Gresham Smith Adds Three to Charlotte Office Industrial Team

August 21, 2019

Gresham Smith’s Charlotte office continues to grow with three additions to the firm’s Industrial market team.

With more than 16 years of experience in HVAC, plumbing and solar thermal systems, Michael Collarin, P.E., BEMP, LEED AP, will serve as a senior mechanical engineer. Collarin spent the last six years with Parsons in Charlotte, where he worked on projects all over the world.

In addition, Garret Lukens, AIA, NCARB, who has worked as an architect at Gresham Smith since 2015 and Jesse Whetten, P.E., a mechanical engineer with seven years of experience designing building systems with the firm will be moving to Charlotte to work in the Industrial market.

“Michael brings a wide breadth of knowledge as it relates to HVAC and mechanical work,” said Catherine Noyes, project executive at Gresham Smith. “Garret and Jesse will also be huge additions to the Gresham Smith team in Charlotte. This is great growth opportunity for them, and it will allow us to bring their design expertise to work for our growing client base in the Carolinas region.”

Collarin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Rowan University. He is active with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and is past president of the Southern Piedmont Chapter. In 2012, he was named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine’s 40 Under 40.

Lukens graduated from Southern Illinois University with his Bachelor of Architecture degree in Architecture as well as his Master of Architecture degree in Architecture. Whetten is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Gresham Smith’s Industrial market creates innovative and cost-effective solutions for process-driven manufacturing clients. The firm’s experienced designers and engineers have practical backgrounds in their diverse fields of expertise, which enables them to understand the critical balance of current needs and long-term flexibility. Gresham Smith provides comprehensive engineering and architectural services across a wide range of industry segments including automotive, aerospace, equipment manufacturing, consumer goods production, metals and paper products.

Gresham Smith’s Charlotte office also serves clients in numerous additional market sectors including Aviation, Healthcare and Transportation. Current local projects include Novant Health’s Mint Hill Medical Center, a 377,000-square-foot expansion/renovation at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and major production facility and corporate space for Dhollandia in Gaston County. The firm also recently finished design of an LG Electronics manufacturing plant in Tennessee.