A Unique Skillset Guides Concord Engineering to Top of Energy and Engineering Industry
“High-class results begin with high-class people,” shared Michael Fischette, Founder and CEO of Concord Engineering, a multi-disciplined engineering and construction management firm with extensive knowledge in designing and developing mechanical and electrical systems for several industries.
“I don’t just look for employees with great cognitive skills. Character, personality, and great communication skills are all just as important to me as an engineering acumen. When you put someone with these attributes in front of a client, you are almost guaranteed success.”
With over 100 engineers and designers—many who have over 30 years of engineering experience—Concord Engineering can deliver turnkey services on large multi-million dollar projects while maintaining the personal attention required by clients.
In an exclusive interview with BOSS Magazine, Fischette was fast to provide little gems of insight into his leadership style. For example, everyone at the company is counted on for playing to their strengths, not being consumed by their weaknesses. He also touted the diversity of employees’ expertise as a key factor of the company’s success
“We’re intentionally not, a one-stop shop company,” Fischette said. “But to be as diverse as we are is unique for a company this size, and if our strengths match up to the client’s needs, which often does, it’s an amazing success.”
Concord’s Project Portfolio
Because of this diversity in skills and expertise, Concord Engineering is able to offer more clients more services on big, multi-million dollar projects. Currently the company—which is headquartered in Voorhees, NJ, and also has offices in Philadelphia and Atlantic City—has a wide project list that is a direct result of its diverse DNA.
A sampling of current projects indicates that diversity: design of a 170-megawatt gas-fired power plant for a Pennsylvania utility, design of a large industrial manufacturing facility project for Holtec International, as well as several casino renovations for the hospitality/gaming industry.
Holtec International is heavily entrenched in the nuclear industry by supporting plant owners in the storage of spent fuel—the company creates and helps implement innovative solutions for the storage of waste from nuclear fuel, as well as manufacturing heat exchangers for the power industry. Holtec was looking for a multi-disciplined engineering firm that had the capability to support heavy manufacturing as well as commercial office facility design. As the project developed, the added benefit of 69KV substation design experience proved to be invaluable to Holtec.
“Concord has a unique affinity for Holtec,” said Fischette. “My background (in mechanical engineering, and time spent working on the design of nuclear plants) as well as the solutions our business could provide matched perfectly with the needs Holtec had. We understand how to provide engineering and design for facilities and utility grade electric distribution, and that’s exactly the expertise they are after.”
As another example of diversity, Concord designed and built an on-site utility plant owned by NRG at the University Medical Center for Princeton—this is one of the company’s standout efforts. The plant provides efficient electric generation on site, as well cooling and heating for the medical center.
“If there is another hurricane like Superstorm Sandy in the area, this plant would be able to provide its own electricity if the grid was down,” commented Fischette.
Concord Engineering provided the full range of services on this project, from design through construction.
“Few engineering companies have embraced the risks of taking on construction in their industries. We were confident if we took the risk on something we were very accomplished in, it would be a success.”
Concord Engineering is a full-service engineering, energy consulting, construction management and commissioning firm. Concord was established in 1989 by Michael Fischette and other investors. As a former employee of a large architect-engineering firm specializing in the design of nuclear and coal-fired electric power plants, Mr. Fischette was experienced in the execution of large, multimillion-dollar projects. This knowledge provided the framework for the development of a new company that could deliver turnkey services while maintaining the personal attention required by savvy clients.
Headquartered in Voorhees, NJ with other offices in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, New York City, and Wilmington, Concord employs over 100 engineers and designers. Concord Atlantic Engineers was established in 1996 and is well versed in designing and developing mechanical and electrical systems specializing in the casino and hotel industry nationally. Collectively, our staff has over 130 years of engineering experience.