Julie M. Palmer

Senior Associate


Julie Palmer has more than seventeen years of experience working on building envelope restoration and rehabilitation projects, with a specific focus on roofing. Ms. Palmer has worked on projects involving a large variety of building types, including academic, commercial, residential, ecclesiastical, and museums. She has technical experience with a wide range of steep-slope and low-slope roofing systems, both historic and modern, as well as associated building materials and construction systems. She also has experience working closely with contractors during the design and construction phases of a project to perform test openings, ensure constructability of the designed work, and troubleshoot field conditions. Ms. Palmer is the recipient of numerous project and document competition awards and is active in several roofing and historic preservation organizations.

Prior to joining WJE in 2018, Ms. Palmer was an associate at Levine & Company, a roof and building envelope consulting firm specializing in the conservation of historic building materials and systems. While there, she was responsible for project management, survey and analysis of existing roofing systems and building materials, report writing, construction documentation and observation, and leak investigations.



Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Pier 3, Atrium Waterproofing and Structural Rehabilitation - Philadelphia, PA: Replacement of 14,000-square-foot liquid-applied waterproofing system below a concrete topping slab
  • Glencairn North Porch Roof Replacement - Bryn Athyn, PA: Replacement of existing built-up roofing system with new liquid-applied membrane roofing system
  • University of Pennsylvania, Module VII Chiller Plant - Philadelphia: Replacement and upgrading of 35,000-square-foot modified bitumen roof system*
  • 1733 Spring Garden Street - Philadelphia, PA:  Replacement of Dutch-lap style slate roofing at the 1878 main house and carriage house*


Roof Assessment and Design

  • Ardmore Presbyterian Church - Ardmore, PA: Condition assessment for seventy- and one hundred-year-old slate roofs including recommendations for repairs to address numerous active leaks
  • Academy of Music - Philadelphia, PA: Condition assessment followed by roof repair program for standing seam roofs of National Historic Landmark theater
  • Hotel Vine - Philadelphia, PA: Condition assessment of existing modified bitumen, EPDM, and standing seam copper roofs, lead coated copper cornice cap, and concrete-covered balconies at the c.1940 former family court building


Repair and Rehabilitation

  • First Presbyterian Church - Philadelphia, PA: Roof repair program for c.1872 church, including slate roofing, low-slope modified bitumen roofing, and flashing repairs
  • Penn State at the Navy Yard - Philadelphia, PA: Roof repair scope for two existing TPO roofs including localized replacement of deteriorated structural insulated panel roof decking
  • Blair County Courthouse - Hollidaysburg, PA: Multiphase rehabilitation program for c.1875 Gothic-style courthouse, including new flat seam copper and slate roofing, thru-wall flashings and coping caps, and repair of existing lead roofing*
  • Valley Forge National Historic Park, Washington Memorial Chapel - Valley Forge, PA: Condition assessment for the chapel’s ten steep-slope and low-slope roofs followed by multiphase roof repair and sanctuary built-in gutter rehabilitation*


Water/Air Leakage Assessment

  • Friends Center Corporation - Philadelphia, PA: Water testing and condition assessment for the existing 1970s curtain wall system to determine the source of active leaks
  • Bryn Athyn Cathedral - Bryn Athyn, PA: Water testing to determine the source of elusive roof leaks and recommend appropriate repairs*

 *Indicates projects with previous firm

Professional Affiliations

Association for Preservation Technology International - Delaware Valley Chapter
International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants - Delaware Valley Chapter, president
National Roofing Contractors Association
National Women in Roofing


LEED Accredited Professional


Syracuse University
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Design for Interiors, 2000

Columbia University
Master of Science, Historic Preservation, 2002
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture, 2007