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Holly Elbert, P.E., LEED AP BD+C

Holly Elbert, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
Holly Elbert, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
Holly Elbert, P.E., LEED AP BD+C
Mechanical Engineer | Partner

Holly is a mechanical engineer and partner at BBS. Holly has served as a project manager on several mechanically-driven projects and as the mechanical design lead on multi-disciplinary new construction and renovation projects. Her project experience includes higher education, airports, corrections, state and federal government, corporate, data centers, and religious. Holly has been involved with infrastructure assessments and feasibility studies as well as full scale design projects with multiple construction phases. Holly’s mechanical design experience includes central chilled and heating water plants, geothermal systems, energy recovery, smoke management systems, and various air delivery systems. She is also knowledgeable in plumbing, fire protection, and temperature control system design. Clients view Holly as an exceptionally attentive project partner who is responsive and a superb communicator.

ALMA MATER: Iowa State University

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering; Graduated with Distinction
  • Licensed Mechanical Engineer, State of Iowa


  • Project management
  • Mechanical engineering

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS: Member, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); Past President Iowa Chapter
COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS:  ACE Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, & Engineering) 2006—2012

Holly is originally from Des Moines and currently lives in Ames with wife Dawn and their multiple cats. Holly plays guitar and banjo and loves bicycling, especially riding her tandem. Holly enjoys smoking meat and will stand in long lines for good BBQ .

Hospital Emergency Room Renovation & Expansion
MacKay Hall Auditorium Renovation
College of Human Sciences
LeBaron Hall Replacement Study
Coover Hall Infrastructure Study
Kemin Food Sciences Lab Renovation
Geoffroy Residence Hall
Sabin Hall Renovation – LEED Gold
BBS at 219 8th Street
Catholic Pastoral Center Rehabilitation
Lance and Ellie's Sandwich Shop
Food Sciences Building - Room 2379 Renovation
Memorial Union Food Court
IADA Office Renovation
Lied Recreation Center - New Heating Water Plant
Ames Lab Metals Development Air Handling Unit Replacement
DSM Airport Energy Effiency Improvements
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