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Dennis Matula

Adjunct Faculty | College of Engineering and Science - Mechanical and Civil Engineering

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Personal Overview

Dennis L Matula, PE, has a unique blend of engineering, management, and business experience.   He has over forty-seven years of experience in engineering, project management, design, and management from the corporate world of the Fortune 100 companies: Johnson Wax, 3M, and Pillsbury; to the entrepreneurial start-up of his own architectural engineering firm.  He was hired to start-up the MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection) divisions of three nationally ENR ranked A/E firms as the Professional of Record, POR. He has earned an outstanding reputation from his peers for leading multi-discipline teams, mentoring staff, and providing design leadership to the World’s largest retailers and restaurateurs.  He developed a unique nomograph on “Maximizing Productivity in Prototype Building Design”.

Mr. Matula is a licensed professional engineer, PE, in 42 states (16 active states), Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, providing architectural engineering services for Restaurant, Retail, Hospitality, Assembly, Government, Industrial and Office Buildings.   Mr. Matula has been the engineer in responsible charge of the design of over 3,000 projects since 1998 totaling over 23 million square feet of space, and worth nearly $ ½ billion in construction costs.  He is a published author and subject matter expert on restaurant design. 

Mr. Matula was originally licensed in 1976 and is a NCEES certified Model Engineer since 1999.  He is an Accredited Professional, LEED AP, of LEED, “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” through the United States Green Building Council, USGBC, 2004. 

His list of A/E projects is a Who’s Who including Wal-Mart to Starbucks, and Applebee’s to Walt Disney World.  He is a Green Sustainable Design Accredited Professional, LEED AP, and provides forensic level consultation to the legal profession.  Notable projects include the world’s largest entertainment McDonald’s in Orlando, Bio-gasification Plant Designs, Marquee restaurants from NYC to LA., and hundreds of franchise restaurants.


Educational Background

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, BSME,

University of Minnesota, Mpls, MN  May 1972

Professional Experience

Professional Forensic Expertise

Engineering services for Restaurant and Hospitality kitchen designs with forensic expertise in Indoor Air Quality, IAQ; Mold and Moisture Assessments; Dehumidification concerns; HVAC design; Air Balance and Building Pressurization; Grease Hoods and Ventilation Exhaust Systems; Make-up Air Equipment and Distribution; Hood Fire Suppression Systems; Plumbing Design issues; Gas Piping design; Grease Traps and Interceptors; and System Operations and Maintenance, O & M, of the Building Engineered Systems.  HVAC Systems include DX refrigerant and Chilled Water Systems; Steam and Hot Water Heat; Gas-fired Heating, and Boiler Plants.

Professional Building Design Experience


Wal*Mart SuperCenters (Sealed 107 units in 37 States)  Prototypical Buildings in 000’s SF: 142,145,172,173,192 (Approx 25 MM SF Total) - MDQA Review Process, CAD Repository, CAD Stds-Uniform Drawing System, UDS, Change Mgmt System, and Proto Development Team Management

Home Depot (8)   Sears-Garden Repair Centers (8)  Circuit City (5)  K-Mart (3) Lowes (3)   

Albertson’s-Grocery and C-Stores (15)     Williams Communication  POP Centers (5)   Dollar General (5) CVS (3) Puerto Rico fire water reservoirs and on-site emergency power 

Lowes, PR – Design 250,000 Gal underground fire water and pump house 

Orlando Square 160,000 SF Mall  Poinciana Place Mall Renovation Strip Malls (5) Staples (5)

AmSouth Banks (79)       M&J Banks (5)    Advance Auto (17)     Family Dollar (9)    Medical Offices (3)  Office Condominiums (4)    Shoppes at the Fountains mall


Chili’s  (40)  Proto 10.6 Update,UDS System   Big Bowl  (8)   McDonald’s (250)  Chipotle (3)

World’s largest entertainment McDonald’s  Orlando, FL    5 Guys (3)  Bar Louie (4)      

Chick-Fil-A  (40)      Bahama Breeze-Proto Review      Cheeseburger in Paradise-Proto 

Red Lobster (8)       Longhorn Steakhouse (34)     Schlotzsky’s (6)       Carl’s Jr. (22)  

Fogo de Chao (3)  Pizza Hut (39)   Bob Evans-Proto Value Engineering   Whataburger-Proto Development    Martini  Park (2)  Applebees (17)   Bennigan’s (3)     Backyard Burger (9)     Nestles (7)     Popeye’s (19)  Fox Sports (1)    Jack-in-the-Box (5)  Starbuck’s (21)   Quiznos (19)   Waffle House (14)  Panera Bread (37)

Pollo Tropical LEED-Gold UCF campus   UCF Student Union food court (6) 


Hyatt Grand Cyprus     Fairfield Inns   Renaissance Hotels   Prime Wellesley Inns  Sheraton Suites Tampa  Grand Beach – St Thomas Island     Marriott Hotels     HMS Host Travel Centers   Numerous ADA Compliance Upgrades    Orlando North Hotel indoor fountain

