David Peraza
David B. Peraza, P.E.
Principal Engineer
Buildings & Structures
  • New York

Mr. Peraza has over 35 years of broad structural and civil engineering experience and is licensed in 14 states. His work has included investigations of major collapses, catastrophe response, diagnosis of design and construction deficiencies, damage caused by adjacent construction, condition assessments, hurricane damage investigations, design of remedial and stabilization measures for distressed buildings, design for renovation projects, and the analysis of unusual structures.  His projects have included high-rise buildings, façades, cranes, parking structures, pre-engineered buildings, industrial facilities, scaffolds, formwork, bridges, and waterfront structures. 

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Mr. Peraza led the emergency engineering response for the City of New York, which continued around the clock for nearly nine months and included the coordination of 39 engineering sub-consultant firms. He has led several high-profile structural collapse investigations including L’Ambiance Plaza, the Four Times Square Hoist Collapse, and the Miller Park crane accident.

Prior to joining Exponent, Mr. Peraza was Vice President with the LZA Technology division of The Thornton-Tomasetti Group.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S.C.E., University of Cincinnati, 1986
  • B.S.C.E., Ohio Northern University, 1977
  • Recipient of the 2014 “Forensic Engineer of the Year” Award, by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Forensic Engineering Division

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #082864

Licensed Professional Engineer, Connecticut, #24771

Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio, #46862

Licensed Professional Engineer, Florida, #64521

Licensed Professional Engineer, Delaware, #14505

Licensed Professional Engineer, North Carolina, #032227

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Jersey, GE-046372

Licensed Professional Engineer, Rhode Island, #8602

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE074422

Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas, #PE102533

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Hampshire, #13243

Licensed Professional Engineer, Massachusetts, #48872

Licensed Professional Engineer, Maryland #45980

Licensed Professional Engineer, Mississippi, #20227

Land Surveyor, Ohio, #6836

Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Engineering Investigations of Hurricane Damage: Wind versus Water. Peraza DB, Coulbourne WL, Griffith M (eds), American Society of Civil Engineers, 2014.

Ratay RT, Peraza DB. Investigation and Analysis of Structural Collapses. In: Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences, Second Edition. Siegel JA and Saukko PJ (eds), Vol. 2, pp. 461-465. Waltham: Academic Press, 2013.

Peraza DB. The First Steps After a Failure. Chapter 5. In: Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009.

Peraza DB, Stovner E. Buildings. Chapter 6. In: Structural Condition Assessment, Wiley, 2005.

Peraza DB. The First Steps After a Failure. Chapter 4. In: Forensic Structural Engineering Handbook, McGraw-Hill, 2000.

Publications and Presentations

Peraza DB, Coulbourne W (Instructors). Short Course: Engineering Investigation of Hurricane Damage: Wind versus Water. Presented at Forensic Engineering 7th Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, Miami, FL, November 2015.

Erdem I, Peraza DB. A case study on a partial collapse of a building with light gage steel framing system. Presented at Forensic Engineering 7th Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, Miami, FL, November 2015.

Ratakonda R, Dolhon A, Peraza DB. Failure of a thin limestone façade. Presented at Forensic Engineering 7th Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, Miami, FL, November 2015.

Erdem I, Peraza D. Case study on construction defects of reinforced concrete walls with insulated concrete forms. Presented at Forensic Engineering 7th Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, Miami, FL, November 2015.

Peraza DB. Forensic engineering investigations of hurricane damage: Wind versus water. Lecture, Met Section of American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY, October 14, 2015.

Peraza DB, Griffith M. Engineering investigations of hurricane damage: Wind versus water. Webinar, American Society of Civil Engineers, April 15, 2015.

Morgan T, DeVore C, Peraza D. Collapse of crossed pendulum ceiling systems due to unstable equilibrium. Structures Congress 2015: pp. 1730–1740, American Society of Civil Engineers.

Shrestha PL, James SC, Shaller PJ, Doroudian M, Peraza DB, Morgan TA. Estimating the storm surge recurrence interval for Hurricane Sandy. Proceedings, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2014: Water without Borders. Huber WC (ed) Environmental Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Portland, OR, pp. 1906–1915, 2014.

Peraza DB. Jet center hangar collapses. Invited Presentation, Design Seminar by Metal Building Manufacturers Association, Cleveland, OH, July 30, 2014.

Peraza DB. Lessons from failures for structural engineers. Invited presentation, Annual Conference of Structural Engineers Association of Ohio, Columbus, OH, September 2014.

Erdem I, Peraza D. Challenges in renovation of vintage buildings. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2014. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000666.

Peraza D. Collapse of jet center hangars under snow load. Presentation at the 6th International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis, Lisbon Portugal, July 2014.

