A Message from PVI’s President - Bern Gallagher
As President of PVI, I see this company as an extension of the customers we support in philosophy and in practice. Our employees and team members always act in our customers’ best interest while striving to exceed expectations. We make it a matter of course to learn our customers’ historical lessons, processes and business models. As a result, our execution directly facilitates our customers meeting their key tactical and strategic goals.
Here at PVI we value our customer relationships above all else. We foster long term relationships with all PVI clients and team members (engineers, architects, owners, vendors and contractors), rather than concern ourselves with typical vendor bottom line practices. These relationships transcend individual projects and translate into multiple success stories over time for all involved. Every PVI employee embraces this philosophy and is here to support you at all times.
Our underlying philosophy - a commitment to doing what traditionally works well while creating solutions that meet unique situations and prepare our clients for the future. We supply the most reliable designs and build methods that make sense from both a budget and risk management perspective for all of our customers. We utilize a wide range of experts in the field to make sure we are using all of the ‘best practices’ recognized in the 7x24 mission critical industry while also crafting new ones to meet specific needs.
~ Bern Gallagher
About the President
Bern Gallagher, P.E., PMP has been fortunate to benefit from some great minds during the 30 years he has supported the 7 X 24 technical build industry. After finishing high school at Saint Joseph’s Prep, Bern followed his father’s advice entering Drexel University in 1982 and graduating with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Bern, in the role of electrical engineer, has worked at leading Philadelphia firms including Robert E. Lamb (Design Build) where he was mentored by John Miles and learned the value of working ‘in the field,’ and Kling (A & E) where he learned design standards from Frank Klusek and client relations from Gerry Murray.
In 1997 Bern shifted to the owner side. After he designed Primestar’s control rooms, supporting their data center and expanded infrastructure, he was hired by the satellite TV firm to run the facility under David Higgins. Primestar was purchased by DirecTV so he moved on to QVC and then consulted for Comcast. Acting as the project manager, Bern directed over 40 million dollars of new data center, control rooms and the supporting infrastructure as an owner representative for the Broadcast industry.
By 2006 Bern had teamed up with Scott Kupper and founded Kupper Engineering. Although no longer an owner at Kupper Engineering (KEI) today, Bern still works with KEI and other firms such as Swanson Rink (SRI) and The RMH Group (RMH) on design build solutions for the 7 X 24 mission critical industry. Over time Bern began to act as a project general contractor performing design build turnkey solutions. Bern, being a former owner rep at QVC and Comcast, emphasizes a total team approach to finding the best solution for the companies they are supporting. Whether teaming with Scott Kupper (KEI) or working with Bob Yester (SRI), Bern and his fellow engineers partner with the installing contractors to find innovative solutions for every client. This team approach was initiated during the build of QVC’s new Data Center in 2003 between Bern, Scott and John Swiderski (Electrical Contractor) and continues to prove successful through the Mechanical (2250 ton chiller plant) and Electrical (Over 10MW power plant) expansion for Comcast in 2015 with Bob Yester, RMH and EMCOR.
James Larson, RA, CDT, has been involved with the design and construction of highly technical projects for over 30 years. After graduating from Arizona State University he began working as an electrical draftsman before moving into architecture in 1985. As Vice President of Dieterich Architectural Group in Scottsdale, AZ, focused primarily in the Semi-Conductor Sector. James designed and oversaw construction of major projects for Motorola and TRW Safety Systems in Arizona, Malesia, Guadalajara, and Beijing.
In 2004, James began working for Gensler as Senior Project Manager for Bank of America. Over the next 3 years James opened 10 new retail banking centers in Arizona and Nevada with construction partners Jones Lang LaSalle.
In 2007, James was asked to lead the Healthcare Division for Gensler’s Phoenix Office. During that time he had the privilege to work with Imtiaz Manji, Director of the Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, to design and oversee the construction of their new 11M interior project. Following the opening of the Center in 2008, James taught a quarterly course to over 300 Dentists and staff on how to build their dream practice/office. Subsequently, became a trusted advisor nationally to Dentists and DMD’s. Healthcare projects continued with the Haven Medical Center in Ontario and Tulsa Cancer Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Moving to Gensler’s Denver Office in 2012 James oversaw the construction of the Time Warner Data Center in Centennial, CO. while working with Comcast on the Lobby Renovation and ME Expansion projects.
