James C. Strong

Associate Principal


James Strong’s career over more than forty years has focused on avoiding, investigating, and solving water intrusion problems. At WJE, he contributes the knowledge gained through failure investigations and experience with the development of construction standards. On his own projects and as part of a team he performs field and laboratory investigations, conducts observations, selects repair/replacement materials, develops details, and prepares reports. Prior to joining WJE in 2000, Mr. Strong was a principal at Testing Engineers, Inc. In his nineteen years there, he managed the roofing inspection and laboratory departments and provided building enclosure consulting alongside his companywide management responsibilities.


Failure/Damage Investigations

  • County and School District Buildings - Aransas County, TX:  Evaluation of hurricane wind damage and designs of repairs and reroofing
  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - New Orleans, LA: Investigation of hurricane wind damage to roofing and repair design


  • Grace Cathedral - San Francisco, CA: Owner’s Representative for design-build reroofing and architectural concrete restoration
  • 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
  • Warehouse - Metairie, LA: Investigation of hurricane wind damage and testimony at trial

Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Marin County Civic Center - San Rafael, 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 - Santa Fe, NM: Construction phase services for reroofing at historic adobe
  • Andersen Air Force Base Exchange - Guam: Investigation of splitting of liquid-applied membrane on concrete roof deck and testimony at mediation
  • University of California, San Francisco Research Building: Investigation of failure of new flooring
  • One Market Plaza - San Francisco, CA: Design of waterproofing for renovation of plazas
  • Wawona Hotel - Yosemite National Park, CA: Waterproofing specification for bathroom renovation; investigation of wood roofing and design for reroofing project
  • Shopping Center - Los Angeles, CA: Investigation of leakage at below grade and plaza waterproofing, repair design, and litigation support

EIFS, Stucco, Plaster

  • Alameda County Medical Center - Oakland, CA: Investigation of leakage in new construction, design of repairs for stucco cladding, and litigation support
  • EPA building - San Francisco, CA: Design of repairs and construction phase services for EIFS, roofing, deck waterproofing, and interior green-wall


  • Blimp Hangars - Santa Clara County, CA: Investigation of rising damp in brick masonry and repair design

Coatings and Sealants

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

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


Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts, Communications, 1970