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Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineer, Sam Christie, Joins Kleinfelder’s Seattle Team

Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineer, Sam Christie, Joins Kleinfelder’s Seattle Team

SEATTLE, Washington – Kleinfelder is pleased to announce Sam Christie has joined the Seattle team in the role of Principal Professional/Senior Project Manager.  Responsible for providing project management and technical leadership, Christie will ensure Kleinfelder delivers responsive and high-quality geotechnical solutions for infrastructure projects throughout the Puget Sound region. 

“Joining Kleinfelder offers an intriguing opportunity to collaborate with a national network of subject matter experts while working locally to expand the capabilities of the Seattle office. I look forward to providing existing and new clients with innovative and cost-effective solutions to meet their project goals,” said Christie. 

Christie has over 15 years of industry experience and specializes in geotechnical and earthquake engineering, with emphasis on numerical modeling and soil-structure-interaction. His experience includes all phases of design and construction including conceptual layout, detailed design, construction document preparation, analysis, specification preparation, and construction engineering.

With experience throughout the U.S. and overseas, Christie has contributed to a wide range of projects involving ground improvement design for port and marine structures, shoring design for deep excavations of high-rise buildings in dense urban environments, foundation design for cable-stayed and suspension bridges, seismic analysis and foundation design for immersed tunnels, and wind turbine foundation design and remediation. His notable project experience in the Seattle area includes Sound Transit’s University Link tunnel; Seattle Department of Transportation’s Fremont Bridge rehabilitation; Port of Tacoma terminal expansions; and City of Seattle’s Elliott Bay Seawall.

“Sam brings proven technical expertise and leadership to Kleinfelder that will help us grow and enhance our position in the Seattle market,” commented Caroline Brabrook, Seattle Area Manager. “His dedication to supporting clients during the design and construction process along with his commitment to implementing innovative approaches and industry best practices will bring added value to our clients’ infrastructure projects.”  

Christie is licensed as a Professional Civil Engineer and Professional Geotechnical Engineer. He graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He actively contributes to the geotechnical community through frequent publication of technical papers and participation in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and Deep Foundations Institute.


About Kleinfelder

Founded in 1961, Kleinfelder is an engineering, construction management, design and environmental professional services firm. Kleinfelder operates over 60 office locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California.