Energy management company acquires engineering firm


Jim Dirkes. Courtesy Foresight Management

A local energy management company has expanded its capabilities via acquisition.

Zeeland-based Foresight Management acquired Building Performance Team, an engineering firm specializing in commissioning, energy modeling and optimizing facility performance.

With the acquisition, Foresight Management’s service offerings will expand to meet their clients’ energy use and cost-reduction goals, as well as expand into Building Performance Team’s former client base.

Jim Dirkes, the former owner of Building Performance Team, has had a relationship with Foresight for the past six years, bringing in a rotating team of one or two direct-hire employees, as well as “virtual” engineers from around the world to deal with some of Foresight’s more complex projects.

Having Dirkes on board expands Foresight’s in-house specialization to include computerized building simulations, retro-commissioning of existing facilities and commissioning for new construction.

Dirkes now serves as an energy engineer and the new team lead for building performance at Foresight.

“Jim’s ability to go deep into a facility and solve complex problems with an eye toward building optimization will greatly enhance our current energy management offerings,” said Brian Pageau, president, Foresight Management.

“Jim’s long-time industry experience and unique skill set put us in prime position to serve our clients’ most complex energy needs.”

Foresight has grown from 10 to 18 employees in the past 12 months and has a national client base, including several “multi-billion-dollar” organizations, Pageau said.

Foresight, founded in 2007, provides energy management consulting for commercial, industrial and institutional clients.

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