Paul Bennett
Paul Bennett, P.E., CBIE
Principal Engineer & Office Director
Buildings & Structures
  • Denver

Mr. Bennett is a licensed civil engineer in 15 states and a licensed general contractor who has worked on a variety of engineering and construction projects, both public and private. He has consulted on numerous cases requiring review of the engineer’s or general contractor’s performance within the Standard of Care. Mr. Bennett has hands-on construction experience working in the construction trades, including framing, excavation, concrete, adhered masonry veneer, construction of water resistive building envelopes, flooring, roofing, plumbing, mechanical, and finish carpentry. As an engineer, he has experience in the structural and architectural design of new buildings and the repair design of damaged structures. Mr. Bennett is involved in the building code development process and has expertise in interpreting and applying building codes.

Mr. Bennett has investigated structural and architectural damage induced by expansive soils, hail, wind, tornadoes, seismic events, fires and explosions, rain, progressive ponding, construction vibrations, and snow events, as well as failures caused by design or construction defects. He has investigated building envelope failures caused by defects in flashing, stucco, exterior insulating finish systems (EIFSs), windows/doors, cladding, roofing, water-resistive barriers, spray foam insulation (SPF), and plaza deck failures, and he has experience in diagnosing condensation problems in structures. Mr. Bennett has conducted hundreds of investigations of both steep and low-slope roofing systems for damage caused by snow, hail, wind, construction errors, and roofing-product defects.

Mr. Bennett has investigated structural performance problems with prestressed concrete buildings and pre-engineered metal buildings. He has conducted in-depth reviews of shop drawings, erection drawings, foundation drawings, engineering calculations, engineering and architectural drawings, and the Standard of Care of the General Contractor and the Engineer of Record.

With experience as a General Contractor, expertise in the building codes, and having designed architectural and structural repairs for structures, Mr. Bennett has evaluated and performed damage cost estimates and cost allocation reports for damaged structures.

As a civil engineer Mr. Bennett has experience in design of grading, drainage, transportation, and utility system infrastructure. He has experience in site design for commercial, industrial, mixed-use, single family, and multi-family projects. Mr. Bennett has experience in the design of roadways, intersections, detention facilities, and other related infrastructure including floodplain analysis. Mr. Bennett has worked on a variety of projects involving raw land development, re-development, roadway improvements, roadway widening, and rehabilitation of roadways and sites that are not functioning properly.

Mr. Bennett has investigated several personal injury cases that occurred in and around structures. As a tribometrist with knowledge of construction, he has investigated slip, trip, and fall incidents as well as construction accidents and their associated injuries.

Mr. Bennett is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado where his research is focused on the durability of building materials and his coursework includes heating ventilation air condition (HVAC), electrical, and illumination (lighting) systems for buildings.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver, 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2000
  • 2008 Larimer County Outstanding Professional of the Year

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Colorado, #PE.0040178

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Kansas, #21570

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Montana, #PEL-PE-LIC-19111

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Nevada, #020278

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, New Mexico, #19272

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Oklahoma, #23864

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Oregon, #86627PE

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, South Dakota, #11409

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Texas, #114752

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Utah, #7333300-2202

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Wyoming, #12138

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Missouri, #2013032909

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Arizona, #62187

Licensed Professional Engineer, Minnesota, #52695

Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio, #PE.81125

Certified Building Inspection Engineer (CBIE) #237

Safety Assessment Evaluator, California Office of Emergency Services #SAP65026

Licensed General Contractor

Crane Signaling and Rigging Certification

Asbestos Awareness Certification

Publications

Stoll S, Bennett P. Assessing wind damaged masonite shingles. Proceedings, ASCE Forensics Congress, November 2015.

Bennett P, Staebler J, Stoll S. Hail impact testing of masonite shingles. Proceedings, ASCE Forensics Congress, November 2015.

Bennett P. Can a girder connect to ledgers or rim joists? – Question and answer. Professional Deck Builder, April 2015.

Bennett P, Fernandez P. Precast double tee roof collapse investigation—A case study. Proceedings, PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, September 2014.

Bennett P, Peterka J, Harris J. A case study in drifting snow behavior. Proceedings, ASCE Structures Congress, April 2014.

Bennett P. Connecting Post to Shallow Joists – Question and Answer. Professional Deck Builder, March 2014.

Bennett P. Structural testing, issues and advances related to structural testing. Structure Magazine, October 2013.

