Christopher Haight, SE

Principal, Operations Manager

Orange County

Meet Chris.

Christopher is a principal, licensed structural engineer, and operations manager for Coffman’s Orange County office. He combines his knowledge in local building design with his experience abroad to lead and manage the growing office. Chris is licensed as a Structural Engineer in four states and the engineer of record on projects across the Western United States.

In 2012, Chris had the opportunity to live and work in Christchurch, New Zealand to assist in the city’s recovery from three devastating earthquakes. He performed numerous seismic assessments and retrofits on damaged buildings and homes. While there, he grew a small engineering office from four to 12 and expanded the engineering expertise throughout the county.

Chris works closely with Jonathan Wirthlin, the LA-OC Regional general manager, and Steven Dannaway, the Downtown LA office operations manager, to form an efficient operating region with multiple service offerings. Chris provides local leadership to manage daily operations, maintain responsive services, and implement the broader business strategy for the metropolitan area.

Chris combines his passion for structures and architecture with his love of traveling. He has been fortunate to visit some of the world’s most iconic buildings and structures with his family. When Chris isn’t traveling, he enjoys attending concerts with his wife and cheering on his beloved Clippers and Angels at games with his children.

Professional Organizations

  • Structural Engineers Association of Southern California.
  • American Institute of Steel Construction.
  • Cal Poly ARCE Industry Advisory Council, Member, 2017-2020.