J. Eric Peterson, P.E., Principal, Chief Executive Officer

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.”

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 courses on the topics of Why Buildings Leak, Air Barriers, and Building Enclosure Commissioning, among others.

Professional Qualifications

Years with WDP

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


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

Registrations / Certifications

Professional Engineer: VA, MD, NJ, DE, KY, NC, OR, SC, NY, TX, WA, DC