams stay up to date on best practices and on the forefront of design innovation?

A: Over the last year we have worked to change what people view as “DBR standard”. As part of DBR’s 50-Zero initiative, no idea is off-limits when it comes to design strategies. New ideas, systems, and strategies are evaluated using early energy modeling to determine their effect on a project’s EUI. Design decisions are driven based on analysis tailored to each project.

Q: As an engineer how do you serve as an advocate for your clients and guide them to a successful project?

A: Identify and understand your client’s goals upfront. Whether their goals include energy efficiency, low first cost, or system flexibility, these goals have a large impact on the direction DBR takes during design. With project goals clearly identified, this allows DBR’s design staff to have confidence that our design meets client expectations and contributes to a successful project.

Q: What is one of your proudest moments as an engineer?

A: I think designers and engineers should feel proud at the completion of any of their projects, no matter the size. But if I had to pick one proud moment it would be the completion of the Texas Instruments facility located in Sugar Land, Texas. The project included aspects of commercial office space, lab areas, and industrial processes. I consider working on that project to have been an invaluable experience and a great learning opportunity.

Project Photo:
Texas Instruments | Powers Brown Architecture | Sugar Land, Texas

Have questions? Give James a call:

James Kubala, PE, LEED AP
Mechanical Practice Area Leader
Senior Associate
[email protected]