Toombs & Associates / Keithly Barber Associates Merger - Update

Re: Toombs & Associates / Keithly Barber Associates Merger - Update

On April 1st 2014, Colorado-based Toombs & Associates merged with Seattle-based Keithly Barber Associates (KBA). Ken Toombs, P.E., CCP and Kent Barber, P.E., CCP, LEED AP have a long history of working together in the field of commissioning, sharing similar philosophies, values and approaches. Two and a half years later, and the successful partnership between Toombs & Associates and KBA continues to strengthen, as Ken Toombs substantially reduces his involvement in commissioning, eventually working towards retirement. 

Ken Toombs continues as the Chief of Operations for the Toombs & Associates Commissioning Specialist Division of KBA, and will continue to manage our current Toombs & Associates projects until they are complete. New contracts will be completed by KBA to the same high standards that KBA and Toombs & Associates clients have come to know, working with Toombs & Associates clients to seamlessly provide services and deliverables in the familiar Toombs & Associates style. Toombs & Associates has provided an outstanding commissioning service to clients for the past 21 years and Ken is happy to see this continued by KBA. To quote Ken, "We anticipate a smooth transition without disruption to current clients and projects."

The Toombs & Associates Colorado presence will be maintained by KBA's new Colorado branch office. In September of this year, KBA co-owner Ryan Hay, P.E., CCP, LEED AP, relocated to the Boulder, Colorado area as Vice President in charge of this branch. Ryan, a Colorado native and University of Colorado graduate, has over 22 years of mechanical and electrical systems experience, and over a decade of specialized commissioning experience. Over the coming weeks, Ryan and Ken will be speaking with clients individually to answer any questions which may arise regarding this transition. 

If you have any questions that you would like to discuss with Ken Toombs immediately, please feel free to contact him at:

We look forward to our continued business working relationships and the successful completion of any current or future contracts. 


Kent Barber, P.E., CCP, LEED AP, Managing Principal
Ken Toombs, P.E., CCP, Chief of Operations, KBA Colorado Division
Ryan Hay, P.E., CCP, LEED AP, VP of KBA Colorado Division