No job too large or too small for Charleston-based firm and its experienced, professional staff
Constantine Engineering Associates, LLC is a tight-knit engineering outfit with a quarter-century of experience in the Charleston area providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection to a wide array of businesses, from mom-and-pop establishments to large industrial firms. CEA has remained a go-to for engineering expertise through cycles of boom and bust, assisting in over 3,000 projects since 1994.
Constantine has provided these services through the tech bubble at the turn of the millennium, the construction boom of the early 2000s, the Great Recession and the arrival of big manufacturing companies like Boeing, Volvo Cars and Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The deep well of experience and a culture that promotes employee project “ownership” and engagement differentiates CEA from other firms. Crew members are licensed and/or certified as a P.E., E.I.T., LEED AP, or all three. Several have worked the entirety of their careers with the firm and consider their service part of their mission in life, rather than merely a job.
The company mission is to treat clients’ projects as their own. Viewing each project through clients’ eyes helps heighten sensitivity to their needs and produces work that reflects the purpose of the project.
“As a consequence,” says Chris Constantine, a native Charlestonian and founder of the firm, “we will never refuse a client, no matter how busy we are or how small the project. If a husband and wife quit their jobs and pour their savings into a doggie day care, that project is at least as important to them as a $50 million industrial project, built with bank money, is to corporate management.”
Constantine’s portfolio of thousands of successfully completed projects covers an eclectic mix of industrial, hospitality, educational, retail and much more. Among their marquee jobs were working with David Thompson Architects and Hill Construction to completely remodel The Beach Club at Kiawah for a unique fine dining experience and designing a chilled-water system with Johnson Controls for Clemson Energy Innovation Center’s wind turbine testing beds, which allows wind turbine manufacturers to test their drive trains at full scale.
One testament to Constantine Engineering’s commitment to clients is its relationship with architects and contractors, the people who can best discern the quality of engineering work and depth of customer service. Coast Architects hired Constantine to provide fire protection, plumbing and mechanical engineering for The Citadel’s Swain Boating Center, a convention space now under construction on the campus. Berenyi Incorporated hired Constantine to design the complex HVAC systems at Symrise’s five-story distillation facility at Bushy Park.
Living up to its motto “we always put the client first” has allowed Constantine Engineering Associates to continue growing, even during a pandemic, and earned the firm recognition as Charleston Contractors’ Association Engineering Firm of the Year in 2019.