David A. Schnerch

Associate Principal


Since joining WJE in 2005, David Schnerch has completed a wide range of failure investigations, structural evaluations, load tests, and repair designs of buildings, bridges, parking garages, and other structures. This work has included evaluation of reinforced, prestressed, and post-tensioned concrete as well as masonry, steel, and wood structures.

Before joining WJE, Dr. Schnerch studied the repair of concrete and steel structures using ultra-high modulus fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) materials. This work focused on the repair and strengthening of existing structures and has been published in the Journal of Bridge Engineering, Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board and other publications.


Failure/Damage Investigation

  • Museum - Boston, MA: Investigations of concrete topping slab distress and metal wall panel failure
  • Mast-Climbing Scaffolding Collapse - Boston, MA: Review of pieces of recovered structure, observation of structural testing, and structural analysis of failure modes
  • Various Parking Garages - Biloxi, MS: Evaluation of collapsed structure following storm surge impact from Hurricane Katrina
  • Apartment Building - Marlborough, MA: Investigation of a fire-damaged wood and steel structure and design of repairs


Instrumentation/Monitoring/Load Testing

  • Corporate Headquarters - Johnston, RI: Floor load test of lightweight concrete on composite metal deck floor system
  • Filene’s Burnham Building - Boston, MA: In situ load testing and deflection monitoring of terracotta and cinder fill floor system
  • Hotel and Condominium Buildings - Boston, MA: Preconstruction surveys and vibration monitoring during adjacent construction


Repair and Rehabilitation

  • Innovation and Design Center - Boston, MA: Concrete facade, window perimeter, and canopy repairs and window replacement
  • Condominium - Portland, ME: Structural design of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) strengthening system to stabilize existing panelized, brick masonry facade with extensive corrosion deterioration
  • Parking Garage - Charlestown, MA: Evaluation of three-level garage and development of repairs for reinforced concrete, steel frame, and masonry walls


Concrete Structures

  • City Hall Garage - Boston, MA: Investigation and structural analysis of reinforced concrete structure supporting plaza slab
  • Civic Center Garage - Springfield, MA: Investigation and testing of five-level garage with cast-in-place concrete floor slabs
  • Vilas Bridge - Walpole, NH: Detailed condition assessment of historic two-span open spandrel deck concrete arch bridge
  • Bridge over Kennebec River - Norridgewock, ME: Investigation, core sampling, concrete testing, and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of concrete distribution slab



  • Millennium Science Complex - University Park, PA: Investigation of brick distress
  • Old South Church - Boston, MA: Evaluation of historic masonry structure and development of repairs following damage from adjacent construction
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology - Boston, MA: Evaluation of vibrations due to adjacent construction on masonry sewer


Facade Assessment

  • Symphony Towers - Boston, MA: Facade inspection and repairs of cementitious wall panels, and sealant replacement
  • 245 Summer Street - Boston, MA: Structural analysis of curtain wall and evaluation of recladding/overcladding options
Professional Affiliations

Structural Engineering Association of Massachusetts
Boston Association of Structural Engineers
MA Architects & Engineers Emergency Response Task Force


Professional Engineer in ME, NC, NH, and VT
Structural Engineer in MA and RI


University of Manitoba
Bachelor of Env. Design, Architecture Option, 1996
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1999
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 2001

North Carolina State University
Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering, 2005