“Our work is not something that can be seen, but I enjoy walking through a building that we have balanced and not noticing the space conditions. This means the building is controlled to the temperature setpoint, is not drafty, not noisy and you are just comfortable and unaware of the HVAC system.” – Kane Lassiter
Kane’s Time at EAB
In 1983, Kane joined EAB as a Technician in Training. After graduated from Tomball High School in Texas, Kane spent a few semesters at Texas A&M studying Biomedical Science. Prior to joining EAB, Kane gained experience in Home Building, Septic System Installation, and Elevator Installation.
In 1989, Kane was promoted to Project Supervisor. Over his first six years at EAB, he tested and managed many large projects across a wide array of diverse industries. These included some milestone projects that were instrumental in the growth of EAB.
Kane became a Project Coordinator in 2000 and was instrumental in developing the control verification procedures used by EAB in testing HVAC systems. Kane was also in charge of training EAB Technicians in San Antonio, a process he led for nine years.
By 2004, Kane was certified as a Test and Balance Engineer (TBE) by the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) and took on the role of Project Manager at EAB.
With a long and impressive career at EAB, Kane currently serves as a Project Manager in the San Antonio office.
In the span of Kane’s 39 years at EAB, he was a part of many of EAB’s significant moments. Here are just a glimpse of some of his milestones:
The Alamodome sports/entertainment facility in San Antonio was a marquee project for the city and for EAB. Kane had the privilege of supervising this impressive domed stadium with a unique smoke removal system.
Kane oversaw the testing of the complete upgrade to the HVAC mechanical and controls systems for the restoration of the State Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. This project included a large number of supply air HVAC systems that were difficult to access. The control system testing and sequence verification included DDC and pneumatic components.
Kane supervised the USAA A-D Renovation in San Antonio. This was a large-scale project for the EAB San Antonio office. It involved replacing approximately 120 air handling units, and 2000 terminal units as well as replacing the exhaust fans and fan and coil units throughout the buildings.
In 2012, Kane oversaw the restoration of the Texas Governor’s Mansion. This was a high profile project with ground source heat pumps. After initial testing, we also assisted in troubleshooting humidity issues.
In 2014, Kane managed the testing of the Gillespie County Jail. This project included the testing of the smoke removal system, as well as proving the system to the Texas Jail Commission with a smoke control test.
Kane oversaw the testing of the TAMU Pandemic Influenza Facility, a large pharmaceutical lab in College Station Texas in 2015. This required the testing of numerous lab spaces including BSL-3 spaces, as well as troubleshooting and adjusting for a pressure cascade through a large area with over 160 different pressure relationships that had to be maintained.
More recently, Kane oversaw the additions and renovations to the Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital. This was the renovation of an existing hospital tower, the addition of a new tower and a new central plant. This project required numerous adjustments to HVAC systems to meet the required State health and safety requirements.
Along with his team, Kane balanced the Texas Biomedical Research Institute BSL-3 Capacity Expansion Building in San Antonio, Texas. This project was the conversion of an existing space into a BSL-3 lab. Our testing and adjusting helped this project to attain their certification for use as a BSL-3 facility.
More About Kane…
What is your ideal room temperature, and why?
74 degrees seems to allow for the wearing of normal clothing and maintains comfort whether sedentary or engaged in light activity.
What did you want to be when you were little?
I wanted to be a marine biologist or a rancher. As a young child I was always catching big black ants, lizards, frogs, snakes, and fish. Basically, if it moved and I saw it, it was coming home with me. My father grew up in Rockport, Texas directly across the street from the bay so I was exposed to the water at an early age when we would visit my grandparents. I was always in the water trying to catch something, even in the winter. I do not know how many times I “accidently” fell in the water and got an ear full from my mother for being wet or muddy. By the way, looking back, I think my poor mother should be nominated for sainthood for putting up with me.
Which of these core values (Integrity, Quality, Consistency and Teamwork) do you most identify with, and what does it mean to you?
I would say quality. We treat every project, as if we were the owner of the facility. I always ask myself ,“would I do this if this were my home?”