Every community has a business building standing in its downtown that prompts the question, “What do they actually do there?”
What takes place in the Kiel building housing Muermann Engineering LLC at 116 Fremont Street (next to the Dairy Queen) may be a mystery to some folks.
As a long-time Kiel area business, Muermann Engineering has occupied buildings in many different Kiel locations over the years. What is important however, is not the building itself but what the people working there do. Muermann Engineering is a professional engineering consulting firm that provides electrical, telecommunication, plumbing, and fire protection design services. The company has grown from a small home office to include 21 employees in two locations that serve clients on local, statewide, and national levels. And this year, Muermann Engineering celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Muermann Engineering serves as a consultant to clients in the fields of architecture, civil and mechanical engineering. When a building is designed by an architect, the electrical and plumbing systems called for in the design typically require a higher level of specific system expertise than an architect can provide. That’s where the engineers and designers at Muermann Engineering come in. With knowledge gained by extensive experience and continuing education in current and energy-efficient technologies and processes, Muermann Engineering designs the specific electrical and plumbing systems needed as part of the larger building design, often resulting in innovative solutions and cost savings.
“Architects hire us to design the electrical and/or plumbing. We don’t work for contractors. Bids are made on our prints which we put together for them,” said company president Curt Krupp. “While price bids take place on projects, much of our work relies on our qualifications and good relationships. We are proud of the clients for whom we work. Almost all are repeat business. There is a lot of loyalty among our clients,” added vice president Russ Jensen.
In addition to being a local employer, Muermann Engineering has provided the electrical and plumbing designs for numerous buildings and facilities in the Kiel area. For example, Muermann Engineering has done the electrical design work for schools in Chilton, New Holstein, and Kiel. In fact, the firm has done electrical design work for schools all over the state. Among large school projects is the Eau Claire School District, for which a $65 million dollar project was completed just two weeks ago. “Our goal is to produce designs for a school in every school district in the state. We are just short of that goal, having done 880 school projects over 25 years,” said Krupp.
The firm also has a wastewater division that produces electrical and plumb-
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