Karen A. Lynch, P.E.

President

Education

  • B.Sc. cum laude Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
  • M.Sc. Structures, Columbia University, New York, NY

Career Synopsis

Upon graduation from RPI, Karen worked for the Port Authority of NY & NJ in bridge design. In 1988, Karen joined Geiger Engineers as a design engineer and structural analyst. She became an Associate in 2009, a Principal in 2012, CEO in 2022, and President in late 2023. Throughout her career at Geiger Engineers, Karen has managed and worked on a number of significant sports facility projects and challenging assignments. She has extensive experience in entertainment rigging. She is Secretary of the ASCE steel cables in structures standard committee.

Project Experience

Long-Span Structures, Sports and Recreation Facilities
Principal in Charge of:
  • NYRA Paddock Post Bar Structure Dynamic Evaluation and Retrofit, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Credit One Stadium Renovation, Daniel Island Tennis Center, Charleston, SC
  • Allegiant Stadium (NFL Raiders), Steel and Precast Erection Review, Las Vegas, NV
  • Climate Pledge Arena, Temporary Roof Shoring Review, Seattle, WA
  • Albany Civic Center, Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, Albany, GA
  • PNC Arena, Audio/Visual Upgrades, Raleigh, NC
  • New Armstrong Stadium, USTA National Tennis Center, New York, NY
  • U.S. Bank Stadium, Steel Erection Engineering, Minneapolis, MN
  • Titletown Ariens Hill Pavilion, Green Bay, WI
  • Colorado State University, Multi-Purpose Stadium - Structural Precast 3rd Party Review, Fort Collins, CO
  • Bill Snyder Family Stadium Expansion, Construction Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  • PNC Arena, Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Zoo Miami Amphitheater Canopy, Miami, FL
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena (formerly BI-LO Center), Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, Greenville, SC
  • Sun National Bank Center Arena, Entertainment Rigging Evaluation, Trenton, NJ
  • Salina Bicentennial Center, Roof Reinforcing and Rigging Improvements, Salina, KS
Project Engineer/Project Manager for:
  • USTA New Armstrong Stadium, Structure & Mechanization, New York, NY
  • U.S. Bank Stadium, Roof Erection Review, Minneapolis, MN
  • BC Place Stadium Revitalization, New Retractable Roof, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Chase Center Arena, Construction Engineering, San Francisco, CA
  • Purcell Pavilion Basketball Arena, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • TD Arena, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC
  • Metcalf Energy Center, Architectural Screens, San Jose, CA
  • Resch Center Arena, Green Bay, WI
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena, University of Nebraska Basketball Venue, Peer Review and Construction Engineering, Lincoln, NE
  • Reunion Arena, Rigging Evaluation, Dallas, TX
  • Xcel Energy Center Arena, St. Paul, MN
  • Blue Ocean Dome, Beijing, China
  • Bon Secours Wellness (formerly BI-LO) Arena, Greenville, SC
  • Charles V. Schaefer Athletic Center, Stevens Institute, Hoboken, NJ
  • Giants Stadium Dome Study, Meadowlands Sports Complex, E. Rutherford, NJ
  • Giants Stadium Suites Addition, Meadowlands Sports Complex, E. Rutherford, NJ
  • Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall, Colorado Springs, CO
Design Engineer and/or Structural Analyst for:
  • World Trade Center, PATH Entrance Canopy, New York City, NY
  • Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island Track & Field Center, New York City, NY
  • Jacobs Pavilion Canopy, Nautica Entertainment Complex, Cleveland, OH
  • Cadillac Tour '96, USA, Mobile Venue
  • TGV Train Exhibition Center, Seoul, Korea
  • UNCC Student Activity Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Ja-Yi Gymnasium Tension Structure Roof, Ja-Yi, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • Taoyuan Sports Arena, Taoyuan County, Taiwan, R.O.C.
