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Meet Douglas...

Electrical Director, Mason & Hanger

"One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to work with smart professional people every day. We have a great group of very talented people."

How did you end up in your current position?

Douglas E. Peckinpaugh portraitAfter graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1993, I worked for an electrical contractor for a year doing small industrial designs and cost estimate take-offs for bid preparation. I spent the next eight years working for a civil/sanitary engineering firm where I designed power distribution, motor controls, and SCADA systems for water and wastewater facilities. That is also where I got started in project management and supervising other engineers and designers. In 2004, I came to Mason & Hanger where I’ve had the privilege of designing many different types of facilities for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NAVFAC. A couple of years after joining Mason & Hanger, I was promoted to Electrical Design Manager, and in 2016, I was named Director of Electrical Engineering.

What do you love most about your job?

One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to work with smart professional people every day. We have a great group of very talented people in the electrical department. Our mission to build a more secure world provides the opportunity to design many different types of interesting facilities that help keep Americans safe all over the world. I also enjoy visiting different project locations and trying the local food.

What has changed about your industry over the course of your career?

One thing that has changed significantly over the course of my career as an electrical engineer is the energy efficiency of lighting systems. When I first started designing lighting, we designed office spaces for 50 foot-candles average using fixtures with T8 fluorescent lamps which resulted in power densities of 1.5 watts per square foot. Now we design for 30 foot-candles using LED type fixtures, resulting in power densities of around .3 watts per square foot. Lighting controls have evolved from simple switches and dimmers to automatic control systems that include occupancy/vacancy and daylight harvesting sensors.

How do you think that the work you do makes the world better?

The work we do at Mason & Hanger helps keep Americans safe and secure no matter where they are in the world. We provide top-notch architecture and engineering services for the Department of Defense and Department of State. We design many different types of facilities for the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and National Guard. We also support our diplomats as they promote foreign policy and U.S. citizens when they are visiting other countries through our design of embassy projects located throughout the world for the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. Our focus on sustainability and the environment helps assure the safety and security for future Americans as well. I am proud to work for a company that has a mission to build a more secure world.

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