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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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Peter Reilly

Peter Reilly, PE

Partner

Peter Reilly, PE
Partner

Peter is a knowledgeable, dedicated project executive in the AKF’s New England division. As Partner in Charge Peter works tirelessly to ensure that the client’s needs are met from inception through completion. His tremendous depth of technical expertise and charismatic leadership are credited with success at building long-term relationships with many clients, architects, and colleagues, particularly in the healthcare industry. Peter also leads business development for the New England Division, focusing on building client relationships and understanding client’s goals so we can best serve their needs, both now and into the future.

EDUCATION:
  • MS in Engineering Management, Tufts University
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering Licenses:
    MA, NH, ME
  • Professional Affiliations:
    NEHES, NFPA, ASPE, ASHRAE, BSA, ASHE
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Phil Simone

Phil Simone

Partner, National Commercial Practice Leader

Phil Simone
Partner, National Commercial Practice Leader

As National Commercial Practice Leader, Phil spearheads AKF’s workplace, residential, hospitality, and retail practices. He directs the design and implementation of engineering systems for new construction, renovation, and tenant fit-out projects. Phil’s technical leadership has left its mark on the New York City skyline. His career has been marked by significant long-term partnerships with some of the largest developers, owners, operators, and architects. He is driven to optimize the occupant experience, operational efficiency, and overall value of corporate real estate facilities. Clients value his expertise, his ability to explain complex system distribution issues, and his no- nonsense approach to getting work done in a timely, cost-effective manner.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations: LEED AP
  • Professional Affiliations: ASHRAE
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Prince Addo

Prince Addo

Prince brings over 20 years of experience as a Plumbing / Fire Protection engineer and project manager. His expertise encompasses design for critical systems, infrastructure upgrades, and high-rise developments, as well as on-site troubleshooting. Prince is technically proficient, detail-oriented, and focused on engaging with clients to understand and resolve their needs. He is a member of AKF’s Technical Committee, charged with implementing design standards, maintaining the employee knowledge database, and providing training to staff. Prince is a graduate of AKF’s Leadership Development Academy, a member of the firm’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) committee, and serves as a Group Coordinator, overseeing team priorities, communication, and staffing.

EDUCATION:
  • BE in Mechanical Engineering, City College
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP BD+C
Robert Gibson

Robert Gibson, PE

Partner

Robert Gibson, PE
Partner

Rob is a meticulous project executive, leveraging his extensive experience from dealing with many of the firm’s top corporate, commercial, and financial services clients to bring superior value to the projects he oversees. His strength is long term technical and project relationships with large private clients for all aspects of their businesses. Rob also oversees AKF’s Special Inspections Team as the Technical Leader, and is highly valued for his expertise across all disciplines. This is particularly true for master planning, building service planning, and heavy mechanical and infrastructure projects. He is also experienced in restoring damaged MEP/FP systems in emergency situations and has led most of AKF’s field work during disaster recovery efforts for both 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Villanova University
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering License:
    NY
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASME, ASHRAE, 7x24, USGBC
  • Past Board of Governors for ASHRAE’s NY Chapter
  • NYC DOB Code 2020 Update Committee
Rudy Frank

Rudy Frank, PE

Partner

Rudy Frank, PE
Partner

Rudy spearheads AKF’s strategic growth in the Mid-Atlantic region. His operational leadership has helped build AKF’s international reputation for delivering high performing facilities for owners and developers. His long-standing partnerships with some of the industry’s largest architects are a testament to his strong collaborative ethic and innovative approach to project delivery. Rudy’s engineering leadership is built on a firm foundation of understanding the economic drivers, regional nuances, and vision of his clients.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    AZ, DC, DE, FL, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT
  • Professional Affiliations:
    IEEE
Sean Sonnabend

Sean Sonnabend, PE

Sean Sonnabend, PE

Sean specializes in the development of mechanical system options and exacting energy models aimed at increasing system efficiency within new and existing buildings. His passion for Sustainability and thoughtful HVAC / Plumbing design has proven immensely valuable to clients across the nation. Sean has served as the lead mechanical engineer and energy modeler on multiple projects. His experience includes projects of varying complexities, including office, education, commercials, corporate campuses, high-rise, laboratory, and government projects.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License: MN

Seth Cohen, PE

Seth Cohen, PE

Seth brings a broad range of experience to his role as a senior mechanical engineer and project manager. His success at managing very complex projects in attributed in large part to his excellent organizational skills, collaborative process, objective approach to problem solving, and proficiency within the use of Revit software. Seth’s prior experience with an air pollution control company and a manufacturer of pneumatic valves and actuators has contributed to his overall technical expertise.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, New York University – Polytechnic School of Engineering
Shannon Kaplan

