Thomas J. Cate

National Construction and Industrial Division Manager / P.E., S.E. / Salt Lake City


Mr. Cate is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and is a licensed Structural Engineer in five states, as well as a licensed Civil Engineer in fourteen states. Mr. Cate is a licensed general contractor, and licensed swimming pool contractor in Utah, and a Certified Aquatic Facility Operator Instructor.

Mr. Cate's areas of expertise include the investigation of design deficiencies, construction defects, and property damage claims related to fire-damaged structures, structural collapses, retaining wall failures, construction vibration, foundation and roof failures, and swimming pool deficiencies. He is skilled in the structural design of wood, light gage steel, structural steel, reinforced masonry, reinforced concrete, and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP). He has particular skill in structural design in high seismic risk zones and has experience performing seismic evaluations and seismic rehabilitations and upgrades to structures. He also specializes in swimming pool and waterpark defects, accidents, and fatalities. 

Representative Engagements

  • Roof collapse
  • Catastrophe damage including hurricane, flood, and earthquake
  • Structural fire damage
  • Hail damage
  • Building settlement
  • Foundation failure
  • Moisture intrusion
  • Commercial and residential construction defect analysis


  • BS Civil Engineering, University of Utah
  • Registered Professional Engineer - Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Texas Utah, Washington, Wyoming
  • Registered Structural Engineer - Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, Texas, Utah
  • General Contractor B100 - Utah
  • Swimming Pool Contractor S380 - Utah