2021 40 Under 40: Kyle MacKenzie, PE, LEED AP, 36

Principal, Polise Consulting Engineers, D.P.C.; MS, Energy Management, New York Institute of Technology

By Gary Cohen, Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus May 17, 2021

MacKenzie started his design and construction career bending conduit and installing receptacles as an electrician’s apprentice for a small electrical contracting firm. He then became the utility player willing to do everything on a project at Polise, before his current role as electrical department principal. This included construction administration for all trades, HVAC load calculations and electrical/fire alarm system design. In addition, he studied the electrical and fire alarm component of ICC and NFPA code standards, reading code books and developing relationships with other code experts. This wide-ranging expertise has helped MacKenzie use his skills in innovative and inventive ways to impress clients. One particular highlight from his career is when his design included replacing an interior air-cooled condenser with a diesel-fired generator, using the existing exhaust and fresh air connections to provide significant savings from the originally proposed design of building dunnage on the sloped roof and providing an exterior generator. MacKenzie also uses the relationships he built as a project manager and as electrical department principal to develop additional business for Polise. He continually reaches out to old contacts, which has helped foster new work from previous clients and has led to many new client introductions. MacKenzie is a member of several New York City code-making and interpretation panels. He also has been invited to speak as an industry expert on various topics. In his downtime, MacKenzie enjoys working out, listening to industry podcasts and spending time with family.