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Stephen W. Foster

Senior Associate and Associate Unit Manager

 
Experience

Since joining WJE in 2010, Stephen Foster has been involved in the evaluation, design, and rehabilitation of numerous engineering projects, including concrete, steel, wood, and masonry structures. He has performed assessments related to corrosion distress, design and construction deficiencies, foundation-related movement, and leakage distress. Mr. Foster is experienced with preparing construction documents and has performed construction administration work on several repair projects, including experience with numerous field testing and ASTM procedures. He also has experience and specialized NACE training for assessment, specification, and quality assurance inspection of concrete and steel coating systems.

Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Foster worked as a graduate research assistant investigating the optimization of bridge deck reinforcement for a research project sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation. While at the University of Texas, he worked as a field engineer with a general contractor and as a structural designer with an architectural engineering firm.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

Condition Assessment

  • Cooling Tower Basin - Austin, TX: Condition assessment and nondestructive evaluation of corrosion-induced concrete distress
  • Seabrook Station - Seabrook, NH: Condition assessment of cracking in equipment vault
  • Turning Basin Terminal - Port of Houston, TX: Condition assessment and nondestructive evaluation of concrete docks
  • IH 345 - Dallas, TX: Condition assessment of post-tensioned bridge deck

 

Repair and Rehabilitation Design

  • Palo Verde Water Reclamation Facility - Tonopah, AZ: Design of repair and rebuild documents for comprehensive concrete repair and maintenance plan
  • Regional Water Treatment Plant - Cedar Park, TX: Concrete and coating repairs for poor construction and water leakage
  • Second Street Parking Garage - Austin, TX: Traffic coating repairs

 

Construction Observation Services

  • County Administration Building - Houston, TX: Quality control inspections and testing of carbon fiber repairs
  • Army Medical Hospital - Killeen, TX: Construction observations of concrete column repairs
  • Navajo Generating Station - Page, AZ: Inspection of boiler system scaffold installation

 

Corrosion Protection

  • Parking Garage - Houston, TX: Design and construction observation of thermal spray metalizing of chloride-induced corrosion
  • Barbours Cut Terminal - La Porte, TX: Design and construction observation of cathodic protection jackets and thermal spray metalizing for piers

 

Failure Investigation

  • Organic Dairy Barn - Paul, ID: Investigation of steel roof truss failure
  • Fertilizer Plant Explosion - West, TX: Assessment of various structures subject to blast wave
  • Precast Plant - San Marcos, TX: Investigation of prestressing assembly failure

 

Historic Preservation

  • French Legation Museum (circa 1899) - Austin, TX: Structural evaluation and rehabilitation design of wood structural systems
  • Lee County Courthouse (circa 1840) - Giddings, TX: Foundation stabilization and structural repairs
  • Williamson County Courthouse (circa 1911) - Georgetown, TX: Condition assessment and rehabilitation design of historic masonry
     
Professional Affiliations

American Concrete Institute
International Concrete Repair Institute
National Association of Corrosion Engineers

Registrations

NACE Certified Cathodic Protection Technician
NACE Certified Coating Inspector - Level 2
NHI Course 130078 - Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques of Steel Bridges
Professional Engineer in FL and TX

Education

University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, 2008
Master of Science, Architectural Engineering, 2010