Project manager and mechanical engineer Kevin Montesano thoroughly understands the challenges industrial clients face, having spent five years working directly for a utility company and manufacturer, supporting various plant operations, capital projects and assisting with maintenance and operations. His commitment to delivering quality projects and enthusiasm for surpassing client satisfaction shines through in each project he takes on. “My goal, at the completion of every project, is to exceed client expectations. If a client rates our performance as ‘exceeded expectations’ based on our performance and commitment to client service, we’ve done our job.”
Kevin’s areas of expertise include industrial utility generating equipment and distribution systems. He boasts significant boiler design experience on large capital projects, such as the 500,000 pounds per hour condensate and raw water treatment systems at The Ohio State University’s power plant, and an operational study to diagnose, design and implement modifications to correct deaerator operating issues at the Cleveland Clinic’s main campus central boiler plant. Most recently, Kevin served as project manager on a design-build addition for a chemical plant in Texas.
Why CDM Smith? The atmosphere—there is a family atmosphere with a sense of integrity, commitment and passion that starts with our leadership.
What does “listen. think. deliver” mean to you? It means understanding the client’s scope and schedule as well as their main areas of concern, planning our execution while analyzing alternative options to enhance project delivery, and executing a plan that exceeds expectations.
My father, who was also a mechanical engineer, was the most influential person in my life and career. He was ever present to listen, advise, and like most dads, always available to talk, but with the background in the industry able to provide critical feedback usually not readily available. Charles Schmidt and Lee Hooper were also both instrumental in advancing my career and providing guidance through the early years in the industry, and then Jim Calderone guiding me (still) through construction management of design-build projects.
What are your three non-work passions? I love spending time with my family, traveling to new places and football—even though it’s the Browns!
How has your career evolved since you joined CDM Smith, and why? Throughout my career prior to joining CDM Smith, I was always exposed and involved in the construction side of what we design, but it wasn’t until CDM Smith were I was exposed to design-build projects that propels our Industrial Division.