Expert Consulting

David R. Olson, PE, LEED AP

Expert Consulting

November 12, 2015



Project Manager – Sturm + Ballard, Inc., 1979 – 1986

President – Integrated Mechanical Systems, Inc., 1986 – present



University of Colorado, Boulder, B.S.C.E., 1979

University of Colorado, Denver, College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Staff Member, HVAC Design, 1993, 1994 & 1995


Professional Registration

Professional Engineer by Examination: Colorado, 22286, 1984

Current Professional Engineer by Reciprocity: Arizona, California, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming

Leadership in Energy Efficient Design Accredited Professional, LEED AP, 2008

International Code Council Mechanical Plans Examiner, by examination, 2008

International Code Council Plumbing Plans Examiner, by examination, 2008


Professional Societies and Trade Organizations

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers,

  • President, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 1994-1995
  • Regional Vice Chairman, Chapter Programs, Region 9, 2000-2003
  • Director and Regional Chairman, Region 9, 2005-2008

American Society of Plumbing Engineers

International Code Council, Mechanical Plans Examiner, 5076352-M3

International Code Council, Plumbing Plans Examiner, 5076352-P3

National Fire Protection Association

Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, 1978

Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society, 1978


Honors and Awards

ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, 2013

ASHRAE Region 9 Hall of Honor, 2011

ASHRAE Regional Service Award, 2009

ASHRAE Chapter Service Award, 2008

ASHRAE Vic Johnson Distinguished Service Award, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 2001

ASHRAE Technology Award, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 1994


Legislative Appointments

State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, State Electrical Board, 2013 – 2016



ASHRAE Insights, ASHRAE Leaves Helpful Footprint in Denver, February 2014


Expert Consulting Experience


Glasshouse Contribution Action Consulting – Berg Hill Greenleaf Ruscitti, LLP – Attorneys for Plaintiff

  • 2015
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Plaintiff:           Design Mechanical, Inc.
  • Defendant:      Goodman Manufacturing Company, LP
  • Counsel:          Giovanni M. Ruschitti, Esq, Jack P. Storti, Esq.
  • Plaintiff is seeking relief from equipment manufacturer due to receipt of faulty installation instructions from manufacturer and subsequent settlement during previous arbitration.
  • Prepared written report, submitted October 2, 2015

744 Whale Drive Consulting – Gordon & Rees, LLP – Attorney for Defendant

  • 2015
  • Lake George, Colorado
  • Defendant:      Cash Acme
  • Counsel:          Daniel E. Evans, Esq.
  • Investigation into responsibility for boiler malfunction resulting in significant water and mold damage to single family residence.
  • Prepared written report, submitted June 18, 2015

 Eagle County Airport Consulting – Rocky Mountain Trane

  • 2015
  • Gypsum, Colorado
  • Defendant:      Ingersoll-Rand Company
  • Counsel:          Nicole M. Brunson, Esq.
  • Cause and origin investigation to determine cause of fire within recently installed nominal 5-ton rooftop HVAC unit.
  • Case resolved without written report or testimony

 Peaks Hotel Consulting – Yates Law Firm – Attorney for Plaintiffs

  • 2014
  • Telluride, Colorado
  • Defendants:    Johnson Controls, Inc.; Trane Company
  • Counsel:          Scott Baker, Esq.
  • Dispute regarding culpability for discharge of freezing airflow by make-up air unit following failures by heating water pump and installed freezestat.
  • Case concluded without further involvement.

 Atrium Place ConsultingHall & Evans, LLC – Attorney for Defense

  • 2014
  • Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Defendant:      Burkett Design, Inc.
  • Counsel:          Benton J. Barton, Esq.
  • Dispute regarding responsibility for underperforming HVAC system following remodel of atrium and replacement of skylight glass.
  • Performed review of construction documents and provided expert consulting services for attorney.

Johnson Sport & Ski ConsultingCozen O’Connor, Subrogation Attorney

  • 2014
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Insured:           Johnson Sport & Ski
  • Counsel:          Richard Rardin, Esq.
  • Subrogation investigation into cause of property and contents destroying fire, alleged to have resulted from the repair of HVAC equipment at site.
  • Cause of fire is undetermined. Case completed without further involvement.

 University of Colorado Student Recreation Center Consulting– Construction Analytics, LLC.

  • 2014
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Insured:           Saunders Construction, Inc.
  • Client:              Stephan K. Tobias
  • Consulting to assist in the review of insurance claim for damages and construction delay resulting from September, 2013 weather event and subsequent flooding at ongoing construction project.
  • Prepared written report, submitted August 11, 2014
  • Claim settled, January, 2015

Palomino Ranch Consulting– McKenzie Rhody Hearn – Attorney for Plaintiffs

  • 2013
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Defendant:     Central Fire Protection Contractors
  • Counsel:         Keith Hoagland, Esq.
  • Dispute regarding leaking fire sprinkler piping and resultant water damage allegedly caused by undersized expansion tanks and improperly installed sprinkler drops.
  • Provided site inspection and verbal report to attorney.