Bennett P. Vibration monitoring and live load test of civil infrastructure with interferometric radar. Proceedings, 9th International Workshop of Structural Health Monitoring, September 2013.

Bennett P. Structural health monitoring of a cable stayed pedestrian bridge with interferometric radar. University of Colorado, December 2012.

Bennett P. The building code and repairs to damaged structures. Proceedings, ASCE 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, November 2012.

Bennett P, Rutz F. Structural health monitoring with interferometric radar. Proceedings, ASCE 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, November 2012.

Bennett P, Liu R. Utilization of vibrational techniques in bridge health monitoring. 2012 IEEE International Conference on Prognostics and Health Management, June 2012.

Bennett P. 2009 Edition of the International Building Code. Colorado Claims Magazine 2011 April; 9(1).

Presentations

Bennett P, Griffith M. Construction defects, failures, and repairs. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 4, 2015.

Bennett P, Ojala D. Structural building analysis. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 3, 2015

Bennett P. Construction defects and failures. Finger Lakes Building Officials Association, Rochester, NY, March 18, 2014.

Bennett P, Fernandez P. Wind provisions of ASCE 7-10. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 7, 2014.

Bennett P, Griffith M. Wall bracing provisions of the 2012 International Residential Code. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 5, 2014.

Bennett P, Griffith M. Construction defects, failures, and repairs. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 6, 2014.

Bennett P, Ojala D. Structural building analysis. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 4, 2014.

Bennett P, Transue D, Doroudian M. Flood impacts: tracing responsibility upstream. Exponent Webinar, January 29, 2014.

Bennett P, Poynter J. Betterment in property claims. NASP Webinar, January 21, 2014.

Bennett P. Building codes and CD litigation. Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (CDLA), Greenwood Village, CO, December 5, 2013.

Bennett P. Wildfire resistant construction. Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) Colorado Chapter, Arvada, CO, November 15, 2013.

Bennett P. Construction defects, failures, and repairs. International Code Council, Atlantic City, NJ, October 1&2, 2013.

Bennett P, Fernandez P. Wind provisions of ASCE 7-10. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 8, 2013.

Bennett P. Wall bracing provisions of the 2012 International Residential Code. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 7, 2013.

Bennett P. Construction defects, failures, and repairs. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 6, 2013.

Bennett P. Structural building analysis. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 5, 2013.

Bennett P. The Building Code and repairs to damaged structures. ASCE 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, San Francisco, CA, November 3, 2012.

Bennett P, Rutz FR. Structural health monitoring with interferometric radar. ASCE 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering, San Francisco, CA, November 1, 2012.

Bennett P. Building envelope failures. Knott Laboratory Continuing Education Seminar, Centennial, CO, September 26, 2012.

Bennett P. Building envelope failures. Zurich Insurance, Schaumburg, IL, August, 21, 2012.

Bennett P. Introduction to soils and foundations. Zurich Insurance, Schaumburg, IL, August, 21, 2012.

Bennett P. Plumbing and mechanical system failures and fraud. Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigative Units, Englewood, CO, May 4, 2012.
Bennett P. Code requirements for repairs to existing structures. Interstate Restoration, Denver, CO, April 13, 2012.

Bennett P. Wall bracing provisions of the 2012 International Residential Code. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 9, 2012.

Bennett P. Construction defects, failures, and repairs. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 8, 2012.

Bennett P, Fernandez P. Wind provisions of ASCE 7-10. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 7, 2012.

Bennett P. Ethics and the expert engineer: Why doesn't my guy agree with your guy? Colorado Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Arvada, CO, November 1, 2011.

Bennett P. The turnkey construction process for single and multi-family homes. Knott Laboratory Continuing Education Seminar, Centennial, CO, September 23, 2011.

Bennett P. Residential cracks, what causes them? Knott Laboratory Continuing Education Seminar, Centennial, CO, September 23, 2011.

Bennett P. Ethics and the expert engineer: Why doesn't my guy agree with your guy? Bar of Nevada Construction Law Section, Reno, NV, September 14, 2011.

Bennett P. Ethics and the expert engineer: Why doesn't my guy agree with your guy? State Bar of Nevada Construction Law Section, Las Vegas, NV, September 13, 2011.

Bennett P. Chapter 34 and the IEBC. Northern Colorado Code Professionals Association, Loveland, CO, September 8, 2011.

Bennett P. Plumbing and mechanical system failures. Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigative Units, Englewood, CO, May 6, 2011.

