It began like so many other businesses do – with a humble origin, in a spare bedroom. In June 1992, after leaving his job as an electrical engineer, Keith Pehl, P.E., opened Optima Engineering, with nothing more than a computer…and a vision. Optima is Latin for “The Best,” and that’s what Mr. Pehl wanted to create: the best engineering firm in the region. From the outset, his plan was to have a full service mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design firm.
Optima is Latin for “The Best,” and that’s what Mr. Pehl wanted to create: the best engineering firm in the region.
Over the decades since that beginning, the firm has grown considerably and offers much more than just M/E/P design. With offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, Optima Engineering stands today as a proud member of North Carolina’s excellent design community. And despite consistent growth, the firm’s vision and culture have stayed the same. We still strive, daily, to produce “the best” engineering designs, and never forget to put our clients’ needs first.
Today, our mission is to provide high performance, sustainable, efficient engineering design for all building types, so that owners and occupants will consume fewer resources while maintaining high quality, buildings. Optima is recognized as a regional leader in the Net Zero Energy building environment, both in new and renovation construction. Further, Optima’s primary goal is to have a positive and lasting impact on the built environment by leading the way for owners to transform their buildings into resilient, Carbon Neutral structures.