Jay Martin PE, LEED AP, CEM
Associate Principal / Mechanical Engineering Director
Jay Martin has focused his career on the planning, development and design of district energy plants for large healthcare complexes, universities, metropolitan areas, airports and industry. A mechanical engineer with more than 18 years of experience, Jay enjoys asking questions to arrive at unique solutions. For him, it is about being creative and collaborating to become a trusted adviser to his clients and inspire his teams.
His career has evolved from pure design to project and program management. He is a believer in discretionary energy and says it is what he looks for in his colleagues and collaborators. Jay encourages everyone to question how to make things better and believes that passion drives creativity. A more engaged process, he says, allows people to get beyond recipe answers to problems.
He is an alumnus of Texas Christian University and an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Jay served as the ASHRAE Fort Worth Chapter President from 2009 to 2010 and led the organization to be recognized with numerous regional awards including the Golden Gavel Award for best chapter and the Jack Thompson Memorial Award for Chapter Leadership.
A Long Island, New York native, Jay is an Eagle Scout from a family of engineers. “I am one of five siblings, my three brothers are also Eagle Scouts and they are electrical or computer science guys like my father,” notes Jay. “I am the youngest and the only mechanical engineer—that was my declaration of independence.”
Growing up in a technically-oriented family where education was paramount clearly had an influence on Jay’s future, but he credits spending time in nature as fundamental to shaping his world view. Throughout high school and college, he spent his summers sleeping in tents and worked as a camp counselor. During this time, he established lifelong friendships and a deep appreciation for the environment.
Today, as a father of five, Jay travels regularly to state and national parks and is sharing his values with his children—three of whom are well on their way to becoming Eagle Scouts while the younger siblings are just getting their start in Girl Scouts. Juggling the children’s schedules, Jay is busy as a volunteer Scout leader and homework tutor. When asked about his favorite quote, Jay is quick to say Mahatma Gandhi’s belief that "Action expresses priorities” is top on his list. It is a statement that sums up the way he approaches life.