Kennedy/Jenks East Coast Offices Continue to Grow

Kennedy/Jenks is proud to welcome Peter Giambanco, Daniel Lacorazza, and Nathan Midkiff to our east coast Boston area offices. The variety of resumes and expertise will be a welcome asset to the PM/CM and real estate team.

Peter Giambanco comes to Kennedy/Jenks as a real estate professional with over 25 years of national commercial real estate experience. Peter has strong analytical and collaborative negotiation skills involving financial analysis. He has an extensive background in site selection, asset disposition and leasing in retail, office, industrial, residential, land and TOD development. Peter has an MBA in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University and a BS in Accounting from Boston College.

Peter enjoys golfing, ropes courses, zip-lining and holds a blue belt in martial arts. Peter is also President of The Giambanco Foundation raising money for causes such as the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Foundation. Welcome Peter!!


Daniel Lacorazza joins Kennedy/Jenks as a Construction Field Engineer. He is responsible for monitoring heavy rail track and signal improvements. Additionally, Daniel oversees field installations and assists the MBTA in reviewing payment requisitions, claims, changes, productivities, and other potential influences on the project budget. He is currently completing his OSHA 40-hour certification class.

Daniel grew up in the South Boston area. He recently graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in manufacturing and a minor in mathematics. He has a construction background and previously worked as a foreman overseeing a crew that specialized waterproofing.

Daniel has a passion for fitness, working out, and eating healthy. In his spare time, he enjoys riding his motorcycle whenever he has the opportunity. Welcome Daniel!!


Nathan Midkiff comes to Kennedy/Jenks with more than eight years of experience dealing with real estate acquisition, including drafting and negotiating contracts, conducting research, planning, mapping, and performing property valuations. Nathan reviews engineering plans, titles, and appraisals to identify potential land taking issues. He conducts field reviews and makes recommendations for land acquisition square footages. Additionally, Nathan monitors and maintains a real estate tracking system and schedules for properties and attends public meetings on behalf of clients.

Nathan has been a resident of Boston for nearly three years but grew up in the West Texas town of Midland. He is quite accustomed to outdoor life. In addition to hunting, fishing and skiing, he spends his down-time hiking and golfing. Welcome Nathan!!


K/J Welcomes Engineering Intern Lizzy Hurley

Kennedy/Jenks is proud to welcome Lizzy Hurley as an Engineering Intern in the Tewksbury, MA office. Lizzy is interning through the summer and is assisting with various projects and gaining plenty of post-graduate experience.

She will return to Georgia Tech in August to finish her last year where she is earning her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering as well as a Bachelor of Science in Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (Spanish). As a participant in the international plan certificate, she has spent almost an entire calendar year of her undergraduate career in Latin America: some adventures included an exchange in Chile and research in Bolivia. Water has been her primary focus; she has done water quality research in developing countries as well as natural hazards hydraulics research.

This is Lizzy’s first summer at home since starting college and she is very excited to be working at K/J.  Her favorite hobbies are painting and playing with her dog.




The Origins of K/J’s IEBU

By: Gregg Bryden and Alex Page


This What’s New is an account of how the Kennedy/Jenks Industrial and Environmental Business Unit (IEBU), previously called the Industrial Services Group, got started. This account was given by long time KJ-er Gregg Bryden, and depicts the start of the Industrial Service Group on the west coast. This #K/Jtbt picks up in the 1970’s. Back to when bell bottoms, peace signs, and lava lamps were hip and the Clean Water Act started to take effect in our industry.

