Who We Are


KPW Principals Jim Passaglia, John Westphal, and Pardeep Jhutti bring over 75 years of collective experience, enthusiasm, dedication, and ingenuity to our practice. Together, they form a team of talented designers, expert engineers, and overall problem-solvers. They share responsibility for oversight of all KPW projects, as well as human resources, marketing, and information technology.

Associates & Sr. Staff

Behind every great leader stands an experienced support team, a group of qualified individuals whose technical knowledge of industry standards provides the foundation for success. KPW Associates & Senior Staff increases the strength and depth of the KPW team. Their combined leadership and management of KPW staff ensures that each project incorporates multiple levels of oversight, thus surpassing project-specific technical requirements, while simultaneously providing well-coordinated and constructible designs.

What We Do

Project Approach

KPW works within a culture of continuous improvement. We always strive to further our knowledge, ensuring that our approach to each project aligns with current industry practices and emerging standards. Researching new ideas and materials that lessen costs and environmental impact is part of our fundamental philosophy of best practices. Our in-house educational programs ensure that our staff continues to improve and advance their technical skills and knowledge. We support and encourage all employees to reach their full potential as professional engineers and designers.


Structural Engineering

  • New Buildings & Structures
  • Additions, Alterations, Renovations, Tenant Improvements
  • Structural Repair
  • Structural Systems Development
  • Structural Surveys, Investigative Studies, Due Diligence
  • Blast-Resistant Designs for Industrial & Government Facilities
  • Master Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Value Engineering

Sustainable Design

  • Smart Application of Green Concepts
  • Optimal Framing Techniques
  • High Volume Fly Ash / Slag
  • Recycled / Salvaged Structural Elements
  • Solar Power Design & Engineering

Risk Studies

  • Seismic Risk Assessment
  • Benefit / Cost Studies
  • Probable Maximum Loss Studies

Seismic Engineering

  • Seismic & Structural Criteria Development
  • Seismic Evaluation, Restoration, & Historic Preservation
  • Innovative Design including Base Isolation & Passive Dampers
  • Earthquake Protection Technology

Structural Peer Review

  • Structural Design Checks & Peer Review
  • Academic Projects & Peer Review (DSA)
  • Healthcare Projects & Peer Review (OSHPD)

Project Delivery Methods

  • Traditional Design-Bid-Build
  • Fast-Track / Accelerated Design
  • Design-Build

Building Information Modeling

  • BIM / Revit Experts
  • Clash Detection / Coordination