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AKF provides a full range of professional engineering services to support and enhance the built environment. This includes HVAC, electrical, plumbing & sanitary engineering, and fire/life safety engineering. The firm has continued to evolve and expand our services and reach throughout the United States and abroad.

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Frank Thaloakotur

Frank Thalakotur, PE

Frank Thalakotur, PE

Frank’s expertise encompasses serving as project manager and designing mechanical systems for healthcare and life science facilities. With a deep understanding of sterile compounding pharmacies and their unique complexities, Frank is an industry leader in USP 797 and USP 800 compliance. He has designed USP 797 and 800-compliant facilities from New Hampshire to Virginia and is well-versed in the specific requirements of local authorities and is experienced in adapting projects to meet state guidelines. That knowledge influences the design of all associated programming within healthcare and laboratory facilities. Frank understands the importance of ensuring healthcare facilities remain fully operational throughout the duration of a project, keeping critical and life-saving systems online.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License: MA
  • Professional Affiliations: ASHRAE, Vice Chair - Lean Construction Institute: New England Chapter
Gabe Pescosolido

Gabriel Pescosolido

Gabriel Pescosolido

Gabriel’s collaborative attitude and commitment to client goals have led to his success as a project manager. As the point person on projects he is dedicated to both internal and external clients; valuing responsiveness, accountability, and quality. Gabriel uses his excellent communication skills to keep project teams well informed, building lasting relationships within design team and owner-direct environments.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Technology Education, Montana State University
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP BD+C
  • Professional Affiliations:
    USGBC Minnesota Chapter, International Facility Management Association, Minnesota Energy Code Compliance Collaborative
George Mackenzie

George Mackenzie

Partner

George Mackenzie
Partner

George is an influential part of AKF’s executive leadership. As Partner in Charge, he is responsible for the overall management, coordination, and administration of the project from inception through completion. He is a hands-on leader who leverages his past experiences with those he manages to ensure project success. George believes that relationships are paramount to success and strives to build meaning connections with his clients. In addition to his partner in charge role at AKF Boston, George is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, focusing on strategic growth and business operations.

EDUCATION:
  • AS in Mechanical Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP, CIPE
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE
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

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:
  • Engineering Licenses: CO, CT, MI, NY, OR, TN
Jay Ierardi

Jay Ierardi, PhD, PE

Partner

Jay Ierardi, PhD, PE
Partner

Jay leverages his educational and practical experience as Partner in Charge of AKF's Architectural Code Consulting Practice. He is highly experienced in the fields of fire safety and code consulting for new construction, interior renovations, changes in use, and additions to existing buildings in accordance with the applicable state codes to resolve compliance issues of varying complexity. His scope of work includes reviewing existing conditions, performing architectural plan review at each stage of design, preparing and updating code summary reports, and coordinating code compliance issues with the design team and authorities having jurisdiction. He excels in resolving code-related issues that arise during renovations.

EDUCATION:
  • PhD in Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • MS in Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    MA, CA
  • Professional Affiliations
    ICC, NFPA, SFPE
  • Professional Writing:
    SFPE Engineering Standard for Calculating Fire Exposure to Structures (Contributing Author)

Jeanette Baiardi

Jeanette Baiardi

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
Jeff Rios

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:
  • 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

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
Jessica Corriere

Jessica Corriere, PE

Jessica Corriere, PE

Jessica is an active and vital member of AKF’s Commissioning and Testing team. She leverages her experience in the commissioning and retro- commissioning of mechanical systems in industrial, commercial, pharmaceutical, K–12 schools, colleges / universities, government, data centers, and healthcare facilities to bring value to her clients. She is well versed in the coordination and execution of mechanical system installation checks and functional/performance testing and the verification of actual operation verses design and efficiency operation for existing buildings. Jessica believes in continuing to educate the next generation of commissioning agents, and serves as a team leader for the mechanical engineers, providing mentorship to the young engineers on the team.

EDUCATION:
  • MS in Engineering Management, Northeastern University
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering License
    NY
John Lasofsky

John Lasofsky

John Lasofsky

John is a highly organized project manager, whose outgoing personality, technical proficiency, and excellent communication skills have earned him the respect of both clients and colleagues. His success in building and maintaining long-term client relationships can be attributed to his ability to grasp the big picture while also tending to the details of each project. John believes in sharing his experiences with the future of the engineering industry, focusing on providing direction and mentorship to young engineers.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Architectural Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP
  • 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:
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Pratt Institute
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering Licenses:
    GA, NY, UT, WA
  • Accreditations:
    CEM
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE, SCUP, AEE