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AKF provides a full range of professional engineering services to support and enhance the built environment. We weave together our core MEP / FP engineering with 13 additional Integrated Services under a single point of contact to create flexible, environmentally conscious spaces focused on occupant convenience and comfort. Our experts and Integrated Service leaders work in tandem to leverage innovation across our core sectors regardless of office location. AKF’s coordinated in-house services streamline projects and reduce costs by limiting sub-consultants and improving project communication. We continue to evolve and expand our services and reach throughout the United States and abroad.

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Geraldo Aviles

Geraldo Aviles

Geraldo Aviles

Geraldo is a highly regarded project engineer with over 30 years of experience. His experience in electrical project design is focused on healthcare and commercial projects, working on projects from tenant fit out to new healthcare facilities. Geraldo is respected for his diligent attention to detail, his responsiveness, and his technical expertise. He works closely with clients to understand their needs and help them reach their goals. He also collaborates with team members to focus on reaching cost-effective solutions within schedule constraints.

EDUCATION:
  • AS in Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology

Jake Lawrence, PE

Partner

Jake Lawrence, PE
Partner

As a Partner at AKF, Jake excels at seeing the big picture and making sure that all aspects are incorporated into each project’s design. He takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem solving and is always concerned about ease of operation. He stays on top of new developments, conducts research, works with manufacturers, and looks for opportunities to apply new technologies where they can benefit the client. Drawing on his 30+ years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and fire official, Jake brings real-world knowledge of fire suppression, fire alarm, and life safety systems to his projects.

EDUCATION:
  • BE in Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    IA, IN, MS, ND, NJ, NM, NY, SD, UT
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    Licensed NJ Fire Official
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASPE, NFPA
Jared Donnamiller

Jared Donnamiller, PE

Partner

Jared Donnamiller, PE
Partner

Jared is dedicated to providing solutions that support clients’ fundamental business drivers and is a much sought after partner for complex long-term projects. He is particularly adept at collaborating with stakeholders and integrated design teams on large-scale projects. Jared’s perceptive ability to uncover opportunities and suggest innovative solutions are the foundation of the long-term relationships he builds with clients. He leverages his experiences on various sized projects to provide clients large and small with exceptional value. His knowledge of market trends and new technologies make him an invaluable member of the project teams he serves on.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Ohio University
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    NY, WY
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASPE NY Board of Directors, Past President
  • NYC Plumbing Sub-ops Committee, Code Standard Review
Jason Sylvain

Jason Sylvain, PE

Partner

Jason Sylvain, PE
Partner

National Higher Education Practice Leader

Jason's passion for higher education began with his reverence for historic architecture and the unique engineering challenges presented by modernizing iconic buildings without disturbing details. As National Higher Education Practice Leader, Jason instils the Academic team with his passion and intellectual rigor. His deep knowledge of the specific combination of stakeholders and institutional drivers allows him to foster long-term relationships with global leaders in education. Whether working on a campus master plan, helping to realize an institution's vision for a new out-of-the-ground residence community, or retrofitting aging infrastructure Jason is committed to working with project teams to design advanced engineering solutions.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering License:
    CO, CT, MI, NY, OR, TN
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Jeanette Baiardi

Jeanette Baiardi

Principal, General Counsel

Jeanette Baiardi, the firm’s General Counsel, has been at AKF since 2009 and has more than 20 years’ experience in the practice of law. Jeanette is always available to help broaden every AKF member’s understanding of the legal principles involved in complex contract language and sticky situations. She works with AKF’s Executive Committee and Team Leaders to understand our risk tolerances and to continually refine our risk management policies. She consistently applies such policies to all interactions internally and externally in way that fosters client relationships and protects the firm from business and legal losses through reasoned negotiations.

EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Pace University School of Law
  • MS in Environmental Health Science, NYU Polytechnic University
  • BS in Human Biology, SUNY Albany
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    ACEC NY – Legal Counsel Forum Chair

    Association of Corporate Counsel

Jeffrey Rios, PE

Partner

Jeffrey Rios, PE
Partner

Co-Director of AKF’s Energy + Performance Practice

Partner and Co-director of AKF’s Energy + Performance practice, Jeff specializes in increasing energy efficiency within new and existing buildings. He is highly valued for his experience as a mechanical engineer and his expertise in energy modeling platforms. Jeff is a very collaborative member of the team, working closely with engineers, designers, and architects to provide thoughtful, results–focused solutions. He has shared his expertise at Greenbuild on WELL Building, at Urban Green on NYC Energy Codes, and as a continuing lecturer at Cooper Union. Jeff also serves as a member of the ACEC Metro Region Energy Code Committee as well as the NYC DOB Energy Code Advisory Committee.

EDUCATION:
  • BSE in Mechanical Engineering, Lafayette College
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering License:
    NY
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP BD+C, BEMP
  • Professional Affiliations:
    NYC Energy Code Advisory Committee, ACEC Metro Region Energy Committee
  • Professional Articles:
    “NYC Law Aims to Cut Building Greenhouse Gas Emissions” (FacilitiesNet)
  • “A New Era for Retrofitting - Is New York City’s 80x50 Legislation the Future of Urban America?” (Retrofit Magazine)
  • “New York City Green New Deal’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Bill” (New York Real Estate Journal)
  • “WELL Building Design” (High-Profile Magazine)
Jennifer Ganesharatnam

