LKN Engineering and Testing, PC (LKN) is a local geotechnical engineering and testing firm providing geotechnical engineering consulting and construction materials testing services. We are committed to partnering with our client to deliver cost effective design solutions in a timely fashion to consistently offer high quality services by understanding the project needs.
LKN is a minority-operated company that provides geotechnical engineering, material testing, and special inspection services. We are an MBE, DBE, SBE, CBI, and HUB certified company in the Carolinas. We are ready to help your team to meet small and minority business participation requirements.
We take pride in delivering our recommendations on time and within budget. Our team provides individualized client experience by shouldering the responsibility for seamless communication with various project stakeholders and design teams.
LKN has the engineering expertise to provide services ranging from site evaluation, geotechnical engineering consulting during the pre-design and design phases, and offer laboratory and field testing and inspection services during the construction phase of the project with emphasis on a solution-oriented approach to our customers needs. Personal attention to every project and continuous interaction are just some of the benefits you can expect when engaging LKN.
We stand ready to become an active player on your team to ensure that your project goals are not only met but are exceeded. Specifications are being met during construction. Construction material testing and inspection is a key focus of LKN.
Rupesh R. Kadam, P.E. is President and Principal Engineer of LKN Engineering and Testing, PC (LKN). Mr. Kadam is a licensed professional engineer in 4 states with over 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and construction material testing services. He has provided geotechnical engineering consulting services, ground improvement design, and construction material testing services on infrastructure development projects, power plants, oil and gas, multi-million square foot manufacturing facilities, data centers, commercial and residential developments. In the past 5 years, Mr. Kadam has worked on several key projects which includes design of I-77 Hot Lanes, Amazon data centers, Gigafactory for the largest EV manufacturing plant, Kings Mountain NTE Power Plant, Publix Superstores.
Mr. Kadam has extensively worked on projects located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington DC, Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Prior to founding LKN, Mr. Kadam worked for a design-build ground improvement firm and was responsible for an annual budget of gross construction value over $30 million dollars.
Mr. Kadam has extensive working experience of Building Codes, Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement, ACI, ASTM, OSHA, USACE, NCDOT, EPA, and AASHTO Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials.
Mr. Kadam earned his Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from Mumbai, India and a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Texas. Mr. Kadam served as ex-President of ASCE Charlotte branch and also served on ASCE NC Section. He is happily married to Prajakta since 2011. They both enjoy hiking, traveling, sports, and spend time boating in the Lake Norman. Check Mr. Kadam's resume here. Contact him at [email protected]
Steven Putnam is Vice president of LKN Engineering and Testing, PC (LKN).
Steven has worked in the construction industry for over twenty-one years. A strong desire to learn everything he can from as many sources as possible has led him to become a great resource for knowledge and direction with regard to multiple facets of the industry. This same desire makes a valuable asset to any team or position. With a great deal of understanding for the construction process, he excels at troubleshooting and quick remediation of issues that arise in the field. He challenges himself to continue attaining certifications that will be of value in the industry. As such he is also a great resource for employee training and explanation of the various industry certifications and testing.
Steven has a calm temperament and is quick to become a friendly source of information. He has acted as a mediator between clients and contractors on multiple occasions. Given his diverse employment and experience he has a unique understanding of the various field and administrative sides of projects, and can be a bridge between many of the gaps that arise.
Even with a large knowledge base and strong understanding of current industry standards, Steven is always working towards gaining new knowledge and certifications. Expanding his ability to aide and inspect in the industry will continue to be a driving force throughout his career. As the industry changes and evolves he has a strong drive to change and evolve with it. Glance Steve's resume here. Contact him at [email protected]