OGCB, Inc. (formerly Office of Griffith C. Burr, Inc.), consulting mechanical and electrical engineers, was founded by Griffith C. Burr, Sr. in 1948. Richard C. Bursi is president and CEO, and James R. Prillaman is vice-president of the firm.
Since its beginning, the firm has specialized in mechanical and electrical engineering. The 12 person firm has completed over 2,800 projects. This specialization has led to numerous projects across the country. Specialized focus includes sports and recreational facilities, educational campus facilities, laboratory facilities, central energy plants, corporate headquarters, and large building systems.
Design for energy-efficiency, ease of system operation and maintenance, quality lighting, and harmony with the architectural goals is stressed.
Accurate cost projections and containments provided by substantial reference files on systems costs have been of particular value to the firm's clients in providing value engineering analyses with accurate-from-experience projections.
In 2000, the Memphis AIA Chapter nominated significant projects for recognition as "Designs of the Decades" in the 20th Century. Of the 26 projects nominated for the 1950-2000 period, OGCB, Inc. engineers designed 58%.
In 1998 OGCB, Inc. began offering Building Commissioning services. The need for this service had long been apparent, and we were the first to offer this service in this area. The function of Commissioning is to perform services that reduce operational problems after the owner occupies the building, and enhance building system operation in the manner expected by designers.
In 2007, James Prillaman, P.E., became a LEED accredited professional, and OGCB became an associate member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Memphis Regional Chapter. Throughout OGCB's history, the firm has completed many projects with "green" design features such as energy-saving strategies.
The technical and professional commitment of OGCB, Inc. is evidenced by the membership and participation of its staff in various organizations. A sampling of this commitment, both past and present, is shown by the professional activities of the firm's members.
- Board of Directors, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) - Tennessee
- Chairman of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) Handbook Edit of Data Processing System Areas
- Fellow member in ASHRAE
- National Chairman of the Energy Committee of the American Consulting Engineers Council
- Member of Quality-in Construction Task Force for State Architect of Tennessee, 2004-2006
- Member, National Technical Advisory Group on Building Energy Performance Standards
- Chairman of the Memphis Building Code Appeals Board
- Outstanding Engineer of the Year, Memphis Engineers Joint Council
- President, and Member of the Energy Committee of Consulting Engineers of Tennessee
- President, and Board of Directors, Consulting Engineers of Memphis
- President, Board of Governors, the Memphis Chapter of ASHRAE
- Member, National ASHRAE Technical Committee on Laboratory Air Conditioning
- Memphis, National Society of Professional Engineers
- Technical Paper on HVAC Variable Water Flow Design
- Chairman of the Memphis Chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
- Chairman of the Memphis Fire Protection Appeals Board
- AIA MASTERSPEC Review Committee Member
- LEED Accredited Professional
- 1982 ASHRAE Regional Energy Design Award
- 1983 ASHRAE National Energy Design Award
- 1984 ASHRAE Regional Energy Design Award
- 1985 ASHRAE Regional Energy Design Award
- 1986 ASHRAE Chapter Energy Design Award
- 1991 IES Award of Merit, Fogelman Building Auditorium, University of Memphis, Fixture Design
- 1993 Memphis ASHRAE Design Excellence Award
- 1999 ASHRAE Technology Awards, 1st Place, Region VII, Existing Institutional Buildings Category
- 1999 ASHRAE Technology Awards, 1st Place, Region VII, Existing Assembly Buildings Category
- 2002, 2000, 1991, 1983, 1968 Featured Engineer, Memphis ASHRAE Chapter, for Memphis Joint Engineers Council
- 2000 Preservation Award, Special Achievement Award for Mississippi Riverbluff Walkway by Memphis Landmarks Commission
- 2003 Award of Excellence, Excellence in Development, ME Engineers, The Chapel of the Apostles, School of Theology, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
- 2006 Featured Engineer, American Council of Engineering Companies - Memphis Chapter, for Memphis Joint Engineers Council
Posted October 1, 2002