Bennett P, Fernandez P. Wind and seismic provisions of the ASCE 7-05. Washington Association of Building Officials, Seattle, WA, March 29, 2011.

Bennett P. Construction defects, failures, and repairs. Washington Association of Building Officials, Seattle, WA, March 28, 2011.

Bennett P. Colorado construction law and the ethical expert witness. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, March 11, 2011.

Bennett P, Fernandez P. Wind and seismic provisions of the ASCE 7-05. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 4, 2011.

Bennett P. Construction defects, failures, and repairs. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 3, 2011.

Bennett P. Wall bracing provisions of the 2009 International Residential Code. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 2, 2011.

Bennett P. Masonite roofing. Shelter Insurance Company, Highlands Ranch, CO, November 18, 2010.

Bennett P. Masonite roofing. Knott Laboratory Continuing Education Seminar, Centennial, CO, September 24, 2010.

Bennett P. Contractor fraud. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, May 19, 2010.

Bennett P. Plumbing and mechanical system failures. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, May 19, 2010.

Bennett P. Evaluation of commercial roofing damage. Colorado Defense Lawyer’s Association (CDLA), Denver, CO, April 7, 2010.

Bennett P. Wall bracing provisions of the 2009 International Residential Code. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 5, 2010.

Bennett P. Construction defects, failures, and repairs. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 2, 2010.

Bennett P. Code requirements for repairs to existing structures. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, February 24, 2010.

Bennett P. Evaluation of commercial roofing damage. Knott Laboratory Continuing Education Seminar, Centennial, CO, January 29, 2010.

Bennett P. Evaluation of roofing damage. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, November 19, 2009.

Bennett P. Contractor fraud. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, November 19, 2009.

Bennett P. Contractor fraud. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, November 12, 2009.

Bennett P. Contractor fraud. Colorado Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Englewood, CO, October 20, 2009.

Bennett P. Code requirements for repairs to existing structures. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, October 8, 2009.

Bennett P. Code requirements for repairs to existing structures. All Phase Continuing Education, All Phase Restoration, Windsor, CO, August 20, 2009.

Bennett P. Contractor fraud. Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigative Units, Englewood, CO, July 21, 2009.

Bennett P. The International Existing Building Code. Northern Colorado Code Professionals Association, Loveland, CO, July 9, 2009.

Bennett P. Wood frame construction manual. Colorado Chapter of the International Code Council, Denver, CO, March 3–4, 2009.

Bennett P. Wall bracing provisions of the 2006 International Residential Code. Northern Colorado Code Professionals Association, Loveland, CO, 2008.

Prior Experience

Director of Civil and Structural Engineering, Knott Laboratory, LLC, 2009–2013

Owner and Founder of Alpine Engineering, LLC, 2006–2009

Owner and Founder of Alpine Building and Development, LLC, 2005–2009

Project Manager, DMW Civil Engineering, 2004–2005

Project Manager, VanHorn Engineering and Surveying, 2002–2004

Project Engineer, Tait and Associates, 2001–2002

Project Engineer, Dowing Thorpe and James Architects, 2001–2001

Engineer Intern, Lumos and Associates, 1999–2000

Engineer Intern, Grinnell Fire Protection, 1998–1999

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers—ASCE

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers—ASHRAE

National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers—NABIE

Record Holder National Council of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors—NCEES

International Code Council —ICC

International Code Council, Colorado Chapter (Code Change & Disaster Mitigation Committees)—COICC

Technical Council on Forensic Engineering (Steering Committee for 7th Congress and Failure Investigation Committee)—TCFE

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities – Reviewer

Knowledge

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver, 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 2000
  • 2008 Larimer County Outstanding Professional of the Year

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Colorado, #PE.0040178

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Kansas, #21570

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Montana, #PEL-PE-LIC-19111

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Nevada, #020278

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, New Mexico, #19272

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Oklahoma, #23864

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Oregon, #86627PE

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, South Dakota, #11409

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Texas, #114752

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Utah, #7333300-2202

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Wyoming, #12138

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Missouri, #2013032909

Licensed Professional Civil Engineer, Arizona, #62187

Licensed Professional Engineer, Minnesota, #52695

Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio, #PE.81125

Certified Building Inspection Engineer (CBIE) #237

Safety Assessment Evaluator, California Office of Emergency Services #SAP65026

Licensed General Contractor

Crane Signaling and Rigging Certification

Asbestos Awareness Certification