Where we started

Kovacs, Whitney & Associates, Inc. (KWA), was established in June 1984 as an engineering consulting firm and was originally located in Locust Point, Baltimore, Maryland.

In 2022, KWA relocated to W Ostend Street in Baltimore, with the specific intention to remain within the city limits to better serve their local clientele.

About Us

KWA serves the Mid-Atlantic area community by providing engineering consulting services to a broad base of repeat government and private clients. These services have been provided either as a direct service to owner, as part of an architectural design team, or as part of a design build team.

KWA has concentrated in select areas where it has outstanding experience, rather than purport to be “all things to all people.” The Firm has been involved in Design-Bid, Design-Build, and Guaranteed Maximum Price/Construction Management projects. This focus has proved beneficial to both the firm and its clients as indicated by the fact that well over 90% of its business is with repeat clients!

Company Overview

We operate within the small business category, allowing us to offer personalized and agile solutions in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing design services, along with commissioning services tailored to our clients’ needs. Since our office is located within the Baltimore city limits, we are recognized as a local business enterprise (LBE).  

Our staff consists of Professional Engineers with registrations in most of the Mid-Atlantic States in addition to licensed LEED specialists and Commissioning Agents.

Principals Emeritus

Jacob J. Kovacs, Jr. P.E.

One of the founding principals in the firm, Mr. Kovacs graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering in 1968 and has more than fifty years’ experience in the design of a broad range of institutional and healthcare related facilities.

William B. Whitney, IV, P.E. CxA

Along with Mr. Jacob Kovacs, Jr., Mr. Whitney co-founded KWA and has been designing healthcare, telecommunications, institutional, and aquarium facilities for almost 40 years. In addition, he is a certified commissioning authority. He graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in mechanical engineering in 1976 and received a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.