Senior Structural Engineer Robert Sprehe Joins Gresham Smith in Tampa
Gresham Smith is proud to announce that Robert Sprehe, P.E., S.I., has joined the firm as a senior structural engineer in the firm’s Building Engineering market. Sprehe brings 15 years of engineering experience, specializing in threshold inspection services to bring a higher level of quality control to projects while structural elements are installed. His diverse experience designing structural systems, conducting inspections in the field and mentoring others will further strengthen and expand Gresham Smith’s engineering services, supporting efforts to deliver safe and efficient building systems for clients.
“Gresham Smith has a strong client base in Florida and we are excited to continue growing our team by adding strong local leaders that are great fit with our company culture. Robert’s expertise and enthusiasm will help us continue delivering highly functional, highly creative design solutions for our clients,” said Bryan Tharpe, P.E., Building Engineering market vice president. “I’m also excited about his passion for teaching and mentoring young engineers and look forward to seeing how his leadership will shape the future of our market.”
“My favorite part of being an engineer is visiting job sites, getting my hands dirty and talking face to face with contractors and clients. Thanks to my many years in the field I have deep knowledge of local construction practices and requirements, which will help us inspect our clients’ projects thoughtfully and thoroughly,” said Sprehe. “I’m thrilled about the opportunity to grow our building engineering and threshold inspection services in Gresham Smith’s Tampa office and can’t wait to get to work.”
While his family has roots in the construction industry, it wasn’t until a high school job hand drafting for a local architecture firm that Sprehe realized his passion for the design and construction process. He found his knack for structural engineering at the University of South Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Prior to joining Gresham Smith he led the threshold inspection team at Tierra, Inc., providing an extra level of quality assurance for building owners.
When he’s not working, Sprehe is active in a variety of industry organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Associated Building Contractors, the Urban Land Institute and the Florida Structural Engineers Association. Additionally, he seeks out opportunities to take young engineers into the field and share how designs go from paper to practice.