In early 2015 Bern Gallagher asked James to join PVI CM to lead the design and construction teams for Comcast Dry Creek, Titan, and Potomac Facilities. During 2015 PVI successfully completed many projects from Data Centers to Break Rooms.
Senior Director of Operations
Jeff, following in both his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, started his career as a third generation IBEW member in 1984. Jeff joined the AB Electric commercial and industrial contracting team owned by W. L. Akin. There he served as the project manager and worked side by side with Mr. Akin on an array of projects. After a devastating flood, Jeff and his crew stepped in to complete the renovation of a top metro Atlanta hospital. Other projects included additions to a local private university, government data centers, and a major manufacturing company. Being fortunate enough to work closely with Larry Akin, Jeff was able to fine tune his project managing skills as well as gain contract negotiation and project estimation knowledge.
Jeff joined Emcor owned Dyna Electric in 2004 and served as the lead foreman on various high profile projects. He oversaw the installation of major telecom, ISP and CableCo networking system, and the construction of a military base’s network communication building. Also at this military base, Jeff lead the construction of two more buildings and a United State Army Criminal Investigation Lab. The biggest project of his career came in 2006 with the 22-month renovation of Atlanta’s largest hotel. Jeff supervised a crew of 65 men on this $10,000,000.00, 50 story project. With this, Jeff was able to truly show his dedication to the customer. He was recognized by Bruce Tucker, the chief engineer at the hotel chain, for his honorable ability to go above and beyond for the customer.
Jeff joined the PVI team and rose to be the Senior Director of Operations of PVI South. His main job duties included overseeing the day to day construction projects, preventative maintenance, and to provide support for the 7 x 24 mission critical industry. Jeff lead the construction of two extensive design build projects by PVI for a Fortune 50 communications company. Challenges of working in an existing building meant Jeff had to have bullet proof plans with no tolerance by the customer for any downtime. In the fast paced world of new construction with a critical deadline Jeff excelled by having all of his equipment, materials and work crews well planned out at a chaotic site. While other contractors fell behind, Jeff’s team was able to meat the deadline so that all IT connectivity could be tested before the permanent power was in place, saving critical construction time.
Director of DC Operations
The Director started his professional career in the Marine Corps in 1984 as a “legacy” 4th Generation Marine, where he served for 20 years. Upon transitioning from active duty to the Reserves, Jeffrey started as a Field Service installer for the energy storage company, Yuasa / Enersys. He continued his education in battery technology to receive his degree in Electro-Chemical Engineering. He was promoted to the position as the Director of Operations Great Lakes region with Energy Products & Services which eventually became US Energia. Eventually, Jeffrey took over the role as the National Director of Operations for the entire United States managing 2 Regional Managers and 60 Project Managers with 120 Installers.
In 2009 Jeffrey transitioned to a DC power Technical consultant, providing resources and expertise on subject matter. He then transitioned to the Director of Operations/Director of Cell Tower Services/Environmental Health & Safety Manager for US Energy which later became UltraLife Energy Services. Jeffrey was involved with the setting up and daily operations for all of the DC Power and Cellular provider service contracts including the $27,000,000.00 4G/LTE installs.
Jeffrey joined the PVI team as the Director of DC Operations, providing the technical skillset to aid in the set-up, design, problem solving, and troubleshooting of DC Power, battery, and inverter systems. Providing our customers with design, build and troubleshooting support, as well as training in the use, deployment, and capabilities of DC Equipment and battery backup systems, while providing oversight and guidance to the teams project managers. Lending his experience to services including full turnkey, design, and building of Critical Infrastructure data centers, clean room environments. Installation of DC Power Plants from 200 Amps to 10,000 Amps. Provided the technical support for a “Green and Sustainable” facility utilizing (PV) Photo Voltaic power coupled with a DC rectification back up and supported with (Li-Ion) Lithium Ion battery backup system. This state of the art facility is a cutting edge test site proving the viability of a solar powered and DC backed up solution to the end user. Providing DC power to the desktop.
