I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing people on many iconic projects around the world. Watching construction on the Freedom Tower wrap up, after spending more than 10 years on the project, is definitely a career highlight.

As head of the firm’s Protective Design practice, Matt Kmetz provides vulnerability/feasibility assessments, perimeter security protection and anti-terrorist protective design of new and existing buildings. He has extensive experience with U.S. embassies, federal courthouses, office buildings, high-rise towers, airports, transportation hubs and other types of projects in the U.S. and around the world.

Protecting Iconic Structures
Matt’s credits include several high-profile assignments, such as the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site and the renovation of the United Nations Headquarters campus in New York City. For the protective design of these iconic structures, he applied state-of-the-art methods, including nonlinear explicit dynamic finite element analyses of the primary structure and debris mitigating façade. Some of these projects also involved full-scale explosive testing to validate the design concepts.

Matt has also undertaken projects involving the design of protective systems for historic buildings that require highly efficient and least intrusive approaches, such as the Eisenhower Executive Office Building located directly adjacent to the White House complex in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, a Walter Gropius and Paul Weidlinger designed building. He has also provided blast resistant designs for commercial properties, such as Goldman Sachs’ headquarters at 200 West St. in Manhattan, and government buildings, including the Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms headquarters in Washington, D.C., and U.S. federal courthouses in Miami, Florida, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Outside of Work
Matt is an avid runner and enjoys exploring local parks and trails while on the run. He also participates in marathons and half-marathons in many cities around the U.S., including New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Eugene, Oregon. When not working, Matt and his wife like to attend New York Yankees baseball games and spend time outdoors with their two young daughters.

Expertise
• Structural analysis and engineering
• Blast resistant and protective design
• Anti-terrorism force protection
• Anti-ram and perimeter security protection
• Vulnerability and feasibility assessments
• Progressive collapse analysis and design
• Façade hardening