Derek R. Hibner

Associate III


Since joining WJE in 2017, Derek Hibner has been involved with numerous structural engineering and architecture projects. His experience extends to peer review of design documents, design and construction period services for repair projects, field investigation, structural analysis, structural and architectural repair design, nondestructive testing and instrumentation, code analysis and review, and structural damage/failure assessments.

As a graduate student at Michigan State University, Mr. Hibner performed research on the residual axial capacity of fire exposed reinforced concrete columns. The results of his research have led to a better understanding of how much axial capacity a concrete column retains after being exposed to realistic fires. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Hibner worked at a construction consulting company where he was responsible for performing various construction materials testing and field inspection tasks, including compaction testing of backfilled soils, asphalt testing, concrete testing, structural steel inspection, fireproofing inspection, floor flatness/levelness testing, deep foundation installation inspection, and geotechnical engineering investigation.


Damage Assessment

  • 1905 S. Washington - Lansing, MI: Assessment of extent of structural damage caused by vehicle impact
  • Hurricane Harvey-Related Water Damage - Houston, TX: Water infiltration testing and condition surveys to assess the type and extent of damage
  • Meridian Magnesium - Eaton Rapids, MI: Assessment of extent of fire and explosion damage; design of structural steel and concrete repairs
  • PT Tech - Fraser, MI: Assessment of extent of structural damage caused by fire and explosion; emergency wall bracing and shoring design


Failure Investigation

  • Battle Creek City Hall - Battle Creek, MI: Investigation and repair recommendations for historic terra cotta cladding failure
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites - Southgate, MI: Investigation of cause of break in fire suppression line
  • Auto-Owners Headquarters - Lansing, MI: Investigation of cause of displaced precast concrete panel cladding


Repair, Retrofit, and Rehabilitation Design

  • 50955 S. 94 Service Drive - Belleville, MI: Structural repair design for fire-damaged, wood-framed structure
  • Fairview Food Market - Fairview, MI: Architectural repair design for vehicle impact damage
  • Village Club Apartments - Royal Oak, MI: Architectural repair design for water damaged buildings


Structural Evaluation

  • Grand Circus Parking Garage - Detroit, MI: Concrete condition assessment and repair design; construction period services
  • Cass Avenue Parking Garage - Detroit, MI: Concrete condition assessment and repair design


Code Assessment/Code Review

  • 345 Joan Drive - Fairfield, CT: Code evaluation for minimum code requirements for repairing damage to residential home
  • Godfrey-Lee High School - Wyoming, MI: Code evaluation for minimum code requirements related to fire suppression system upgrades


Testing and Instrumentation

  • REO Town Power Plant - Lansing, MI: Mass concrete temperature sensor installation and monitoring, structural steel inspection, and construction materials testing; floor flatness testing *
  • Advance Building Parking Structure - Southfield, MI: Use of ground penetrating radar technology to locate prestressing tendons in precast concrete members

* Indicates project at other firms

Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute
American Society of Civil Engineers
ASTM International
Structural Engineers’ Association of Michigan


Professional Engineer in MI
Construction Document Technologist (CDT)


Alpena Community College
Associate of Applied Science, Concrete Technology, 2009

Michigan State University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2016
Master of Science, Structural Engineering, 2017