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Zeno A. Martin

Associate Principal

 
Experience

Zeno Martin has accomplished numerous investigations of existing structures focused on structural issues, including performance, excessive movements, deterioration, fire damage, construction defects, and failures, and designing appropriate repairs. He has examined many types of structures, including low-rise and high-rise buildings, parking structures, bridges, temporary falsework, tanks, and foundations. Mr. Martin has experience evaluating and designing with concrete, steel, wood, and masonry materials.

Prior to joining WJE in 2008, Mr. Martin worked for APA - The Engineered Wood Association, where he tested to failure a wide variety of wood structural products, including large-scale assemblies. He also has experience developing building code design provisions and deriving design values. Mr. Martin was instrumental in the development of new wall bracing provisions now in the International Building Code and International Residential Code.

Mr. Martin is a coauthor of Design of Wood Structures and a chapter author in the APA Engineered Wood Handbook, both published by McGraw-Hill. He has authored dozens of papers and regularly presents at professional conferences.

An experienced expert witness, Mr. Martin has testified in two jury trials, numerous depositions and insurance appraisals, and has presented to a dispute review board.

REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS

 

Structural Analysis

  • Clatskanie Ethanol Plant - Clatskanie, OR: Investigation of process tank bolted connection failures
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences - Seattle, WA: Post-tensioned concrete slab deflection analysis
  • Hylebos Bascule Bridge - Tacoma, WA: Deterioration assessment and load rating of steel bascule trusses

 

Failure/Damage Investigations

  • I-84/Robinson Road Bridge - Nampa, ID: Steel falsework collapse
  • Capital High School - Olympia, WA: Wood roof truss collapse

 

Repair and Rehabilitation

  • Group Health Cooperative - Everett, WA: Design of new cladding structural support and attachments to existing structure
  • Duwamish Cohousing - Seattle, WA: Repair design for damages due to expansive fill under concrete slabs

 

Litigation Consulting

  • Morse Square - Bellingham, WA: Investigation of wood shear wall construction defect claims
  • McGuire Apartments, Carpenters Tower - Seattle, WA: Investigation of post-tensioning and reinforced concrete damages claim
  • Harmon Tower - Las Vegas, NV: Investigation of reinforced concrete construction defect claims

 

Instrumentation/Monitoring/Load Testing

  • Hundreds of Element and Assembly Tests: Oriented strand board, plywood, glulam, laminated veneer lumber, I-joists, and other wood composites*

 

Historic Preservation

  • Astoria Column - Astoria, OR: Structural condition assessment of reinforced concrete column tower
  • Rotchev House - Fort Ross State Park, CA: Condition assessment of log timber residence constructed circa 1836

 

Wood Structures

  • Jewell Elementary - Bend, OR: Designed structural repairs and full-scale load testing for timber trusses
  • Peavy Hall, Oregon State University - Corvallis, OR: Cross Laminated Timber assessment

 *Indicates with previous firm

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
APA – The Engineered Wood Association

Registrations

Civil Engineer in CA, ID, OR, and WA
Structural Engineer in AK, ID, NV, OR, and WA

Education

Michigan Technological University
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 1996
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, 1999