Eugene “Chip” Higbee, III, P.E.
Chip serves as as the Mechanical Principal in Charge. He received his Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree from LSU in 1990. Chip is responsible for the total design of various commercial HVAC systems, including load calculations, specifications, system layout and completion of construction documents. He has also directed the design of performance contracts and energy-savings projects including energy audits, financial and technical analysis, savings calculations, design and specification of related measures and project implementation.
His experience with the retrofit and operation of large central chilled water and heating hot water plants provide a solid basis for new HVAC system design. Energy Management Systems (EMS) evaluation, optimization and system troubleshooting represent a large portion of Chip's professional expertise and experience.
Richard Nichols, P.E.
Richard serves as the Electrical Principal in Charge. He received his Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering degree from LSU in 1989. Richard is responsible for the total design of various commercial electrical systems, including load calculations, specifications, systems layout and the completion of construction documents.
His 26 years in the industry have involved all aspects of electrical design including site utilities, power, lighting, communication and fire alarm systems.
Paul Vlosich, P.E.
Director of Municipal and Industrial Projects
In addition to designing electrical systems for large commercial facilities, Paul serves as IMC's Director of Municipal and Industrial Projects. He received his Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering Degree in 1994. Paul oversees all aspects of IMC's municipal business sector including client relations, business development, resource management, contract negotiation, contract execution, production and quality control.
His specialized design experience for this sector includes hazard mitigation and fault-tolerant designs for drainage pumping stations, wastewater structures, marine navigation gates, street and bridge lighting and flood control structures. Paul also has been a member of several inspection teams, performing routine and damage assessments of electrical systems for federal, state and local agencies, and preparing reports of his findings.
While IMC unquestionably excels in forging client and customer relationships, it also knows how to retain its own personnel. IMC’s success is directly attributed to its staff experience and depth that enable the firm to effectively serve its clients. With an average employee tenure of 10 years, IMC has a high degree of confidence in relegating key responsibilities to its staff. Although owners Richard Nichols, P.E. and Eugene “Chip” Higbee, supervise all projects, IMC’s project engineers are involved in the initial stages of the project and are empowered to achieve their design goals.
As for its key players, IMC’s principals share corporate duties along with maintaining active roles in project design. Eugene “Chip” Higbee, P.E. heads up the IMC mechanical department with 26 years in mechanical design and Richard Nichols, P.E. leads the electrical department with 26 years in electrical design.
IMC's staff of 18 includes five licensed engineers, seven degreed engineers, four CAD technicians and two administrative personnel. IMC currently maintains active licensure in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. The firm is registered with NCEES to quickly obtain licensure elsewhere.
IMC & the Market
Although its work has occasionally taken IMC from one coast to the next, its core clients reside in the Greater New Orleans area. It is here, within this vertical market, that IMC has established and maintained decades-long relationships, delivering outstanding products to architects, civil engineers, contractors and owners.
The stability and loyalty of so many IMC relationships have not occurred without good reason. This is a team with the design and consulting advantage that knows how to bring the proper engineering disciplines together.
Because of its experience, it understands the importance of gathering information and coordinating this information with other design professionals and owners. Only through these efforts - proper planning, smart design and the coordination with all members of the design team - does the outcome become a superior design product.