Col. Joe Kittinger F4 Memorial

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Some of you may know our director of Electrical Engineering and Senior VP / Principal  Jerry Solar, PE  is a real aviation and  military history buff.   PEI is now providing pro-bono services to erect a Viet Nam era F-4 fighter jet at Col Joe Kittinger Park  next to Orlando Executive Airport.  Jerry is seen below chatting at the site with the hero himself, listening to his vision of how the jet should be positioned  and the type of display lighting he would like to see……..   The plan is to dedicate the memorial to the 330 Orlando natives lost in the war , and of course all veterans, on Veterans Day,  11 November 2014.   We are blessed to be a part of this endeavor.



Joseph William Kittinger II (born July 27, 1928) is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. Following his initial operational assignment in fighter aircraft, he participated in Project Manhigh and Project Excelsior in 1960, setting a world record for the longest skydive from a height greater than 31 kilometres (19 mi).[1] He was also the first man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon and the first human to observe the curvature of the Earth.

Serving as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, he achieved an aerial kill of a North Vietnamese MiG-21 jet fighter and was later shot down himself, spending 11 months as a prisoner of war in a North Vietnamese prison.

In 2012, at the age of 84, he participated in the Red Bull Stratos project as capsule communicator, directing Felix Baumgartner on his record-breaking 39-kilometer (24 mi) freefall from Earth’s stratosphere, exceeding Kittinger’s earlier freefall in 1960.

Full Sail University

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Full Sail Administrative Offices/Sound Studio Buildout

Peninsula Engineering, Inc. provided Mechanical and Electrical engineering for the renovation of an existing 50,000 sq. ft. space for Full Sail University.  The building has (2) two 5,000 sq. ft. and (1) one 2,500 sq. ft. sound studio with full theatrical lighting.  The remainder of the building was designed for classrooms and administrative offices.  The studios feature a 25 ft clear height for maximum flexibility of stage sets.  All of the existing HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical systems were completely replaced with systems specifically designed to meet the varying space functions for administrative offices, classrooms and sound sensitive studios.  Specialty lighting and controls were added for studio functions.  The electrical system for the sound studios was provided with Emergency Power and UPS system.


Full Sail Carmike Theaters

Peninsula Engineering, Inc. provided Mechanical and Electrical engineering for the renovation of an existing 2-story, 35,000 sq. ft. space for Full Sail University.  The building was converted from movie theaters into (6) cinema/classrooms ranging in size from 1,800-3,250 sq. ft., 1,600 sq. ft millwork shop, offices and supporting spaces.  All of the existing HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems were replaced with new.  Specialty lighting and controls were provided for the multi-function cinema/classrooms.  Peninsula Engineering, Inc. coordinated with the Owner’s Sound Equipment Engineer and IT Consultant for electrical power and conduit equipment requirements.

Connextions Parking Garage

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Connextions Parking Garage

This project consisted of the construction of a 342-space precast concrete parking garage. The parking garage is situated on a tight 10-acre site on John Young Parkway in Orlando. The new parking deck includes metal screen panels along the south and west elevations, and is lighted with LED lighting.

Peninsula Engineering provided full Plumbing, Fire Protection, Electrical Lighting and Power Design services for this facility.

Photos by Ben Tanner Photography

The Golf Channel

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Peninsula Engineering, Inc. has worked as the MEP Engineer of Record for Orlando based The Golf Channel since their inception over 20 years ago.  This work began with the construction of their headquarter building of approximately 110,000 sq. ft. which houses their pre and post production editing suites, on-air broadcast studios, offices for executives and support staff as well as their 5,000 sq. ft. raised floor data center.  The building also accommodates their engineering staff which includes maintenance facilities for all of the building systems and their extensive fleet of vehicles and equipment for remote on-site broadcasts.  The entire facility is served by emergency power utilizing multiple parallel generators and uninterruptible power supplies for all data and broadcast systems.

The Golf Channel was acquired by ComCast Corporation which has injected a tremendous amount of capital for facilities improvements over the past 3 years.  Peninsula Engineering, Inc. has designed every phase of the renovations as well as an additional 28,000 sq. ft. space they added in an adjacent building.  The most complex and visible feature of the renovations was their new concept of a newsroom format for their broadcast studio.  This included extensive HVAC system acoustical treatment, studio quality lighting and tremendous upgrades in technology throughout the space.

