Brian Walkenhauer, SE

Managing Principal


Meet Brian

Brian is a structural engineer, and the managing principal for Coffman’s Burlington office. He leads a growing multidiscipline team and drives business development through the development of long-lasting client relationships and a high-functioning team. He believes that the most successful projects are the result of hard work by dedicated, collaborative teams.

Brian’s background as a structural engineer includes a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and military projects. Specific projects include high-rise apartment buildings, hospitals, schools, fire stations, aircraft hangers, and industrial facilities. Brian has designed over 1 million square feet of post-tensioned concrete slabs and has significant experience with the seismic retrofit of existing structures. His retrofit experience includes earthquake repairs to structures damaged in the 2014 South Napa earthquake as well as seismic retrofit of a fully operational hospital emergency department building using friction dampers. Brian’s broad range of experience brings ingenuity to his designs and a thoughtful approach to every project.

Brian has a deep love of the outdoors and loves exploring the North Cascades with his wife and two children. You will find him hiking, rock climbing, hunting, or skiing in his free time. One of his personal goals is to summit the 100 highest peaks in Washington state.

Professional Organizations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW)
  • Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  • Northwest Construction Consumer Council (NWCCC)
  • Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA)

Publications and Awards

  • “Full Floor Height Special Truss Moment Frames (STMF) for Twin Tower Hotel High-Rise”, coauthor for paper presented at SEAOC Convention, 2013
  • “Epoxy Anchors in URM Elements with Mechanical Enhancements to Achieve Higher Tension and Shear Capacities”, coauthor for paper presented at SEAOC Convention, 2014
  • “Napa Church Earthquake Damage Repair & Retrofit”, coauthor for paper presented at SEAOC Convention, 2015
  • “Seismic Evaluation and Upgrade of a Non-Ductile Concrete Shear Wall Hospital Patient Tower Located in a Low Seismic Hazard Area”, paper presented at SEAOC Convention, 2016
  • “Seismic Upgrade of a One-Story Pre-Northridge Moment Frame Hospital Building by Attaching Its Roof Diaphragm to a Newly Constructed Concrete Shear Wall Building with Friction Dampers”, coauthor for paper presented at SEAOC Convention, 2017