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Kelly A. Kinahan, President

Kelly Kinahan’s experience began after receiving her Associates Degree for Interior Design from Onondaga Community College. Moving to Boston in 2000, she worked in Healthcare Design and continued her education at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Graduating with a B.S. in Facilities Planning & Management, Ms. Kinahan began working as a Space & Logistics Coordinator in Research & Academic Affairs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was then recruited into a biotechnology company where she worked for two years as Operations Manager, and ultimately managed the decommissioning, relocation and set-up of the company (labs and offices) from Massachusetts to California.

It was during this transition Kinahan decided to pursue her passion for Facilities Planning & Management, began Kinahan Associates and moved back to her hometown in Upstate, NY. Through networking she has been afforded the opportunities to work with the best and the brightest engineers, contractors, vendors, scientists and consultants throughout New England and New York. She is committed to collaboration with expert partners in order to contribute to the success of her clients.

James Nighan, Senior Project Manager

James “Jim” Nighan joined our team January of 2019. Jim has extensive experience in manufacturing, construction, health care, operations & maintenance, capital projects & planning, environmental compliance and safety. His operations experience includes power houses, potable water and wastewater.

At Kinahan Associates Mr. Nighan focuses on site support for engineering firms supplementing staff in the field offering:

  • Periodic inspections to document progress of construction schedules
  • Commissioning of MEP systems:
    • NYS Energy code commissioning support
    • P&ID review of installed systems
    • Site support during verification and start- up of systems
  • Asset management:
    • Prepare asset database
    • Establish projected remaining life
    • Estimate replacement costs
    • Provide life cycle replacement plans
  • Plant closings and lay up of facilities to protect the asset and liability

Vincent Mincolla, HVAC Consultant

Vincent Mincolla is an HVAC consultant with over 40 years of experience in the design and construction of mechanical systems for educational, healthcare, commercial and industrial projects.

Mincolla’s project insights include programming, pre-design reporting and specification preparations for all phases of a project.

Vincent can evaluate the suitability of an existing mechanical system, boiler, chiller air systems and clean rooms. Evaluations to include the capacity, expected useful life, and re-configurations. As well as calculation of new space requirements for HVAC systems, code compliance, selections and recommendations of new HVAC equipment.

Tara Carr, Interior Design Intern

In August of 2017, Tara Carr began her Interior Design career at Onondaga Community Community College. Mastering the skills necessary for her desired profession, Tara quickly learned designated software such as SketchUp, Layout, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, and InDesign. In the fall of 2017, Tara and Kelly Kinahan were acquainted through the college’s Mentorship Program with the Career Center.

After receiving exposure to day to day operations, business knowledge, building professional relationships, receival of professional and personal support, and working one on one with the President of Kinahan Associates, LLC., Tara maintained a relationship with Kelly throughout the duration of her time at Onondaga Community College. Since the spring of 2019, Tara has been an Assistant Project Coordinator for Kinahan Associates, LLC., supporting business operations and assisting the President as needed.

On May 18, 2019, Tara graduated from Onondaga Community College with an Associate of Applied Arts in Interior Design with an Honors Designation. In the fall of 2019, Tara will be attending Cazenovia College to complete her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and will continue to support Kelly and clients of Kinahan Associates providing design support as needed.