James R. Palmer

Associate II


James Palmer joined WJE in 2018, and his prior experience includes new building design of mixed use, academic, residential, and hospitality buildings, as well as research in cold-formed aluminum for military applications. He has experience in the analysis, design, and construction of concrete (post-tensioned and mild reinforced), steel, masonry, and wood-framed structures. Since joining WJE, Mr. Palmer’s experience includes structural analysis, structural monitoring and load testing, water infiltration testing, roofing and construction inspection.





Structural Design

  • District Wharf in Southwest Waterfront - Phase 1 and Phase 2 - Washington D.C.: Design, construction documents, and construction administration of over two million-square-foot mixed-use development*
  • District of Columbia Bar Association - Washington, D.C.: Design of, construction documents for, and construction administration of eight-story post-tensioned Class A office building with two-story below-grade garage*
  • Wheaton Town Center - Wheaton, MD: Design of, construction documents for, and construction administration of fifteen-story mixed-use building with four-story below-grade garage*


Structural Analysis

  • David L. Lawrence Convention Center - Pittsburgh, PA: Structural evaluation of composite deck slab subjected to point loading
  • Manitowoc Cranes - Shady Grove, PA: Structural evaluation of existing steel monorail and mezzanine systems for expansion and additional loads*
  • Penn State Creamery Building - State College, PA: Structural evaluation of existing rooftop screen wall for new catwalk system*


Instrumentation/Monitoring/Load Testing

  • 11 Stanwix - Pittsburgh, PA: Load testing and visual inspection of facade access structure
  • Distribution Center - Cleburne, TX and Baytown, TX: Weld inspection of critical roof joists in warehouse distribution centers
  • King Edward Apartments - Pittsburgh, PA: Crack gage monitoring of concrete columns in historic apartment building
  • Applied Research Laboratory, the Pennsylvania State University - State College, PA: Structural material testing of cold-formed aluminum for military applications, including tension and fatigue testing, thickness and residual stress measurement, and microscopic imaging*


Repair and Rehabilitation

  • 1001 Ardmore Boulevard - Pittsburgh, PA: Construction observations during roofing repairs at parapet wall coping
  • City Vista Apartments - Pittsburgh PA: Construction administration and inspection of post-tensioned concrete slab crack repair of parking garages
  • The Pennsylvanian - Pittsburgh, PA: Repair of structure supporting rooftop terra-cotta architectural feature of historic apartment building


Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Allegheny Country Club - Sewickley Heights, PA: Water leakage investigation in basement of historic mansion
  • First and Market Residences - Pittsburgh, PA: Water leakage investigation of roof/block wall interface of renovated condominium space
  • Aransas County Independent School District,  High School and Auditorium - Rockport, TX: Construction observations during replacement and upgrade of roofing system

*Indicates with previous firm

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers
Structural Engineers Association


Professional Engineer in PA


The Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 2013
Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering (Structures) 2015