1984 to 1994

1984 to 1994

US Air Force Minuteman Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile support systems: Electro-Pneumatics, electronics, and mechanical systems. Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

Our chief engineer started as a facilities specialist and worked the periodic maintenance team (PMT) and facilities maintenance team (FMT) sections as a technician before continuing on to become a master instructor and Q/A evaluator. Johnson Controls pneumatic controls system maintainer. Olympic Arena "Best of the Best" trophy in 1993 for ICBM maintenance in the Missile Combat Competition (our record remains unbroken) in which our VP Gary McKay was also involved. Finished his military service in Technical Engineering school and with a college degree.

1994 to 2017

1994 to 2017

Breed Technologies (aka Key Safety Systems), Lakeland, Florida (1994-1995)

Breed Technologies (aka Key Safety Systems), Lakeland, Florida (1994-1995)

This is an automotive air-bag facility with several buildings (new construction) and a new Johnson Controls DDC system.

Polk County Government Selected Facilities, Bartow, Florida (1995-1996) ​ Service related tasks with a highly professional associate from the Tampa area Branch Office of Johnson Controls. This long term contract had several Johnson Controls system types, ranging from a central 85/40 Front-End, C210 and C500 series controllers, and several DSC-8500 field panels, to the more modern first-generation Metasys.   The Polk County Courthouse The Polk County Judicial Building The Polk County Corrections Facility

Polk County Government Selected Facilities, Bartow, Florida (1995-1996) ​ Service related tasks with a highly professional associate from the Tampa area Branch Office of Johnson Controls. This long term contract had several Johnson Controls system types, ranging from a central 85/40 Front-End, C210 and C500 series controllers, and several DSC-8500 field panels, to the more modern first-generation Metasys. The Polk County Courthouse The Polk County Judicial Building The Polk County Corrections Facility

Service related tasks with a highly professional associate from the Tampa area Branch Office of Johnson Controls. This long term contract had several Johnson Controls system types, ranging from a central 85/40 Front-End, C210 and C500 series controllers, and several DSC-8500 field panels, to the more modern first-generation Metasys.

  • The Polk County Courthouse
  • The Polk County Judicial Building
  • The Polk County Corrections Facility

Several area Hospitals, Bradenton to New Port Ritchey, on the West coast of Florida (1994-1998):

  • L.W. Blake Hospital
  • Bayfront Medical Center
  • Saint Anthony's Hospital
  • Tampa Shriners Hospital
  • Bay Pines VA Medical Center

Retrofits, expansions, and new construction activities were done at all of the hospitals above on the hospital Johnson Controls DDC systems
(install/software & programming/commissioning).

Collier County Government Florida Prison and Juvenile Justice Buildings, Naples Florida (1996)

Annual Fire alarm testing, inspection, and certification activities on an existing Notifier system were performed at these facilities.

Health Central Hospital, Ocoee, Florida (1997-2000)

Our chief engineer wrote software & programming and commissioned a new Patient Tower expansion and Chiller Plant upgrade for this Site, using Johnson Controls DX9100's, and Metasys AHU controllers.

Florida Hospital Healthcare System, Central Florida (9 Campus areas, 1995-2003)

During an 8-year period, the chief engineer at our company was the only person allowed to perform any DDC activities for this hospital network (in central Florida). During this time, retrofits, new expansions, and additions were done which tripled the size of the Johnson Controls device network at all of the Hospital Campus locations. Design, software & programming, installation, and service was performed. We were involved in the installation and commissioning of the "2nd Largest" Cooling Tower project in the State of Florida, at the South Campus. The service area spanned 80 miles between the 9 Campuses covered:

  • Florida Hospital South Campus, Rollins Avenue
  • Florida Hospital East Orlando, Lake Underhill
  • Florida Hospital Apopka, US-441
  • Florida Hospital Altamonte, State Route 436
  • Florida Hospital Waterman Campus, Tavares*
  • Florida Hospital Sebring Campus
  • Florida Hospital Celebration, Kissimmee
  • Florida Hospital Winter Park, Lakemont
  • Florida Hospital Kissimmee, US-192


* In 1996, Ross created a semi-automatic client billing scheme, using Metasys, MS Visual Basic, and a DDE Server to get data from 54 client doctors' offices and format them into an electric utility cost invoice. The system was designed to act automatically and save the invoices, but could also be toggled manually, and perform everything with only 3 mouse clicks (get data, save-as, print all, & reset new).

