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Michael Lewis, MS, PE

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Michael began his career in graduate school as a teacher’s assistant and an intern at a local firm assisting with the design of several specialized reinforced concrete, structural steel, and cold-formed steel structures utilizing 3D finite element modeling techniques with RISA3D and ANSYS. Upon graduation, Michael continued his career as a residential engineer.

As a residential engineer, Michael worked with large production homebuilders on many different project types including single-family residences, condos, clubhouses, community entry signs, entry towers, guardhouses, retaining walls, and other structures. His primary responsibility was the design of hundreds of single-family residences in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with masonry, reinforced concrete, steel, cold-formed steel, and wood. Michael was responsible for the development and coordination of construction documents, specification development, shop drawing review, code research, permitting, and oversight of the project’s drafting and engineering team. In addition, he has experience with construction administration and has worked with contractors to resolve construction issues, perform inspections during and after construction, improve structural systems performance, and issue repair letters for problems that arose during construction. Michael worked as a structural engineer for over five years prior to continuing his career in forensic engineering.

As a forensic engineer, Michael has conducted hundreds of inspections as the engineer of record and currently holds an active professional engineering license in 14 states. Mr. Lewis has been involved in structural forensic evaluations for a variety of properties in several states across the United States. Project types include but are not limited to single-family residences, duplexes, townhomes, condos, hotels, gas stations, community centers, restaurants, retail buildings, premanufactured metal buildings, lodges, industrial plants, casinos, churches, and other commercial structures. The scope of these projects included but was not limited to determining the cause and/or extent of damage due to design and/or construction defects, building envelope moisture intrusions, thermal forces, fire, vehicle or tree impacts, and storm-related forces including but not limited to wind, hail, snow, freeze, flood, or surge forces. Building components involved in these inspections included but were not limited to residential and commercial roof systems, exterior wall claddings, building envelopes or moisture/vapor barriers, fenestration systems, structural wall framing, attic framing, plenum framing, structural connections, interior finishes, floor systems, floor surfacing materials, crawlspaces, basements, beam/pier systems, foundations, subterranean structures, docks, pier walkways, seawalls, and screened enclosures. Mr. Lewis has conducted structural evaluations and extent of damage determinations for many residential and commercial structures after the passage of significant storms such as Hurricanes Irma, Michael, Laura, Delta, Sally, Zeta, and Ida. Michael has worked as a forensic engineer for over four years and is continuing his career in this field. During his time as a forensic engineer, Michael has completed his OSHA-10 Hour Hazard Recognition Training, obtained certification in the TRI High Wind Manual Program, completed the CalOES Safety Assessment Program, and currently holds an FAA SUAS Remote Pilot license.

Professional Registrations:

  • PE 37811-E / AL [State of Alabama Professional Engineer]
  • PE 20852 / AR [State of Arkansas Professional Engineering License]
  • PE 83222 / FL [State of Florida Professional Engineer]
  • PE 044043 / GA [State of Georgia Professional Engineer]
  • PE 29040 / KS [State of Kansas Professional Engineering License]
  • PE 37498 / KY [State of Kentucky Professional Engineering License]
  • PE 43006 / LA [State of Louisiana Professional Engineer]
  • PE 29464 / MS [State of Mississippi Professional Engineer]
  • PE 047556 / NC [State of North Carolina Professional Engineer]
  • PE 88281 / OH [State of Ohio Professional Engineering License]
  • PE 33219 / OK [State of Oklahoma Professional Engineering License]
  • PE 35965 / SC [State of South Carolina Professional Engineer]
  • PE 126299 / TN [State of Tennessee Professional Engineering License]
  • PE 131999 / TX [State of Texas Professional Engineer]
  • PE 064931 / VA [State of Virginia Professional Engineering License]
  • OSHA 10-Hour Hazard Recognition and Training
  • 4176116 SUAS Remote Pilot