Press Releases

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.

 

KMJ Consulting, Inc. Welcomes Susan Phillips to the Team!

“Susan Phillips, is team-focused, has a strong work ethic, positive attitude and is committed to achieving clients’ success,” said Karen Jehanian, President. Susan is a PE, PTOE, and AICP with more than 30 years of experience and is a great addition to KMJ Consulting, Inc. “I enjoy empowering individuals and drawing on their distinct talents while collaborating as a unit, all to the benefit of our projects and clients.” – Susan Phillips, Senior Project Manager.

Please join us in welcoming Susan to the KMJ team.

 

NYC Transportation Camp – KMJ is a Proud Sponsor!

Ardmore, PA (October 13, 2017) – KMJ Consulting, Inc. is pleased to sponsor and attend
Transportation Camp NYC 2017 on Saturday, October 21, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

PA Conference for Women Makes an Impact!

Ardmore, PA (October 6, 2017) – Several of the women at KMJ were fortunate enough to score tickets to one of the biggest events in the City – the 14th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 3, 2017. This year’s conference theme was “The Power of Us: Amplify Your Voice” with special guest speakers former First Lady Michelle Obama, Shonda Rhimes, Carla Harris, Dr. Brené Brown, Shawn Achor, and many more. “It was an honor to be one of the 12,000 women to attend the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. The conference added great information and insight that I will bring to my work and personal life every day.” – Joanna Reagle, Sr. Project Manager, KMJ Consulting, Inc.

 

Karen Jehanian interview for ROG Midyear Perspective

KJ Office-1“I recently had the pleasure of sharing some insights on the state of our industry in 2017. I was honored to be among several first generation leaders of A/E firms to discuss successes and challenges for companies with less than 50 employees. Steve Gido (Rusk O’Brien Gido) interviewed six niche and specialized firms run by first generation founders to find out how these smaller firms are faring and what makes them successful.” Karen Jehanian, President. Throughout the article each firm owner also shared advice for those thinking of starting their own firm. Take a look at some of the wisdom these folks shared: Read More

 

KMJ Staff Mentors Aspiring Engineer

Laura Nellis PhotoStaff members at KMJ Consulting, Inc. talked with West Virginia University student, Laura Nellis, about what it’s like to be a civil engineer. Laura had an opportunity to ask questions and chat with Bridget Postlewaite, PE, Sr. Project Manager, Marty Williams, PE, Project Engineer, and William Jeffrey, Traffic/Design Specialist I. Will offered the following advice to Laura, “people who become successful start by asking thoughtful questions, making recommendations, offering help and reaching out to people.” He also explained that “impacting lives by improving safety on our streets is one of the main reasons he appreciates transportation engineering.”

 

Welcome to the team, Nicole Procknow!

nicole websiteNicole Procknow is KMJ’s new Marketing Coordinator! Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Cabrini University located in Radnor, Pennsylvania. As an undergrad, Nicole marketed events for regional philanthropies including the American Lung Association, Congenital Heart Defect for kids, and Feeding America. “Nicole will be working with many of our clients on KMJ’s proposal submissions as well as other projects involving stakeholder outreach. Please join me in welcoming Nicole!”- Karen Jehanian, President

 

Welcome to the team, Nana Fares!

Nana Website Photo“Transportation engineering makes me feel like I am contributing positively to society. I could not think of a greater feeling to experience every day for the rest of my life.” As an entry level Traffic/Design Specialist, Nana will be involved in many of KMJ’s projects. Nana earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University. “Nana is a bright and energetic young engineering graduate. Please join me in welcoming her to the KMJ traffic engineering crew.” – Karen Jehanian, President