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James C. Strong

Associate Principal

 
Experience

James Strong’s career focuses on solving, repairing, and avoiding water intrusion problems in buildings. For more than thirty‑eight years he has taken a hands-on approach to investigations of both failed and successful installations of exterior enclosure assemblies. Field experience supports his selection of materials and design of details for new construction, renovations, and repairs.

Prior to joining WJE in 2000, Mr. Strong was a principal at Testing Engineers, Inc. (TEI), a firm in northern California that provided construction inspection, testing, and consulting. In addition to his eventual, company-wide responsibilities at TEI, for nineteen years his technical work focused on roofing and waterproofing.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

 

Failure/Damage Investigations

  • County and School District Buildings - Aransas County, TX:  Evaluation of hurricane wind damage and schematic design for roofing repair/replacement
  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - New Orleans, LA: Investigation of hurricane wind damage to roofing and design of schematic repairs
  • Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, LA: Investigation of hurricane damage to roofing
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel - Kohala Coast, HI: Investigation of claims of earthquake damage to roofing

 

Historic Preservation

  • Marin County Civic Center - CA: Field and laboratory testing to support selection of replacement for iconic blue roofing at Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building
  • Old Santa Fe Trail Building, National Park Service - NM: Construction-phase services related to roofing rehabilitation at historic adobe

 

Design

  • Grace Cathedral - San Francisco, CA: Owner’s Representative for design-build reroofing and architectural concrete repairs at historic church
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art - PA: Peer review of waterproofing design for new subgrade construction

 

Litigation Consulting

  • Horizon and MontBleu Casino Resort Hotels - South Lake Tahoe, NV: Investigation of adequacy of lessee’s maintenance of buildings’ exterior enclosure and testimony at trial regarding roofing
  • Warehouse - Metarie, LA: Investigation of hurricane wind damage and testimony at trial regarding roofing

 

Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Andersen Air Force Base BX - Guam: Investigation of splitting of liquid-applied membrane on concrete roof deck and litigation support
  • One Market Plaza - San Francisco, CA: Design of waterproofing for renovation of plazas

 

EIFS, Stucco, Plaster

  • Alameda County Medical Center - Oakland, CA: Investigation of leakage in new construction, design of repairs for stucco cladding, and litigation support

 

Masonry

  • Blimp Hangars - CA: Investigation of rising damp in brick masonry and design of repairs

 

Coatings and Sealants

  • Cathedral of Christ the Light - Oakland, CA: Investigation of leakage at exposed, concrete exterior walls and repair design 
Professional Affiliations

ASTM International, Fellow, past chair of subcommittees
International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), past chapter board
Westcon, past president

Education

Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts, Communications, 1970