Peraza DB, Erdem I, Kane WM. Collapse of jet center hangars under snow load. Presentation to the 2014 Structures Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, Boston, MA, April 2014

Erdem I, Peraza DB. Errors and omissions in the structural renovation of a vintage building. Presentation to the 2013 Structures Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2013.

Peraza DB. Structural engineering lessons: The devil is in the details. Presentation to Boston Society of Civil Engineers, Boston, MA, November 6, 2013.

Peraza DB. Failures of light gage steel structural framing. Paper and presentation, Proceedings of ASCE 6th Forensic Engineering Congress, San Francisco, CA, November 2012.

Dolhon A, Peraza DB, Erdem I, Ratakonda R. Pre-construction surveys: Lessons learned from construction claims. Paper and presentation, Proceedings of ASCE 6th Forensic Engineering Congress, San Francisco, CA, November 2012.

Peraza DB. Distinguishing damage due to wind versus flood—An ASCE Publication. Paper and presentation, Advances in Hurricane Engineering: Learning from Our Past, Applied Technology Council and Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE, Miami, FL, October 2012.

Peraza DB. Presented at Seminar “Mitigation of Damage to Structures Adjacent to Construction Sites in Urban Environments,” for Lorman Education Services, Plainview, NY, September 2011 and Garden City, NY, September 2012.

Peraza DB. Engineering issues for post-earthquake damage assessment of residential wood frame structures. Presentation to American Automobile Association, Wilmington, DE, March 28, 2012.

Peraza DB. Lessons from failures for structural engineers. American Society of Civil Engineers, Long Island Section, Levittown, NY, March 15, 2012.

Peraza DB, Ratakonda R, Erdem I. Goliath crane accident. Presentation to the 2011 Structures Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, Las Vegas, NV, April 2011.

Ratakonda R, Erdem I, Peraza DB. Gantry crane partial collapse. International Cranes and Specialized Transport, October 2011.

Peraza DB. Co-presented seminar titled “The Adjacent Building Challenge to New Construction Projects in New York City.” Sponsored by the Real Estate Board of New York, New York, NY, June 29, 2010.

Peraza DB. The case for failures. Presentation to the Forensic Engineering Symposium, Metropolitan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Cooper Union, New York, NY, June 29, 2010.

Peraza DB. Forensic structural engineering: Practices and failures. Seminar presented to the New York City Department of Design and Construction, Long Island City, NY, March 18, 2010.

Peraza DB. Steel framing—Performance lessons from forensic investigations. Symposium Aging Buildings: Designing for Longevity, by Architectural Engineering Institute, New York, NY, December 9, 2009.

Peraza DB. Special problems with composite multiwythe masonry walls. Presentation and paper, Proceedings of ASCE Fifth Forensic Congress, Washington DC, November 2009.

Peraza DB, Travis J. Crane safety—an industry in flux. Presentation and paper, Proceedings of ASCE Fifth Forensic Congress, Washington DC, November 2009.

Peraza DB. Co-presented 1 ½ day seminar and workshop on Structural Forensic Engineering. Organized by ETEK (Cypriot engineering board). Cyprus, May 8–9, 2009.

Peraza DB, Wisniewski B. Evaluation of building with severe impact damage: The Banker’s Trust building. Proceedings, ASCE Structures Congress, in Vancouver, BC, April 2008.

Peraza DB. Mechanisms of façade deterioration and failure. Presented at Façade Forensic Workshop as part of Architectural Engineering Institute (ASCE) Conference, Denver, CO, April 2008.

Peraza DB. Undermining and underpinning: Suggestions for minimizing damage to adjacent buildings during construction. Forum Article in Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 2008.

Peraza DB. Avoiding structural failures during construction—Part 2. Structure Magazine, Copper Creek, Reedsburg, WI, February 2008.

Peraza DB. Avoiding structural failures during construction—Part 1. Structure Magazine, Copper Creek, Reedsburg, WI, November 2007.

Peraza DB. Presented the masonry portion of “Sticks and Bricks.” ABA Construction Forum, Los Angeles November 2007.

Peraza DB. The first steps after a failure. Proceedings of ASCE Structures Congress, in Long Beach CA. May 2007.

Peraza DB. Structural condition assessments: Challenges and solutions. Speaker at Construction Safety Week, sponsored by NYC Department of Buildings and SEAoNY, May 3, 2007.

