Heath Engineering Company was founded by Mr. John F. (Jack) Heath, one of Utah's
first licensed engineers (#13). Jack had been an engineering representative
of the Intermountain coal industry and had developed an expertise in the operation
and design of coal-fired heating plants. Founding the company as a proprietorship
in 1948, he focused on institutional plants and heating systems. His biggest
personal project was the central high temperature water plant at the University
of Utah, which continues to this day as one of the largest and most cost effective
plants of its type in the country.
When Jack passed away in 1967, the firm was taken over by Mr. Blair Furner, an associate of Mr. Heath. In 1968, Blair incorporated the firm and associated it with Bridgers and Paxton Consulting Engineers of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Frank Bridgers and his firm had been working in the Utah-Idaho area for several years and the association served both to broaden the base of Heath Engineering Company services and to give Bridgers and Paxton more readily available local representation.
In a 1974-1980 time period, a time of slow, but consistent company growth, ownership of the firm was adjusted to include C. Lewis Wilson, Larry D. Veigel, George V. Lemmon and H. Lynn Wray. In a time of changing economics and high inflation, major work assignments developed in the area of energy conservation and retrofit. The firm developed an emphasis on engineering analysis and challenging technical design in contrast to a previous emphasis on production and drafting. The top heavy appearance of engineers in the Heath organization continues to this day with the transition of drafting functions to the CAD (computer drafting) environment.
From 1983 to the present has been a season of growth and change. B. Bryce Gardner joined the firm in 1989 after 14 years of experience with other firms. In 1990, William C. (Bill) Brown, a fixture in the intermountain engineering community, joined his practice, formerly Blomquist and Brown Electrical Engineers, with that of Heath, thereby creating a firm of both mechanical and electrical engineering capability. Following Bill Brown’s death in 1997, Nolan Johnson took the lead of the Electrical department.
Present owners of the firm include Jeffrey S. Anderson, Randall T. Veigel, Nolan E. Johnson, Robert J. Kesler, Andrew Paskett, William Geertsen, Nathan Tippets and Jason Wendel. With a philosophy of continual expansion of capability and service offering, additional principals of the firm are anticipated with time.
Over the period of years, the firm has moved from offices on Main Street to the Metropolitan Building on Third East, to Heath Building #1 on Third West to the present offices on Eighth North at Fourth West. Offices are now being used as an investment and as a means of indicating commitment and stability to the clientele.