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Jim Royston, MS, PE, was retained to investigate an alleged fall injury accident at a local grocery store. Jim has extensive experience in investigating these types of injury accidents, as well s industrial accidents, bicycle accidents and falls from height.
Laura Hatfield, Business Development & Project Coordinator attended the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Annual conference in Colorado Springs, CO
WERC’s Structural engineers were retained to conduct elevation surveys on behalf of a local homebuilder to evaluate possible structural movement claims.
Bob Hessek, PE, was retained to act as an appraiser in a disputed claim involving alleged hail damage to a single family residence in Wyoming.
Mechanical Engineer, Joe Dezman, MS, PE, was retained to evaluate the alleged hail damage of HVAC units on multiple commercial properties following the recent hail storms in Colorado.
Structural Engineer, Bob Hessek, PE, travelled to Wyoming to inspect several single family residences for claims of structural movement.
WERC’s Structural and Electrical professionals have been retained to inspect a multi-family property in Denver, Colorado following an explosion.
WERC was a proud sponsor of the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association annual conference. Jim Royston, MS, PE and Bob Hessek, PE, attended the event in Snowmass, Colorado.
WERC professional engineers and/or architects are licensed in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Michigan, Washington, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Kansas, and Nebraska, and we are available to assist in investigative needs in any of these states.
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA inspected a handicap accessible ramp for building code compliance at a local community center in Colorado relative to a fall injury accident.
WERC’s structural engineers conducted site investigation and observed destructive testing that was being performed at a four-story multi-family building in Denver. Structural damage due to water infiltration had been alleged.
Joe Dezman, MS, PE, was deposed in a matter involving the failure of PEX plumbing components that had failed and caused damage to a residence.
Jim Royston, MS, PE, served as umpire to resolve a hail damage claim regarding a building in Northern Colorado.
Bob Hessek, PE, investigated a single-family residence in Alpine, Wyoming. The investigation involved distress to the roof structure of the residence that was caused by soil and foundation movement.
WERC’s mechanical engineers investigated a boiler explosion at a multi-story residential complex.
Jim Royston, MS, PE, evaluated two commercial buildings in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, investigated a window leakage problem at a high-rise condominium in the Golden Triangle neighborhood of Denver, Colorado.
WERC was a proud sponsor of the Rocky Mountain Property Claims Association (RMPCA) Annual Golf Tournament at Raccoon Creek Golf Course, Littleton, Colorado.
In the course of conducting numerous destructive tests, WERC’s Product Failure Analysis team live-streamed one of its examinations to the other experts located on the East Coast.
Bob Hessek, PE, conducted site investigation of single family residence; retained by law firm representing professional engineer that is being sued for services provided concerning inspection of the subject property.
Laura Hatfield, Business Development & Project Coordinator, attended the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Litigation Skills conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
WERC professionals were retained to investigate a multi-million-dollar hail damage claim to a commercial building in Denver.
Jim Royston, PE, president of WERC, testified in a jury trial on behalf of a municipality relative to alleged structural damage caused by a broken water main.
WERC professionals were retained to investigate the cause of a fire in a solar collection system in Southern California.
Bob Hessek, PE, was retained to evaluate the cause of reported deterioration of a residential floor system in Wyoming. The floor framing had experienced server deterioration and failure due to decay.
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, was retained to monitor spray testing of windows at a residence to evaluate claims of water intrusion and leaking windows.
Structural Engineer Bob Hessek, PE, was retained to design repairs for a structurally damaged residence in Texas.
Laura Hatfield, Business Development & Project Coordinator, attended the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) two-day annual claims conference.
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, began a series of site inspections to evaluate the extent of damage and scope of repair of the stucco system; framing and OSB sheathing at a multi-million-dollar custom home.
Joe Dezman, MS, PE, provided deposition testimony on behalf of a contractor in a large water loss case relative to an alleged faulty well pump installation.
WERC’s Mechanical Department and Fire Investigation Department were retained to investigate the cause of a fatal building fire in the Denver Metro area.
DEC 23, 2015
WERC is pleased to announce that Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, is now a Certified XL Tribometrist. The CXLT certification has become a recognized, respected and significant credential in the world of walkway safety and meaningful tribometry.
