This month I had the pleasure to speak with Curt Wilsey, P.E Principal, of Quantum Engineering.


Curt was born and raised in Selkirk, New York and is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is now the owner and President of Quantum Engineering based in his hometown of Selkirk. Curt has been a member of ASHRAE since 1987; having served as President from 1996 to 1997 and Chapter Historian from 2002 to 2003.


Engineering has always been a family affair, beginning with Curt’s father. Curt’s father was an engineer and owner of an engineering consulting firm where Curt worked as a kid. He would spend his nights and weekends in high school working with father drafting plans. This, at times, would take away from his regular school work. Luckily, his teachers would allow him to submit the drawings he was working on with his father in lieu of the required homework, as long as he could explain them. Today you can find his wife, daughter, and son all working side by side with Curt at Quantum Engineering.


Curt has had a long and prestigious career with countless highlights. He helped design the ventilation system at the Knickerbocker Arena, now the Times Union Center, along with the Department of Transportation building located at 50 Wolf Road in Colonie. Most recently, Curt and his team of elite engineers designed the HVAC system for the historic home of James Madison, fourth U.S. President, in Virginia. The home, built in 1767, is over 12,000 square feet, featuring 22 rooms, and quite obviously presented many engineering challenges.


Curt and his team were able to meet each and every challenge. Of the utmost importance was designing a system that would preserve the extensive collection of original furniture, documents, and textiles. So, where do you install a sophisticated system of HVAC equipment in house over 250 years old? Curt and his team designed a 1,000 square foot utility bunker, 18 feet below the ground. The design includes a geothermal system that provides a renewable, efficient, and discrete heating and cooling system that can operate without being noticed.


When Curt is not spending time on his many projects, you can find him watching the Giants, savoring his wife’s tuna casserole, or admiring his collection of vintage mechanical equipment. If you ever have the chance to have a conversation with Curt, jump at the opportunity. I had a great time interviewing Curt and getting to know him better. You can always count on him and his company, Quantum Engineering, to support ASHRAE NorthEast.


Jason Filler

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