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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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Lauren Foster, PE

Lauren Foster, PE

With a diverse experience in electrical engineering consulting, Lauren has an instinctive grasp of local building codes, standards, and the electrical design and construction process. She began her career as a turnkey photovoltaic (PV) consultant, both designing and aiding in the installation of PV systems. After a transition to electrical consulting, Lauren now specializes in the design of electrical and life safety systems for high-rise residential and commercial buildings. She is highly valued by both clients and colleagues for her insightful designs, efficient project management style, and personable nature.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, SUNY New Paltz
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License:
    NY
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP
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Marc Carola, PE

Marc Carola, PE

Senior Leader of Science and Technology

Marc Carola, PE has 28 years of experience in the design of life sciences, physical sciences, biocontainment, animal research, and public health facilities. His expertise spans across the various research and development, academic, institutional, corporate, and government market sectors. His extensive experience in large-scale Science and Technology projects is instrumental to his clients and their projects in providing design strategies, sharing lessons learned, and implementing quality assurance. He has helped author several government agency facility design standards for clients such as the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering,
    Pratt Institute
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License:
    NY, NJ

    Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP
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Marcos Espinosa L.

Partner

Marcos Espinosa L.
Partner

Operations Manager - AKF Mexico

As a partner of AKF and the Operations Manager, Marcos is responsible for the operation of the offices in Mexico. During his 25-year tenure at AKF, he has focused on project commissioning and team leadership. Marcos specifically worked on the AUDI project, helping bring the multi-acre project to fruition. He also is a valuable project manager, helping to merge the importance of design and commissioning. He also works closely with the firmwide Design Technologies team to help implement standards across all AKF offices.

EDUCATION:
  • Civil Engineering, ESIA-IPN
Mariah Seaboldt

Mariah Seaboldt, PE

Mariah Seaboldt, PE

Mariah is an instrumental member of AKF’s Architectural Code Consulting Practice. She is valued by clients for her responsiveness and subject knowledge. As a skilled communicator, Mariah uses her expert knowledge of building and fire codes to help her clients navigate complex situations during both design and construction. She is incredibly thorough and provides her clients with clear, detailed information to address their specific needs. She has extensive experience in building, fire, life safety, and accessibility code consulting for both existing building renovations and new construction projects. Mariah’s experience includes a variety of project types, including healthcare, residential, higher education, corporate, event spaces, transportation facilities, and hazardous materials.

EDUCATION:
  • MS in Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • BS in Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License:
    MA
  • Accreditations:
    ICC Certified Plans Examiner
  • Professional Articles:
    "Expanding the Capabilities of Wood Construction through Mass Timber" (Construction Business Owner)
  • "Modern Codes and Mass Timber Buildings" - (Consulting-Specifying Engineer)
  • "Fire Resistance and Prevention in Wood Buildings" (The Construction Specifier)
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Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison, PE

Mark Harrison, PE

Principal

Mark is a meticulous project manager, who prides himself on providing clients with innovative solutions to intricate projects. He has a wealth of experience in managing complex projects, particularly those that require installation of new equipment and infrastructure while the facilities remain fully operational. Clients value his no-nonsense approach to project management. Mark is a take-charge professional, respected for his excellent communication skills and his attention to detail.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering License:
    MA
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE
Mark Rattenbury

Mark Rattenbury, PE

Partner

Mark Rattenbury, PE
Partner

New England Division Leader

Mark brings over 25 years of experience to his role as New England Division Leader. Mark's leadership, patience, and meticulous attention to detail can be attributed to his time in the Navy, where he once served on the submarine USS Lafayette. Today, his steady stewardship in the New England division and his commitment to cross-discipline engagement and teaching of others has made Mark a much sought-after collaborator. His knowledge of the electrical field, execution, and management of technical aspects including specification development, report generation, and quality control make him an invaluable resource for project teams.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    CT, MA, NH, RI, VT
  • Professional Affiliations:
    NCEES
Mary Acciani

Mary Acciani, PE

Mary Acciani, PE

Mary brings over 40 years of mechanical engineering experience and a keen understanding of an owner’s perspective to her role, having previously served as the Director of Planning and Construction at Rowan University. A Certified Energy Manager and Certified Green Building Engineer, Mary excels at applying sustainable and high-performance solutions to project designs. She has authored articles in publications such as Facilities Manager Magazine and Green Building and Design.

EDUCATION:
  • MBA, Management, Rowan University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License
    NJ, PA, NY, MD
  • Accreditations
    CEM, GBE
  • Professional Affiliations
    ASHRAE
Matthew Yandoli

Matthew Yandoli, PE

Matthew Yandoli, PE

Matthew is well-experienced in the field of infrastructure MEP design and is currently Team Leader of the Infrastructure Group at AKF. He is keenly aware of a client’s needs and is very responsive to meeting those needs in a timely and efficient manner. Throughout his career in the industry, he has worked on multiple chiller plant, boiler plant, thermal ice storage plant, generator and combined heat and power designs. Matthew also has a strong passion for providing valuable insight to future engineering leaders; he has trained several AKF members in Revit MEP and has recently been conducting in-house mechanical design seminars with engineers in training.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License: NY
  • Recognition: NYREJ 2019 Ones to Watch
Mike Brumberg

