About CFRT

Our Mission

Our Founders

Activities and Operations

Charter Statement





Charles H. Krieger

  • BSEE Electrical Engineering - graduate of University of California  August 2nd. 1947
  • Registered electrical engineer in California, Nevada, Texas  and Missouri
  • Worked for local [San Francisco] multi-discipline consulting engineering firm for ten years
  • Started own Electrical engineering consulting firm in 1957 as ‘Charles H. Krieger and Associates, Inc., sold firm in 1988 to operate as singular electrical consulting engineer
  • 1988 to present, worked as electrical consultant for select clients,  basically in data center work

Outside professional activities:

  • Illuminating engineering Society [IES] Past President - Golden Gate Section
  • Past Chairman ‘San Francisco Uniform Electrical Interpretations Committee’
  • Member IEEE from 1950?  to present[Life Member]
  • Initiated and started IEEE Std. 1184-1994 and acted as Vice Chair [IEEE Guide for the Selection  and Sizing of Batteries for Uninterruptible Power Systems]
  • Past member Board of Directors of the CEAC [Consulting Engineers Association of California]
  • Past Member of Electrical Technical Advisory Committee for  Board of Registration, State of  California.
  • Formed a group of computer center facility involved technical personnel [Computer Center
    Round Table Group] which met quarterly for three years, disbanded in 1988.
  • In March 2003, as founder, was instrumental in forming a new group of computer center facility involved  technical personnel [Critical Facility Round Table Group]
  • Have been lecturer on UPS systems, Batteries, NEC code, etc..
  • Instigated new philosophy in designing electrical distribution and individual metering panels for two new ‘dot com’ computer centers
  • Have written technical articles for Electrical Construction and Maintenance and Electrical West
  • Involved in training of data center facility engineers.
  • IEEE 2002 Oakland-East Bay  chapter award for ‘Outstanding contributions to the Design of Emergency Power Systems for Data Centers’
  • IEEE 2003 Individual region 6 Achievement award

Technical Information
In the 30 years of operating Firm, averaged around 10 employees and was responsible for electrical engineering and construction observation for commercial, industrial, health care and computer center facilities.  Specializing in computer center, UPS, battery and generator engineering associated with mission critical facilities work.

Bruce Myatt, PE

Bruce Myatt, PE is a registered Mechanical Engineer, President of Critical Facilities Solutions, and Founder of Silicon Valley’s Critical Facilities Round Table (CFRT) and in San Francisco.  He has over 25 years of engineering consulting experience working with critical facilities such as data centers, clean rooms, semiconductor fabs, nuclear power plants, and DOE’s nuclear weapons production facilities.  Bruce is also  Executive Editor of Mission Critical Magazine where he also serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Board and writes a data center column "Zinc Whiskers".   

Bruce has recently led the development of advanced data center designs for which he has been recognized as Finalist in the 2013 Data Center Dynamics NorAm annual Awards competition and has twice been selected as a Finalist in eBay’s national design competitions for their Mercury and Quicksilver projects.  Previously, he led work for LBNL and PG&E related to data center energy efficiency benchmarking, technology demonstration, new construction and retrofit design assistance, and retro-commissioning.

Bruce actively pioneered server cooling solutions including aisles enclosures that segregate air flows and prevent the mixing of chilled and hot air streams in data center environments.  He has been selected as a technical advisor to DOE, EPA, CEC, LBNL, and PG&E Committees focused on Data Center Energy Efficiency, and he has provided data center technical presentations and panel discussions to audiences at several Data Center Dynamics conferences in SF and NYC, National 7x24 Exchange, The Uptime Symposium, Critical Facilities Summit, Next Generation Data Centers, Technology Convergence Conference,  several PG&E Data Center Customer Energy Efficiency conferences, and many other events.

Stephen K. Johnson

Stephen K. Johnson is a Co-Founder of the Critical Facilities Round Table(CFRT) and he is an industry leader in Critical Facilities/Data Centers for twenty –six years.   His focus has brought to those he has worked for and the clients he has worked with, standards, expediency, and cost savings.  Future proofing an industry that goes through major renovations every three years, he has been able to build resiliency of staff and the technical expertise this discipline requires.  He has taken troubled corporations and created a platform that delivers a better product and a solid return by understanding the needs of the customer and the industry he is working in.  Procurement, savings needed and time lines are resolved by the metrics he has developed.  Training for staff and the most valuable of resources improving the skills  of those he is working with has created more than once a program to raise the bar and set clear attainable goals.  By raising the staff expertise, he has also created a higher return in customer satisfaction.
In Fairfax , Virginia Steve manages 29,000,000 square 29,000,000 square feet of Critical Facility raised floor space is the client base of Trammell Crow Company(TCC).  Mr. Johnson has put a handle and a solution to Critical Facilities issues in the Real Estate Industry.

