IMG 2823Karins provided 3D laser scanning for Longwood Gardens’ historic fountains restoration project so it was only fitting that the location was selected for Karins’ and Momenee’s summer outing.   On Saturday, 7/8 more than 25 staff (from all offices) and their families gathered for dinner, took in the breathtaking beauty of the gardens, and then watched the amazing (and recently re-opened) fountains display.  

 

AzueraCarlos is a Civil 3D Designer working in the Newark office.  Carlos has a degree in Engineering Technology from Delaware Technical Community College.  Welcome Carlos!

 

 

Rosenberger3Robert W. Rosenberger joined Karins and Associates as a Project Manager supporting our Georgetown and Newark, Delaware, offices.  He comes with more than 40 years of experience in both civil engineering and land surveying.   His design background includes land planning and engineering for residential, business, commercial, and industrial developments in Maryland and Delaware.
Dottie This is the second in a series that highlights our staff and the positive changes they make in our world.  

Project Outreach is a consortium of local churches, schools, scouting and other organizations that have come together to provide for those in need in the Royersford, PA, area.  These organizations collect non-perishable food, run food drives, and Project Outreach works with local businesses to make up shortfalls.  There is not enough food to eliminate hunger from these families but the hope is that these supplies will fill the gap and lessen food uncertainty.


For more than 7 years, on the second Sunday of the month, Dottie Bellissimo (Momenee, Bryn Mawr), her husband Kevin, and members of her church go to St Augustine's in Norristown, PA, to help cook and serve a free breakfast to anyone who wants one..what may be, for many, their only meal of the day.

"The mission of Project Outreach is close to my heart, especially when I see little children there," says Dottie.  "When I think about how many people there are who don't have food or this would be their only meal of the day, I had to stay involved. My husband and I are committed to volunteer and help for as long as we can!"
June 1, 2017 - HotFirm 2017Zweig Group announced the release of the 2017 Hot Firm List, an annual ranking of the fastest-growing firms in the architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting industry.  Ranking is based 50 percent on percentage growth rate and 50 percent on dollar revenue growth rate, over the previous three-year period.  For the second year in a row Karins and Associates made the list, this year breaking into the TOP 100 LIST at #92.

“We have made a few acquisitions over the last 3 years to help us diversify our regional presence,” says Dev Sitaram, president.  “The most recent in 2016, Momenee, Inc. in Bryn Mawr, PA, has helped our firm grow revenue, staff and our brand in Pennsylvania.  I am very proud of our employees and am honored to be leading our team.  This award, and recognition, is a testament to the hard work and dedication our employees have to our clients.”

“Getting on the Hot Firm List is like winning an Oscar. It says you are the best at what you do – running an A/E/P or environmental consulting firm – in an industry made up of 100,000 companies,” said Mark Zweig, chairman & founder of Zweig Group.  This ranking, established over twenty years ago, is the only list celebrating and honoring growth in the industry.
Karins gives back to the communities in which we work.  But our staff…our unsung heroes…take time out of their busy personal lives to contribute to causes they believe in.  This is the first in a series that highlights our staff and the positive changes they make in our world.  

Mascari smallVolunteering is a family affair for John Mascari, a project manager at Karins, and his wife Carrie.  Carrie's parents, Alan and Christine, started the tradition many years ago by volunteering for the Mancus Foundation of Delaware.  This organization, started in 1955, is the only non-profit in Delaware dedicated to serving the social, recreational and transportation needs of all physically and developmentally challenged individuals, regardless of their disability.  Over time, Carrie started to volunteer with her parents and upon marrying John, he, too, became an important part of their volunteer team.  More...

May 5, 2017 - AwardFor the second year in a row, Karins has received a “Bronze Level Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Award” from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Delaware Chapter.  The award is for “Championing Diversity & Inclusion in the Construction Industry.  ABC Delaware encourages members to help shape the future of the industry by welcoming all people, where employees and suppliers are limited only by their potential, client needs are actively served and shareholders receive value for their investment.”  Karins is proud to support this initiative.  Pam Nelson, CAO who also serves on ABC’s Diversity & Inclusion committee, accepted the award on behalf of Karins and Associates during the ABC Annual Awards Dinner. 
April 28, 2017 - For the last 6 years, Karins has participated in DelDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway, “a partnership between the Department of Transportation and volunteers, working together to make Delaware better, two miles at a time. More than just a cleanup campaign, this innovative program works to educate citizens of all ages about the responsibilities of land stewardship-the care and repair of our environment. Ultimately, the AAH Program is about people caring enough to make a difference.”  

Many thanks to Dave Bradley, Edwin Gray, Ian Yates, John Mascari, and Roger Stanley for taking the time to collect 11 bags of garbage along Papermill Road in Newark.  Special thanks to Roger for again organizing the event!
group webMarch 18, 2017, Delaware Seashore State Park - It was 55 degrees...much warmer than the weather had been during the week that dumped over a foot of snow in areas just north. But it was still raw and dreary, which didn’t stop the thousands of participants in the Annual Beach Grass Planting along Delaware’s southern coastal communities. Among the volunteers were a group of Karins’ employees who year after year help to preserve Delaware’s coast. Participants included John Johnson, Steve Sellers, Jay Rash, Bob Donaldson, Chris Biggers, and their friends and families. Another example of Karins giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Thanks team!
Yates1Ian started in the Newark office as a Survey Technician.  Ian has an Associates degree in Drafting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management, both from ITT Technical Institute in Houston, TX.  Ian has a background in customer service and CAD.   

