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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. He has conducted post-earthquake and post disaster investigations, site inspections, structural analysis, repair and retrofit design, construction defect investigations, failure and collapse investigations for numerous residential and commercial developments.

Mr. Kovach’s architectural experience includes evaluation and design of exterior building enclosures. He has provided consulting services as well as evaluation and repair design of damaged and deteriorated concrete, brick, natural stone, cement plaster, EIFS, metal, fiber cement, wood and cast stone building claddings. Mr. Kovach’s enclosure work also includes air, vapor, water and thermal barriers for both vertical (above and below grade walls) and horizontal (roof, terrace and balcony) assemblies. Much of this work included new or remedial design and construction observation services.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

 

EIFS/Stucco/Plaster

  • Toll Brothers - Southeast PA: Stucco evaluations for numerous single- and multifamily housing development projects
  • King of Prussia Mall - King of Prussia, PA: EIFS and EIFS panel modelling, design, and construction services
  • Ships Cove - Fall River, MA: EIFS repair design assist and construction services

 

Litigation Consulting

  • Vertical Screen - Warminster, PA: Structural insulated panel and enclosure claim evaluation
  • Huntingdon Place - Huntingdon Valley, PA: Structural and building enclosure consulting
  • Pulte Homes - Northern CA: Structural consulting for numerous housing development litigation cases

 

Facade Assessment

  • Academy House - Philadelphia, PA: Plaza, planter, reflecting pool, and fountain assessment
  • Naval Square - Philadelphia, PA: Stucco, roofing, window, and balcony assessment
  • Bayside Condominiums - Selbyville MD,: Building enclosure assessment, repair design, and construction support

 

Design-Assist/Peer Review

  • Shops at Riverside - Hackensack, NJ: Enclosure design assist and construction quality control observation
  • Maris Grove - Glen Mills, PA: Enclosure construction quality control observation
  • 20th CBRNE Facility - Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD: Roof and wall air barrier design and construction review

 

Roofing and Waterproofing

  • Wilbur Chocolate Factory - Lititz, PA: Below-grade waterproofing evaluation and repair design
  • 500 Walnut, Philadelphia - PA: Roofing and terrace systems construction observation and quality control
  • California State Capitol - Sacramento, CA: Roof replacement repair design and construction observation

 

Materials Evaluation and Research

  • Ortlieb Bottling House - Philadelphia, PA: Roof deck panel saturation/drying review
  • Hippodrome - New York, NY: Glass adhesion failure investigation
  • South Placer Correctional Facility - Roseville, CA: Chloride contamination assessment

 

Disaster Response

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

Education

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

San Jose State University
Master of Science, Engineering, 2002