Peter Townsend

Peter Townsend, P.E.

Senior Vice President, Technical Services, Forensics


As Senior Vice President, Technical Services, for the Rimkus Forensics group, Mr. Townsend oversees the projects and training of Forensics team members, working closely with the directors and vice presidents of multiple disciplines to ensure work quality and client satisfaction.

Mr. Peter Townsend holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. Mr. Townsend’s professional experience includes the design of multi-story hotels, dormitories, shopping malls, apartment buildings, commercial and retail buildings, industrial warehouses, shipping facilities, government buildings, and residential buildings.

From early in his engineering career, Mr. Townsend was involved in the design of floors, elevated walkways, sidewalks, stairs, and industrial walkways that required slip-resistant surfaces. Since 2005, he has conducted multiple investigations of walkway accidents occurring at hotels, parking structures, restaurants, grocery stores, commercial buildings, and personal residences. In the course of his work, Mr. Townsend has developed a thorough knowledge of current walkway safety standards, protocols, building codes, and Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) design guidelines. He is an expert in the field of walkway slip resistance and is a certified Tribometrist and Walkway Auditor.

Mr. Townsend also has significant experience investigating structural damage to buildings from varying causes including fires, construction vibrations, explosions, tree impacts, and vehicle impacts. He has served as the lead consultant in construction defect investigations involving moisture intrusion through brick veneer, stucco, EIFS, windows and doors, and multiple types of roof systems. Additionally, Mr. Townsend is an expert in the evaluation of hail and wind damage to roof systems, having performed hundreds of inspections of individual residential and commercial roofs for storm damage.