Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa was established in 1975 as a Civil, Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineering Firm. Throughout the past 30 plus years, the firm has increased in size and services. The firm now offers a full line of engineering services including Civil, Plumbing, Fire Protection, HVAC, Electrical & Technology.

The strength of our firm rests on its commitment to maintaining principal involvement throughout the project from planning through construction.

With our 40 person staff we are large enough to complete significant programs on time but small enough to maintain principal/client involvement.

In addition, our talented and experienced engineers, project managers, principals and support staff demonstrate our determination and commitment to excellence.

Our firm is a SDO certified MBE in the state of Massachusetts.


Roger E. Wellington Elementary School
Belmont, MA

Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa, Inc. proudly served as part of the design team responsible for constructing the new 84,000 SF Roger E. Wellington Elementary School.

GGD provided highly efficient design and construction administration services for the new Electrical, Technology, HVAC (including Geothermal Systems), Plumbing and Fire Protection systems. Also included was a life cycle cost analysis, documentation, and energy modeling services required to meet MA CHPS efficiency standards indicating an energy savings of 48.4% above code.

The high efficiency HVAC systems serving the building utilize energy conservation measures such as displacement ventilation, demand control ventilation, energy recovery, variable frequency fan and pumping systems, high efficiency gas-fired condensing boilers with reset controls, high efficiency water source heat pump chillers, and a geothermal plant. Above energy conservation, the HVAC systems provide superior indoor air quality and thermal comfort conditions.

Extensive daylight modeling was provided to guide the architectural design which resulted in greater than 80% savings in artificial illumination energy consumption through daylight harvesting controls. Water conservation measures included ultra-low flow plumbing fixtures.

The Roger E. Wellington Elementary School is one of four projects that have been honored as finalist to receive the prestigious Harleston Parker Medal given by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA)/AIA and the City of Boston to "the single most beautiful" building or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years.

  • Architect: Jonathan Levi Architects
  • Construction Cost: $39.7 Million
  • Completion Date: Summer 2011

Project Types

  • Educational Facilities
    Public Schools
    Private Schools
  • Libraries
  • Fire Stations
  • Police Stations
  • Public Service Facilities
  • Office Buildings
  • Commercial Retail Facilities
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities
  • Recreation Facilities
  • Marinas and Piers
  • Country Club Facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Housing
    Public Housing
    Assisted Living Facilities