Michael Brumberg

Michael Brumberg

Principal, Director of Philadelphia Division

Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and engineering leadership to his role of the Director of AKF’s Philadelphia office. He leverages his past experience in the design / documentation of electronic security systems (ESS) including access control, CCTV, intrusion detection, biometrics, and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and in electrical, power, lighting, and low voltage communications systems to bring exceptional value to his clients. Mike’s depth of understanding helps provide innovative solutions to complex projects. Clients and colleagues alike value his outgoing personality, meticulous attention to detail, and ability to clearly explain options to help clients make informed decisions.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Temple University
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    RCDD
  • Professional Affiliations
    IAEI, BiCSi Telecommunications Association,
  • AIA Course Instructor
Mike Dooley

Michael Dooley, PE

Partner

Michael Dooley, PE
Partner

Michael brings his comprehensive industry knowledge and his impressive technical expertise to his role as Partner of the AKF Commissioning team. He has built many long-term relationships of trust with clients who appreciate that he takes ownership of all aspects of a project to bring it to a successful conclusion. Having worked as a service supervisor on process cooling for chilled water plants, he understands how to troubleshoot equipment servicing issues, and his experience with a design / build contractor informed his understanding of the construction process. Mike is also an excellent mentor for young engineers and he has shared his expertise on the topic of Acceptance Procedures at professional industry events.

EDUCATION:
  • Master of Business Administration,
    University of Connecticut

    BE in Mechanical Engineering,
    SUNY Maritime
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering License:
    CT
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP, OSHA 10, CEM, CCP
  • Professional Affiliations:
    BCA Northeast Chapter, BCA International Chapter, Board Member

Michael Gillespie, PE

Partner

Michael Gillespie, PE
Partner

National Healthcare Practice Leader

As AKF’s National Healthcare Practice Leader, Michael builds high velocity project and account teams dedicated to improving healthcare design, operational efficiencies, and patient care for premier healthcare institutions. As an industry leader, Mike has managed and grown complex accounts by providing deep industry knowledge and comprehensive understanding of healthcare’s unique business drivers. He is respected by clients and project teams for truly listening to their needs, understanding core challenges, and delivering results to ensure continuity of care. Mike believes in sharing the knowledge he’s acquired through industry discussion panels and through mentorship internally to AKF’s future leaders.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Hartford
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    AZ, NE, NJ, NY
Mike Graber

Michael Graber, PE

Partner

Michael Graber, PE
Partner

Michael is a skilled mechanical engineer and project manager who has earned the trust of clients with his patience, ability to listen, and his wealth of technical expertise. His proficiency in building relationships has grown AKF’s healthcare clients in the New York City metro area while raising our profile nationally. Mike leads AKF’s New York Campus division and has proven an exceptional mentor to junior firm members. It is this devotion to the next generation of engineering that best exemplifies his commitment to and extraordinary knack for leadership.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, New York Institute of Technology
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License:
    NY
mike sweeney

Michael Sweeney

Michael Sweeney

Michael is a vital member of AKF’s Energy + Performance team, bringing his technical acumen and experience to his projects. He specializes in building energy modeling (BEM) as well as software development for data analysis and visualization, and has a passion for distilling complex technical analysis into concise and insightful results.

Most recently, Michael collaborated with the Building Energy Exchange and the NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability to develop the NYC LL97 Carbon Emissions Calculator, which helps building owners estimate their carbon emissions under New York’s recently-enacted LL97. Michael is a strong team player and is admired for his positive attitude, excellent organizational skills, and his diligence in accomplishing project goals.

EDUCATION:
  • MS in Energy Management, New York Institute of Technology
  • BS in Management, Binghamton University
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations: BEMP, LEED AP
  • Accomplishment: Developed the NYC LL97 Carbon Emissions Calculator
  • Professional Articles: “Performance Optimization of a Low- temperature Chilled Water Plant Serving a Suite of Operating Rooms”
Nick Valls

Nicholas Valls

Nicholas Valls

Nick’s experience ranges from energy use analysis and conservation to complex new construction of critical environments. He has extensive experience in energy management, sustainability, eco-management, manufacturing, chemical, building controls, healthcare, lab, pharmaceuticals, and facilities management. He is a specialist in executing a wide variety of projects including master planning, new construction, gut renovation, facility assessments, adaptation and renewal. His operating experience includes director of facilities healthcare and regional management of a higher education and healthcare facilities management organization. Nick practically applies LEED® and good sustainability practices, helping clients conserve energy, sustain natural resources, and implement climate action plans.

EDUCATION:
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Hartford
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    BSME, LEED® AP
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE, USGBC, ASHE, NACUBO, APPA
Nora Swanson

Nora Swanson, PE

Nora Swanson, PE

Director of Design Technology

AKF Group's Director of Design Technology, Nora Swanson is a passionate innovator who uses her enthusiasm for new technology to actively vision the future of the industry. Spring-boarding off her career as a Mechanical Engineer, Nora is responsible for the development and management of AKF's Strategic Technology Plan. She thrives in environments where collaboration is key and her infectious curiosity and excitement surrounding technology enable her to engage others and cultivate meaningful discussions. A self-described rebel thinker, Nora motivates others as she upsets the norm and tests boundaries in seeking new ways to navigate the intersection of technology and the human experience.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License: PA
  • Accreditations: LEED AP