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Richard A. Walther

Principal

 
Experience

Richard Walther has extensive experience in the inspection and evaluation of building and bridge structures that exhibit distress and deterioration. He has particular interest in the field of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and has developed considerable experience in the use of NDE techniques for the assessment of steel, masonry, and concrete buildings and bridges. Mr. Walther has in-depth experience in bridge testing and fatigue and fracture investigations having completed over forty load tests. He has developed and delivered training on bridge construction inspection and bridge rehabilitation design for the National Highway Institute (NHI).

Mr. Walther has completed numerous building envelope studies, particularly involving steel curtain wall and historic masonry systems. His experience includes facade inspection and repair design of high- and mid-rise structures involving distress to envelope components.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Bridge Engineering

  • Central Artery/Tunnel (Big Dig) - Boston, MA: Deputy project manager for $5 million safety audit
  • Fremont Bridge - Portland, OR: Fatigue inspection, load testing, ultrasonic inspection, and repair design
  • Indiana Bridge Pin Inspection Program - Statewide: Inspection and testing of more than 350 bridge pins

 

Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel - Boston, MA: Investigation, repair, and construction administration for historic masonry and terra cotta facade
  • Kaufmann’s (now Macy’s) - Pittsburgh, PA: Investigation, repair, and construction administration for historic masonry and terra cotta facade of flagship store

 

Construction Claims Evaluation

  • Gillette Stadium - Foxborough, MA: Investigation and consultation of claims following construction of new stadium
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute, past president of Illinois chapter
American Society of Civil Engineers - Boston chapter, past chair; Illinois chapter, past vice president
Transportation Research Board

Registrations

Civil Engineer in CA
Structural Engineer in IL

Education

Purdue University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1986
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 1989