Press Releases

Laura Nellis Completes Summer Internship at KMJ Consulting

Thanks to Laura Nellis for completing her summer internship at KMJ Consulting and all her work on the DVRPC Sidewalk Project! We hope you enjoy your Junior year at West Virginia University!

 

KMJ Staff Visits American Street

On June 19, 2018, KMJ staff visited American Street to look at the construction progress. The staff viewed the changes while discussing the details of both roadway and green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) improvements. Marty Williams, PE, explained the traffic control plans which KMJ prepared to allow for vehicular, pedestrian and truck access to businesses during construction.

 

KMJ Consulting Helps Celebrate Another Successful Year at Transportation YOU

“Stand up, speak up, and let your voice be heard” is an example of guidance that Karen Jehanian gave to WTS Philadelphia Transportation YOU participants. Transportation YOU is a program that offers young girls insight about transportation careers through interactive events and mentorship.
On June 16, 2018, Karen Jehanian engaged these young women and their parents in a lively discussion about work, life, leadership and having fun! During this End of Year Celebration, she encouraged them to be the bright light in a dull room.

 

Green City, Clean Waters – American Street

Big Impact from American St. Green Features

We're excited to bring green infrastructure improvements to the American Street revitalization project that's now underway in Kensington South. On top of adding new natural landscaping features to the corridor, these green tools will soak up 1.4 million gallons runoff every time it rains!

Posted by Green City, Clean Waters on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Awesome effort by the entire project team – Gilmore, JMT and KMJ Consulting. KMJ led the stakeholder engagement, designed curb ramps and traffic control. The Philadelphia Department of Streets, Philadelphia Water Department and Department of Commerce are great clients. We’re so excited to see American Street under construction! Click here to watch a video from The Philadelphia Water Department about the American Street project and their Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI).

For construction updates and other information on the American Street project, click here to visit the project website that we created!

 

Our Team Members Completed the Dale Carnegie Course!

Ardmore, PA (June 5, 2018)– KMJ Consulting, Inc. team members have each completed the Dale Carnegie course. “KMJ’s core values emanate from Dale Carnegie. The course provides leadership and life training focused on creating authentic and meaningful business and personal relationships.” – Karen Jehanian, President. This program has served to galvanize KMJ staff enabling us to work together harmoniously and achieve the goals of our clients.
Dale Carnegie = Growth!

Marty Williams was presented with the Dale Carnegie Breakthrough Award by Ellen Valudes of Dale Carnegie.

 

KMJ Designs Website for American Street Improvement Project

“I’m always excited for a new opportunity!” was the response from Justin Ferri when we asked if he would design and build the construction-phase website for the American Street Improvement project. This was a natural extension of KMJ’s work on this project, since we had completed the stakeholder engagement, MPT and curb ramp designs. “We had the content, the know-how and the desire. I am really excited and pleased with the outcome.” – Karen Jehanian. Visit the site here!

 

Welcome to the Team, Wayne Gibson!

KMJ Consulting, Inc. continues to grow as we welcome Wayne Gibson to the team! Wayne is a Communications Engineer and received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Drexel University. He will be contributing toward KMJ’s technology-focused projects, including ATMS, ITS, traffic signals and performance measures as well as communications.

“I feel a strong sense of purpose when plans or designs come to fruition.” – Wayne Gibson.

When he is not at the office, you will find Wayne cheering on the Philadelphia Union at a soccer game or at a local coffee shop in Philadelphia. “Wayne accepts any challenge that comes his way. He is adaptable, organized and responsible. Please join me in welcoming Wayne!” – Karen Jehanian, President.

 

Martin Williams, PE, Chosen for Top TDM Professionals Under 40!

Ardmore, PA (Monday, May 7, 2018) – During GVFTMA’s 28th Annual Meeting today, the Top TDM Professionals Under 40 were inaugurated and KMJ’s very own, Marty Williams was among the recipients. “We congratulate Marty on this milestone and recognize him as a thoughtful engineer who keeps the public’s interest forward facing.” – Karen Jehanian, President, KMJ Consulting, Inc. A hearty congratulations, Marty!

 

KMJ’s Susan Phillips Celebrates Engineers Week by Teaching a Class at Perkiomen Valley South Elementary

Ardmore, PA (February 28, 2018) – Susan Phillips volunteered her time during Engineers Week to educate students on Transportation Engineering. Perkiomen Valley South Elementary students enjoyed learning about civil engineering through a Hot Wheels activity. “This group of 1st and 2nd grade students loved completing a traffic safety experiment. We talked about traffic safety and the importance of working as a team, valuing each team member’s contribution.” – Susan Phillips, PE, PTOE, AICP, Senior Project Manager.

 

American Street Interview with Karen Jehanian

KMJ Consulting, Inc. Newsletter
January 2018

 

An Interview with Karen Jehanian, President

 
KMJ Consulting, Inc. had the privilege of working with Gilmore & Associates, Inc., JMT and others on the transformative American Street Improvement Project. Please read the interview with Karen Jehanian below.

Interviewer (I): Tell us about the project

Karen Jehanian (KJ): The City of Philadelphia received federal funding to make improvements along American Street between Girard and Indiana Avenues. This fast-tracked TIGER project is situated along a nearly two mile section of American Street that traverses several communities, two councilmanic districts and is home to numerous businesses. Improvements to the pedestrian environment are achieved through reduced street crossing distances.  One lane of traffic in each direction will be provided along with bike lanes and parking lanes. Median treatments along American Street will vary but will include Green Stormwater Infrastructure (through a bio-swale or landscaped median) or a striped median where needed to facilitate access to properties. Updates will also be made to the pavement striping, signage, and lighting along the corridor.

I: What is different about the project?

KJ: The maintenance and protection of traffic aspect of the project required coordination with both the City of Philadelphia and PennDOT.   All work must be completed while maintaining all modes of travel along the corridor as well as access to all businesses.

I: What was KMJ Consulting’s role?

KJ: KMJ was responsible for all aspects of Stakeholder and Public Engagement, development of construction sequencing, preparation of maintenance and protection of traffic plans as well as design of ADA ramps at select intersections along the corridor.

We were delighted to work with our Prime, Gilmore & Associates, Inc, as well as Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) on this exciting project. The project sponsors, City of Philadelphia Department of Streets, the Philadelphia Water Department and Commerce Department worked together in an integrated fashion, putting the project needs first.

I: Is stakeholder engagement a new practice area for KMJ?

KJ: KMJ senior staff have been performing stakeholder engagement as part of major and sometimes controversial transportation projects for the past 25 years. Recently, we have had the opportunity to focus more attention on this practice area and prioritize stakeholder engagement as a service area for KMJ. Having the lead role on the American Street stakeholder engagement process enabled us to apply our “secret sauce” recipe, which of course I will not divulge here. That said, we worked hand-in-hand with the entire consulting and agency project team to develop and execute a public engagement program that met the project needs.

I: What made the stakeholder engagement successful?

KJ: The project was the priority! All team members worked as one project-focused team. Here are some key aspects:

  • Demonstrated that their (the public) concerns were heard
  • Provided a safe place for comments
  • Created a community-like atmosphere
  • Accommodated needs of the attendees

I: Do you have any final thoughts?

KJ: I wish every project had the same high level of teamwork, technical expertise and client involvement and support.