Kip Gatto PE, SE

Director of Engineering

Contact Info

Department

Engineering

Phone

(206) 890-8500

Email

kip.gatto@yaeservices.com

Locations

Seattle, WA

Biography

Kip has broad expertise in forensic investigations, evaluations, and repair designs of existing structures. His experience includes evaluations of an array of different structure types and systems exhibiting distress resulting from all manner of causes including earthquakes, fire, water, defective construction, faulty materials and other conditions. In addition to his experience with modern building materials, Kip has experience with historic building materials such as clay brick, stone, historic concrete, and heavy timber. Kip brings a detailed understanding of structural behavior and the unique way that building codes and industry standards are applied to existing structures. This understanding and his extensive experience working with existing structures allow him to develop innovative evaluation methods and repair designs for damaged or deficient structures.

Publications

  • Gatto K., Wong G. & Klaboe K., October, 2017, Simplifying Moisture Measurement in Concrete, Interface
  • Martin Z. & Gatto K., February, 2015, Wood Panelized Roof Subpurlin Hanger Construction Defect Assessment and Load Testing to Establish Defect Tolerances, ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction
  • Chia-Ming Uang & Gatto K., October, 2003, Effects of Finish Materials and Dynamic Loading on the Cyclic Response of Woodframe Shearwalls, Journal of Structural Engineering
  • Gatto K., 2019, ACI, Code Requirements for Assessment, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures (ACI 562-19) and Commentary, Subcommittee member
  • Gatto K. & Romero R., 2005, A Comprehensive Approach to a Slab-on-Ground Repair, Concrete Repair Bulletin
  • Gatto K., Dethlefs R.A. & Martin Z., 2012, ASCE, Practical Evaluation of Two-Way Slabs with Distressed PT Strands, Proceedings of the Sixth Congress on Forensic Engineering
  • Gatto K. & Wong G., October, 2017, Moisture Analysis in Unconditioned Concrete, Interface
  • Gatto K. & Chia-Ming Uang, 2002, Cyclic Response of Woodframe Shearwalls: Loading Protocol and Rate of Loading Effects, CUREE Publication W-13
  • Gatto, K., December, 2014, Rethinking Engineering Licensure, Structure
  • Dethlefs R.A., Gatto K., Mahaney J. & Searer G., 2006, EERI, Rational Approach to Evaluation of Shear Wall Nail Spacing and Recommended Spacing Tolerances, Proceedings of 8th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering
  • Martin Z., Gatto K., Simonen J. & Sasaki K., 2018, ASCE, Examination of Wood Truss Failures by Creep Rupture, Proceedings of the Eighth Congress on Forensic Engineering
  • Dethlefs R.A., Searer G. & Gatto K., 2004, ASCE, Seismic Analysis/Upgrade Design for a Historic Steel-Framed Highrise, Proceedings of the 2004 Structures Congress
  • Gatto K. & Chia-Ming Uang, October, 2003, Effects of Loading Protocol on the Cyclic Response of Woodframe Shearwalls, Journal of Structural Engineering
  • Simons K., Martin Z. & Gatto K., 2015, ASCE, The Anatomy of the Failure of a Wood Panelized Roof Sub-Purlin Hanger, Proceedings of the Seventh Congress on Forensic Engineering

Education

  • University of California  |  San Diego, CA
    Master of Science - Structural Engineering
  • University of Washington
    Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering

Professional Experience

  • 2021 - Current  |  Director of Engineering  |  YA Engineering Services
  • 2019 - 2021  |  Senior Regional Supervisor  |  YA Engineering Services
  • 2018 - 2019  |  Senior Regional Engineering Consultant  |  YA Engineering Services
  • 2001 - 2018  |  Associate Principal  |  Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc.

Areas of Practice

  • Damage Assessment
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Failure Analysis
  • Litigation Support
  • Repair and Rehabilitation Design
  • Structural Analysis

Representative Consulting Assignments

  • Reservoir 5C
    Pomona, CA  |  Leakage investigation and rehabilitation design for concrete water reservoir.
  • Kent Development
    Kent, WA  |  Structural evaluation and repair design for fire affected wood, concrete and steel elements.
  • Kent North Corporate Park
    Kent, WA  |  Repair design for condensation related decay of wood frame roof elements.
  • CenturyLink Field
    Seattle, WA  |  Investigation and repair design for deteriorated concrete seating bowl joints and concourse topping slab.
  • Veterans Administration Hospitals
    Various locations in Northwest US  |  Seismic condition assessment of numerous facilities for capital planning purposes.
  • Puget Sound Energy Substation
    Redmond, WA  |  Evaluation of concrete and steel structural elements affected by transformer fire.
  • Sound Transit Angle Lake Extension
    SeaTac, WA  |  Evaluation and repair design for concrete placements in support piers.
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    SeaTac, WA  |  Evaluation of shotcrete placements in service tunnel.

Affiliations

  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)

Licenses

  • Alaska  |  AELT13359  |  Professional Engineer (Structural)
  • California  |  65731 & 6273  |  Professional Engineer (Structural)
  • Oregon  |  PE86718  |  Professional Engineer (Structural)
  • Washington  |  41197  |  Professional Engineer (Structural)