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Kara Kea

Associate III

 
Experience

 

Kara Kea has performed a wide range of investigations, repair and rehabilitation projects, failure investigations, and instrumentation and monitoring projects. These structures primarily consist of reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, steel, and wood. Prior to joining WJE, Ms. Kea was involved in multiple research projects during her collegiate career. At ASCE’s Structures Congress 2014, she presented her research of a three-dimensional model of a base isolated cooling tower created in Sap2000, which correlated numerical model data with experimental data. As part of her master’s degree thesis, Ms. Kea researched, designed, and modeled a Bio-Inspired Self Centering Rocking Frame in Sap2000.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Repair and Rehabilitation

  • TUFT Health Plan Parking Garage - Watertown, MA: Condition assessment
  • Boston Globe Parking Deck - Boston, MA: Parking deck and ramp investigation
  • Parris Landing Parking Garage - Charlestown, MA: Evaluation of three-level garage and development of repairs for reinforced concrete, steel frame, and masonry walls
  • Innovation and Design Center - Boston, MA: Concrete facade, window perimeter, and canopy repairs and window replacement
  • 705 Mt. Auburn - Watertown, MA: Visual assessment and repair design for garage
  • Precast Concrete Company - Various Locations, CO: Performed inspection of grouted joints, oversight of repairs, QA/QC of joint repairs


Failure/Damage Investigations

  • 24 Bunker Hill Warehouse - Charlestown, MA : Fire damage evaluation of a one-story warehouse
  • Chubb Insurance - Brooklyn, NY: Investigation of failure of concrete slab


Instrumentation/Monitoring/Load Testing

  • Copley Square Hotel - Boston, MA: Settlement monitoring of granite block foundation wall and supported structure using routine level surveys and 3D laser scans
  • Wentworth University, Schumann Library - Boston, MA: Vibration monitoring of wood ceiling panels


Coating and Sealants

  • Omni Providence Hotel - Providence, RI: Investigation of failed sealant


Stone Cladding and Paving

  • Merck K-15 - Kenilworth, NJ: Review of precast wall panel failure
  • 200 Berkeley - Boston, MA: Stone paver investigation and development of repairs  and replacement
  •  Pequot Highlands - Salem, MA: Brick veneer wall investigation and backup wall and cladding analysis


Corrosion

  • Eversource Substation - Boston, MA: Investigation of corrosion and concrete deterioration of an elevated concrete slab


Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Faneuil Hall - Boston, MA: Slate roof binocular inspection
  • Christ Church Roof - South Hamilton, MA: Leak investigation of steep-sloped roof


Facade Assessment

  • Bank of America - Providence, RI: Difficult access of stone facade and annual maintenance inspections
  • SUNY Albany - Albany, NY: Exterior concrete assessment of low-rise dormitory and academic podium buildings, including precast wall panels and canopy structure
  • Symphony Towers - Boston, MA: Facade inspection, repairs of cementitious wall panels, and sealant replacement
  • University of North Carolina, Mary Ellen Jones Building - Chapel Hill, NC: Precast panel connection investigation


Architectural Testing

  • GE Boston Headquarters - Boston, MA: Field investigation of structural timber, testing of masonry and embedded anchors
Education

Howard University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Master of Science, Civil Engineering