NOV 23, 2015
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, completed a two-day Building Science Experts’ Seminar in Westford, Massachusetts. Presented by world renowned building science expert, Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D, P.Eng., this seminar discussed building diagnostics and repairs of roofs, attics, decks, and building envelopes.
NOV 7, 2015
Laura Hatfield, Business Development & Project Coordinator attended the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Annual conference in Reno, Nevada.
OCT 14, 2015
Jim Royston, PE, provided deposition testimony on behalf of a large builder/developer of a multi-family residential development relative to alleged construction defects.
SEP 2, 2015
Jim Royston, PE, president of WERC recently completed an investigation of a multi-family residential structure that had was damaged by swelling soil. The owner claimed that the structural engineer did not properly design the structure. Mr. Royston reviewed all the claims made and ultimately determined that all claims were unfounded, and the professional services provided by the structural engineer were appropriate, and were performed in accordance with the standard of care for structural engineers.
AUG 26, 2015
Joe Dezman, MS, PE, investigated a plumbing failure that flooded a home and was allegedly caused by a faulty water well pump at a home in Monument, Colorado.
AUG 14 , 2015
Bob Hessek, PE, and Jim Royston, PE, have evaluated the parking garage structure at a recently constructed residential multi-family building, addressing claims made by the building ownership. Based on their evaluation, Mr. Hessek and Mr. Royston determined that portions of the structural concrete floors need to be strengthened.
JUL 27, 2015
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, completed a construction defect report for an existing multi-family building in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Kozik was the building envelope and architecture expert for the defense who represented the General Contractor. The construction defect cased included alleged defects associated with thin brick veneer, stucco veneer, and fire resistive assemblies.
JUL 21 , 2015
Structural engineer Bob Hessek, PE, was retained to evaluate a 4-plex residential apartment building. The purpose for our investigation was to determine the extent of damage to the property associated with an arson fire at the neighboring property and to provide preliminary repair recommendations to address the structural condition of the building. Mr. Hessek provided the client with a verbal summary of the findings, and advice regarding the scope of repairs needed to restore the building.
JUL 7, 2015
Bob Hessek, PE, testified on behalf of his client, an international homebuilder, at an arbitration hearing involving the structural condition of the three single-family residences in the Denver Metropolitan area.
JUN 29 , 2015
Jim Royston, PE, traveled to Jackson, Wyoming to investigate a construction defect claim involving a multi-family residential unit.
JUN 22 , 2015
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, traveled to Dover, Idaho where he investigated cupped wood flooring allegedly associated with crawlspace ventilation. Crawlspace design and construction is a unique challenge as many systems to be addressed; such as exterior grading, foundation drainage, foundation waterproofing, roof drainage, landscape irrigation, vapor diffusion, air sealing and insulation.
JUN 18 , 2015
Carl Muha, PE and Bob Hessek, PE, were retained by the insurance company for a local municipality to investigate a structural damage claim at the City Hall following the installation of a flood mitigation system.
JUN 5, 2015
Structural expert, Bob Hessek, PE, was retained by an International Homebuilder to provide expert consulting and testimony regarding Structural Warranty claims. Over his thirty-five year career, the majority of Bob’s experience has been in providing engineering services for residential builders.
JUN 1 , 2015
WERC’s Electrical Department was retained to investigate a large loss in Wyoming involving a wastewater treatment plant.
MAY 7 , 2015
Jim Royston, PE, presented on the topic of Soils, Sinking Houses and Construction Defects at the Wyoming Claims Association spring seminar. This class is designed to teach claims adjusters basic knowledge of soils movement, foundation issues and common construction defects.
APR 17 , 2015
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA recently completed a four-day seminar for Level 1 Thermography certification. WERC is proud to offer thermography services using infrared cameras to help diagnose a variety of defects related to insulation, water intrusion, air leakage, mechanical systems, and masonry reinforcement.
APR 4 , 2015
Senior Fire Investigator, Anthony Ulaszek, CFEI, CVFI, CFII, investigated the origin and cause of a residential fire. He was assisted by WERC’s Electrical Engineering department ensuring that we had the most qualified personnel on the scene and that every possible cause was thoroughly investigated.
