Nutec Group had our beginnings with the founding of a mechanical engineering firm in 1981. The firm grew, relocated to larger quarters, and in 1984 added electrical engineering to the scope of services offered. One year later the firm was acquired by a design-build conglomerate, and it became a sister company to a practice providing architecture, structural engineering, and civil engineering. In 1986, executives from the two companies purchased the assets and established two affiliate companies to provide full-service architecture and engineering solutions. The name NuTec was selected for one of the companies, showcasing the growing emphasis toward incorporating new technologies. The firms physically came together in 1989 when they renovated and moved into a historic barn constructed originally in the mid-19th century and rebuilt in the 1930s. The innovative adaptive reuse garnered NuTec its first national award when a trade publication selected the project “Third Best Renovation in the United States.”
Increased growth resulted in the establishment of offices in Frederick, MD (1996) and suburban Baltimore, MD (1998) as well as creation of a new business to provide designer-led design-build and facilities management solutions. In 2001, the companies purchased majority ownership in a small industrial engineering and consulting firm, responding to client requests for a higher level of integration beyond facilities and systems, and into processes and supply chain management.
The companies are today known as Nutec Group, providing integrated, client-driven consulting, design, construction, and facilities management solutions to clients in more than 25 states and several countries. While the practice was more generalized in the early years, Nutec is today focused on four primary market segments: manufacturing/distribution, food & beverage, biosciences, and federal government.
Nutec Group stays true to its name, continually incorporating new technologies into the design and construction process. Recent examples include the development of BIM models for a new hospital in Afghanistan and major $200 million food manufacturing plant for a Fortune 500 company. We have always been focused on sustainable design by providing in depth analysis of the life cycle costs of products and systems. While we have completed several LEED certified projects, we’ve also worked with numerous clients desiring “green buildings” without any organizational certification.
One over-arching theme guides everything we do: to always be client-driven. Perhaps this dedication to the client has resulted in our growth from a one-person mechanical engineering firm to an integrated A/E/C practice, all while maintaining an annual level of repeat clients accounting for 80% to 90% of our workload.