Mechanical Construction, HVAC Service and Industrial Refrigeration
Autumn is a mechanical construction contractor providing mechanical HVAC systems installation and service for commercial and institutional clients and municipal agencies. We are equipped to provide plumbing trades work, HVAC service, preventative maintenance and industrial refrigeration for our clients. We are signatory to various trade labor agreements in our service areas.
Owner’s Representation and Project Management Services
Autumn professional staff provides owner’s representation services including program management, project management, construction inspection, construction safety and quality assurance for our client’s construction programs and projects. Our qualifications also include LEED sustainability and systems commissioning services. We serve the airport and aviation industry, commercial parking and maintenance, highways and rail transportation, education and various municipal agency projects and programs.
Autumn Construction Services, Inc. was established by Susan Nelson in 1995 to provide project management and mechanical systems expertise to Chicago area owners and contractors. Initially, Autumn’s MEP systems expertise helped clients to develop and manage new construction projects and/or building systems renovation programs.
In 2005, Autumn expanded its construction project management capabilities with the addition of staff professionals with backgrounds in architectural, civil and structural disciplines. Autumn professional staff managed, and continue to manage programs and projects at two Chicago airports, as well as for the Illinois Tollway transportation systems.
In 2009, the firm expanded its services to include mechanical contracting and systems commissioning and sustainability services. In 2013, mechanical service was added. In 2017, service offerings expanded to include industrial refrigeration sales and service.
Over the years, Autumn has grown to a firm of 20 professional staff, and as many as 40 mechanical trades depending on project needs.
AUTUMN MANAGEMENT AND KEY STAFF
Susan Nelson is the founder and President of Autumn. She has over 30 years of experience in mechanical construction and construction project management. She directs all aspects of the firm’s business, staff management and business development. Her hands-on approach to project management and her ability to identify issues and solutions are key components to the firm’s success. Ms. Nelson’s specialized area of expertise is in building systems development and coordination during design, pre-construction, and construction phases. She is a qualified commissioning provider. She has an MBA from DePaul University and a BS Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University.
Maureen Kolkka P.E., LEED A.P. is the Manager of Engineering for Autumn. She has more than 25 years of experience in planning, engineering design and construction on a wide variety of projects for public and private clients. She has managed planning, construction and design projects at O’Hare and Midway International Airports. She has also provided supervisory services for the design and construction of various Illinois transportation projects. Ms. Kolkka’s fluency in both engineering and construction methods enables her to bridge the disciplines in the process of designing and building a project. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois.
Dan Krekel, Safety Director, Project Manager and Estimator has 16 years of mechanical construction experience including direct field experience as a pipefitter tradesman. He is a member of Pipefitters Local 597 United Association. He has a BS from Illinois State University, and an MS in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University.
Jim Olson, Industrial Refrigeration Service and Sales Manager has over 24 years in project management estimating and installation of industrial refrigeration and HVAC/R mechanical and process piping systems. His specialty is working with industrial refrigeration and food processing clients to manage design, installation and on-going servicing of their 24/7 central ammonia facilities.