APR 3 , 2015
When it was realized that the floors of a townhome were adventurously off level, Bob Hessek, PE, was called upon to evaluate the situation. While the home was relatively stable, the floors were sagging. Bob designed a repair plan to shore up the main level and upper level floors.
MAR 19, 2015
Laura Hatfield, Business Development & Project Coordinator attended the National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Litigation Skills conference in Napa, CA.
MAR 18, 2015
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA inspected damage associated with the construction of concrete balconies at a mixed-use building in Boulder, Colorado. The construction defect case also includes alleged defects of thin brick veneer and stucco veneer.
FEB 12, 2015
Carl Muha, PE, and Kevin Walker, EI, investigated the scene of an injury accident in Loveland, Colorado. Mr. Muha provided a verbal report to his client relative to the cause of the accident.
FEB 5, 2015
Jim Royston, PE, provided deposition testimony on behalf of a national corporation relative to a parking lot related fall incident on newly fallen snow.
JAN 22, 2015
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA testified to a three member arbitration panel relative to a multi-family residential construction defect. The building envelope related claims included defects of window flashings, balcony waterproofing, brick veneer, sealant joints, EIFS, fiber cement lap siding, and EPDM roofing.
JAN 16, 201f
WERC’s Mechanical Engineers recently investigated a fatal vehicle accident involving a head-on collision between a car and a pick-up truck. Black box data analysis was performed to help determine the facts of the accident.
JAN 5, 2015
Jim Royston, PE, traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to investigate and document water intrusion into a multi-story residential building. Mr. Royston provided a verbal assessment to his attorney client related to the cause of the water entry.
JAN 1, 2015
President & Principal Engineer, Jim Royston, PE, lead the effort to prepare WERCs application to the United States Air Force to provide forensic engineering services. This was a collaborative effort with MC Alliances and several other established Colorado consulting firms.
DEC 23, 2014
With the consent of the involved parties, Joe Dezman, MS EI, live streamed a destructive examination of a supply line to the opposing expert in California. This allowed for remote viewing of a destructive exam without the added cost of travel.
DEC 11, 2014
Jim Royston, PE, attended the ACEC Ethics Seminar. Educational courses such as this are informative and needed to obtain continued education (CE) credits. CE credits are required by several states in which Mr. Royston is licensed.
DEC 11, 2014
Joe Dezman, MS EI, traveled to Grand Junction, Colorado to participate in a destructive examination of a commercial clothes dryer that was involved in a fire. WERC regularly travels in-State and out-of-State to represent its clients at evidence examinations.
DEC 3, 2014
Structural Engineer, Bob Hessek, PE, traveled to Las Cruses, New Mexico, in order to investigation and determine the cause of the collapse of an adobe wall and to provide recommendations for repair.
DEC 1, 2014
Jim Royston, PE, spent several days in northwest Wyoming evaluating structure movement claims with several residences. The movement problems were all associated with soil related movement of foundations.
NOV 14, 2014
Kevin Walker, EI, investigated a freeze failure at a local government facility. WERC completed its investigation and issued a Report of Findings to the client within 2 weeks.
NOV 10, 2014
Laura Hatfield traveled to Orlando, FL to exhibit at the 2014 National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) Annual Conference. WERC is a long-time sponsor of NASP and proudly displayed its capabilities to the 700+ attendees.
NOV 7, 2014
Structural Engineer, Bob Hessek, PE, evaluated the extent of damage to a concrete foundation that resulted from a fire, at a residence in Granite Canon, Wyoming. Upon completing his investigation Bob issued a Report of Findings to the client within 2 weeks.
NOV 7, 2014
Jim Royston, PE, inspected the partial failure of a bridge under construction in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Royston provided a verbal summary to his attorney client regarding the cause of the failure.
NOV 5, 2014
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA testified in a personal injury trial for the defense regarding ASTM standards and the ADA Accessibility guidelines relative to an individual to who fell off a short retaining wall. Mr. Kozik’s testimony was important to his client receiving a defense verdict.