Senior Manager-DC Technology
PVI Construction Management was awarded the contract to install, collect data, manage and model the impact of the DC Test Bed at the Alliance Center. Sandra Vanderstoep was named Project Lead for PVI to move the project from design to fully functional. In December, 2017, the DC Microgrid at the Alliance installation was complete with a turn on for testing the system. Pioneering work for a hybrid AC/DC installation continues.
Assembled a peer review team of engineers, architects, social scientists, attorneys, alongside direct current experts to guide the project. Completed design in December, 2015, permitted in February, 2016. The Alliance Center, a historic building in LoDo, serves as the site for proof of concept and a field laboratory for the use of a direct current microgrid in an existing commercial building in downtown Denver.
Engaged to provide creative funding through tax credits for the 12.9M renovation of the Alliance Center. Funding effort successful at both the federal and state level.
Prior to her engagement at the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Sandra had focused on honing her skills in the small business start-up world.
Rob has been in the IT industry for over 20 years. A graduate of Drexel University, with a degree in Electrical & Computer Enginnering, he has held the role of Consultant, Architect, Manager, Senior System Administrator, Network Designer, Network Administrator, and Developer.
At PVI, Rob is responsible for technology and architecture direction. He oversees technical selection of core business technology, development, implementation, maintenance, data security and day to day operations of technologies used by both PVI corporate and our customer solutions.
Rob was a senior member of the team architecting and supporting technologies for an infrastructures of over 10K employees. He later moved to a smaller core business group to evaluate, re-design, implement and support a new technical infrastructure. Rob directed his technical team to ensure they continually adapted and reconfigured the infrastructure to support new business requirements and work-flow interoperability with the larger corporate environment.
Prior to joining PVI , Rob was involved in a multi-year initiative involving the migration of IT/technical services to a new data center. This involved new technologies in many areas. Requirements of the final design included a 3K node network, updated Microsoft domain, latest offering from Cisco networking technology, and a new end-user environment.
William Johnson began his career in 2001, after graduating high school in Pickering, La. He was given the opportunity to learn and install Andover Controls with his Uncle Ron at Westover Controls Corporation in Denver, Co. While grasping the construction industry policies and procedures, William expressed a desire to enhance his capabilities with building automation systems and began to watch over the programming technicians and engineers. William worked on small renovation projects around the Denver metro area including the CU Boulder campus, Exempla Healthcare Facilities, and Children’s Hospital of Denver.
In 2003, after researching the building automation product manufacturers, William sought employment with the local Automated Logic dealer in Denver, Integrated Control Systems, Inc (ICSI). His employment started out as a Project Install Lead then soon transitioned into a Lead Field Technician, performing starting up and commissioning of automation systems for elementary schools within Denver Public Schools and critical systems within The Urology Center of Denver, and Sky Ridge Medical Center. William was asked in 2006 if he was interested in the Automated Logic engineering course in Atlanta, Ga. offered to teach ALC technicians how to design and setup an ALC control system from beginning to end. Upon completion, William was then asked to join the service team performing such tasks as general automation maintenance, to emergency service calls for a much broader customer base. This included everything from high rise building air handling systems, to data center chiller plants.
In 2008, William was subcontracted by DVLA to assist as a local resource in the Comcast Potomac Data Center build. While the design was established before William’s involvement, he fully implemented the building automation system. With the successful completion of the critical infrastructure monitoring and controls, William joined the DVL team, heading up the facility maintenance contract and performing the critical system maintenances at Comcast Potomac.
In late 2014, Mr. Gallagher offered William a position at PVI to engineer, maintain, and work simultaneously with customers to improve their building automation systems. William has established healthy working relationships with the vendors as well as the customers and coworkers that he comes in contact with every day.