Begin typing to search

Van Boerum & Frank Associates, Inc.

We set ourselves apart with innovative, award-winning designs and a commitment to our clients and achieving their goals.


Intermountain Contractor
March 28th, 1983

A Passion for Engineering
A Commitment to Making a Difference

In the beginning

Howard Van Boerum developed a passion for drawing at a very young age and spent hours drawing perspectives of homes in his neighborhood. This talent led him to landing his first professional job as a draftsman at a civil engineering firm. For the next decade Howard honed his skills, earning his P.E. in 1967. In April 1972, he officially opened the doors of Van Boerum Associates Inc. in Salt Lake City with a staff of three and a focus on mechanical engineering.

In September 1972, Howard hired his first full-time engineer, John D. Frank, an engineering graduate from the University of Utah. John had worked for his father’s sheet metal company and was adept with HVAC ductwork and systems. John became a partner in the firm after earning his P.E. license in 1976. The firm changed its name to Van Boerum & Frank Associates, Inc. - since shortened to VBFA.


We are recognized as one of the preeminent consulting engineering firms in the Intermountain West providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and civil engineering services. We have grown to 18 principals and more than 100 employees located in 4 regional offices in Utah and Arizona with headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

We began developing new market sectors that coincided with the energy crisis in the mid-70s, and initiated an energy conservation program that saved public municipalities and private businesses significant money in regards to energy savings. We remain committed to pursuing new and innovative technology driven markets including the design of LEED Certified and Net Zero projects and the firm’s entrance into the coal-gasification industry. Other key ‘technology sectors” include hospitals, cogeneration, research laboratories and Olympic facilities.

Our willingness to take on projects from the most challenging to the basic has become the hallmark of our firm. A commitment to “making a difference” with our diverse projects and clients, and our constant exploration into new methods in efficiency and diversification explains the longevity of our firm. By fostering a culture of learning, open communication and growth, and by looking “outside of the box” and displaying a willingness to take the extra steps to arrive at the best possible solution has positioned VBFA at the top of our industry.

“Stick to proven successful business philosophies. Don’t be afraid to accept new, challenging projects. Embrace new technologies. Have fun!” – Howard Van Boerum  


Jeffrey S. Watkins, PE President/CEO, Principal, Mechanical Engineer [+]
Benjamin L. Davis, PEVice President/COO, Principal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Ladd M. Birch, PECFO/Director of Southern Utah Operations, Principal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Donald K. Bradshaw, PE, CPDVice President/CIO, Principal, Mechanical Engineer [+]
David P. Baranowski, PE Corporate Secretary, Principal, Civil Engineer[+]
Wade W. Bennion, PE, LEED APChairman of the Board, Principal, Mechanical Engineer [+]
Jed Lyman, PEPrincipal, Mechanical Engineer [+]
Scot Muir 116X116Scot Muir, PE, LEED AP BD+C Principal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Brad W. Rosenhan, PEPrincipal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Byron R. Torgersen, PEPrincipal, Director of Arizona Operations, Mechanical Engineer [+]
Raymond Vernon, PE, LEED APPrincipal, Director of Northern Utah Operations, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Jake Beck 116X116 Jake Beck, PE, LEED Associate Principal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Spencer Howell, PE, LEED APAssociate Principal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Jed Jenkins 116X116 Jed Jenkins, PE Associate Principal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Jim Nightingale, PE Associate Principal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Brad Welch 116X116 Bradley Welch, PE, LEED BD+CAssociate Principal, Mechanical Engineer[+]
John Alexander 116X116 John Alexander, CPD, LEED AP BD+CAssociate, Mechanical Engineer[+]
KHarris 02Kim P. Harris, PEPresident Emeritus, Associate, Mechanical Engineer [+]
Chad Bennion 116X116Chad Bennion, CPD Associate, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Dennis Bennion 116X116 Dennis Bennion Associate, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Brandon Briggs, PE, LEED APAssociate, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Ken Ekenstam 116X116 Ken Ekenstam, CPD, LEED AP BD+CAssociate, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Lori 116X116 Lori HaglundAssociate, Marketing Director[+]
Jon Maeser 116X116 Jon Maeser Associate, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Mike Olson 116X116 Mike Olson, CPDAssociate, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Simons 116X116 Lisa O. SimonsAssociate, Business Development[+]
RReeder 02Richard G. Reeder, PE, LEED AP Associate, Mechanical Engineer[+]
Lewis Wong, PE Associate, Electrical Engineer[+]
Kevin Conner Associate, Electrical Engineer[+]
Nick Tillmann Associate, Treasurer/Controller[+]

“We continue to find ways to enhance our firm culture and our commitment to our clients. By focusing on three Guiding Principles - Leadership Development, Celebrating Firm Achievements, and Promoting Innovation - we can extend our commitment to also benefit our families, our industry, and the communities in which we live.” 


Professional Licensure Map

- Licensed in these States

Untitled Document