Jenn Ganesharatnam

Jenn Ganesharatnam

Principal, Director of Marketing

Jennifer brings 18 years of AEC marketing experience to her role as Director of Marketing at AKF. She leads the marketing and communications department in promoting AKF’s mission and brand. Jenn collaborates with cross-functional teams at all levels of the firm to develop high-quality strategic proposals and marketing collateral for new and existing business pursuits across all of AKF’s industries, with an emphasis in Healthcare, Higher Education and Science and Technology.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Business Administration, Drexel University
EXPERTISE:
  • Associations:
    Society for Marketing Professional Services
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Joseph Buckley

Joseph Buckley

Joseph has more than 20 years of experience in project management, engineering, and facilities operations. He has successfully directed commissioning of large-scale projects for federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, and NASA. His expertise includes developing commissioning plans, specifications, and test procedures; performing design reviews; TAB services; troubleshooting HVAC and control systems; and designing and executing functional performance tests. Joe performs rigorous construction inspections and testing protocols while offering practical engineering solutions to commissioning, energy and operations, and maintenance issues.

EDUCATION:
  • General Certificate of Engineering, National Association of Power Engineers
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations:
    BCxP,
    Air Conditioning Contractors of America Universal Refrigerant Transition and Recovery License

    Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE
Antonio Moctezuma

José Antonio Moctezuma Reyes

Partner

José Antonio Moctezuma Reyes
Partner

Commercial Director of AKF Mexico

With over 25 years of experience in the Engineering / Design and Construction Consulting field, and more than 20 years working in the MEP field, Antonio is a vital member of the partnership leading AKF's Mexico Offices. Antonio is known for his ability to understand business needs and develop intelligence-driven strategies to help clients achieve their goals. As the Commercial Director of the Mexico Offices, Antonio works with internal and external project teams to develop innovative solutions that help drive client satisfaction and generate positive end results.

EDUCATION:
  • Electrical & Mechanical Engineering,
    National Autonomous University of Mexico
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    Certificacion de CxP por la Univesidad de Wisconsin
Jose Martin

José Martín Núñez

Partner

José Martín Núñez
Partner

José is a partner of AKF with over 30 years experience throughout North, Central and South America. He is one of the founding members of AKF Mexico and brings that dedication to his projects. His role as Partner in Charge allows him to play an active role in the projects he oversees. He currently leads the engineering practice and the technical committee, sharing his experience in design, installation, project management and commissioning. He believes in the future of the industry and also focuses on mentoring young engineers.

EDUCATION:
  • Industrial Engineering, Universidad La Salle (MX)
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE
Joe Macaluso

Joseph Macaluso

Joseph Macaluso

Joseph is an invaluable member of AKF New England, representing AKF’s New Haven office. He has over 40 years of mechanical design experience in infrastructure upgrade project management and HVAC engineering services to building owners and managers. He has extensive experience in higher education, financial, corporate, and cultural facilities. Joseph’s professionalism and clear direction make him a strong member of any project team.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Architectural Engineering, Roger Williams College
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP
joe rubino

Joseph Rubino, PE

Partner

Joseph Rubino, PE
Partner

Infrastructure Service Leader

Joe leads AKF’s Infrastructure practice, and serves as the Partner in Charge on many top corporate, financial, and campus projects. He is highly respected for his technical expertise, particularly on complex mechanical and infrastructure projects involving boiler plants, central utility plants, combined heat and power systems, HVAC systems, master plans, site distribution systems, and core and shell projects. Clients value his leadership and ability to provide clear, straightforward explanations to understand their options and make informed decisions related to redundancy, reliability, efficiency, energy savings, and design concepts.

EDUCATION:
  • BSE in Mechanical Engineering, Pratt Institute
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    GA, NY, UT, WA
  • Accreditations:
    CEM
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE, SCUP, AEE

Karen Lacroix

Karen Lacroix

Principal, Director of Human Resources

Karen brings over 30 years of experience to her role as AKF's Director of Human Resources, the past 15 years of which have been with architecture and engineering firms. She is responsible for overseeing the firm’s recruiting and on-boarding programs, benefit and compensation management, employee relations, and developing effective HR policies and procedures. Karen also serves as an adviser to the Executive Committee regarding employee management and career development. She has held certifications as a Senior Human Resources professional with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Human Resource Standards Institute (HRCI).

EDUCATION:
  • BA in Communications, University of New Hampshire

Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell

National Director, Critical Space

Kevin joins AKF as National Director, Critical Space with over 30 years of experience that includes industrial automation, system integration, critical systems, and building power distribution. He also participates in many national industry events and is a current committee member of the 7x24 Exchange Metro NY Chapter. He works with a geographically diverse team of skilled engineers who are responsible for executing AKF’s Critical Space projects throughout North America, including Latin America. Kevin has established credibility and trust through a long history of building and maintaining successful client relationships while advancing sophisticated design solutions, cementing his role as a leader in the Critical Space market.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering Technology, DeVry University
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Affiliations:
    7x24 NYC Chapter, Exchange Committee Member

Lance Brown, PE

Lance Brown, PE

With over 15 years of engineering experience, Lance specializes in mechanical design and commissioning for the built environment. He leverages his proficiency in engineering management with on-site functional performance testing to provide clients with exceptional technical leadership. Lance’s expertise in a wide variety of mechanical systems ranges from the Navy’s nuclear propulsion plants to healthcare, higher ed, and commercial buildings. His Certified Commissioning Professional and Certified Energy Manager designations attest to his aptitudes in those areas, making him a versatile and valuable team member.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

    MS in Engineering Management, Old Dominion University
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    MA, NH, Washington, DC
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    Certified Commissioning Professional (CCP)
    Certified Energy Manager (CEM)