Bret Schleissing, P.E.

Consultant II


About Bret

Bret works in Lerch Bates’ Tampa office and provides forensic consulting and design services. Bret has ten years of experience in structural design and forensic evaluations. His experience as a structural designer made him familiar with many aspects of the design and construction process, such as budget, schedule, scopes involving multiple disciplines, and construction feasibility.

Bret’s current role at Lerch Bates is to provide forensic consulting services, engineering analysis, storm damage assessments, water/fire damage assessments, building envelope evaluations, structural evaluations, and technical evaluations for insurance and expert witness projects.

Areas of Expertise

  • Forensic Building Engineering
  • Hail, wind, and storm damage consultant
  • Structural, fire, and water damage investigations
  • Structural analysis, design, and detailing of industrial and waterfront facilities

Related Experience

  • Hurricane Ian catastrophe response
  • Hurricane Laura catastrophe response
  • Residential pre-cast slab collapse
  • Evaluation of residential fire
  • Evaluation of residential and commercial hail distress
  • Evaluation of construction defect/destructive testing
  • Structural assessment of industrial and waterfront structures
  • Liquid Natural Gas Facility: Structural design of ship unloading platforms, pipe racks, catwalks, pipe trenches, shallow foundations, deep foundations, bulkhead walls, coffer cells, and mooring structures
  • Container Wharf Upgrades: Design mooring and berthing upgrades
  • Material Unloading Warehouse: Design of multiple working platforms, monorail system to offload product, and covered loading dock with ramp


University of South Florida

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, 2013

Registrations & Certifications

Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Oklahoma.

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