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KLH Engineers flaunts its innovation with latest spinoff

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KLH Engineers flaunts its innovation with latest spinoff

Configure platform brings suppliers, designers, and contractors closer during the purchasing process.


By John Caulfield, Senior Editor | June 2, 2022
Configure is the latest spinoff from KLH Engineers
Configure is the latest spinoff from KLH Engineers. It is a platform that makes specifying smoother by linking AEC firms with manufacturers. Leaders from Configure and KLH Engineers (from left): Jeff Leuderalbert and Michael Albanese, cofounders of Configure, with Jim Tavernelli and Bob Heil, KLH Engineers’ President and CEO. Image: KLH Engineers

About 15 months ago, KLH Engineers, a national MEP and technology engineering firm based in Kentucky, spun off Levcon Analytics, which uses data to provide AEC firms with design, construction, and operations advice. By uniting design and building teams, Levcon’s Convergit data integration platform also improves a building owner’s asset management and project execution.

Late last month, KLH spun off another entity. Known as Configure, the now-separate business has been developing a construction marketplace that digitizes supply and makes it easier for designers and contractors to specify, compare, and purchase engineered-to-order products from manufacturers. Configure’s platform is accessible through web apps or Autodesk Revit plug-ins.

PRICING PRODUCTS, MADE SIMPLER

Its conception was born out of the frustration of trying to specify equipment with pricing information being immediately at hand, explains Michael Albanese, a principal with KLH Engineers who, with principal Jeff Leuderalbert, came up with Configure and developed its platform.

Leuderalbert elaborates that during a project’s design phase, suppliers communicate with potential customers within their Revit models, and designers can link products, product data and pricing directly into their models. During pre-construction, Configure matches contractors with local suppliers so they can solicit and compare bids in one platform, and select the package that best fits their project and budget.

Some of Configure’s early customers include Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Green Bay, Wis.; Silicon Valley Mechanical, San Jose, Calif.; and Peck Hannaford + Briggs, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

SUPPORTERS FROM INSIDE AND OUT

During Configure’s early development, KLH allowed Albanese and Leuderalbert to leverage the firm’s in-house software team to build their platform. Configure has raised $2 million in a seed round led by TitletownTech, a Wisconsin-based venture capital fund formed out of a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft. Configure will deploy its new capital to expand its software technology and make additional product development hires.

These spinoffs demonstrate KLH’s innovation beyond engineering consultation, says Tavernelli, who implies there might be more to come. “We learned so much throughout this journey and KLH will leverage that experience to continue seeking ways to create new value in the industry.”

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