Presented two hour seminar “Avoiding failures during construction” at four venues:

  • NYC Department of Design and Construction, June 21, 2007
  • NYC School Construction Authority, July 17, 2007
  • NYC Department of Buildings, October 26, 2007
  • ASCE Metropolitan Section meeting, November 29, 2007

Peraza DB. Getting to the bottom of underpinning. Structure Magazine, Copper Creek, Reedsburg, WI, December 2006

Peraza DB. Strategies for structural condition assessments of damaged buildings. Structure Magazine, Copper Creek, Reedsburg, WI, August 2006.

Peraza DB. Raising the playing field-quality in the constructed facility. Catastrophe Risk Management, April 2006, London, UK.

Peraza DB. Condition assessment of buildings. Proceedings, SEI Structures Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, St. Louis, MO, May 2006.

Peraza DB, Ratay R. Structural condition assessments—The good, the bad, the ugly. Structural Engineers Coalition of Connecticut, New Haven, CT, March 15, 2006.

Peraza DB. Condition assessment of structures following an event. ASCE Met Section Construction Group Winter Seminar, “Engineering for Disasters: Prevention and Recovery,” New York, NY, March 6, 2006.

Peraza DB, Mendoca D, Stefan P. Innovation, risk, and reward at ground zero. Proceedings, SEI Structures Congress, New York, NY, American Society of Civil Engineers, April 2005.

Peraza DB. First steps after a failure. Proceedings, SEI Structures Congress, American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY, April 2005.

Peraza DB. Evaluation of damaged buildings. Lecture, presented to NYC Department of Buildings, March 2005.

Peraza DB, Zallen RM. Engineering considerations for lift-slab construction. American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, VA, 2004.

Peraza DB. Preservation of perishable evidence. The Owner's Construction Super Conference, San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2003.

Peraza DB. Engineering response to World Trade Center Disaster. Keynote Speech, presented at AGC-DOT Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, December 2002.

Peraza DB. Twin Tower performance. Presented at AGC-DOT, Saratoga Springs, NY, December 2002.

Peraza DB. Lessons from recent collapses of metal buildings. Presented at Cold-formed Steel Structures 2000, 15th International Specialty Conference, St. Louis, MO, October 2000.

Peraza DB. Practical solutions to building envelope problems. Neocon 99 World’s Trade Fair, Chicago, IL, June 1999.

Peraza DB. Recycling of historic piers revitalizes Manhattan waterfront. ASCE 1997 Spring Seminar, “Just Structures,” New York, NY, May 1997.

Peraza DB. Metal deck collapse: Professional liability during construction. ASCE Annual Convention and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN, October 1997.

Peraza DB. Lift-slab construction: Engineering considerations. ASCE Annual Convention and Exposition, Minneapolis, MN, October 1997.

Peraza DB. Lessons from failures II. ASCE Annual Convention and Exposition, Moderator, 1994.

Peraza DB. Assessment of cinder concrete slab construction. Presented at ACI Spring Convention, San Francisco, CA, 1994.

Peraza DB. Investigation of the L'Ambiance Plaza building collapse. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, November 1992.

Peraza DB. Hartford Coliseum collapse in retrospect. Presented at ASCE Structural Engineering Congress, Chicago, IL, September 1985.


Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Concrete Institute

Structural Engineer’s Association of New York

Professional Committees

Member of task force that made recommendations for updating the 2014 Building Code of the City of New York

Member of ASCE/SEI 37 standard “Design Loads for Structures During Construction” 

Member of ASCE/SEI 7 standard “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures”

ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering: Past Chair of Executive Committee 

SEAoNY (Structural Engineers Association of New York): participated on Underpinning Task Force, 2004-2006, which provided recommendations to NYC Department of Buildings

Participated on REBNY’s (Real Estate Board of New York) task force that made recommendations to NYC Department of Buildings regarding façade inspections, which resulted in Local Law 11-98


Knowledge

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S.C.E., University of Cincinnati, 1986
  • B.S.C.E., Ohio Northern University, 1977
  • Recipient of the 2014 “Forensic Engineer of the Year” Award, by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Forensic Engineering Division

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, New York, #082864

Licensed Professional Engineer, Connecticut, #24771

Licensed Professional Engineer, Ohio, #46862

Licensed Professional Engineer, Florida, #64521

Licensed Professional Engineer, Delaware, #14505

Licensed Professional Engineer, North Carolina, #032227

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Jersey, GE-046372

Licensed Professional Engineer, Rhode Island, #8602

Licensed Professional Engineer, Pennsylvania, #PE074422

Licensed Professional Engineer, Texas, #PE102533

Licensed Professional Engineer, New Hampshire, #13243

Licensed Professional Engineer, Massachusetts, #48872

Licensed Professional Engineer, Maryland #45980

Licensed Professional Engineer, Mississippi, #20227

Land Surveyor, Ohio, #6836