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Paul A. Kovach

Associate Principal

 
Experience

Since joining WJE in 1997, Paul Kovach has been involved in both the structural and architectural evaluation and repair of buildings. His broad-based experience includes investigation and field testing, repair design, and construction administration.

Mr. Kovach’s engineering experience includes structural and seismic analyses and evaluations of wood, steel, masonry, and concrete structures. He has conducted post-earthquake evaluations, post disaster investigations, site inspections, structural analysis, repair and retrofit design, construction defect investigations, failure and collapse investigations, and construction administration for numerous residential and commercial developments.

Mr. Kovach’s architectural experience includes evaluation and repair of exterior building envelopes. He has provided roofing, building facade, and waterproofing consulting services as well as evaluation and repair design of damaged and deteriorated concrete, brick, stone, EIFS, cement plaster, metal, and cast stone building facades. Much of this work has included repair design and construction observation services.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Litigation Consulting

  • Pulte Homes - Northern CA: Structural consultant for numerous housing development litigation cases involving hundreds of homes
  • Horizon Casino Resort - Stateline, NV: Structural and building envelope consulting
  • Timberlake Village - Oakland, MD: Construction claim evaluation
  • Cedar Creek - McHenry, MD: Construction claim evaluation

 

Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • Alcatraz Cell House - San Francisco, CA: Investigation and seismic stabilization design
  • Rolling Hills - Fairfield, CA: Stucco and storefront replacement
  • Placer Center for Health - Rocklin, CA: Stucco and stone veneer replacement

 

Facade Assessment

  • Academy House - Philadelphia, PA: Plaza, planter, reflecting pool, and fountain assessment
  • 293 Locust Street - Philadelphia, PA: Thermal and vapor migration evaluation
  • Chapa-De Indian Health program - Auburn, CA: Building envelope evaluation
  • UC Davis Medical - Sacramento, CA: Curtain wall leakage investigation

 

Roofing and Waterproofing

  • California State Capitol - Sacramento: Roof replacement repair design and construction observation
  • Church of Scientology - Sacramento, CA: Below-grade waterproofing evaluation and repair design
  • Placer County Water Agency, Multiple Facilities - CA: Condition assessment and repair design of roofing systems

 

Materials Evaluation and Research

  • Ortlieb Bottling House - Philadelphia, PA: Roof deck panel saturation/drying review
  • Hippodrome - New York, NY: Glass adhesion failure investigation
  • Christiana Mall - Newark, DE: Cast-stone veneer adhesion failure investigation
  • Tahoe Keys - South Lake Tahoe, CA: Roofing membrane chemical deterioration
  • South Placer Correctional Facility - Roseville, CA: Chloride contamination assessment

 

Disaster Response

  • I-5 Tunnel Fire - Newhall, CA: Concrete distress evaluation
  • Tropical Storm Sandy - PA, NJ, and NY: Numerous post-storm damage investigations
Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers
ASTM International
Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers
National Roofing Contractors Association

Registrations

Professional Engineer (Civil) in CA and NV
Professional Engineer in DE, MD, NY, and PA

Education

California Polytechnic State University
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, 1997

San Jose State University
Master of Science, Engineering, 2002