NOV 1, 2014
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, has been elected as the Roundtable Coordinator for the Building Enclosure Council, Denver Chapter.
OCT 23, 2014
In order to better service our clients WERC’s structural engineering team is attending the SEAC (Structural Engineers Association of Colorado) Fall Seminar expanding their knowledge base on Snow Loads on Unusual Roof Shapes and Fire Resistance Rated Construction.
OCT 20, 2014
Architect Jeremy Kozik is scheduled to testify in an upcoming personal injury trial regarding ASTM standards and ADA relative to an individual who fell off a short retaining wall.
SEP 29, 2014
Structural Engineer Robert Hessek has been called in to investigate damage to a single-family residence in Belen, NM, after a six-foot section of the residence’s plaster ceiling collapsed, allegedly, due to the vibrations of a local nearby train.
SEP 23, 2014
Carl Muha, Mechanical Engineer, investigated a local outdoor public pool where a Frozen Piping failed caused serious water loss and damages.
SEP 20, 2014
Robert Hessek, Structural Engineer, investigated a Multi-Family Apartment complex in Fort Collins, CO regarding a Construction Defect (CD) case where problems related to a Slab-On-Grade Foundation caused cracking of the drywall and cracking at entryways and windows.
SEP 11, 2014
Engineers Kevin Walker and Carl Muha, evaluated a hydronic coil from a HVAC system to determine mode of failure that resulted in water damage to a property in NV.
SEP 10, 2014
WERC’s President and structural expert, Jim Royston, testified in a personal injury case involving a concrete Stair Tread Failure. Mr. Royston’s explanation of the failure to the jury was crucial in helping his client, a local Defense Attorney, receive a defense verdict.
SEP 9, 2014
Joe Dezman and Carl Muha, experts in WERC’s mechanical department, developed a new Testing Protocol to determine the quality of brass used to manufacture Supply Riser Components. These tests will identify the levels of zinc in riser components and the susceptibility of the material to undergo Dezincification.
SEP 9, 2014
Carl Muha and Kevin Walker investigated the mode of failure of a Drinking Fountain linked to a water loss at a local Denver Tech Center business.
SEP 8, 2014
Robert Hessek, Structural Engineer, evaluated a residential Fort Lupton home showing distressed and Cracking Drywall. After determining Helical Pier installation would be the solution to the structural damage, Bob worked with the contractor to come up with the most economical course of installation.
SEP 7, 2014
Carl Muha and Kevin Walker investigated the failure of a wall mounted speaker that allegedly caused Personal Injuries.
AUG 21, 2014
WERC president, Jim Royston, and Architect, Jeremy A. Kozik, investigated a large custom residence in Jackson Hole, WY. WERC has been retained by the attorney who represents the General Contractor in this Construction Defect Lawsuit.
AUG 13, 2014
Carl Muha, Mechanical Manager, evaluated a failed water heater that caused significant water loss at large Commercial High-rise located in downtown Denver.
AUG 6, 2014
Architect Jeremy Kozik attended a Building Enclosure Council meeting and seminar, today, to increase his knowledge of “Silicone Sealants & Coatings – Building Construction & Restoration.”
JULY 29, 2014
Architect Jeremy A. Kozik, investigated a four story mixed-use building in Englewood, CO for a client who represents the General Contractor in a Construction Defect lawsuit. 7/18/14 – Jeremy A. Kozik testified in a jury trial involving alleged defects and damage associated with closed-cell spray Foam Insulation.
JULY 15, 2014
Structural Engineer Robert Hessek was been retained to investigate concrete Floor Slab Movement of a residential home where the Leaking of Exterior Faucets were the alleged culprit; analysis determined movement to be caused by multiple factors other than the plumbing leaks.
JULY 7, 2014
Jeremy A. Kozik, AIA, spent a week in Durango, CO investigating alleged defects and damage associated with the building envelope at a townhome complex. Mr. Kozik was hired by the attorneys who represent the General Contractor in this Construction Defect Lawsuit.
JULY 2, 2014
Engineers Joe Dezman and Kevin Walker, under the direction of Carl Muha, recreated the events surrounding a water loss using a Laboratory Mock-up of the stud space in a residential wall.