Sanford International Airport expansion ($60M) 


Seaworld Orlando 60,000 Gal Mammal Pool     Walt Disney Epcot Shark Tank   DeBary Splash Park

Ballpark Village (Cleveland Baseball team) Goodyear, AZ  Design Charette  

Walt Disney World Resorts Entry Guard House (7)  GES Exposition Services (2) 

Government and Utilities

Waste Water Treatment Plant Audits (2)       City-wide Power Sub-Station Triennial Audits

DeBary, FL Fire Station     DeBary, FL  Police Station 

Energy Audits

Westinghouse Electric HQ (3 bldgs – 840K SF) Cranberry Township, PA – ASHRAE Level 2 

Intercontinental Hotels (7)     Aquarius Casino Resort (Vegas)      Paramount Hotel (NYC)

Carlton Worldwide Travel Call Centers (6)  

University Campus 11 Audits (7 MM SF total) includes Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

Petroleum and Convenience Stores

Car Spa (5)          7-11 Fuel/Convenience Stores (25)     Racetrac/Raceway C-Stores (15)

Airport Car Rental/Service Centers (Fuel/Wash) - Avis, Hertz, National

Jack-in-the-Box Co-brand Fuel (3)  E85 Fuel Plaza’s (4)  E85 Terminal Rail Depot             


The Harbor    Cottage Grove, MN  (40K SF)          First Baptist    Keller, TX  (35K)

Morningstar Baptist    E. St. Louis  (28K)     Treitsch Memorial    Flower Mound, TX  (26K)

Gateway Church    Southlake, TX  (40K)    LDS Meeting House (4)Mexico   Jain Temple (3K)

First Baptist  Windermere, FL                                Grace Church Melbourne, FL (15K)

YWAM –Youth with a Mission Campground and  Mission Base (11 Bldgs) 

Primrose Schools (15) TX, GA, AL, FL, NC      Deltona Middle Schools ADA Upgrades (3)

Ivy Hawn Charter School (67.5K) Lk Helen, FL 

Central Plant Engineering and Capital Equipment 

Boiler Plant Design School    Energy Studies/Surveys/Payback Studies

100,000 SF Warehouse Expansion    Boilers, Chillers/ Towers, Incinerators   

Wet Scrape Incineration Systems     Trim/Waste Collection Systems/Cyclones/Bag House

Industrial Process Ovens/Curing     3M Warehouse Rack System Task Force   

Railroad Unloading/Resin Silos/ Bulk Liquids      OSHA Reporting/Effluents   

CO2 Fire Systems/Industrial Sprinklers    Black-Clawson Electro-Drive School

Honeywell Microprocessor School     Power Factor Correction Capacitors

MaxWest Biogasification Plant, Plymouth, ME (20K)

Packaging Engineering

Pressure Packaging   (Johnson Wax)   Corrugated Container School   Case Packers     Palletizers    Carton Formers    Form & Seal      Films(Differential Slip)     Date Coders,       Inserters Material Handling Systems     Line Layouts      Box Makers/Hot Melts     Slow-Motion Video Analysis

Certified Professional:    CP-P/MH (expired)    “Packaging and Material Handling”

3M Company Division Experience

Problem solver to multiple corporate divisions

Decorative Products-Woodgrain/Coatings        Traffic Control-Reflective Coatings

Industrial Specialties-Adhesives        Commercial/Industrial Tape-Tapes 

Medical Products-Bone Castings          Surgical Products-Sterile Wraps

Packaging Systems-Banding        Micrographics-Microencapsulation

Visual Products-Optics/Projectors         Carbonless Paper-Paper Mfg.

Current Courses

ENM 5200 Grad Project Management

ENM 4200 UG  Project Management

CSE 4410 UG  Project Management

ENM 5420 Grad Technology Commercialization Strategies

CON 3002 Building Mechanical and HVAC Systems

Selected Publications


“Air Balance Fundamentals for the Modern Restaurant”  

Engineered Systems Magazine January 2003

“Seeing Through the Fog” –Moisture Issues in Hospitality Kitchens"  

Engineered Systems Magazine May 2003 

“Breeding Mold and Moisture Adversely Impact the Hospitality Industry”  

Florida Hotel & Motel Journal May 2003


White Papers 

“Analysis of Florida’s Economic Development of Renewable Energy”                             

“Maximizing Productivity in Prototype Building Design” - Nomograph 

“High-Speed Slow-Motion Video Analysis in the Packaging Industry”

Recognition & Awards


1. LEED AP - United States Green Building Council:  Accredited Professional

    “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”, 2004

2. C.P.D.  Certified by ASPE as a Certified Plumbing Designer, 2002-2008 (expired)

3. NCEES Certified - National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

    National Model Licensed Engineer, Since 1999

4. CP-P/MH      Certified Professional: “Packaging and Material Handling” (expired)

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