Bernhard’s Phil Watson Named to Consulting-Specifying Engineer 2021 40 Under 40 List

Phil Watson, Director of Engineering Design at Bernhard, one of the largest privately-owned engineering, mechanical and electrical contractors in the United States, has been recognized by Consulting-Specifying Engineer in its 2021 40 Under 40 list.

“Phil is an invaluable member of our team and fully deserving of this honor,” said Rob Guthrie, vice president of business development at Bernhard. “Due to his multi-disciplinary knowledge and his strong communication and organization skills, he has developed a profound rapport with his core clients and his teammates, resulting in an efficient and earnest work product that is tailored to his client’s specific needs.”

This award is given annually to 40 nonresidential building industry professionals ages 40 and younger who stand out through a mixture of personal and professional aspects of their lives.

“If the technical proficiency, breadth of experience and self-assured attitudes don’t impress you, then the dedication given to mentoring, the community and family certainly should,” said Amara Rozgus, editor-in-chief of Consulting-Specifying Engineer. “Now in its 14th year, the 2021 40 Under 40 winners are more creative, attentive and passionate than most professionals at any phase of their career, leading them to succeed in their respective professions.”

Watson joined the Bernhard team in 2013 as a mechanical designer. He received his B.A. in architectural engineering from Kansas State University and quickly grew his expertise in building engineering design. Watson became one of the youngest project managers in the company, kick-starting his role as a leader within Bernhard.

“I am honored to be recognized nationally among my peers and have my team to thank for this honor,” said Watson. “Bernhard has created opportunities for me to advance my skills and engage more deeply with my community and for that I am grateful.”

Watson has developed a cycling club at Bernhard, as well as many internal training efforts for the company including Revit Training (3D modeling software), on-board training for mechanical designers, and a project management workshop for young project managers. He is also very passionate about STEM education and is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers as the chair of the Young Engineers group. He regularly speaks at local schools and career fairs to help spread awareness of career opportunities in engineering.

Candidates for this list were nominated by a colleague or mentor and judged by industry experts based on nine areas, including their commitment to leadership in their academic, professional, personal and community involvement