NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AKF, a global leader in engineering, technology, design, consulting and commissioning, is excited to announce that Partner Mark Richter, PE has been appointed by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) to serve as 2019 Jury Chair on the MEP Engineering panel for the CTBUH Annual Awards.

“For nearly 50 years, CTBUH has been a leading authority on tall building and urban design trends,” said Richter. “And today, as technology continues to change the landscape for MEP professionals around the globe, CTBUH continues to set the standard for the construction and design of next-generation buildings. I am honored to chair the MEP Jury.” 

Richter, who has earned praise for his expertise in the planning and design of high-rise and mixed-use properties, noted that to date AKF has been instrumental in the design and commissioning of over thirty high-rise and supertall structures around the globe. This includes work on four of Mexico’s five tallest buildings, as well as Three Sixty West in Mumbai, which will be India’s tallest building upon construction completion.

Richter’s 26-year career includes the design of iconic New York City buildings such as One57, Central Park Tower, and 520 West 28th, the new luxury condominium along the Highline designed in collaboration with Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. 520 West 28th won AKF an American Council of Engineering Companies New York State Diamond Award for engineering excellence. Mark also added that the CTBUH gathering is the perfect venue to celebrate professionals whose passion is engineering healthy, sustainable tall buildings.

“As buildings across the globe continue to get taller and taller, a comprehensive approach to sustainability is critical. AKF has always delivered design enhancements that are above energy code, mindful of the surrounding environment, and conscious of their energy impact. I look forward to joining other jurists who share these values.”  

AKF provides innovative solutions and Engineering Leadership to enhance the built environment and redefine the edge of what’s possible. With more than 500 dedicated team members and ten offices throughout North America, AKF provides a robust offering of integrated services, including: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire and Life Safety Engineering, Architectural Code Consulting, BIM Management, Building Controls, Central Utilities, Cogeneration, Commissioning, Critical Systems, Energy & Sustainability, Fire & Life Safety, IT/AV/Security, Lighting Design, Special Inspections, and Vibration Analysis & Testing.

AKF locations include New York, NY; Boston, MA; Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; Minneapolis, MN; Richmond, VA; New Haven, CT, and Hamilton, NJ, as well as two offices in Mexico: Puebla and Mexico City. For additional information about AKF, please visit

The CTBUH Annual Awards program recognizes projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level. The objective is to deliver a comprehensive and sophisticated view of these important buildings, spaces, and technologies, while advocating for improvements in every aspect of their performance, especially those that have the greatest effect on the people who use them each day. This means that the buildings highlighted are often not the tallest in a given year, but represent the best qualities and innovations in the typology.

Celebration of the award-winning projects is recognized through the annual Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, where Award of Excellence Winners in each award category present their projects to an international audience and live juries. Overall Category Winners are then selected during the event and awards are conferred at the Dinner & Ceremony held at the close of the event. Projects are judged by live juries during the event itself.

Tom Dalton, 480-529-5434,

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