Alfred Kovalik, PE, LEP, LEED-AP
President and Chief Operating officer
Al has been actively engaged in the construction and engineering fields for 30 years specializing in contaminated water, soil and sediment management and remediation. As a founding member of Tipping Point, his responsibilities run the gamut from engineering services and design to financial and contract development, asset development and acquisition, resource deployment and investor relations.
As Chief Operating Officer, Al develops and implements processes for the overall administration and operation of Tipping Point. Specific to operations, he optimizes the deployment of resources to fit clients’ needs for dredging and sediment processing applying Tipping Point’s Pneumatic Flow Tube Mixing (PFTM) systems and other technologies. As part of the firm’s leadership, he drives beneficial use applications of engineered fill manufactured with soil and stabilized sediment – especially in several key areas that support constructibility and lower costs.
Drawing from his experience leading design, construction and remediation efforts for Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) at Superfund sites and other public and private clients, he develops project opportunities for Tipping Point, integrating specialty construction services with clients’ project and business-related requirements.
As part of the management team, Al designs and implements business strategies, plans and procedures. He is responsible for evaluating the firm’s performance by analyzing and interpreting data and company metrics. He is responsible for contract negotiations and procurement including Tipping Point integration for proposal opportunity development and execution. Working with his Partners he facilitates the establishment of policies that promote company culture and vision. Al contributes to the assessment, improvement and implementation of innovative processes and new technologies for the firm and collaborates with other practitioners to implement client solutions.
Al is a University of Connecticut civil and environmental engineering graduate and multi-state Professional Engineer (PE). He is a Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional for (LEED-AP) and a Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP). He began in construction and continued by forging experience in emergency and spill response and applying pragmatic engineering skills to related remediation and redevelopment challenges. His management at brownfield sites maximizes beneficial use of local materials and resources including waste recycling.
He has experience on projects throughout the United States in the industrialized corridors of the US northeast and west coast waterfronts. Projects were at licensed and unlicensed landfills, chemical manufacturing facilities, petroleum bulk storage terminals, municipal flood protection systems, industrial manufacturing sites, residential developments and many other locations. His experience and attributes are key to the development of sediment processing systems and facilities in coastal environments, where the understanding of emergency spill response, residual waste treatment and applications of upland beneficial use sites receiving processed sediments are critical.
Throughout his professional career, he has led and executed projects in highly regulated environments where public acceptance and participation is mandated. He has personally directed the management of hundreds of thousands of tons of contaminated soil and designed many soil and groundwater remediation systems. A significant project was a 1 Million Gallon per Day (MGD) solvent-impacted water treatment facility for a Superfund Site in New York. His Site Civil works is highlighted by a groundwater seepage design and construction oversight for a two-mile flood protection system of 150 eight-inch diameter relief wells where aquifer pumping tests were performed at over 1,000 gallons per minute (gpm). Al has developed expertise in sediment treatment, urban storm water control, hazardous building materials management as well as business and funding matters related to the environmental marketplace.
Alfred Kovalik Publications
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Review Course. Instructor for Ethics, Fluid Mechanics, Chemistry, and Biology, 2009.
Principles and Practices of Mechanical Engineering (PE) Review Course, Instructor for Fluid Mechanics, 2010.
Professional Engineering Ethics, Presented at UCONN in 2006 and 2007, UNH in 2009.
Professional Issues in Engineering Practice, Presented at UCONN, UNH, Fairfield University, University of Hartford, in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 & 2010.
Background Information for Evaluation of Phase II Environmental Investigations and Recommendations, Presented to Connecticut Bar Association and Regional Bar Association, February 2003.
Regional Brownfield Case Study, New England’s Environment, March/April 2002.