Mr Johnson has brought a great benefit to this complicated emergency driven client base.  He has introduced needed products  such as playbooks in Commissioning, Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and client Critical Facility needs. 

In Sunnyvale , CA Steve managed International and National Critical Facility  design, development and than into production of Twenty – one(21) Critical Facility locations were his responsibilities.   This effort represented 70 percent of the corporations budget that he was responsible to manage.  Fiscal responsibility included all spectrums reporting to the CFO and board of directors that would influence the rate of value to take the company public.  Core standards were established that created a simplicity of metrics and peer review that would take an 18 month process into 6 months of production.  His technical expertise would develop new product lines that would in the future change the industry in how trending and evaluations could be monitored in a Data Center.      

In Santa Fe Springs ,  CA Steve Acted as the Critical Facility Contractor:  Took a depressed part of the company and made it into a solid producer within 6 months of his leadership.  He developed a new product line that would put Compel Corporation as the largest installation company of twisted pair for AT&T. 

Horst Pfendt

Professional Objective
For the better part of the last three decades, Horst Pfendt has been at the forefront of the design, construction, operation and maintenance of data centers, high rise office buildings and other business facilities throughout the world.  His innovations, cultivated from the incorporation of ideas drawn from close collaboration with building owners and operators, have made it easier and more cost effective for end-users to design more flexible office buildings and computer facilities.  These facilities make it possible for businesses to achieve improved building systems and realize both operational and facility production goals.

Data Centers
Mr. Pfendt is recognized by national data-center-users groups for pioneering concepts in data center design.  He made his mark in the design of data centers when he directed the design and managed the construction of Chevron Park’s 110,000 square foot data center, which became the benchmark for efficient and flexible design, during which time he was instrumental in revising the San Francisco Building Code for computer room design.

The innovations introduced by Mr. Pfendt have been aimed at incorporating efficiency into the construction phase of projects and he has been credited with designing a number of measures that make this possible including:

  • New methods for laying raised floor that makes future changes easier and more efficient both financially and time-wise
  • Realignment of sprinklers away from structural steel to avoid  breakage during earthquakes
  • Wall assembly that eliminates the need to cut access floors and suspended ceilings, a design that improves security and flexibility for floor plan changes.

Energy- Efficiency Management
In addition to his work making data centers more efficient and easier to construct and maintain, Mr. Pfendt was also among the first in the industry of data center design to focus on reducing energy consumption.  His efforts in this arena date back to the Oil Embargo of the mid-1970’s when he reduced the energy consumption by 34-percent of the three Chevron high rise office buildings in San Francisco.  Without this reduction of energy consumption, the then Chevron data center at 555 Market Street could not have been expanded by 100% due to the PG&E transformer capacity limitation.

In later years, Mr. Pfendt was appointed to serve on the Chevron Chairman’s prestigious Energy Efficiency Breakthrough Improvement Team (EEBIT).  As part of that team, Mr. Pfendt was behind the efforts that led to Chevron reducing its energy consumption by 27-percent, an achievement touted by the corporation in a well-known television ad at the time.  As energy coordinator for 10 million square feet of office facilities for Chevron, Mr. Pfendt incorporated the EEBIT model with EPA’s five-phase energy efficiency plan to successfully reduce the energy consumption by 35-percent with some buildings achieving savings of between 55% and 70%.

Mr. Pfendt has served with distinction on the faculties of a number of leading academic institutions including the University of Wisconsin - Madison; California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; the University of California, Berkeley; and City College of San Francisco.  His influence on education in design and construction has also extended beyond the confines of academia to include PG&E’s Learning Center, lecturing on data center design, power quality, energy efficiency management and indoor environmental quality, and as an active member of many professional associations, he co-authored the IEEE Guide for Selection and Sizing of Batteries for Uninterruptible Power Systems.

Mr. Pfendt holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and holds his Teaching Credentials from the State of California in Electrical Engineering Technology.  Always interested in innovations to promote efficiency in design, construction and energy, Mr. Pfendt continues to keep up-to-date with industry standards by attending and presenting at a variety of seminars and workshops.  He has also completed numerous training programs on subjects including project management, process improvement, energy efficiency management, refrigerant management and commissioning.