Mike Giangrave, PE LEED AP BD+C
When my high school guidance counselor asked me what I wanted to do with my life the conversation went something like this:
Counselor: You need to decide what you want to be. So... what do you want to be?
MG: I don’t know. How about business administration (everyone was talking about this major but I had no idea what it even meant, but it sounded important.)
Counselor: But aren’t you good at math and science?
MG: Yeah, I guess.
Counselor: Well then how about Engineering School?
And there it was, simple as that. I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University in 1990. I started working for a couple of Beltway Bandits (those that know the DC area will know this is not a derogatory term and refers tongue-in-cheek to the many companies that provide consulting services to the US Government, in my case the Navy Undersea Surveillance Program. It was here that I discovered that the Navy processed all of this undersea surveillance information at data centers located at the various NAVFACs (Naval Facility….one of a thousand acronyms I had to learn). But this was the turning point in my career. I suddenly had a top security clearance and was working with architects, engineers and manufacturers to create hardened secure data centers for the Navy. In 1997 I had a mild case of Manifest Destiny which moved me out to San Francisco to join Flack+Kurtz. It was here that I was fortunate to work with top design firms on incredibly rewarding projects within the United States and abroad. I have joined Meyers+ Engineers, as a partner, to bring this level of expert consulting to our clients in San Francisco.
Did you know?
Giangrave consists of two Italian words: Gian and Grave. Gian is John. Grave is serious. Go figure... you can call me Serious John... which is completely contrary to who I am.
While at George Washington University I enrolled in a 1-credit class for Scuba Diving. I fell in love with the sport and have spent the last 29 years exploring the underwater reef systems around the world.