Emerson Graham + Associates

Fire Protection | Code Consulting | Life Safety

About Us

Fire protection designs, fire safety solutions for a complicated world.

Building design must prove reliable under fiery tests.

"Fire itself will prove what sort of work each one has built.”

Whether it’s what a building is constructed of, what materials or commodities are placed inside it, what measures are in place to protect it or how it is designed to aide people in traversing it, a building design must prove reliable under fiery tests. Our firm is committed to helping you meet that most noble goal.

While all design professionals are involved in protecting the public, as a fire protection engineering firm, we believe we have a very unique privilege to safely protect people from the ill-effects of fire. It is not a responsibility to take lightly. It is also very rewarding to trust the efforts we make could directly save someone’s life when it matters most.

We're in the Safety Business

Independent Consulting Engineering Firm

Emerson Graham + Associates, PLC is an independent consulting engineering firm, specializing in fire protection engineering, code consulting, & life safety engineering serving the needs of building and design professionals.

Our clients trust us to offer practical & innovative design guidance to navigate the vast & increasingly complicated industry of building & fire code regulations. We are seasoned, highly professional & trusted within the industry.

Our clients trust us to offer practical & innovative design guidance to navigate the vast & increasingly complicated industry of building & fire code regulations. We are seasoned, highly professional & trusted within the industry.

EG+A Consulting was founded in 2014. Borrowing from the names of his 2 sons Emerson and Graham, Justin Biller – owner and founder, created the firm on the guiding principle that he believes will continue to shape the future of this company.

"A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth..."

In a field devoted to preserving life and health through building design systems, building a reputation for establishing and enduring a high standard of integrity and service to every single client is our first priority.

We are a small independent firm practicing as a professional limited liability company. Our firm is insured and licensed as a professional company in the Commonwealth of Virginia and additional states.

EG+A Consulting was founded in 2014. Borrowing from the names of his 2 sons Emerson and Graham, Justin Biller – owner and founder, created the firm on the guiding principle that he believes will continue to shape the future of this company.

"A good name is to be chosen rather than great wealth..."

In a field devoted to preserving life and health through building design systems, building a reputation for establishing and enduring a high standard of integrity and service to every single client is our first priority.

We are a small independent firm practicing as a professional limited liability company. Our firm is insured and licensed as a professional company in the Commonwealth of Virginia and additional states.

Protect What Matters

Can We help you meet your fire protection or life safety challenges?

Meet our Principal Engineer

Justin B. Biller

Principal Engineer

Justin B. Biller, PE, FSFPE, CFPS

Mr. Biller has over 20 years of experience in the application of building and fire codes, spending time with the Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office and as a building official for Roanoke County, prior to moving into fire and life safety consulting work both locally and nationally.

 

Justin is experienced in a diverse portfolio of projects including healthcare, industrial, detention, assembly, retail, residential, and office occupancies. He regularly interacts with an assorted project clientele including architects, engineers, developers, and contractors and he has become adept at problem-solving on multiple variations of complexity in projects.

His expertise is in the field of fire protection design and code applications for the built environment.

 

  • A fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • Worked in code development for the past 15 years with both ICC and NFPA committees

He is a graduate of the Master of Science program in Fire Protection Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and is a registered Fire Protection Engineer in multiple states.

  • International Code Council certified Master Code Professional (MCP)
  • Certified Building Official (CBO)
  • Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) through the National Fire Protection Association.

Justin has a broad range of experience from three important perspectives within the building industry:

 

  • Working as an owner’s representative for a health care system
  • Design professional in consulting firms
  • Regulating authorities having jurisdiction at both the state and local level

Meet the team

Our professional team represents more than 100 years of combined experience in the field of engineering, design and code applications. We are ready to go to work on your project.

Claude O. Hutton, PE, CBO

Associate | Fire Protection Engineer

Mr. Hutton serves as the Southwestern Region Fire Marshal Manager for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs for over 30 years.  

Offering 40 years of engineering experience in Supervision and Project Management. Responsible for the design and/or supervision of design, construction, code enforcement, and/or project management of state, federal, and private building systems requiring comprehensive knowledge in building, fire and life safety codes, standards, and regulations; and in fiscal management, budget, and accounting procedures.

Heather C. Biller

Associate | Designer + Office Manager

Ms. Biller is an Associate of Emerson Graham + Associates.  She serves in the role of Design and Office Manager.  

Marlan Morris, CFI

Associate | Fire Consultant

Mr. Morris secular experience includes fire safety and protection for Radford University/ fire code official for City of Roanoke, VA. Alarm system inspector, Simplex Grinnell. 

Kyle Searcy

Associate | CAD Manager Senior Designer

Mr. Searcy manages the CAD drafting and design of telecommunications infrastructure and life safety and fire suppression systems in commercial and residential settings.

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