THG Leadership Spotlight: Getting to Know Tuna Yelkikanat

When did you join The Harman Group?

I joined the firm in September of 2014.

Do you have a favorite project that you have worked on with The Harman Group?

So far, my favorite project has been 700 Jackson Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. It’s a 682,000 square feet mixed-use residential building. The project site is located on Jackson Street by the Palisades Cliffs. This area was impacted by floodwaters during Superstorm Sandy, so the building was designed with a special flood proofing system to minimize the impact of such weather events. Our design team worked on a structural slab on grade system that will resist this pressure in addition to interior load bearing flood walls and support for panelized flood barrier systems around the retail perimeter of the building. These will hold flood waters up to 6 feet above grade.

the harman group 700 jackson hoboken

What do you enjoy most about working at The Harman Group?

I really enjoy working with great group of engineers. Everyone at The Harman Group works collaboratively to create innovative structural designs, and that kind of teamwork makes a big difference and creates a great work environment.

Is there a dream project that you would like to work on?

I would love to work on the structural design of an airport terminal building.

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part is getting to meet with potential clients and learning about their needs and how we can help them be achieved.

What industry trend is most exciting to you right now?

The construction market in New York is extremely active right now, so all the new project opportunities are very exciting.

Can you share what you feel is one of your biggest professional career accomplishments?

I was part of a group of engineers who designed the world’s second tallest building, the Shanghai Tower in China.

Outside of your work, are you involved in any other organizations or nonprofits?

I’m a road cyclist and a member of Hilltop Cycling Club in Summit, NJ.

Tuna Yelkikanat
Tuna at the Gran Fondo NJ race in September 2018.

What is your favorite out of work activity?

Cycling, of course!

What don’t most people know about you?

Nothing, I’m an open book.