About Our Team

At Fossatti Pawlak Structural Engineers it is our people, with a wealth of experience and enthusiasm that makes us stand apart from the rest.   Pete Pawlak, our president, has hand picked our team members and closely manages each project.

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Partners

Pete Pawlak -S.E. - President

I’m approaching 40 years as an engineer and I can’t say I have never worked a day in my life but have been fortunate to do what I love.  The opportunity to have worked with some remarkable co-workers, peers, consultants, and architects has been very rewarding.  As our team grows, we will have the depth of experience to take on new structural challenges.

When I am not at my desk, we enjoy recreational hiking, gardening, and getting our hands dirty working on older model cars.

Ty Bartley - S.E. - Vice President
Ty Bartley Bio ImageI joined Fossatti Pawlak in 2012 as a project manager and became a partner in the firm in 2020.  I have over 19 years of engineering & structural analysis experience on a variety of commercial, public works, and residential projects. I have worked on commercial projects both nationally and internationally. I grew up in WA and obtained my B.A. & B.S. from The Evergreen State College and an M.S in structural engineering from the University of Utah.

I like to maximize my work life balance and find the two to be greatly intertwined these days. When I am not at the office, I like to spend time with my wife and three kids. We are constantly exploring from the mountains to the sound and all the great places to eat in between.

Mark LaCasse - CFO
Mark Lacasse Bio Image

I am a founding partner of Fossatti Pawlak Structural Engineers.

My background is in finance and accounting.   I have owned a few other businesses, but this firm has been the most enjoyable of my career.

In my spare time I enjoy backpacking, mountain climbing, and skiing.   I have been climbing and skiing in the Cascade’s since age ten.

This photo was in route to the top of Mount Shuksan.

Staff

Asrade Mengstu - Project Manager
Arsrade Mengstu Bio ImageI’ve been working as project engineer and project manager at Fossatti Pawlak since 2012.  It’s been a long, fun ride working on a diverse set of projects in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Colorado and Hawaii.

My hobbies are playing tennis, running after my 4 and 6 year old kids and hanging out with family and friends.  I also love reading books about Ethiopian history and travelling.

The photo was taken on Lake Hawassa in Ethiopia, with my son Menelik.

Kevin Schell - Design Engineer

Kevin Schell Bio ImageSince Joining Fossatti Pawlak in 2017, I have enjoyed working on a wide verity of projects ranging from single family remodels to mixed use and multifamily developments.

In my free time I enjoy traveling abroad, climbing, and car camping around the Pacific Northwest.

Moussa Tunkara - Design Engineer
Moussa Tunkara Bio ImageAfter receiving my undergraduate degree from Seattle University in 2019, it is safe to say that I officially became a Seattleite. Thus, I decided to stick around and look for a firm in the vicinity. I joined Fossatti Pawlak Structural Engineers in the end of winter 2019 as a Design Engineer. Since then, I have learned to appreciate the challenges to see a project from start to finish of design phase.

Outside of work, you will catch me on the field playing a friendly pickup soccer game or watching a game.

Brent Sclater - Drafter

As a CAD Tech for almost thirty years, the last four with Fossatti Pawlak, it has been a privilege to provide drawing production and maintenance for a variety of projects, both new construction and remodel including Single Family Residences, Townhomes, Multi-Level Apartments, Warehouses, Fire Stations, Community Centers, Houses of Worship, and Restaurants & Retail of all size.

Interests include watching old movies and tending the many bird feeders in my back yard.

Ludmila Simontov - CAD Manager

Luda Simontov Bio ImageI have been working at Fossatti Pawlak since 2011. My background as Structural Engineer and years of experience prior to coming to United States, helps me tremendously in my work.

I am an avid traveler, having visited most European countries by foot and train. In my spare time I enjoy the arts, regularly attending the symphony and opera. I also enjoy reading books and spending time with my family and friends. My latest endeavor is teaching my grandson chess strategy.

Kathryn Majorki - Accounting & Office Manager

Kathryn Majorki Bio ImageAs the accounting-office manager since 2011 it has been fun learning the behind-the-scenes side of what it takes to engineer a building. My days are filled with crunching numbers, keeping the office running and answering calls.

My hobbies are playing golf with my husband, hanging with family and trail running.  This picture is from my favorite 50k race on the Olympic trail between Port Angels and Lake Crescent.

Patrick Reynolds - Business Development

Patrick Reynolds Bio ImageI have enjoyed my time as Business Development Officer here at Fossatti Pawlak since 2014.  After many years in the tech sector working with large corporations, I find it very refreshing to connect with the many building industry clients and contacts of Fossatti Pawlak.  All the players involved in turning a piece of land into a building / home represent the best of what this country is all about, freedom to pursue opportunities and having many individual talents together to work as a team.

When I’m not tending to business, I enjoy spending time with my wife of many years, watching our kids grow into adults, hiking and playing golf with family and friends.

Company Background

Robert J. Fossatti – Born September 17, 1936 – Passed away January 22, 2013

Robert Fossatti ImageIn 1986, Robert established Robert J. Fossatti and Associates (later RFA Structural Engineers), working on projects in the Seattle area and abroad. In his last venture he consulted with the firm Fossatti Pawlak Structural Engineers. He retired from active engineering in 2011, following service as engineer of record on some 4,000 buildings spanning six decades, 30 states, and two US territories.

Born and raised in Seattle, Robert Fossatti graduated from Cleveland High School, and in 1958 from the University of Washington with a degree in structural engineering. He served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers.

This statement from Bob appeared on the Fossatti Pawlak website: “Since I was really good in math, the question became what type of engineer to be. During my freshman year, a professor told me that structural engineers work in a nice clean office, as opposed to civil and soils engineers who work in the mud and rain. Sounded good to me!”

The May 2011 edition of Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW – Seattle Equilbrium) featured projects by the Fossatti Group, including the Harvard & Highland complex in Seattle’s Harvard-Belmont Historic District. Notable Seattle projects include the renovation of Pier 70 and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and the expansion of the University of Washington Medical Center. He also worked on buildings at Edmonds Community College and more than 50 elementary, middle and high schools in the Northwest, including Inglemoor, Mountlake Terrace and Squalicum high schools.

SEAWRFossatti2Bob joined the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW) in 1972. Many prominent engineers credit their work with Bob as a strong point in their careers. His colleagues savored Bob Fossatti’s kindness and generosity, his gregarious personality, and his hosting of an annual Columbus Day party. An accomplished accordion musician, he played with The Physt River Troubadors and recorded three albums.