“The origins of the IEBU reach back to the 1970’s when…a division of Kennedy/Jenks Engineers established a practice to assist industry with compliance issues associated with new federal and state environmental regulatory programs, particularly the Clean Water Act. In the early 1980’s it was apparent that industrial clients had a need for services well beyond laboratory and field services, and therefore the “Industrial Services Group” (ISG; later shortened to IS) was formed in the San Francisco office. The group grew quickly, in large part to the newly implemented federal Superfund program, as well as similar state and local regulations. In large part, IS’s success was based on relationships/referrals from attorneys who valued our quality work, as well as our “big picture,” solution-oriented approach to complex environmental problems. Many of IS’s early clients included the budding electronics industry and legacy heavy manufacturing industry. In the early to mid-1980’s, IS expanded its footprint to Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. Two of IS’s (and K/J’s) largest projects ever, were cleanups of the BDP Carrier site in Southern California and the South Tacoma Field Superfund site in Washington (still ongoing since 1989).

Most of IS’s work was related to assessment and cleanup work, our practice included wastewater, stormwater, waste management, and environmental compliance services, and to a lesser degree air quality services. K/J developed new capabilities to meet the core business needs of key clients in areas we had not practiced previously. Because of our ability to think “outside the box” and as a result of our good work, we expanded our services to include railroad infrastructure (fueling, sanding, utilities, and rail), and to facility and process engineering.

The 1990’s brought continued success. K/J expanded operations in existing locations and extended our foothold to meet client’s needs. Opening the Portland office to serve our growing Forest Products practice and our Montana and Kansas offices signified continued growth. By the early 2000’s, IS had a strong presence in the Railroad, Food and Beverage, Petroleum, Redevelopment, Aviation, Marine Port, and Forest Products industries. One of IS’s (and K/J’s) largest projects ever was the successful design/build of a portion of the Constellation Woodbridge Winery Facility near Lodi Ca., which was completed in 2008.

Some of the existing K/J employees that have contributed to IS’s success and helped to get us where we are today include Gregg Bryden, Bob Chrobak, Bert Drews, Meredith Durant, Melissa Godlewski, Nathan Graves, Mike Greenspan, Ed Kistner, Ty Schreiner, and Dan Wu.  (John Lee and Julie Reid have also been in IS/IEBU since at least 1990.)”

KJ Welcomes Staff Engineer Yangge (Rebecca) Xu

The Santa Clara office is pleased to welcome our newest Staff Engineer, Yangge (Rebecca) Xu. Rebecca comes to Kennedy/Jenks as a recent graduate of UC Berkeley where she obtained her Masters in Environmental Engineering.

Her educational experience includes an emphasis in water and wastewater engineering with research work in Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidation. Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from Tongji University in Shanghai, China where she participated in an exchange program with UC Berkeley.

Welcome Yangge!!






Heather Wood Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Kennedy/Jenks’ Heather Wood has received a Distinguished Alumna Award from her alma mater at St. Margaret’s School. The award was given to honor a lifetime of living the St. Margaret’s Mission- “As We Grow in Age, May we Grow in Grace.” Heather has received the award for her personal and professional achievements.

From her former high school, “While soaring to great heights professionally, Heather has never turned her back on St. Margaret’s School. She has served as a member of our Board of Governors, beginning years ago as the Young Alumna representative. While she has certainly graduated from that position, she has not departed our board and currently serves as our Vice-Chair.”

Hats off to Heather on this amazing accomplishment!!





K/J Named Employer of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants has been named 2017 Employer of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS-Boston). Kennedy/Jenks’ firm-wide statistics played a big part in the Employer of the Year selection demonstrating that the firm strongly supports the hiring and advancement of women. Companywide, 26% of the executive and management level staff are women, with three women serving as Board of Directors. Specifically, on the east coast, one-third of our employees are women; four are Vice Presidents and/or Principals; four women lead technical groups or national client markets; and two of three offices are led by outstanding women.

Sean O’Brien, Vice President and National Transportation Director, accepted the award on behalf of Kennedy/Jenks. In his remarks, Sean stated, “If the team that Kennedy/Jenks is building is going to serve our clients well, we must include people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and opinions. By prioritizing diversity of all types, we are building a stronger firm so that we may better serve you.”