Shannon Kaplan, PE

Shannon Kaplan, PE

Shannon specializes in high performance buildings with an emphasis on occupant engagement and renewable energy. Shannon’s experience also includes electrical and lighting design, daylighting analysis, advanced metering, and building dashboard displays. She has worked on numerous high performance and net zero energy certified projects, including the Net Positive Millersville University Lombardo Welcome Center – one of the top 5 most positive energy buildings in the USA and the Certified Living Building at the Carfritz Center for Environmental Education in Accokeek, MD. In addition to her work as an engineer, Shannon works in AKF’s Operations group where she is responsible for managing AKF Institute, the keystone of the firm’s development of industry-defining best practices.

EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering Licenses:
    DC, DE, MD, PA
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    LEED AP
  • Professional Articles:
    “A Deeper Shade of Green: Heightened Occupant Engagement is Significant to Maximizing Energy Efficiency Initiatives”
Shawn Stockwell

Shawn Stockwell, PE

Shawn Stockwell, PE

Shawn is the Senior Electrical Engineering leader in AKF’s Minneapolis office. He has collected a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of electrical engineering services including electrical distribution, lighting, security, fire alarm, and telecom design in his tenure in the AEC industry. As a senior project manager on a wide range of projects, his responsibilities include financial management, project deliverables, maintaining client relationships, and staffing. Shawn is passionate about the built environment, process, and design methods utilizing multiple delivery styles and latest technology.

EDUCATION:
  • MS in Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • BS in Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering License: MN
  • Accreditations: LEED AP
  • Professional Affiliations: U.S. Green Building Council

Stephen Copeland, PE

Partner

Stephen Copeland, PE
Partner

Stephen is a Partner at AKF and well-respected in the industry for his exceptional leadership skills, tireless work ethic, and his intellectual approach to resolving complex project challenges. His total command of all aspects of the electrical engineering field has been honed over the years, beginning with his early apprenticeship as an electrical contractor, followed by design and management experience on a vast array of complex projects. Stephen serves as a mentor for young electrical engineers, sharing his breadth of experience with the future leaders of the engineering field.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Electronic Engineering Technology, Wentworth Institute of Technology
EXPERTISE:
  • Professional Engineering License:
    NY, MD
Susannah Gilbard

Susannah Gilbard

Partner

Susannah Gilbard
Partner

Susannah has over 35 years of lighting design experience and has been the Partner in Charge of lighting design at AKF for close to 20 years. She believes that lighting is a collaboration of architecture, interior design, engineering and aesthetic vision. Most importantly, Susannah takes pride in producing meticulous and creative work, where all team members are heard and represented. Susannah excels at problem solving and creative thinking. She is a Certified Lighting Professional Consultant and an accredited Lighting Efficiency Professional. She has worked on lighting design projects for multiple WELL Building Standard and LEED® accredited facilities, combining aesthetics, sustainable design, and cost effective solutions.

EDUCATION:
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    CLD, IALD, IES, LC, CLEP, LEED AP
  • Professional Affiliations:
    IALD, IES, AEE, IESNA Lumen Awards (Past Chair)
  • IESNA Lumen Awards of Merit & Excellence
Tom Ruggiero

Thomas Ruggiero, PE

Principal

Thomas Ruggiero, PE
Principal

Tom is a vital member of the AKF New England region. As a project manager, he specializes on ensuring that client’s needs are exceeded through every phase of the project. His outgoing personality, collaborative attitude, and skills at organizing a multitude of details have led to his success as a project manager for a broad range of both new construction and renovation projects. Tom uses his excellent communication skills to keep clients well informed and to build lasting relationships of trust. He also serves as the team leader for AKF's New Haven office, leveraging his past experience to mentor other members.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Binghamton
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering Licenses:
    CT, NY
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE
Vic Guzman

Victor L. Guzman

Victor L. Guzman

Victor is an invaluable member of the AKF’s leadership, serving as the Director of the Hamilton office. He is valued for his ability to seamlessly mange projects while anticipating the dynamic needs of ever-evolving clients and spaces. Victor is driven by a proven process-oriented approach and is adept at managing complex projects and providing clear and actionable information and mission critical guidance for project stakeholders. He consistently develops the most appropriate solutions for clients’ business drivers, budget, and overall project schedule. Victor also believes in collaboration across offices, and serves as the Team Leader of the MEXUS team which is a team that integrates AKF’s US and MX members.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Engineering Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science, Mercer Community College