Tripp Howard PE

Tripp Howard PE

Associate Special Projects – Tacoma, WA
  • Discipline Structural Engineering
  • Specialties Project Management, Marine & Waterfront Engineering, Mooring and Berthing Analysis, Condition Assessment and Repair, Seismic Analysis, Piers & Wharves, Bulkheads, Non-Building Structures
  • Education B.S., Civil Engineering (Structural Emphasis), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Affiliations/Licensure American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI)
  • Hobbies & Interests Spending time with my family, reading, cycling, and geocaching


Tripp Howard started his career in 1998 and has been with KPFF since 2010. He has extensive experience in waterfront engineering and project management. His experience ranges from piers and wharves, to bulkheads, cruise terminals, container terminals, dredging, environmental cleanup, bridges, buildings, bulk handling, and floating structures. He has worked as lead structural engineer and project manager for many multi-discipline projects as the prime consultant with multiple stake holders and complex environmental permitting. His wide range of experience from conceptual alternatives through permitting, design and construction gives him a whole project thinking approach to managing and delivering projects.


  • Structural Design of Deep Water Pontoon Mooring Anchors, ASCE Ports 2013 Proceedings · Jan 1, 2013

  • Geotechnical Design: Deep Water Pontoon Mooring Anchors, ASCE Ports 2013 Proceedings · Jan 1, 2013

  • Innovative Wall Replaces an Aging Timber Dock in Coos Bay, Oregon, ASCE Ports 2016 Proceedings · Jan 1, 2016

  • Seismic Design of an Irregular Wharf Utilizing ASCE 61, ASCE Ports 2016 Proceedings· Jan 1, 2016

  • 2021 COPRI Project Excellence Award - Large Project: Port of Tacoma Pier 4 Reconfiguration Project