In 2001, long-time friends, Dino M. Pappas, Nick C. Vrettos, and Kosta J. Pappa found themselves working for the same company. It was during this time that an idea that would become VP Engineering began to take shape. Two short years later, in February 2003, the idea became reality when the three friends officially joined forces and formed Vrettos Pappas Consulting Engineers.
Within a year, our firm realized several goals, establishing a solid foundation upon which VP would flourish. Over the next decade, we continued to grow locally and internationally, gaining a reputation for integrity and excellence in new construction and renovation projects in markets ranging from senior living and hospitality to retail/commercial. With this growth, our firm also became recognized for our commitment to sustainable design, many employees obtaining LEED certification long before ecologically sound design grew in popularity.
As word spread of our commitment to client service and efficient system design, we prospered, prompting three office relocations before settling at our current location at Coliseum Centre Drive. Today, we continue to be known for that same dedication to our clients and to our craft. Contact us today to discuss how we can with your next project.
The people that comprise VP aren’t merely employees. They’re the heart and backbone of our firm; the reason we’ve accomplished all we have since first opening our doors for business.
Principal/Vice President of Business Development
BS Nuclear Engineering, NC State, 1993
MS Electrical Engineering, UNC-Charlotte, 1998
Nick Vrettos is one of our principals and is our Vice President of Business Development. Nick is a Professional Engineer that has been working in the industry for more than 20 years. He graduated from NC State in 1993 with a BS in nuclear engineering, and later graduated from UNC Charlotte with an MS in electrical engineering. He is one of the co-founders of VP Engineering. He has designed the power, lighting, and life safety systems for automotive facilities, medical and dental centers, restaurants, office buildings, multi-family residential buildings, retail centers and mixed-use buildings. With experience designing photovoltaic facilities, he finds that his experience in the nuclear field has given him a unique perspective and a heightened level of attention to detail. A native of Charlotte, when he is not at the office he can usually be found spending time with his wife and family or playing sports with his two children.
Principal/Vice President of Operations
BS Electrical Engineering, UNC-Charlotte, 1997
MS Electrical Engineering, UNC-Charlotte, 1999
Kosta Pappas is one of our principals. Kosta is a Professional Engineer that has been working in the industry for more than 17 years and is VP’s Vice President of Operations. He graduated from UNC Charlotte in 1997 with a BS in electrical engineering, and attained his MSEE from the same program in 1999. He co-founded VP Engineering with Nick and Dino in 2003. He has designed electrical systems, fire alarms, security systems, and generators systems for a wide variety of buildings, including churches, medical and dental centers, restaurants, office buildings, multi-family residential buildings and commercial shopping centers. He has extensive experience in the entire design process, including field inspections and construction administration meetings. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Kosta can be found in the outdoors with his three children when not at the office.
Principal/Vice President of Production
BS Mechanical Engineering, NC State, 1997
Dino Pappas is one of our principals and is our Vice President of Production. Dino is a Professional Engineer that has been working in the industry for more than 18 years. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from NC State’s College of Mechanical Engineering in 1997, and co-founded VP Engineering in 2003. With extensive experience designing mechanical and plumbing system for a wide variety of buildings, he prides himself most on mentoring young engineers in the company. He has overseen projects from the initial design development through to final construction documents, and is well versed in field inspection visits and developing punch lists during the construction process. A member of ASHRAE, he has developed a level of expertise in mechanical systems that are seldom matched. A native of Charlotte, NC, when he is not at the office, he spends his free time with his wife and two children.
Mechanical Design Controller
BS Mechanical Engineering, UNC-Charlotte, 2003
Sanjay Patel is one of our Project Managers and a Mechanical Designer. Sanjay is a Professional Engineer in NC as well as an Engineer in Training. He has been working in the industry for 10 years and has been a member of our team since 2008. He is also a member of ASHRAE’s Southern Piedmont Chapter. Sanjay grew up in West Orange, New Jersey. He is particularly proud of the projects Dole Plant and 1100 South.
One Skill you Wish you Had: The ability to draw. “I would have loved to have been a comic book artist when I was younger.”
Favorite Place in Charlotte: “Common Market. Get coffee, get a sandwich, get a beer, listen to a DJ or live music, see a break dance competition…they have it all.”
Electrical Design Controller
Associates Degree Engineering Graphics, York Technical, 2005
Associates Degree Mechanical Engineering Technology, York Technical, 2005
Daniel Payne is our Electrical Design Controller. Daniel has been in the industry for 10 years and has been a member of the VP team since 2013. Daniel grew up in Kershaw South Carolina but later moved to the Charlotte area in 2009 where he met his wife Danielle. Daniel is particularly proud of his work on St. Phillip Neri Catholic Church, Security Central Monitoring Station and the Standard at Gainesville.
Hidden Talent: Juggling and walking on stilts
Life’s Greatest Accomplishment: “Convincing my wife to marry me.”
Project Manager/Senior Electrical Designer
Zachary Joyce is one of our Project Managers and an Electrical Designer. Zach has been in the industry for 16 years and has been a part of our team since 2009. He was born on an Air Force base in Arkansas and proceeded to spend the next several years in Mississippi, Oklahoma, and in England. Zach is married and currently has 3 little girls. He is particularly proud of the project 1100 South Boulevard.
Hidden Talent: I was a drummer in several bands
Ultimate Travel Destination: New Zealand. “Because Lord of the Rings was made there.”
Plumbing Design Controller
BS Mechanical Engineering, UNC- Charlotte, 2006
Adam Cross is our Plumbing Design Controller as well as a Plumbing Designer. Adam has been working in the industry for 10 years and joined our team at VP in 2007. He is a proud member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). Adam was born and raised in Granite Quarry, North Carolina. One project Adam is particularly proud of the 1100 South Boulevard Apartments in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Most likely to Binge watch: Archer on Netflix
One Skill you Wish you Had: The ability to play piano
Director of Operations
BS Human Services, Wingate University, 1999
Katie Cothern is the Director of Operations and has been with our team since 2009. She has been in the industry for over 15 years. She is a proud member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Katie was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is married and has 4 children.
Favorite Place in Charlotte: “Hard to answer. Living here all of my life, so much has changed. Each area of Charlotte has it’s own uniqueness.”
Hidden Talent: “I love to rearrange a room for no reason. Or take something with lots of little pieces apart and then put it back together.”