Thank you to the Boston Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar for recognizing K/J’s efforts in providing opportunities for professional success for all our employees.

This is an amazing and well-deserved accomplishment, congratulations to everyone involved!!


K/J Welcomes Alan Bracewell to our WIBU Group

Kennedy/Jenks is pleased to welcome Alan Bracewell to the Irvine office’s Water Infrastructure Business Unit group.

Alan is an engineer with over three years of experience in the planning and design of water and wastewater projects. He has experience calculating pumping requirements and aerator efficiency/arrangement, has assisted with MBR, SBR, and drinking water treatment plant designs, prepared permit applications including creation of engineering reports, and designing and creating treatment CAD P&IDs for small drinking water systems. As an intern in 2016, he assisted with creating a BioWin model for Silicon Valley Clean Water Wastewater treatment Plant, calculated brine concentrations and disposal options for American Canyon water reclamation upgrades, and assisted with anammox literature review to support design of centrate treatment system.

Welcome Alan!!




K/J Welcomes Keon Finklea as Design and Construction Contract Administrator

Kennedy/Jenks is proud to welcome Keon Finklea to our east coast Boston office. Keon joins the team as a Design and Construction Contract Administrator. He is currently providing technical advice and support to both Kennedy/Jenks and MBTA project managers relating to contract and construction administration services.

Recently, Keon worked closely with MBTA Contract Administration as an extension of staff to coordinate with MBTA Project Managers to ensure that they met FTA guidelines and performed quality assurance on cost and consultant proposals. Outside of work, Keon will be playing his 15th and final year of semi-pro football. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Ameeka, and his son KJ. You may also run into him at the Cape Cod Canal fishing for stripers. Keon also loves working on cars and has recently become a lawn care nut!

Please join us in welcoming Keon to the firm!!




K/J Welcomes Kristen Kelley as Marketing Manager for IEBU

Kristen Kelley recently joined Kennedy/Jenks Consultants as a Marketing Manager based in their Tewksbury, MA office. She brings over 20 years of marketing experience, including 15 working in the A/E industry. A nationwide firm with over 30 offices, Kennedy/Jenks has provided expertise in water, environmental, and energy projects to public and private clients for nearly 100 years.

Three short years ago, the firm established an east coast presence in the Boston area with transportation as the major focus. Locally, they provide real estate, energy, environmental, site/civil, and program/construction management services. As a Marketing Manager, Kristen will provide support nationally to Kennedy/Jenks’ Industrial/Environmental Business Unit (IEBU) including nine market sectors and nine community of practice groups.

Please join us in welcoming Kristen to the firm!!




K/J Welcomes Matt Biondolillo as New York Area Oil, Gas & Energy Market Sector Leader

Kennedy/Jenks is proud to welcome Matt Biondolillo to our east coast New York area offices. Matt has a multi-disciplinary background in environmental engineering and biological science with more than 20 years of professional consulting experience managing environmental cleanup projects, including specialized expertise in sediment remediation and ecosystem restoration. He will act as the Oil, Gas & Energy Market Sector Leader- focusing on national expansion goals for the oil, gas & energy markets.

Matt enjoys thought leadership and innovation- turning ideas into reality.  His prior work experience includes contributing to the development of an oleophilic bio barrier (OBB), a patent-pending innovative technology for immobilizing petroleum hydrocarbons at the sediment surface such that it can be degraded by native microorganisms- sustainably preventing oil sheens on waterways. Matt values the entrepreneurial culture at Kennedy/Jenks and is ready to focus his efforts toward establishing a presence for the firm in the New York area.

Matt grew up on the eastern shores of Lake Ontario, less than 20 miles from the Canadian border, where he became an avid outdoorsman and mariner. He enjoys spending time with his family & friends in the outdoors- canoeing, boating, fishing, hunting, skiing, and more. If you’re ever craving a fish dinner, you may want to give him a call. Please join us in welcoming Matt to the firm!!