  • PNC Arena, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • Carrier Dome Study, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Gateway Outlet Mall, Fabric Structure Canopy, Blaine, WA
  • International Ideas Competition, For Redesigning Arena Bergiselstadion, Innsbruck, Austria
  • North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC
  • Sheffield Arena, Sheffield England
  • Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FL
  • KL Tennis Arena, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Charlotte Knights Stadium, York County, SC
  • Charlotte Coliseum Hospitality Suite, Charlotte, NC
Structural Investigations
Project Engineer and Analyst for:
  •  St. Louis City MLS Stadium, Structural Peer Review, St. Louis, MO 
  • Giants Stadium Evaluation, Meadowlands Sports Complex, E. Rutherford, NJ
  • Structural Peer Review of Myrtle Beach Convention Center Expansion, Myrtle Beach, SC
Special Projects and Entertainment Productions
Principal in Charge of:
  • Alerus Center, KISS Rigging Evaluation, Grand Rapids, ND 
  • Xcel Energy Center, Various Rigging Evaluations, Saint Paul, MN 
  • Gateway Entrance Structure, World Scout Jamboree, Summit Bechtel Reserve, WV  
  • Marvel Universe Live Tour 2014-2015, Rigging Evaluations, multiple venues, USA
  • Miley Cyrus' 2014 Bangerz Tour, Rigging Evaluations, multiple venues, USA
  • Metallica WorldWired Tour, Rigging Evaluations, multiple venues, USA
  • Beyonce's The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Rigging Evaluation, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
  • Madonna's 2012 MDNA Tour, Rigging Evaluations, multiple venues, USA
Design Engineer and/or Structural Analyst for:
  • 150th Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Outdoor Stage and Effects, Puebla, Mexico
  • Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show, Touring Production Rigging Evaluations
  • Trans Siberian Orchestra Rigging Evaluations
  • Dave Matthews Band Touring Stage Evaluation
  • Live Earth Stage Set Evaluation
  • Wheel of Fortune Rigging at Charleston Convention Center
  • Faith Hill + Tim McGraw- Soul2Soul2 - Rigging Evaluations.
  • Skyline-Cybersport Arena, Chicago, IL
  • Medium Duty Truss Rigging System, Kish Rigging, Simi Valley, CA
  • Skyline - Cybersport Arena, 42nd Street, New York, NY
  • Modular Self Erecting Tower Structure, Kish Rigging, Simi Valley, CA 
  • 1995 Billboard Awards - Rigging Consulting
  • Genesis We Can't Dance Tour 1992, Stage & Special Effects 
  • IBM Corporate Magic Show, 1992, Rigging 
  • Phil Collins Stage Set, 1990 World Tour
  • Modular Rigging System, Kish Rigging, Simi Valley, CA

Publications

  • "The Renew BC Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada" Proceedings, IASS Symposium 2013, published by the IASS, Wroclaw, Poland, 2013, published by Wroclaw University of Technology
  • "Introduction to New BC Place Stadium Roof in Vancouver, BC, Canada" Proceedings, IASS Symposium 2013, published by the IASS, Wroclaw, Poland, 2013, published by Wroclaw University of Technology
  • “Challenges of Retrofitting an Existing Domed Stadium with a New Retractable Roof- BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC” SEI Structures Congress 2011, published by the ASCE, Las Vegas, 2011
  • “Touring Stages for Outdoor Concert Productions” SEI Structures Congress 2011, published by the ASCE, Las Vegas, 2011
  • "Effects of Support Settlement on a Long Span Cabledome Roof Structure”, Innovative Large Span Structures, IASS-CSCE International Congress 1992, published by the CSCE, Montréal, 1992

Professional Societies

  • Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY)
  • American Concrete Institute
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Secretary – Standards Committee, ASCE 19 Applications of Steel Cables
  • National Society of Professional Engineers

Honor Societies

  • Chi Epsilon
  • Tau Beta Pi

Professional Registration

  • P.E.: Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
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