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President/Founder
President & Founder

Mr. Pedraza has more than 53 years experience in Mechanical Engineering design for projects for both the Federal Government and the private industry.

President & FounderJ. VICENTE PEDRAZA

“If I give you a dollar and you give me a dollar, we gain nothing. But if I give you an idea and you give me an idea, we both gain.”

J. Vicente Pedraza is a nationally recognized professional mechanical engineer who has provided design services to hundreds of facilities throughout the country. His designs and projects have been included in a variety of building design periodicals and received numerous awards.

In his professional field, Mr. Pedraza has enjoyed substantial recognition through Meritorious Service Awards for outstanding achievement in engineering design by the General Services Administration, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the DC Council of Architectural and Engineering Societies, the American Consulting Engineers Council, the District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers, local government authorities and a host of architectural and engineering peers.

Born and educated in Bogota, Colombia, and receiving specialized education in the United States, Mr. Pedraza came to this county in 1963. He served five years in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1963. In 1965, while continuing to fulfill his military obligations, Mr. Pedraza began an 18-year tenure as a mechanical engineer with Syska & Hennessy, Consulting Engineers of New York, one of the largest consulting engineering firms in the country. He then spent one year as a Senior Mechanical Engineer with the General Services Administration and in 1984, formed his first professional corporation with two other partners providing professional engineering services.

Mr. Pedraza’s final move came in 1992, when he formed his second professional corporation, JVP Engineers, P.C. – a move that has proven to be the pinnacle of Mr. Pedraza’s successful career. AS President of JVP Engineers, Mr. Pedraza has demonstrated noteworthy leadership qualities in fostering cooperation and teamwork throughout his firm. He has overcome barriers of minority prejudices and he has established a distinguished reputation within the engineering and minority business communities as an exceptional business and engineering professional.

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Throughout his 40-year career as an engineer, Mr. Pedraza has been involved in the design of the mechanical and electrical systems for a variety of our country’s most beloved monuments, structures, and buildings, including the U.S. Capitol, several Smithsonian Institution museums, The National Archives, The National Gallery of Art, The Ronald Reagan Building (in which Mr. Pedraza led the entire mechanical design for approximately one year), the Pentagon, the GSA Central Office, CIA Headquarters, the National Building Museum, the Time Life Building, and the Modernization of the Historic ICC Customs and Aries Rios Federal Office Buildings. In addition, Mr. Pedraza and JVP Engineers were selected, as a member of the design team, to participate in the design of the New World War II Memorial, and most recently, both Mr. Pedraza and his firm were awarded the prestigious 2000 GSA Honor Award for Design Excellence in Engineering/Technology/Energy (an award which was competed among 143 firms nationwide).

In his professional field, Mr. Pedraza has received further recognition through Meritorious Service Awards for outstanding achievement in engineering design by the National Society of Professional Engineers, the DC Council of Architectural and Engineering Societies, the District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers, local government authorities, and a host of architectural and engineering peers. In addition, Mr. Pedraza was awarded membership to the Sterling’s Who’s Who – Executive Edition for his leadership and excellence in the field of engineering.

As a minority small business owner, Mr. Pedraza has enjoyed seeing the progression of growth in his firm, as well as the growth of engineering in the community. Mr. Pedraza’s contributions to the engineering community include participation in school science fairs, such as MATHCOUNTS, serving as the President of the DC Council of Architectural and Engineering Societies, Vice President of the DC Society of Professional Engineers, and remaining active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, the American Consulting Engineers Council, and the Association of Energy Engineers. He has given lectures on the practical design of mechanical systems and he is committed to educating our young people on the importance of engineering in our community by attending career fairs at various local universities.