Emily Allen Promoted to Operations Manager in Colorado

Congratulations to Emily Allen for being promoted to Operations Manager of our Colorado Water/Infrastructure Business Unit. Emily is one of the group of Project Managers within Operations in the Lakewood, CO office that share leadership responsibilities including providing client service, supervision of staff, management of projects, workload distribution, etc.

Emily joined Kennedy/Jenks in 2008 and is also part of the Groundwater Community of Practice and represents the Civil discipline on the Standards Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outside with her fiancé in the beautiful Colorado landscape. She recently returned from a relaxing vacation in Belize and is excited to hit the ground running.

Congratulations to Emily for her new role!






Maxwell Armenta Joins Kennedy/Jenks as an Engineering Intern

Max joined Kennedy/Jenks on April 10th as an Engineering Intern in the Pasadena office and will support various projects. Max is already engaged with the City of Ventura State Water Interconnection Alignment Study and the Eastern Municipal Water District Recycled Water Demand Allocation Study.

Max recently earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UCLA. He will be attending graduate school in the fall to earn a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He is looking forward to getting involved with many different types of projects before going to graduate school.

Max has many hobbies including reading, guitar, running track and cross country, indoor rock climbing, and even became involved in managing (and paddling) a concrete canoe project in college.

Please join us in welcoming Max to our firm!




Another Kennedy/Jenks PMCM Group Member Achieves CCM Accreditation

The PMCM Group is pleased to announce that Michael Davis has passed the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) Certification examination. Michael joined Kennedy/Jenks in November of 2016 and is based out of the Seattle office.

According to the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the CCM is the “gold standard” in personnel credentials for the Construction Management profession. It is the only CM certification accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO-17024 standard.

Please join us in congratulating Michael on his achievement!






Masis Acob Earns His Certified Construction Manager (CCM) Certification 

Kennedy/Jenks, our Pasadena office, and our Construction Management Group is proud to announce that Masis Acob passed the Certified Construction Manager (CCM) Certification examination.

According to the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the CCM is the “gold standard” in personnel credentials for the Construction Management profession. It is the only CM certification accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) under the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO-17024 standard.

Please join me in congratulating Masis on his achievement! Way to go Masis!






Michael Groselle Joins the Denver Office

Michael Groselle joins our Denver office as an E-4. He has 4 years of experience working on utility and roadway projects for a consulting firm in Texas. Michael attended The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina where he played and started for their Division I basketball team for four years. He recently moved to Colorado from Texas to join KJ.

After passing the exam in late 2016 Michael earned his P.E. certification. Michael enjoys civil site design for large sites including treatment plants and pump stations. During his free time, Michael enjoys rock climbing, hiking and volleyball. He plans to try out for ninja warrior again this year; this will be his fourth year trying out! Michael’s skill set and experience should prove a valuable asset to the K/J team, welcome Michael!!






Boston Offices Continue to Grow

Kennedy/Jenks is proud to welcome David Lawson and Asa Okerman to our east coast Boston area offices.

David has over 17 years of Construction Project Administration experience within the heavy civil construction field. David has worked  on large  public construction projects including roadway and bridges, railroad, light rail, fresh water, waste water and storm water management.  David has experience in Claims and Schedule Analysis, Document Control, Cost Engineering, Procurement, and Environmental Controls.

In his spare time Dave enjoys road and off-road cycling. . He enjoys many outdoor activities such as, skiing, hiking, and swimming. He dabbles in Hi-Fi audio and enjoys all types of music.






Asa is a recent graduate and has begun working as an environmental engineer for Kennedy/Jenks. He has knowledge on environmental, structural, geotechnical and transportation engineering from his education at the UMass flagship campus. In his free time Asa enjoys weight lifting and yoga, and making and eating really good food.









The variety of resumes and experience will be a welcome asset to the Boston area IEBU team!!