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J. Eric Peterson

J. Eric Peterson, P.E., Principal, CEO
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Eric leads various structural, material, and architectural engineering activities, specializing in building envelope and façade failures, nondestructive testing, and design and repair of concrete and masonry structures. As Chief Executive Officer, he is also responsible for executing WDP's Strategic Business Plan and communicating the vision for the firm's future direction and growth. 

“Being at the forefront of a rapidly changing industry is exciting.  Since buildings come together with constantly evolving materials, systems, and codes, there are many places where things can go wrong.  Chasing down the problem is the best part of my job.  Many of these problems are part Structural, part Architectural, and part Aesthetic; and I have to look at all three to arrive at the best solution.  My work is wide ranging – from structures where nothing has been touched in 200 years to the newest innovative buildings under construction.  One certainty in life is that there will always be failures in buildings and structures over time.  My job is to find out why and how to cost effectively fix it.”

Years with WDP

Eric joined WDP & Associates in 1996, following three years of prior professional experience.


  • Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1993
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, 1991


  • M.S. - "A Time to Cracking Model for Critically Chloride Contaminated Reinforced Concrete Structures"


  • Professional Engineer – VA, MD, DE, KY, NJ, OR, NY, SC, NC

Industry Engagements

  • The Masonry Society
    • Existing Masonry Committee  
    • Standards and Development Committee
    • Construction Practices Committee
  • ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials)
    • Committee C-09 “Concrete and Aggregates”
      • Subcommittee C09.64 – Non-Destructive Testing
    • Committee E-06 “Performance of Buildings"
      • Subcommittee E06.51 – Performance of Windows, Doors, Skylights and Curtainwalls
      • Subcommittee E06.55 – Exterior Wall Systems
      • Task Group Chair - ASTM WK25809 - Standard Guide for Specifying and Testing Field-Constructed Exterior Building Wall System Mock- Ups in New Construction
      • Subcommittee E06.58 – Performance of EIFS
    • Committee E-36 “Accreditation and Certification”
      • Task Group Chair – ASTM E699 Standard Practice for Evaluation of Agencies Involved in Testing, Quality Assurance, and Evaluating of Building Components
  • Chief Executive Network

Technical Papers/Publications & Speaking Engagements

Eric has written over 20 authoritative published articles and research reports for owners, universities, and industry trade magazines and journals.  Topics have ranged from value analysis and building enclosures to dimensional stability considerations in spray polyurethane foam air barriers to the use of lateral restraint anchors for the stabilization of multi wythe masonry walls.   Eric also conducts WDP’s AIA-accredited courses on the topics of Why Buildings Leak, Air Barriers, and Building Enclosure Commissioning, among others.