We recently completed the design of a new approximately 20,000 sq. ft. 2-story addition which will serve as their headquarters’ main entrance lobby as well as connect the 2 separate buildings into a common element.

UCF – School of Film and Digital Media

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UCF School of Film and Digital Media

The University of Central Florida set out in the early 2000s to renovate the City of Orlando EXPO Center to house their School of Film and Digital Media (now called the UCF Center for Emerging Media).  The 117,000 sq. ft. renovation was broken up into five phases of design and construction with the initial phase including the replacement of all HVAC systems with a new design appropriate for classrooms and sound sensitive studios and labs.  The electrical systems were upgraded for critical power supplies for computer equipment.   Specialty lighting and controls were added for theatrical productions and other studio functions.  The facility houses faculty offices, classrooms, labs, an auditorium, sound stages, and a cutting edge motion capture studio.

The project received much praise for the successful partnering between the City, UCF, the State and the private sector and was honored with two awards, the Downtown Orlando Partnership’s 2005 Award of Excellence and the Associated Builders and Contractors 2008 Award of Merit.

Photos by Ben Tanner Photography

Embassy Suites

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Peninsula Engineering provided complete engineering design for the 300 room resort and convention center. This project consists of a 11 story high rise with a full height environmentally controlled atrium and a 75,000 sq. ft. convention center with laundry and full convention center kitchen. Special atrium smoke control systems were included to enhance the building safety. Fire protection, mechanical, electrical and plumbing designs were provided by Peninsula Engineering, Inc.

Client Relationship

Peninsula Engineering, Inc. has worked directly for the owner for all of their Florida properties for over 20 years. These include the 270 room Buena Vista Suites, the 1260 room Caribe Royale Resort and adjacent 150,000 SF Convention Center as well as their most recent Embassy Suites.

Owner’s Representative

Eric Rosenbaum
Sierra Land Group
801 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203

Transformers 3-D

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Transformers 3-D is a new attraction at Universal. The building is approximately 70,000 square feet 2-story with a basement. The building air conditioning is provided by chilled water air handlers from the park wide chilled water loop. The building has (2) steam boilers with steam piping, (2) compressors, (2) 75 HP water cooled air and LN2 gas piping.

PEI worked on a design build basis with CES to implement all of the HVAC systems as well as ride & show interface and control systems. The building was completed in just 9 months compared to over 18 months for their California location.


Tutto Italia

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Provided complete MEP design for the 300 seat restaurant based on traditional Florentine architecture, vaulted ceilings and outside dining. The design included three wood burning pizza ovens.

Project Location

Tutto Italia
Italy Pavilion
Lake Buena Vista, FL

The Venetian Room – Caribe Royale

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Located near Disney in the Lake Buena Vista area, The Venetian Room has received the AAA Four-Diamond Award for ten consecutive years which is just one of the reasons why dining here at the elegant, upscale Orlando hotel restaurant is always a rewarding experience. The Venetian Room – Website

Peninsula Engineering provided full MEP design services for this fine dining establishment. This design was completed as a part of the conversion to a Convention Center Resort from the original family vacation resort. The property includes 1260 suites and over 150,000 sqft of convention space.


Winter Park Memorial Hospital

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Peninsula Engineering, Inc. served as the prime consultant and performed mechanical, fire sprinkler and electrical services. We administered the following scope of work: Architectural design provided by Hunton Brady Architects and structural design provided by Alan & Conrad. Provided design for a new boiler room located where the old outdoor storage was located. This new boiler room houses (2) two new 500 HP boilers. The existing boilers were removed in the central energy plant. Re-Engineer (Replace existing R-11 refrigerant with new refrigerant) for three (3) of the five (5) existing 360 ton chillers. Provided design for correction of existing in-efficient chilled water pumping and piping system. Provided design for the replacement of the existing Central Energy Plant electrical ATS switches nine total. Peninsula Engineering, Inc. utilized the existing space, which used to house heat exchangers for the new electrical gear. New boiler controls were interlocked with the existing building Johnson Controls system.

Project Location

Central Energy Plant Upgrades
Boiler Plant/Chiller Header Rework/ATS Replacements
200 N. Lakemont Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32792