In addition to the construction activities at the 9 campus locations above, all product service work was accomplished during the 8-year period as well. Ross Reed secured over $3M in additional work due to being a company "sole source," selected by the client exclusively.

The Walgreens Regional Distribution Center, Orlando, Florida (1998)

This large warehousing and administrative facility received the first Johnson Controls Metasys system in the State of Florida, in 1989. We were involved in controller upgrades (software & programming, commissioning) and Companion System mapping for this Site.

Valencia Community College, 2 Central Florida Campus Locations (1996)

Performed new installation, programming, and startup of new and existing Johnson Controls DDC system ASC devices, of an expansion project at the East Campus, and modified existing system programming for improved control of the West Campus.

Seminole Community College, Sanford Florida (1998)

New Science Building addition, including Labrotory Fume Hood controls and precise airflow VAV supply and exhaust DDC systems. The existing Campus Johnson Controls DDC system was extended into the new area of work and tied-in to new devices.

AT&T Orlando Data Centers (2) and Point of Presence (POP) Buildings, Orlando and Melbourne, Florida (1999-2001)

Our chief engineer was involved in the design, installation, software & programming, and commissioning of the two facilities on the John Young Parkway in Orlando.
Data Center 1 was a Chiller Plant DDC and Cooling Tower upgrade (utilizing Johnson Controls DX9100's and a Metasys Front-End), and we improved the communication "round-robin" for 60 Airflow CRAC Units from 5+ Minutes to less than 30-Seconds (in separate work) before project completion. Data Center 2 work involved the addition of a new Johnson Controls AHU DDC controller in a critical stand-by battery area.

Work that we performed at the POP Building involved the first ever implementation of a Johnson Controls "Duty-Standby" NCM (Ross did all of the NCM software & programming), along with other new DDC controllers at an unmanned Site, for this very demanding client. Our chief engineer worked along side a person recognized as the best DX9100 engineer on the US East Coast during the course of this work at the POP Building.

Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Orlando Florida (1999)

A new Park-Wide Fire Alarm system was designed and installed at this brand-new theme park. Our company President programmed and certified the "Dualling Dragons" and "The Hulk" American Notifier fire alarm systems for occupancy with the State Fire Marshall.

Cape Canaveral Launch Facility (SLC-17) Cape Canaveral, Florida (1996)

A new Johnson Controls DDC system was installed, programmed, and commissioned for the Delta Launch Complex Operations Building.

The Miami-Dade School System, (1995)

A new area High School and new area Middle School near Miami Florida. Installation, software & programming, and commissioning of new school Johnson Controls DDC systems.

University of Florida at Gainesville, Veterinary Medicine Buildings (1995-1996)

An expansion with new Johnson Controls DDC controls was designed, installed, programmed and commissioned for this university.

Orange County Government Facilities, Orlando Florida (1998)

Work at the Orange County Sheriffs Office, on a unique German-made Chiller that utilized a water cooled condenser (nothing out of the ordinary here), but used a liquid refrigerant pumping system to a rooftop AHU 300 feet away (and 60 feet up) from the chiller plant. This site used Johnson Controls LON DX9120's for DDC control, along with several first-gen Metasys VAV controllers in the administrative area.

Walt Disney World Pop Century Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (2001-2002)

Walt Disney World Pop Century Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida (2001-2002)

A new Park themed-resort area with new Johnson Controls DDC devices. Design, installation, software & programming an commissioning was performed on the Cast Building and three major Guest Buildings.

Fairmount Park Waterworks, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (2003)

Fairmount Park Waterworks, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (2003)

A DDC systems checkout and sectional repair was performed after a fire. New communications trunks, remote access configuration, and selected devices were installed, software written & programmed, and commissioned. Facility Explorer and a remote M3 workstation, accessing an N30 were used.

US Postal Annex, Chester Pennsylvania (2004)

A large annex building, retrofit with new mechanical equipment and chillers was designed, installed, software written & programmed with Johnson Controls Facility Explorer and N30 systems.

