As part of the 7x24 Exchange Texas South chapter, three members of Kirksey's Science and Technology Team led an interactive webinar on February 21. The webinar topic, part of the 7x24 Exchange, covered the design of a mission critical geothermal system that is customized for the Houston climate. Using the Harris County 911 Call Center project, the team discussed how it features a building cooling system – a hybrid system using geothermal wells and cooling towers. In the case of an emergency, the building can function solely off the geothermal system for up to four months if the cooling towers both shut down. The geothermal system acts as a redundant cooling system, allowing for a more efficient and reliable solution.

Brian Richard, AIA, NCARB, is an Executive Vice President and the Science and Technology Team Leader at Kirksey. He has nearly 20 years of experience as an architect and is licensed to practice in multiple states. Brian’s team focuses on industrial projects, mission critical, laboratory, and complex hybrid projects not easily categorized. Brian holds multiple certifications in industry-wide applications which support his project types, allowing him to completely immerse himself in the business opportunities of his clients. He is a leading resource to the Mission Critical market sector and has a diverse range of experience with Data Centers, Emergency Operation Centers, and Real Time Monitoring Facilities.

Brian Lemmon, AIA, LEED AP, joined Kirksey in 2007 and has become an integral part of the Science and Technology team. As a Project Architect, he is responsible for a project’s design and coordination, and the execution of the construction documents. He also has extensive experience in administering the construction contract and sees the project through form start to finish. Brian has considerable experience in designing the systems needed for Data Centers and EOCs.

Altair Galgana, AIA, LEED AP, joined Kirksey in 2015 as a student intern and, after graduating from the University of Houston in 2016, is now an integral member of the Science & Technology Team. She is responsible for supporting the project team from design through construction, using the latest BIM and 3D visualization techniques.