Brant Holeman, mechanical engineer/commissioning authority coordinator at RTM Engineering Consultants, has more than 13 years of experience in HVAC design. His extensive portfolio—including numerous projects at Epic Systems Corporations’ Verona campus and multiple renovations at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s various hospitals—has provided a wealth of knowledge in designing mechanical systems and effectively coordinating project requirements among disciplines. In addition to his design role, Brant is a commissioning authority who works with facility staff, managers, designers, engineers, vendors, and contractors to achieve an owner’s functionality and efficiency goals from the early planning stages through the life of a facility.
Brant earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa. He holds a qualified commissioning certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional. As a former chapter officer of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) – Wisconsin chapter, Brant has been actively involved in the organization since 2004 and is a current member.
What do you like best about working at RTM?
RTM brings a ton of diversity in terms of our clients and projects, which has really impressed me. I really enjoy applying my expert knowledge to healthcare projects, and working at RTM presents me with a wide variety to choose from. This allows me to apply my skills, while also providing efficient and innovative mechanical designs that meet the needs of our clients.
What do you bring to RTM?
I’m very organized and methodical. I want to know how things work and why. I’ve been doing HVAC design in one form or another since 2003. In that time, I’ve developed an appreciation for learning as much as I can from the experiences of others.
What was one of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on?
I helped design part of a resort complex with multiple hotel properties in the Bahamas. There were hundreds of players such as owners, consultants, designers, and contractors. The work scope was divided into so many different parts; it was challenging to keep track of everything. It also involved firms from all over the world: China, Australia, the UK, Germany, France, and the U.S. However, we implemented a methodical process that met the needs of every player and we were able to stay on top of tasks. When the project was completed, it surpassed the client’s expectations.
What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a founding member and past president for a local makerspace here in Milwaukee. Basically people pay a membership fee to share tools and workspace. There’s a wood shop, metal shop, forge, laser cutters, paint room, etc. Dozens of groups like ours have popped up around the world in the last few years. You can check it out here.