Peter A. Townsend

Director, Premises Liability & Security Practice / P.E. / Atlanta


Mr. Townsend holds a B.S. 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. He has also overseen the seismic renovation of existing buildings, which were built prior to the development of modern building code requirements.

In addition to building structures, Mr. Townsend has designed earth retaining structures, material conveying systems, large scale overhead crane support structures, and high-temperature steam piping. He often served as an inspector to verify that final construction of buildings and other structures met the structural design and governing building code requirements.

Mr. Townsend has significant experience investigating structural damage to buildings from varying causes including fires, construction vibrations, explosions, tree impacts, and vehicle impacts, provided expert guidance about extent of damage caused by these incidents, and provided temporary or permanent repair recommendations. He has also provided guidance in regard to the condition of multi-residential properties (property condition assessments).

Mr. Townsend has been responsible for inspecting the installation of single ply commercial roofing systems to verify their compliance with manufacturer specifications and construction documents. Mr. Townsend has also served as the lead consultant in construction defect investigations involving moisture intrusion through brick veneer, stucco, windows and doors, and multiple types of roofing systems. Mr. Townsend is an expert in the evaluation of hail and wind damage to roofing systems, having performed hundreds of inspections of individual residential and commercial roofs for storm damage.

Mr. Townsend has also 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, he has developed a thorough working knowledge of current walkway safety standards, building codes, and ADA design requirements. Mr. Townsend is an expert in the field of walkway slip resistance. He has also served as a consultant in the evaluation of existing facilities to determine their compliance with governing codes and safety standards.

Education and Certifications

• Civil Engineering Technology, B.S.: University of Southern Indiana (Honors List)
• Registered Professional Engineer: Alabama (#27383), Georgia (#029477), Indiana (#19900136–lapsed), Iowa (#16373-lapsed), Nebraska (#E-10457-lapsed), North Carolina (#031103), NCEES Record Holder (#20985)
• Certified English XL Tribometrist: Excel Tribometers, LLC