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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 investigated several structural failures and has performed numerous water infiltration investigations. The water infiltration investigations have solved long-term water infiltration issues. Additionally, he has performed construction vibration monitoring and performed vibration-related damage assessments. Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Lobbestael performed construction materials testing.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • 411 West Lafayette - Detroit, MI: Waterproofing, post-tensioning, and traffic bearing membrane repairs (multiple years)
  • Trotter House - Ann Arbor, MI: Repair design and construction document development for masonry repairs, wood window restoration, and facade cleaning
  • Arbor Circle Apartments - Ypsilanti, MI: Assessment and repair design of wood framed balconies

 

Structural Evaluation

  • Hoover Building - Ann Arbor, MI: Condition assessments, analysis, and repair design of historic wood trusses for World War I-era factory building
  • 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
  • Globe Building - Detroit, MI: Structural analysis of existing wood framing for new mechanical equipment loading
  • Grayhaven Marina Village - Detroit, MI: Prepurchase condition survey of multiple wood framed residential structures

 

Concrete Structures

  • JSP South Building - Detroit MI: Condition assessment and design of repairs to 1940s-era concrete frame building.
  • Southfield Town Center Parking Structures - Southfield, MI: Condition assessment of multiple parking structures, repair design, and construction period inspections
  • Beaumont Hospital Parking Structure -  Grosse Pointe, MI: Construction
  • period services during concrete and waterproofing repairs (multiple years)
  • Pine Tower - Bay City, MI: Assessment of precast concrete columns and estimate of remaining service life

 

Failure/Damage Investigation

  • Williams Natatorium - Bloomfield Hills, MI: Investigation and petrographic examination of deteriorated natural stone pool deck
  • 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

  • GM Warren Technical Center - Warren, MI: Instrumentation and testing of components of steel rod supported stair case to estimate in-situ tension
  • Temple Beth El - Bloomfield Hills, MI:
  • Load-tested fall arrest anchorages
  • 413 East Huron - Ann Arbor, MI: Remote monitoring of construction vibrations using engineering seismographs
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute - Greater Michigan Chapter
International Concrete Repair Institute, Michigan Chapter president

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