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We believe in quality, transparency and win-wins.

Nothing beats the feeling of a successful project where everybody’s happy. At Front Range Electrical Engineering (FREE), win-wins are our goal every time we set foot in the office. Since 2010, we’ve been helping people like you create beautiful multifamily, hospitality, and retail spaces that stand the test of time. And we do it with skill, honesty, and transparency.
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Front Range Electrical Engineering Principal Denver Littleton Lakewood Colorado Carlton Fretwell

Carlton Fretwell, PE

Founder

Carl received his B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994. His education centered around the study of building engineering systems integration, with a concentration on the design of electrical and lighting systems for commercial facilities and a special technical emphasis on lighting design. He worked for six years as an Electrical Project Manager and a lighting designer before co-founding kVA Consulting and assuming the role of Principal Electrical Engineer. After ten years, he decided to hang out his own shingle and founded Front Range Electrical Engineering in 2010.

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Front Range Electrical Engineering Principal Denver Littleton Lakewood Colorado Jacob Bennefield

Jacob Bennefield, LC

Director of Multifamily Electrical Engineering

Jacob attended University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received his Bachelor’s of Environmental Design with an emphasis in Architecture. His education focused on the study of architectural design and building systems, as well as specialized computer drafting software. After several years of working as a RevIt Drafter, Design Engineer, Department Manager and Project Manager, he joined Front Range Electrical Engineering in his current role. He is responsible for managing the lighting and electrical design of parks, streetscapes, large scale multifamily housing, condominiums and retirement/memory care facilities.

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Front Range Electrical Engineering Principal Denver Littleton Lakewood Colorado Sarah Cieciek

Sarah Cieciek, PLA

Electrical Designer

In addition to her Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from the Iowa State University College of Design, Sarah brings a wealth of experience within the Colorado design and construction industry to her role with Front Range Electrical Engineering. In her more than 15 years in the industry, she has managed all phases of projects, ranging from master planning through construction. She has worked extensively as the project lead and as a sub-consultant, working with owners, architects, engineers and contractors. She brings robust technical abilities and expertise to project design, detailing, time management, CAD drafting and standards, agency submittals and specifications. She is driven by her great passion for creating a better built environment.

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Front Range Electrical Engineering Principal Denver Littleton Lakewood Colorado Sarah Dadey

Sarah Dadey

Business Administrator

Sarah came to FREE from the world of compliance, leasing and real estate. She has a unique perspective and experience with private, commercial, and multi-family properties. Her greatest strength comes from her years in management doing performance coaching with her teams. Sarah has over 20 years’ experience writing contracts, building budgets, billings and collecting payments. She’s been in leadership roles over the course of her entire career.

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Front Range Electrical Engineering Principal Denver Littleton Lakewood Colorado Jake Ballard

Jake Ballard

Electrical Designer

Jake’s diverse background in drafting and engineering makes him a highly valuable team member at FREE. With over 10 years of experience in drafting programs such as Revit and AutoCAD, he is a leader in company standards, procedures, and training. Previously a project engineer in the mechanical and plumbing industry, he has a unique understanding of building systems. His experience working with project owners, architects, and engineers allows him to bring great value as an electrical designer of multifamily and commercial projects.

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Front Range Electrical Engineering Principal Denver Littleton Lakewood Colorado Tara Gomez

Tara Gomez

Electrical Designer

After graduating from Grumman Data Systems Institute for computer programming in 1979, Tara relocated to Colorado in 1982. As CAD manager, Tara trained engineers and designers on all new upcoming releases of AutoCAD and was responsible for up to 7 CAD drafters project workloads. Many years and multiple versions of AutoCAD later, it was a natural transition to get on the Revit (BIM) band wagon. With over 30 years in the engineering field, Tara is a highly knowledgeable addition to the FREE team.

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Front Range Electrical Engineering Principal Denver Littleton Lakewood Colorado Bear the Dog

Bear

Dog

Obviously, the real mastermind at FREE.

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