Village Plaza Lofts Consulting – Murphy & Decker, PC – Attorney for Defendant

  • 2013
  • Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Defendants:    Village Plaza Lofts, LLC; Friedman Properties, LLC; David Friedman
  • Counsel:          Greg Lindsay, Esq.
  • Dispute regarding claims of undersized deck drainage.
  • Prepared written report, submitted October 15, 2013
  • Case settled without further testimony.

Fruita Recreation Center Consulting – Western Engineering and Research Company

  • 2013
  • Fruita, Colorado
  • Client:              Wyatt Bellman, Esq.
  • Cause and origin investigation of fire in controls compartment of packaged roof mounted HVAC unit.
  • Submitted written report, submitted December 28, 2012

 American Butchers Consulting – Continental Western Group, Insurance Company for Defendant

  • 2012
  • Beaver City, Nebraska
  • Insured:           Mr. Corey Chapman, Chapman Refrigeration, Inc.
  • Claimant:         Mr. Calvin Wineland, American Butchers
  • Insurance Company Representative: Ms. Teresa Gorton
  • Dispute regarding the sizing of replacement refrigeration equipment at existing meat processing plant and storage locker. Involvement included review of available documents and photographs and conducting telephone interviews of involved parties to develop opinions of responsibility.
  • Prepared written report, submitted September 27, 2012

Lincoln Square Lofts Consulting – Western Engineering and Research Company for Harris, Karstaedt, Jamison & Powers, PC – Attorney for Defendant

  • 2011
  • Lone Tree, Colorado
  • Defendant:      Trammell Crow Residential Company
  • Counsel:          Thomas H. Falivene, Esq.
  • Dispute regarding frozen fire sprinkler piping and resultant water damage within residential condominium unit.
  • Prepared written rebuttal report, dated December 1, 2012

Goodman Residence Consulting– Bennington Johnson Biermann & Craigmile, LLC, Attorney for Plaintiff

  • 2011
  • Vail, Colorado
  • Plaintiff:           B. A. Goodman
  • Counsel:          Phillip E. Johnson, Esq.
  • Investigated construction defects resulting in excessively warm temperatures and resultant discomfort within condominium unit owned and occupied by plaintiff.
  • Prepared written report, submitted May 4, 2011

 Merage Residence Consulting– Bennington Johnson Biermann & Craigmile, LLC, Attorney for Plaintiff

  • 2010
  • Grand Lake, Colorado
  • Plaintiff:           Lin Merage
  • Counsel:          Tami Sapp, Esq.
  • Conducted pre-settlement walk-through of property, previously litigated, to review terms of mechanical systems issues settlement.
  • Prepared written report, submitted March 4, 2010

Greko Residence Consulting – Cambell Bohn, LLC, Attorney for Plaintiff

  • 2006
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Plaintiff:           Barbara Greko
  • Counsel:          Armando Y. Aguilar, Esq.
  • Residential plumbing system failure
  • Investigated defective plumbing installation and recommended necessary repairs by reputable plumbing contractor.
  • No further action taken

Red Rocks Health Care Facility Consulting – Icenogle, Norton, Smith & Blieszner, Attorney for Defendant

  • 2004-2005
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Defendant:      Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Counsel:          Edward J. Blieszner, Esq.
  • Plaintiff alleged that heat gain to residential care facility increased significantly as a result of elimination of shade trees during the TREX improvements to northbound Interstate I-25.
  • Prepared load calculations that proved the heat gain to building was not significant, and that plaintiff’s claims were overstated.
  • Case resolved without testimony

La Quinta Inn Consulting – Lee & Associates, P.C., Attorney for Potential Defendant

  • 2001
  • Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Potential Defendant:   Pahl, Pahl, Pahl, P.C.
  • Precautionary investigation into causes of boiler venting system failure that led to serious injuries to two hotel guests. Identified path taken by flue gas following catastrophic failure of boiler vent and combustion air systems.
  • Potential Defendant not named in litigation, my involvement ended.

642 Skysail Street Consulting – Bennington Johnson Reeves, P.C., Attorney for Plaintiff

  • 2000
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Counsel:          Kenneth R. Bennington, Esq.
  • Homeowner (plaintiff) of new home was concerned that HVAC system was undersized. Performed HVAC load calculations to prove that residential HVAC system was sized adequately.
  • Provide verbal report to plaintiff’s attorney.