CEO Spotlight: George Karmo – Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull, Inc.

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Tucker, Young, Jackson, Tull, Inc. (TYJT) is a consulting engineering business with a staff of about 60 people who provide comprehensive environmental and civil engineering services in four practice areas: water, wastewater, infrastructure and environmental compliance. TYJT was founded in Detroit in 1984 and is headquartered in the Ford Building downtown, with additional offices in Baltimore and Cleveland. George Y. Karmo, P.E., has been with TYJT for 20 years and has served as its president for 10 years.

Tell me about your work in the city of Detroit

I think we’ve worked with just about every department in the city of Detroit. We’ve handled civil and electrical engineering work on the RiverWalk, and streetscapes in Greektown and along Woodward. We’ve also done engineering design for water main replacements, water leak detection and audits, and water and wastewater treatment plant design for the Detroit Water Department. And we’ve done ADA ramp design and traffic signal control work.

Describe your most recent projects

Over the last couple of years, we’ve had the opportunity to partner with Kimely-Horn, a national aviation firm, on runway construction at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. We’ve done a lot of utilities work at the airport, but we didn’t have experience in runway construction. It was an opportunity for us to be mentored and trained by Kimley-Horn to perform design work and get experience in runway construction.

Recently, we’ve met with members of DEGC and MEDC on a storm water management project. We’re working to find solutions to reduce the discharge of storm water from areas where businesses operate, thus saving them money and in the process reducing the burden on the Detroit sewer system.

How do you want your company to impact Detroit?

We want to come up with solutions for businesses that will enable them to stay and grow in the city of Detroit, just as we’ve been able to grow here.

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