Baker Adds Vertical Transportation Expertise to Rail & Transit Staff

James A. Kinahan Joins the Chicago Office in the Construction Services Group

Chicago (March 18, 2014) - Michael Baker International, LLC (Baker) announced that James A. Kinahan has joined Baker’s Construction Services Group in Chicago to support the continued expansion of the Baker Rail & Transit Market sector increasing differentiation through expansion of the Operations and Maintenance capabilities supporting this market.  Mr. Kinahan will serve as a construction specialist focused on rail and transit projects.  James, a 36-year veteran of operations and maintenance of transit facilities and equipment, most recently was with the Transportation Learning Center in Silver Spring, MD, where he was Project Director for the Elevator/Escalator Transit Consortium Maintenance Apprentice Training Program.  The US Department of Labor recently certified this program, of which six of the major transit authorities in the nation support.

“We are very pleased that Jim has joined our team,” said Baker’s David C. Wilcock, P.E., vice president and national Rail & Transit market lead.  “His unique elevator/escalator experience and transit industry knowledge marries well with our strategic objective of implementing a Vertical Transportation Maintenance focus within the Rail & Transit Practice.  As many transit agencies continue to face challenges with the maintenance and operation of their vertical transportation systems, the addition of Jim, as well as the recent addition of Chief Engineer Ed La Guardia, combined with our core facilities design competencies allow us to offer our clients an extended suite of value-add services to include Design, CM/PM, Operations and Maintenance.”

Kinahan’s previous experience includes leadership roles within the Chicago Transit Authority’s Elevator/Escalator Maintenance Group and Maintenance Training Center.  He holds certifications from American Society of Mechanical Engineering (Elevator/Escalator Maintenance), and QEI Services as Q.E.I. (Qualified Elevator Inspector).  He received his B.S. in Political Science from Northeastern Illinois University, and an M.A. in Adult Education from Loyola University (Chicago).

About Michael Baker International, LLC

Michael Baker International, LLC (Baker International), is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services which includes planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. Baker provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients.  With more than $1.3 billion in annual revenue, Baker International has more than 6,000 employees in over 90 offices located across the U.S. and internationally. To learn more about Michael Baker International visit:


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