Karen E. Franz, Chief Executive Officer, is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and a LEED® Accredited Professional. She has managed some of AKRF’s most complex redevelopment and construction projects, and has been a key driver of the firm’s integrated planning, environmental, and engineering practices. With 20+ years of experience, she is technically proficient in site planning, grading and drainage, and utility design and permitting. Her background also includes environmental assessment, investigation, and remedial design.
Ms. Franz is uniquely valuable to the firm for her ability to understand and manage complex redevelopment and construction projects, including multiple projects under the firm’s New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) On-Call Civil Engineering Retainer Contract; The Trust for Governors Island Park and Public Space in New York City; Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Brooklyn, NY; New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) projects; and various contracts under New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) Green Infrastructure Program.
She was the Project Manager (PM) for AKRF’s engineering design teams for the DPR Soundview Park Green Infrastructure and Site Design, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Bronx River Greenway, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Various NYCDEP Drainage Plans and Hydraulic Studies. Ms. Franz has also been the Principal-in-Charge (PIC) for several large-scale Amended Drainage Plans including Columbia Manhattanville, Hudson Yards, Coney Island, and Western Rail Yard.
Ms. Franz earned a B.S. in Bio-Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University College of Engineering and Cook College, a 5-year dual science and engineering degree program.