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Richard Kapp and Tad Boland

Who We Are

After serving as the Staff Structural Engineer for R.S. Noonan, Inc. for 7 years, C.F. “Tad” Boland and one of his engineers Richard Kapp decided that they would take a chance at running their own company. As equal partners, Richard and Tad set out to establish Professional Engineering Associates. PEA opened for business January 1st, 1979 at 3 W. Lewis Plaza. One of the partners’ favorite stories at that office was that there was a single wall phone for the entire floor, so they had to rush down the hall to answer it when it rang.

After gaining clientele and growing their professional reputation, PEA moved to a larger space in 1983, remaining in this location on Cleveland Lane for 22 years. The projects completed during this time were so large and demanding that PEA had to enlist the help of contract employees and 125 employees of a local engineering firm at one point. The substantial growth PEA experienced during these years sparked another move to 110 Edgeworth Street (the current location). Following Tad’s retirement in 2009 (and fully in 2015), the company is now run by 4 partners, with the additions of Jim Pearman, Jeff Barrett, and Alan Lumpkin in 2004. Since its humble beginnings, PEA has developed an impressive resume of projects, but more importantly, repeat clients.

Traditionally, PEA has had more of a concentration in industrial and manufacturing market segments. However, in recent years, PEA has seen a substantial growth in the more “architectural” sectors including higher education, healthcare, residential, and commercial. Today, PEA’s project spectrum is diversified and wide ranging. The project mix provides PEA with the unique ability to provide clients with multiple options to their individual design challenges, offering the most cost-effective solutions. Professional Engineering Associates provides smart solutions through varied experience and advanced technology.

Meet the Principals

RICHARD H. KAPP, M.S. P.E. S.E.

Founding Principal Civil/Structural Engineer

  • 45+ years experience
  • Experience in historical renovations, new buildings, investigations of structural failure
  • Extensive experience in Civil/Site design including storm-water and permit application procedures
  • Successfully completed the Structural II Examination
  • Master of Science – Civil Engineering

JAMES F. PEARMAN III, P.E.

Principal Structural Engineer

  • 35+ years experience
  • Design solutions include those for structural projects ranging from heavy to light industrial, commercial, and timber bridges
  • Experienced in a variety of specialized structure designs for industries including tobacco, pulp and papers, and chemical

ALAN L. LUMPKIN, M.S. P.E.

Principal Structural Engineer

  • 35+ years experience
  • Expertise in industrial, commercial building structures as well as specialty foundation design.
  • Seismic expertise includes seismic evaluations of structures, and statewide seminars on seismic design methods, procedures and best practices.
  • Master of Science – Engineering

JEFF R. BARRETT, MBA P.E. S.E. LEED AP

Principal Structural/Civil Engineer

  • 20+ years experience
  • Successfully completed the Structural II examination (Structural II exam is seismic intensive; required by 11 states for structural engineer licensing)
  • Expertise in healthcare, institutional, residential, and existing structures rehabilitation
  • Masters of Business Administration

Join Our Team

Would you like to be part of an award winning firm?  PEA is currently seeking highly motivated individuals who wish to grow and expand their career.  Submit your application today!

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