J. Kent Higgins

Senior Consultant / P.E. / Kansas City


Mr. Higgins holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in several states with over 25 years of diverse domestic and international experience, with particular expertise in project management of engineering design and construction.

Mr. Higgins’ areas of expertise include civil engineering public works infrastructure, building codes, structural analysis, design and performance analysis for cast-in-place concrete structures; steel building systems; and precast and prestressed concrete systems, cold-formed steel, and wood-framed structures. He has performed design work, prepared contract documents including general notes, specifications, and special inspection requirements. Mr. Higgins has provided construction administrative services such as cost estimates, shop drawing review, prepared addendums to contract documents, answered requests for information from contractors (RFIs), and provided quality control/special inspection reports to evaluate if the design intent was met on site. Mr. Higgins has further knowledge in design and development planning, site feasibility planning, strength of materials, architectural components, and soil mechanics.

Mr. Higgins’ design experience includes working on a wide variety of projects including large multi-story structures to smaller residential properties, bridges, retaining walls, federal and military structures, and complex highway interchanges. He has worked on building code compliance, construction defects, foundation design and repairs, and design and construction disputes.

Prior to receiving his engineering education, Mr. Higgins worked for more than 14 years in the building trades as a journeyman carpenter on numerous residential, commercial, and industrial building sites. Building trade construction specialties include wood- and steel-framed structures, concrete work, and exterior and interior finishing.

Education and Certifications

• Civil Engineering, B.S.: University of Missouri
• Civil Engineering, M.S.: University of Missouri
• Registered Professional Engineer: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and NCEES Record 19-188-49
• Agricultural Claims Association: Grain Storage and Material Handling Certificate
• Agricultural Claims Association: Advanced Grain Bin & Elevator Estimation Certificate