"We strive to make a meaningful contribution to every project. We bring curious minds, respectful voices, and active listening to the table, which all lead to a deeper understanding of each project’s unique challenges and opportunities. This approach has allowed us many great collaborations with remarkable teams. Bob Silman left us these words of advice: ‘Collaborate with great designers on work that matters – and have fun.'"
Kirk Mettam has been active in the design profession and a leader in the structural engineering industry for nearly four decades. In 1998, Kirk established Silman’s Washington, DC, office and has served as its managing partner since.
Kirk’s project experience has included government facilities, corporate headquarters, high-rise office buildings, retail and mixed-use developments, hotels, airports, bridges, and sports facilities. He also has special knowledge and experience in the structural engineering of historic structures ranging from heritage buildings of unique archaic construction, to Mid-Century Modern architectural landmarks.
Kirk has propelled the firm’s growth through participation in federal design excellence programs and by expanding service offerings to include seismic engineering, building envelope/façade design, and blast design.
Kirk has maintained an active participation in the industry through lectures and involvement with national committees that cover subject matters such as structural condition assessments and the evaluation of building envelopes. In the academic realm, he has taught courses in structural engineering and architectural technology.