Zachary is a Forensic Architect for Allied Engineering. Zachary is a Causation and Construction Expert and has conducted investigations to determine cause and origin of failures, damages, and defects for residential and commercial buildings. He has also provided damage assessment of structures, construction analysis and inspections of hundreds of commercial, educational, retail, multi-family and residential projects over his 25 years of experience. His damage assessment of buildings experience includes the evaluation of construction systems for masonry, steel and wood structures; along with the assessment of roof systems, flashing and sealant installation at various fenestration elements, such as windows, exterior doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts. Zachary has performed over 500 forensic investigations and possesses extensive knowledge of building means, methods and details. Zachary has testified as an expert in depositions involving property damages for insurance claims.
Zachary has experience in understanding the symptoms in building damage and tracking down the cause. He has construction and design experience and the understanding of materials, systems and proper detailing. He understands the physics of materials and natural forces, and how they interact with products and elements installed on buildings. He understands how investigate and interpret damage to structures as well as the cause of building failures. He has prepared scope of work for remediation and design documents for repair of existing structures, preformed evaluations of existing buildings and reviewed construction documents for buildings to determine code conformance. He also provides clear, concise and accurate reports for the damaged structures that he has investigated. Zachary is extremely familiar with the process of creating a building as well as the way structures should act in the built environment exposed to the forces of nature.
In addition, Zachary has extensive expertise in building and accessibility code evaluations, building design defect analysis, along with investigations resulting from potential errors made during the construction process. Zachary has also designed and constructed several upgrades to municipal facilities having them conform to the American Disabilities Act and accessible to the public.
Zachary is also the owner of Wethington and Associates, a practicing Architectural Firm with Consulting Engineers providing services to clients in the areas of multi-family residential, retail, office, food service and residential sectors. These projects consist of new construction, reconstruction and renovations. He has designed, permitted, inspected and provided construction administration for these facilities throughout the several phases of each project.
RA, HCI-W/R/C, AIA, NCARB, LEED ®AP