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Our Team of Fountain Consultants and Engineers

As we serve our clients - architects, landscape architects, engineers, contractors and owners - our objective is to ensure smooth sailing during all stages of your projects, including post-installation service.

Contact us with your questions, concepts and dreams. Then let us help you design the perfect fountain for your project.

Kerry Friedman, Vice President and General Manager

A veteran of the national and international water-pumping and hydraulics industries since 1971, Kerry has applied his expertise worldwide to a vast number of ambitious projects. Among these are the Gateway Geyser on the East St. Louis Riverfront, which is known as the tallest vertical jet system in the United States, and outstanding water features at Plaza Minillas in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Weil/Cornell University in Doha, Qatar; and the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

A major thrust of Kerry’s work is to produce fountains with long-term reliability and ease of maintenance in mind: “One of our objectives is to produce and install Twenty-First Century control systems that enable us to operate, monitor and even shut down complex systems over the Internet or phone lines, whether the fountain is in Wichita, Puerto Rico or St. Louis. These capabilities assure our clients of our commitment to turning their design ideas into projects that will last.”

Kerry is an engineering graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla.

Anne Gunn, Fountain Consultant

Building on 20 years of experience in industrial sales, Anne joined Hydro Dramatics in 1996 as an opportunity to combine her business background with her passion for art and architecture. In her role as a Hydro Dramatics’ fountain consultant, she provides estimating services and works extensively with clients to help them achieve the unique water design elements they envision.

Among Anne’s favorite projects is the dazzling Uncle Wilber fountain, an ambitious blend of animation, digital music, ever-changing and interactive water patterns, and a drought-friendly re-circulating system. “Bob and Kat Tudor, philanthropists and co-founders of The Smokebrush Theatre in Colorado Springs, Colorado, developed the aesthetic and creative concepts for the Uncle Wilber fountain, but knew they would need advanced expertise to bring their ideas to fruition. When they came to us, we were immediately intrigued—and, more importantly, convinced that we could make it all work.”

Anne is an affiliate member of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Paul Kaus, Fountain Consultant

Paul joined Hydro Dramatics in May 2007, bringing his 30 years of sales and business development experience to the firm. Most recently, he served as a regional representative of a major distributor of commercial park site furnishings and commercial playgrounds.

Among the many outstanding projects that drew Paul to Hydro Dramatics was the recently completed St. Louis Children’s Hospital All-Inclusive Playground in Tilles Park. The project, the largest, most up-to-date facility of its type in the area, involved a unique water feature design to incorporate opportunities for children of all ability levels to play together in a safe and stimulating environment.

“With my extensive experience in assisting clients in developing the site amenities they envision in parks and all types of recreational areas, I can provide seamless service to Hydro Dramatics’ clients,” Paul says. “The use of water features and fountains to enhance commercial and recreational projects of all types continues to grow. It’s exciting and rewarding to be involved.”

Paul is a member of the National Parks and Recreation Association and is certified as a National Playground Safety Inspector. He studied business administration at Arizona State University-Tempe, and received his associate’s degree in business administration from Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona.

Dan Heinlein, Design Manager

A former Marine, Dan worked as a machinist for 20 years on the railroad and as an estimator with a mechanical contractor prior to joining Hydro Dramatics in 1989. Dan serves as design manager and is proficient in AutoCad design. In addition, Dan handles much of the purchasing and billing, along with project scheduling, trouble shooting and coordinating shipments.

Dan is especially proud of his work on the jumping jet (“Leaping Frog”) fountain at the world-famous Missouri Botanical Garden: “This fountain required more engineering than any other fountain we had designed up to that time. The laminar flow jets needed to be set at a specific arc degree. Even after all our calculations and drawings, we had to set the jets empirically by observation—quite a challenge.” Heinlein has also been instrumental in Hydro Dramatics’ work on numerous other fountains at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Shawn Boyd, Draftsman

Shawn Boyd brings extensive experience in mechanical design and metal fabrication as well as computer expertise to his position as draftsman for Hydro Dramatics. Shawn, who joined Hydro Dramatics in 1999, holds both an Associate of Science Degree and an Associate of Applied Science in Drafting Technology Degree from Lewis & Clark College.

Terry Spain, Electrical Designer

With Hydro Dramatics since 1998, Terry serves as electrical designer and builds the control panels for our fountain systems. Terry consistently looks for ways to improve Hydro Dramatics’ products, process controls and ongoing client services after project completion.

Terry’s vast experience with UL-listed 508A control panels has greatly benefited Hydro Dramatics and its clients. With Terry’s expertise, Hydro Dramatics control panels have been UL-approved since 1999.

Our fountain engineers designed and installed custom water features on the St. Louis University campus.


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