Name: Joe Davis
Company Name: Custom Engineering
1. Where is your company located?
We are located just east of downtown near the Truman Sports Complex—12760 E 40 Highway, Independence, MO 64055. We also have a second office in downtown St. Louis.
2. How long have you been in business in Kansas City?
We are celebrating our 44th year in business.
3. How did you get your start in the industry?
Custom engineering was started by four original principals who have long since retired. I assumed leadership of the company in 1999 after a 13-year career with a Fortune 500 company, and I have led the company for the last 20 years. It has been rewarding building a business and seeing our employees grow and prosper in their careers.
4. What types of services do you provide?
Custom Engineering is an engineering consulting and design firm with expertise in HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Lighting, Building Commissioning, and Construction Management for all types of facilities. Our Aviation practice has become a big part of our portfolio as we have provided engineering services throughout the region. We are most proud of the various types of project involvement at KCI over the last 20 years.
5. How many employees do you have working for you in and around Kansas City?
We have a total of 23 tremendous team members. We are a very diverse group with many nationalities and ethnic groups represented from several countries and continents, including East Africa, the Middle East, Asia, South America, and the U.S.
6. What is your role on the KCI New Terminal project?
Custom Engineering has great expectations in making an impact on many areas of the new terminal. We will be involved and support SOM and prime consultants in the areas of Civil Air and Landside, Baggage Handling Systems, and the Central Utility Plant.
7. How does the KCI project compare in size/scale to others on which you’ve worked?
The KCI New Terminal will be the largest project our firm has been involved with—topping the $100 million Streetcar project. We anticipate a similar impact on hiring and growth as a result of involvement with the new terminal. A project of this size/scale doesn’t happen very often.
8. What excites you most about this project?
The thing that excites me most about this project is developing new relationships with the Edgemoor Team. It is always more than the project to us. It is working with existing clients and developing relationships with new clients which will further develop and grow Custom Engineering. The prestige in working on a monumental local project is icing on the cake.
9. Describe the impact you think the KCI New Terminal project will have on the local design and construction community and/or the City.
A new terminal will demonstrate and send a message to the region and nation that KC is a progressive city with opportunity for businesses to grow and expand. A new terminal complements all the great things we have built over the last decade or so such as Power & Light, Sprint Arena, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the Streetcar.