Our History


Alternatives in Engineering (AIE) was founded by Robert Warmann in 1983. Mr. Warmann had previously been working for an insurance company and started his own firm after being approached by a client. This client was looking for someone to help make fire protection decisions with the client’s needs, not the insurance company’s desires, in mind.

AIE started out doing Loss Prevention Site Surveys on warehouses and distribution centers. AIE helped facilities see what small changes could be made to help lower insurance costs. The business grew to include performing fire hydrant flow tests on water systems to determine if adequate flow and pressure were available to supply new sprinkler systems and performing fire pump testing at retail locations. In the mid-1990s, AIE moved to its current location and began expanding.

Our ability to support clients during all phases of design, construction, compliance, and maintenance enables us to maintain long-term relationships that are the foundation of our business.

About AIE

About AIE
  • Design, consulting and construction follow up work is performed on   some15,000,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space annually.
  • Water supply site surveys are performed on some 300 sites annually.
  • Corrective Maintenance or repair calls are currently handled at a rate of approximately 4,500 per year.
  • AIE currently has some 420,000,000 sq. ft. of retail sites under contract for completion of annual fire protection inspections.