Robert D. Kuykendall

Senior Associate


Robert Kuykendall joined WJE in 2006 and is experienced in structural investigation, analysis, and repair of low- and high-rise commercial structures, heavy industrial facilities, parking garages, soil-retaining walls, bridges, and residential structures. These projects include structures involving reinforced concrete, post-tensioned concrete, concrete masonry, timber, steel, and carbon fiber materials. Mr. Kuykendall routinely uses nondestructive testing techniques and computer modeling for analysis of existing structures.

Prior to WJE, Mr. Kuykendall worked as a surveying project manager at a civil engineering site design firm. While an undergraduate at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mr. Kuykendall completed cooperative work studies with a private architectural firm and with a load cell manufacturing facility.


Bridge Engineering

  • Varina-Enon Cable-Stayed Bridge - Richmond, VA: Documentation of replacement of post-tensioning tendons
  • Four Bridges - Oklahoma City, OK: Remedial grouting of post-tensioning tendons
  • Four Bridges - Orlando, FL: Condition assessment of post-tensioning systems
  • IH-345 - Dallas, TX: Detailed fatigue assessment of 1.6 miles of twin-girder spans


Construction Services

  • Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Water Reclamation Facility - Tonopah, AZ: Observation of installation of steel reaction frames, inspection of welds, and lifting of existing structures


Failure Investigation

  • Berkman Plaza II - Jacksonville, FL: Investigation of a six-story, post-tensioned parking structure that collapsed during construction
  • Precast Concrete Parking Garage - Atlanta, GA: Investigation of a collapsed bay
  • 17th Street Bridge - Atlanta, GA: Investigation of collapsed architectural steel canopy structure


Nondestructive Testing

  • Elevated Rail - Washington, D.C.: Weld- and anchor-bolt inspections using ultrasound, magnetic particle, and dye penetrant tests in steel-box girders
  • The Lakes III - Columbus, GA: Investigation of slab-on-ground for subgrade settlement using ground penetrating radar


Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • Concrete Masonry Retaining Wall - LaGrange, GA: Design of supplemental support and anchorage for deficient soil-retaining wall
  • Equipment Innovators - Marietta, GA: Design of retrofit of steel framing for an overhead crane for increased capacity
  • Precast Concrete Double-Tee Beam Repairs - Various Locations: Repair of impact-damaged beams using concrete, steel, and carbon fiber-reinforced polymer materials
  • Sears Crosstown - Memphis, TN: Design of lateral-load retrofits for historic masonry parapets


Structural Analysis/Computer Modeling

  • 155 North Lake Avenue - Pasadena, CA: Analysis of an elevated, post-tensioned, concrete slab for increased loading
  • Five-Story Residential - Gainesville, FL: As-built analysis of 125,000-square-foot, timber frame structure for lateral loading


Structural Evaluation

  • Major Retail Chain - Various Locations, U.S.: Investigation of steel-framing connections for gravity and lateral load resistance
  • Gressette Building - Columbia, SC: Investigation of a six-story office building for excessive deflection of post-tensioned concrete slabs
  • Two-Story Residence - Birmingham, AL: Investigation of 13,000-square-foot timber frame structure for design and construction defects
  • Heavy Manufacturing Facility - Birmingham, AL: Investigation of tornado damage at 120,000 square-foot steel-framed facility
Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Steel Construction
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Welding Society


NHI Course 130078 - Fracture Critical I
Structural Engineer in GA


Erskine College
Bachelor of Science, Physics, 1996

Georgia Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, 1996
Master of Civil Engineering, Structural Option, 2006