About Us

Kent Island Mechanical was formed to meet the mechanical subcontracting needs of general contractors, building owners, engineering firms and other construction professionals in the Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia commercial market. Our firm specializes in projects of all sizes in markets such as Healthcare, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Federal, Institutional, Educational and Hospitality industries. Kent Island Mechanical is dedicated to building lasting relationships with our construction partners and understands the “teaming effort” required to meet the challenges of the complex structures being built today. We are a signatory contractor with Locals 602 Washington DC Steamfitters, Local 5 –

Washington DC Plumbers, Local 486 – Baltimore Plumbers and Steamfitters and Local 11 – Washington,DC; Maryland; and Virginia Laborers . We are a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association National, State and Metro Washington Chapter, and are affiliates with many of the building trade organizations and enjoy teaming and developing new techniques to accomplish the work through ongoing collaborative efforts. Our teams have over 200 years of combined experience of design assist, design build, plan & spec for projects of all sizes and complexity. We welcome the challenges that today’s high tech industries requires and enjoy relationships with the best and brightest subcontracting and vendor support the industry has to offer.

Key Personnel

Mark E. Bowen

Mr. Bowen has over 25 years experience in the design and installation of critical mechanical systems. His early career was spent working with several prominent consulting engineering firms in the Baltimore area; Henry Adams, Inc and Mueller Associates. With these firms, Mr. Bowen was responsible for the design and layout of mechanical systems to support the overall design of the project. In 1992, Mr. Bowen left the design side of the industry to start a new business in the Testing and Balancing trade. As Vice President of Precision Balancing Inc., Mark worked hand in hand with designers, fabricators, installing contractors, vendors, and commissioning professionals to gain valuable hands on knowledge and understanding of the true requirements needed to complete a mechanical systems project from conception to completion. In 2002, Mr. Bowen left the Test and Balance industry to form Kent Island Mechanical, but still holds his license as a NEBB certified Test and Balance Supervisor and Commissioning Agent. As President of Kent Island Mechanical, Mr. Bowen oversees the daily operations of the company and works with MEP consultants and engineers to provide “turn key” mechanical systems solutions to Kent Island Mechanicals clients.

Kyle Benjamin
Director of Operations

Mr. Benjamin is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law and minors in Statistics and Sociology. He has over 14 years of construction management experience and currently serves as our Director of Operations. His combined experience from 7 years as a key support manager on our Special Projects team as well as prior experience as the Production Manager of a general contracting firm have helped him build a broad knowledge base allowing him to support our various departmental needs while overseeing the daily operations. Mr. Benjamin holds a US Army Corp of Engineers CQM certification as well as being lead safe certified, holds his OSHA 30 certification, and maintains an up to date JCO training.

Steven Weiss
Senior Accountant
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Mr. Weiss has over 10 years of experience in accounting and serves as the senior accountant. Prior to working with Kent Island Mechanical he spent time working in public accounting with Ernst & Young; Regardie, Brooks & Lewis; and Citrin Cooperman where here specialized in the audit and assurance practices for both public and privately held companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland College Park and an MBA from University of Maryland University College.

Kelly Phipps
Office Manager

Mrs. Phipps oversees all Kent Island Mechanical office tasks, while maintaining contact with the contracts and billing departments of all of Kent Island Mechanicals clients.

Construction Services Division

Kevin Gaver
Senior Project Manager

Mr. Gaver has over 32 years experience in the mechanical trades and has worked with several prominent mechanical contractors in the Washington, DC – Metro area. Mr. Gaver has knowledge and experience of major projects with Mechanical and Plumbing contract values in excess of 15 million dollars. His resume consists of many projects including over 50 schools, many multi-story buildings and tenant fit-outs as well as numerous projects for the National Institutes of Health. Since joining the company in 2005, he manages large scale projects along with his project engineer and superintendents. Mr. Gaver holds an OSHA 30 certification as well as current JCO training.

Special Projects Division
David Tyler Jr
Senior Project Manager

Mr. Tyler has over 18 years of experience in the Mechanical trades and currently oversees all Special Projects Division work. Mr. Tyler’s special projects team completes a myriad of different projects from small renovation and repair work to large scale system overhauls. In his daily activities he manages and coordinates his staff to successfully complete all work within the Special Project Division while maintaining the flexibility to visit repair and design-build style projects to provide cost estimates and mechanical knowledge as needed. Mr. Tyler is LEED AP BD+C certified, as well as being Green Advantage Commercial certified. He also holds a US Army Corp of Engineers CQM certification along with OSHA 30 certification as well as current JCO training and Masters Licenses in Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC in MD, DC and VA.

Jeff Latimer
Project Manager

Mr. Latimer has over 20 years of experience in the mechanical trades and has worked for both large and small mechanical contractors in the Washington D.C. Area. He successfully completed  Steamfitter’s Local 602 Apprenticeship program and began working as a  steamfitter foreman immediately at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda MD, working primarily on lab renovations. Jeff also worked as a General Foreman at Children’s National Medical Center during a Large expansion of the main building, and at the University of Maryland’s Center of Advanced Research in Biotechnologies.  Jeff eventually transitioned from the field to the estimating department and quickly became a Sr. Project Manager and Team Leader with his primary focus on healthcare work, but also was successful with industrial steam and chilled water projects. Also he spent  3 years working as a Project Manager for the General Construction division of a prominent local contractor building Data Centers in Northern VA with some contracts in excess of 50 million dollars. Jeff is working for Kent Island Mechanical as a Sr. Project Manager with a focus on  promoting and expanding Kent Island Mechanical in the coming years.

Jake Clark

Jake will be managing our estimating department. Jake has been in the mechanical industry for many years and is truly a welcome addition our expanding team. Please stop by our office and welcome Jake to our team!