After 15 years of engineering practice at three different firms, Armen Khachaturian founded Khachaturian Engineering Associates, Inc. (KEA) in March of 1984. His eldest son, Adam Khachaturian, was just 8 years old. KEA's growth was slow but steady in the beginning, as Armen secured work with clients such as Schering Plough, Bristol Myers-Squibb, and Liz Claiborne. However; in 1994, KEA made a fortuitous connection with an up-and-coming coffeehouse called Starbucks. This connection led to not only the engineering design of stores across the 10 Northeast States, but also to numerous valuable contacts with construction managers. Because of KEA's creativity, reliability, practicality and responsiveness, these managers brought KEA with them to their next jobs and beyond. KEA was off and running.
In 1998, Adam Khachaturian graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. At Armen's insistence, Adam did not come to work for KEA, but rather spent the next 7 years at JB&B, one of the largest and prestigious MEP firms in New York City. Adam did eventually join KEA, which proved to be a great fit. His transition was seamless and as the current CEO, Adam makes it his mission to continue on the tradition of KEA as a family-owned business, where clients come first and employees are treated like family.
In 2014, KEA celebrated its 30th anniversary of providing engineering excellence to New Jersey, New York and beyond. We look forward to 30 more years!