gerald ROY spencer, P.E.

Gerald Spencer, P.E. has more than 50 years experience serving as the Engineer of Record responsible for the design and construction of the MEP portions of more than 1300 building construction projects since 1968 including more than 30 years of preparing forensic engineering reports. Gerald Spencer, P.E. has also been providing licensed professional engineering expert opinion and testimony concerning HVAC, electrical, plumbing, cryogenics, ventilation, construction contract compliance, construction cost  estimating, construction contract acquisition, construction contract administration, and other construction matters for attorneys with  since 2001.


Spencer Engineers, Inc. (SEI) is the AE of Record and/or Gerald Spencer, P.E. is the MEP Engineer of Record for the design and the construction of many Food Service Facilities.  

These projects are listed as follows:

1. USAF Lackland AFB - 37CONS - Lackland AFB, Texas - May 2002 - Revitalize Live Oak Dining Hall - Building 5450, 1655 Selfridge - Building 10810 Mr. Fred Mengdon - 210-671-1541 - Gerald Spencer, P.E. designed a new bulk food storage addition and other modifications and up-grades to this existing dining hall.  SEI was the AE of record for the design and the construction of the modifications to this facility.

The kitchen cooking area was designed to facilitate revised food menus. The serving areas were re-designed to facilitate new equipment that reflected the revised food desires of today's recruits. Most of the food service equipment was replaced. The food preparation equipment was replaced. The dining area was re-furbished with new carpets and wall finishes. The building was reconfigured to \incorporate indoor waiting lines for use in inclimate weather. The kitchen was initially air conditioned with evaporative coolers. The evaporative coolers did not work and had been disabled for many years, leaving only the ventilation portion of the system in operation. We designed a chilled water cooling system to provide HVAC for the entire facility, including the kitchen. Auxiliary make up air to the cooking hoods will be heated with direct gas fired units. This is the same as the original scheme for cooking hood auxiliary air to the cooking hoods.The Live Oak Dining Hall has a gross area of 25,044 SF. This facility was designed in 1986 and opened in 1988. This dining hall serves 500 breakfast meals, 1000 lunch meals, and 600 dinner meals each day, seven days per week. The dietary preferences of the airmen have changed to the point that more individualized service is desired. The food service layout changes and cooking equipment changes are requested to meet this different menu requirement. The existing cooking equipment is generally at the end of its economic life, and in need of replacement. The area above the ceilings is not now used for return air (RA). This is not a requirement of the building fire proofing of the steel frame construction. The building is fully protected with an automatic fire sprinkler system. The Uniform Building Code 1997 will allow for this building to be as large as 27,000 square feet without fire rating. There are fire partitions as indicated on the existing drawings that separate the serving area from the main kitchen. The areas above ceilings may be used for RA. If the ceilings were required for fire protection, then we would have had to install fire dampers in each grille. We will use the volume above the ceilings for return air plenum in the dining area and in the serving area. We do not recommend using the area above the ceilings for RA in food preparation areas, scullery areas, or in the bakery area. We could, but the grease build-up might get very expensive to remove. We are designing large sheet metal RA plenums above the ceilings with access from a ladder to enable the easier cleaning of the RA ductwork. A Distributed Control System (DCS) will supervise, reset and control multiple stand-alone Direct Digital Control (DDC) Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) to form an integrated control system to vary the OSA supplied to the building as required to maintain a positive pressure in the building, relative to the barometric pressure outside of the building. As the exhaust hoods are manually turned on by the kitchen personnel, the building negative pressure sensed in the kitchen will fall and cause the OSA dampers to introduce more OSA into the building until the building static pressure is restored to the desired set point. The same will occur when exterior doors are manually opened and closed.This OSA VAV system will minimize the amount of OSA intake to the minimum amount needed to perform the mission of cooking for and feeding the troops. This OSA requirement varies during the day and varying the OSA according to the varying OSA requirement will be effective energy conservation.

The following is a lost of restruants where Gerald Spencer, P.E. is the MEP Engineer of Record Responsible for the Design and Construction of the MEP systems:

Lake Livingston Recreation Buildings - MEP         Houston, Texas

The Briar Club Rehab. - MEP                                Houston, Texas

Lamp of China Restaurant - MEP                        Houston, Texas

Steak & Ale - OST - MEP                                   Houston, Texas

Kornfed Katfish - MEP                                        Houston, Texas

Ft. Bend Country Club - MEP                  Ft. Bend County, Texas

Lakewood Hills Lodge - MEP                                     Willis, Texas

Toledo Club - MEP                                  Toledo Bend Lake, Texas

Riverside Country Club - MEP                       Lake Jackson, Texas

Restaurant @ Freeman and Hogan - MEP               Houston, Texas

Hart's Pit Barbecue - MEP                                    Houston, Texas

Mickey Mantle Restaurant - MEP                        Houston, Texas

Church's Chicken; Fish & Chips Prefab - MEP         Houston, Texas

Jim Dandy Carry-Out Foods - MEP                       Houston, Texas

Night Hawk Restaurant #7 - MEP                          Houston, Texas

Elkins Lake Golf Clubhouse - MEP                         Houston, Texas

House of Kolaches - MEP                                       Houston, Texas

Tenneco Country Club - MEP                        West Columbia, Texas

Nighthawk Restaurant Add'n.- MEP                      Houston, Texas

McDonald's - MEP Houston, Texas

McDonald's D-18 - MEP Houston, Texas

McDonald's D-20 - MEP                                       Houston, Texas

Mason Jar Restaurant - MEP                                 Houston, Texas

Jeremiah's Greenhouse Restaurant - MEP                Houston, Texas

Captain's Galley Restaurant - Galveston - MEP        Houston, Texas

Exxon EPRC Cafeteria Remodel - MEP                  Houston, Texas

Luce Salles Restaurant - MEP                                 Houston, Texas

Enlisted Men's Dining Facility, Kelly AFB - MEP   Kelly AFB, Texas

NASA Bldg. 3, Food Service Modifications - MEP   Houston, Texas

Mama's Three Restaurant Greenway Plaza - Houston, Texas

CAPPY'S III Restaurant - MEP                              Houston, Texas

MAMA'S IV Restaurant - MEP                                      Austin, Texas

MAMA'S V Restaurant Baybrook Mall - MEP        Clear Lake, Texas

Steak & Ale - MEP - Shepherd Street                       Houston, Texas

Steak & Ale - Gulf Freeway - MEP                           Houston, Texas