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Kevin A. Kalata

Principal

 
Experience

Since joining WJE in 1996, Kevin Kalata has conducted numerous structural analyses of distressed buildings, building components, and framing to evaluate damage from hurricanes, tornadoes, and fire as well as the investigation of construction, material, and design flaws. He has also investigated buildings and other structures with distressed or deteriorated veneers, participating in and managing numerous field investigations related to water leakage in masonry walls, EIFS, windows, and curtain walls.

Mr. Kalata’s experience includes the design and preparation of drawings and specifications for many repair projects, including full and partial facade recladding, masonry rebuilding, window replacement, sealant replacement, steel bracing systems, and wood truss and framing repairs. Assignments also consist of consulting services for owners, property managers, and contractors. Mr. Kalata’s consulting services include peer review of new construction documents, condition surveys of existing structures, quality control testing, prepurchase inspections, reserve studies, and field observation services.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Building Envelope Assessment

  • The Solomon Layton Capitol Power Plant - Oklahoma City, OK: Facade study of 1918 cast stone
  • Gimbels Building - Pittsburgh, PA: Study of historic terra cotta facade

 

EIFS and Stucco Systems

  • Radisson Resort Parkway - Kissimmee, FL: Prepurchase inspection, hurricane damage assessment, and facade repairs and window replacement
  • Harbor Square - Chicago, IL: Water testing, partial reclad of exterior facade, and window replacement

 

Masonry Assessment

  • Henderson Community College - Henderson, KY: Repair design and construction observation
  • Lenox Suites Hotel - Chicago, IL: Facade investigation and construction observation

 

Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • Holy Name Cathedral - Chicago, IL: Fire damage assessment, analysis, and repair of wood structure
  • Wisconsin State Capitol - Madison, WI: Cleaning and preservation of granite walls and dome

 

Structural Evaluation

  • Davis Square Field House - Chicago, IL: Wind-damaged roof framing investigation and repair
  • Gavin Central School - Ingleside, IL: Analysis and repair of wood trusses and masonry walls

 

Water Penetration Testing

  • Zurich America Towers - Schaumburg, IL: Water testing, repair documents, and observations
  • Overland Park Marriott - Overland Park, KS: Water testing and building envelope assessment

 

Wood Testing and Analysis

  • Hotel Florence in the Pullman District - Chicago, IL: Structural framing analysis and repairs
  • Second Presbyterian Church - Bloomington, IL: Testing and analysis of wood trusses and framing
Professional Affiliations

AWCI Certified EIFS Inspector (CEI)
ASTM International (ASTM)
Building Enclosure Council (BEC) - Chicago

Registrations

Architect in AR and IL
Structural Engineer in IL

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Science, Architecture, 1994
Master of Architecture, Structures, 1996