Karpinski Engineering Announces Three Promotions for Leadership, Engineering Staff

Jul 09, 2019

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Karpinski Engineering (KE) announces three promotions: Greg Blatnik, PE and Rich Haas, PE have been promoted to Senior Associate. Tara Sulzer, LEED AP BD+C has been promoted to Project Engineer, Energy.

Senior Associates: Leaders in Engineering and Client Service

At KE, Senior Associates work closely with the firm’s partners, helping implement the firm’s strategic plan.

“These promotions recognize Greg and Rich’s contributions and emphasize their leadership roles in the firm,” said Karpinski Engineering President Jim Cicero, PE.

As Senior Associates, Blatnik and Haas will remain focused on clients and projects, and they will continue to mentor junior staff.

Greg Blatnik, PE

As one of the firm’s electrical design leaders, Greg Blatnik’s role encompasses project management, client development, electrical engineering leadership, and staff mentorship.

Cicero described Blatnik as “the ultimate professional,” highlighting the way he interacts with clients.

“Clients know they’re getting 100% of his attention,” Cicero said. “Greg knows what questions to ask and when to ask them. He can anticipate when an owner or an architect will need something. He handles tough situations really well. All of that gives clients confidence that they’re being taken care of.”

Blatnik serves clients in the K-12, higher education, corporate, and industrial sectors. In addition to numerous K-12 schools, his portfolio includes high-profile projects in Northeast Ohio, such as the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company Global & North American Headquarters and the Cuyahoga County Headquarters Building.

Cicero called out Blatnik’s technical expertise, noting that Blatnik has worked on many highly complicated projects.

“Greg is very technical. He always wants to understand more about the systems he’s designing,” said Cicero. “He has an instinct for when he needs to dig deeper.”

Blatnik joined KE in 2001. He earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Vice President of the Electrical League of Ohio.

Rich Haas, PE

Rich Haas is one of KE’s mechanical design leaders. He has worked for KE nearly his entire career and has one of the longest tenures at the firm.

Principal Ken Borah, PE, praised Haas for his outstanding engineering capabilities.

“He has a pure focus on getting things right technically,” Borah said.

He described Haas as a “diverse designer,” an engineer who designs all three branches of mechanical systems: HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection.

Haas’ experience extends across market sectors. He has substantial experience in the healthcare sector, from new hospital buildings to infrastructure upgrades. He has also provided design for a number of high-profile corporate and historic renovation projects in Northeast Ohio, including the Eaton Corporation’s Eaton Center, the Cuyahoga County Headquarters Building, The 9 Cleveland, and the Cleveland Board of Education’s conversion to the Drury Plaza Hotel Cleveland Downtown.

In addition to his strengths as an engineer, Borah highlighted Haas’ role as a mentor.

“Rich has mastered the ability to teach others,” Borah said. “He teaches younger staff practical design basics. He gives them the foundation for a higher level of learning.”

Haas joined KE in 1986. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Advancing Energy and Sustainability

Tara Sulzer, LEED AP BD+C has been promoted to Project Engineer, Energy. She focuses on energy-specific project work, green building certifications, and energy modeling.

Principal Joe Hofstetter, PE, CEM, LEED AP described Sulzer as a strong project manager who is great at connecting with a diverse array of clients.

“Tara has been part of the BPS department as it has developed,” said Hofstetter. “She’s helped create some of the tools we use to evaluate energy-based solutions for our clients.”

Sulzer joined Karpinski Engineering in 2014. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in energy and a minor in sustainability from the University of Dayton. Sulzer is featured in Karpinski Engineering’s 2017 video celebrating women in engineering.


About Karpinski Engineering

Karpinski Engineering designs environments that inspire. The firm partners with organizations and design professionals to develop spaces for healing, learning, business, and discovery. KE consistently ranks on Building Design + Construction’s Top Engineering Firms list and Consulting Specifying Engineer’s MEP Giants list. Its design teams have worked on landmark buildings and with anchor institutions throughout Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Western Pennsylvania. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, KE employs more than 125 people in three states. Learn more at www.karpinskieng.com.

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