Chatham EngineeringFIRM PROFILE


Chatham Engineering’s staff is comprised of 10 professionals who provide mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering services to a wide variety of clients in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.  We have worked with architects, owners, developers and agencies to provide effective and technically sound design solutions for educational, housing, healthcare, resort, marina, government, industrial, commercial and criminal justice facilities.

Our principals practice their disciplines and are actively involved with the design and management of every project.  They continually stress the importance of understanding current technologies and of maintaining effective quality control procedures.  This emphasis enables our people to achieve a high level of expertise and to deliver superior engineering services.

The engineers of Chatham Engineering always look to design facilities to provide long-term value to our clients. We study life cycle costs, which result in systems that can be constructed to meet budgets, yet can be maintained and operated in an efficient manner. Our firm has professionals that are LEED accredited.

It is the goal of Chatham Engineering to produce appropriate engineering solutions that satisfy the varying needs and requirements of our clients.

Exceptional service to our clients is also one of our guiding principles.  We pledge to perform our work in a professional manner, work as a team with all others on projects, be responsible and responsive and to make all projects a success.

MeetOUR TEAM


Paul Mamalakis, PE, LEED®AP

SENIOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE

Mr. Mamalakis went straight into electrical design work after completing his degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his time in our office, Mr. Mamalakis has not only watched the office grow, but been a driving force behind that growth for the past 41 years, earning him the title and position of Principal in Charge. Throughout his service, Paul has designed the electrical systems for buildings throughout Savannah and the surrounding area, though now he primarily focuses on medical and higher education facilities. When the opportunities present, Mr. Mamalakis can be found cooking fine Greek or Southern cuisine, enjoying Tybee beach, or rooting on his alma mater, sometimes all three at once.


William Parnell, PE

SENIOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, PRINCIPAL

Mr. Parnell holds the title of most experienced employee with 42 years of electrical work with this office. William obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Southern College of Technology, now Southern Polytechnic State University. At work, he has experience with all varieties of electrical services we offer. As of late, he has been primarily focused on municipal work for local counties and cities. Outside the office, he has been on building committees for local churches, ensuring they get the best buildings and contractors to meet their needs.

S. Michelle Peavler, PE, LEED®AP

SENIOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER, PRINCIPAL

Mrs. Peavler moved to Savannah in 1994 to join our organization, shortly after graduation from Mercer University with a degree in mechanical engineering. Michelle has worked all varieties of HVAC projects in the past 20 years including renovations for buildings she originally designed, but her primary focus is in healthcare, including all hospitals in the Savannah area, universities across the region, and municipal buildings in the surrounding counties. While not at work, Mrs. Peavler spends her time volunteering as the Committee Chair for a local Boy Scout’s troop and assisting the Effingham County Navigator Team, a non-profit organization which functions as a support group and recreation program for children with special needs.

John Gross, CPD

PLUMBING & FIRE PROTECTION DESIGNER, PRINCIPAL

Mr. Gross worked for three years as a Project Manager for a local fire protection contractor after graduation before transitioning to engineering with our firm in 1990. Mr. Gross received his degree in mechanical engineering technology from Georgia Southern University. John is our resident expert on all things plumbing, fire protection, and medical gas related. While outside the office, Mr. Gross can be found fishing in both fresh and salt water, spending time with family, and restoring street rods.

Charles Cobb, PE

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, PRINCIPAL

Mr. Cobb graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in electrical engineering technology. Upon graduation he worked as an estimator for an electrical contracting company before transitioning to electrical engineering. Charles joined our office in 1995, where he became our resident expert on pump station, water treatment, and waste water treatment plants. Mr. Cobb has also represented our firm and our region in the past as President of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for the Savannah section. During his free time, he can be found hunting, fishing, or clay shooting.

Stephen Swanger, PE

MECHANICAL ENGINEER, PRINCIPAL

Mr. Swanger joined our family in 2006 upon graduation from the University of South Carolina with a degree in mechanical engineering. Stephen primarily focuses on HVAC and plumbing work for commercial and industrial clients throughout the region, but he also had a breath of experience with renovations and central plants at local universities. During his free time, Mr. Swanger volunteers as assistant coordinator for Heroes on the Water – Coastal Georgia. This compliments his experience as an Eagle Scout and his interests in kayaking and fishing while providing opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while helping our returning veterans adjust to civilian life.

Jeff Mitchell, PE

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Mr. Mitchell joined our office in 2012 as an intern while locally completing his degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech’s Savannah Campus in the following year. Upon graduation, he joined our team as a full time employee. He is experienced primarily in HVAC renovations and new construction for medical, educational, and commercial locations throughout the low country. In the community, Mr. Mitchell volunteers with the engineering outreach programs at Armstrong State University and assists with research conducted by ASU’s Engineering Studies Program.

Ben Moye

ELECTRICAL DESIGNER

Mr. Moye completed his electrical engineering technology degree from Georgia Southern University in 2005 before accepting an offer from our firm. Ben with experience as both an engineer and electrician is familiar with all facets of lighting and power systems throughout the low country; in particular, he specialized in marina design where corrosion resistance and water proofing take priority. While around town, he can be found working with the Fenian Society and the new Fine Gael Society, two organizations embracing Irish heritage, performing charity work around the community, and acting as part of the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.

Lee Cauley

CADD Technician

Mr. Cauley is our most recent hire. He started in August 2016 after working for approximately 12 years for both local and out of state companies as a CAD Drafter designing parts for airplanes, mobile shelters, and truck trailers. He’s currently refining his electrical, mechanical, and plumbing design skills following his experience with fully furnished mobile shelters, and is already proving a valuable addition to our team. While not at work, Lee can be found out on the range perfecting his marksmanship.

Sarah Chumley

OFFICE MANAGER

Mrs. Chumley earned her degree from Agnes Scott College and worked as a retail manager before joining our firm. Sarah has been with us since 2005, during which she was promoted to the position of Office Manager where she handles, amongst many other roles, our marketing and accounting. While out of the office, Mrs. Chumley spends her free time with her family, especially her daughter, and reading.