Real Estate Journal — Anniversary — June 28 - July 11 , 2019 — 23A


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By Dino DeFeo, PE, AKF AKF Celebrates 30th Anniversary with increased Mid-Atlantic presence


KF, a global leader in engineering, commis- sioning, technology,

fines facing building owners. We are also excited by the growth and success of our com- missioning practice. AKF’s Commissioning Group has culti- vated a culture which embraces highly technical projects, and last year was named a Top 10 Commissioning Giant by Con- sulting-Specifying Engineer. Across the A/E/C industry, 21st Century technology pres- ents promise, but also tremen- dous complexity. Buildings are becoming more advanced and codes more rigorous. The Inter- net of Things holds incredible potential for owners, develop- ers, and managers, as well as employers, universities, and

health systems. This technol- ogy utilizes data to integrate nearly all aspects of buildings – from corporate headquarters to college campuses – including parking, security, lighting, and energy usage. The promising impact on the culture, performance, and wellness of building occupants cannot be overstated, but this is still a game-changer in its infancy. Perhaps most impor- tantly, clients are demanding solutions that not only solve today’s issues but provide both immediate advantages to their mission and enable flexibility for the future. It’s what we call Engineer-

ing Leadership: the ability to listen to our clients, inform them of their options, and discover ways to meet their needs today and tomorrow. It’s recognition that the best way to do something isn’t always the most obvious, and true ingenuity requires dedication and understanding. It’s our commitment to delivering value to those who value what we do best. We are proud of our accom- plishments over the last 30 years, and we’re even more heartened by what the next 30 has in store for our industry and clients. Dino DeFeo is a respected and

admired leader whose market knowledge and passionate com- mitment to clients have formed the foundation of a 25-year ca- reer. He understands working as an integral part of a design collective with the express goal of realizing the direct client’s vi- sion; this has fostered decades- long relationships with business partners and major institutions across the United States. Since joining AKF in 1994, Dino has overseen the significant growth of AKF, specifically our national healthcare and higher education sectors. In his role as managing partner, Dino brings the same client-focused tenets to sustain- able overall firm growth. 

design, and consul t ing , is celebrat- ing our 30th anniversary. Established in New York City in 1989, we have since grown to be-

Dino DeFeo

come an award-winning firm recognized for our leading in- dustry experts. Our team of 500 professionals reimagine the built environment, and design for the future, today. Over our three decades in serving clients across a variety of sectors and locations, we have delivered transformational proj- ects across the globe, including a plant for Audi in Mexico that has changed the way cars are manufactured, a cutting-edge campus in India for one of the world’s largest technology com- panies, and have earned the distinction of designing the first net zero energy school in New York, as well as the Western Hemisphere’s tallest mixed-use tower. As we celebrate AKF’s 30th anniversary, we continue to build on the past successes and maintain a client-focused ap- proach that guides our efforts. Following the successful launch of our Richmond, Virginia loca- tion last year, AKF recently opened an office in Washington, DC. We are currently engaged in projects critical to the Dis- trict. With one of the largest healthcare engineering teams on the East Coast, AKF is working with both Children’s National Health System and Inova to create state-of-the-art healthcare facilities that deliver world-class care and accelerate medical breakthroughs. We are also privileged to be a part of PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette’s vision of transform- ing the Southwest Waterfront, where AKF is designing a new mixed-use building for Phase II at The Wharf. AKF is forefront in sustain- able design. Our Energy + Performance team is providing expertise to the growing num- ber of cities and municipalities adopting new, sweeping carbon emissions regulations. AKF developed a one-of-a-kind app, which calculates emissions out- put for existing New York City buildings based on energy bills, predicting the potential carbon



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