Bruce Straughan PE, CEM, CEI

Senior Project Manager

Contact Info




(720) 525-9378



Denver, CO


Bruce is a licensed Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years of experience in building systems, including HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, appliances, and fire protection. Early in his career, Bruce worked in design and performance contracting, which included hiring and managing mechanical, electrical, and temperature controls contractors. He then worked in commissioning new and existing buildings for 8 years before moving into forensics in 2015. Since then, he has been performing investigations for insurance adjusters and attorneys involving construction defects, design defects, product malfunctions, weather damage, fires, and explosions. He is proficient at documenting scenes, engineering analysis, codes and standards research, writing expert reports, and testifying in court or deposition. Bruce has given presentations at several professional conferences on the design, operation, building codes, and hazards of equipment for indoor cultivation environments.


  • University of Wyoming  |  Laramie, WY
    Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering

Professional Experience

  • 2018 - Current  |  Senior Project Manager  |  YA Engineering Services
  • 2017 - 2018  |  Owner  |  Bruce A. Straughan PE
  • 2015 - 2017  |  Mechanical Engineer  |  Robson Forensic
  • 2005 - 2014  |  Project Manager  |  Engineering Economics Inc.

Areas of Practice

  • Building Code Upgrade Review
  • Damage Assessment
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fire and Life Safety Systems
  • HVAC and Mechanical Systems
  • Litigation Support
  • Plumbing Systems

Representative Consulting Assignments

  • Food City
    Phoenix, AZ  |  Developed scope of repairs and cost estimate for fire and smoke damage to a grocery store's HVAC and refrigeration systems.
  • Construction Defect
    Washington D.C.  |  Investigation of HVAC construction defects and provided deposition testimony.
  • Scorpion Grass
    Wasilla, AK  |  Developed scope of repairs and cost estimate to address fire damage and a roof collapse at a cannabis cultivation facility.
  • 520 6th Avenue Condominiums
    Kirkland, WA  |  Investigate cause of pipe corrosion and water leaks.
  • Commercial Kitchen Fire
    Pagosa Springs, CO  |  Investigation of fire sprinkler and kitchen hood fire suppression systems.
  • KIK Custom Products
    Danville, IL  |  Developed scope of repairs and cost estimate for hail damage to aerosol manufacturing plant.
  • Park Meadows Mall
    Denver, CO  |  Investigated design defects that caused sewer line backups.
  • Cedars Health
    Rock Springs, WY  |  Investigate cause of burst frozen pipe.


  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)


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  • District of Columbia  |  PE909089  |  Professional Engineer
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