Our History


SES turns twenty

SES celebrates two decades of providing MEP engineering to the AEC community

The SES Cafe is completed

380 square feet is fitout into a full-service commercial kitchen, allowing healthy employee lunches to be prepared on-site several times a week


Our Berkley location expands

Adjacent warehouse space is transformed into an open office with a mezzanine and sixteen additional work stations


The Judson Center is Published

One of our projects, The Judson Center, receives national recognition and is published in the book “The Power of Pro Bono”


First - and only - LEED Silver Certified Dealership in the country

LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter, Michigan, achieves LEED Silver Certification, making an SES project the first Chevy dealership in the US to obtain such an honor.


BIM services are offered

SES can now easily generate multiple 3-dimensional design for a system and analyze each one for constructability, cost reduction, and overall aesthetics.

Mike goes geothermal

SES Vice President Mike Callahan proves he’s walking the talk, and installs a geothermal HVAC system in his home.


SES Geothermal begins

The creation of a geothermal contracting company allows SES the ability to deliver geothermal systems in a cariety of project delivery methods, ranging from tradition design-bid-build, to complete turnkey design-build delivery.

SES gets wind power

In addition to generating power, the wind turbine helps establish SES as a landmark in the City of Berkley….and also makes our office really easy to spot.


SES moves one more time

Goodbye Ferndale, Hello Berkley! Once renovations to SES’s new permanent home are completed, the staff packs up and moves into the restored 9,200SF former tool and die shop.

Steve becomes a Certified Geothermal Designer

SES President Steve DiBerardine demonstrates high levels of experience, competence, proficiency and ethical fitness in the application of priniciples and practices of geothermal heat pump design, and becomes one of only 10 CGDs in the State of Michigan.

Michigan GREEN Eco Award

SES is the first recipient to receive the Eco Award. According to Michigan GREEN Executive Director, Douglas Russell, “Strategic Energy Solutions exemplifies what forward thinking Michiganders can to to help ‘green’ our environment and position themselves to help rebuild Michigan’s economy.”

SES Berkley office achieves LEED Gold Certification

The first LEED building in Berkley, the SES offices serves as a demonstration site for several sustainable technologies, including geothermal heating/cooling, wind power and daylighting systems


First solar PV design

The Farmington Hills City Hall Revitalization Project transforms the original 1950s building into a LEED Gold facility with an abundance of sustainable features, including 80 solar photovoltaic panels that generate enough power to handle most of the building’s lights and computers.


SES Unveils Its New Logo

SES replaces its original blue and red logo with the iconic tri-colored arrows that we all know and love


First LEED job

Lenox Township Hall is not just a first for SES, but it also marks the first LEED township hall in the State of Michigan. Thanks to its geothermal system, the 19,500SF facility uses 30% less energy than an office building of the same size and use.

First Google job

SES is awarded Google Ann Arbor: the renovation of a former bank building into a new regional office for the multinational internet corporation, and the first of several Google projects.


SES moves...again

Birmingham was great while it lasted, but it couldn’t keep up with the success and growth of SES, forcing them to move to a larger office in Ferndale.

Second geothermal job

SES performs geothermal design services for the Henry L. Brown Municipal Building in Coldwater, MI, which establishes a solid foundation of experience and resources, and helps to set up SES to become a leader in geothermal design and implementation.


SES moves to its Birmingham office

The days of three guys working out of a basement are over: SES moves into its first real office in the great City of Birmingham.

First geothermal job

SES starts driving the geothermal bandwagon that most people are just now jumping onto. Detroit’s Canfield Lofts renovated a 55,000SF electric company warehouse into 35 residential condominiums and the most high-efficient HVAC system available: geothermal.


SES is started

Accompanied by two associates, Steve DiBerardine leaves the comfort of his corporate job to live the American dream and satisfies his entrepreneurial spirit.

First SES job

It all begins with a single data center for Nextel. Shortly after, SES was leading the design for highly-technical facilities across the country for the national wireless telecommunications company.