Peter Kolf, P.E., S.E.

Peter Kolf, P.E., S.E.

Principal Structural Engineer
SKOKIE, IL

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Biography

Mr. Kolf has extensive industry experience and is active in a wide range of projects involving structural evaluation, strengthening, rehabilitation, troubleshooting of construction-related problems, and durability enhancement. Typical projects have involved evaluation of the extent and causation of structural distress or deterioration, as well as development and implementation of repairs. These projects have incorporated industrial, commercial, and residential structures; parking garages; water treatment structures; cokers; bridges; piers; tunnels; stadiums; plaza decks; and building facades.

Mr. Kolf’s structural analysis and design projects include the repair of a distressed 100-meter high industrial tower through a unique application of post-tensioning, analysis of a failed transfer slab that forced the evacuation of a 15-story condominium building, and repair of post-tensioned concrete parking structures. He has investigated structural failures including bridge collapses and the collapse of a 425-ft high communications antenna.

Peter’s extensive and diverse experience provides value to clients by facilitating creative solutions to each unique project.

Education

M.S. in Civil Engineering

Northwestern University, 1985

Education

B.S. in Civil Engineering

Columbia University, 1983

Publications

Saluda, B. P., E. C. Dodge, P.R. Kolf, and C.A. Olson. 2018. “Reinforced Concrete Antenna Pedestal: Evaluation of concrete consolidation using nondestructive testing and statistical analysis.” Concrete International, April, pg. 40-45.

Kolf, P. R. and T. J. Willems. 2011. “How to Fix Concrete.” L&M Concrete News. Vol. 10, No. 1. 7-9. Summer.

Kolf, P. R. and D. L. Byrd. 2008. “Assess Your Cooling Tower’s Condition.” Power Magazine, Volume 152, Number 8. August.

Kolf, P. R. and D. L. Byrd. 2008. “Knowledge is Power: How Comprehensive Cooling Tower Evaluations Benefit the Energy Industry.” White Paper distributed by CTLGroup. April.

Sullivan, T. M., P. R. Kolf, M. G. Carfagno, S. J. Smith, and J. R. Nichols. 2006. “Repair of Duck Creek Culvert.” Structure Magazine. October.

Kolf, P. R. and R. G. Oesterle. 2005. “Evaluation and Structural Retrofitting of a Cement Plant Preheater Tower.” Structures 2005: Metropolis & Beyond, Proceedings of the 2005 Structures Congress and the 2005 Forensic Engineering Symposium, New York. April.

Kolf, P. R. and R. G. Oesterle. 2004. “Strengthening of a Reinforced Concrete Preheater Tower, Florence, Colorado.” Concrete Repair Bulletin, Volume 17, Number 6. November/December.

Corley, W.G., M. K. Lim, and P. R. Kolf. 1998. “Use of Nondestructive Testing to Determine Physical Properties of Reinforced Concrete In-Situ.” Proceedings, RILEM International Conference on NDT and Experimental Stress Analysis of Concrete Structures, Bratislava, Slovakia, October.

Vincent, J. F. and P. R. Kolf. 1994. “Repairs to Paulina Street Parking Structure.” Concrete International, Vol. 16, No. 3, 39-41. March.

O’Connor, J. P. and P. R. Kolf. 1993. “High-Rise Facade Evaluation and Rehabilitation.” Concrete International, Vol. 15, No. 9, 50-55. September.

Kolf, P. R. and S. H. Gebler. 1993. “Shotcrete Application Tolerances.” Concrete Construction, Vol. 38, No. 4, 287-289. April.

Gebler, S. H., P. R. Kolf, G. W. Seegebrecht, A. Litvin, and J. F. Vincent. 1991. “Shotcrete: Surveillance for Durable Structures – Case Histories.” Proceedings of the Second CANMET/ACI International Conference on Durability of Structures, Montreal, Canada, ACI SP 126, Vol. II, 869-900. August.

Affiliations

American Concrete Institute

American Institute of Steel Construction

American Society of Civil Engineers

International Concrete Repair Institute

Committee 210: Evaluation

Committee 320: Concrete Repair Materials & Methods

Technical Activities

Award

CTLGroup Dr. W. Gene Corley Legacy Award – MDSCC Antenna Pedestal Project, 2018

NASA Group Achievement Honor Award – DSS-54 Azimuth Track and Pedestal Concrete Repair, 2014

International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) Award of Excellence: Longevity Category – Repairs to Paulina Street Parking Garage, 2014

NASA Group Achievement Honor Award – Concrete Evaluation and Repair of the DSS-35 Beam Waveguide Antenna Pedestal, 2013

ICRI Project of the Year – Strengthening of a Reinforced Concrete Preheater Tower, 2004

Post-Tensioning Institute (PTI) Best in Class, Strengthening/Rehabilitation Category – Strengthening of the Holcim Portland Plant Preheater Tower, 2004

ICRI Award of Excellence – Structural Repairs to the Catholic Church of St. Joseph, 2003

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) Award of Merit – Structural Repairs to the Catholic Church of St. Joseph, Menomonie, WI, 2003

ICRI Award of Excellence – Repairs to Paulina Street Parking Structure, 1993

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