Michael J. Rzeznik

Associate Principal


Michael Rzeznik is a renowned expert in fire protection engineering, including fire/life safety analysis, egress design, fire protection system design and analysis, code consultation, loss investigation, and related services for a wide range of facilities and systems.  Over his career, he has managed operations, led project teams, and participated in numerous design, consulting, and loss investigation projects.  His experience includes both new and existing buildings of virtually every occupancy type throughout the United States and around the world.

Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Rzeznik was associate director of global fire and safety at Starwood Hotels, where he oversaw all aspects of fire protection and life safety for eleven hotel brands and more than 1,200 global properties. His experience also spans nearly twenty-five years of fire protection engineering management and operations, including eleven years as Managing Director for the Aon Fire Protection Engineering’s (formerly Schirmer Engineering) New York Tri-State office. During his career, Mr. Rzeznik has also served as Principal fire protection engineer at Jensen Hughes (formerly Gage Babcock & Associates), and GHD, and senior fire protection engineer at Harrington Group.


Fire/Life Safety Assessment

  • Multiple hospitality fire protection review reviews of various sizes throughout the United States
  • Westin DFW - Irving, TX: Fire/life safety assessment
  • World Trade Center Redevelopment - Manhattan, NY: Multibuilding life safety and egress assessment*
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory - Upton, NY - Multibuilding fire and life safety assessment


Fire Protection System Design /Analysis

  • Woodbourne Correctional Facility - Woodbourne, NY: Campus-wide fire alarm system replacement*
  • Crosspoint 20/30 Warehouse - Dallas, TX: Evaluation of an existing ESFR sprinkler system, and development of an alternative design solution
  • American Dream - Meadowlands, NJ: Smoke Control System Commissioning
  • Trimont Condominium - Pittsburgh, PA: Fire pump replacement design
  • Verona Senior Housing - Hillside, NJ: Fire pump controller evaluation
  • ​Highgate Liberty Point Sprinkler Analysis - Pittsburgh, PA


Loss Investigation/Litigation Consulting

  • Philadelphia Airport - PA: Spray-applied fireproofing investigation and evaluation
  • Confidential Evaluation - Fort Worth, TX: Fire stopping and fireproofing evaluation of an occupied residential building


Passive Fire Protection Consulting

  • Evaluation Residential Apartments - Charlotte, NC: Fire stopping and fire proofing evaluation
  • Evaluation Residential Apartments - Raleigh, NC: Fire stopping and fire proofing evaluation
  • High-Rise Luxury Hotel/Condominium - Honolulu, HI: Fire proofing


Code Development

  • Starwood Hotels & Resorts - Worldwide: Global fire protection and fire life safety requirements; global standard*


Peer Review

  • Multiple hospitality fire protection review reviews of various sizes throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia*
  • Moynihan Station - New York, NY: Fire protection and life safety building code consulting and design review for an existing mixed use office building

*Indicates with previous firm

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)  
Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) - NY Metro Chapter
Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) - NJ/NY Metro Education Foundation, president


Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
Certified Fire Door Inspector
Certified Fire Investigator Instructor
Fire Protection Engineer in MA
Professional Engineer in CT, GA, MA, NC, NY, PA, TX, and WI


State University of New York at Albany
Bachelor of Science, Physics, 1989

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Master of Science Fire Protection Engineering, 1994