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Andrew J. Lobbestael

Senior Associate

 
Experience

Since joining WJE in 2007, Andrew Lobbestael has been involved with numerous projects related to both structural engineering and architecture. His typical responsibilities have included the investigation and analysis of existing and damaged structures, nondestructive evaluation of concrete, development of repair and rehabilitation documents, and construction observations. He has performed a variety of structural analyses on steel, concrete, masonry, and wood.

Mr. Lobbestael has assisted with investigations of several structural failures and has performed numerous water infiltration investigations. Additionally, he has performed construction vibration monitoring and performed vibration-related damage assessments. Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Lobbestael performed construction materials testing for the Mannik & Smith Group, including concrete compressive strength tests and soil properties testing.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • 411 West Lafayette - Detroit, MI: Waterproofing, post-tensioning, and traffic bearing membrane repairs
  • Bon Secours Hospital - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI: Masonry wall investigation and repair design with construction drawings
  • Main North Lofts - Royal Oak, MI: Construction documents for concrete overlay repair

 

Structural Evaluation

  • Karas House Catering - Redford, MI: Bowstring truss failure investigation, analysis, and litigation support
  • Materials Processing Warehouse - Riverview, MI: Roof collapse investigation, analysis, and litigation support
  • Pine Tower - Bay City, MI: Assessment of precast concrete columns and estimate of remaining service life

 

Parking Structures

  • Beaumont Hospital Parking Structure - Grosse Pointe, MI: Construction period services during concrete and waterproofing repairs
  • Cottage Hospital Parking Structure - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI: Construction period services during waterproofing and concrete repairs
  • Munder Building Parking Structure - Birmingham, MI: Assessed condition of post-tensioned parking structure with corrosion-related distress

 

Damage Assessment and Documentation

  • Adair Printing - Dexter, MI: Assessment of roofing and roof framing damage caused by tornado
  • Best Textiles - Warren, MI: Assessment of reported structural damage at multiple residences caused by natural gas explosion
  • Carlyle Place Apartments - Clinton Township, MI: Use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) to assess extent of voiding beneath slab from water main break
  • Lake Local Schools - Lake, OH: Assessment of structural damage at multiple buildings caused by tornado

 

Testing and Instrumentation

  • Fox Theater Parking Structure - Detroit, MI: Use of GPR to nondestructively locate prestressing strands during concrete repair project
  • Temple Beth El - Bloomfield Hills, MI: Load-tested fall arrest anchorages
  • Tienken Road Bridge Replacement - Rochester Hills, MI: Remote monitoring of construction vibrations using engineering seismographs
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute - Greater Michigan chapter
International Concrete Repair Institute

Registrations

Professional Engineer in MI

Education

Lawrence Technological University
Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 2010
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2010
Master of Civil Engineering, 2014