Built Environment Engineers

The built environment in harmony with the natural environment.




Channing Place consists of two buildings that will combine to provide an apartment community for this growing part of the city next to the Rhode Island Avenue/Brentwood Metro Stations.  The buildings will be connected by a two-level terminus building that will provide amenities to occupants of both buildings.

Building A is a renovation/adaptive reuse of an existing concrete warehouse and Building B is a new wood-frame building built on a concrete base.

Design features:

  • Renovation of building provides loft style units
  • Rooftop pool, community room and fitness area
  • Total of over 290 rental apartments
  • Water conservation with low-flow fixtures
  • Green roofs and bio-swale storm water management
  • High SEER split/systems
  • Energy saving lighting controls with occupancy sensors and photocells.

Completed Fall 2017.

Channing Place – Buildings A & B Washington, DC

Channing Place - completed 2017

Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD

Montgomery Lane, a five-level residential building, is currently under construction in the heart of Bethesda.  The first level contains parking spaces, entrance lobby, and common amenities.  Each level above contains one 3,100 sf, luxury residence.

Design features:

  • Individual parking with carbon monoxide-controlled ventilation
  • Variable Refrigerant Flow HVAC system attaining 20% increased efficiency over ASHRAE 90.1
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Complete offering of modern information technology systems with range of plan choices built into the design
  • Electronic sub-metering of HVAC and water usage
  • LED lighting fixtures combined with motion sensors to minimize energy consumption
  • LEED Silver Certification, highlighting credits for:
  • IAQ monitoring
  • VRF HVAC system
  • EnergyStar® appliances
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Highly insulated windows
  • Computerized HVAC, gas and water system sub-metering
  • Digital programmable thermostats in residences


Two boutique hotels: two modernization programs.   Built Environment Engineers designed significant architectural upgrades to the Carlyle Hotel and the Savoy Suites.

Design features for both:

  • Reprogramming of ground level services to modernize the hotel offerings
  • Design of modern, energy efficient variable refrigerant HVAC system
  • The Riggsby - a new restaurant by star chef Michael Schlow at the Carlyle
  • Casolare - a new Italian restaurant - also by Michael Schlow at the Savoy
  • New roof deck amenities for both including new bars and roof-top dining

These projects were completed in 2016.

Carlyle Hotel, Washington, DC

Savoy Suites, Washington, DC

Workplace / Commercial

For Hellbender Brewery, Built Environment Engineers worked closely with the brewmaster to ensure careful coordination with brewing requirements dictated by the brewing process.  The brewery opened November 2014.


Hellbender Brewery, Washington, DC

Office suite and warehouse – national rollout

Virginia, Colorado, Florida, Texas, California, Massachusetts

Built Environment Engineers has supported the national expansion of Consentino, one of the nation’s largest purveyors of kitchen marble and granite and the owner of Silestone. Of the fifteen sites in the program five have been completed.

For Vornado, Built Environment Engineers designed several significant building upgrades for the Westmoreland, Camalier, Champlain, and Bedford buildings.  To enhance the efficiency and longevity of these buildings, Built Environment Engineers designed switchboard replacements, fire pump upgrades, and generator replacements. Additionally, Built Environment Engineers acted as owner’s building engineer in coordinating on-going tenant construction.

Vornado, Westmoreland Building, Bethesda, MD

Nature’s Table, Washington, DC

Built Environment Engineers provided MEP design services and construction administration to Nature’s Table’s newest DC restaurant.

Design / Build

Partnered with Marion Construction, Built Environment Engineers provided MEP design services in support of the addition of an elevator and wheelchair lifts which provided accessibility between the ground floor assembly area, the sanctuary, and the choir loft.

Built Environment Engineers teamed with the trade subcontractors to ensure timely delivery of drawings, review and approval of submittals, and quality construction.

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine, Washington, DC

Mission Critical

Chiller plant.  Collocation data center, northern Virginia.

With over fifteen years of mission critical, data center engineering, program management and construction management, Mr. Shumate anchors Built Environment Engineer's mission critical team. As engineer-of-record, Daren has designed over 3 million square feet of data center space with critical loads totaling over 400 MW. As project executive, he has led multi-discipline architecture and engineering teams on complex programs for national data center real estate companies from multiple sites with different construction delivery methods from Equinix to the original DuPont Fabros Ashburn master plan. As construction project manager, he led the electrical construction of a prominent, nationally-critical data center with significant critical power densities. Mr. Shumate brings a keen understanding of data center procurement, construction, commissioning, and operations to his approach to mission critical facilities design.

Department of the Interior Modernization, Washington, DC

Department of the Interior Modernization, Washington, DC


The principals of Built Environment Engineers have significant government design, construction, and facilities program management experience. As mechanical engineer and project manager, Milton managed and designed significant mechanical projects in support of an Architect of the Capitol task order contract. In addition, Milton led the survey, engineering, and coordination for connecting  the Pentagon into a new central utility plant. As lead electrical engineer, Mr. Shumate designed the modernization of the Department of the Interiors Headquarters. As project executive and engineer-of-record, he also provided oversight for a multi-million dollar per year facilities task order contract in support of a significant, secure military based. Task orders for this facility included sub-station replacements, data center designs, and facilities master planning. As electrical construction project manager, Mr. Shumate managed the early activities for the electrical construction of a two-transformer, 240 MVA, 115kV/35kV utility substation feeding a government data center.