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Zachary D. Kates

P.E., S.E., LEED AP Senior Principal & TX Forensics Practice Leader


Zachary Kates has a broad background in the analysis, design and performance of complex structures. He leads our forensic engineering efforts in Texas and the surrounding region. Zach has led numerous forensic engineering investigations including damage assessment of existing facilities, cause and origin analysis of building and bridge failures, evaluation of construction defects and building envelope assessments. He has been involved in emergency response for building and bridge collapses including stabilization and deconstruction and has performed remedial design for failed structures. He also provides litigation support, expert witness and peer review services. Zach has managed engineering teams in the structural design of commercial and residential, government, aviation, healthcare and cultural projects as well as the renovation of existing and historic structures. His extensive portfolio includes the investigation of the Dulles Jet Center hangar collapse in Virginia, and the design of the award-winning Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral in Florida and Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, Georgia.


M.S., Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Zach is a frequent presenter on a wide range of topics, from how to collect forensic evidence to ways of minimizing business interruption risk.