Conrad Paulson



Conrad Paulson joined WJE in 1982 and has conducted a wide variety of engineering projects. These projects include structural failure investigation, post-earthquake reconnaissance, seismic structural evaluation, investigation and repair of distressed structures, facade investigations, field load testing of structures, and structural laboratory testing. Mr. Paulson is nationally recognized in the field of historical structural metals and steel bar reinforcement.

Mr. Paulson is a voting member of American Concrete Institute Committee 318B, Structural Concrete Building Code–Reinforcement and Development, and is a Voting Member of American Institute of Steel Construction Specification Task Committee TC 7, Evaluation and Repair. He has published articles and given lectures in the areas of earthquake engineering, structural engineering for historical structural systems, and testing and use of mechanical reinforcing bar splices.


Structural Investigation

  • Aloha Stadium - Honolulu, HI: Seismic and wind structural safety review of existing stadium and design of structural upgrades
  • The Marquette Building - Chicago, IL: Structural investigation and design for vertical expansion


Collapse Investigation

  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) - Los Angeles, CA: Construction collapse investigation
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology - Gaithersburg, MD: Visual observations of the steel recovered from the World Trade Center disaster site


Seismic Evaluation

  • Hesketh-Henry - Auckland, New Zealand: Litigation support for collapse of the Canterbury Television Building during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake
  • U.S. Department of State - San Salvador, El Salvador: Post-earthquake assessments following January 2001 earthquake


Research and Testing

  • Charles Pankow Foundation: Study of yield determination methods and development of new specification for ductile high-strength reinforcing bars
  • Various Manufacturers: Acceptance testing of reinforcing bar mechanical splices according to various criteria


Historic Preservation

  • Pilgrim Baptist Church - Chicago, IL: Post-fire facade retention system for masonry walls
  • The Marquette Building - Chicago, IL: Comprehensive restoration of masonry facade and wood windows


Fire Damage Assessment

  • Canadian Natural Resources, Ltd. - Fort McKay, Alberta: Structural inspection of CNRL Horizons fire-damaged industrial plant
  • E.R. Rubin - Philadelphia, PA: Structural investigation of fire damage to thirty-eight-story steel-framed high-rise
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute, Fellow
American Institute of Steel Construction
American Society of Civil Engineers
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
Structural Engineers Association of California
Structural Engineers Association of Southern California


Civil Engineer in CA
Professional Engineer in IA, IL, KS, and VA
Structural Engineer in IL


Illinois Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1979

University of Texas at Austin
Master of Science, Engineering, 1982