During his 45-year career, Boris has arguably spent more time on a swing stage than many engineers have working in or out of the office.

Boris Gimelshteyn has more than 45 years of experience in the structural design and analysis of steel, concrete and wood structures. He has extensive knowledge of exterior masonry façade troubleshooting and specializes in the investigation of curtain walls, roofs and waterproofing systems. His body of work encompasses hundreds of buildings in Manhattan alone, ranging from landmark hotels to mid-rise office buildings, medical centers and Fifth Avenue residential towers. Historic work includes the 1981 Hyatt Regency Hotel walkway collapse and the 1983 Mianus River Bridge collapse.

Exterior Envelope Specialist from Start to Finish
Boris works like a private investigator, conducting field surveys and scaffolding investigations to identify the sources of problems associated with exterior building elements, and provides cost-effective methods of repair. His responsibilities include preparing restoration specifications, drawings and details, and project scheduling through revised details according to field conditions.

Communication First
Boris is highly skilled at coordinating with clients, contractors and manufacturers’ representatives. On the Lincoln Towers residential project (his first after formally joining Thornton Tomasetti) he recommended holding a forum for board members, management and residents so they could pose project-related questions to the engineer and contractor. His forum approach has since been successfully implemented on a variety of projects.

A Long History with the Company
Boris grew up in Lvov, Ukraine, and came to the United States in 1979. Soon after arriving, he joined Zetlin-Argo and worked with Lev Zetlin, the founder of the Thornton Tomasetti legacy firm. During his lengthy career, Boris has arguably spent more time on a swing stage than many engineers have working in or out of the office.

Expertise
• Assessment and renovation
• Façade and roof rehabilitation
• Feasibility studies