Russ Pratt lives for a challenge. He likes to quote a race car driver who said “If you aren’t just a little afraid, you aren’t going fast enough.” Russ takes that to heart by always trying to step outside his comfort zone to grow professionally. He’s known around the company as the guy to go to when you have something out of the ordinary.
He worked as an HVAC mechanic for several years before pursuing a career in engineering, and that practical experience has paid off for nearly 20 years. Those out-of-the-comfort-zone projects included the Saint Alphonsus Emergency Department, a project of tremendous importance to the Treasure Valley community. Russ created HVAC systems that would perform safely even under the most demanding conditions.
He also experiments with CSHQA’s own building: He controls the HVAC system he designed as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. It was his six+ energy models that guided the team to choose a high performing radiant heating and cooling system. As a result of both engineering and sophisticated controls, the energy use for the building is one of the most efficient in Idaho.
But he doesn’t just take living green seriously at work. He commutes to work regularly by bicycle, 17 miles round trip. “By cycling to work, I know I’m doing my part to fight climate change.”
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Engineer: ID, CO, NY
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, Model Law Engineer (NCEES MLE)
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE)
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Read Russ’s 2017 ASHRAE Technology Award submittal which earned an Honorable Mention for mechanical engineering design and innovation of the LEED platinum CSHQA Boise Office renovation. The CSHQA award was one of only 17 world-wide honored in the 2017 ASHRAE Technology Awards.
Russ C. Pratt, PE, LEED AP
Senior Mechanical Engineer
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BS Architectural Engineering Technology, Vermont Technical College, 1996