EQ > IQ

First and foremost, the firm invests in healthy relationships. We prioritize building a strong foundation of trust within the firm, with our valued clients, and across the extended network of professional collaborators. We understand that positive, productive relationships fuel great work. That’s exactly what we aim to deliver.

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Principals

Bruce G. Alward
Principal

Bruce leads Wood Harbinger’s Electrical Engineering team and is the Military and Marine Markets Leader. His wealth of experience includes electrical engineering design as well as industrial and institutional operations management.

“I’m obsessed with the technical intricacies of design. I find great satisfaction in developing the right solutions to move clients forward and make their visions a reality. I’m deeply committed to design that works in practical terms, with high value placed on reliability, flexibility and maintenance efficiency.”

Douglas C. Bussard
Principal

Doug’s electrical engineering experience is focused in power engineering, electrical utilities operation, and utility protection schemes for generation, transmission, and distribution facilities.

“I enjoy talking with the client, figuring out and understanding what their needs are, then taking the time to explain the pros and cons of the options that are available so they truly understand them.  When we are on the same page I take pride in putting together a design using new technologies with tried and true older ones to gives them a design that is a cost effective solution both short term (construction) and long term (maintenance & reliability).”

Thomas A. Leonidas, Jr.
Principal

Tom leads Wood Harbinger’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Security team. He is an accomplished electrical engineer and technology consultant with keen business acumen. Tom’s varied experience allows him to adapt to future changes in technology and his designs provide long-lasting, valuable benefits for the owner.

“We succeed when we clearly and deeply understand our client’s business, far beyond the technical issues we are here to solve. It sounds simple, yes, and often a step skipped. I’ve found that by going slow up front to align ourselves with the bigger picture, we can gain momentum to the finish line and do so with the certainty that we’re running in the right lane. By working collaboratively within the context of a common vision, we focus all of our expertise toward a singular purpose. That’s our promise as trusted advisors to our clients.”

Bruce A. Pitts
Principal

Bruce leads Wood Harbinger’s Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems team. He has exceptional breadth of expertise in all types of mechanical and industrial systems, controls, commissioning, systems evaluation, and trouble-shooting.

“While working in the design and construction of military, higher education and hospital buildings throughout the 1970s & 1980s, I could see how delivery of these buildings was getting worse, not better. The greater the complexity, the harder it was to deliver a functional building. I knew there had to be a better way. So, for the last 20 years, I’ve dedicated my career to commissioning, as a means of bridging the gap between design intent and final delivery. Fulfilling the dream of buildings that work like a charm in a cost-effective manner is where I find the greatest satisfaction.”

Jeff L. Yirak
Associate Principal

Jeff leads Wood Harbinger’s Commissioning team and is the K-12 Education Market Leader. His commissioning philosophy promotes a holistic and sustainable approach to building operation, ensuring that interconnected systems function in harmony with each other for maximum energy efficiency and energy conservation.

“Robert Burns recognized that ‘The best laid schemes of Mice and Men / Oft go awry, / And leave us nothing but grief and pain, / For promised joy!’ — This is the problem that commissioning was born to solve. We are a group of people for whom “good enough” is not enough, and we work to make systems work correctly, free from grief and pain.”

Sean M. Bollen
Associate Principal

Sean is a skilled and detail-oriented electrical engineer with an aptitude for effective client and project management. He is also an accomplished interior and exterior lighting designer.

“What motivates me throughout the design process is making sure I thoroughly understand what the owner envisions for the project. After all, they will be using the building every week for the next 20+ years, and I want to make sure it meets their expectations.”

Managers

Margaret A. Felts
Associate

Margaret leads Wood Harbinger’s Marketing and Client Services team. She brings a creative and proactive approach to business development, marketing, and client care. Working directly with Wood Harbinger’s market leaders, she researches industry trends, gathers client intelligence, and focuses the business development strategy for each of Wood Harbinger’s target markets.

“Meeting with our clients and listening to what really matters to them is exciting for me.  Hearing the success story from their point of view, long after a project is completed, is especially rewarding.”

Ralph E. Maier
Senior Technical Associate

Ralph leads Wood Harbinger’s Specifications team and oversees the firm’s Quality Control program. He has diverse market sector experience, a proven ability to meet multiple deadlines, and works well under pressure with engineers, management, and clients.

“I like the challenge of completing a project on time, without errors, and within the budget.”

Senior Associates

Bruce J. Higgs
Senior Technical Associate

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Bruce has earned a solid reputation of proficiency in all technical aspects of building mechanical systems.  His design abilities are enhanced by his skill in troubleshooting existing systems and correcting operational difficulties.

“I’m way into the details–the project, the program, the potential efficiencies, how all of the building systems relate to each other. I get into the nitty gritty because I care about the facilities personnel who will inherit our designs and will do anything in my power to make sure they receive a system that actually works as intended. Becoming a trusted and appreciated client ally, who serves as a core member of their team, is something I take very seriously.”

Joseph A. Leysath
Senior Associate

Joe is a seasoned project manager, electrical engineer, and electronic safety and security systems designer. He actively pursues innovative design methods that readily adapt to future changes in technology and Owner needs.

“I enjoy bringing opportunities to our clients.  Whether its discussing upcoming electrical technology or discussing future projects, bringing opportunities drives my day.”

  • By the Numbers

    18 LEED-accredited professionals

    21 LEED-certified projects

    33 professional engineers in 20 states

    22 engineering awards in the past 5 years

    Consulting & commissioning on over $1 billion in construction value in the past 5 years

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