Karen K. Zimnicki

Associate Principal


Karen Zimnicki specializes in field evaluation, testing, and repair design to address nonperforming building issues, moisture problems, and associated materials distress. Her experience includes investigation of water leakage and deteriorating building materials, repair design, construction contract administration, and litigation consulting.

Ms. Zimnicki has investigated many construction systems and materials, such as curtain walls, concrete, masonry, steel, waterproofing, roofing, wood cladding, and EIFS systems. Her expertise includes standardized and diagnostic field and laboratory testing, with an emphasis on air and water infiltration, exterior wall materials, roofing, and waterproofing systems.

Before joining WJE, Ms. Zimnicki was an associate and consulting architect at Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc., and worked as a private contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.


 Leakage Investigation

  • Seaside at Belleair III Condominium - Belleair, FL: Field investigation, water testing, and repair recommendations for stucco and EIFS facade
  • Fort Lauderdale Airport Terminal 4 - FL: Field investigation, water testing and repair recommendations for terminal’s metal panel facade
  • Miami Beach Convention Center - FL: Field investigation, water testing, and repair recommendations for roof, parking garage, and exterior walls


Building Enclosure Commissioning

  • Baptist Medical Center - Jacksonville, FL: Building enclosure commissioning services for hospital tower with precast concrete panel, curtain wall, and low- and steep-slope roofing systems
  • U.S. New Embassy Compound - Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Building enclosure commissioning services for facade and roofing
  • U.S. New Consulate Compound - Merida, Mexico: Building enclosure commissioning services for facade and roofing


Repair and Rehabilitation

  • The W Fort Lauderdale - FL: Investigation and stucco facade repairs
  • Broward Financial Centre - Fort Lauderdale, FL: Water leakage investigation and curtain wall, metal panel and glass panel facade repairs


Litigation Consulting

  • Nova Southeastern University - Davie, FL: Litigation consultation services for architect standard of care and contractual relationships
  • Brickell City Centre - Miami, FL: Stucco consulting services for construction defect claim


Construction Administration

  • Miami-Dade County Courthouse - FL: Construction contract administration for terra cotta cladding; window and plaza waterproofing repairs
  • The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman - Cayman Islands: Construction observations for stucco, waterproofing, and window and flashing repairs


Peer Review

  • Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL: Review exterior enclosure design including EIFS, window, and door systems
  • Norton Museum of Art - West Palm Beach, FL: Review exterior enclosure design including stucco, curtain wall, roofing, and waterproofing systems


Condition Assessment

  • Alfred I. duPont Building - Miami, FL: Condition assessment and preparation of  long-term repair and maintenance plan for a twenty-story, art deco-style building with limestone facade
  • Solitair Brickell Apartments - Miami, FL: Condition assessment and building enclosure repair recommendations for prepurchase due diligence 
Professional Affiliations

Fenestrations and Glazing Industry Alliance  
Sealant, Waterproofing and Restoration Institute


Architect in FL and IL
Construction Documents Technologist
LEED Accredited Professional
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies, 1999
Master of Architecture, 2002
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, construction management specialization, 2002