Our Firm
Who we are
About Technical Horizons
Technical Horizons is a small consulting engineering firm with an extensive portfolio based in Lexington, Kentucky.
Since 1992, we’ve successfully integrated designs into hundreds of millions of dollars in new and renovation projects in both the public and private sector built environment.

We offer quality engineering design and construction services coupled with best in class computer modeling. Our personalized, innovative solutions are not complicated by associations with material or equipment vendors.

We maintain a comprehensive specification database that speeds document production and ensures your designs are code compliant and fast to market.

Our diverse portfolio includes comprehensive experience in the following areas:
  • Commercial/Corporate
  • Healthcare/Laboratories
  • K-12/Higher Education
  • Industrial/Manufacturing
  • Government/Military
  • Specialty Projects i.e., seismic analysis, energy modeling, thermography, and LEED projects.

Meet Our Team

C. Matthew Ellis

C. Matthew Ellis

Mechanical Engineer

cmellis@technicalhorizons.com

Professional Certifications

  • Professional Engineer: Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana
  • Licensed Fire Suppression Designer: Kentucky

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • International Code Council

Education

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Bachelor of Science; Mechanical Engineering

Professional Experience

Mr. Ellis founded Technical Horizons in 1991. With a total of 31 years of proven project management experience and expert level knowledge of the mechanical and electrical engineering fields, he has significant experience in HVAC, ventilation, and plumbing and electrical systems.

An innovator who developed custom spreadsheet models to analyze a variety of engineering considerations, Mr. Ellis has also completed designs for multi-million-dollar industrial plants and warehouse facilities. He fulfilled numerous contracts with the US Postal Service over a 20+ year association including a wide range of systems, and life cycle cost analyses.

Mr. Ellis is a leader in his field serving as chair and in various board positions with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the state, regional, and national levels.

James I. Milner, Sr

James I. Milner, Sr

Senior Electrical Engineer

jmilner@technicalhorizons.com

Professional Certifications

  • Licensed Electrician: Kentucky
  • Licensed Electrical Contractor: Kentucky

Professional Affiliations

  • Associated Building Contractors

Education

Paducah Community College
Louisville Technical Institute
University of Kentucky, Gatton School of Business

Professional Experience

With 45 years of experience working in Kentucky and surrounding states, twenty-five of those spent as the owner of his own multi-million-dollar electrical design-build construction firm, Mr. Milner draws from a wealth of experience over a wide range of successfully completed projects. He is well-versed in all aspects of electrical design and construction including budgeting, code compliance, value engineering, design, coordination, construction oversight and analysis.

Mr. Milner was part of the three-person electrical design team at Carter Foster Engineers that shared responsibility for the complete electrical design of the Cabinet for Human Resources building in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Russell V. Sitter

Russell V. Sitter

Design Engineer

rsitter@technicalhorizons.com

Education

Mechanical Engineering Technology
Saint Clair College
Chatham, Ontario, Canada

Professional Experience

With the Technical Horizons team since 2005, Mr. Sitter is a design engineer with 17 years in the field. He specializes in HVAC, plumbing and aquatic systems and is expert in energy modeling.

Mr. Sitter is skilled in the design and development of roof cooling systems and spray cooling ponds. His experience covers a broad range of projects in both the public and private sectors including hospitals, justice centers, and universities.

Christina S. Zakowski

Christina S. Zakowski

Mechanical Engineer

jmilnechristinaz@technicalhorizons.com

Professional Affiliations

  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers

Education

Mechanical Engineering-Bachelor of Science, University of Kentucky

Mechanical Engineering-Master of Science, Union University

Professional Experience

Mrs. Zakowski has 20 years of engineering experience encompassing refrigeration, plumbing, equipment design, process design, and electrical engineering for various industries. She joined Technical Horizons in 2020 and has performed designs for multiple industrial projects.

Mrs. Zakowski has worked on industrial projects at Technical Horizons and has prior experience in food & beverage and the nuclear industry.

Arecannon Jones

Arecannon Jones

Draftsman

ajones@technicalhorizons.com 

Education

Drafting and Design-Associates Degree, ITT Technical Insitute

Professional Experience

Over the past 6 years, Mr. Jones has worked on countless projects for Technical Horizons. He is skilled in Revit, AutoCAD, 3D Max, and Inventor. Before coming to Technical Horizons, he gained 5 years of experience in the Industrial field.

Eric Frank

Eric Frank

Mechanical Engineer

efrank@technicalhorizons.com

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers
  • The National Eagle Scout Association

Education

Mechanical Engineering-Bachelor of Science, University of Kentucky

Professional Experience

Mr. Frank has been designing HVAC and plumbing systems for a wide variety of commercial, industrial, institutional, and government buildings for the entirety of his career.

Mr. Frank is proficient in AutoCAD and Revit programs and BIM design practices. He is a proficient model manager that takes pride in the quality and accuracy of his models and construction drawings.

He is seasoned in the MEP design process from initial client discussion about design intent to final construction drawing delivery. Mr. Frank has spent numerous hours out of the office performing MEP surveys of existing buildings, assessing any problems, and presenting solutions.

John Shindlebower

John Shindlebower

Mechanical Engineer

johns@technicalhorizons.com 

Education

Mechanical Engineering-Bachelor of Science, University of Kentucky

Professional Experience

Mr. Shindlebower started at Technical Horizons at the beginning of 2021 to serve the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional sectors of the construction field with his growing knowledge of HVAC, plumbing, and process engineering design.

Mr. Shindlebower possesses experience with respect to sanitary piping and HVAC systems. He has been involved in numerous projects for clinics, food processing plants, and other industrial buildings, including chillers and boilers, HVAC systems, cooling towers, and tank design.

His most recent work has been on a 115,000-square-foot pediatric hospital. He has renovated the entire HVAC system, including multiple air handlers using a boiler and chiller system.

Jacob Flora

Jacob Flora

Electrical Engineer

jflora@technicalhorizons.com

Education

Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics-Bachelor of Science, University of Kentucky

Professional Experience

Mr. Flora has assisted on many projects during his time here at Technical Horizons. He worked on the addition and renovation of Cardinal Hill Hospital, a new clinic for Triad Healthcare, and even worked on multiple sites for the Norton Healthcare Clinics. 

Prior to Technical Horizons, Mr. Flora worked on projects in numerous fields including healthcare, local civic, and education projects. He also founded the Living Central Model Initiative.

Mr. Flora is proficient in many software programs including AutoCAD, C++, Verilog, and Etlum Tool Photometric. 

Shelley Deharte

Shelley Deharte

Mechanical Engineer

shelleyd@technicalhorizons.com

Education

Mechanical Engineering-Bachelor of Science, Christian Brothers University

Professional Experience

Mr. DeHarte has experience in designing air conditioning, ventilation, and plumbing systems. He has project management experience and is able to meet project requirements and dates. He has experience with respect to food processing plant piping and HVAC systems. He has completed and worked on projects for food processing/packaging and pet food including designs for steam, air handling systems, and compressed air. He has completed designs on several office buildings, healthcare, and warehouse facilities. 

Prior to Technical Horizons, Mr. DeHarte worked on large-scale integrated conveyor designs. He worked on expansion designs for UPS and FedEx airport hubs. He has experience in numerous modeling programs including pipe stress modeling, CADD, and 3D modeling, among many several equipment modeling programs.

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Location

Technical Horizons

501 Darby Creek Rd., Suite #31
Lexington, Kentucky 40509

859.263.5983