Michael W. Lee

Senior Principal


Michael Lee has investigated hundreds of distressed buildings, parking garages, and other structures. These distressed conditions have involved concrete deterioration, water leakage, collapse, construction deviations, and facade deterioration. Mr. Lee uses structural analyses, load tests, nondestructive testing, and laboratory studies to determine the cause and significance of the distress. He also develops drawings and specifications to repair the affected structures.

Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Lee worked at HDR (formerly W.E. Simpson) and Campbell & Associates, where he acquired fourteen years of structural design experience. At these firms, he was responsible for the analysis, design, or construction administration of over five million square feet of office, medical, parking, and educational facilities. His experience encompasses precast, post-tensioned, two-way, composite, and long-span structural systems. Mr. Lee has also investigated existing structures and designed modifications, as required, by changes in occupancy and loading.


Failure/Damage Investigations

  • Football Stadium - TX: Column reinforcing bar failures during construction
  • Warehouse Facility - Dallas, TX: Steel-framed roof collapse during rainstorm
  • Whole Foods Market - Dallas, TX: Shopping center roof collapse during lifting


Parking Structures

  • Dallas County Parking Garage - TX: Condition assessment of distress in precast, prestressed members
  • JCPenney Home Office Parking Garage - Plano, TX: Evaluation of distress in precast beams, girders, and wall panels
  • Metropolitan Uptown Garage - Houston, TX: Investigation of distress in concrete deck in steel-framed structure


Repair and Rehabilitation

  • Cedar Hill High School Performing Arts Hall - Cedar Hill, TX: Concrete masonry unit wall repair design
  • Richardson Public Safety Campus - Richardson, TX: Analysis of missing slab reinforcement and design of structural enhancement
  • Texas Woman’s University, Science Building - Denton: Analysis and design of structural modifications
  • The Retreat Clubhouse - Cleburne, TX: Investigation and remediation design of wood framing


Structural Evaluation

  • Automated People Mover - TX: Review of guide beam structural system
  • Campbell Soup Company - Paris, TX: Review of concrete beams and foundation
  • High-Mast Light Poles - Various Locations, TX: Evaluation of structural adequacy for wind loads
  • State Highway 332 Bridge - Brazoria County, TX: Stability analysis of steel girders
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute (ACI)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI)
Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT), past board member and past chapter president


Professional Engineer in AR, KS, MO, OK, and TX


University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, 1981
Master of Science, Structural Engineering, 1983