Overbrook Library, Free Library System of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2004)

A systems retrofit stand-alone Johnson Controls DX9100 which controlled an AHU and hot water Boiler.

Abington Memorial Hospital Lenfest Expansion, Abington Pennsylvania (2004-2005)

Abington Memorial Hospital Lenfest Expansion, Abington Pennsylvania (2004-2005)

Prior to resuming work with the US Government, Ross performed software & programming for the expansion of this facility, using Johnson Controls DX9100's, and Metasys ASC DDC controllers.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Facilities, Philadelphia International Airport (2006-2013)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Facilities, Philadelphia International Airport (2006-2013)

Retrofit mechanical equipment and a new Johnson Controls DDC system was designed, installed, software written & programmed, and commissioned for the following FAA facilities:

  • The Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) base building
  • The Air Traffic Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Room
  • The Radio Transmitter Facility
  • The Area Surveillance Radar (ASR-9) Facility
  • The ATCT Data Center Rooms

All of the buildings were connected for system-wide communications and control of the building environment and mechanical systems. Ross designed the mechanical and DDC systems, and used a NAE-4510-2 (NCM mode) for Systems integration and used a Metasys Integrator for control of several Liebert DS units in the Data Center (and a Sitelink-12).

Federal Aviation Administration Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) Facility, Dallas, Texas (2015)

Our chief engineer was involved in a systems retrofit of the DDC system, using Schneider Electric Automation Servers and Continuum field devices. Programming and startup was performed while contracted with a major personnel company.

Philadelphia Business and Technology Center, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (2015)

Philadelphia Business and Technology Center, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (2015)

Partial building mechanical systems retrofit and new DDC system, first floor. Two new Rooftop AHUs and several Variable Air Volume (VAV) boxes were connected to a new Johnson Controls FX60E. Design, software & programming, and startup assistance.

Glaxo-Smith-Kline Global Data Center, Collegeville, Pennsylvania (2016-2017)

Contracted to perform work on the 60,000 Square Foot Data Floor support equipment for this Site, on the Johnson Controls Metasys Extended Architecture. Global World-Wide Lead for the Nlyte Energy Optimizer system, responsible for logistics, software programming and technical support of the real-time monitoring for over 65 Sites world-wide.

The National Cancer Center Network Building, Hilton Property Management​ Plymouth Meeting Pennsylvania, 2019

The National Cancer Center Network Building, Hilton Property Management​
Plymouth Meeting Pennsylvania, 2019

3-story administration building with a new Niagara 4 system consisting of 2 FX80s and one Server.

Company Personnel: CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

1984 to 1994: US Air Force Strategic Air Command, 44 SMW/MW

1994-2005: Johnson Controls System Application Engineer level 4

2005-2015: Federal Aviation Administration Technical Operations, Philadelphia.

Certified on National Airspace System Federal Equipment for Air Traffic Control:

Godfrey Dual Mode ALSF-II (4160 VAC High Intensity Approach Lights)
Godfrey MALSR (Medium Intensity Approach Lights) and ODALS/REILS
DME MALSR
Remote Radio Controlled switching Systems
Balanced Power-3/IPM 80Kva and 160Kva UPS Systems, 540VDC to 480 VAC
Eaton 9390 UPS syetms
Certified Stationary Battery maintenance, wet and dry cell
Kohler Engine Generators, to 1MW: ALL subsystems, mechanical and electrical
Legacy Engine Generators: Consolidated, Hercules, Hollingsworth, Warner and Swasey, Allis-Chalmers
ASCO Automatic Switch Gear: 434, 962, 7000, MPAC1500, Bulletin-50
Motorola CM200 Radio recievers
Motorola CM200 Radio transmitters
IT&T GRR Radio recievers
IT&T GRT Radio transmitters
Motorola 100 Watt Linear Amplifiers
Certified Lightning/Grounding/Bonding protection systems
Certified Exothermic Welding
RADAR support equipment
Instrument Landing System support equipment

2008-Present: Johnson Controls Authorized Professional Contractor, FX and Legacy Systems

Cisco Systems CCNA Certified
A+ Certified
NET+ Certified
Microsoft Advanced
OSHA 6000 Diploma