E.W. Bob Boulware, P.E., M.B.A.

E.W. Bob Boulware

E.W. Bob Boulware, P.E., M.B.A., President

Bob Boulware is President of DAE and is Principal in Charge.  Bob is an Army Veteran.


  • Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering 1969 Purdue
  • Master’s in Business Administration, Finance 1980 Indiana University

Achievements: Published: Harvesting the Rain, Plumbing Engineering and Design, Nov-Dec 2004; Alternative Water Sources and Wastewater Management (McGraw Hill); Past National President: American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association ( ARCSA) Life Member: American Society Heating Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Engineers ( ASHRAE); Chapter President, National Codes and Standard Committee for American Society of Plumbing Engineers ( ASPE); Training: Conducted national presentations on Energy Conservation Practice and Rainwater Catchment; Awards: Purdue University ROTC Hall of Fame, C.I.B. , Bronze Star, Service Disabled Veteran

As President of Design-Aire, Bob maintains an awareness of both the external and internal competitive landscape, opportunities for expansion, customers, markets, new industry developments and standards. This includes overseeing the complete operation of DAE in accordance with the direction established in the strategic plans.  Bob has over 40 years of hands-on experience in HVAC and plumbing design  and is experienced in energy audit and demand side management studies.

Projects completed by Bob include:

Community Living Center Expansion and Renovations
Richmond, VA

Principal in Charge.  20, 000 sq. ft. addition and a 3,000 sq. ft. renovation of the existing adjacent space.  Upgrading existing patient rooms to meet current design standards and correct deficiencies identified in the current VA Planning Guidelines, Physical Security requirements, and projected workload statistics.

Spanish Oaks Apartments
Indianapolis, IN

Design for a new pool and splash park.  Square footage is 1,055.  The project is a design build.

Shalom Health Care Clinic
Indianapolis, IN

The renovation of a second floor office was changed into a 28,000 square feet health care facility.  This project improved building operations by upgrading existing HVAC and lighting to a more efficient operation.  These improvements included replacing and relocating water source heat pumps, duct-work and diffusers; adding new ADA restrooms and patient care plumbing and new domestic water heaters and piping; along with revising power distribution, emerging power, receptacles, and fire alarm.

Roudebush Veterans Administration Hospital
Indianapolis, IN

DAE installed 2400 tons of chiller capacity with related primary/secondary/cooling tower pumping and controls. Estimated cost was approximately $1.2 million and came in significantly under budget because of creative use of Victaulic piping in phasing the installation.

Guide Corporation
Muncie, IN

This project was an energy audit of 2.4 million square foot manufacturing facility resulting in a 40% ($1.4 million) operating cost reduction with four months payback. Savings resulted from revisions to central heating and cooling systems, replacement of existing lighting to high efficiency lamps and ballasts with motion detection control, and modulation of plant compressed air system to better match actual load.

Head Start Center
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

This existing abandoned building was renovated into a modern office building. Highlights of the design include domestic water and fire sprinkler system based on rainwater catchment, and emergency generation, all done to sea coast corrosion and hurricane emergency standards.

Past Experience

Bob Boulware is President of Design-Aire Engineering, Inc. Bob is a past president of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) and an Accredited Rainwater Systems Design Professional. He is a 30+ year member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and past president of the Central Indiana Chapter of American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and serves on the ASPE National Standards Committee. Mr. Boulware is a member of The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Alternative Water Sources Committee, and helped to develop the Green Plumbing Supplement to the upcoming editions of the Uniform and the International Plumbing Codes. Mr. Boulware has taught Environmental Design for mechanical and electrical systems at Ball State University and plumbing design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. For a list of papers, articles, and presentations by Bob Boulware, see our Publications page.