ACE logoThe ACE Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) “mentors high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction.”  From www.acementor.org:  “This nationwide program is designed to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in the fields of architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry.  At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices.”  

Dev Sitaram, president, and John Johnson, vice president, are both on the board of the Delaware chapter.  Why?  “Karins has a vested interest in the development of a sustainable workforce of future engineers and surveyors,” says Dev Sitaram, president.  “We want to introduce VoTech and high school students to careers in the construction industry so there will be a continual pipeline of potential employees for the sustenance of the construction industry.  Right now there is a shortage of qualified employees.  By introducing them to the industry, helping them to be part of a design team on a hypothetical project, and showing them the value this industry has on the world, we hope more students will consider ACE careers.  John and I dedicate a lot of time to the ACE Mentoring Program and we’ve seen the success of students heading into our industry when they had not considered it before.  That’s a win win!” 

DoughertyTJanuary 16, 2017 – Chris Dougherty has joined our Bryn Mawr office as a project engineer.  He has 3 years of experience in civil/site design, planning and zoning maps, stormwater management designs, and traffic control plans.  Chris graduated from Villanova with a B.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering.  Welcome Chris!
December 16, 2016 - socialmedia smallOur vision statement “Better Communities Through Better Engineering” is only part of our vision.  We also believe in bettering those communities in which we live and participate by giving back through volunteer efforts and sponsorships.  One example was during the holidays, Momenee and Karins and Associates collected nearly 60 toys!
Narberth PlaceOctober 28, 2016 – Narberth Place, the first project under a new ordinance intended to preserve historic buildings, included the conversion of a Methodist Church and parish house into residential units and building 3 new houses with associated parking facilities. It is a 2016 Montgomery Award Recipient recognized as “an exceptional adaptive reuse project awarded for historic preservation, creative site design, and successful community collaboration.”   Momenee, a Karins Company, was recognized for their engineering services.  From the client, "Momenee was an essential part of our project team for the award-winning Narberth Place project.  We have worked with them on numerous projects and return to Momenee because of their innovative site design, knowledge about the engineering approval processes and their ability to navigate through public or private roadblocks.  Most of all, they are professional and responsive.  I will continue to return to Momenee."  Click here for more information…
GabbardJustin Gabbard started on Monday, 12/5 in the Newark office as a Design Engineer.  Justin is a 2016 graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Civil Engineering Technology.  He also earned an Associate of Applied Science degree from DelTech in Civil Engineering Technology and Survey & Geomatics.  Welcome Justin!

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October 14, 2016 - As part of our commitment to the community Karins has been participating in DelDOT's Adopt-A-Highway for over 5 years. Friday 10/14 was a beautiful day to go out and remove trash from Papermill Road. Many thanks to Marni Sklodowski, John Mascari, and Dave Bradley for participating and Roger Stanley for organizing the event once again!

Boyle

Gerald “Jimmy” Boyle has joined the Newark survey staff as a part time survey technician.  Jimmy will work part time until he graduates in the spring from Delaware Technical & Community
 College with an associates degrees in Civil Engineering Technology and Surveying, after which he will work at Karins full time. 
He is a native of Wilmington and enjoys hunting and playing sports.  Welcome Jimmy!

September 22, 2016 - Karins and Associates is pleased to announce it has received Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certifications from the State of Delaware and City of Philadelphia, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification from the Delaware Department of Transportation.  The MBE and DBE certifications allow Karins to compete on State of Delaware, City of Philadelphia and federally funded contracts that have small or disadvantaged business requirements or set asides.  These certifications cover all of Karins’ service offerings including engineering, planning, surveying, and 3D high density laser scanning.   

“Clients consider many factors when choosing an engineering consulting firm including the quality of work performed, expertise of the consultants, and client service,” said Dev Sitaram, president.  “We fully expect that clients will continue to choose Karins for the quality of our work and our exemplary client service and not merely for our status as a certified MBE or DBE.  We are pleased to receive these certifications and take very seriously our responsibility to serve those organizations who participate in the MBE and DBE programs.”

FBDAugust 2016 - In July, Karins decided to retire a truck used in the field for survey and construction review services.  Still in good working order we first looked into selling it outright. 

Earlier in the year, however, Karins’ staff had voted to support the Food Bank of Delaware as its “2016 Charity of the Year.”  This gave us pause for thought as we decided what to do.  Not knowing if there would be a need for this “gently used” truck, we reached out to the Food Bank to see if there was interest in Karins donating it to them. 

The timing was perfect.  The Food Bank is in the middle of relocating to new office space so they jumped at the opportunity to add the truck to their fleet.  The truck will be used to help them move and then later for food deliveries and other operational transportation needs. 

On August 1, Karins transferred the truck to the Food Bank of Delaware.  They are already putting it to use!

Bellissimo

Dottie Bellissimo is the new receptionist at Momenee, a Karins Company’s, Bryn Mawr office.  Dottie has over 25 years of experience as a receptionist and accountant at engineering consulting firms.  

July 8, 2016 -  Karins and Associates is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Zweig Group Fast Growth Award. This award means that we have outpaced the industry significantly with growth in excess of 20% from 2012 to 2015. This is the first year we have submitted on this award and are thrilled to have received recognition.