An avid world traveler, Chris has been to some two dozen countries on four continents. He has spent almost half of his career working outside of the United States.

Chris Kahanek oversees the West region for the Property Loss Consulting practice. He has more than 10 years of experience in building design, investigation and repair. With a background in both structural engineering and architecture, he manages assignments that involve building envelopes, building services (MEP), fire protection systems and building code compliance. Chris also plays an active role in the development of 3D and 4D forensic information modeling tools for more efficient insurance claim management.

Diverse Background
Earlier in his career, Chris was responsible for the structural design of institutional and commercial buildings in high-wind and high-seismic zones in the United States and the Middle East. In 2010, he shifted his focus to insurance consulting, gaining expertise in the assessment, analysis, repair and retrofit of existing buildings impacted by perils including earthquake, windstorm, flood, snow and fire. After a period of assessing wind and water damage following Hurricane Ike in Houston, Texas, Chris transitioned to managing the firm’s Christchurch, New Zealand, office following the 2010-11 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence, where he oversaw damage assessment and repair of hundreds of buildings. He continues to provide litigation support and expert witness services related to that assignment.

Outside of Work
Chris enjoys hobbies that tread a fine line between art and science. These including cooking, photography, competitive home brewing and the care of a saltwater reef aquarium.

Expertise
• Structural forensics
• Architectural forensics
• Litigation support
• Building repair and retrofit